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FAQ - Journal Entries

  • How do I edit or delete a journal entry?

    While viewing an individual entry, click the Edit Entry button () or link. You can also use the Edit Journal Entries page or a downloadable client.

    Editing an entry permanently changes the text. Deleting an entry permanently deletes the text, comments, and polls. You might want to change the entry's security level instead.

    You may need to set your default text encoding before editing or deleting entries.

  • How do I add images to my entries, comments, or profile?

    Add an image to your entries by using the Insert Image button on the Post an Entry page. (If you have a Paid, Permanent, or Plus account, the Insert Image button lets you upload images to ScrapBook and post images from your ScrapBook galleries in your journal.) You can also use HTML or ScrapBook's Post to Journal option to add images to your entries.

    To add images to your comments or profile, you must use HTML.
  • How do I download all of my journal entries?

    Download your journal entries with LiveJournal's Export Journal page, certain downloadable clients, or your web browser.
  • Does LiveJournal delete my old journal entries?

    No, LiveJournal does not delete old entries.
  • What is the "Disable Auto-Formatting" option?

    When posting an entry or comment, LiveJournal normally adds line breaks any time you hit the enter or return key, and turns URLs into links. However, you can code HTML manually with the "Disable Auto-Formatting" option on comment forms and the HTML editor on the Post an Entry page.

    In addition, <lj-raw> disables auto-formatting for all or part of your entry, comment, or user bio.
    <lj-raw> unformatted text </lj-raw>
  • How do I add my current location, mood, and music to my entries? How do I change my mood theme?

    Add your current location, mood, and music to your journal entry using the Post an Entry page or a downloadable client. Change your journal's mood theme by going to the Customize Journal Style page. (Those using the old style system can find this setting on the Journal Display page.)
  • What is the "Memories" feature?

    The Memories feature on LiveJournal allows you to organize your favorite LiveJournal entries with an easy-to-use keyword archive system. You can add, edit, and delete your memories, which does not affect the original entry posted in your own journal, a community, or another person's journal. You may also be interested in adding tags, or descriptive keywords, to your own entries.
  • How do I add a link to another journal or web site?

  • How do I add a poll to my entry? How do I vote in polls or change my vote?

    Add a poll to a new entry with the Poll Creator or by writing your own poll code. You can neither add a new poll to an existing entry nor edit a poll after it has been added to an entry; also, you cannot add polls to comments, user bios, or styles.
  • What is the "Calendar/Archive" feature?

    The Calendar view (http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/calendar/), also known as the Archive view, serves as a record of your previous entries. As you post entries in your journal, each one is archived on your Calendar by posting date, so that you can locate it later. It is not meant to keep track of birthdays or personal schedules like other online calendar services.
  • How do I make text bold, italic or centered? What HTML can I use in my entries and comments?

    You can format text with certain HTML (HyperText Markup Language) markup tags and LiveJournal-specific markup tags like <lj-cut> and <lj user>. Alternatively, you can use the Rich Text editor to format your entries, which does not require HTML knowledge.
  • How do I hide part of my entry behind a link? What is an lj-cut or lj-spoiler tag?

    There are two features available that allow you to hide all or a portion of your entry or comment behind a link the viewer must click to see the full content. Both features are useful for hiding material you may not want your viewers to see unless they make the choice to do so (such as a large number of pictures or your thoughts about a new film). Though similar, the <lj-cut> and <lj-spoiler> tags are slightly different.

  • How do I make an entry stay at the top of my journal? What is a sticky entry?

    You can create a sticky entry that will always be shown as the top entry on your latest entries page. You can use this post to include important information about your journal, make announcements, etc.
  • How do I delete all my journal entries without deleting my account?

    While all of your journal entries can be deleted without deleting your account, you must still delete each entry individually. This includes any entries you might have made in communities, as there is not an automatic way to remove them and still keep your account.

