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Stats Update

21 Dec

Historical stats for stories and misc have now caught up and the previous issue of delayed stats have been resolved.

We put in some overtime to make sure it was fixed asap so members can celebrate the holidays together with their beloved bar charts.

 
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Posted by on 12/21/2012 in Uncategorized

 

201 responses to “Stats Update

  1. Popcorn-girl

    01/04/2013 at 9:37 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhh. Where’s my popcorn when I need it? XD

     
  2. Julie

    01/04/2013 at 11:44 pm

    Xing, how doe someone get in touch with you to ask about a business proposal?

     
  3. Lynn Hollanfer.

    01/07/2013 at 1:36 pm

    To the Staff: Opening a review window in a separate tab is more convenient for the reviewer than the current mode. Now, the reviewer must frequently scroll up and down, checking data and writing the review. Restore separate tabs, please.

     
    • Lurker

      01/07/2013 at 1:46 pm

      I don’t think there is ever such a thing, at least for me. I do remember a separate window though…Maybe it’s a browser thing, being a devout FireFox user. Either way you do have a point of having an need to scroll back and forth if one is giving a friendly criticism or pointing out an error.

      But, I know of few who honestly liked the review box being on the bottom of a story…Why not give us an option of choosing? I wouldn’t mind either, to be honest. :)

       
      • gkmoberg1

        01/07/2013 at 11:53 pm

        I liked the separate window. That allowed me to move it around as I reviewed through the length of the author’s story or chapter.

        A split frame approach would suffice. That too would allow perusing up/down the length of the author’s entry while keeping the Review entry form available at the same time.

         
      • RWFF

        01/11/2013 at 7:19 am

        Separate window is a lot easier for reviewing a longer chapter. If you want to comment on a particular section of the story and need to double check what was written it was a lot easier to do that. Now I’m opening a new tab for the same content. It lets me do the same thing, but I prefer the separate window.

         
      • konarciq

        01/12/2013 at 2:13 pm

        I know opinions differ on this, but personally I, too, prefer the separate window for reviewing. Maybe the new update will allow us to personalize our preferences a little more? :-)

         
    • Lord Kelvin

      01/07/2013 at 2:02 pm

      Separate tabs, yes! Right now, it’s 100% uncool to write a review only to find out you’re blocked. You could at least grey out the review window or disable it. The previous system let you know in a blink.

       
    • Filly8

      01/07/2013 at 2:05 pm

      agreed on the seperate window!

       
    • Nispedana

      01/07/2013 at 5:28 pm

      I like the way it is now, it’s easier. Plus many people like their pop-ups blocked…, or maybe not quite familiar w/ how to disable them. It’s not that hard to scroll down to the bottom and type something in mid-story, y’know…

       
      • Filly8

        01/07/2013 at 5:49 pm

        I personally don’t have a big problem with it either way but seperate window is prefered. Have you ever read a 10k word chapter and had to scroll through it then back down repeatedly for somethign specific? I’m gussing not lol Trust me it is annoying!

        On the other hand having it at the bottom does encourage me to review more (for some reason seems easier). I just open a new tab now with the story on it and do it that way.

         
      • Nispedana

        01/07/2013 at 5:51 pm

        lol. You’re right I haven’t! and 10k? The scroll bar must be seriously tiny. XD

        But yeah, I like the way it is now because it’s easier to the reviewers themselves. I guess it depends on whether you write or read more. lol

         
      • Filly8

        01/07/2013 at 6:05 pm

        Lol yup itty bitty scroll bars! (having a scroll wheel is a must! lol) i think 12k is the longest (or close) chapter i have ever read but i frequently read really, really long oneshots or long chaptered stories with at least 5k words per chapter if not more…

        I think you’re right; as a serious reviewer (who writes detailed, lengthy reviews) the pop up version is easier and more efficient. However as a average reader/reviewer the bottom review is easiest and most accessible as when you see you you feel more obliged to review it then…

        This is where FF.net allowing more user personalization would come in handy :P

         
      • Nispedana

        01/07/2013 at 6:06 pm

        I second the User personalization idea, then~ XD

         
    • RWFF

      01/11/2013 at 8:10 am

      Because I have added the realms I read under Favorites/Bookmarks I open a second tab and go to the same story on the new tab. That allows me to go back and forth from the review I’m writing to the story. I can scroll through the story from beginning to end on one tab and switch over to the other tab to type in my review. I prefer how the site used to have reviews in a separate window.

       
  4. charles

    01/07/2013 at 2:56 pm

    Probably going to get a lot of hate of this, but FFN is not going to restore the ‘MA’ rating. It’s been years since they took it down, and they had good reason to. Let’s face it; a lot of ‘MA’ stuff is smut. FFN doesn’t want to be related to that type of stuff at all, so they ban it, and with good reasons too.

