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Online Image Cover Editor

08 Aug

We are experimenting with a new online editor for cover images. The new editor allows easy point-n-click access to adding titles and other effects to your current image covers.  Many writers do not have the tools or skill to create or edit an image cover and this new feature should help alleviate this problem.

Please note that multiple passes of using the image editor will severely degrade image quality. Each time you hit save via the editor is considered one pass. We recommend having the original image backed up on your computer, upload it, and use the editor once or twice to save changes. If you need to start over from scratch, upload the original image on your computer and start the process over again.

Changes

  • New online image editor for covers. To access, visit Image Manager, click on the image and visit editing link.

Hints

  • To achieve the best image quality, upload 6/9 ratio images and not squares. 6/9 ratio is equivalent to 300 pixel width and 450 pixel height. If you upload a square image, we crop it and potentially distorting your original image.
 
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108 responses to “Online Image Cover Editor

  1. N-sama

    08/08/2012 at 8:10 am

    This is awesome! Thank you so much!!! Now more people could make their own cover photos. XD

     
  2. Nicole

    08/08/2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi I had mentioned before that I was having issues with the page loading. The problem has not gotten better, rather it has gotten much worse. I can not get to any page but the main page now. My computer, is very up today, with great processeing so it cant be that. I really want to be able to access your site again considering it is one of my favorite.

     
    • Xing

      08/08/2012 at 10:04 am

      If you are using a laptop, try the site at your local free-wifi spot or coffe bar. It’s most likely your connection, or your laptop.

       
  3. MyNameIsJeffNImLost

    08/08/2012 at 8:49 am

    Since the editor supports 300 pixel width, is there any chance than when clicking on an image in the reader, it could open the 300 pixel width image instead of the 180 width one?

     
  4. Ray

    08/08/2012 at 9:23 am

    Thank you! I know a bunch of people who do not have the Snipping Tool or the Screenshot thing installed in their computer, and this really helps!

     
    • thesweet

      08/08/2012 at 3:29 pm

      The ability to screenshot is included on every single computer made. It’s just a matter of knowing the keystroke combination. On a Mac, it’s Cmd-Shift-3 for the whole screen, or Cmd-Shift-4 for a selection. On a PC, look for a button that says “PrntScrn” near your F1, F2, etc. buttons; if you don’t see it (because you’re on a laptop, perhaps), you may need to press the Fn button with another button to get the same effect; which button depends on your particular computer, but IT DOES EXIST.

       
      • Ray

        08/08/2012 at 10:28 pm

        I’ve tried doing that before with PC, but it never works with me. Well, I’m grateful for this new thing.

         
      • Anon

        08/11/2012 at 12:17 am

        In my ComS class, we were told to use Crtl+PrntScrn.

         
  5. harrypotterencyclopedia24

    08/08/2012 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much for the new feature! I loved adding things that I couldn’t with my computer. :D

     
  6. yemi hikari

    08/08/2012 at 1:44 pm

    While it is simple, it can get the job done. It will be interesting to see what some people come up with this.

    Just a friendly reminder, if you edit a picture with this program make sure you have permission to edit said picture. This program does not have the ability to edit pictures to the point it can be concidered fair use. Stick to stock images or your own pictures. I know of pleanty of photographers who would throw a fit if you edited their images without permission amoung other things.

     
    • Filly8

      08/08/2012 at 1:48 pm

      I was actually going to comment and say the saame thing; while i personally know how to manipulate images and credit them etc many people do not. I think that FF should state somewhere (maybe the uploading page for the image) something about only using images with permission. It seems silly but many many people do not know the “rules” of image use.

       
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/09/2012 at 5:01 pm

      “This program does not have the ability to edit pictures to the point it can be concidered fair use.”

      Factors of fair use:
      (1) are noncommercial and not sold for a profit. Icons in fandom are noncommercial.
      (2) are transformative, adding new meaning and messages to the original. Icons with text added are inserting a new message and meaning; icons otherwise altered can also be seen as adding new meaning, for example, pairing two characters who aren’t paired in canon.
      (3) are limited, not copying the entirety of the original. Definitely true – the image in an icon is usually a tiny percentage of the original work.
      (4) do not substitute for the original work. Also true – nobody will look at someone’s avatar in substitute for reading the book or watching the show.

      This point may even be moot though, since FF.Net’s requirement is to have permissions and rights, not whether you are personally certain it is or isn’t fair use.

       
      • yemi hikari

        08/09/2012 at 8:14 pm

        Pretty much what you’ve said. I’ll add that even Deviant Art reserves the right to determine whether your use of copyrighted material falls under fair use or not, so even there you should be cautious about what you’re putting together.

         
  7. Unyielding Wish

    08/08/2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hmm…I’ll try that out…

     
  8. Amy

    08/08/2012 at 2:38 pm

    Um, if a writer doesn’t have the tools or skill to alter a cover, then the cover obviously doesn’t belong to them. All you’re really doing here is advocating more copyright infringement, and doing nothing to combat it.

