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theljstaff wrote in lj_policy
Based on the feedback we received back in July, we have implemented both the ability to suspend a single journal entry, and the ability to place a journal into a read-only state. We've updated our policies to reflect these changes to our Abuse process.

Our goal for these new tools is to restrict access to content which violates our policies and prevent the posting of new violating content, while still allowing non-violating content to be readable. When possible, we will suspend access to individual entries rather than entire journal. Use of the read-only feature will generally be used as an alternative to both temporary and permanent suspensions. Some situations will still require the whole journal to be suspended, but we believe these new tools will drastically reduce the number of whole journal suspensions that are performed. This will allow for as much content as possible to remain intact while still removing violations from the site.

Our policies may still require some fine tuning as we begin using these tools, and we appreciate any feedback you can give us on how these tools should be used.

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How long has this been in effect? I was under the impression that the code for it was pushed a few releases back.

The single entry suspend was pushed a release or two ago. The read-only feature was pushed this release. The policies surrounding the use of these features were not finalized until this release, so they weren't used yet (but now will be).

Now let's count the months it took them to do this...

Too long?

The last thing we need is for them to hurry, put out stuff that doesn't work, and have to fix the bugs it creates. At least this way service continues and we eventually get the stuff they promise... most of it, anyway.

(I say this, and then press "post comment", and I get an error page. Oh, LiveJournal.)

In before wank? But I can't think what kind of wank. But this is LJ.

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Wouldn't you just disable comments for that?

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I'll never know why it took so long for you all to get rational, but thank you for doing so.

Excellent news. Thank you for implementing this.

It's good news. However Russian users got also bad news about possibility of using of their post by without authors' permissions.

I just heard about that :(

This is excellent news. Thank you.

This is some good news. Thanks.

the ability to suspend a single journal entry

We will be informed of single post suspensions, right?

Why are users having suspensions for image URL links as opposed to IMG tags?

Sounds good. :)

Thanks for listening to the feedback before implementing it too.

Some situations will still require the whole journal to be suspended, but we believe these new tools will drastically reduce the number of whole journal suspensions that are performed.

Huh, this sound as if journals are suspended rather frequently. I always thought that there were only a few to which this happens, always causing some scandal.

Permanent journal suspensions are pretty rare, that is true -- it's done usually only for extreme violations (account hijacking, etc) or repeat offenders, etc. What this line is referring to more, though, has to do with a user's compliance with a requirement for something to be removed or altered.

When someone is required to correct a violation of some sort (hate speech or an invasion of privacy or whatever), they normally have a period of three days in which to comply with that requirement. However, if the three days pass and the material is not edited or removed (depending on the situation), then LiveJournal needs to remove that material from public view in some way. Three days is the balance between giving the user time to correct the error on their own and LiveJournal's need to remove violating material.

Previous to now, the only option was to suspend the entire journal at the end of the three days. The suspended user is given a link that they can use to unsuspend their journal when they are able to make the required change -- they click the link, the journal is unsuspended, they make the change, and they're good to go. The whole journal suspension, though, means that between the time of suspension and the user unsuspending themselves to correct the issue, all of their content posted everywhere is removed from view. A suspension affects every entry and comment they've ever made anywhere.

Now, though, with the implementation of the ability to suspend a single entry, it takes away the need for an entire journal to be suspended -- the single violating entry can be suspendedat whatever point, leaving the rest of the person's journal visible/usable. Non-violating material no longer needs to be removed from view just for a single violation.

Some whole journal suspensions will still occur, of course, in the case of repeat offenders or journals whose whole nature is a violation (something that is an impersonation or solely to harass someone, or that posts a grievous violation of US law

Thank you so much for this. I am all for common sense and fairness. Nice to see user feedback having a positive effect.

I'm really impressed with your continuing commitment to responding to our feedback. Thanks, LJ!

Recently I tried to report a post that was urging people to engage in a denial-of-service attack on a website. I first tried clicking "flag," but that's for adult content. Then I tried writing, but that bounced. What are people supposed to do to report that type of abuse?

Uhm, thought?

Is "read only" action on an entry a bit asinine? Can't authors do that to their own work if they feel so inclined? And if you mean that they can't edit their post either (or maybe you mean only their post) doesn't that take away an author's right to their own material?

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