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7/9 Status Update 2

09 Jul

Updates

  1. Better email subjects for many alert types. For example, chapter alerts now include the story title in the front of the subject followed by new chapter number to allow better user-side email sorting.
  2. Forum limit for replies (threads) per topic has been increased from 9,999 to full 20,000. This should help large forums and forums dedicated to role-playing. Note the limit is here to prevent forums being overloaded by spam. If there is a need for forums to have even higher limits in the future, we will increase it.

Fixes:

  1. Resolved issue with some users not being able to use the Facebook login.
 
44 Comments

Posted by on 07/09/2012 in alerts, forum

 

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44 responses to “7/9 Status Update 2

  1. Gustav

    07/09/2012 at 11:24 am

    Noticed the new format for E-mail alerts today.
    Thank you for the change !

     
  2. Tanya

    07/09/2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hey. would you terribly mind removing the beta testers requirement of having written 6000 words or published 5 stories? I am a qualified Editor, and like to help support amateur authors, but I do not actually WRITE. I am solely a reader and editor, and having this limit entirely impairs my ability to do that.

     
    • jamie ward

      07/09/2012 at 3:18 pm

      then can you help me with writer’s block?

       
    • ALT

      07/09/2012 at 7:49 pm

      I imagine they have the limit so that people can see your ‘credentials;’ a BETA with no written work leaves the requester with nothing to view of your writing abilities, thus leaving you a wild card. I would imagine that’s the real reason behind the limitations.

       
    • Neils

      07/09/2012 at 8:28 pm

      That requirement is a way to showcase your commands over language, grammars, punctuation and syntax as well as eyes for details. No writer will glance at you for help if you don’t give proof you can write. Editor may write less and not as often, but I doubt there is such thing as an editor who do not actually WRITE. Do you trust someone who does not write to give you suggestion on your written work? No, you don’t.

       
      • alixe75

        07/10/2012 at 10:27 am

        Yes, I was a beta before becomming a author. I Know a lot of non-authors which are good betas.
        Anyway, the beta system is not the only way to propose your services. Readers can propose directely their help to authors of stories that they appréciate and which can be ameliorate.

         
    • JadedPhoenix

      07/19/2012 at 9:33 pm

      Actually, I’d love for MORE restrictions to be placed on a Beta. Just because a person has written and posted so many words does not mean that they are a competent writer. I can’t tell you how hard it is to filter through all of the folks that are “Betas” that need one for their own stories. Spelling, punctuation, captalization and grammar and ignored by a lot of them. In fact, a lot of these so called Betas flat out say they don’t care about such things nor will they check of it. Maybe a basic language and grammar test could be given.

      As for someone that is in your category, post it on your profile and offer to help those that want it. As you review stories others will notice the concrit that you offer and will be attracted to your concise reviews if they are really the type that you would want to work with in the first place and will go to your profile to read more about you hoping to find a story perhaps. I know of many that find stories based on the types of reviews that are given by the individual. When they explore your profile they will learn that you are willing to Beta for others if they desire it.

       
      • yemi hikari

        07/20/2012 at 11:09 pm

        Except Beta’s aren’t just editors like you find in the publishing industry who specialize in everything and anything. Some specialize in other story writing elements like plot and characterization, but their weak point they need others to help them with is grammar and spelling. I’m one of the people whose weak point happens to be that and I admit that it is my weak point and I’m not the best person if what one is looking for is someone to beta for grammar but I’ll do it if someone absolutely insists that I do it for them. I prefer recommending they see someone whose strength is grammar though because they’ll get the help they’ll really need. Some people whose strength is grammar don’t make good Beta’s for plot and characterization either.

         
  3. While

    07/09/2012 at 1:37 pm

    Okay, I keep getting that stupid (You’re message alerts have been disabled) is there any way to get rid of the annoying popup? If so than please fix this issue, as I really could care less about e-mail alerts and such – -

     
  4. ecullen'sgirl

    07/09/2012 at 3:16 pm

    Please remove the automatic check marks from favorite story and author in the review box. I am a reader, not a writer, and it’s aggravating to have to uncheck those boxes after chapter I read. Plus favoriting should be the choice of the reader; the writers stats should not be inflated because the reviewer overlooked deleting those boxes.

