July 14th, 2010

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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entry (http://community.livejournal.com/lj_maintenance/128843.html) hasn't been, and still makes reference to outdated information.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.

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Regarding the recent news on user purging

Originally posted by soph at Regarding the recent news on user purging
If you've seen the recent LJ news post, please be aware that it was written from the wrong spec. While I ([info]soph, the original author of this post), am not staff, this has been confirmed officially by staff and the news post has been rewritten accordingly.

Only accounts that have no entries, or have only the initial welcome entry, will be purged.

A new [info]news post is not being made because of the issue with News posts and notifications; the backend would likely crash if two News posts were made so close to each other.

Please repost this! There is a 'Repost this' button at the bottom of this entry.

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