    Most users and readers don’t enjoy reading that type of fiction, and some might get offended. Some people might leave the site knowing that ‘MA’ stuff is allowed. And since fanfiction is considered weird by most of the general public already, allowing basically porn on the sight would only harm FFN’s reputation in the world’s eyes. I’m not saying that all ‘MA’ stuff is porn, but there’s an expectation that it is. ‘M’ rated stories are already filtered out because they’re deemed inappropriate for most readers.

    Stop asking for it to come back and threatening to leave the site if they don’t. People have been whining about it for years and saying that, but in that time they haven’t left or shown any intentions. FFN is the biggest and best site for this type of work. You’ll just have to live with it if you don’t like what they do. They’re just appealing to the biggest population on their site. And if it’s really that big of a problem, there are other sites, as people have pointed out before, that you can go to.

     
    • Christine

      01/09/2013 at 11:19 am

      Thank you SO much for saying this! People need to accept the fact that MA content just doesn’t belong.

       
    • Chuch

      01/09/2013 at 1:35 pm

      The fact that people “have been whining about it for years” shows how strongly they are dedicated to it. I have no problem with MA fanfictions because I can simply avoid it by checking the rating first. It’s that easy. Everything is clearly labeled. Plus, the summaries usually have “smut” as a description. It’s not that hard. However, I do like that it’s banned because it certainly weeds out most of the badly written stories. PWP is not allowed on the site, but that is sadly what most MA stories are.

      As for you, you could be more professional when you speak your opinions. If anyone is whining, it’s you. I’ve heard both sides before. If you really want people to stop “whining” about it, then quit throwing logs into the fire.

       
  5. kurt baros aka the falcon

    01/08/2013 at 5:35 pm

    to the ff.net staff i dont think that its right that these self apointed critcs have the right to harrass the writers on the site. they are hateful in the reveiws towards others and they wonder why everybody hates them. now there are a few who are help to make sure the stories on this site are good but there is a right way and a wrong why to do it. if they fell that a story is bad then they shouldnt put them on a forum that they call a S^%t list they should let the writer know what is wrong with there story and if the persons doesn’t want help then they should leave them alone and not theaten to report them over stupid frivalius stuff.

    also the music lyirc debate on here…ive read the guildlines several times and looked up copy right laws there is nothing illegal with using them as long you dont make any money or the artist says that you cant use it. also stories that have bad grammer. that shouldnt be a deleteable offense thats just dumb. ive never had anything of mine taken down but ive been reading about others who have and i feel the the harmful critics that are on this site no to stop.

     
    • Sasha

      01/09/2013 at 6:32 pm

      I admit I don’t always agree with the various critic groups on here, they sometimes have rather unsavory tactics, but I do think they perform a needed service on the site by allowing the administrators to be aware of the stories that break the rules. I read in several fandoms and I can tell you that realms that have absolutely nothing to do with teenage boy band One Direction have several OD stories dumped into them, simply because the children writing them think they are above the rules and want to turn this site into a worship shrine to the band. I also think that if anyone takes the time to let a writer know what problems there are in a story, along with the good things the reviewer likes, the reader should at least respect their opinion. No one says a writer has to follow someone’s suggestion, but if the suggestion is to prevent a fic from getting deleted because it is a rule-breaker, then I’d advise the writer to listen or lose their work. Most of the critics groups that I’ve watched over the years do not go after stories unless they are rule-breakers. And stories with bad grammar, punctuation issues, or spelling problems, those are extremely hard to read and certainly not enjoyable to try to figure out, so wouldn’t it be a smart author that heeds advice in those areas in order to make their works physically readable by fans? While I do know there are people that post their work on here in order to reap nothing but praise to it, I also know that there are many more that are interested in getting feedback so that they can learn to better their craft.

      The point is, when you activated your account to post on this site, you agreed to several rules and guidelines that were set down by the site owners. Many of those rules deal with what is and is not allowed on this site, and those rules are extremely easy for writers to follow, particularly if they want to keep their account. If you don’t like the rules and you don’t like receiving honest constructive criticism, then maybe consider closing your account down and moving to a site that does not have rules or does not allow reader feedback. Better yet, grow some thicker skin and learn to deal with constructive criticism because I can assure you that even the best writers on here get it at times.

       
      • Song

        01/09/2013 at 6:39 pm

        Constructive criticism is one thing. Groups that maintain lists of fics to have their members harass and report over and over again are just bullies. I’d like to see those groups stopped just as much as the rule-breaking fics.

         
      • Sasha

        01/09/2013 at 8:53 pm

        Actually I think part of the fault lies with the site administrators. They have not updated the site rules since 2008 and much of how those rules are worded is ambiguous at best and leaves open a wide amount of interpretation. They also don’t seem to act very quickly on abuse reports, so that then makes the rulebreakers think they can get away with anything. If they acted more promptly in investigating an abuse report and actually took action against the rulebreakers, plus if they updated the rules and explained them better and put more teeth into them, the critics groups would then likely wane. I definitely do not believe it’s right for any group to maintain a list of stories that the group members then harass, but those groups proliferated and gained strength because of the site’s inaction on rulebreakers. Had the site maintained the rules and consistently enforced them since the site’s inception, the critics groups likely would not have sprung up.