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/08/2012 at 2:51 pm

      There is such a thing as stock images. Some sites that host stock images allow the picture to be used as is while others request that it be edited in some manner so it isn’t like the original so long as credit is given.

      I still say we need a way to report images on this site.

       
  9. thesweet

    08/08/2012 at 3:31 pm

    So as far as preferred sizes go, there isn’t one, it’s more about the ratio than it is about definitive pixel dimensions for the cover? I ask because you’ve mentioned there are several places where the cover will appear, perhaps in different sizes, and I want to know the best size so that it doesn’t appear distorted in one place, but fine in another.

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/08/2012 at 4:23 pm

      A lot of my pictures actually aren’t 300×450, but 600×900 and they don’t seem distorted. I haven’t tried anything bigger then that though.

       
  10. Lorraine

    08/08/2012 at 4:48 pm

    This picture editor is a good idea – though I would be cautious of adding too many art-oriented features to a site that should be focussed on writing.

    For everyone’s information, pixlr . com is a wonderful alternative to photoshop – it’s free, simple, online and can be used to create wonderful effects, photo manipulations… really anything you could want in your cover. It’s what I use, to great effect.

     
    • Filly8

      08/08/2012 at 11:29 pm

      i completely agree with you Lorraine :) I really hope that not to many art related features are added (and i love art!) this site should be first and foremost a art website.

      However for people hoping to make there own images i would reccomend deviantart.com (searching under the “stock and resources” category) for stock images (aka images that can be used in the creation of other images). I would also like to reccomend GIMP (gimp.org) for a alternative to photoshop (along side Lorraines suggestion of PixIr) GIMP is also free you just have to download (virusfree!) and it is actually closer toPS then Pixir is but both are totally usable ^^

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/08/2012 at 11:34 pm

      @ Lorraine – I agree too.

      I’ll also add into the recomendation about Deviant Art, it also has a drawing program. It isn’t as good as Photoshop and isn’t good for photo manipulation, but it is good for those who do have drawing ability.

       
  11. ilGyhs

    08/08/2012 at 6:24 pm

    Didn’t you guys say somewhere that a “notes feature” was coming up? I was really curious about that. When is it coming?

     
  12. selyann

    08/08/2012 at 7:01 pm

    Unrelated to this post, but I’d like to bring it up nonetheless. Beta readers can set their beta preferences for categories and genres, and, in theory, when you go to a beta’s profile, the ones that s/he’s authored for should be displayed in black. While this appears to work well with categories, it doesn’t so with genres. I used to have all of them added to my preferences, since I was open-minded about that. But all would be displayed in black, no matter if I had authored for them or not. I had not authored for the Western genre, but it would display it this way. It seems to still be an issue, since I’ve just visited one beta’s profile and it displays ‘Parody’ as a genre she’s authored for – and she hasn’t. This is all somewhat confusing, so I hope it could get fixed someday! :)

     
  13. jmllei123

    08/08/2012 at 9:41 pm

    can you put back find story by catagory

     
  14. anonimo

    08/09/2012 at 12:21 am

    Thank you for your work, but please could enable the change of color in the link from the list of favorites …

     
  15. Lex

    08/09/2012 at 2:36 am

    Is there any way you can make it so there is no default image, so that if you choose not to use an image cover, your avatar isn’t displayed instead?

     
  16. Jessica

    08/09/2012 at 2:47 am

    The new look is awesome and I love it. However, I think you should put back the options of how we sort our stories in alerts and favorites.

     
  17. alixe75

    08/09/2012 at 4:04 am

    What about pictures from films, tv shows, manga or cartoons ?

    Most of fan-authors use an ‘official’ picture to illustrate their fandom. Is it allowed like using caracters which don’t belong to us ?

    My avatar is from a cartoon. Should I expect my account to be deleted for violation of copyright?

    I hope that Xing will answer me, because I worry a lot about that.

     
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/09/2012 at 4:51 pm

      Hopefully you would at least get a warning first, or just the image removed rather than your account removed. Usually in situations like this, you don’t get in trouble unless the copyright owner complains. You don’t own the images from a book cover or TV show, but in many sites like Livejournal it is common to use icons that are based on images from your fandom.

      The Organisation for Transformative Works might have something to say about whether icons are fair use/transformative, as an organisation concerned with providing fans legal information and defending the ability of fans to create in fandom. Still, FF.Net’s rules say you should stay away from copyrighted material, which includes images. So to be safe, use fanart and ask permission, or make your own images. I read stories because I want to read stories, and it doesn’t matter if the author is a great graphics designer or uses a simple abstract user icon for every story.

      (You can read the OTW FAQ here and they list the factors that are generally considered for fair use of copyright material: http://transformativeworks.org/faq .)

       
      • alixe75

        08/10/2012 at 10:56 am

        Thank you for your answer Blue Ink (hey, we begin to know each other ^ _ ^)

        I hope that the absense of response Xing effectively means tolerance, despite the inevitable judicial endorsements.

