Redesigned LiveJournal Home Page
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A redesigned version of the LiveJournal homepage is now live! You can read a full description of the new page and its functionality by visiting this entry in lj_releases.

Release 105 is now live!
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Release 105 is now live for the LiveJournal site.

New features:
-- Communities can now have custom security groups created for them. Only community owners and maintainers can create or post to custom security groups for the community. A new security level of 'maintainers' has also been created, which can be used by the community owner/maintainers to post entries that will only be visible to the current owner/maintainers of the community.

-- Community owners & maintainers can now opt to receive pingback notifications when their community is mentioned by others on LiveJournal.

Bug fixes:
-- Notifications are now sent correctly for replies to anonymous comments.
-- Incorrect profile page friend & membership counts are fixed.
-- Links to ICQ accounts in the External Services section of the profile no longer link to an invalid URL.
-- If a user you have banned uses your username in an entry or comment, it will no longer generate a pingback notification.

Please see this post in lj_releases for full information and links to the pages where community maintainers can set up these new features.

Release #103 now live
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Release 103 is now live for the LiveJournal site. A summary of the changes:

-- The criteria for defining inactive accounts has been adjusted slightly. Now, journals or communities that contain 2 or fewer entries can be considered to be inactive (as long as several other criteria are also met).

-- The 'adult concepts' setting has been removed, leaving only a single adult setting available named simply Adult Content. If your journal was using adult concepts, it no longer has any adult setting defined. If your journal is using the previous 'explicit adult content' setting, it has been converted to the new setting.

-- Some adjustments have been made to the suspicious login monitoring feature (which notifies you of potentially suspicious logins to your account) so that there should now be far fewer false positives.

-- Several bug fixes.

Please see this post in the lj_releases community for full details on all of these items. Thanks!

Release #102 now live
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Release 102 is now live for the LiveJournal site. Please see this post in the lj_releases community for full details. Thanks!

Friends feed information, plus paid account information
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We've posted some additional information about the new Friends feed page, providing details on some features that are yet to come in the beta phase.

Please see this post in the lj_releases community for this additional information about the new Friends feed page, plus information about paid accounts. (Note that comments are 'off' on this post simply because it's just a pointer to the releases post.)

Edited: Sorry this was friends only for a bit!

New beta version of Friends page, plus other features and fixes
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With the release of version 98 yesterday, the Friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users and is now available for beta testing by everyone. As you may have already seen, there will be a link at the top of your Friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions throughout the beta testing period.

For full information on this redesigned page, plus other new features and bug fixes, please see this post in the lj_releases community. Thank you!

Redesigned Update Page & Scrapbook for all account types
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Release 96.5 is live, and there's a few important things in this patch we wanted to let you know about.

First, Scrapbook is now available to Basic accounts! All Basic accounts can use all features of Scrapbook and can upload up to 1 GB of images.

Next, we have a redesigned version of the Update page that's now in public beta testing. There is a link on the Update page to "Switch to new version", and you can switch back and forth between the old and new versions while the redesign is being Beta tested. Once the Beta testing period is over, however, the option to switch will be removed. If you're having trouble finding this option, here's an image that highlights where the link is:

[click to show image]switch to new version

Some of the highlights of the redesigned page include:

  • You can click the Full Screen button Full Screen Button to hide the posting options and maximize the size of the main text area.

  • The interface for selecting Tags has been redesigned and will sort your tags alphabetically.

  • There is now a link to restore from an available draft. This link will appear on the right side above the Subject field, if there is a draft available. This image highlights where the restore link is:
    [click to show image]Restore from draft

  • The HTML tab now includes many new buttons to easily insert the HTML for commonly used features.

  • Selecting userpics for your entry now uses a visual interface with the ability to search for userpic keywords.

  • The main text area will automatically expand to add new lines if you enter enough content to need additional space.

Please feel free to comment to this entry with any bugs you run into, or general feedback & suggestions you have about the redesigned update page.

Release 95
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The official LiveJournal Release 95 is now live. Below are the new features and bug fixes you’ll find in our latest update to the site. (This information can also be found at lj_releases

  • In the Popular Entries module which appears on the LiveJournal homepage, when hovering over any entry you can now see the number of comments, mark an entry as read, or block all future entries from that community from appearing in for you. There are also links in this module which will allow you to switch between viewing your customized version (default option) and the full ratings which will include communities you have blocked and entries you have marked as read. You can add or remove accounts from your list of blocked communities on the new Manage Ratings page.

  • The list of Popular Communities can now be sorted by either their total Social Capital, or by how many people have visited them in the last 24 hours.

