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*** Quick LJ User Rep Update *** [Mar. 4th, 2010|07:32 pm]
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I got emails today about two things:

If you forward a Quick Reply comment notification to someone and they reply to it, they'll post as you.

and then right on the heels of that,

Is lj inserting code that redirects some links to advertisers???

I inquired about each of them.

1) It's true, if you forward your Quick Reply comment notification to someone and they reply to it, they'll post a message as you. It's just he way Quick Reply works, don't forward them to people. I was told that it's necessary for people who get their notifications on email clients. I asked if they could put a line at the bottom that says "there's an identity token in this message, don't forward it to people" - they took that under advisement & said they'd probably do that so that people will know.

2) LJ was indeed redirecting about 150 urls to advertisers, see edit #1 for clarification even for paid users. They are now aware how Not Good an Idea that was. They're pulling that code tonight.

I'll post an update again when I know more.

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marta has posted some information saying the code was supposed to add "this link came via lj" affiliate info to non affiliated links -- the link would go to exactly the same place it was supposed to, but there would be information added saying that the link had come via LJ -- which makes a lot more sense (and sounds thankfully less sinister) than hijacking people's links and taking them to advertisers, but didn't work as expected. It's still being scrapped.

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The code should be gone now.

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Please repost/link as appropriate.

Thanks,

your LJ advisory board rep
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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2010-03-05 12:44 am (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: jimhines
2010-03-05 12:51 am (UTC)

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Thanks, Kyle. I've already pointed one person here for your updates.
[User Picture]From: tithenai
2010-03-05 12:54 am (UTC)

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You are awesome for getting on 2) so quickly.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 01:03 am (UTC)

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Thanks -- it's what I'm here for. I've got years invested in this blog and I do believe there's not been invented a better blogging platform than this. I want it to work, and I want the users to be happy and satisfied and feel like we're in the right place, you know, warm fuzzies and all.
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[User Picture]From: vichan
2010-03-05 01:01 am (UTC)

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Thank you! Updating my (admittedly bitchy) post on the subject.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 01:05 am (UTC)

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Thanks for letting me know. Hopefully it's all fixed soon.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 01:15 am (UTC)

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You can say that when user backups are working. :-)
[User Picture]From: sarin_girl
2010-03-05 01:37 am (UTC)

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on completely unrelated topic, I finally managed to get Lady Gaga tickets and am way too excited by this!

but yes, good job on getting the breach sorted :)
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 02:19 am (UTC)

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heck, that's not unrelated. have a fabulous time!
[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2010-03-05 01:40 am (UTC)

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You are doing a very good job, oh LJ Rep!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 03:13 am (UTC)

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If we get backups working before the end of my term, I'll agree.
[User Picture]From: funkyturtle
2010-03-05 01:51 am (UTC)

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once again, thanks for being so fast on getting us real info on messy issues
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 03:12 am (UTC)

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It's what I'm here for. Thanks.
[User Picture]From: arethinn
2010-03-05 01:52 am (UTC)

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So, um. They were trying to inject their own affiliate information if there was none existing? If I posted a "naked" link to an Amazon item, they would get to get affiliate credit for it?

If I've understood that correctly, it's less sinister than breaking my own affiliation stuff (not that I have any), but only marginally so.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 02:23 am (UTC)

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that is my understanding of it. if it was a news item "we're adding lj referral information to un-attributed links posted on lj because it will help us pay for the free accounts, etc etc" i suspect people probably would have been okay with it.
[User Picture]From: yerseester
2010-03-05 01:53 am (UTC)

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Kyle,
You know,
I would use LJ a lot more if I didn't have to download a photo holding client....
Like Photobucket and the like.
Can it be made easier for computer novices?
-yerseester
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 02:26 am (UTC)

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done!

http://pics.livejournal.com

let me know if that works for you.
[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2010-03-05 01:55 am (UTC)

