i want to update everyone on a few things, which is why i'm making this post open to the public.
1) i've noticed people are having trouble comprehending that this is not only a closed community, but a FRIENDS ONLY community as well. meaning, if you're not really interested in posting, just watching the community for updates, you are still required to join. otherwise, you won't be able to access any posts through your friends list. not mine, and not those of any members, unless they opt to make them public.
2) this community currently consists of 25 members, however, i've received at least a half more requests to join. if you happen to be checking back and wonder why you can't access the community yet, you either did not receive a confirmation email, or you didn't respond to it. this is a must! as soon as i add your screename to the list of members, livejournal.com will automatically send you a confirmation email. please open this email and click on the confirmation link. if you fail to do so, i cannot make posts accessible to you. however, if you never received a confirmation link, or lost it, please let me know. email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and i will add you once again.
3) the reason why this community is available to members only is to prevent problems, such as direct linking. so far i haven't had any complaints from other members, but i have discovered pictures being linked out of other people's journals to my server. since i didn't notice earlier, i was unable to trace it back to a specific individual, but i will remind you: for later viewing, please save the pictures on your computer. if you wish to share these pictures with others, please save onto your own server. if you don't have one, there are online servers that will host your pictures for free. photobucket.com and hpphoto.com, for example. direct linking will not be tolerated. if pictures are being linked from the servers of any of our members without proper authorization, you will be automatically removed from this community.
4) last, but definitely not least, i want to thank everyone who's contributed to this community so far. i'm glad to see new members join everyday! thank you all for making this a successful community.
peace & much love,