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How to find old entries you've posted...

I see this question asked from time to time, and I thought I'd make these instructions its own entry so that I can link it in the sidebar.

There are two fairly good ways to find your old posts in this community:

  1. If you remember the last book you posted about, then you're best off using LJ Seek to search on the book title. Your entry should be listed among the search results.

  2. If you remember approximately the last time you posted, then I recommend using the Archive method of searching. The Archive link will take you to page showing the current year's calendar for this community. At the upper right corner of each calendar month, there's a link that says View subjects (example link goes to the July 2007 list). That shows you a list of every entry made during the month, and includes the user name and subject line of the post. You can do a standard text search (CTRL-F) to search for your own user name.

Once you find your entries, you can add them to your personal LJ memories for future reference by clicking the "Memories" link at the top of the page while you're viewing the individual entry.

Hope this is helpful!


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Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the info. I've been wanting to go back & put tags on my old entries that were made before I knew how to do them, but didn't want to plow through months and months of posts.


Jul. 28th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I REALLY appreciate this 'cause I was just coming back to check up what my first books of the year were again, but I still have one issue. I can't remember one of the books, so I can't do LJSeek for it, and I am looking for my own posts, but the archive calendar thing cuts off at halfway through the month for some reason. Any suggestions?
Jul. 28th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
What month are you looking at? I'm pretty sure I've looked at all of the months at some point or another and they all worked for me...it might be an issue of your page timing out before it fully loads. I can try looking at it for you if you tell me what month to view.
Jul. 28th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
I was looking at January of 2007 and the script keeps stopping itself at the 12th for some reason. I guess it's just me :cp I just want to know if I have more than 2 entries on there 'cause I found two and I thought I might have a third. Thanks so much!!
Jul. 29th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
OK, I'm having LJ grrrr right now. Apparently, the monthly view will only show the first 2000 posts, which we hit on January 12th for that month, since that's when the community was in the LJ Spotlight. I was going to suggest doing a day by day search for the 12th on in January, but apparently there's some glitch with the layout I'm using that makes the day by day view only show user icons and not names, so there's nothing to search on. I'm afraid to change the layout right now, because I'm not sure how all the links I have in the sidebar will do in a conversion.

I'm sorry I can't be more help...if I think of anything else useful, I'll let you know. It looks like January is the only day affected, since that month had such high usage because of the spotlight thing.
Jul. 29th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
No worries! Thanks so much for your help anyhow! I will look individually and search by icon. Thanks again!!
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I took the plunge and changed the community's layout. You should be seeing user names when you look at the archive day by day now...should be a little easier than scrolling through, hoping you see a familiar icon!
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, awesome! I'll just Ctrl+F it then, thankee
Oct. 25th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I am not even in your community and I found this information helpful (I was browsing to see about joining). Thank you!
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe include the info from here to this post? http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=215

If you are trying to find an entry by a specific user in a community (this includes yourself), you can use the following format to limit community entries by poster, replacing "examplecomm" with the community name and "exampleusername" with the username of the user in question: http://community.livejournal.com/examplecomm/?poster=exampleusername
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