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Mobile Jump

15 Aug

Changes

  • Return of the “Jump” feature on mobile edition via the down arrow. It will jump  to end of page by default or to filter selections if available.

Notes

  • If you are using Opera Mini, please upgrade and install Opera Mini version 7.
  • We no longer officially support end-of-life browsers on devices such as PSP or older generation non-smartphones. We will only support Opera Mini version 7 or higher on these older devices. Although the mobile site might still function on much older phones, we will not target bug-fixes for them. Unfortunately, this is the reality and we can no longer devote resources to end-of-life devices with ever decreasing user-base.
 
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Posted by on 08/15/2012 in mobile

 

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106 responses to “Mobile Jump

  1. Helix Tenshi

    08/15/2012 at 11:42 pm

    The Opera Mini still works fine on my phone,the fact that its the older version and my phone isn’t a smart-phone makes it even better.Thanks for all your hard work.
    Just a note,but I recently reviewed a story using my phone and when the review was posted I noticed every other word was changed and that it was also cut off mid-sentence,only me?

     
  2. Shawnesty

    08/15/2012 at 11:46 pm

    I know this is probably the wrong spot for this, but I have a minor complaint. I know the site has done away with bump spamming, but is there any conceivable way to set a time limit on how often an author can add new chapters to their story or post something new, like say they can only post new/update once in a three-day period, and if they do update in that time frame, their story doesn’t move up? Surely I’m not the only one annoyed by “writers” that constantly barrage the sites with their updates, just so they bump other writers down and keep that top spot for themselves. And you can tell that’s exactly what they’re doing, too, given the very rushed and shoddy quality of their chapters (a couple of short, poorly proofed paragraphs constitutes a chapter), not to mention the fact that ANY time anyone else dares update, they quickly hurry a “new” chapter out within an hour so as to bump the offender down and recapture the #1 slot. When no one is competing against them, they’ll often go a few days without updates themselves, but the minute the site starts getting new stories or updates from other writers, they’re right back pulling this stunt. Personally I won’t read any story that updates more than once in a couple of days’ time, I simply don’t have the time to keep up with a diarrheatic author who has to poop out 10 chapters per day to dominate the site, and plus there’s been a few instances in my fandoms where writers that have to maintain such a rapid pace have resorted to outright plagiarism in order to keep up with multiple daily updates. The sad thing is, I see a lot of really good authors getting their works ignored because of these selfish idiots, and while I always review to support those good writers, they so often get lost in the mired muck of the constant updaters’ garbage-works. So please, is there any way to enact some kind of time limit on how often a writer can update or post new on the site? I’m sure I’m not the only one who would appreciate something like this. (And yes, I’m sure that there’ll be several people who will heartily disagree with me, too.)

     
    • Cyth

      08/15/2012 at 11:53 pm

      I hear what you are saying but a limit is not fair to authors who are not being malicious about it. Especially on the TV shows (I don’t know which area you are talking about), after an episode, sometimes a bunch of things stand out and authors post a few one-shots. It isn’t fair that they should be limited because of what others do.

      As for the mobile jump – thank you for fixing it (I actually didn’t even notice…guess I didn’t need it today).

       
    • MyNameIsJeffNImLost

      08/16/2012 at 12:13 am

      Maybe the recent site changes altered the behavior, but I believe a story can only move to the top once a day Pacific Time, no matter how many chapters are posted. While I don’t doubt that some authors bump spam, be careful about grouping all daily posting behavior into that category. I know several excellent writers that post daily. Maybe I haven’t seen the issue much in the fandoms I read.

      Some of those frequent authors do it because they wrote the story ahead of time and don’t see the need to stretch out the posting schedule to get more reviews. They don’t torture their readers with long waits after cliffhangers. Others do that because they are building up a daily writing discipline. The chapters are always proofread, and the stories are always completed. Chapters are anywhere from 1K-5K words, not a couple paragraphs. Some chapters are posted the day they are written. Others are written ahead of time and are posted on a very regular schedule. Many of these authors actively promote other author’s stories. There is no malicious intent.

       
      • Shawnesty

        08/16/2012 at 12:47 am

        I think the ‘bump spamming’ rule applies only to writers that pull and repost chapters to keep the top spots. My fandoms are small enough that it would take quite awhile for someone’s story to drop off of the main page, and you can definitely tell what writers are pulling this stunt, their work is very poorly proofed, usually consists of maybe five paragraphs at the most, and anytime anyone else updates, they quickly rush to update atop them, generally within an hour of the previous person. So there’s no call for that kind of BS. Remember, the race is not always to the swift and quality will always win out over quantity any time, or at least that is the hope. And I can tell you that after speaking with many authors in different fandoms, most do resent daily updaters, no matter the reason why the person frequently updates, simply because such actions reek of someone trying to dominate a site with their work, plus there’s a risk that the person may resort to plagiarism in order to fill out their plots. Believe me, I’ve seen it done several times.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/16/2012 at 11:35 am

        @ Shawnesty – The previous person is right, it used to be that a story could only move up once a day. I have one-shot collections that I’ve updated more then once a day and I went and looked once. It didn’t ever get bumped up past where it was. Which means that if that is in the same place, one of two things are happening.

        1. The person notices that someone has updated that day and then goes ahead and update. It may be because they want the first position spot or it may be they’re thinking along the lines of, if someone is posting stories for this fandom then they must be reading them to, so I’ll put out a chapter really fast so they can notice. The site admins really can’t do anything to stop them and they’re actual behavior is not reportable unless the fanfic is hot-off-the-press.

