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Propagating Info -- Spread it around!

Snagged Verbatim from ron_newman, who posted this in permmembers

Sometime earlier this month, LiveJournal introduced a "Spam Protection" feature which screens comments made to any community or personal journal. LJ turned this on by default for all communities without any notice to community maintainers. LJ belatedly and incompletely described the new feature in this news announcement, several days or weeks after releasing it.

In an LJ community, this feature has the following effect:

- Comments that contain links (to domains not on a secret whitelist) are automatically hidden and moved to a "Suspicious Comments" page
- The user who made the original post cannot see these hidden comments and receives no notification that they exist
- Community maintainers also receive no notification that the hidden comments exist
- Community maintainers CAN look at the hidden comments, and then mark them as non-spam, but only if the maintainers know to look for them periodically in each and every new post to the community

If you maintain a community, and this doesn't sound good to you, turn the feature OFF by going to http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=privacy, selecting your community from the "Work as user:" menu, and then UNCHECK the checkbox labelled "Spam Protection Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section."

I also recommend that you look over all of the comment pages from the last two weeks or so in your community, and see if any of them have an "(Read N suspicious comments") link on them. If they do, follow the link and mark each comment on that page as non-spam (using this button: )

The members of your community will appreciate this.

If I co-mod a community with you, I've already done this to all my communities as well as my own LJ.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
So, LJ thinks they're FB -- turning on new "features" with an opt-out rather than an opt-in and then announcing them as a fait-accompli? How .... unfortunate.
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yep. Hence the broadcasting of information where it can be sown. You can point to this, or the original post on permmembers. Both posts are unlocked, so spread the word.
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Apr. 21st, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Exciting, isn't it?

I mod about 10 comms, so it was pretty straightforward to just go down the list and unmark the latest spam "protection" bit.
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Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm there with the same login but haven't done much over there, but yes, please, do add me as mod. If you need me over there, like you are going away, poke me. I will gradually be adding dreamwidth to my daily readings anyway.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for this - I missed it from not reading the damn announcements closely (cuz they bore me).

I'm mostly on DW now anyway, but still occasionally crosspost.

I fixed it in my journal.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I don't think they explicitly announced it; I think it was part of their spam measures and folks didn't catch the word "whitelist." It took lots of people by surprise, which is why I'm spreading the word.
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