     
  5. jamie ward

    07/09/2012 at 3:17 pm

    that’s great. now how do i access a story i’m writing?

     
    • kat

      07/09/2012 at 6:13 pm

      Under “Publish” in the sidebar.

       
      • jamie ward

        07/10/2012 at 1:45 pm

        i mean one i already started

         
      • alixe75

        07/10/2012 at 2:03 pm

        Publish/Manage Stories

         
  6. ShotgunWilly

    07/09/2012 at 5:09 pm

    Something’s up with the forum reply window. If I highlight a word or phrase to remove it quickly, it ends up clearing the whole window. Anybody else having this problem? I’m using the latest Chrome, FYI. (v. 20.0.1132.47)

     
    • Jimmy

      07/09/2012 at 6:35 pm

      This is something that’s been recurring in Google Chrome specifically. Highlight your word, then press the space bar to remove just that word. Works fine for me.

       
    • ALT

      07/09/2012 at 8:03 pm

      I think that’s just Chrome. I have problems with that in other windows I bring up in Chrome. I’d check with them as well, submit a bug report or something akin to that.

       
      • favonilla

        07/09/2012 at 8:33 pm

        It’s not just Chrome – I get it with both Firefox and IE.

         
    • Xing

      07/09/2012 at 11:24 pm

      This is a confirmed bug in a the online editor (tinymce) we use as part of the forum replies. We are checking now to see if they have fixed it.

       
  7. kat

    07/09/2012 at 6:14 pm

    Is there a way to link my existing Fictionpress and Fanfiction accounts?

     
    • ShotgunWilly

      07/09/2012 at 6:34 pm

      IIRC, they should be linked already. >_>

       
    • ALT

      07/09/2012 at 8:05 pm

      Is there a benefit to linking them? I use the same log-in credentials on each site, so it doesn’t make any difference to me. I might just be ignorant for your reasons though… :)

       
      • kat

        07/09/2012 at 9:49 pm

        Well, there’s a “log in with FictionPress” button, but when I used the log in with Fanfiction button on fictionpress, it just created another account. I figure if they’re linked, people who like one account will know there’s another.

         
  8. Chantelle

    07/09/2012 at 6:28 pm

    OKAY so, this is completely unrelated, but can you please see to the fact that we can’t DELETE out accounts on Fanfiction and Fictionpress? There is no option of ‘deleting’ an account and if you do that there will be a lot less accounts that have been inactive for who knows how long.

    So please, PLEASE make a ‘delete account’ button!

     
  9. ALT

    07/09/2012 at 7:47 pm

    There’s been a lot of work put in this last week, hasn’t there? Is there always this much change happening, and just so subtle I don’t notice? Either way, I’m rather pleased with being able to follow the minute changes much more easily than before.

    I noticed the email alert change and have to say I’m liking it much more. My OCD is thankful as well :)

    I’ve never been a big user on the forums, so this change doesn’t make a large difference in my life, except that hopefully your end will be filled with less complaints… I just wonder why people are complaining so much for a free service they are receiving. If I were paying for an account, I’d voice a lot more than I am. But that’s just me :) I take what I can get, and I like what I’m getting, so I’m quite happy.

     
  10. Saskia

    07/09/2012 at 8:34 pm

    I have to admit, the new review layout is rather marvellous (I have noticed both the number of reviews I’m leaving as well as the ones I’m receiving increasing), but I agree that it’s annoying to have the ‘Follow Story/Author’ boxes checked automatically. Can this be changed please?

     
  11. anansii

    07/09/2012 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the change – that WILL make it easier to sort responses, especially if I don\’t check my mail for a few days… :)

    Incidentally, while it’s nice to be able to individually edit out inappropriate unsigned posts without having to reject them all, sometimes it IS necessary to do so, especially if you can’t always check daily to see what’s come in. Do keep the current setup available, but please add the option to reject all unsigned posts altogether. Nobody wants to come back from vacation to find the review box has caught fire…

     
  12. kaleidocherry

    07/09/2012 at 10:15 pm

    I would love it if there were a way to actually delete things from the Outbox. When I click on delete, it says they were deleted, but…they don’t actually go anywhere.