        2. The times people tend to update fit the same pattern. If everybody updates on the weekends for example and they’re the last person to upate that day then of course they’re going to be on top. Again, not reportable unless the fanfic is hot-off-the-press.

         
    • Helix Tenshi

      08/16/2012 at 12:29 am

      I do see this quite often,particulary fandoms that appeal to mainly pre-teens (just generalizing here) .There really is nothing to do about it because inacting a time period before another update isn’t really fair to those who update or post regularly.

       
    • debra

      08/16/2012 at 2:08 am

      This is the first I’ve heard of this being an issue. With the fandoms I write for, the best stories get around by communities, recommendations, or simply word of mouth on the net. (gateway to magic, my story on my old llothcat account is such an example) The fact that you happen to occupy the number one spot for any number of days doesn’t really matter all that much in the long run.

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/16/2012 at 11:51 am

      If a writer has resorted to plagiarizing, report them to the site admins. That will solve the problem really fast.

      I’m one of those writers who has to write when I feel like writing. I’ve tried self-restricting my writing and only ended up driving myself nuts. That also said, I have noticed some of the younger writers tend to churn out a bunch of chapters at a fast rate, whether it be for one story or multiple ones. The rate they turn out chapters is actually faster then my best and while it does bother me, it isn’t because I think they’re trying to be malicious about it. Most of these younger writers have just discovered the love of creative writing and need someone to point out that quality over quanity is better and to slow down a bit.

      The best way to handle these writers isn’t to restrict how many times they can post. They need people telling them that the quality of their writing isn’t good, rather then just getting gushing reviews. I know a lot of people don’t like leaving negative reviews on fanfics because they don’t want to discourage a writer, but their are certain writing habits that should absolutly be discouraged, and this is one of them.

       
      • Shawnesty

        08/16/2012 at 3:47 pm

        Oh, I know that there’s really no way to control how often someone updates, but it’s annoying to see crap writers constantly bumping down the good writers in a fandom because they think being #1 equals getting readers to their work. The three fandoms I’m in are extremely small, and while one is fairly active with various writers updating frequently, the other fandom has about maybe four or five authors at the most, and we all post at a pretty slow pace, ranging from updating every couple of weeks to posting only every few months. And in that fandom, we had a new writer that showed up that first tried to turn the site into a popularity contest in which she was the self-proclaimed winner (she pandered for reviews because she wanted to best the highest review count on the site, forgetting that in order to get reviews, one has to actually produce something worthy of it), then when she couldn’t win by self-proclamation, she decided the next best way to get everyone to adore her on the site was to dominate it. One of the other writers had started a new story about the same time as this “author” did, and every time the other gal updated, the new “author” also rushed out a chapter in order to get the top spot back. There was no need for this kind of action because as slow as everyone usually updated, the new girl’s story would have fallen (at the most) to #3 and it would take a LONG time for it to drop off the main page entirely. And I could tell that’s what she was doing on purpose, because she usually updated late at night and would often go a day or so between postings if no one was competing against her, but the second the other writer updated or another author posted a new story, she hastily scribbled out a chapter and tossed it out, even if they’d updated early in the afternoon and not around the time when she usually updated at night. She did this EVERY SINGLE TIME anyone else posted new or updated, so it was CLEAR she was maliciously doing this ONLY with the intent to keep her crap at the top.

        The same thing happened in the other fandom where a writer had to dominate every day with her stories, and you know, neither writer’s work was all that great to begin with and by forcing themselves to keep up with such a grueling pace, their story quality suffered severely, plus they both wound up resorting to plagiarism to make up their plots. Both were reported to the site several times for that and for the “hot off the press” stunts because their work was always very poorly proofed, almost like they submitted a blank word document to the document manager and then went in and wrote their chapter from there. One author did get booted from the site for her thefts and the other wound up pulling her story, but in both cases they were told…and very nicely…by several people on the site that it was wiser to slow down their frantic posting pace and take some time to actually WORK on their stuff, strengthening their plots and characters so their stuff was actually a good read, plus in slowing down, it allowed readers to catch up on their work and it gave them a better shot at getting new readers interested in their stories because not everyone has the time to sit down and read something that’s updated several times a day. Both writers responded with great hostility to such comments because like in trying to dominate the site and make everyone into liking them by sheer force, they also tried to control what was said about their work, demanding that any negative concrit be kept to a PM where it was out of the public eye.

        So no, I realize there’s no way to really control how often someone updates, but after seeing yet another good writer in my fandom get bumped down by an inconsiderate writer trying to dominate the site with their garbage, I guess I just had to complain and vent my frustration, you know? I write myself and I know how discouraging it can be when you spend countless hours working on a chapter or story, pouring tons of time and energy into crafting it so it’ll hopefully be a good read once it’s posted, then some idiot hack writer purposely comes along and boots you down with their three hastily scribbled together paragraphs of poorly contrived crap because A)they know you’re a good writer and hope to snag your readers; and B)they HAVE to have that #1 spot because they equate being #1 with being site kings/queens.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/16/2012 at 7:47 pm

        Thanks for explaining this further. And some people wonder why they end up being targets of flamers too. Not that I’m justifying flaming here, but the behavior you describe is so noticeable flamers getting them is rather expected as they’ve made themselves noticeable targets. I guess the only positive thing I can say is this kind of writer tends to get themselves a bad rep.

         
      • Guest

        08/17/2012 at 11:05 pm

        This is an interesting discussion. I mainly frequent about a dozen fandoms, some are popular while most are very small (less than one hundred stories).