        It’s a good idea to quote the OTW, I’ve been on their site in the past, trying to understand if fanfiction is legal or not.

        It would bore me to change my avatar, that I’ve been used it for 10 years. For my covers history, the author never answered my request to use his fanart and the website has disappeared now T_T.

         
      • Guest

        08/10/2012 at 4:37 pm

        Blue-Inked Frost,

        Since you have done some research on the subject, I’d like to ask you a question about the use of screenshots. Have you come across any good sources that explain when they constitute fair use?

        It’s a murky area for me. :) I see a lot of them as avatars and story covers, and I understand the reasoning behind it. “Hey, I’m already writing fanfiction, what’s the harm of a screenshot?” :)

        From what I’ve read, using screenshots for blogs and non-commercial purposes falls under fair use, yet there is no clear definition. As fanfiction isn’t for profit, it seems vaguely okay, but then we don’t own the rights to the movie, TV show, etc. I don’t see FFN coming out with any official stance on the issue since it’s a gray area.

        I’d love to get your opinion.

         
      • Blue-Inked Frost

        08/10/2012 at 5:23 pm

        G’day there, alixe. ^_^

        Besides the OTW, another good site is Chilling Effects: http://www.chillingeffects.org/copyright/faq.cgi . They have a FAQ that answers many questions about the law. Website owners tend to want to cover themselves just in case someone sues, so it’s unwise to say you’re reading too much into silence. ;)

        If you haven’t gotten a reply to your request to use someone’s fanart, then you probably shouldn’t use it. In terms of the fair use issue, using an avatar that’s a cropped version of one piece of fanart is using a large percentage of the other person’s work. And plus, if you aren’t giving credit to them, then in some ways you are plagiarising their fanart. Whereas using one screenshot from a TV show is a tiny percentage of the work and other people in the fandom know where it’s from. A lot of the fanartists I’ve known would resent someone using their work without permission, sorry. Unless at one point they did post a selection of avatars and banners that they offered free to all.

         
      • Blue-Inked Frost

        08/10/2012 at 5:33 pm

        @Guest–

        Chilling Effects has a page with info about screenshots, https://www.chillingeffects.org/question.cgi?QuestionID=809 . :) Basically, how copyright law works in the common law is this: we have the written rules such as the definition of derivative works and the factors considered in fair use, but it doesn’t go to court unless a copyright owner brings a case and the person using the work claims fair use. Then what is said in the court becomes a precedent for later cases (and there are also rules for when precedents can be overturned – law is complicated). This is why you can’t say for sure whether fanfiction is or is not legal, because there hasn’t been a major case that clears it up. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer nor a United States lawyer.

        Stanford has some info about fair use decisions here: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/9-c.html ; the artwork and audiovisual cases listed might help as you think about screenshots. As I’ve said, the case for fair use of screenshots of a TV show in a fan avatar might be strong: noncommercial use, use of a small percentage of the work, possibly transformative, and no substitute for the original work. But also, if a copyright owner asks someone to take down screenshot images from their website, they may comply in order to avoid paying the costs of a possible lawsuit. And, like I noted above, we can only say how we think fair use is likely to apply, not how it certainly would apply in case a screenshots case ever comes up in US courts anytime soon.

         
      • Blue-Inked Frost

        08/10/2012 at 5:35 pm

        @Guest–

        Chilling Effects has a page with info about screenshots, chillingeffects. org / question. cgi? QuestionID = 809 . Basically, how copyright law works in the common law is this: we have the written rules such as the definition of derivative works and the factors considered in fair use, but it doesn’t go to court unless a copyright owner brings a case and the person using the work claims fair use. Then what is said in the court becomes a precedent for later cases (and there are also rules for when precedents can be overturned – law is complicated). This is why you can’t say for sure whether fanfiction is or is not legal, because there hasn’t been a major case that clears it up. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer nor a United States lawyer.

        Stanford has some info about fair use decisions here: fairuse. stanford. edu / Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview / chapter9 / 9-c. html ; the artwork and audiovisual cases listed might help as you think about screenshots. As I’ve said, the case for fair use of screenshots of a TV show in a fan avatar might be strong: noncommercial use, use of a small percentage of the work, possibly transformative, and no substitute for the original work. But also, if a copyright owner asks someone to take down screenshot images from their website, they may comply in order to avoid paying the costs of a possible lawsuit. And, like I noted above, we can only say how we think fair use is likely to apply, not how it certainly would apply in case a screenshots case ever comes up in US courts anytime soon.

        (Edited due to being caught in spamtraps!)

         
      • Guest

        08/10/2012 at 7:03 pm

        Blue-Inked Frost,

        Thanks! I’ll check out the sites you mentioned.

