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Happy Holidays and onwards to 2013!

18 Dec

First we like to wish everyone at FanFiction and FictionPress an all-around Happy Holidays!

We are planning a big feature launch for the month of January and have been hard at work with development and internal beta-testing. If all goes well, we will have a nice surprise for everyone during the second week of 2013. We hope it will be a great way to start the new year.

Notable Updates

  • Major improvement to the Document Manager with much improved support for some old .doc Word files and better support for .doc files exported from Apple’s Pages editor.
 
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95 responses to “Happy Holidays and onwards to 2013!

  1. Phalanx

    12/18/2012 at 9:17 am

    Happy Holidays! Can’t wait to see what this new surprise is… do we get a clue? ;)

     
  2. Cas Baby Angel~♥

    12/18/2012 at 9:25 am

    Happy Holidays!

     
  3. Adam Eden

    12/18/2012 at 11:13 am

    Happy Christmas, Hanuka, and Happy everything else and Holiday’s in general. I hope this new feature is awesome. Though, honestly right now if you went with some social networking features with the way Facebook is so annoying I would be happy. Your systems are so much better, plus it has Fanfiction, which is awesome-cool. ;P

     
    • bienfait

      12/19/2012 at 2:30 pm

      No no no no! no social networking. This is a WRITING site. We already have the forums for discussion etc. Or you can open an account at LiveJournal, which has the crossover features you seem to be looking for.

      You say Facebook is “so annoying” – does it occur to you that turning ffnet into a Facebook wannabe is just going to make ffnet annoying as well?

      Sorry to jump up and down, but this issue has already been comprehensively discussed in another thread, and it’s annoying to see it pop its irritating little head back up again.

      Please, let’s just let a writing site continue to be a writing site.

       
    • ShikiKira

      12/19/2012 at 7:09 pm

      Stop bringing up social networks. This is a writing site, and it will stay that way. If you want social networks go to those specific websites. Ff.net is not and never will be a social network. Think before you add something stupid like that. It’s been discussed about a dozen times that no one wants ff.net or fp.net to turn into a social network.

       
    • yemi hikari

      12/23/2012 at 7:28 pm

      I agree with the others, no social networking. The site would have tons of people joining just for the social networking feature and not caring about what the site is supposed to be about. I also agree with them that I wish people would stop bringing the subject up. It’s gotten a very negative response every single time.

       
  4. bloodsong

    12/18/2012 at 11:31 am

    happy holidays!

    will it be anything like ‘collections’? because i tried using ‘communities’ for that, but i’m only allowed to have ONE! :X

     
  5. Anna

    12/18/2012 at 1:04 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what it is. Personally I’d rather see a nice purge of all the real person fiction that litters the misc. categories and smaller movie, tv, etc, categories that those authors like to abuse (please see my comments in the previous post that you haven’t moderated to show up yet) as opposed to something frivolous like story covers. I don’t meant to sound unappreciative and impatient, but having unanswered abuse reports since August and this worsening One Direction craze infiltrating the site along with the attitude of those authors (considering they have more than one site to post that kind of stuff, making no sense to continue posting to FanFiction.net), well… to say it’s annoying would be an understatement. I just hope/wish you all would come up with some better solution for when it comes to handling abuse reports.

     
    • merlinrecon

      12/18/2012 at 9:29 pm

      This sites the best, that’s why. I don’t see why they need to ‘purge’ anything really, just add a few more tags so we can just bypass what we don’t want to read. Purging only ends up getting perfectly OK things removed too just because they’ve been reported by these little kids playing around with whatever because they’re getting people back.

      If our in-rule stories were perfectly safe I would then agree, but the system isn’t perfect so it does get abused a lot and good, hard working fanfiction writers get hit too.

       
      • Pierce

        12/19/2012 at 9:22 am

        No. Simply adding some tags is *not* a good idea. Especially not for rules that have legal issues attached to them, such as the aforementioned “no real people” rule. I highly agree with Anna: another purge is needed — otherwise, rule-breakers won’t listen since there “aren’t any consequences”.

        The admins check the reports; they aren’t stupid. They don’t just go around deleting every story the moment a report comes in. And, when they do make a mistake, you simply have to send a mail to them and they’ll restore your story (and its reviews, follows, etc) without a problem. A CU member had that problem during the previous purge due to some angry fan brats; she asked for advice in the forum, other members told her to try mail the admins, she did so, and not so much time after that she said that her story got restored.

        You’re underestimating the admins. Angry fan brats and trolls have no foot to stand on when reporting. What can they say in their report? “Author is mean”? Even if they lie about there being something wrong with the story, there’s no actual proof — and the admins wouldn’t delete a story for a report like that. And, like I said before, they are capable of bringing a story back if they did make a mistake.

         
      • ShikiKira

        12/19/2012 at 7:12 pm

        Got your mind together. Real persons stories need to go. There so many of them that a purge is needed. These stories are taking a real person and making them do stuff they wouldn’t normally do. Now think. Would you want someone to do the same thing to you? I think not. Plus, these break all the rules in ff.net guidelines. They need to go!