        I’m thankful I haven’t witnessed this story spamming because it definitely sounds frustrating. Sadly, I’m not sure what can be done, if anything, because posting daily isn’t abusing the rules. Some authors I follow complete their stories in advance and post a new chapter once a day. These are betaed, with lots of care put into them.

        It’s not fair to punish these authors.

        I also appreciate the story won’t be abandoned.

        On the flip side, one of my fandoms has a new author. It’s great to have fresh blood, but in the span of two or three months, she’s posted over a dozen stories. The bulk of them are multi-chaptered and in progress. She’s eager, obviously has lots of ideas, and has potential. While not related to the ‘bump spamming’ above, a part of me feels like she’s overrunning the fandom.

        She’s done nothing wrong. Some might say I’m jealous, but I don’t think I am. I know the number of stories, so when I see the total tick up I get excited – but when I see another of her works, the excitement fades. I just go about reading the stories that appeal to me and slog away on my own work when I have the time.

        Huh, maybe we need some type of ignore feature like message boards have? A logged in user can opt not to see stories by specific authors they list.

         
      • RWFF

        08/21/2012 at 11:59 am

        @Guest
        I guess that proves the point with what you’re seeing with this writer, is quantity doesn’t equal quality. I also believe a writer can easily burn themselves out in a realm by being overly prolific and not producing a quality story. I wish I had the time to update more frequently, but I’m a stickler for making sure I produce something of good quality with as few mistakes as possible. I just saw an instance of what Shawnesty is talking about last night. One new writer (first story) has been updating about once a week and immediately after she updated last night one of the ‘crapficcers’ (love that term) booted her down. The crapficcer updates several times a week and I guess being this is a slower realm, I’d at least like to see some consideration for the new writer. This is not the first time I noticed this crapficcer immediately updating after a writer and IMO it does seem to be right after better quality writer/story gets posted.

        In the larger more busier realms where the updates are constant this behavior wouldn’t really be a problem. Who’d notice anything like this in a realm where a hundred or more updates may occur on a daily basis. If a realm is small you’ll definitely notice it and it does go on.

        @Yemi
        Many people don’t even know what a flame is, but I concur, I have seen and dare I say felt a reviewer’s frustration with a writer who dominates a realm with garbage stories. I’ve also seen writers pitch a fit over someone politely mentioning spelling mistakes or being put off by a part of the story content. What makes it worse when it comes to concrit, is writers and reviewers attack someone who wasn’t flaming the writer, but only offering valid concrit.

         
    • Neta

      08/16/2012 at 9:31 pm

      I don’t think this would be a good idea. I am a writer who updates quite frequently. I don’t do it to bump my story up on the list. I couldn’t care less about that. The reason why I do it is because I can sit at the computer and write literally chapters at a time. (It’s easy to do when you plan the chapters in advance.) I usually wait a day or so for my readers to catch up with all of the updates. Putting this restriction on updates would mean that my readers wouldn’t be able to tell whether I have a new chapter up or not.

       
      • KH

        08/16/2012 at 10:11 pm

        I actually see this kind of behavior going on in many of the fandoms I’m in too, and I’ve actually seen several good writers leave because they get sick of competing against the crappy writers who feel they need to stay at the top because they think that way they’ll get tons of readers. I can also tell you that if a writer is constantly doing this in a fandom, chances are good they’re creating a lot of resentment among the other writers on the site because as Shawnesty pointed out, no one wants their hard work to get ignored by some crapfilled, hastily written, two paragraph chapter. Even if someone like Neta is posting frequently because they can write several chapters at a time, I can guarantee you that it causes resentment among the other writers, plus you’re doing your fanbase a disservice because even giving readers a day or so to catch up isn’t enough since a lot of folks maybe only get on the site once or twice a week. And I can say that if a story has a lot of chapters that have updated in the days since I last read it, I’ll often stop reading it because I don’t have the focus or time to sit through more than one or two chapters per piece. Writers have to ask themselves what they want…quantity or quality. If you’re happy pumping out tons of stories and chapters in a short period of time, then great, go for it, but don’t be surprised if the quality of your work starts to suffer because when working under such a quick posting pace, you’re not allowing yourself time to let your ideas develop very well. I know, at times I’ve read stories that update frequently and it seems that they often lack the creative edge that would make them a decent read if the writer wasn’t so intent on churning out daily or multiple-daily updates. Writing isn’t an assembly line job, after all, it’s a form of art and expression and any writer worth their salt would realize that it takes time to really craft a good fic for readers to enjoy…unfortunately so many on here seem more enthused about quantity and how many reviews their daily churnings can get, therefore their quality suffers.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/17/2012 at 3:29 am

        @ KH – I also have had times where I update very fast, but not always. You say that we’re doing our readers a diservice by posting daily, but I’ve also heard from some readers that they prefer a steady update and are disapointed when I can’t update fast. Also, I get the resentment some writers have about the writers who update at a fast rate turning out low quality work because it honestly isn’t something to brag about.

        I think we need to remember that not all writers abilities are the same. Hands down it takes time for a writer to craft a good story. What may take one writer a day or two to write may take another writer less time to write though. There is also no telling what kind of planning some of these writers do before they even start their stories either or how many notes they have for one chapter. No, the writing isn’t perfect, but neither is the writing of people who spend longer periods of time on their writing. No writing is perfect and we’re always learning.

        For some writers it is neither an issue of quality or quantity. It is an issue of something being stuck in their head and until it gets out of their head it’s going to drive them crazy. Yes, if the writers goal is to make sure they churn out fast updates the quality of the work is going to go down. A writer who has something stuck in their head will work at something until they get it to the point they want it to be, or they get it to the point where they think they can’t work on it any more.

