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Sky not falling yet

http://news.livejournal.com/127507.html went out earlier today with some inaccurate information about the criteria for purging inactive journals. That entry has been edited; as of 22:24 2010 July 14 (Pacific Daylight Time) the associated lj_maintenance entry (http://community.livejournal.com/lj_maintenance/128843.html) hasn't been, and still makes reference to outdated information.

Inactive users and communities will be notified that unless they take action (logging in, posting entries) they will be deleted & purged -- however, "inactive" is very narrowly defined in the actual plan.

The account must be (if a personal journal) not logged into, for 24 consecutive months; a community must go without new entries for 24 consecutive months. Users will be notified before this happens; community maintainers and moderators will be notified. Additionally, only journals with either zero entries or the single automatic entry that LiveJournal started posting to new accounts, will be affected. If a journal has more than one entry in it, it's safe. If a journal has only one entry in it, and it's something other than the automatic text supplied by LJ, it's safe. The feature isn't fully developed yet. Stay tuned to official LJ sources (which I am not).

Historically important stuff is therefore likely to be safe, unless somehow a world-shattering conversation broke out in the comments of someone's automatic first post (and those tended to actually be automatically posted privately, so immensely unlikely).

This also means that the people who were pleased by the thought that the person with three entries from 2001 who has that awesome username but hasn't touched their journal since 2001, will actually be in for a disappointment.

Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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