         
      • Anna

        12/21/2012 at 5:41 pm

        There is a need when these kids are not only going into the Misc. categories, (which are already difficult enough to find something in considering the search feature doesn’t always show up what I might want to read), but are actually shoving their stuff into smaller, specific movie, tv show, etc, categories because they think the authors/readers of those categories are too stupid or insignificant to say anything about it )and yes, some of them do think that way, I’ve seen it firsthand in pms), along with the annoying little author’s note “I just picked a random category…” Um, no. Just because these kiddies have never heard about the movie, tv show, etc, does NOT make it “random.” I sure as heck don’t consider the category that I had to send three emails for over a two month span (while begging in the last one) “random,” so people could find my stories a little easier instead of having them covered up by all the irrelevant real person/original fiction that floods the misc. categories. I’ve already got more traffic since getting the category than when I did having it posted in the needlessly abused misc. one. But indeed, it’ll only be a matter of time before some One Direction author decides to post their stuff in it, hence, the need to get back to answering abuse reports in a more timely manner and letting these people know that the site admins are actually serous about the rules.

        You don’t see a need for a purge? Well, I don’t see why One Direction and Justin Bieber “authors” can’t go post on the fanfiction sites that are dedicated to them, instead of picking this one to wantonly abuse. It’s like it’s on purpose, and I’m tired of it. Also the original fiction, why on earth are these people posting this stuff on FANfiction when there’s FictionPress, and again, wantonly doing this with their deliberate and hostile attitude, no matter how sensitive in your approach when you inform them about it? Makes no sense at all.

         
      • yemi hikari

        12/23/2012 at 7:31 pm

        A lot of the stuff removed during the purge did in fact break site rules that are there for quality reasons and/or legal reasons. Any writer who feels that they didn’t break the site rules with the stories they had removed can write a polite e-mail to the site admins in order to have their story put back with the reviews that were attached to the story.

         
    • KageNoNeko

      12/18/2012 at 10:01 pm

      Amen on that Anna. I hope they will do a big huge purge on all of those authors’ accounts. The One Direction fan brats have gotten too brazen.

       
    • Anna

      12/23/2012 at 1:39 pm

      I just wanted to again point out, as in my previous comments that I made in the blog entry before this that you haven’t moderated to show up yet, that while a purge is needed, you also shouldn’t wait until only a once in a while purge to get rid of these stories that are clear offenders of the rules. No wonder things pile up and never get tended to. Is there something wrong with the report abuse system? I just find it hard to believe that stories I’ve reported since August, and have done so several times, have still not managed to be looked at and properly tended to. The links I provided are clear offenders, there’s no grey matter to them. Non-stories, real person, original fiction… I just wish that you would please address this issue and put our minds somewhat at ease that you working on a better solution for THIS particular problem. After waiting for an answer for four months, I think it’s only fair that I get an answer instead of wasting my time composing all of these abuse reports when nothing becomes of them.

       
      • yemi hikari

        12/23/2012 at 7:32 pm

        Perhaps that is one of the things they are working on.

         
      • Anna

        12/24/2012 at 1:59 pm

        @Yemi hikari (for some reason can’t directly reply to your post, so “replying” to mine again). I hope you’re right. I hope this “surprise” isn’t a category for real person fiction, as a “solution” to the problem. That would just be rewarding those people for their defiant, deliberate, downright vicious behavior (that’s obviously and humiliatingly driven me batty) when they already have multiple other places to post that sort of thing.

         
      • yemi hikari

        12/27/2012 at 3:12 am

        @ Anna – I also hope the site admins don’t add an RPF category for the reason you said, you don’t go and reward bad behavior. I don’t think they will as RPF itself opens up a legality issue for the site.

         
  6. Blue-Inked Frost

    12/18/2012 at 2:49 pm

    Happy holidays to all! :)

     
  7. Ray

    12/18/2012 at 3:25 pm

    Happy holidays to all!

     
  8. Christine

    12/18/2012 at 3:32 pm

    Is the Storymarks feature coming back? I really hope so.

    Happy holidays!

     
  9. TBA

    12/18/2012 at 4:19 pm

    Happy Holidays! I know this sounds weird but since it is the Holidays – and I am trying to sell some of my stuff. Does anyone want to buy a Mick St. John ring? Sterling silver. makes a good gift.

     
  10. Lurker

    12/18/2012 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Holidays to all! :D

     
  11. Phil

    12/18/2012 at 5:15 pm

    Is the Doc Manager the only thing getting updated, or will you be adding other things also? I ask this because I’ve been practically begging for more precise ways of browsing the site, like a second genre category or character/genre exclusion option. Heck, even an OC option in the character filter would be great.

     
    • Hawki

      12/18/2012 at 7:50 pm

      Or character/category requests. Been ages since I got a response to either of them. :(

       
    • ShikiKira

      12/19/2012 at 7:13 pm

      Same. I hope they add a second category option in the favorites and alerts too. They’ve never responded to the requests.

       
  12. KingdomOfThomond

    12/18/2012 at 5:40 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone, and a happy new year. I was wondering what Xing and all the other people were doing for the last two months.

     
    • smitha15

      12/18/2012 at 6:31 pm

      Haha I was wondering the same thing

       
  13. Komuso

    12/18/2012 at 6:16 pm

    Is fanfiction down right now because I can’t get in?

     
  14. smitha15

    12/18/2012 at 6:32 pm

    Happy Holidays everyone!!!!
    I can’t wait for the update… I wonder what it is ^.^

     
  15. hotwinglover

    12/18/2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’m hoping its posting on mobile.

     
  16. obsessedtwibrarian

    12/18/2012 at 7:23 pm

    Less censorship would be a welcome change…like include a mature section of your site. Get rid of the roving thugs you have censoring authors would be a welcome change too. Spice it up all you want, but you’re not an author-friendly site.

     
    • Lurker

      12/18/2012 at 9:15 pm

      Way to be beating a dead horse there. :/ They will not be changing anything regarding ratings. There are plenty of middle-school aged writers around this site (I was one when I first joined the site years ago, so I can vouch for this at least and I knew plenty of others that were younger than 15), with parents checking their internet activity. Can you really blame ffnet for trying to be safe?