         
      • Andie

        08/17/2012 at 3:31 pm

        I write in what I’d consider a medium-sized fandom…we usually get maybe average three to four updates a day on various works and there’s probably about maybe 30 active writers, with another 20 or so that are not as active but do post once in awhile. And I agree that writers often resent other writers that seem to purposely boot people down, I’ve actually had several authors admit to me that’s what they do, they wait until a good writer or a popular writer on the site updates or posts new and then they quickly update/post new in hopes of riding in on that author’s coat-tails. And there’s no justifiable reason for that, no matter what your talent is as far as writing, you should never be rushing stuff out in order to purposely bump someone else down in hopes of grabbing their readers. That’s a good way to quickly earn a bad reputation and resentment of others on the site, plus it’s incredibly disrespectful of someone to intentionally do that to their fellow writers. Usually they’re the same ones that beg for reviews and then pitch temper tantrums when honest concrit points out the major issues in their hurriedly written stories. And yes, I know that there are people on there that will beg for daily updates, but isn’t the purpose of writing to be that of writing first for your own pleasure and the readers’ pleasure second? I’ve seen authors give in to reader demands for frequenter updates and their work then loses its edge because they’re no longer writing for themselves, they’re writing to cater to the masses. Granted, no writer is perfect in their craft, not even best-selling authors, but I always take all the time I feel I need to craft a chapter or story to my specification and I’d also rather read a story an author has invested plenty of time in, rather than reading some five-minute hack job that was hastily scrabbled out with the only intent to boot another writer down. Just my two cents, of course.

         
    • cindella204

      08/24/2012 at 3:00 pm

      Every three days? I don’t think that’s fair. If you really wanted to push for a twenty four hour delay I suppose that would be fine, but I can write up to two thousand words in one sitting, and sometimes that’ll mean posting a new chapter the next day. I shouldn’t be penalized because I write fast and some people are abusing it. No matter what FF.N does people will circumvent it. Perfect example, hyperlinks in story text. They keep blocking more and more things, and people keep finding more and more ways to put them in anyway. Malicious people will be malicious, and we shouldn’t penalize everyone because of it.

       
  3. MMC

    08/15/2012 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for bringing back the jump arrow! :) I’m still having problems finding the report button on the mobile site, but I guess I can worry about that later. lol

     
  4. Cassie1234

    08/16/2012 at 12:03 am

    I noticed it this morning! Thank you sooooo much!

     
  5. W

    08/16/2012 at 1:02 am

    seriously, how do i reach someone on this site? i went through my email and i’ve been emailing you guys for THREE YEARS with no response. i just really want my old account to be deleted and/or to have access to it. it’s ten years old so i have absolutely no clue what my password is. can you just please give me a couple minutes of your time? you’d help me out immensely.

     
    • ShikiKira

      08/16/2012 at 4:52 am

      Do you have any idea which email you used for that specific account? If you send in forgot password, it should send you the password to the email that you have it under.

       
      • debra

        08/16/2012 at 6:45 am

        I’ve tried changing my password twice, and I still can’t get into my old account. Not sure what the real issue is, but another account was created when I logged in through fb. I decided just to go with it, and anyway, I have stories that needed to be reworked.

         
      • W

        08/16/2012 at 10:36 am

        i’m not sure what email i used, and it wouldn’t matter anyway because it’s ten years old and was shut down a long time ago. my full name is in one of my stories and i’m pretty sure i’m the only one with that name. my profile also used to link to my online diary, and i wrote a message to fictionpress on the diary and gave them the links, but they still have not responded. i just want my account gone because my stories are showing up when you google my name and i’d rather they didn’t lol.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/16/2012 at 11:59 am

        @ debra & W – If you do know the old e-mail and you still can use it, the site admins can do something about it. If you don’t still use the old e-mail or know the old e-mail you’re out of luck. This is because the site admins can’t go around deleting any account without verification that you own said e-mail or said account. Even if the entry has personal information I’m not sure if you can request the site admins to remove it for similar reasons. While I sympathise with you this is why we have to advocate and remind others NOT to post personal information on the web. There is no telling where a person will be ten years from now.

         
      • W

        08/17/2012 at 2:11 pm

        to yemi – i just ran a very old email address through “forgot password” on the home page and i got it right. but this email system does not even exist anymore – the site is now linked to a forum. it is absolutely impossible to get into my old email account. there must be some kind of recourse here. i don’t even care if the account is deleted, i just want my name edited out of that one story. i know it was stupid to put my name in it, but i was a dumb teenager.

         
      • W

        08/17/2012 at 2:19 pm

        also want to add that googling that old email account shows it’s owned by me through my old homepage.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/17/2012 at 9:15 pm

        @ W – I don’t know how much this will help, but if you have’t done this already, I’d send links and screen captures to the site admins.

         
  6. Bean

    08/16/2012 at 3:08 am

    Please guy’s I’m beggin’ ya, add some sort of genre filter out in Search. Just like you can select and X a genre, the same should be applied to filtering one out.

     
    • Guest

      08/17/2012 at 11:29 pm

      I’d like to see this, too. It’s similar to what another poster suggested in a previous blog comment. He proposed the ability to search two genres, like we can with two characters.

      I’d like to be able to search for ‘adventure’ minus ‘romance’ and ‘humor’ minus ‘parody’.

       
  7. Ew

    08/16/2012 at 4:50 am

    The font you’re currently using (Arial?) for the mobile site is very ugly. Is there any way we can switch back to our previous default OS font? That’d be awesome.

