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21 April 2011 @ 07:43 pm
Anyone modding a community needs to read this.
Anyone modding a community needs to read this.

LJ is at it again. They've introduced a new OPT-OUT 'Spam Protection' feature, which is actually a new privacy setting (found here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=privacy ). It automagically screens comments containing links onto a special 'suspicious comment' page if the link is to a site that is not on their unpublicized whitelist*.

The user who made the original post cannot see these hidden comments and receives no notification that they exist. Only moderators/maintainers can see these hidden comments, BUT! no notifications are sent to inform mods of the screening. Also, it's been active about two weeks, and it's still buggy as all hell, so if you're a mod, you need to go to each of your comms and check each post to see if any comments have been auto-screened.

As an added bonus, if you have custom comment pages in your comm, you probably won't be able to see the 'suspicious comment' link even then. I ended up appending ?format=light to the url of each post in bloodclaim to hunt down the comments that had been dropped into lj's nifty little oubliette without warning.

NB: The '# suspicious comments' link is only visible if there are suspicious comments, so don't worry if you don't see the link on lj's default comment page layout, or in ?format=light mode, it just means there are none. Yay?

The setting applies to personal journals as well as communities, but this is a post about how it affects communities and their mods.

To turn it off, uncheck the ticky box for 'Spam Protection: Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section.' and then click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.


LJ are still working on 'improving' the whole mess, so I have no idea how long this post will remain accurate, but with the way it's working right now, it's not fit for use in any community.

* There is a copy of a whitelist available, http://www.livejournal.com/community/whitelist.bml?authas=COMMNAME, but that, apparently, is a different whitelist, set up for posts in moderated communities, and not for comments at all. (Or so it is writ, somewhere in the depths of the comments on the latest news post.)


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Hilshils on April 21st, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell! Thanks for the heads up. I have informed my flist and will sort out my numerous comms asap.
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 21st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
YW. I spent a couple of hours last night turning the damn thing off and then going back and checking all the posts, then another couple of hours today skimming the news post comments for relevant info and following links.

I do wish LJ would think before implementing stuff like this. So much wasted time!
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 21st, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
info for all mods...
User drbillbongo referenced to your post from info for all mods... saying: [...] If you mod any comms on LJ please take note of this [...]
The Bavarian Skipper: not amusedtxorakeriak on April 21st, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the information! Why can't LJ introduce opt-in features for a change? *sigh*
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 21st, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew. *g*
tabaquitabaqui on April 21st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Bleh. Thanks for the info! Yeesh.
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 21st, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
YW. This has stolen too much of my precious fic-reading time! *g*
katbcollkatbcoll on April 21st, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! I've passed the info on to a few community mods I know.
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 21st, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
YW. The more people boost the signal, the better.
blue bird sitting on my windowsillkashmir1 on April 22nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I had to opt out for this feature not only on all the communities I mod but also for my own personal LJ. WTH, Livejournal?? Thanks for the heads up.

ETA: Found your post via killerweasel. :)

Edited at 2011-04-22 12:26 am (UTC)
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 23rd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
It's not so bad with a personal journal because apparently, personal journal holders are receiving notifications of those comments that are being screened (or so I've heard...), so the comments aren't quite disappearing into the ether like they are in comms. *sighs*
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 22nd, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
LJ Messing Up
User justhuman referenced to your post from LJ Messing Up saying: [...] it just happened in my last post, I can describe it, but has a more detailed description here. [...]
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darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 23rd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
This is one of those moments when being a conscientious mod comes back to bite you on the arse. *g*
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 23rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
News for Friday, April 2nd, 2011
User ff_presswatch referenced to your post from News for Friday, April 2nd, 2011 saying: [...] Anyone modding a community needs to read this. [...]
Oberin Hilexandergargoule on April 23rd, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. I'll be posting this on my journal for others who have comms.
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 23rd, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
A new LJ setting you might want to be aware of
User sister_dear referenced to your post from A new LJ setting you might want to be aware of saying: [...] automatically enabled on all journals and communities. Here's more about it and how to disable it. [...]
Omnicatomnicat on April 23rd, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
Here via ff_press
Oh, so THAT's what's going on.

For what it's worth: I found a notification in my e-mail this morning of a spam comment with a dodgy link to a post I made in a community. The community's moderator's journal has been deleted. When I went to the page to delete + report as spam, I didn't find said spam comment, nor was there any trace of it in my LJ-inbox, not even a "you have one deleted comment". I could, however, delete the comment straight from my e-mail using the links provided therein.

I don't know if this is because that comm is effectively moderator-less, but there you go. :\
Omnicatomnicat on April 23rd, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
Re: Here via ff_press
*spam comment to a post I made in a comm, and the comment contained a dodgy link.

For clarification. <.<;;
darkhavens: lj - you never know what will happen nexdarkhavens on April 29th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Here via ff_press
Belated thanks for the heads-up. :D

I myself received notification of a reply to a comment I made in a comm, saw the graphic embedded, thought nothing of it, and replied. When the page loaded, there were my two comments, with nothing to show for the fact that there was another one between them.

*rolls eyes at lj*
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 23rd, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Notice
User epistretes referenced to your post from Notice saying: [...] need much in the way of active modding + Some of you may have seen the post (alternate info here [...]
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 23rd, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Notice
User epistretes referenced to your post from Notice saying: [...] need much in the way of active modding + Some of you may have seen the post (alternate info here [...]
pingback_botpingback_bot on April 28th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Mod Post: Comment Screening
User soophelia referenced to your post from Mod Post: Comment Screening saying: [...] how the new spam setting works (and how buggy it is). http://darkhavens.livejournal.com/234895.html [...]