      Frankly, what I’d like to see are the definitions of rating (and rules) to be much more clear than what they have right now.

      You were saying the same old thing others had been saying ways back in the old posts already. :/ Since XIng didn’t seemed to be supportive of this (from my view) and regarding the June purge, I do not think there will be any MA rating at all being allowed in ffnet.

       
    • Pierce

      12/19/2012 at 9:30 am

      That’s not “censorship”, that’s playing it safe on a site where the mininum age is 13. How old are you if you think that should be considered cencorship? Read up on your history: blocking MA-rated content is not the same as rewriting textbooks or executing someone for speaking up. It’s still their site and their rules. Why are you on FanFiction if you don’t like its rules? Go somewhere else or create your own place, then.

      There’s AdultFanFiction, for one, if you want to write and read (usually senseless) smut (which, in most cases, is also badly written because the author has no personal experiences and is too lazy to do research.) No one’s stopping you from leaving a site with such “strict” rules, is there?

      However, whining because you don’t get to do what you want on a site that isn’t yours is plain childish. Smh.

      Also, happy holidays to FanFiction’s staff and authors. I was expecting a holiday update, so I’m glad that there are things to look forward to.

       
      • merlinrecon

        12/19/2012 at 10:46 am

        High School of the Dead, Hellsing, just a couple of anime that by the rules of the site, canon breaches its rules. To me, M is the equivalent of a 15 rated fic, which if compared with the more graphic medium of video it seems they want us to tone down everything from awesome to a 12 rated fic. In fact looking, half of canon that we can fanfic breaches these guidelines.

        The fact is, this site is the best, has the most readers, and is easy to use. If such annoyingly strict sites as Harry Potter fanfiction can add in disclaimers for the more violent fics I don’t get why this site can’t. This site has more over 18’s writing for it than kids… well the kids writing for it are like aforementioned idiots writing drivel about, whatever… (not that I’ve ever noticed). fanfiction.net shouldn’t keep pandering to kids and ignore the loyal older writers who have been using this site for years. Its unfair. Masses of older members are who have kept this site up and running.

        And have you seen adultfanfiction.net? Its a mess of a site that caters to smut… we don’t want to write smut, but we want to be able to add in the odd sexual scene, and violence, and rate it as an 18 to show that. Still M doesn’t show up in the standard sections, so why can’t there be a DoB section as a disclaimer for something like i.e. MM rather than MA? Whereas MA could be like R rated (and off the shelf because even I don’t want to read smut), and MM for 18 rated.

        Just looking now I find it hilarious that fanfitcion.net doesn’t cater for these ‘badly written’ smut fics when it has The Fifty Shades Trilogy in its book section, which by all definitions, canon was just BADLY written smut! How could you possibly right Fifty Shades without sex because that’s all it is, and all it has going for it?

         
      • Pierce

        12/19/2012 at 1:07 pm

        @merlinrecon, can’t seem to be able to answer to you directly, so I’ll do it like this instead.

        You’re acting as if everything with even the slightest bit of mature content is banned: it isn’t. Subtle sex scenes can even pass under the M-rating, as long as they’re not too detailed. For violence, it seems like that limit is even bigger — I can’t remember ever seeing a story get reported for having gore in it. Although that assumption might be wrong; I only frequent one reporting group, therefore I have no idea what the others might do.

        I have been on the site for years myself. I’m definitely not in the majority, but I’ve been on the site for about eight years. And, no, I’m not an adult, I’m a teenager.

        You’re acting as if good writing can only stem from people who are 18+. I beg to differ. In the (almost) two years I’ve been giving concrit, I can honestly say that I’ve met a lot of so-called “adults” whose writing could be compared to mine when I was seven. Considering that I’m a foreigner and my English was quite limited back then, that should say enough about the quality of those stories.

        I can’t stress this enough, and it astounds me that people who’re supposed to be my senior can’t comprehend this, but if FanFiction does not want MA-rated content, then it does not want MA-rated content. The rule has been in place for a decade now; it’s really a bit too late to protest. They didn’t change it back then, they won’t do it now.

        If AdultFanFiction is such a bad site in your opinion (I can’t really give my opinion; I don’t visit it.), then why not create your own site instead of complaining about it over and over here? Or try and get some quality there? Also, there was a petition for allowing MA-rated content a couple months back with, what, 50k votes? The admins didn’t listen to it.

        If FanFiction decided to implement a MA-rating, then they wouldn’t do it because of a few complaints. Changing their rules (which they must’ve written for a reason) is not the same as changing the PM system and listening to other suchlike suggestions by people here.

        It’s getting tiresome hearing the same “well, I don’t like the rules so they should be changed” drivel over and over again. I think they understand it now that some don’t like their rules.

        Also, this site has the most readers because the most people frequent it. A site can lose its popularity or fame soon if there was a better alternative out there. You’re complaining and whining, but you’re not doing anything helpful. You, or someone with coding experience, could very well start a new FanFiction site where MA-rated content is allowed.

        Isn’t that why AO3 (Archive of Our Own) was made in the first place, now that I think of it?

         
      • merlinrecon

        12/19/2012 at 2:49 pm

        Wow, really. You didn’t listen did you. I don’t care about MA one way or another. You seem to miss the point!

        -Quote- Not suitable for children or teens below the age of 16 with non-explicit suggestive adult themes, references to some violence, or coarse language.

