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New Recovery Feature: for those oops moments in life…

02 Mar

We are introducing a new “Recovery” feature under the “Publish” tab  in the admin area that allows writers to recover/un-delete accidentally removed stories up to 2 weeks after the initial deletion.

P.S. March is going to be a monster month so hang on tight as we are just getting started.

 
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100 responses to “New Recovery Feature: for those oops moments in life…

  1. Ren

    03/02/2013 at 11:37 am

    Awesome – love it!!! =D Also can’t wait for “Monster Month March” ;)

     
  2. MMC

    03/02/2013 at 12:03 pm

    Xing and staff, thank you so much for your hard work! This feature is gonna be useful. I know I accidentally deleted a story from my doc manager once before. Lol

     
  3. metsfan101

    03/02/2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much. i cant wait to see what other updates you have. this is really good

     
  4. M.Uchman

    03/02/2013 at 12:50 pm

    I like this feature, Xing! Cant wait to see what’s coming up this month!

     
  5. laoraa

    03/02/2013 at 1:26 pm

    Sounds awesome, thanks! :)

    I was wondering if you could add something like a confirmation pop-up in the docs themselves, if we’re leaving the page without saving any edits? What’s happened to me several times is accidentally clicking out of the textbox and hitting backspace, thus losing any changes I’ve made because of “confirm form resubmission” pages. I’d really appreciate something like this, if you get the chance to do it.

    Thanks again for all your hard work! Can’t wait for Monster March :D

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/02/2013 at 2:32 pm

      Even if this isn’t the surprise, this is a great new feature. This will help the writers who really do delete their stories by accident. This should also cut down on the people who lie about deleting their story by accident when they really deleted it because they want to get rid of the critique someone left on their stories.

       
      • yemi hikari

        03/02/2013 at 2:34 pm

        Oh… and it will come in handy if someone does manage to have their account hacked and they are able to get their account back within a couple weeks of deletion as well. Though to be honest I hope people aren’t giving out the information people need to hack their accounts.

         
      • metsfan101

        03/02/2013 at 2:41 pm

        I agree with yemi. this is one of the best updates since adding cover images.

         
    • Pirulina

      03/05/2013 at 4:45 pm

      Yup I agree! This happened to me way too many times!

       
  6. favonilla

    03/02/2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve never had this happen to me, but I can imagine it would have been devastating. Yhanks for a really useful and unexpected present :)

     
  7. evath

    03/02/2013 at 5:50 pm

    Probably not related to this, but on the FF.Net mobile site on Windows Phone, the top bar with “Fanfiction Just In Community” won’t collapse into a single horizontal bar across the top of the page. Before, it used to stretch out into three rows stacked vertically while loading, then become one horizontal row when the page finished loading. But now, it just stays stretched, meaning there is less info available at a glance.

     
    • Xing

      03/02/2013 at 10:18 pm

      Which windows phone are you using? What version of windows phone are you using?

       
      • evath

        03/02/2013 at 10:37 pm

        HTC Arrive, WP7.8

         
    • Sho

      03/07/2013 at 9:55 pm

      I am having the same exact problem with my dsi. I mostly read story on it and now its kind of annoying to use. I can’t get to the search bar and I can’t review anymore.

       
      • Jennifer

        06/18/2013 at 9:37 pm

        Same for me! I prefer reading on my DSi over computer/iPod, and now I can’t review. :( Could this please be fixed?
        The browser is DSi compatible version of Opera 9.5/ the one available for free download from the DSi Shop.
        Thanks so much!

         
  8. OkagetheShadowKing

    03/02/2013 at 11:34 pm

    Some picture avatars are still not appearing.

     
  9. Guest

    03/03/2013 at 4:37 am

    Very cool. I’m looking forward to Monster March. :)

     
  10. Guest

    03/03/2013 at 9:08 am

    what is monster month means? An event?

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/03/2013 at 3:38 pm

      It means they are planning a lot of updates.

       
  11. J

    03/03/2013 at 10:10 am

    Why just 2 weeks? Hope it will be forever in the future.

     
    • Guest

      03/05/2013 at 3:00 am

      Probably because the Doc Manager is not intended for permanent storage. It’s only a temporary place for chapters until they are posted. You should keep a backup of your work on a hard drive, cloud storage service, removable drive, etc.

       
  12. While

    03/03/2013 at 11:21 am

    I’m thankful for the all of the updates you’ve been providing us, but one thing I’ve noticed this morning is that when I try saving my document it almost always goes to the ‘Page has expired’ section. Is this a bug in the system that needs fixing?

