Gay But Not Narrow (ruakh) wrote in lj_userdoc,
Gay But Not Narrow

Change to FAQ #81.

I think FAQ #81 ("If I join a community, and make a friends only post in my journal, can the other members of the community see my post?") should be changed to make it more clear. The way it is currently phrased, it sounds reassuring, like, "No, don't worry, they can't," when in fact there is a security issue here: if the community's maintainer is logged in as the community, then he can view the friends-only posts of anyone who watches the community. (This is also an issue for those who watch news, though less of one because I'm sure Brad knows about this and won't abuse it.)

I think the FAQ should instead read:
"Not generally, except for members of the community whom you have individually listed as friends. However, if you have the community on your friends list as well (that is, you 'watch' the community), then the community's maintainer may also be view your friends only posts." After this might come some text to the effect of, "If you are concerned about the community's maintainer viewing your friends only posts, you have two options: (1) you can remove the community from your friends list (which does not require that you leave the community), or (2) you can create a friend group that excludes the community and post using a custom security level; see ( and ( for more information on friend groups and custom security levels."

Question: Am I wrong in this? Someone commented to say that what I wrote is not actually the case.

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