        While I visit FFN to read and try to ignore the story covers when browsing, I want my own work to have decent images. I ought to just grab my camera, go outside and take some photos. It’d solve a lot of headaches. :)

         
      • alixe75

        08/12/2012 at 5:03 pm

        Blue-Inked Frost, thank you for the answer ;-)

        I think I will still keep my cover because some picture from this site used to be marked “do not used it”, which suggests that others were permitted. My concern is above that I can’t proove that.. But I think I’ll add the credits in my summary (which is now longer, good thing).

        Regarding Fanfiction / fanart and Fair Use, I agree with you. No law, no certainty. Fanfiction MAY be fair use (a number of elements stick), but it can not be certain.

        *Here are three links about fanfiction and fair use*:

        HETCHER Steven A (2009) : Using Social Norms to Regulate Fan Fiction and Remix Culture (EN), 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1869 : http://www.pennumbra.com/issues/pdfs/157-6/Hetcher.pdf

        TUSHNET Rebecca (2007) : Copyright Law, Fan Practices, and the Rights of the Author, in Fandom: identities and communities in a mediated world, Jon Grey et al. eds, 2007, NYU Press : http://www.tushnet.com/law/Fandombook.pdf

        TUSHNET Rebecca (1997) : Legal Fictions: Copyright, Fan Fiction, and a New Common Law, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal : http://www.tushnet.com/legalfictions.pdf

        *
        *

         
  18. Kay

    08/09/2012 at 8:39 am

    This is irrelevant, but needs to be fixed anyway. I use an Android phone, and when I try to post in the forums with it, it does not work. Please fix it :)

     
  19. While

    08/09/2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m really glad that you’ve given us the chance to edit our images online. One thing I wish you would let us do is remove unwanted or rude reviews on our own terms. That is the one thing that irks me, because sometimes you don’t remove the reviews that can be rude or hurtful to the writer or anyone reading the review.

     
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/09/2012 at 5:05 pm

      At the moment, reviewers have basically one chance to leave an unwanted review before the author can block them from commenting. This means that reviews which might be rude or inaccurate can stay up if they’re still not abusive under the site rules, and it also means that reviewers have a chance to express an honest opinion about a story. If abusive reviews slip through the cracks of the moderating system, perhaps you could post a makeshift reply to them on your own work as a ‘Guest’ or as yourself, warning people about them.

       
      • MMC

        08/09/2012 at 5:38 pm

        “… perhaps you could post a makeshift reply to them on your own work as a ‘Guest’ or as yourself, warning people about them.”

        I don’t think it’s a good idea to reply to an abusive review directly on your reviews page as that inaccurately inflates a story’s review count. This is what the PM system is for unless the abusive review was an anonymous review. Even then, you can just delete it. If the abusive review was by a logged in author, then I’m afraid you can only report it to the admins at most. I’ll admit that they are kind of slow in responding, but they do take it down eventually (if they agree that the review is abusive). Trust me, I reported a spam review on one of my stories and the admins did get to it. Just report it and move on.

         
      • Blue-Inked Frost

        08/09/2012 at 5:52 pm

        I look a bit askance at authors who review themselves, but if they have a lot of reviews anyway then it doesn’t inflate the count that much. Plus, I’ve seen some authors do it because there’s no other way to reply to Guest reviewers without cluttering up the story itself. It’s not something I do myself at all, though.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/09/2012 at 8:27 pm

        @MMC – I’ve only left reviews on two of my stories in the past and I only recomend doing it under very specific circumstances, picking and choosing when you do it.

        ~ One of my reviews came after a certain spam flamers reviews were deleted from my stories. One of my reviewers mentioned the negative review below them which was the flame and I didn’t want anyone to misread the reviews and flame either the review that was now below or the reviewer for making what seemed like a false claime.
        ~ The other time was when an anonymous reviewer was insisting that my critique was a flame, “because if they could delete it they would”, so they left an anoymous review saying I would simply delete it because it was a flame. While it was a flame, I left a review making it clear I choose to leave that review to make a point. “It’s not a flame whether you want to delete the review or not, it is the content that makes it a flame”.

         
      • MMC

        08/09/2012 at 10:19 pm

        @Blue-Inked Frost: I guess you’re right about it not mattering when there are a lot, but I still wouldn’t do it regardless. I guess, it’s just one of those things where authors have different ways of replying to anon reviews.

        @yemi-hikari: With situations like those, it makes me wonder if the admins would think about the possibility of letting authors who review their stories delete their own reviews after they’ve answered the questions of any anon reviewers…if that makes any sense. Can’t think coherently at the moment. xD

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/09/2012 at 11:04 pm

        The first one I don’t see me ever deleting. The second one… maybe I’d want to delete that one, but it also serves as a good lesson to some of the other people who read it.

         
    • yemi hikari

      08/09/2012 at 8:34 pm

      If a review is attacking the writer or the reader then keep reporting the review to the site admins, it will end up being removed. However, if a person is saying “eww, “pairing a/b together is disgusting” rather then “people who write pairing a/b together should die”, the first is not a flame but the writer showing ignorance on their part, while the second is. Reviews where a writer shows their ignorance don’t hurt the writer or the reader, they hurt the reviewer the most.

