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xo ([personal profile] ex_xo956) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2009-12-18 08:38 pm

Importing Dreamwidth journals into Dreamwidth journals

Importing Dreamwidth journals into Dreamwidth journals

Import Content, Entries

It would be uberly, superly awesome if you could import a DW journal into another DW journal. For example, I created ABC as a public journal and XYZ as a private friends only journal and eventually, I decide I'd like to import ABC into XYZ so I can have all my entries in one place.

I'm really surprised no one has suggested this yet and so now I'm wondering if it's one of those things that just can't be done and I'm the village idiot standing around waiting for everyone to breathe water. :P Or worse, it's some kind of cyber-faux-pas to request such a thing...

One drawback to this thing that I am suggesting is that, if someone combines their journals but leaves the original one still standing, it takes up superfluous server space. It could be implemented such that, if you combine DW journals, the one being imported is automatically queued for deletion...but there could be a reason someone would want to combine and leave the original standing. I don't know.

The reason I came up with this at all is because I'm consolidating ALL of my online journals into one journal and I would like to add my DW journals to this one.

OOO! I just thought of something else actually...MOVING entries from one DW journal to another. So it would be a totally different feature from the Import Content because would be A.) importing entries and B.) deleting the entries from the place they were imported. That could get really tricky though - if there were any glitches at all, entries could be lost forever...

Well, I think I'm done brainstorming this one. :P I'll go ahead and turn this over to the people who know what they're talking about and I'll wait to see if I've invented the wheel or if I'm suggesting we all start breathing water. ;)

Poll #1925 Importing Dreamwidth journals into Dreamwidth journals
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 43

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Should be implemented as-is.
16 (37.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
21 (48.8%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
4 (9.3%)

(I have no opinion)
2 (4.7%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[staff profile] denise 2009-12-19 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
I don't like this one because it will allow people to import JournalA as the sole source importing into JournalB, thus completely bypassing renames (when we have that set up, which should be soon). Renames are a good chunk of revenue for a LJ-clone site.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-12-19 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Now that's something to consider. Hrrrrrm. So, sort of like a rename, only instead of "rename JournalA to JournalB, moving JournalB's contents to ExJournalB, move JournalA's contents to JournalB, interspersing it with existing contents of JournalB?"
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[personal profile] afuna 2009-12-19 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
OH. You know, I wonder if this could help with the situations where someone wants to rename, but doesn't want the usernames on their old comments to point to them? You could import JournalA's entries to JournalB, but that wouldn't import the comments. Or, hrrrm.
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[personal profile] pne 2010-10-20 02:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I think this is one of the big use cases for this feature.

If you want to start over with a new access/reading list, for example, you can't just rename because people can find you from old comments, even if you choose to have the old name not redirect to the new one.
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[personal profile] kaigou 2009-12-19 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
When I renamed my acct (from another to this name, while on LJ), I absolutely would've been willing to pay a bit more for the delight of also being able to consolidate two journals into the newly-named journal. For fandom multi-account users (who grow out of a fandom but don't want to lose everything), I can't be the only one seeing it useful to pay $10 or $15 to save all that time of copying and pasting or deleting or just letting it sit there on another account, wasting space, bleah.

Except that in my case, it would've been more like "rename A to B, and move C's contents to the new B at the same time that all A-stuff is renamed to B-stuff." Unless that's what you mean to say, above, though it reads to me like you're talking about only one account: A, that gets renamed to B, in which case there's no importing because all A is now renamed to be B, while I mean more like:

A merged with B, and then B is renamed to C.

That's totally a service I'd be willing to pay for. Hell, I did offer to pay for it, when dealing with renaming/merging on LJ, and they said nope, they didn't do it, even if I was willing to pay for it. *shrug* It's worth the money when the alternative is a crapload of time doing it long-hand.
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[staff profile] denise 2009-12-19 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
I think that would technically be doable. I think.
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[personal profile] kaigou 2009-12-19 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
Don't you sort of do it already? When I opened this account, I imported one acct from LJ, and then turned around and imported another acct -- effectively merging like I'd wanted to all along, under the name of this third account. Since LJ and DW are (mostly) clones, there had to be something in that function that let you do that.