        Fiction M can contain adult language, themes and suggestions. Detailed descriptions of physical interaction of sexual or violent nature is considered Fiction MA. -End Quote-

        What we’ve been saying is this does NOT give us much or anything substantial to go one. It pretty much says is a rating 16 yet says NO violence or interaction of a sexual nature, yet it has in its listing books and shows etc., that defy that in canon and some of those are rated M or lower!

        Ever since these ‘purges’ it limits older writers! Writers who have been loyal to the site, either reading or writing. I feel like I have to sensor my own work and limit it. I love this site because its the only one that lets me upload my doc files and its the largest archive and easy to navigate.

        If I had the skill to create my own website anywhere near as good as fanfiction.net I would, but I don’t, so I can’t.

        I’m not asking much. If anything I’m just asking for the rating-rules to be more strictly defined, and that M = 16+. If they don’t add in an extra rating and continue to cater so heavily for children then so be it, Also, as said before if a site as strict as Harry Potter Fanfiction can have extra warnings (and there site is rubbish compared to FFN) then why can’t this site?

        No offence, but you sound like a conformist who doesn’t fight for anything, “just lay down and die”. Those points that you gave are your opinions on the matter before FFN just ignores us because they know we won’t leave because we have nowhere better to go.

        And you keep saying FFN belongs to them. They may run it and have created it, but like Facebook and every other free medium. They rely on either donations or advertisement.

        You’re acting like you speak for them!

        And one last thing. Though, I don’t care about these stupid critic groups going off on their little Witch Hunts I don’t get how ANYBODY has the time to do that, or the hatred to care too. They all sound like kids with nothing better to do. When I was younger and had all that free time, I used to go out and hang with my friends. Instead of trolling for stuff to report maybe they should go out and have a normal childhood… or if some are older, then get a job, or at least look for work.

        @bienfait: Adam Eden is me… ironically my FB account. I wasn’t talking about all those crappy wall-post etc.,I was talking a more user friendly method of communicating and making FF friends with authors we like, to chat and descuss whatever. Though, I doubt we would get anything like that, it was just a suggestion, I’m not really set on it :) (I’ve decided to quit Facebook altogether. Well since I made one screw up while signing in I put com instead of co.uk for my email and the only way if will let me try to get my account back is with tagged photos of people when most of the photos tagged are freaking anime pictures that don’t even just have one tag on them. Though, I laughed as one attempt had three different real people in it and I didn’t know any, so I’ve taken this as an opportunity to just ignore it, lol.

        Well Happy Holiday’s people.

         
      • yemi hikari

        12/23/2012 at 9:55 pm

        @ merlinrecon – If you had actually bothered to look at the archive sections for the three fandoms you brought up, you would have found out that High School of the Dead currently has 466 total stories, 285 of which are below the M rating,
        Hellsing has 6,023 total stories, 4,479 of which are below the M rating and
        Fifty Shades of Grey has 579 total stories, 223 storeis of which are below the M rating. So your arguement that it is impossible to write something for any of these fandoms without going MA is horribly false and shows that you can’t think out side of the box.

        Seriously… you can discuss all three in a PG-13 setting and not get in trouble as long as the conversation remains PG-13, so the idea that allowing writers to write for these fandoms because they have R rated content doesn’t work. It isn’t as if ffnet is hosting the actual material on the site and what it is concerned with is the material that it actually is hosting. What you’re talking about is true censorship, while what the site admins is doing is not.

        I also don’t like the fact you just the kids writing for this site write drivel while the adults note. Please… I’ve met plenty of kids who don’t write drivel and plenty of adults who do. The kids who write drivel have one thing going for them that the adults who write drivel don’t. It’s going to be easier for them to grow from writing drivel to writing good work because they are young and not as set in their ways. Ratings have to do with how appropriate the series is, not the actual target audience.

        And yes… a good deal of us do know about aff and that the site caters to smut. I’ve heard second hand from other people who were around when MA content was allowed and the MA section pretty much catered to smut back then. And no, changing the rating to MM won’t change the problem. “A rose by any other name is still a rose.”

        The writers who are limited by the rules are those who can’t think outside of the box, not the older writers. For example, I’m an older writer who is an adult and I feel that the rules are there legitimatly for legal reasons or quality issues. If they were taken away, the site could face a lawsuit or the quality level will go down even more then it already is.

        HPFF’s rating system is worded the way it is because it is far stricter in its rating system then ffnet and thus needs a stricter wording. Aka, fanfiction.net bases its rating system off of what is considered appropriate for the average person of the lowest age of the rating. HPFF’s rating system is written for what is appropriate for the lowest in that age group. There are certain things as well that aren’t allowed on that site that are in fact allowed here. So the reason it doesn’t have wording like HPFF is simple. They aren’t anywhere near as strict.

        I don’t have a problem with people fighting for something when they are fighting to change something that really does infringe on people’s rights. This whole fighting for the change in rules amounts to, “I don’t like the fact the teacher’s won’t let me chew gum in class because it is destracting so I will fight the establishment.”

        If you are who I think you are, you haven’t been in the fanfic community for that long. So please don’t try to speak with us. Particularly when your arguements have holes in them, show a lack of research and the only reason it feels like you’re fighting this issue is because you want some cause to fight for, not because there is actually a cause to fight for.

         
    • yemi hikari

      12/23/2012 at 7:34 pm

      I love how people throw the word censorship out when censorship isn’t actually occurring.

       
      • RandomCelt

        02/08/2013 at 3:19 pm

        LOL! Agreed!

         
  17. cindella204

    12/18/2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the extra support for Word docs from Pages :D That’s me. I write in Scrivener, copy and paste to a template in Pages, and export to Word.

    Complicated :P It works great for me though.

