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  • Jun. 15th, 2007 at 11:42 PM
Forgive me if this has already been addressed, but I didn't see this already discussed.

My journal is set to Friends Only and I recently switched to Expressive - Cityscape: Miami.  I noticed at the bottom left column, under the page summary, that it had a link to a RSS/ATOM feed.  When I clicked the link it brought up every single post in my journal.  It did this even when I logged out, closed the browser, and reopened another, and then looked at my journal again - still logged out - it brought up every single journal entry.  These are all supposed to be secure and only accessible to those I've placed on my Friends List; why is there an option for a feed that lets anyone read my entries?  

I pay for my journal and would like to be able to use the creative themes that were designed for and by LJ, but I don't want to compromise my bit of privacy at the same time.  Is this something that can be customized to NOT have a RSS feed?  Did I miss it somewhere where it stated this up-front and I should have known this before switching themes?

Thanks for your time,


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Jun. 16th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
In the Journal Display editing section, you can go to the Custom Options tab, and then click on Sidebars. Since you have the RSS/Atom enabled currently, one of those options will show "Syndicate". You can change that item to "none" and that will remove the feed link from your journal.

That, however, doesn't answer the larger question you have, which is the same question I have for the same reasons. I was *irate* to see the RSS/ATOM feed link there, and more so to see the same behavior you did when I found it months ago. I haven't gone so far as to try to generate an RSS/ATOM URL manually to see if it works even without the feed link there (in theory it probably should, unfortunately - but at least not having the feed link there makes it less likely that casual observers will find it, and search engines and such won't find it).
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
So...geek that I am, I went back and manually checked. Here's what I found:

If I manually created the URL while logged in, I did, indeed, get a list of all of my entries (startling to say the least).

However, I logged out, and then refreshed the page that the feed was loaded in, and they disappeared - so it does look like they have security running. I'll need to get a friend try it who's not on one or two of the filters I've posted to recently to be completely sure, but it does look like they've got security running on the feeds. *phew*

Less upset now :)
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
That's odd. I tried my own experiment and started over with a new browser and manually typed the URL to my journal. The RSS feed button was still down there and when I clicked it, all my entries came up. Again. It didn't matter if I was logged in or not, which is what startled me. That means friend or foe can have access to my mundane ramblings, and that's no bueno.

I don't think "Syndicate" should be the default here, because those of us with filters and Friends Only status are unknowingly forfeiting those securities.
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Are you auto logged in? If you are, it wouldn't matter if you brought up a new browser or not, because the cookie is still enabled. You would need to specifically log out first, then bring up the new browser (or refresh) so that the cookie is no longer enabled.

As someone else mentions later - the RSS/ATOM feature is not a theme feature - it's an LJ feature. The fact that the expressive theme expressly gives you the option to easily put in your journal layout is technically irrelevant.

Hope this helps.
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I manually log in every time. That's why I thought logging out and starting a new browser would fix things, and not show all of my posts. However, I thought it might have something to do with the cookies being enabled.
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Being able to remove that option is good news! The fact that the feed could still work without the link is upsetting... Not comforting.
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ok, now I've changed back to Cityscape: Miami. I turned off the feed link, per your instructions. Thank YOU!!!
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :D
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I used the feed on mine just the other day to pull the entries onto another site, and it only took the public ones - all friends only and other non-public filters did not appear. I'm also using Expressive.
Jun. 16th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
it's no reason, what lj theme youre use. atom/rss feed is a build in function of LJ

it's feeds NOT deleted, when you swith at another theme, there ALWAYS in you journal (try to see source code of your diary at any other theme, you find link to you atom/rss feed)

sorry for my English, i hope you understand what i wrote
Jun. 16th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
and its feed secyre all posts in you journal
for example, i see only 1 record in your atom feed)
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, that sounds correct. I changed back to my old theme after I found the feed link.
Jun. 16th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
It's in the FAQs and is irrespective of layout or theme. Users who are not on your friends list and/or not logged in cannot read your protected entries. The feed is always there, whether you enable the button in the sidebar or not.
Jun. 16th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I have always customized my journal and have never seen a link for syndication on any other themes before, so I was confused on how it works this time. Good to know that the security setting still works.
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