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.