xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (vexing)
( Jan. 13th, 2011 11:11 am)
Guess it's my turn now. As I've seen it happened to some of my flist members, my LJ just got hit by anonymous spammer. Some annoying anon posted a comment on an old entry of mine advertising...get this...furniture?!? Not that I want to get spammed, but couldn't I at least get something interesting? How boring am I? (Don't answer that.) Granted, I was talking about "prettifying" my journal's look & feel in that old entry. So is there some kind of text crawler at work around here sniffing out certain keywords? This is serious. I hope LiveJournal is able to put a stop to this ASAP.

I don't want to disable anonymous commenting because I do have friends visiting my journal who are not on LJ. All I can do at this point is deleting that comment and marking it as spam. I wonder if there's anyway to ban certain IP addresses (I track them in comments) from commenting on my journal. Anyone?
This has taken me two days to write mainly because I want to allow sufficient time for my experiment results to get back to me. What I set out to do is a follow up on the recent LJ changes I talked about in a previous post.

Since I made that entry, I got over my initial whine that people at LiveJournal, Inc. are too well versed in messing with us. Really, why would the company spend its money and resources implementing code changes for services that are not needed, or even worse, harmful to its users? Are these people that dumb or evil? I could hardly believe that when I thought about it more rationally.

The world of internet is a precarious place, I've learned. More often than not, all it took was an accusing finger and a catch-phrase for a chorus of voices to join in. Protection of privacy is a serious issue. Like many others, I easily get antsy and riled up when I think my right is in danger of being violated. But do I really know what's going on here? Or am I echoing other people's opinion without knowing the facts? When I thought in that term, I realized I had only a cursory idea on how crosspost and pingback works. The good thing is, it's not hard to find out. Since I have two separate LJ user accounts and a sporadically used FB account, with a little time and effort, I can see for myself how these two services work by conducting a series of experiments.

Read more on what I tested and what I learned... )
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (anxious)
( Sep. 1st, 2010 12:11 pm)
Most people here on LJ noticed last night the "Repost to" Facebook and Twitter checkboxes magically appearing underneath the text editor whenever we post something. If you are like me, I'd like to keep my LJ personality separate from my Facebook one, thank you very much. So here comes the worry -- What if I accidentally checked that box that says 'Repost to Facebook' just before I press the Post button?

Well, this is what I found out: as long as I'm not logged in Facebook or Twitter via LJ, those checkboxes are not enabled (which of course means I'm not able to select it). Phew!

Now, for strange reasons, if you do want to cross post, you would need to log on to Facebook or Twitter via LJ first. Notice merely logging on to those accounts on the same computer is not enough. You would have to go to the account setting on LJ to connect to Facebook and/or Twitter.

To login or logout from these social network sites, go to your setting extensions to make the appropriate change.
FYI: as of this morning, if you try to connect to Facebook, you'd get a message that says Bogus form data; please go back and try again. - me think LJ must've been bombarded with angry users since last night that they scrambled to keep the situation under control.

Besides the cross post option, LJ also implemented a related service called "pingback". Now, what are pingbacks? You can refer to FAQ #293 for a description. In a nutshell, when the pingback service is turned on, it is designed to alert you when someone linked your post in their own LJ posts. At first glance, this seems to be a desirable service. After all, who wouldn't want to keep track of what other people are saying about what s/he wrote in her/his posts, eh? However, here's the catch: when you turned the service on to keep track of where your posts are linked to, you also agree to allow LJ alert other users who chose to enabled the pingback service should you link their posts in your entry or comment, even if that entry or comment is flocked or private. Scary isn't it? Especially when the alert is sent, LJ quotes ~600 word context surrounding the link in question, regardless of the privacy setting of the post.

So yes, I think the pingback service is a double edged sword. In the spirit of keeping my privacy intact, I'd rather stay ignorant of who's linking my post to where. To turn on/off the service, you can go to the privacy setting of your account to make the appropriate change.

And lastly, [livejournal.com profile] felisblanco mentioned that LJ has now fucked up its handling of "/" in their tags. So if you see an LJ tag that has a "/" in it, and try to get the tagged entries, it won't work any more! I wonder how long it's going to take LJ fix that. If they don't do it soon, they might have a massive exodus of users from LJ land on their hand.


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