FAQ - Importing and Crossposting

  1. How can I crosspost entries?
  2. Which journalling services can I crosspost to?
  3. How do I import my journal from another site?
  4. How can I import a community from another site?
  5. Can I delete all my imported entries?

» How can I crosspost entries?

You can configure your Dreamwidth account to crosspost entries with other sites on the My Account Settings page under the tab "Other Sites".

Free accounts can configure one external account. Paid accounts can configure up to three external accounts, and Premium Paid accounts can configure up to five accounts. You may delete your target journal from the crossposter at any time and reconfigure the crossposter to crosspost to a different journal. You may also change the password for the target journal or journals using the "Change" feature on that page without affecting the other settings for that destination service and account.

To set up this feature, we'll ask you for your username and password for your other account(s). You can only post to personal accounts you control. You can't crosspost to communities, even if you're that community's owner and administrator.

The dropdown menu on the crossposter currently offers you the choices of: DeadJournal, InsaneJournal, LiveJournal, and Other Site. If the journal you want to crosspost to isn't named, choose "Other Site". Right now, only LiveJournal clone sites are supported by the "Other Site" selection. Non LiveJournal-code-based journaling sites include Wordpress, Blogger (Blogspot), and TypePad. These non-clone sites are not supported right now, but we hope to add that functionality in the future.

Once you've configured the crossposter you'll have a number of available options. For each site, you can choose to crosspost all entries by default, or you can choose which entries to crosspost on a case-by-case basis. You can choose to disable comments on the crossposted entries and have all comments come to your Dreamwidth entry.

If you've chosen crossposting by default, your Post an Entry page will display the checkboxes for your default site and "Crosspost this Entry" already checked, and all you need to do is post your entry as usual and it will automatically also be crossposted to the other journal or journals you've selected. (If you don't want to crosspost a particular entry, you can de-select the checkboxes.)

If you haven't chosen automatic crossposting, when the crossposter is configured your Post an Entry page will display the same checkboxes so you can choose whether or not to crosspost your entry, and which account(s) to cross-post to; they will not be selected. You must check both the box labeled "Crosspost this Entry" and the box for the destination journal for your crosspost to go through, even if you have only one destination account configured. If you don't check both boxes your entry won't crosspost, but you won't receive a failure message.

When you crosspost an entry you'll see the following message: "Crosspost requested to Name@Service. You'll be notified in your Dreamwidth Inbox if this attempt fails." It may be several minutes before this message appears, since the crosspost utility is set to run after your post to your Dreamwidth journal completes.

If your crossposting fails, you'll receive the following message in your Dreamwidth Inbox: "Crosspost to Name@Service failed. Failed to crosspost entry to Name@Service: Client error: (description of what your error was)". You can also choose to be notified of successful crossposts by selecting "An attempt to crosspost an entry succeeds" on the Notifications tab of the Account Settings page.

If you have crossposting by default turned on, entries that you post by email or with a client will also be crossposted.

Entries you post to sites other than Dreamwidth will not be crossposted. If you want entries you've posted elsewhere to appear in your Dreamwidth journal, you will need to import your journal.

Last Activity:
August 31st, 2015 (kaberett)

» Which journalling services can I crosspost to?

Right now, the crossposter only supports LiveJournal "clone" sites such as DeadJournal and InsaneJournal. Non LiveJournal-code-based journalling sites such as Wordpress, Blogger (Blogspot), and TypePad, and LiveJournal-code-based sites with older code, are not supported.

The crossposter's dropdown menu currently offers you the following choices: DeadJournal, InsaneJournal, LiveJournal, and Other Site. If the journal you want to crosspost to isn't one of those listed, choose "Other Site".

For information on how to configure the crossposter, see How can I cross-post entries?

Last Activity:
August 31st, 2015 (kaberett)

» How do I import my journal from another site?

To import your journal, go to the Import Journal page. You'll have to enter the service you want to import from and your username and password for that site and then push the "continue" button. At the moment you can import your personal journal to Dreamwidth Studios from LiveJournal or InsaneJournal, and we're hoping to add more sites in the future.

