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For those who don't read/have missed the LJ news posts, purging is due to begin next month on inactive accounts, both personal journals and communities. The details are quoted below. If you have any inactive journals or communities on your flist, you may want to go through and save entries/fic etc before they're gone forever. If you own one of these communities and don't want it deleted, you will need to log in and post something to avoid its loss.

A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months. A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months. Once an account is eligible to be purged for inactivity, the owner will be sent an email to alert them of the inactive status. The owner will then have two weeks to log into the journal or post to their community to prevent it from being deleted. If the owner does not log in or post, the account will be deleted and treated like any other deleted account (the owner will have 30 days to log in and undelete the account to prevent it from being purged). Purging inactive accounts will take place sometime after we've begun purging suspended accounts, probably in late August.

ETA: This also disturbs me (from lj_maintenance): "we also had to add logic that removed comments and community entries posted by accounts being purged." So, does this mean we're going to find gaps in the comments to our own journals from where people who are no longer active once responded to our entries? :[


Alright, I'm confused on the community front. Even if people have been posting to the community, if the owner hasn't posted in 2 years, it gets deleted? That seems kind of... ridiculous? I mean not that any of my communities are in danger of that, just seems kind of... weird.
I think they mean that if *no one* has posted any update in two years, the community's owner will be notified to update or lose it.

It's kinda sad - I'm thinking about those old WaT challenge places, like pretty_glass, and various old SGA offshoot journals for specific challenges.

It means old users like nekosmuse will be wiped, too, which is kinda sad.
Oh wow, I didn't even think of that. I haven't been in WaT for so long and nekosmuse stories aren't archived anywhere else. Did the website go down? I can't even remember. Damn, that's gonna suck so majorly. I might have to go in and save all her Danny/Martin stories.
Yeah, Pretty FBI Boys went down, and the host had no backup (this still makes me really cranky - she didn't even tell me, and I was the admin person on the damn site).

Fortunately, neko still has www.nekosmuse.com, which has all her fic on it. It's just her journal entries & meta & recs which will be lost. Disappointing, really. There should be an appeals process, if you think a site should not be purged you should be able to nominate. Gah.

Edited at 2010-07-15 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh. That's a bunch of bull crap. I can't believe that happened. Like I said, when I jumped out of WaT, I really jumped out.

Hmm, yeah, true. I mean I get it, but at the same time, do you really want to go around with a username that someone else already had? That just seems weird. And its not like it's taking up any space or anything. It's just kind of ridiculous.
I'm really pleased to hear that. Thanks, and thanks for letting me know. Nice to know you're still out there somewhere, too! Hope things are going well for you.
I wondered about gaps in comments too. Like would any comments from a purged user just disappear. Some fandoms aren't that active but I'd still like stuff to be there when I'd want to look.
I know, it'd make real holes in things that we can't archive, as we don't have the login permissions. I mean, I can back up my own journal to keep the comments from purged users, but not communities. Actually, I wonder if backing up in the future would overwrite previously backed up versions and therefore wipe out records, too?
I don't know exactly how it would work. I've seen comments with the username strikedthrough. Surely they could just do that. I'd hate for people to lose important/sentimental stuff.