    Can’t wait for the update!

     
  18. Estelli

    12/18/2012 at 9:29 pm

    Sounds epic! Feeling excited for that big feature you mentioned that’s gonna appear in 2013. Maybe it’s that author’s notes journal thing I think you may have mentioned some time ago? I dunno, but I love surprises, so I can’t wait!

    happy holidays to you too. :3

     
  19. Sen

    12/18/2012 at 10:55 pm

    HTML upload is not working on ff.net for some reason. I’m getting the error, quoted verbatim:

    Processing Error
    You are attempting to submit a HTML file but it does appear to be a properly formatted HTML file.
    If you continue to receive this error, please forward your file to site support for further assistance.

    I’m glad that it recognizes that it’s properly formatted, because it is. Any reason why having it properly formatted would be a problem? It contains nothing but paragraph, center, italic, and bold tags. Worked fine when I uploaded it last month. I could always add head and body tags, if those are needed now… I tried uploading more than 20 different chapters from the 16 stories I’ve successfully published on ff.net over the past 6 years, and every single HTML file failed with the exact same message, so I’m sure it’s not file-content-specific….

     
    • Xing

      12/18/2012 at 11:20 pm

      You need to send us the actual html files you used to upload that generated this error to support@fanfiction.com so we can investigate. Put [Upload Error] as part of your email subject.

       
      • Sen

        12/19/2012 at 8:58 am

        All HTML files are failing the exact same way for me, even a file that consists of only the twenty some-odd characters:

        open-paragraph-tag “Hello World!” close-paragraph-tag.

        I tried purging my browser cache, etc. with no joy. I can email support this simple one-line HTML file if that’s really needed, but I think the failure has nothing to do with what is actually in the file…

         
    • Xing

      12/19/2012 at 9:29 am

      Your files are failing because the new system is more strict and will only accept valid html files.

      Your open-paragraph-tag “Hello World!” close-paragraph-tag single line is actually not a html file, but a file that contains html tags. Huge difference.

      You need to wrap your code in [html][body]my stuff[/body][/html].

       
      • Sen

        12/19/2012 at 9:43 am

        Yup, that works! I just needed to make sure I was full W3C XML-compliant with the doc manager changes. Thanks!

         
      • bloodsong

        12/19/2012 at 10:16 am

        is there a reason it has to be so strict that is has to be a full html page? especially since it isn’t even using all that code?

        sometimes i just throw a (html) code in angle brackets on the top and it takes it. sometimes it doesn’t, and i have to parse it through an html editor just to get all the header code in before it takes it. :(

        or! as an alternate, you could make it read bbcode? ;) that’s what i’m converting from.
        but not during the holidays. take it easy, xing!

         
  20. Wispr

    12/19/2012 at 12:53 am

    Happy Holidays and also wish everyone a safe New Year.

    Now please a wonderful holiday gift would be giving back the authors ability to Block Anonymous Reviews… the Holidays are so much better without anonymous flames and harassment!

     
    • Phil

      12/27/2012 at 7:05 am

      Very simple solution to why they won’t do this: You can delete them.

      It’s slightly more time consuming, but why go out of the way to code an option when a solution already exists? After all, the process literally only takes a few clicks to do so.

      Step 1: click on ‘reviews’ (left side of page when you’re on your profile area)
      Step 2: click on ‘remove reviews’
      Step 3: delete reviews at your leisure

      Seriously, this option isn’t hidden. If anyone took the time to explore the features given to them, then they’d find this readily available. STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT IT!

       
    • Andie

      12/27/2012 at 3:52 pm

      Whispr, did you maybe think there’s something you’re doing in your work that is attracting flamers and harassment? I’ve been on the site for a number of years now and usually when I’ve seen someone getting flamed or harassed, it’s been because they’ve buried their head in the sand when it comes to admitting their stories need work. And I wouldn’t make the mistake of confusing honest concrit with flames or harassment. Someone telling an author that they need to get a beta is not a flame; someone telling an author to go kill themselves because they’re a terrible writer IS a flame. If you’re honestly getting flamed/harassed and you’ve done nothing to incur it, best thing to do is take it up with the site administrators. Or like the other person said, just delete the nasty reviews. You can moderate anon reviews so that you have say over whether or not they appear on your story, all you have to do is just delete those that you don’t want to post, it’s not that hard. Shouldn’t even be that time consuming, either. And if such reviews really bother you, why not move your work to a site that doesn’t allow reader input? Many simple solutions are at your fingertips, all you have to do is engage whichever one suits you the best! :)

       
  21. Guest

    12/19/2012 at 1:21 am

    Happy Holidays! :) I’m looking forward to the new features in 2013.

     
  22. Brin

    12/19/2012 at 7:14 am

    I have my fingers crossed that this new feature is similar to Storymarks, and works in Safari browser.

    Looking forward to whatever it is.

     
  23. Sarah

    12/19/2012 at 8:38 am

    I’m curious as to how things work after a story is reporting. Several of my fandoms are being spammed with real-person fic, advertisements disguised as fic, explicit fic, role-playing games disguised as fic… I report them, again and again, and no action seems to be taken. It’s really, really disheartening, and I’d really like to see a more proactive investigation into abuse reports.

     
  24. Shawnesty

    12/19/2012 at 8:33 pm

    Happy holidays to one and all, can’t wait to see what the new features are! Here’s hoping that there’s a better response to abuse reports, too. I’m getting so tired of the One Direction kiddies taking over the fandoms…they’re posting stories in realms that don’t even have anything to do with One Direction! Also hope there’s a stronger stance taken against cases of plagiarism, not to mention underage writers who admit they’re breaking the rules by being on here, but think they won’t get into any kind of trouble.