    Neither LiveJournal nor downloadable clients allow deleting all your journal entries at once. However, a downloadable client deletes entries faster since it doesn't have the delay for pages to load in LiveJournal's web interface. For more information on your preferred client, consult its documentation or menu options.

    Deleting entries is permanent and cannot be undone. As an alternative to deleting all of your entries, consider changing the entries' security to Private. Additionally, Plus, Paid, and Permanent members can change the security of multiple entries at a time using the Edit Journal Privacy page.

    Please note that any entry that was previously posted with a Public security setting may have been indexed and cached by third-party search engines, and may appear in search results even if the entry has been deleted from LiveJournal.
  • How do I import my entries from another journal or journaling site to my LiveJournal?

    LiveJournal does not provide any way to add a large number of entries from another site or journal to your LiveJournal simultaneously.
  • Can I link my LiveJournals together? How do I update another LiveJournal without logging out?

    You have three options (posting as another user, using a downloadable client, and closed communities) to update other LiveJournals without logging out of your current LiveJournal, but two or more LiveJournals cannot be linked together under a single username. If you wish to combine two journals, you must manually copy entries from one journal to the other.
  • How do I search my journal? How can I find a particular entry or comment?

    The Search tool, found in the upper-right hand corner on site schemed pages, is one way to find public entries and comments. In order to use this function, you will need to uncheck the "Search inclusion" option on the Privacy tab of the My Account Settings page.
  • How do I post an entry to my journal?

    Use the Post an Entry page to post entries to your journal; this page has an auto-save feature that keeps the entry draft you are working on in the event that your browser closes. You can also update your journal using downloadable clients, My LJ (also known as the "Portal"), LJ Talk, mobile posting, or the LiveJournal bookmarklet.
  • How do I tag my entries? Where can I manage my tags?

    Tags are words or short phrases used to organize your journal entries. Add tags to a new entry (or while editing an old entry) by typing the tag name in the Tags field or clicking the "Select Tags" link to the right of the Tags field. Separate multiple tags on the same entry with a comma (eg: "pets, rover"). You can also add tags to an old entry by clicking the icon labeled "TAG" or the "Edit Tags" link on the entry. You can view and manage all your tags at the Manage Tags page.
  • How do I embed videos, maps, and other media into my entries, comments, or profile?

    Embedding videos into your journal can be done in several ways, and how to do it will vary slightly depending on where you want to add them.
  • How do I update my Facebook or Twitter when I post to LiveJournal?

    You can choose to update your Facebook Wall through the Facebook Connect feature any time you post a public entry to LiveJournal using the Post an Entry page, or any time you post an unscreened comment to any public entry.
  • How do I print my journal entries?

    You can print your journal entries individually using your own printer, or you can purchase a professionally printed book containing your journal entries from Blurb, a LiveJournal partner company.
  • What is a repost button? How do I add one to an entry?

    A repost button allows other users to share all or part of your entries on LiveJournal. The new-style of repost button inserts your entry into another user's journal while the original-style button creates a new entry in the other user's journal using some or all of your original text.

    You can add a repost button of either style to your entry with the HTML editor, or you can use the Rich Text Editor to add a new-style repost button.

  • What is LJ-Like? How do I use it?

    LJ-Like is a feature which allows users to share their support of an author's entry in various ways. By inserting the <lj-like> tag into an entry, an author enables services that a reader can use to show their appreciation of the work. LJ-Like currently supports five services: Facebook (Like), Google (+1), LJ Give (10 LJ Tokens), Twitter (Tweet), and Vkontakte (Like). With the exception of LJ Give, clicking the button of an LJ-Like service in the entry will share that entry to the social media platform selected by the user. LJ Give works differently. Each time a LiveJournal user clicks the LJ Give button, 10 tokens are transferred from the user to the author of the entry in which the button appears.