     
  13. bloodsong

    03/03/2013 at 11:39 am

    when’s the end of february annoucement for the january ‘big new feature’ going to be announced? i hate to keep harping on it, but i’m delaying doing some stuff on ffnet until i find out what it is. a clue? a hint? was it one of these lovely new developments, but you just didn’t point it out as such?

    and if you missed my previous note, xing and co… stellar job you guys are doing. stellar!! :)

     
    • nowistand

      03/03/2013 at 2:09 pm

      Monster March is probably all of the big updates that were going into the new feature.

       
  14. buttonbutt

    03/03/2013 at 1:18 pm

    And nobody saw a Filter Genre Out option that night.

     
  15. Iron Lad.

    03/03/2013 at 4:18 pm

    Delete This story, please. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8289144/1/Why_so_serious_questioners
    I Can’t believe that you are willing to ignore such a blatant violation to *your* rules for so damned long. Over a full year of constant reports and you still have not deleted it. If you care so little for your own rules then why have a report button?
    Seriously.

     
  16. Spyridon

    03/03/2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’m definitely looking forward to March and all of the updates! I just hope one of them contains a way to link all stories in a series together.

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/03/2013 at 6:32 pm

      That would be nice. One of my series is co-written and one of the stories in question is on the other persons account and other series have multiple branches as I have quite a few AUs for my own stories.

       
    • Filly8

      03/05/2013 at 9:52 pm

      oh yes! Linking stories would be so fantastic (especially for those oneshot series or series which go on and on but aren’t clearly numbered lol).

       
    • Sladin

      03/07/2013 at 3:14 am

      THIS! I tend to make trilogies or series of certain fics and this would be amazing to have

       
  17. Linz x

    03/03/2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for your hard work. Can’t wait for more updates!

     
  18. Hikari Purinsu Jemuzu

    03/04/2013 at 7:48 am

    Awesome job, guys! I was kinda wondering where you guys went since on the mobile site, before you put in the updates, it said the last one was in September, but now I see that you guys have.been working full force. May I suggest something? No offense, but there are people running around writing in script, which goes against the rules, with terrible grammar, which is also against the rules. When you give them a simple critique, they say they know it’s wrong but it’s their story. Perhaps a way to correct/detect stories written in this format?

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/04/2013 at 2:01 pm

      Not possible. For the grammar issue if you’ve tried to ever use a grammar check you’ll know and understand how subject to error those are. As for script format, there are people who use it for their author’s notes who would get caught up as well as the people who quote a few lines of script format in a story that contains tons of other lines. What the site admins possibly need to do is remind people that hot-off-the-press and script format isn’t allowed and if said persons story is reported to them it will result in them removing the fanfic from the database, no questions asked.

       
  19. VerMa

    03/04/2013 at 10:00 am

    I’ve noticed something odd yesterday. When I wanted to check on my stats, all I got was “Loading chart. Please wait” – and believe me, I did but nothing else happened! Does anybody know what’s going on?

     
    • Cecil Pierce

      03/07/2013 at 1:25 am

      Hey, i got the same :( For almost three days now :/

       
      • VerMa

        03/10/2013 at 12:22 pm

        Try clearing your cache. It worked for me. :)

         
  20. Lynn Hollander

    03/04/2013 at 11:16 am

    This is the first time this year I’ve noticed something screwy: my precious bar graphs have been loading content for 10-12 hours now.

    On another topic: Hikari Purinsu Jemuzu: tell the author you’re boycotting them and all their stories AND posting that announcement on your Profile, and do so.

     
    • hikaripurinsujemuzu

      03/04/2013 at 5:15 pm

      I forgot about that one fact…but it isn’t just the fact I can just go : “I am boycotting *so and so*’s story(ies) because of it’s direct violation of the rules.” This author isn’t well known and no one would care. I wouldn’t even say that most authors who write in that format is fresh off the press. They know what they’re doing, but they don’t give a damn.
      Alternate Solution: I have none.

       
      • Lynn Hollander

        03/05/2013 at 12:29 am

        Actually, the rules are sort of irrelevant. Illegible fonts and lousy grammar may be against the rules, but they’re also unreadable, which is more to the point. Darkness/one candle/whatever.

         
      • Guest

        03/05/2013 at 2:58 am

        Uh, posting an announcement on your profile that you are boycotting an author/story seems childish to me. Why not just ignore it? Don’t give them the satisfaction of upsetting you.

         
  21. ScallierMetal

    03/04/2013 at 4:07 pm

    Just wondering if you guys ever thought of a like option to stories. Not the “I like this” but a “If you liked this then you might also like” button. I don’t know much on how it would be place or made to work but you could relate the stories by things like descriptions names or reviews. More reviews though. I generaly read from FanFiction.net

     
    • bienfait

      03/05/2013 at 2:24 am

      @ScallierMetal – I’ve been on sites which offer recommendations such as you suggest, and they never, ever get it right.