     
  25. Lucinda

    12/20/2012 at 9:48 am

    if I may add, its been my problem for quite some times is that when post in forum it needs several minutes to appear at my gadget and several minutes more to see the responses. I dont know if this my problem only or not because my friends that live in US and Europe seems fine and have no problem with it. Thank you and happy holiday

     
  26. Sue Stone (@knittingknots)

    12/20/2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hit counter seems to be down right now. 12:45 MT, 12/20 Just an FYI

     
  27. Glen Bieber

    12/20/2012 at 5:30 pm

    I have a suggestion. Why not fully support Apple’s Pages documents? That way those of us that use a Mac and Pages can upload our documents and have full support without the need to export to Word, which is a lot of work just to upload a story. I know it’s a long shot, but at least give it a try.

     
  28. Longing to Write

    12/20/2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Xing,
    Is there a way I can download my alerts list to an Excel spreadsheet? I want to clean them up but since the update that limits the pages to 50 items it could take forever and I’d really like to get rid of the dead wood. It would be easier if I could manipulate it all at once. Thanks.

     
  29. Mark Kéy-Balchin (MarkKB)

    12/21/2012 at 6:34 am

    I do hope it’s some kind of proper Author’s Notes feature. Putting them in the story proper is kludgy and putting them in their own section below (or above) the page would clearly distinguish them.

    Another nice feature to have would be a small notice (say, one or two lines long) on both the profile and the chapters that I can set a message for, say, when I’ve lost Internet access or will be busy for some time, so I can let people know I might not be responding to reviews for a while. I know that one’s more of a long shot, but I thought I’d suggest it while I’m here.

     
    • yemi hikari

      12/23/2012 at 10:02 pm

      If the writer knows what they are doing, they can actually do that already. I’ve seen plenty of writers who don’t know how to properly distinguish between flash backs and regular text. Its italics, not italic bold. If though there was a way to distinguish the notes further then what we have, I would take it. There is a chance some people may abuse it though depending on how it is implemented.

      I’d like to see how long it has been since some of my favorite writers who haven’t been updating have logged in. You could tell if an account is abandoned for years as well. Actually, a hiatus for stories would work wonders as would an abandoned mark where the story gets marked as abandoned if the writer hasn’t logged in for a year or more. Some people may be leery of this though.

       
  30. Song

    12/21/2012 at 9:45 pm

    Just going to reiterate my request for a clarification on the 2nd-person issue. Blanket ban of the form or only in interactive fics? C’mon guys, this is a five-second answer and would really help with the spotty and contradictory enforcement of the rules.

     
  31. mets

    12/22/2012 at 2:16 pm

    If we could start adding pictures to our chapters that would be great

     
    • yemi hikari

      01/03/2013 at 2:42 am

      While that is a nice idea, it may take up to much server space. I’ve seen stories that are over a hundred chapters and some of my one-shot collections are in fact over a hundred chapters themselves.

       
  32. jules3677

    12/23/2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi Xing

    Seasonal greetings to you!!! Be safe, eats lots & have major fun.

    BTW just to let you know Hotmail is having a problem with some accounts. The user, such as me, is unable to open anything in Hotmail. It is all sitting there in the inbox gathering … well nothing. Been at least two days of this problem being unresolved. People are first relieved that it isn’t them & then irate as Hotmail are taking their time attending to the issue.

    So happy holidays!

     
  33. Sarah

    12/23/2012 at 7:35 pm

    Why is my comment still awaiting moderation? I asked a question about how fic reports are handled.

     
  34. Konor of the skies.

    12/26/2012 at 12:57 pm

    Happy new year! be sure to check out my story! At fan fiction.com
    Skylanders saga.

     
  35. speklez

    12/26/2012 at 1:22 pm

    I would love to see a change in the review system. Getting rid of anon ‘guest’ reviews would be fantastic. Or at least give the authors the option to once again block them if they want. Many people are using them to flame and harass authors and we are unable to respond in anyway to any review that is not left by someone that was signed in, nor are we able to block. I get that flames are also left by those that are signed in, however authors have options as far as those go and we can defend ourselves by responding, reporting or blocking. At the absolute very least, give the author that is getting belittled or harasses or trolled by ‘guests’ a way to respond to them.

     
    • Phil

      12/27/2012 at 2:03 pm

      I’d hate to see the removal of guest reviews. You’re forgetting that many reviewers are guests who enjoy reading fan-fiction but decided not to get an account. Removing them altogether would be a slap to the face for millions of people.

      You can already delete them manually through ways I’ve stated before. It isn’t that hard. You can even see them and delete them before they are actually displayed. Disabling guest reviews screws that portion of the FFN’s fan base.

      I understand that flames can be annoying, but it’s unreasonable to ban the section where the problem comes from. It’s like banning spoons because people use them to eat and get fat. It’s stupid.

       
      • yemi hikari

        01/03/2013 at 2:53 am

        It is more like banning the younger members of the site from posting stories or having accounts because the One Direction fans are mostly comprised of the younger members of the site.

