March 17th, 2010

Books: Magical

LJ is at it again

As some of you may have seen LJ has been 'tweaking' the whole navigation menu *rolls eyes* That explains why I struggled to get anywhere first thing. I just put it down to the earliness of the hour, but now I know it wasn't.

They have also decided to display the last ten virtual gifts on your profile page no matter when they expired. You can get rid of them, but it means clicking through each one to say 'remove from profile page', which if you have any number at all, takes some time.

Full information can be found here. This post also includes a link to the post on lj_feedback whereby you can tell LJ what you think of their changes to the navigation menu.

Also a week or two ago they 'fixed' the tags and the way they are displayed in the address bar. So, if (like me) you have any posts be it personal or on a community where you have links to tags, any that had spaces in them are going to be broken and clicking on them will bring up a message saying: 'Error. Sorry, one or more specified tags do not exist.' And guess who has a lot of these posts spread across her various comms? Yes, me!

Thank you, LJ! I know what it's been done to fix but honestly, why couldn't they have thought this from the beginning? I wonder how many people thought about it? I certainly didn't :-(
Books: Magical

Oh, yes!!! A Tip

Okay, folk, so I posted earlier today about the darn changes LJ has made to its tag system and how anyone who had links to tags that had spaces between them would find those links are broken.

I decided to stop procrastinating and get on with fixing the various posts I have. I thought I was in for a long haul. However, I'm not - and you needn't be either. It's a simple matter of finding and replacing one symbol with another, and you don't have to do it by hand.

So the 'old' link would look like this:

[a href="http://community.livejournal.com/older_not_dead/tag/!admin+:+posting+guidelines">Posting Guidelines[/a]

With the + showing a space.

The 'new' link looks like this:

[a href="http://community.livejournal.com/older_not_dead/tag/!admin%20:%20posting%20guidelines">Posting Guidelines[/a]

Here I've replaced < > with [ ] so it didn't turn it into a link!

As you can see it is simple matter of replacing each + with %20

And you don't have to do it by  hand.



This is what you do:

For Word users.

- Copy and paste the old links from your post or wherever you have them into a Word document.

- Do Ctrl H - to open up the 'Find and Replace' box.

- In 'Find' type: +

- In 'Replace' type: %20

- Say 'Replace All'

- Voilà! Now all you have to do is to copy and paste the fixed code from Word to your LJ post.

Word is the only word-processing software I have and use, but I'm sure all have a Find & Replace feature, even if the codes are slightly different.


I did my older_not_dead tag list, once I'd checked the first one worked, in about 30 seconds.

Please feel free to share this tip should you wish to.

One thing I would recommend, just in case you accidentally catch the wrong key or something or Word crashes or anything hinky, is to make a separate copy of the original post, just in case you need to go back to it.