    Placing the <lj-like> tag into an entry without setting any parameters will display all available service buttons. If you prefer, you can specify the inclusion and display order of the LJ-Like services by using the 'buttons' parameter. For example:

    LJ-Like feature with no parameters
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    LJ-Like feature with the LJ Give (10 LJ Tokens) service enabled
    <lj-like buttons="livejournal"> or <lj-like buttons="lj">
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    LJ-Like feature with the Facebook 'Like' and Google '+1' services enabled
    <lj-like buttons="facebook, google"> or <lj-like buttons="fb, go">
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    Each of the services can be referenced with one of two parameter values:
    Facebook: facebook or fb
    Vkontakte: vkontakte or vk
    Twitter: twitter or tw
    Google: google or go
    LJ Give: livejournal or lj

    Please note: When posting an entry, the LJ-Like tag (<lj-like>) will only function properly when coded using the HTML tab of the entry creation page. Placing the LJ-Like tag via the Rich Text editor tab will result in unpredictable layout and feature functionality.
  • What is LJ Give? How can I donate LJ Tokens to another user?

    LJ Give is a service available via the LJ-Like feature that allows users to share their appreciation of an author's post. Each time a LiveJournal user clicks the LJ Give button, 10 tokens are transferred to the author of the post in which the button appears. The LJ Tokens can then be used in the LJ Shop to purchase features and services like a Paid Account, Custom Userheads, or Virtual Gifts for your friends.

    The LJ Give button is enabled by including the <lj-like buttons="lj"> tag in the body of the entry. The LJ Give feature can be specified in this tag using either the 'livejournal' or 'lj' buttons parameter. Please note, the LJ Give button is not displayed in a post by default. The author must include the tag in the post. If the LJ Give button is missing from a post then the author most likely decided not to include the button. In an entry, the LJ-Like button appears like so:

    image for demonstration purposes only

    For prompt notification of LJ Tokens being sent to your account, enable the preferred 'Someone sends me LJ Tokens' checkboxes located on the Notifications tab of your account settings.

    Visit the LJ Shop to learn more about purchasing LJ Tokens.

    There are other services supported by the <lj-like> tag. Visit the LJ-Like FAQ for more information.

  • How can I publish an entry at a particular time in the future? What is a scheduled entry?

    When you post an entry, you can either have it posted immediately, or write the entry now and schedule it to be posted at any later time & date.

    To schedule the posting of a new entry:
    1. On the Update Journal page, click "Edit" in the "Date" field.
    2. Click the calendar icon.
    3. Select the date you want your entry to be posted on.
    4. Manually enter the time you want the entry to be posted.
    5. Click the "Post" button.
  • What order do my entries appear in my journal? How do I exclude entries from RSS feeds and friends pages?

    Your entries are ordered in your journal based on the time and date they are posted, with your most recent entries showing at the top of your journal. There are, however, two exceptions to this:
  • What is a paid repost?

    Paid repost is a new method of promoting your entry in other journals. You can add a "Paid repost" button to your entry and every user who reposts it into his journal will get some LJ Tokens (you’ll have to set a budget for reposts). Also, Paid repost is a new way for you to earn LJ Tokens. If you click on a Paid repost button in other user’s entry, this entry will be reposted to your journal and you’ll get some LJ Tokens for this. Paid repost is based on New-style reposting.

    The main features of a Paid repost are:
    • The cost of a paid repost is based on the social capital and how much new audience is brought to the original post. It is calculated as (Social Capital*10*New Audience coefficient)-Commission.
    • If the repost author has turned on the 'Targeting' option, the New Audience coefficient includes the degree to which your audience matches the targeting parameters.
    • The reposter gets LJ Tokens 24 hours after the time he reposted the entry.
    • One user can repost one entry for LJ Tokens only once. If you tried to repost an entry but cancelled a repost less than 24 hours after the repost was made, you won’t be able to make a paid repost of this entry again.
  • How to make a new entry in otdam_darom community

    This FAQ is only available in Russian. You can read it here if you like.
  • What is the Related Entries feature?

    The Related Entries feature allows you to display a module at the bottom of your entry which will show others a brief preview of up to 9 of your other entries.

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