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you're like the best lj advisory board rep ever!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 02:24 am (UTC)

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i think i'm only the second one and, from all i've heard, the first one vanished immediately after being elected.
[User Picture]From: mskala
2010-03-05 01:56 am (UTC)

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I'm not in any way blaming you or the Advisory Board for this, but wasn't the whole point of the Advisory Board that Livejournal would ask you "Hey, is this likely to get people breaking out the pitchforks and torches?" before doing something like the URL-rewriting thing? And then, if the Advisory Board said, "Yes!" they would like actually not do the stupid thing? It shouldn't be about damage control after the fact.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 02:34 am (UTC)

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Hopefully LJ and I will both learn from this to talk more.
[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-03-05 03:18 am (UTC)

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A calm, considered update amidst the usual panicked hullabaloo.
[User Picture]From: woofiegrrl
2010-03-05 03:52 am (UTC)

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Now THIS I agree with. :)
[User Picture]From: mouseworks
2010-03-05 04:45 am (UTC)

Dreamwidth Studio

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Just saying. The friends I have who were first on LJ when it wasn't a big commercial site were first to jump ship to Dreamwidth Studio.
[User Picture]From: uncleamos
2010-03-05 05:53 am (UTC)

Re: Dreamwidth Studio

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I'm not convinced that DW is better than LJ by enough to outweigh how annoying it can be.

But this shouldn't turn into a DW/LJ discussion.
[User Picture]From: discogravy
2010-03-05 05:06 am (UTC)

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thanks for your work on these things, btw.
[User Picture]From: nagasvoice
2010-03-05 05:42 am (UTC)

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Thanks, Kyle, have pointed a few people here for updates/info.
[User Picture]From: uncleamos
2010-03-05 05:52 am (UTC)

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Thanks for being here for us!
[User Picture]From: moviegrrl
2010-03-05 07:54 am (UTC)

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Thanks Kyle, once again a kickass job :D
[User Picture]From: i
2010-03-05 01:40 pm (UTC)

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once again glad i voted for you. thanks!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 03:43 pm (UTC)

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i'm very relieved by that!
[User Picture]From: mfree
2010-03-05 02:50 pm (UTC)

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Think they'll ever fix the issue where if you're looking at a semi-lcoked down photo album, and you select to sort by most recent, all the unprotected photos not in a directory appear visible?
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-05 03:42 pm (UTC)

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i don't know -- do you have a support ticket in?
[User Picture]From: katmaxwell
2010-03-05 02:54 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for the update!
[User Picture]From: silmaril
2010-03-05 04:31 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for getting on these so quickly and taking action. Glad that I was strongly recommended to vote for you!
[User Picture]From: vichan
2010-03-05 07:56 pm (UTC)

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I just wanted to let you know that it seems like people are still running into the code. This comment was left less than an hour ago, although this person was still getting it last night and wasn't getting it anymore this morning.

My sister thinks it's possibly because if they had to do a code push it hasn't reached all of their server clusters yet. My thoughts are to wait another day to see if people are still running into it, but I did want to let you know.

(I'm not sure why they're telling me instead of you, but I figured I'd pass the word along.)

Do you know if they'll be stripping the code permanently, or modifying it and putting it back in?
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-07 05:52 pm (UTC)

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my understanding was that it's gone for good.
[User Picture]From: seattlejo
2010-03-06 03:02 am (UTC)

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I have to say, I love having you as our user rep.

Any chances you know why the new search sucks? Go to it, to people and search for me under people and communities. Results =none same thing if I search by your name.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-07 05:53 pm (UTC)

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that's what's held up my progress report, i'm waiting to see if they can fix that. but it's broke, that's for sure. i can't find the word "roswell" in my own journal.
[User Picture]From: trishalynn
2010-03-06 04:21 am (UTC)

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Once again, thank you for being our advocacy rep.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-03-07 05:53 pm (UTC)

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you're very welcome
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