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Posting comments from outside LJ? [Oct. 26th, 2004|08:30 pm]
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Hi everyone!

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so please forgive me for the hassle :)
My name is Math, I've been an LJ user for the last two years, and I have a little problem.

Let me explain.

In the firm where I work, the admins have decided to block access to LJ altogether, which pisses me off to no end.
Using the Protocol docs, I managed to hack a simple PHP script allowing me to post entries, but I still miss one of the major aspects of the LJ experience : posting and replying to comments.

So, my question: would there be any way to do so from outside LJ?
Of course, that would require copy/pasting hidden attributes from the real LJ form, but that's not a problem.
Basically, is there a way to send data to www.livejournal.com in a way similar to using the postevent Flat Protocol mode to post comments?

Thanks in advance!

-- Math

[User Picture]From: green_noise
2004-10-26 07:00 pm (UTC)
Circumventing company policy regarding Internet use can get you fired, so whatever you do, be careful.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder.
I'll be silent as ten ninjas.
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From: perplexes
2004-10-26 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm confused - when people block access to a site, they usually block an entire domain name (e.g. *.livejournal.com). How is it that you can post to livejournal by using the flat protocol?

And why not just use an anonymizer service like guardster?
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From: perplexes
2004-10-26 07:17 pm (UTC)
Please disregard point one, I didn't realize you had made a PHP script.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 07:24 pm (UTC)
No problemo, amigo.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 07:22 pm (UTC)
I used the flat protocol in a simple PHP page, hosted on a server which is not blacklisted. The actual connection happens between this server and LJ, so no problem with the big guys :)

And, well, that's a good question.
The answer would be : I wasn't aware that such services existed.
That is something I will try tomorrow, thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: premshree
2004-10-26 07:05 pm (UTC)
I had a similar problem sometime. In desperation I wrote a simple script -- http://premshree.org/cgi-bin/talk.pl

Yes, you'll have to find the hidden fields, etc. WARNING: it's not very well tested.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 07:16 pm (UTC)
Sir, you may have just saved my life.
Please accept my everlasting gratitude.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 08:15 pm (UTC)
... although I must be too dumb to use it properly, or something.

Username/password, OK ;)
Journal, why the "password" field? Am I supposed to enter the name of the journal, or some kind of ID?
Item ID would be the entry's ID - 167335 for the current one?
Parent ID would be the parent comment's ID - 816807 for the comment I'm currently posting on?

I tried to post comments into my own journal, but I fail miserably.
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2005-02-19 11:36 pm (UTC)
This is not a test.
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[User Picture]From: mocker_bat
2005-02-13 02:44 am (UTC)
Could you please comment on this

I have the problem as well
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[User Picture]From: quirrc
2004-10-26 07:28 pm (UTC)
this allows to reply via email
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 07:53 pm (UTC)
Life is now officially great!
Thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: zepam
2004-10-26 09:24 pm (UTC)
... except that not.
This doesn't allow posting new comments, does it?
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From: snej
2004-10-26 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not normally paranoid, but somehow I don't like the idea of routing all of my LJ posts and comments (and my password*) via a site run by some random person I don't know. That, to me, requires a degree of trust that's totally unwarranted in this day and age.

* OK, only the hash of your password, but that's basically equivalent since anyone with it can use the LJ protocol to do nearly anything as you.
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[User Picture]From: recompiler
2004-10-27 12:52 am (UTC)
Why not use a cellphone and a WAP gateway? If you're using a PHP script I strongly recommend https connections. Same with using any services mentioned here. If they blocked lj that means someone already noticed your activity, found it unacceptable and took steps to stop it. Is replying to an lj comment really worth risking your job over?
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[User Picture]From: liavretnuoc
2005-09-16 05:30 pm (UTC)
Did you ever find a solution to this?

i have the same issue, wrote a app to post entries in vb6 but cant find the flat protocol method for posting comments.
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From: _angela83_
2005-09-16 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've found very useful service, in few words - if you have blocked livejournal.com on your work by crazy sysadmin or firewall, it will help you!!! Check it our at http://www.ljgate.com for more information. :))
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