     
  8. ShikiKira

    08/16/2012 at 4:51 am

    When I was asking for the return of the jump feature I was talking about the one where it tells us which page we are on out of an x amount of page and on the side there was a box where we can enter the number for which page we want. You know the old page selecting system. I’ve never really enjoyed the new page selector and can we return it be both at the top and bottom? When I was asking this I was asking for both the regular site and the mobile one.

     
    • Christine

      08/16/2012 at 10:35 am

      Seconding this request. The jump feature was great and I really miss it.

       
  9. x-treme

    08/16/2012 at 8:05 am

    The more button is not working on the default android browser, or Dolphin Browser (which is essentially a wrapper for the default browser). Anyone else getting this problem, or is it just me?

    (I assume it’s a javascript problem with the browser, as it works fine in Chrome on PC)

     
    • x-treme

      08/16/2012 at 8:07 am

      Ah, you’re using span tags. Maybe More would work better?

       
      • Neta

        08/16/2012 at 9:35 pm

        The more button was working for me, and I use Dolphin Browser. Maybe you could check again, they might have fixed this problem.

         
  10. mikkianne

    08/16/2012 at 8:20 am

    Get rid of that annoying menu bar that never goes away at the top when I scroll down. A full screen of text is better.

     
    • Chris

      08/16/2012 at 8:42 am

      Seriously, please do. It’s freaking annoying. It’d be like if the title of a book is constantly hovering over the exact line that you’re ready, distracting you by moving with your eyes.

       
    • Rachel

      08/16/2012 at 11:00 am

      Seconding this request please. It just screws up my page. I can’t read anything at all.

       
    • Oiwer

      08/16/2012 at 12:01 pm

      Please fix this give a option to turn it off or something its very annoying to look at

       
    • HwaseungOZ

      08/16/2012 at 6:51 pm

      I agree with this. At least give us the option to disable it for mobile somehow (haven’t been on the non-mobile in a while, don’t know if it’s there too). I can’t stand any of those kind of navigation bars, no matter how pretty or well-designed. On a desktop, there are ways to block them, but on a mobile device, there’s no way. Please give us the option of turning it off.

       
  11. Pierce

    08/16/2012 at 8:48 am

    I’ve got a small question. I submit long reviews — as in, very long, and in the past FanFiction would give me an indicator of how much characters I still had left. This was useful, but now this seems to be gone. I actually have to go to Word to see how long my review is to make an estimation whether it’ll come through, or it’ll be cut off at some point.

    Could you try to include this indicator again?

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/16/2012 at 12:00 pm

      Yes please.

       
  12. Jacquiline Promentilla

    08/16/2012 at 9:18 am

    Please remove that menu bar, it’s blocking almost the entire screen of my phone and i just can’t seem to remove it! And when i scroll down, the menu bar would just continue to block 97% of my screen. I do not use any types of touch screen phones so it is rather irritating and im just hoping that you can remove it so that i am able to browse fanfiction stories again.

     
  13. noone

    08/16/2012 at 10:06 am

    The fanfic moble baner thing is covering hafe the screen making it almost impossable to see any thing

     
  14. selyann

    08/16/2012 at 10:37 am

    I’ve just upgraded to Opera Mini 7, but the navigation bar still won’t display correctly. I know what it should look like, because I checked the mobile site version on my desktop computer, and what I can see on my mobile looks nothing like it. It looks just like KageNoNeko described it on the previous entry: ‘It has the site name and then Just after that before going to the second line where in is under the Just. Then between the two lines is Community Forum with not a lot visual clues about what word goes with which what. Also at the end of the first line is a line like this | and then it repeats at the start of the second line.’

     
  15. Isabel

    08/16/2012 at 11:30 am

    The >1000 words filter in the community section isn’t working. Please fix that soon

     
  16. littlexfox

    08/16/2012 at 11:58 am

    I have a small problem. Yesterday everything was working out fine for me, as usual. But now, the menu bar with the ‘Just In, Communities, Forums’ and such show up on top of the genre section and I can’t click on anime or any of the others to check for new stories. And going to a bookmarked story doesn’t work either, because it’s the same there, as well. Can you please fix that?

     
  17. londonmarie

    08/16/2012 at 12:16 pm

    You know the changes to the mobile version of fanfiction isn’t really fair to those who don’t have smartphones. I for one don’t have one. My internet access is limited and the majority of the time I read fanfiction on my phone and due to the recent changes I can’t. I’ve downloaded what I was told to and the site still doesn’t work. And now I have a bitter taste in my mouth at fanfiction.net I love the stories I’ve read on the site but as a whole I’m not liking the site at the moment.

     
    • KageNoNeko

      08/18/2012 at 10:45 am

      I agree with you. I’m royally pissed because I now need to figure out how to update my Opera Mini on my phone since my cell phone provider will not do it. I might have to pester them that I need a newer version of Opera Mini. What ffnet did is kind of insulting to me because I only have had my Rumor Touch for a little over a year. It makes me feel like they are trying to say my phone is old when it isn’t.

       
  18. Sara

    08/16/2012 at 12:21 pm

    I like most of the changes to the new mobile site, but that bar jumping thing is really annoying. It keeps blocking the text when I’m trying to read. Maybe you should have a close button for that.

     
  19. LightningStruckTower27

    08/16/2012 at 1:20 pm

    THANK YOU!!! I love the way it looks!

