March 23rd, 2011

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Spam, Help Japan, Header design contest


Last week, we ramped up our spam-fighting efforts with several new tactics. As a result, we suspended more than a quarter of a million spam journals! Unfortunately, a number of legitimate accounts were inadvertently suspended in the process -- around 1% or so of those suspended. While this represents a very small percentage, we'd like to reduce that number to as close to zero as possible. We've therefore adjusted our search criteria, so the next round of suspensions should catch far fewer legitimate journals.

We're still working on the issue that's causing some notifications to get caught in spam filters. We've made considerable progress, but AOL still has a significant number of backed-up notifications. They're stored and will be delivered as soon as we can resolve the underlying issue. We thank you for your continued support as we combat spam and restore notifications on LiveJournal.

Frank's weekly giveaway

When we last tuned in, the alien ship was about to take off, with Frank on board! Meme took a flying leap and found herself in a kaleidoscope of flashing colored lights. The alien passed her a bottle. She swigged it down and transformed into an orange beam. "Where are we going?!" She bleeped at the alien. "Actually, I'm feeling kind of peckish," said the alien. "Do you mind if we stop by my mom's for a snack?" Meme is now panicked about what aliens eat (after all, it could be vaporized goat). Tell Meme whether she should sample the mystery meat or politely decline (a festive userpic is invited), and Frank'll send you a heap of avocados (up through the first 10 pages of comments).

Help Japan

Wow! Last week, we put up a vgift and two userheads to support relief efforts in Japan. We are thrilled to announce that we've already raised over $9,200, which will be donated to Doctors without Borders. Just a reminder that LiveJournal donates 100% of all money raised from the sale of charitable vgifts to designated charities (we cover all processing fees). We thank you for helping us make a positive difference!

Header design contest


It's that time of the month again! After painstaking review, we narrowed the headers down to 15 finalists. We invite you to vote for the design you'd like to see on the top of LiveJournal during the month of April. We'll begin accepting entries for the next header design contest next week. All submissions that come in after the deadline will be automatically entered into the next contest. We thank you, again, for making LiveJournal your canvas!

Did you know ...?

If you're looking for a quick way to post, message, send vgifts, and more, the Hover Menu is just the ticket. This menu appears whenever you mouse over a userpic or one of the following account icons: , , .

Here are some of the handy tricks you can do with your Hover Menu:
  • Find out if/how you're connected to a user or community (e.g., see if someone's on your Friends list, if you're a member of a community, etc. If you're not connected, it will simply display the username.)
  • See a journal's userpics
  • Add or edit a Note for that journal
  • Send a private message
  • Add or remove the user from your Friends list
  • Send the user a vgift
  • Ban a user from commenting in your journal
  • Report a suspected bot account
  • Join, leave, watch, or stop watching a community

For more information on how to activate and use the Hover Menu, check out this FAQ.

For more fun with photos, Frank and Meme, and LJ_Scribe, we'll catch you under the cut!

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Thanks, again, for joining us. We'll see you next week!