         
      • speklez

        01/06/2013 at 11:04 pm

        I never said to get rid of them altogether. This was brought back because SOME users wanted it. I said to once again, as this was a feature in the past, to allow the authors that do not want them, to once again be able to block them. We shouldn’t be forced to read flames because others are not held accountable for what they say when there is no way to respond to them. I am well aware we can ‘moderate’ reviews… in 36 hours. What if we cannot get on the computer during that time? Then that hateful review, that usually has nothing to do with the actual story, gets posted and then there is nothing we can do about it. There is no delete at your leisure as you said before, there is you have 36 hours to delete it or it gets posted and ‘screw you’,

         
      • speklez

        01/06/2013 at 11:18 pm

        and… how, exactly, is it unreasonable to ban the section that it comes from? That comparison with the spoon is completely off point because as I said, signed-in reviewers can do it as well. The difference is, the author has options as far as those go where there is nothing we can do about unsigned anon reviews. Or even the signed ones because, as the site ADMITS, the signature cannot be trusted. I’ll I am saying is it was an option for the first two years I have been a member of the site and now it’s not. If they could do it once, it cannot be that hard to do it again.

         
    • yemi hikari

      01/03/2013 at 2:50 am

      I agree with Phil. Flames only make up a small portion of the guest reviews that are left each day. I didn’t always have an account and it seemed like every other person I tried reviewing had anonymous reviews turned off. After I joined, I learned of the phobia some people had about getting flamed and yet I found that the majority of the flames occur because the writer has done something that made them a target. I’m not saying a bad thing here, because leaving critique on people’s fanfics is one of those things that will cause you to be a target. Or standing up and defending a writer who has in fact been flamed.

       
  36. A. Good One

    12/27/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Holidays to the staff at FFNet! Can’t wait to see what the new feature is.

    I hope it’s some kind of a locked FAQ page, since we see so many of the same unanswered questions being asked over and over again. It would be nice to know, once and for all, about things like 2nd person, original fiction, RPF, MA ratings, etc. Critics could refer to that page to back up their reviews — or writers could refer to it to tell critics to back off. Win-win.

    Or perhaps it’s something to do with stricter enforcement of the rules , especially as applied to those incessant 1D stories or to the original stories that have overwhelmed the Misc. Sections.

     
    • konarciq

      12/28/2012 at 4:45 am

      I like that FAQ idea. It might solve a whole lot of problems!

       
    • The Imaginatrix

      01/08/2013 at 3:20 pm

      I also think that an FAQ page is an excellent suggestion. It would not only answer a number of questions for us, but would hopefully decrease the amount of repetitive posting on this blog.

       
  37. konarciq

    12/28/2012 at 4:44 am

    Hey, welcome back, Xing! :-) Happy holidays to you, too, and I’m curious to see what you have in store for us! (Got to admit though, it was nice to have a few months without changes…)

     
  38. DLColvin

    12/28/2012 at 9:30 pm

    I hope for email enabled updates, that way I don’t have to go down the block with my laptop to update my stories. I could do it by phone like do with my blog.

     
  39. While

    12/29/2012 at 1:11 pm

    Actually it would be nice if we could have power over logged in reviews on our accounts. Some reviews may be rude or hurtful to the writer, and thus they have the abilities to remove such reviews. The remove option would be limited of course, as some of the reviews are critics trying to be helpful to the writer.

    Hope FF sees this option, I’ve been saying for years that it would be great to see it!

     
    • yemi hikari

      12/31/2012 at 7:43 pm

      Sorry, but no. There is a nice abuse report system in place which alerts the site admins to the fact a person may be a problem and that is the best way to bite the serial flamers in the butt. Also, some people mistake critique as being “rude and hurtful” and thus label and negative reviews as flames. Of course, I wouldn’t mind an option to hide a review until the site admins can actually check to see if it is actually a flame. When it becomes “unhidden” some people will be forced to accept the fact that the person wasn’t flaming them. There would have to be a limit of course. Or if so many people report said review, it becomes hidden until reviewed by the site admins. After the admins have decided though it doesn’t break the site rules, it can’t be hidden again.

       
      • BLAKKSTONE

        01/04/2013 at 2:22 am

        I would like the option to remove signed reviews. The writer should decided which reviews he keeps or not.

         
      • Sasha

        01/09/2013 at 6:37 pm

        If a writer has the option to delete signed reviews, then the writer will delete every single constructive criticism review they get and leave just the praise on their work. Definitely not a good idea because then it will look like the garbage fics on the site are the best things ever written.

         
  40. hotwinglover

    12/29/2012 at 3:36 pm

    Of course we don’t get a clue. Then again, it is fictionpress. :3

     
  41. hotwinglover

    01/06/2013 at 9:27 am

    This week’s the week. I wonder what it is. :D

     
  42. JamesWinstonParkinHarrisonLOVE

    01/06/2013 at 4:44 pm

    What a surprise??

     
  43. Loki not-Odinson

    01/07/2013 at 6:59 am

    Don’t get your hopes up about this stupid upgrade. All the site admins are going to do is let us down and make FFN worse than it already is like they’ve been doing for years. And for the record, Yemi Hikari is a know-it-all b***h who sucks up to the admins all the time.

     
    • A. Good One

      01/09/2013 at 10:19 am

      Wow. So when confronted with logic and reason in an intelligent debate of differing ideas, your best response is name-calling and insults.

      Xing and staff, I’m afaid your blog, however well-intentioned, is being inundated with the same nonsense we see on the FFNet site: “I want to do what I want to do, and your rules won’t stop me!” I’ve seen a lot of complaints here about critics and reporting groups, and I can’t help but notice that the biggest offenders with insults and anger and disruptive behavior are the ones who want to BREAK your rules, not defend them.

      If the staff could just step up and answer some questions and/or act on abuse reports, a huge amount of discord on the site would be taken care of. There needs to be a deterrent to this type of behavior.

      Seriously — are you all okay with this guy calling Yemi those names, right here in the blog, just because he doesn’t want to hear what she has to say? You’ll allow that kind of intimidation?