      The problem with letting people remove unwanted reviews is two fold.
      1. Why would people report abusive reviewers if people can simply delete the review? The site admins need people to report abusive reviewers so they can deal with them.
      2. There are people who don’t want to hear something as simple as “you need to work on your grammar”. Even if someone says they “like” the fanfic with bad grammar they’ll concider the review left unwanted.

       
  20. cindella204

    08/09/2012 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, that’s really impressive. I have Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on my computer, so I don’t really need it, but I still think this is a great addition to the site. I used it, and the interface is great. Well done FF.N.

     
  21. Jade

    08/10/2012 at 1:36 am

    I know people have asked about it before, but do you ever plan on having an option of sorting stories by ‘Random’?

     
  22. Anna

    08/10/2012 at 5:08 am

    Thank you so very much for allowing Interrobangs (still fascinated at the name for this symbol) and if I could ask, could you also *please* also allow us to use Guillemets? The line segment pointed arrows – >> or <.<

    I have been a member of FFnet since practically its inception, and I can not tell you how many times having the ability to use Guillemets to properly express a thought or feeling, would have been very *very* helpful.

    And now that we have forums and communities, the restriction placed on such a commonplace/common-use symbol makes it even harder and more awkward, for many of us to properly express what we want to say in text.

    So, I'm asking on the behalf of the greater FFnet community, if you Xing and the rest of the wonderful support staff you have, could *please* add Guillemet functionality to the website. Thank you.

     
  23. SQD

    08/10/2012 at 5:48 am

    Not really sure where to put this, but I’ve been having trouble updating my Beta profile recently. Line breaks are just a complete mess. Just a heads-up.

     
  24. Sam Dutch

    08/10/2012 at 6:13 am

    Recently when I click alert for a story that I want to know when it’s updated it doesn’t always do it. I’ll just happen across it and find that it’s been updated once or twice and I’ll be like what? I never got an alert and I know I put it on my alert list. I think it started happening around the end of july but I can’t be for sure since I’ve run across it quite a few times. If maybe you could have a look that’d be helpful and not as annoying.

     
  25. John

    08/10/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Can you add a dual category for the browsing section? You have it in the search area. I don’t know what everyone else thinks of this but I think it would be easier to find your preferences with this feature.

     
    • Guest

      08/10/2012 at 4:29 pm

      A dual category? I’m not quite sure I grasp the concept. How would it work?

       
      • John

        08/10/2012 at 7:42 pm

        Having a filter for stories that are adventure/humour for example. Those tend to be the stories that I enjoy reading the most, but whenever I filter by just humour, the most results are humour/romance (which I hate). Same goes with adventure and other filters.

         
      • Guest

        08/10/2012 at 8:12 pm

        Great idea! I’d definitely use that feature.

        I’m also partial to adventure stories with a touch of humor. I don’t mind a minor romantic sub-plot, but it irks me when a good adventure evolves into a sappy, overdramatized love story. It’s a pain to find the ones that aren’t grouped with romance. I’m sure others feel the same way about their preferred genres.

         
  26. selyann

    08/10/2012 at 4:55 pm

    It would also be greatly appreciated if there could be an ‘OC’ character for all categories by default. I can see that there is one for the Harry Potter fandom, but there isn’t even one for the Naruto fandom, which is the second biggest category on FFN, let alone small fandoms. The fandom I currently write for has seen a rise in OC-centric fics lately and the summaries sometimes don’t indicate that. The authors decide to choose some canon characters as the main ones instead and it can be very misleading.

     
    • MMC

      08/10/2012 at 6:28 pm

      I sort of agree with this. Although it can be requested just by asking, it would be nice if it was already a default tag…thing.

       
      • selyann

        08/10/2012 at 7:17 pm

        It can be requested in theory. In practice, I once requested that they add one character but they never did and I never got any reply saying that they wouldn’t … which was a bit discouraging. (That was some 2 years ago.) So I’m a bit reluctant and haven’t suggested any characters since then …

         
    • Yuki Rin

      08/10/2012 at 6:33 pm

      I agree too. There are so many OC stories and some of the time you can’t tell. It’d be nice to have.

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/10/2012 at 11:00 pm

      This… this is why I want the OC tag, not to mention I have some stories that feature an OC for a particular fandom that interacts with the canon characters.

       
  27. Yuki Rin

    08/10/2012 at 5:33 pm

    You know what would help? A haitus or discontinued category for fics that are on hold or never going to be updated. That way reader’s know if they read one on haitus then that means it’s gonna be awhile and the ones in the discontinued section will allow reader’s to know that what they’re reading most-likely will never be continued. That doesn’t mean they can’t update their fics, it just allows reader’s to know that it won’t be updated in awhile or ever.

    I think this will help those that want really fancy covers for there fics but remember Xing that this site is about fics and that you should focus on those.