     
  20. Schermionie

    08/16/2012 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for bringing back the jump. However, I have to second mikkianne’s comment. The menu bar in the new mobile version is *extremely* annoying. It blocks part of the screen when I’m reading, flashes visibly – distractingly – whenever I scroll and I don’t need it… it’s just annoying. I’d like it to stay at the top, I don’t need it following me wherever I go…

    I also second Pierce’s comment. I now have no way of telling whether my reviews have run over the limit without having to open something else to check the word count. I thought at first that meant you’d got rid of the word limit altogether, which would be wonderful, because then I wouldn’t have to log out to post the rest of a long review. But instead I just have no idea.

     
  21. Tim Mannila

    08/16/2012 at 2:30 pm

    Love that there’s an easy way of getting to the bottom again. But, maybe I’m the only one who thinks this is a peeve, I think that the navigation bar should stay at the top. I think that it is annoying to have the bar follow as I scroll down the page

     
  22. Amy

    08/16/2012 at 2:42 pm

    sort forums based on latest posts, not based on popularity pls.

     
  23. JW

    08/16/2012 at 3:01 pm

    I third the “keep navigation on top” request (especially on mobile). Either I stop the loading bar fast enough to get the text (with the floating frame) or I don’t and end up with just the nav. frame and no text. Also, HOORAY for Jump!!

     
  24. zanji of clan okami

    08/16/2012 at 3:11 pm

    agreed the nav bar needs to stay at top i can’t really read anything with that in the way also can we get the find button back it keeps cutting the search bar off for me

     
  25. Candy Cane

    08/16/2012 at 7:21 pm

    Please change the mobile site back to the way it was. I don’t have an IPhone or a blackberry or anything just a regular cell, and the new mobile site makes it impossible to read anything. I use the landscape position when using my phone and I can not read any stories on my phone now, the new navigation bar takes too much much room and when I scroll down, the navigation bar stays stationary on to while the stories down below scroll but I cannot see that because of the new navigation bar. Also stories (on the mobile site) are not fully showing up, the first updated story in my favorite, the title and part of the summary are cut off so I cannot read it or even really know which story it is, and when I try to use the regular site on my phone I still can’t read any stories in on my favorites list because every time I click the ‘favorite stories’ button on mt phone, nothing happens. So really, please change the mobile site back, because me and I’m sure other’s like me are now no longer able to use you site while on the go

     
  26. Narisse

    08/16/2012 at 7:37 pm

    Ok. So on Fanfiction.net… can we have a way to rate the overall stories, and the chapters? Like… a 5 star rating like what you see on Amazon and Netflix… then you can look at the ratings for a story, and sort by “revelance” (or how good the ratings on a story are) That’d be great!!! That would help me a lot on whether on not I want to spend my time reading a fic.!!! Thanks for reading this!! I hope we can start rating stories and chapters soon!!!

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/16/2012 at 7:55 pm

      They’ve already said no in one of the earlier blogs. I’ve seen how well the rating system works over at quizella. You’ll find few fanfics that are under the four to five star ratings and the ones that you do won’t necessarily be rated low because of poor quality. I’ve seen how some people form cliques on this site and if one person crosses the line with one of these cliques they’re dead meat when it comes to their ratings.

       
    • MMC

      08/16/2012 at 8:09 pm

      I actually wouldn’t want this. It feels like one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing. Plus, as Yemi Hikari stated, people might actually abuse the rating system.

       
    • Crossover

      08/16/2012 at 8:52 pm

      Um, no thanks.

      I’m with Yemi for this. Star rating doesn’t make a story at all and not to mention, having it tended to downgraded the site in quality.

      Why not look at reviews to see how good it was?

       
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/16/2012 at 10:00 pm

      Agreeing above with the reasons why ratings don’t work so well in fanfic. Consumers who buy products should have the chance to give low star ratings and fiercely negative reviews, but in the world of fanfic where the feedback goes directly to the author it’s better to take potential hurt feelings into account.

      And in fanfic of small fandoms with not many readers, unfair ratings can skew things badly – eg. one unfair star rating out of five has more effect than one unfair star rating out of fifty.

      You can currently sort by the number of reviews, favourites or follows a story has, so that gives you a rough idea of its popularity. Or you could search for stories about the characters you like, genres you like, word counts you feel like you want to read, and make your own decision based on story summaries or review content. That’s the way I do it – the popular taste isn’t often my taste. ;)

       
      • konarciq

        08/20/2012 at 10:13 am

        Well said. Please no more rating features here! Having the faves and follows public is bad enough, but should serve those who like to search by some kind of rating.

         
  27. Xana

    08/16/2012 at 8:00 pm

    I’m not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but I didn’t know where else to suggest it. Could you make a function, like on a blog, so you can slow certain documents in your document manager to upload at certain times?

    I follow a schedule where I post at certain times of the day, so I always have to cling to my computer to make sure I get them on time. Sometimes I miss, sometimes I get them right. I’d really prefer if I didn’t have to do this though because when I go out I have to try and upload it from my phone. So if you could do something like this, it would be great. Thank you!

     
    • yemi hikari

      08/17/2012 at 3:34 am

      To clarify something here, you’re refering to the fact you’re OCD about the specific times you post your completed chapters once you get them done, not that you’re trying to write and maintain a constant fast rate of updating. There was already some talk about that at the begining of the comments.

       
      • MyNameIsJeffNImLost

        08/17/2012 at 11:01 am

        Following a similar idea to what Xana was saying, I’ve often seen several authors put notes at the end of a chapter that say the next one or two chapters are written, but they are going out of town for a week or two and don’t know when they will have Internet access to post them. They made me think of a posting queue that would schedule chapters to be added at a future date and time.

        It’s not a minor feature, but it would be kind of cool. It’d let those authors enjoy their vacations while keeping their readers engaged. It would also prevent a posting barrage when the authors returned.