We won't use your password for anything other than the import, but if you aren't comfortable sharing your password with us, you might consider changing your password on the other site before you import and then changing it back after the import has finished.

On the next page of the importer you'll have the option to choose which elements of your journal to import. The choices are:

  • Profile Data
  • Journal Entries
  • Journal Comments
  • Tags
  • Icons
  • Custom Groups

Make your selections and push the "continue" button. The next page will summarize your choices so you can review them. You can then start the import by pushing the "Start Import" button.

Entries that were posted to a custom filter in your other journal will create an identical custom access filter when they're imported to your Dreamwidth journal. The access filters will contain the OpenID accounts of the people in that filter on the other service. You'll need to manually add their Dreamwidth accounts, if they have them, to put those accounts into the filter.

If you've set a default security level for your Dreamwidth journal, the entries you import will be posted using that security level unless you specified a higher one in the journal you're importing. For example, if your Dreamwidth journal is set to "access-only", any public entries you import will also become access-only.

Importing your journal can take anywhere from minutes to days. Your import request is entered into a queue, and the speed of your import will depend on how many other people are importing at the same time.

When your import is finished, we'll send a notification to your Dreamwidth Inbox.

If you do multiple imports of your journal, or if you've previously crossposted entries from your Dreamwidth journal to the journal you're now importing, you shouldn't get duplicate copies of entries. Crossposted and duplicate entries should be detected and won't be imported.

Under certain, very specific instances, you may get duplicate entries. If this happens, please contact Support. Please provide the URLs of 3-5 entries and their duplicates so that Support can identify the problem.

You can also import the contents of more than one journal into the same Dreamwidth journal. You'll need to run the importer once for each journal. Starting a new import will cancel any of your import requests that have already been scheduled by the importer, so you'll need to wait until the first one has finished before starting another one.

We currently only have the ability to import your friends list to your access list, not to your reading page. You can manually add feeds for your friends journals if you wish to, but we don't have an automated system for it. We'd like to be able to offer one in the future, but right now we don't have a timetable for when it might be available.

Please also note, when you import from another LiveJournal-based site, your entries may import with tags that you have since deleted or removed from the entry. This is a bug on the remote site, and something we can't fix.

Last Activity:
August 31st, 2015 (kaberett)

» How can I import a community from another site?

Importing a community works just like importing a personal journal. We currently support community import from InsaneJournal and LiveJournal.

To import a community, you must be a maintainer or owner (not a moderator) of the community on the other site, and an admin of the community (which must already exist) on Dreamwidth. Visit the Import Journal page, and select the community you want to import into in the "Work As" drop-down box. Then, enter the username and password of the maintainer account on the other site, and the username of the community on the other site you want to import from.

Community posts and comments, once imported, will display as having been made by the OpenID identity accounts of the original posters. This means that the original posters can log into Dreamwidth with their credentials from the original site and continue to manage their posts and comments with the same level of control.

If the original community on the other site remains active, any new content posted there will not show up on Dreamwidth automatically. You would have to reimport the community to update the Dreamwidth version of the community with the newer content. Neither is it possible to use the Dreamwidth crossposter to post community entries on both sites; that feature is only available for personal journals.

Once an entry has been imported, editing the entry may change the order it's displayed in the community. This is a side effect of the way imported entries are dated in order to keep them from flooding subscribers' reading pages. To avoid this happening and to keep the entries in proper order in the community, avoid editing the entries after they've been imported.

Last Activity:
December 28th, 2016 (karzilla)

» Can I delete all my imported entries?

If you've imported entries from another site into your journal and want to remove all of them, or if you've had problems with importing and want to "clear out" your imported entries and start over, you can use the Imported Entries Eraser.

This will remove all entries in your account that were imported from another site. It is permanent. It can't be undone. Once you hit the "Erase All Imported Entries" button, a job will be started to delete the posts. It will take some time to finish, but as soon as you hit the button, the process can't be stopped.

It will only delete entries that have been imported. Once the entries have been deleted, you can re-import them if you want, but any entries and comments that have been deleted on the other site can't be re-imported.

Entries you posted to Dreamwidth directly, rather than imported, won't be deleted.

Last Activity:
August 31st, 2015 (kaberett)

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