     
  28. kymorimochi

    08/10/2012 at 7:09 pm

    I would very much love the online editor but will it be able on IPad and sorts? Also I have a suggestion that I would love if you added it to the image manager. For people like me, who don’t use desktop and upload photos, can you add a spot on the image manager where people put a picture’s URL and the picture is added to their account.

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/10/2012 at 11:03 pm

      On one side, I want this option too because I could just copy the images I do on DaMuro over to my ffnet account. However, this might make it easier for people to use pictures that they do not own the rights to use.

       
      • LightningStruckTower27

        08/11/2012 at 2:37 pm

        Actually, the editor is powered by Aviary. And there is a free app for iOS so you can just download it, edit and then upload via computer. Not the most easiest, but it still works.

         
  29. Zanthia2

    08/11/2012 at 12:07 am

    Completely unrelated, but I’m having an issue with viewed links. I relied on the fact that the viewed links turned purple after being clicked to help keep track of whether I read the latest chapter in a story or not, but it appears that they stay blue now just like the unviewed links. Can this get changed back?

     
  30. Isabel

    08/11/2012 at 1:34 am

    It’s too much to ask that you enable the community section of the mobile Site?

     
    • LightningStruckTower27

      08/11/2012 at 2:38 pm

      Agreed. I NEED the community part for mobile. Xing could just make it into something like the story archives and stuff.

       
    • izraill

      08/11/2012 at 8:16 pm

      I would appreciate if you made possible editing forum posts in mobile.

      And how’s that “non-PM based review reply system” you mentioned a few weeks ago going? some people need it.

       
  31. izraill

    08/11/2012 at 8:19 pm

    So… you can give us an editor but you can’t make the image manager support square pictures? It’s confusing.

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/12/2012 at 8:12 pm

      Have you ever seen a novel that is square in shape? The editor is specifically for cover art, not avatars.

       
  32. Guni

    08/12/2012 at 1:47 am

    STOP CHANGING EVERYTHING EVERY OTHER DAY. GAH! As a matter of fact, JUST STOP CHANGING THINGS! It was fine the way it was! You’re trying to make it easier… but all you’re doing is making it even MORE complicated!

     
  33. konarciq

    08/12/2012 at 8:17 am

    Just throwing out an idea here – not sure if it’s workable or even useful ;-)

    How about having an author-search section for each fandom? For example if you’re on the Harry Potter page, you can get a list of all the authors who have published something in that fandom. The list can be sorted both in alphabetical order, and by number of stories published by that author in that particular fandom. (So in this case, the number of stories would only refer to the HP stories that author has written – stories in other fandoms are not included in the count.)

    Just an idea…

     
    • Mademise

      08/12/2012 at 8:31 am

      I’ve been wanting something like that for years. :)

       
    • selyann

      08/12/2012 at 6:35 pm

      I like this idea of yours. :)

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/12/2012 at 8:10 pm

      Yes please.

       
    • Guest

      08/14/2012 at 5:56 pm

      I also like this idea. :)

      It would be nice to pull up the authors in a fandom to see if any recognizable names stand out. I only follow a select few authors so I don’t get inundated with alerts for stories of non-interest. If I don’t remember to check profiles occasionally, I might not realize they branched out.

       
  34. W

    08/12/2012 at 1:36 pm

    Not sure where to put this. I have been trying for over a year to talk to someone from Fiction Press about deleting an old account of mine that I no longer have the password for. No one has ever responded to me. Can you please help?

     
  35. Sam Dutch

    08/12/2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, this is great and all. I think it will give those who want to make their covers look nice.

    Do ya think that maybe we coul have a two new catagories(?) like the complete and in-process but for stories on haitus or stories that are discontinued. I think it would help because sometimes writers get writers-block or RL happens and they can’t get around to updating for a long time or forever. Think that’s possible?

     
  36. The Lemon Squisher

    08/12/2012 at 8:25 pm

    To the owners of Fanfiction.net. I am very disappointed in you! Tell me, what point is it to have a ‘report for abuse’ button on your website when you ignore reports? I have sent dozens of reports against a user of this website who is clearly violating the ‘no story with a ‘MA’ rating’ rule. You need to step up and pay attention to the reports you get and take action against the violators of your website posting inappropriate material on your website! This person has posted a story containing pornography! http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2550986/Aizensmydaddy here’s her profile, I should warn you the story is not for the faint of heart and in poor taste! Please do the right thing and remove this vile story at once!

     
  37. dr.girlfriend

    08/12/2012 at 8:33 pm

    You know where I said I would stop asking for stuff? I totally lied. Now that I have my interrobang, which I think I’ve used twice in approximately a quarter of a million words worth of writing (yeah, I just added it up, 250k+, baby!)…can I have a real dash instead of just a hyphen? Granted, I overuse the dash egregiously (just looked at a paragraph where I have it in three different sentences), but my own personal weaknesses aside…I’m sure it would be welcomed by many authors, even those more judicious in its use, to be able to do one of these — and have it actually appear as such, instead of as one of these – . Not the same at all. Thanks for your consideration to my (many) petty requests. :-D

    – doctorg

     
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/12/2012 at 8:57 pm

      You can do long dashes/em-dashes, but they are tricky. FF.Net automatically replaces the double dash (two of ‘-’) with a single short dash, as well as automatically replaces the double dash on its own with nothing at all. Several years ago this turned many of my stories into a stream of undifferentiated mush with no scene breaks because I liked to use a double dash as a scene break.