    A big thank-you to the FFnet people who have made a great site available. It’s so much fun!

     
  13. Paul

    07/10/2012 at 6:08 am

    Hey, I got a question. With all the new updates to the site there has always been one that I thought should be on the site. When filtering through stories, why not make an option under the ‘sort by update date or publish date’ category which allows the stories to be ranked by the number of reviews they have? The best stories seem to have more reviewers although that is not the case 100% of the time. It just seems like it would be an easy way for somebody to find a better story to read.

     
    • alixe75

      07/10/2012 at 10:32 am

      Not a good idea (in my opinion). The popular stories will be more popular, but the good and unknow ones will have less chances to be read

       
      • jamie ward

        07/10/2012 at 3:47 pm

        hey. i can’t access a story i started… why is that?

         
      • xyoung4EVA

        08/17/2012 at 4:09 pm

        Not necessary. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to use it. If the defeat setting is “Sort: Update Date” then it won’t even matter. Besides, it’s already done, so… What can you do?

         
  14. jamie ward

    07/10/2012 at 1:48 pm

    heyyo… i’m a writer looking for dbz and zelda ideas… anyone got anything?

     
  15. jamie ward

    07/10/2012 at 3:28 pm

    is writer’s block a good thing?

     
    • Rediclufied

      07/11/2012 at 7:45 am

      No It’s not, it’s when you’re writing a story and after that part you wrote, You’re not sure what to do/You’re just stuck. Some people need inspiration, or a little push. After a while they’ll figure it out with or without help.

       
  16. Snow Queen

    07/11/2012 at 12:30 pm

    In the emails, I much prefer the Chapter number before the title and author. Easier to check for prior submissions for the same story.

     
    • Gustav

      07/11/2012 at 8:34 pm

      Hello,
      Could you explain your work flow and how it is easier?

      I have several hundred of alert mails, with the current format where the story title is before the chapter number I can sort the Subject column in my E-mail client. This will result in having the alerts for the same story grouped.

      The format before grouped on the chapter number and not making it easier to find if there were any prior alerts for the same story

       
  17. Izraill

    07/11/2012 at 4:17 pm

    This is good : D
    In something totally unrelated, if there’s a section for beta-readers, why not making a section for translators, that would be cool for people who want to post in other language. The stories would be posted in the author account AND the translator’s account and would be something like this:

    Super Awesome Story by Mr-Metal_Potato translated by Izraill

    There would be requeriments, like the beta-readers, something like “You must have written at least 1000 words in the languages you want to translate” So, if someone wants to translate English-Spanish or Spanish-English, He must have written in those two languages, some people says that the author wouldn’t be able to read the reviews, but he or she can use google translate, or ask the translator to translate them or even make a section for review translators.

    Please, consider this, it would help some authors to show their stories to more people.

     
    • alixe75

      07/11/2012 at 4:52 pm

      … And it will proove that a translator have an official authorisation to translate a story.

      But I don’t agree with the obligation to have written in the original language. I don’t write very well in english (as you can see it), but I read and anderstand enough to translate an english story to my own language (French) – and I can ask the author if I don’t.

       
  18. JaeAr

    07/15/2012 at 5:17 am

    I don’t like the new subject line. When I get an email notice with limited subject length, I can’t tell which story is updated. I prefer ch number and title first.

     
  19. Hopeful Kitten

    07/18/2012 at 2:16 pm

    I would be forever grateful if there were boxes next to stories on someone’s profile page so that if you liked everything the author had either written or favorited you could click on the boxes next to them and then click on a button at the bottom of the page to add all to your favorites.

     
  20. randompikachufangirl26

    08/10/2012 at 12:17 pm

    hi…

     
  21. deb

    08/14/2012 at 12:52 pm

    Love the change, but can we streamline it a little more?

    For example you now have
    for Story, ch. #, from author

    Can you streamline it to be

    Story, ch #, Author,

    Getting rid of For and From?

    JC

     
  22. Sam

    10/08/2013 at 9:57 am

    Would it be possible to send email alerts when a story in your favorites is deleted along with the author’s URL? Other wise I’m spending an hour looking for a story when it hasn’t been there for months and I’m unable to check the author’s page to see if they put it on some other site.

     

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