       
      • Sasha

        01/09/2013 at 7:02 pm

        And you don’t think Yemi indulges in intimidation, either? I read the little fracas over on the other blog thread where people pointed out what a condescending and arrogant person Yemi often comes across as and while I never agree with calling anyone names, I’m really surprised someone hasn’t unloaded on Yemi and the other “critics” on this blog before now. Believe me, I check the blog posts pretty regularly and while I usually stay out of discussions, I’ve noticed that Yemi (or someone else) has to always comment on nearly every single post and they often come off as very sanctimonious, self-righteous, and incredibly smug little know-it-alls. It’s almost like they’re trying to impress the site administrators with their knowledge and honestly? None of you know much more about running this site than the rest of us do, and quite often the arguments said “critics” offer up are extremely weak and flat and seem designed just to hassle the other posters because the group thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread to ever hit the fanfiction world.

        In fact, A. Good One, I saw you involved in that little discussion over Yemi’s attitude and you actually revealed yourself to be a hypocrite. You complained about someone calling Yemi out and told them they were rude, then in that same response to that same person, you derided them over their concerns about plagiarism and that was seriously uncalled for on your part. Maybe you’ve never been plagiarised and maybe in your years on the site you’ve only seen a handful of cases, but I can assure you that it IS a huge problem and writers have the right to protect their work and you shouldn’t be berating them for wanting to do so. I also don’t see what your point was when you snidely told the complainer to sell their works as a bestseller if they had that many plagiarists salivating over their stories so that you could all bow humbly before their greatness…really, if you’re a writer, you’re going to take THAT kind of catty and childish attitude towards another author? How disrespectful of you! We should be asking if the site administrators are seriously okay with you copping that kind of a negative attitude towards someone on here because it certainly did nothing to raise your status or make you look good.

        Like someone said in the other thread, this blog is open to EVERYONE who uses this site and there shouldn’t be any self-appointed watchdogs on here that bark and snap at those whose suggestions or complaints they deem stupid or unworthy. EVERYONE’S input should be valued and respected because you know what’s supporting the site? The readers and the writers, NOT the group of critics on the blog. We all use this site in one way or another and if we have suggestions for ways it can possibly be improved or we have complaints about something, we have that right to share our thoughts on here, this isn’t a private forum run by the critics. No one’s impressed by you folks at all and in fact, you’re all pretty hilarious to watch, trying to run about the blog with your puffed-up self-importance and seemingly gigantic egos that have led you all to believe that you are God’s gift to this site.

         
      • A. Good One

        01/09/2013 at 7:38 pm

        Sorry. Diidn’t realize you are allowed to express your opinions but I’m not.

         
      • Sasha

        01/09/2013 at 8:29 pm

        You ARE allowed to express your opinions, you just might be more respectful when doing so. I don’t agree that Loki should’ve engaged in name calling, that lowers whatever point they’re trying to make. But so does the often snide and sarcastic responses the self-appointed administrators of this blog indulge in. If you want any of your opinions or responses to be taken with the seriousness respect you want, then you’d better offer that same respect to those you don’t agree with. Do you realize how discourteous you all often come off as being? None of you are experts on the site, none of us are. We’re all on here to enjoy stories and hone the art of writing. Shouldn’t all viewpoints and suggestions be encouraged, rather than discouraged? I’ve seen the little batch of critics on here actually belittle posters because the critics think that the person’s post is stupid or their idea doesn’t have any merit. I sometimes think they indulge in such derogatory tactics because maybe they’re jealous that someone besides them has come up with a good idea.

        My point is, this site is for all of us, not just one little certain set of people. This blog is not a private forum, it’s open to everyone. If you want to express your opinion or thoughts, do it respectfully and politely, and refrain from being a jerk to those you don’t agree with. If you think an idea won’t work or a complaint is invalid, by all means, feel free to say so, but without sarcasm, a snotty and superior attitude, or any kind of beration. You evidently don’t like being called out for being rude, well, do you think the people you’re belittling enjoy being attacked by you all? Sounds to me like the truth about you critics hurts and you’re getting a little defensive because it’s been revealed that the Emperors and Empresses of this blog have no clothes, so to speak. If you have the intelligence to debate opinions, surely you have the intelligence to do it in a polite and respectful manner that does not in any way deride, berate, or otherwise attack your opponent. As previous commenters pointed out, no one can take any of you seriously when you act like sanctimonious, condescendingly superior jerks. And if you want YOUR opinions respected, then please respect the opinions of everyone else by being polite and courteous, rather than rude and arrogantly overbearing. Shouldn’t it be the point on the site that everyone works together to help solve the various problems, rather than indulging in verbal combat that does no good at all?

         
  44. The Imaginatrix

    01/08/2013 at 3:25 pm

    I am eager to find out what this new feature is as well, especially since I now also have a Fiction Press account. Bring it on, Xing! :DDD

     
  45. JuneBuggy

    01/09/2013 at 4:15 pm

    I would love to see a type of trashcan feature for the site, where if you make a mistake and delete a document(which i have done) it would go into the trashcan and can be restored at the authors leisure. Sort of like a recycle bin kind of thing.

    Also a question, do you guys keep a record of every story an author has uploaded onto the site. I deleted a document and was hoping there was a record of it on the site or it was saved somewhere.

     
  46. fprex scam

    01/15/2013 at 7:30 am

    Felix Homogratus, Dimitri Chavkerov Rules! You pay us we post good about us!!

     
  47. fprex scam

    01/15/2013 at 12:11 pm

    Fuck you all Forex bustards

     

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