FAQ - Relationships

» What is my Circle?

Your Circle includes:

  • journals to which you subscribe
  • journals to which you grant access
  • journals that subscribe to your journal
  • journals that grant access to you

A journal in your Circle can belong to one or more of these categories.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I subscribe to other journals?

To subscribe to a journal, go to the journal's profile and follow the "Subscribe" link in the interactions menu. On this page you can subscribe, grant access, and add the journal to an access or reading filter.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I subscribe to several journals at once?

The quickest way to subscribe to several journals at once is to use the Administration Console.

Use this command:

manage_circle add_read username1
manage_circle add_read username2

Replace username# with the account names of the journals to which you want to subscribe; put every command on a separate line. You can add as many commands as you need.

Execute the commands.

You can unsubscribe from journals by using del_read instead of add_read.

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April 24th, 2010 (rainbow)

» How do I give people access to read my protected content?

To grant access to another journal, go to the journal's profile and follow the "Grant Access" link in the interactions menu. On this page you can grant access, subscribe, and add the journal to an access or reading filter.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I grant access to several journals at once?

The quickest way to grant access to several journals at once is to use the Administration Console.

Use this command:

manage_circle add_access username1
manage_circle add_access username2

Replace username# with the account names of the journals to which you want to grant access; put every command on a separate line. You can add as many commands as you need.

Execute the commands.

You can revoke access for journals by using del_access instead of add_access.

Last Activity:
February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I unsubscribe from or revoke access for another journal?

You can modify your relationship with another journal by using the Manage Circle page. On this page you can unsubscribe from a journal's content or revoke its access to your journal by deselecting the appropriate boxes. If you deselect both boxes, the journal will no longer be part of your Circle.

You can also go to the journal's profile and follow either the "Modify Subscription" link or the "Modify Access" link in the interactions menu. Both will take you to a page where you can unsubscribe to or revoke access for the journal.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I get access to read a journal's locked content?

The journal owner must grant you access before you can see a journal's locked content. You can request access by contacting the journal owner.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» What is my reading page?

Your Reading Page displays recent entries by accounts you're subscribed to, including personal journals, communities, and feeds.

The reading page displays only the most recent 1000 entries posted within the last 14 days. It does not show entries that have been imported from another site, or entries that have had the "dated out of order" checkbox selected.

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March 7th, 2013 (denise)

» What are filters?

Filters are custom groups. There are two types of filters: reading filters and access filters.

Reading filters display a subset of your Circle on your reading page.

Access filters restrict access to locked content to a smaller subset of your access list.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» How do I filter my reading page?

There are several ways you can filter your Circle so that your reading page displays only certain accounts or entries on it:

Subscription Filters


Subscription filters are a way to group certain accounts in your Circle. You can read only entries from those accounts on a subset of your reading page.

All users can create subscription filters. To set up a filter, go to the Manage Subscription Filters page.

Create a filter by hitting the New button, and enter the name you want to use for the filter when prompted. (The name you give the filter will be used in the URL to access the entries in the filter, so choose something easy to type.)

Once you have created the filter, two lists of users in your Circle will display: users who are in the filter, and users who are not in the filter. If you want entries from a particular account to appear when you view the filtered version of your reading page, move the account name from the "Not in filter" list to the "In filter" list.

You do not need to save your changes before closing the page. After you make a change, the system will automatically save your changes after a five-second wait.

Types of Accounts


You can choose to display only one type of journal on your reading page by appending ?show=type to the end of the URL where type is:


You can also combine letters to display multiple journal types on your reading page, such as http://username.dreamwidth.org/read?show=PC to display personal journals and communities.

Filter by Date


Paid accounts can filter their reading pages by date to by-pass the 14 day time limit by appending ?date=yyyy-mm-dd to the end of your reading page URL. For example, to access all entries from your subscription list on 13 July, 2011, you would use the following URL: http://username.dreamwidth.org/read?date=2011-07-13

Advanced Filters


Paid accounts can use advanced reading filters to filter their reading pages further. You may click on a particular account to move it from the "Not in filter" to "In filter" columns, and then will see the other settings you can choose in order to fine-tune your reading filter.

Currently, paid accounts can use the following advanced filters:

  • Adult content rating: Show only content that is not marked 18+, show only content that is not marked 18+ or not safe for work, or show all content
  • Tags: Show only content that is labeled with a certain tag, or only content that is without a certain tag.
  • Entry poster (for communities): Show only content that is posted by a community administrator/moderator, or show only content that is posted by a community administrator


Special Filter Names


If you create a subscription filter named "Default", you will only see entries from the users in that filter on your reading page when you are logged in. The unfiltered version of your reading page will show to all other users, including people who are logged out. You are the only one who will see the filtered version of your reading page.

Last Activity:
January 22nd, 2013 (misskat)

» How do I set up access filters?

When making a locked post, you can restrict its access to a smaller subset of your access list by using an access filter.

To set up access filters, go to the Manage Access Filters page. Create a new access filter and give it a name. Select it in your list of access filters, then select the journals you want to add to that filter from the "Not in access filter" list and add them with the "> >" button.

You can remove journals from the "In access filter" list using the "< <" button.

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February 25th, 2012 (denise)

» What is my Network page?

Your Network Page combines and displays the reading pages of all members of your Circle, including personal journals, communities, and feeds.

The network page displays only the most recent 1000 entries posted within the last 14 days.

Network pages are only available to paid, premium paid, and seed accounts.

Types of Accounts


You can choose to display only one type of journal on your network page by appending ?show=type to the end of the URL where type is:


You can also combine letters to display multiple journal types on your network page, such as http://username.dreamwidth.org/read?show=PC to display personal journals and communities.

Last Activity:
January 22nd, 2013 (misskat)


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