         
      • Guest

        01/09/2013 at 10:23 pm

        I’ve noticed many people on the blogs complain about critics groups, plagiarism and other concerns.

        I’ve been visiting FFN since about 2000. I frequent many smaller fandoms and a few of the larger, more popular fandoms. I’ve yet to encounter these critics groups or see any plagiarized stories (knock on wood). Is it really that common or is it just a vocal minority experiencing these issues? My experiences here have been overwhelmingly positive.

        No offense meant. I’m just curious.

         
    • RWFF

      01/11/2013 at 7:44 am

      Because songfics leave the original lyrics intact there are copyright issues there. Other sites may allow songfic, but forbid the inclusion of all the lyrics. There are potential legal issues with songfic which is why it is not allowed. Uses a verse of a song may fall under fair use.

      I’m not trying to pick on you or start anything with you, but if a story appeared in my realm that lacked capitalization, such as your post, I would report it. By the time I usually report a story for bad grammar, a reviewer or two has already commented on it. Basic grammar rule we should all know is every sentence begins with a capital, same with names of people and places. VERY basic rule there. One of the improvements the site now has is a spelling and grammar feature in the Document Manager. Plus you have the option of a beta to proof your work and there are those who have volunteered to be betas in most, if not all, of the the realms here.

      Sure there are flamers, but too often I’m seeing valid criticism in a review get treated as a flame. Flames are personal and tend to attack a writer personally. Constructive criticism tends to point of obvious issues in a story. Many writers don’t know the difference.

       
      • RWFF

        01/11/2013 at 7:47 am

        Geesh, I wish we could edit our posts to correct mistakes LOL. My previous post was meant for kurt baros aka the falcon

         
  6. Sasha

    01/09/2013 at 11:09 pm

    Now THIS is the kind of polite and respectful response I think people are driving at! I take absolutely no offense at all at your comments and I’m more than happy to share with you what I have seen on the site myself.

    I’ve never really seen the critics groups in smaller fandoms, I think they tend to be active in the anime/manga realms. Although I could be very wrong on that and I apologize to anyone if I am. But I have not seen them in the fandoms I read in, and I read in a variety of realms, from really tiny ones with only two writers to really big ones with thousands of writers. My guess is the more popular a fandom is, the more likely someone is to run across one of the critics groups. And I personally have never had any interaction with any of them that I’m aware of, but since I’m not a writer, just a reader, I probably have not run into any of them.

    As to the plagiarism issue, that’s a pretty tough call. I’ve been on the site for a few years myself and I’d never really seen any issue of plagiarism except for spotty incidents here and there. I’d say on average I witnessed maybe one or two acts of plagiarism per year, if that. But in the last couple of years, that number has jumped dramatically. Just in December alone, I reported a total of five stories that had blatantly been copied from another author’s work, word for word, one of them even right down to the author’s note. I’ve also witnessed an author that was a daily multiple updater steal stories from closed sites that were only available through a zip file because she figured that if no one could access the sites to check on the originals, no one would know she was stealing, the original writers were likely no longer active. I’ve also seen another writer try to co-opt an author’s very unique ideas without permission that were strictly in the original writer’s work only. The fandom was small enough that it was clear it wasn’t ‘groupthink’ mentality or even a common theme to that realm. And none of these fandoms are related, they are all vastly different from one another and so there’s no commonality between them, this happens in huge fandoms and it happens in really small fandoms, crossing all genres and categories. So I’d say that while plagiarism never really used to be an issue maybe three or four years ago, now it’s definitely becoming a big problem that will only get worse unless the site starts actively fighting it.

     
    • Guest

      01/10/2013 at 2:10 am

      Thanks, Sasha.

      My main categories are movies and TV shows. I also wander into the books, comics and cartoons categories from time to time. The only time I get frustrated is when I peek at the miscellaneous categories. I agree with others who complain they are overrun with stories that break the rules. But there are some great gems buried there! I only wish they were easier to find.

      I hope the issues others are having problems get rectified and don’t creep into my fandoms. :)

       
  7. Clarisa Lopez

    01/24/2013 at 11:02 pm

    how do i get my favorites from fan fiction.net i don’t like the new look can you change it back

     
  8. rose

    01/31/2013 at 2:56 am

    do mobile views count as views?

     
  9. Whitegirl1995

    02/09/2013 at 1:18 pm

    The updates on stories have not been coming up and no one can read any updates is there a problem with the website many thanks

     
  10. bigdogz

    02/13/2013 at 7:22 am

    I can’t view my charts fully. The scroll freezes. What adjustments should I make? Thanks to anyone for your help.

     

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