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this brought to you by the current massive move to dreamwidth and the fact that a few of you seem to have rookie problems with it.

1. the flist
on dreamwidth, you do not have a flist, you have a circle. you also have an access list. unlike LJ, in order to maintain a successful flist, you need to both grant access to and subscribe to a friend's journal. when you grant access it means your friend can see your flocked ('access list' only) entries when they visit your journal and vice versa if a friend has granted you access. however, in order to see your friend's entries on your flist (reading page) regardless of security level (public or access list), you need to subscribe to the journal.

in the screenshot in the section below you'll see two blue exclamation marks. these are the mutual access and subscription lists. those numbers should match. more on the flist in the section below, as well.

2. openID
related to the flist: when you import your content to dreamwidth, your flist imports automatically as openID accounts. so you have all your lj friends already on your access and subscription lists! very neat! for this to work perfectly, you need to claim your openID, and your friends need to do the same. (here's the link to the faq that explains how to do it.) there's no need to hunt down everyone's dreamwidth journals to friend them all over again, if everyone just makes sure to claim their openID accounts.

i'm not aware of any good reason to not claim your openID, so I'm going to proceed as if claiming your openID is the best thing ever.

here's a screenshot of my access and subscription lists from my dreamwidth profile:


you'll see that some openID accounts also figure in the mutual access/subscription lists. this means that the dreamwidth accounts in the mutual lists have not claimed their openID. if they don't want to, that's their prerogative of course, but honestly, why wouldn't you?

other benefits of claiming your openID account:

a. imported comments will be attributed to you.

here you see comments on an imported entry in [community profile] rs_collab . because i've claimed my openID account, my former nerak_rose.livejournal.com openID account is gone, and has been replaced with my dreamwidth account. the comment i'm responding to still belongs to an openID account because that person hasn't claimed their account/hasn't moved to dreamwidth.

b. entries in imported communities will be attributed to you.


i haven't yet created a mod account for [community profile] rs_collab and claimed the openID account on its behalf, which means i am unable to edit this entry or any of the other entries in the community.

however, when i imported my fic rec community from [livejournal.com profile] roserecs to [community profile] roserecs, all my entries were automatically attributed to me once i claimed my openID account, which means i have full control of everything and not just new entries i posted after the import.


that's all i've got. i hope it helped.

Date: 2017-04-07 08:16 am (UTC)
hollys_tree: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollys_tree
This is an awesome entry. Will share it on my flist! :)

I claimed my open ID account and all the comments I imported now show up as mine as far as I can see. I find it weird however, that my open ID account [identity profile] hollys-tree.livejournal.com still exists and there are about 2500 comments linked to it. Hmm. I guess I can write to the support at one point, but I think they have their hands full at the moment.
(it said on the open ID page that names with - and _ in it might be bugged.

Date: 2017-04-07 11:25 am (UTC)
fosfomifira: (Skull says "shiny!")
From: [personal profile] fosfomifira
This is a very useful entry. Thank you for sharing all of this info :)

Date: 2017-04-07 06:38 pm (UTC)
likethenight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likethenight
I am slightly confused by the whole openID business. Given that my username here is different to the one I had on LJ (which doesn't bother me one bit), is there any point to claiming it? What actually is it? I never did get my head round it when they introduced them...

(eta: I've read the how-to, and I am still none the wiser as to what it's all about! >.< so confused!)
Edited Date: 2017-04-07 07:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-08 10:15 am (UTC)
likethenight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likethenight
riiiiiight. So. If I want to claim the xspitefulangelx openid but not associate it with likethenight on DW, I have to make a DW account under xspitefulangelx in order to claim it? Or do I claim it under the xspitefulangelx LJ account, but then what happens if I delete that LJ? Or do I just not claim it? I don't much want to associate with it here (I'm trying to distance myself from it as much as possible, tbh), and I haven't posted in any comms in years (and the comms I posted in have been dead for years, and I'm pretty sure I've already deleted everything from there in my big-novel-associated-purge-of-fandom a few years back, so I don't think I'm going to need to be deleting stuff from here.)

...on the other hand, if I were to claim it under this handle, I'd at least show up under my current username in imported-from-LJ blogs like yours (although since you and I, and anyone else that would be likely to apply for, all know who I am under both names, I'm not sure if it matters). Does it show anywhere that the two usernames are related?

Sorry to be so dim! I just cannot get my head round it. I find this sort of thing inherently more or less terminally confusing... XD

Date: 2017-04-09 01:08 pm (UTC)
likethenight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likethenight
Ummmm. I think I understand a bit more now - thank you for bearing with me! I am not going to bother claiming xspitefulangelx with likethenight - I already have 'spitefulangel' as a DW username (it's where my fic archive lives), but I'm not using it. I suppose I could claim it with spitefulangel, and then at least that part of my life is all together. I'm pretty sure I deleted everything I posted to s&d anyway - I now run it from another account XD but I've claimed the openID for that one.

In any case, I'll be using likethenight from now on, so if you do want to revoke access to any of the variations on spitefulangel I've used over the years, feel free!

One more question, just in case you happen to know the answer - once one has imported one's journal and been crossposting for a while, do you know if it's possible to import the comments on the LJ-crossposts back to DW? The import page says you can import as many times as you like, and as many journals as you like (so I've got both my LJs in likethenight now), but it skips duplicate entries...so I'm wondering if it would replace the non-commented-on posts on DW with the commented-on ones from LJ, or just skip over them. Not to worry if you don't know, I'll go bother support with it, but I thought it was worth an ask!

I won't be sorry when all this is over and done with! XD

Date: 2017-04-12 09:25 pm (UTC)
likethenight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likethenight
Brilliant. thank you! I'll have to do that before I delete for good.

And that post looks excellent. Thank you! :D

it's hilarious, this whole process has brought to light journals and comms I'd entirely forgotten I was involved with XD *deletedeletedelete*
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