        I’d probably never use it, though. I guess I have a different type of minor OCD that makes me want to push the button to trigger the actual posting of a new chapter.

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/17/2012 at 11:25 am

        I’m going to add it would possibly come in handy for the writers who pre-write their fanfics before they start posting them. I’m not likely to use it either though.

         
      • Xana

        08/19/2012 at 9:35 pm

        Well, yes. I am OCD about that. Because I know I have people staying up an hour or so later than they otherwise would so they can read my story. When it comes up an hour late because I forgot, I have to keep them awake longer or even worse, disappoint them when it doesn’t come on and they go to bed. I don’t want to disappoint my readers since I wouldn’t be doing nearly as much fanfiction as I am now without them.

        I pre-write my chapters a few days in advance, weeks if I have time because I like having the leeway to slow up on writing. But if I forget, I end up feeling really bad and a few dozen people feel really disappointed. I just want to make it easier to keep up.

         
  28. Angelica

    08/16/2012 at 8:23 pm

    Please remove the mobile jump, it gets in the way when I’m reading the stories I like. Thank you.

     
    • Curious girl

      08/18/2012 at 5:53 am

      A lot of people actually requested it back.

       
  29. Mesi

    08/16/2012 at 8:31 pm

    Hi I use the fanfiction mobile on my phone and I noticed the bar at the top scrolls down when I go down the page. I find it sometimes jumpy and don’t really like how much of my screen it takes up. However, I think that some people might like this feature, so if you could have it to be able to be disabled on your account or something to that affect that would be great.

     
  30. debra

    08/16/2012 at 10:40 pm

    I was seeing the feedback and wondered what the fuss was about. I like the look of the jump feature, the image file loads nice on my windows phone. Then it takes up the screen as a kind of drop down menu. If you intend to keep that, do allow it to be closed.
    Fortunately, the menu doesn’t follow me, atm. That would be horrid.
    For the non smart phones, I would suggest an extremely simplified version of this site. Other sites have that option, as i recall. No images, only text and good web design.

     
  31. Invariably Hazy

    08/17/2012 at 1:44 am

    Idk if this is just my phone alone, i know isaw something about end-of-life or something or other, but i dont currently have a smart phone, or a computer, or internet, my readings are solely simplistic mobile viewing and i went to post a review earlier today and the button wouldnt press, it registered as a button, but would do nothing. Dont know if anyone else deals with this, it just made me feel bad because i went back to the story and continued reading without reviewing.

    Also, as this is my first visit to the blog and subsequent post, whats with all the little girls? Idk if ive grown conceded and arrogant, but im 18, i should not be THIS much better than my peers, they’ve got to be like 14… or 9. Or maybe, as i was introduced to fanfiction around that age and see in these ‘bad writings’ a lot of the mistakes i used to make, im just growing older and realizing the problems? … Nah… I blame twilight. Jk.Theres really nothing to be done about this, just a little irked opinion i felt id share with my fellows.

     
  32. IGDLTV

    08/17/2012 at 12:22 pm

    The >1000 words filter in the community section isn’t working. Please fix that soon

     
  33. MMC

    08/17/2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for having the navigation bar scroll again. I didn’t have a problem with how it was before, but I guess the people who were complaining about it can feel a little satisfied with the change now. :)

     
  34. Myrddin

    08/17/2012 at 6:07 pm

    I want to be able to add slashes, dashes, dots, and brackets to chapter titles! Plus I want to be able to have longer chapter titles! Some times you need a dash, or bracket in the title because that makes it whole but unlike in REAL books you won’t let us add these!

     
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      08/17/2012 at 7:01 pm

      Seconding this request. (Slightly) longer chapter titles would be great, just as the summary length limit recently increased.

      Some characters in some of my fandoms have dashes in their names, for example characters with hyphenated names (Browne-Smythe) or characters with fantasy names (Shar-Teel). And brackets can also be handy punctuation legitimately used in story titles or chapter titles.

       
      • Shawnesty

        08/17/2012 at 9:16 pm

        Thirding this request. Would love the opportunity to use longer titles!

         
      • konarciq

        08/20/2012 at 10:16 am

        Seconding the request for especially hyphens to be used in titles! So many English words and names have them!

         
    • yemi hikari

      08/17/2012 at 9:20 pm

      Yes please. The “:” is nice when you have work titles like “Rose Petal Bliss II: Ender of Games”, or chapter titles “Arc I: Copper Sea ~ Truth”. The Redwall books for example, are each and every one of them separated into three book sections in one novel.

       
      • Guest

        08/17/2012 at 11:08 pm

        Colons can’t be used in titles on FFN? I swear I’ve seen them, but maybe it’s my imagination.

         
      • Blue-Inked Frost

        08/17/2012 at 11:25 pm

        I’ve used colons in story titles on the site, and I just checked now and using colons in chapter titles also works. Dashes, however, don’t work in chapter titles.

         
      • Guest

        08/17/2012 at 11:33 pm

        @Blue-Inked Frost – Thanks! I started browsing the site looking for titles with colons. :)

         
      • yemi hikari

        08/17/2012 at 11:33 pm

        My bad… I think I meant the “-” and “~” symbols…

         
  35. Ray

    08/17/2012 at 9:30 pm

    Hi! I’m really sorry to bother you admins after all this hard work you’ve done for us, but can you install a report abuse thing for PMs? My friends are getting hate mail from this author, but they can’t even report her as there is no report abuse button thing for PMs. It would really help! This author is calling my friends these horrible names, and… I’m super sorry for bothering you admins after all this. :)

     
    • Mademise

      08/17/2012 at 11:12 pm

      You can simply block that user.