Or is it that in merging into new, you'd lose the ties connected the first accounts? Frankly, if you'd said (at the time), "you could rename this acct and just transfer all old-name to new-name, OR, you could create new acct and merge these two old accts into new-acct BUT you wouldn't be tied to old acct in any way"... I'm not sure I wouldn't've have said, 'that's fine, get rid of the old, I'll deal with being not-tied so long as I can have one full journal that has everything."

Actually, I'm pretty much positive that's exactly what I would've said, but door #1 was my only option.
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[personal profile] mirthalia 2011-12-09 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Late on the wagon here, but is journal merging still on the consideration list? I would totally pay to be able to combine two of my existing DW journals into one.

[personal profile] xaea 2011-12-09 09:48 pm (UTC)(link)
yeah, me too. i still would too. ;) i have three i'd like to combine into one...
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[personal profile] manifold 2012-09-24 11:09 am (UTC)(link)
Clearly years late to the conversation here, but I so very much would be willing to pay for the ability to merge two journal accounts into one.

Honestly, I would be willing to pay more for it than the $15 that a rename costs. It's really NICE to be able to have everything organized in one place. A minimum of $30 for merging two journals seems completely reasonable to me.
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[personal profile] syderia 2009-12-19 08:08 am (UTC)(link)
This is the change I voted for.
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[personal profile] turlough 2009-12-19 02:47 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] kyrielle 2009-12-22 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] eruthros 2009-12-19 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't use this myself, but I know a bunch of people who've wanted to merge two journals. I like the idea of it as a rename-like pay feature.
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[personal profile] susanreads 2009-12-19 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] cheyinka 2009-12-19 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
Oo, I could see that being useful.
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent 2009-12-19 12:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I like this!
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[personal profile] sophie 2009-12-19 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
There's only one problem with this; there's nothing in the code to stop you from using another DW-based site to import your journal to it, and then using DW to import your journal back from the other DW-based site, into a different journal.
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[personal profile] triadruid 2009-12-19 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Now that seems like a useful add-on to the rename function. :)
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[personal profile] lollobrigida 2012-07-16 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I've come across this post via a well-typed out Google search, because I have been looking for a way to add another username to an account I'm already using.

Basically, I have JournalA which is a primary and I've been using it for a while, don't want to change the username itself, but I want it so that if people type in JournalB it directs them to my main journal automatically.

I will admit that this is an RP account related inquiry, because I was hoping to find a way to add-in underscore variation of my account names, because some times people just can't figure it out and this would be an easy fix.

I've opened a support request ticket in the past (not from this journal) asking if it is possible, but I never got a reply.

It would be a journal association more than a rename, I guess. Which is not what this suggestion is talking about, but if you are still looking into this - having this as another option would be great. I might even try to type up a DW suggestion for it, but I thought if there was already one open that was discussing it, I could add in my 2 pennies.
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[personal profile] noxie 2009-12-19 11:25 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know if I'd be willing to pay for this feature, but I like the idea, especially the moving entries to other journals one. Something like that might come in handy!
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[personal profile] sheelal 2009-12-25 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
...I voted for "implemented as-is" before fully reading the comments. While I'd love this feature as free, I'd be fully willing to pay as much as for this feature as a rename, or even slightly more, considering the extra work involved.

[personal profile] scribblingage 2011-04-18 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been searching for a way to import one Dreamwidth journal into another and I'd be more than happy to pay for this feature.
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[personal profile] deepad 2012-01-05 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm commenting here to BEG you to move this over to bugzilla. I know of three different people who've had to start new journals because of security reasons, and because the way renaming works, it doesn't prevent someone who knows your old ID from finding the new one. They've had to leave behind all their old posts.

I know that if you offered this, as a paid service, there would be multiple takers for it. And that way you could offer people whose security has been compromised a chance to stay on this platform with their stuff.