      Anyway, the character ‘—’ does work for me in FF.Net’s editor and appears to me as a long dash, but I have to carefully replace my double dashes with the long dash beforehand. It’s a *very* useful character; there’s a difference between “one-and-a-half” and “you ate one—and a half?”

       
      • dr.girlfriend

        08/13/2012 at 9:31 pm

        @Blue-Inked Frost: How do you get that character? In particular, any idea how to write it if I compose in Google Docs? The only way I’ve ever made a long dash is to do two of the shorter ones and have the word processor automatically convert it to a longer dash for me. But those get converted to hyphens when the story posts.

         
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/14/2012 at 7:50 am

      @dr.girlfriend

      Just copy it off here and it should work wherever you copy and paste it. :) (Or look up the em-dash on Wikipedia to find another example). In Google Docs, go to Tools–>Preferences, and you can automatically set a search-and-replace for the double dash (–) with the em-dash (—).

       
      • dr.girlfriend

        08/15/2012 at 10:09 pm

        @Blue-Inked Frost — It worked! Thanks so much! Such a little thing, but it’s made me incredibly happy!

         
  38. debra

    08/12/2012 at 10:26 pm

    I think the image cover idea is a bad one. Gimp is out there, as is inkscape. Both are free. Besides, why reinvent something like this for a writing site?

     
  39. lychee loving

    08/13/2012 at 10:36 pm

    Was wondering if you have plans of including story covers in the author’s profiles? Not a really pressing demand or anything, just thought it would look nice (and I wanted to see my stories with their covers all at once, I kind of want to try doing a themed set or something!)

     
  40. dana cass

    08/14/2012 at 3:38 am

    I will try it

     
  41. Kakarot Son

    08/14/2012 at 6:47 am

    Is there any chance at all that MA stories could make a return to the site? Seeing an MA filter (perhaps make it so that to access the MA rated sections you need to be signed in and need to agree that you’re of the appropriate viewing age) would cease much of the meaningless threats and fights going on between members.

    This is the biggest fanfiction site there is, yet it doesn’t allow MA fics. Unless you guys add a proper section for it, 8-year old kids are going to stumble upon some kind of MA rated fic (no matter what you do do, the members of the site- although I’m not one of them- will continue to keep posting MA rated content).

    Also this way members of the site don’t end up jumping ship to other sites. So in short: would it be possible to add an MA filter, meaning that the K-M rated sections of the site would still be accessible by those underage, while MA rated fics would be only accessible to those with accounts who say they’re of appropriate age.

    This would also encourage guest reviewers who want to read MA content to create and account of their own and perhaps write something some day.

    Perhaps establish an R rating as well. So as to distinguish between fics which have some sexual interaction to full blown ones; while allowing K-MA on the site and not allow R rated fics.

     
    • Anonymous

      08/14/2012 at 1:19 pm

      Personally I don’t think that MA rated stories belong on the site. The site admins have a right to both disallow and delete stories with an MA rating, and I really wish that people would stop asking them to change the rules.

      Can’t you guys just be happy with K-M?

       
      • Christine

        08/14/2012 at 3:31 pm

        I agree with you, Anonymous.

        No MA fics, please! They just don’t belong.

         
    • MMC

      08/14/2012 at 2:40 pm

      I don’t think it’s a good idea to open up this ‘can of worms’ again as this was brought up in a previous blog post…and things turned out really messy. I think we should just accept that FFN won’t be allowing MA content on the site any time soon since the rule about this has been in place for ten years now.

      And yes, I know there are STILL MA stuff being posted anyways on the site, but again, not touching that. As for the reasons you listed above, Kakarot Son, like I said: things like that have been tossed around in the previous blog post (the “fav/story alerts” one if your curious).

       
    • Always a Crossover Writer

      08/14/2012 at 9:52 pm

      I’m with MMC for this.

      MA just doesn’t belong, simple as that. And frankly, I’d rather lose the smut than to lose the site to legal trouble due to some brats ignoring the rules. FFN had been my haven for six+ years and I’d sooner lose my hands than to see the day where it’s longer in existence. That’s saying something, since I needed my hands like everyone else do.

      Plus, FFN’s rating had been the same for 12 years now. I don’t see any point whini-erm, asking about it when they had that number of years without MA rating in their belt. :/

      (Please pardon any grammar failing. I’m afraid that my lack of sleep had been getting to me.)