       
    • yemi hikari

      08/17/2012 at 11:37 pm

      The best way to handle this is to have your friend copy all the PMs in a word document and screen capture them. She needs to block the person and send the PMs in an e-mail file to the site admins. It’s best to do it this way because it involves more then one PM anyways.

       
      • Ray

        08/18/2012 at 10:54 am

        Okay. She’s got it. Thanks!

         
    • Pierce

      08/18/2012 at 6:43 am

      Let your friend take screenshots of the actual emails *and* of the PM screen. Send a mail to support@fanfiction.com and put “[abuse]” as the subject. They will see it.

       
    • KageNoNeko

      08/18/2012 at 10:56 am

      Tell them to block the person, and then take screen shots of the PMs and email them to support @ fanfiction.net with [Abuse] in the subject line. Reporting the user might help since the Etiquette guidelines is what they are kind of violating.

       
  36. Animaltalker

    08/19/2012 at 6:19 pm

    I like being able to jump down to the sort feature and select genre and so forth BUT it’s a real pain in certain very popular series like Harry Potter to scroll through dozens of alphabetically sorted characters that are over run by minor characters. I mine really how many stories are their about the Sorting Hat, couldn’t the major and minor characters be separated some how and maybe a few unused characters deleted.
    Also great to be able to sort by complete or in progress and over a certain length but what about over but under. Maybe I’m not in the mood for drabbles but I don’t want together started on an epic novel either

    Just a few friendly suggestions

     
    • KageNoNeko

      08/24/2012 at 1:19 am

      @Animaltalker, with the character lists, I get through long lists by using my keyboard. I just make sure the list is active and then hit the letter of the first letter of the first name of the character. I find this very handy in Yu-Gi-Oh and Sailor Moon.

       
  37. Psudocode_Samurai

    08/20/2012 at 8:25 pm

    Rather than seeing all the ‘pretty’ updates and the like, which are nice for some, personally, I’d rather see some improvements to security and notification for TOS violations before you delete the story/chapter/account, is there any chance of that in the future?

     
  38. millahnna

    08/21/2012 at 2:06 am

    Please bring back the v tab for jumping to the bottom of a page. The jump arrows only work if you have image loading turned on. For that matter, theres no easy way to get to your account links since you removed the tab links. I had to bookmark both the site search function and my account links in order to actually have access to them because there are no obvious on screen links to either anymore (after using google in extremely convoluted ways to dvds them to begin with).

     
  39. soulofsilverwolf

    08/22/2012 at 6:40 pm

    im upset with fanfiction at the moment because i cant access my account on the mobile site since the update, nor is there a searchbar to search for specific fics/authers. its quiet annoying since i dont own a computer and rarly get the chance to use one. so i have to rely on the ability to access my account via a mobile. so if you lot can fix the mistake(or what ever you want to call it) soon id be a very happy person.

     
    • KageNoNeko

      08/23/2012 at 1:38 pm

      If click on More you will get the search and the login/sign up stuff.

      I’m still not impressed that this website can’t be viewed in non-landscape position. It is not comfortable to hold my phone in my hands with the keyboard out. I have to view this website in landscape in order to get other functions and make the page look like it is not all goofed up.

       
      • diagnosisrodentia

        08/23/2012 at 7:41 pm

        “More” link does nothing. I tried turning images back on in case I was running into a problem like the jump buttons. Flipped phone to lanscape… Nothing.

         
      • Xing

        08/23/2012 at 11:23 pm

        What browser are you using?

         
  40. mouse

    08/22/2012 at 7:54 pm

    I get that lot of people requested the mobile jump arrows back but I’m wondering if there isn’t a way to also include the “v” tab for jumping to the bottom of a page. I leave image loading off at all times on my phone for speed purposes and mobile jump arrow links do not work at all without the image loading (adding a frame for the graphic would work as well).

    For that matter the resent mobile overhaul has made it so that it is impossible to find the search function and account links on the site. I had to find both via clever uses of google and then bookmark them to maintain access on my phone.

     
  41. xraiderv1

    09/09/2012 at 1:06 pm

    will there be bug fixes targeted for the nintendo 3ds on the mobile site?

     
  42. Hirsi barre

    09/28/2012 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you in advance and it would be appreciated to see my problem solved.

     
  43. Joelene Gonzales

    10/23/2012 at 10:03 am

    I cant figure out how to log into Fictionpress from my mobile device. Thanks.

     
  44. Fawneh

    02/05/2013 at 9:26 pm

    There are a few things i dont like in mobile. On forums, the newest posts aren’t shown. Also, you cannot do the same things you can do on regular. For example, you cannot look at your forums, polls, or stories. I fond this annoying and the regular site is slow on mobile devices.

     
  45. chicken8

    02/18/2013 at 11:59 pm

    I am a new author that just signed up today. I got inspired to write my own stories, but I can’t do it from the mobile site. All I’m asking is for there to be a way to make and publish stories from the mobile site via android etc. I don’t have a computer and I know there are others like me that would appreciate an update like this.

     
  46. Emily

    09/21/2013 at 8:25 am

    K.+i+just+read+a+mind+blowing+story+from+this+site.+i+dont+have+a+computer+and+i+tried+to+sign+up+from+my+mobile.that+didnt+work.i+really+want+to+be+a+part+of+this+exciting+community+so+plz+make+that+possible.+the+sooner+the+better.+anyways+i+love+the+site+just+depressed+i+cant+join.

     

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