  • Paid & Permanent accounts can now see a list of the most frequent commenters to their journal over a specified time period at

Bug Fixes:
  • The tab order has been fixed in the default commenting scheme so that after typing your comment, you can press Tab and then Enter to post a comment.

  • Selecting a userpic with multiple keywords should no longer revert to using your default userpic when commenting.

  • Posting a comment with your default userpic will correctly use it instead of selecting the image which comes first in alphabetical order.

  • S2 comment pages: The missing "Expand" link on the first comment thread on a page has been fixed.

  • The Promo module should no longer appear in notifications for non-Cyrillic users.

  • The link to download the Windows Mobile app links to the proper place to download the app -

  • The "Bluetiful" style will no longer fail to load images which are necessary to display the style correctly.

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July 12, 2012: The official LiveJournal Release 94 is now live. Here are the new features and bug fixes you’ll find in this latest site-wide update. (This information can also be found at lj_releases

  • Poll creation can now be used by all members, no matter what type of account they have.
  • Cyrillic users now see "This entry was promoted in Promo" when a promo entry is recommended.
  • Mobile site readers now have "Prev Entry Next Entry" buttons when viewing entries.
  • Members can now log in via XML-RPC with an identity account.
  • Spell-check is fixed. 
  • In S2 comment page styles, collapsed threads correctly show subject lines again. 
  • In S2 comment page styles, local time -- not UTC -- is now shown if there is a set time zone. 
  • Fast Repost entries on a friends page should now always show the username of who re-posted the entry, no matter what style is used. 
  • Pingback Bot now gives pingbacks for Fast Repost entries.
  • Added date and username of purchasing account to order-confirmation emails.
  • If you have selected "Show CAPTCHA to nobody," anonymous users will now be able to comment without going through the CAPTCHA process.
  • Fixed a case where mini-calendars were showing two Tuesdays, and adjusted Cyrillic-user calendars to start on Monday instead of Sunday.
  • Community emails now show the community name instead of "LiveJournal" as the sender.
  • Optimizations were made to the scripts that display comments on the S1/"new" comment page.
  • Users should no longer be redirected to a login page when viewing a public entry.
-The LiveJournal Team

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June 18, 2012: The official LiveJournal Release 93 is now live. Following are the new features, updates and bug fixes you'll find in this latest site update:


CAPTCHA -- the "prove you are a human" test -- will no longer display for LiveJournal members who have reached above a certain level of Social Capital. Note that while Social Capital does not display for members who do not have Cyrillic Services enabled, a background calculation is still implemented for every account. This means that if you have an active, well-established account, you should no longer see CAPTCHAs on the site while logged in, even in entries with 5,000-plus comments, or in journals that have opted to display CAPTCHAs to everyone.

REPOST -- There is now a new way to repost entries. This feature can be selected in the LJ-Like menu in the Rich Text Editor, or by entering <lj-like buttons="repost" /> into the HTML editor. If the original entry author has used this new <lj-like> method of including a repost button, reposting that entry will display in your latest entries as a post by the user who originally posted the entry. If multiple people on your friends list repost the same entry that was created with this new method, only one instance of it will appear on your friends page. All links, including commenting options, will point to the original entry, and the number of times an entry has been reposted will display next to the button. The repost button that is created when this method is used looks like this:


The entry which is reposted will retain the security settings of the original entry. If someone posts an entry at a Friends Only security level and opts to include the repost button, only friends of the original author will be able to see the re-posted entry. This will prevent anyone who has previously included an <lj-like> tag in their post from unintentionally exposing their entry to users they have not added as friends on LiveJournal.

Note: This feature does not replace the existing <lj-repost> feature which acts as if it were an entry posted by the person using the repost feature. No changes have been made to the way using <lj-repost> functions or displays.

COMMUNITY EMAIL -- This feature lets community owners and maintainers send an email to all members of the community, provided the community is a paid or permanent account. The option for Community Email appears at for community maintainers and owners, which serves as a link to the page where you can email community members. There is a limit of one emailing per day for any community, and opt-out information is automatically included in every email sent.

Over the past month, LiveJournal has added NEW JOURNAL STYLES. Check out the updated list of Featured Styles on

  • The warning about paid time/storage space running out in Scrapbook will only display when you are actually near your storage limit or your paid/extra storage space time is about to expire.
  • Posting a comment with the quick reply form in S2 comment pages should properly return you to the newly posted comment.
  • If an OpenID account has commented to an entry, and that account has been purged or converted to a normal account, it will no longer cause the entry to display Error 500.
  • The S1 Magazine style no longer displays extra text like "<=LASTN_EVENT_PROTECTED" at the top of the page.
- The LiveJournal Team


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