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/16/2012 at 12:24 pm

      I was not wanting to respond because of the debate that occured on the other page but then there were two things written here that really bother me and don’t make any sense to me. (I finally read through the whole thing…)

      “This would also encourage guest reviewers who want to read MA content to create and account of their own and perhaps write something some day.”

      How would this encourage them to make their own accounts? Both signed and non-signed reviewers have requested lemons on stories so this kind of logic doesn’t make any sense to me.

      “Perhaps establish an R rating as well. So as to distinguish between fics which have some sexual interaction to full blown ones; while allowing K-MA on the site and not allow R rated fics.”

      The last time I checked you either have the ratings of R, R+ or you have the ratings of M, MA. You don’t have both. This would only make things even more confusing then it is. Considering I’m already confused…

       
  42. whiteangelchan

    08/14/2012 at 9:06 pm

    When I add a new one all it shows is three pic when I update my stories.. Why?

     
  43. Unyielding Wish

    08/14/2012 at 10:54 pm

    This is completely random, but can I request for the “block off anon reviews” back?

    Like, give three choices.

    I’ve gotten really tired of anonymous reviews; I’d rather not let them review at all than to give them the pleasure of flaming. Some anonymous people mean well, but most of them hide behind anonymous masks so the users can’t trace them back and block them.

    This is a really big and random request, but thank you C:

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/16/2012 at 12:17 pm

      On one side we have writers who took advantage of the “block anon reviews”. They didn’t like getting even the simplest of negative critisism, someone pointing out that they have bad grammar and they would block people and turn off the anon reviews so they could be in la la land.

      On the other side any writer can delete anon reviews on their own fanfics.

      Also, if you got a flame, whether it is signed or not, a writer needs to think of the possible reason. Some of the reasons I’ve come across…

      - Revenge flames for critique
      - Revenge flames for standing up against poor behavior you see online
      - Flamed for the ship you write
      - Flamed for having a TON of reviews because someone is jealous of the number of reviews you have
      - Flamed for writing about a sensitive subject
      - Having a bad attitude when it comes to critique
      - Having poor online behavior
      - Having written badly
      - Having little care when dealing with a sensitive subject
      - Having something that makes your fanfic a target, like “I suck at summaries”.

       
      • Shooting Sword

        08/29/2012 at 6:17 am

        I commented once on someone having ‘noone’ in their story title telling them its ‘no one’, and they had a go at me saying I know blah blah blah, and took offence. It was a simple mistake they would take two seconds to right, but she/he said they know and can’t be-bothered and, augh. I’m never rude in reviews, and I will most times over look spelling and grammar errors if I care to see them, but I couldn’t ignore a misspelling in the title.

        I wasn’t rude, and I didn’t flame, I just told her/him the obvious.

        I tend to ignore “I suck at summaries”. How hard is it to just type a small bit about what your stories about so we know whether or not we want to risk reading it?

         
  44. NekoAnimeFangirl

    08/17/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Can you guys PLEASE make Image Manager compatible with iPads!?

     
  45. Shooting Sword

    08/29/2012 at 6:10 am

    Can you add a feature to crop and edit Avatar positions. Sometimes the Avatars don’t fit right, or need adjusting slightly to fit in.

    Thanks, and keep up being awesome,

     
  46. hh

    08/30/2012 at 10:22 am

    All my friends and I wish there will be not only cove function but also illustration function within strories. it will make the story more beautiful

     
    • Sam Dutch

      08/30/2012 at 12:40 pm

      We’re not kids. If we can’t make a picture in our head of what’s going on than either something’s wrong with the writing or the reader. I don’t agree with this because the people out there that would hate it, would avoid any and all stories with pictures, even if it was good and than there are some who would only read ones with pictures. Also you could possbily turn it so that explicit/pornagraphic images could be shone in stories. I feel strongly that this is not a good idea. FF is a writing site, not an art one. People have said in the past that they don’t like the cover images and I have a feeling that those people and more will not like this either.

       
  47. Aoife Lonergan

    09/07/2012 at 10:09 am

    Maybe you could put the size on the actual site? I looked everywhere and couldn’t figure out what size my icons should be. Thanks!

     
  48. Reader

    01/07/2013 at 4:17 pm

    I was wondering if there are any plans to implement an option to turn-off cover visualizations while browsing for stories. I find it very distracting, since what really gets me reading a story is the summary. It would be nice to have an option to browse the site the “old fashioned way”

     
  49. CicadaOne

    02/17/2013 at 1:54 pm

    My latest two cover images seem to come and go at random, multiple times during the day. I’ll check and the cover is shown with the story, twenty minutes later my avatar has replaced it, then an hour later, the avatar is missing and there is no image. Then the cover returns. All without any help from me. Can anyone tell me what’s going on? I’ve sent a couple of emails to the “help” address without response over the last week. Should I just forget about cover images altogether?

     
  50. Russia's VOTGA!

    03/12/2013 at 7:26 pm

    um…. i’m in computer class and i don’t know how to do stuff like this .. but i do wont a pic so i gess i can try my hardest to figure this out.

     

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