star of the firing line (swelegant) wrote in lj_userdoc,
star of the firing line

Modifying FAQ #195 , FAQ #69 and FAQ #62

FAQ #195: How do I import my entries from another journaling site to my LiveJournal?

I thought it might be a good idea to modify this FAQ slightly to specifically address users who wish to transfer entries from one LiveJournal to another. Mainly because the number of requests about transferring from one LiveJournal to another appears to outweigh the number of requests about users tranferring from somewhere else to LiveJournal.

FAQ #69: How do I add a poll to a journal entry?

Since non-LiveJournal people cannot vote in polls, so I think the FAQ should be edited to include a sentence that explains this.

FAQ #62: How do I set up my message boards and see comments?

I think that this FAQ should include a paragraph providing an explanation of what the "Posted:" and "Received:" text means on a user's Info page (

Thoughts, adoration, hate mail? :D

Edited for FAQ wording ideas. The pink text is the stuff I added/modified. I know these aren't very shiny, but I have issues with writing shiny answers, so y'all will have to deal ;p

FAQ #195
LiveJournal does not provide any way to add a large number of entries from a journalling site or another LiveJournal to your LiveJournal simultaneously. It is also not possible for your entries or their comments on another site to be transferred to your LiveJournal for you, even if it is another LiveJournal or the other site is running LiveJournal code. There is no way for entries that have been downloaded from another LiveJournal (see or from a journal on another site to be uploaded to a LiveJournal.

The only way to add an external entry to your LiveJournal is to copy and paste the entry's text into the Update form (located at When doing this, you can set the appropriate date and time for the entry by changing the values in the "Date" and "Local Time" fields on the Update page. Adding an entry in this way will cause it to appear in your journal as though it were originally posted there on the date you specified. If you choose to do this, you may need to backdate these entries (; this will also prevent your friends' Friends pages from being flooded with the new entries.

If you add external entries to your journal using this method, there is no way for comments posted on another site to be added to this entry for you. You can, however, include in the update a link to the original entry and its comments on the external site. The FAQ explains how to add a link to an entry.

If you want to use the above method to copy a large number of entries from another journalling site or LiveJournal to your LiveJournal, you may wish use a downloadable client to add the individual entries to your journal, which would eliminate the wait for pages to load. The FAQ contains information on the available clients.

If you wish to transfer your entries from another LiveJournal, you may find that it would be easier to rename your journal instead, which will allow your entries, comments and journal settings to remain intact. The FAQ provides information on how you can rename a journal. Please note that if you have already registered the LiveJournal name you transfer your entries to, you will need to ensure that the passwords and email addresses of both accounts are identical before commencing with the renaming process.

FAQ #69
Note that it is not possible to vote anonymously, or allow non-LiveJournal people to vote. If you wish for particular non-LiveJournal people to vote in a poll, you may wish to encourage them to create a LiveJournal account. The FAQ provides information on how a person can create a LiveJournal account. (I'm aware that the people word bit sounds a bit awkward, but I can't think of what I should say instead.)

I would post this under the "Things to remember:" section.

FAQ #62
When looking at the full section of your User Info page (, the "Posted:" text refers to the total number comments you have posted. The "Received:" text refers to the total number of comments that have been posted in your journal.

Not sure exactly where to post this, maybe under the decision list?


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