      Personally, it wouldn’t do anything for me, as I only read in one fandom, and avoid certain genres, and I doubt any algorithm would work under those restrictions. However, if it’s either unobtrusive (ie no pop-ups etc) or opt-in only, it wouldn’t worry me.

       
      • Guest

        03/05/2013 at 2:54 am

        Bienfait makes a god point. Even on sites like Amazon, the recommendations rarely match my taste. If I’m not mistaken, they put a lot of effort into those algorithms to drive spending. I can’t grasp how it would help me on FFN, particularly since I’m very particular about what I read.

         
      • Guest

        03/05/2013 at 3:02 am

        *Good* point. My clumsy fingers have turned you into a god, bienfait. ;)

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/05/2013 at 3:17 am

        I’ve only ever seen one site that I liked the recommendation feature on and the type they use can’t be implemented easily on this kind of site, though it would be much better on sites like Amazon. It’s basically a list of all the recommendations people made for the one thing.

         
      • bienfait

        03/05/2013 at 1:23 pm

        Guest – so glad my divine nature has finally been acknowledged :D

         
      • Guest

        03/05/2013 at 10:14 pm

        LOL, I thought you’d appreciate that, bienfait. =)

         
      • evath

        03/06/2013 at 2:32 pm

        Perhaps just a system of like/unlike buttons, similar to a review. I’ve often read a chapter, not had time right then to review it, and wished I could just hit “like”, just like on Facebook, just so the author would know that I read it, and they could feel loved. However, I can see how that would be abused, so maybe only people signed in can “like/dislike” something, and they aren’t public (only the author can see it) until that same person leaves a review. That way, the stats wouldn’t change until they review it, thus prompting more reviews.

         
      • favonilla

        03/06/2013 at 3:49 pm

        Regarding Evath’s suggestion – I believe this was discussed in a previous thread and the general response was negative.

        Personally, I would thousands of times rather receive a well-worded negative review than an anonymous “thumbs down” with no reason given for it. Just imagine if you got half a dozen “thumbs down” on a story, and had no clue as to what was wrong with it! It would be simply unbearable.

        If readers like or dislike a story enough to want to indicate their approval, they should be prepared to write a few words explaining their reasons.

         
    • yemi hikari

      03/05/2013 at 3:18 am

      On top of what the others have said there factors in the issue that the site members are the ones who are making the product where as with other sites it is other people.

       
  22. pantaraja

    03/05/2013 at 11:31 am

    nice!

     
  23. Lynn Hollander

    03/05/2013 at 11:57 am

    It’s been about 30 hours now of ‘loading chart please wait’. Anyone else notice this in the Traffic section?

     
    • VerMa

      03/05/2013 at 12:18 pm

      I did! And it pisses me off – to put it MILDLY!

       
      • favonilla

        03/05/2013 at 1:21 pm

        My charts are loading with no problems in IE8.

         
      • Ilca

        03/06/2013 at 5:33 am

        I have problems with this in both Chrome and Mozzilla…..and I don´t like that :-)

         
  24. Lynn Hollander

    03/05/2013 at 6:06 pm

    I just noticed: it’s affecting all the charts, not just this month’s.

     
  25. Filly8

    03/05/2013 at 9:56 pm

    I’m wondering if there will ever be an option to hide book covers/icons (or if this has even been mentioned before)? I completely ignore them anyway so as is they are just taking up space as i browse.

    I of course love all the updates but i think a little more user specific customization would be much appriciated ^^

     
    • MMC

      03/05/2013 at 10:28 pm

      The hide/turn off book covers have been mentioned before and that’s about it. lol Though I agree with you.

       
    • yemi hikari

      03/06/2013 at 7:36 am

      Agreed. I like seeing them, but I get why others don’t.

       
    • Sladin

      03/07/2013 at 3:20 am

      Completely agree–even though I use covers for mine– Not everyone cares about book covers–they prefer reading the summary instead, like I do with books–so being able to not see them would be nice for those kinds of people

       
  26. zalini

    03/05/2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hey thank you Xing and all you mods for all the work you put out to keep this site running as smooth as possible. I am also eagerly anticipating Monster March and all you have planned for us. Having said this, my stat charts are also not loading and I am using Firefox.

     
  27. carinims01

    03/06/2013 at 12:45 am

    Awesome! ;) I can’t wait to see what’s planned for March!

    Also, I was talking to some of my friends, and we were wondering if there’d be a way to tag a story ‘slash’ ‘AU’ ‘canon’ stuff like that so we can narrow down our searches further? It would be tons of help and much appreciated.

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/06/2013 at 7:48 am

      If “slash” were added as a genre then people would bully writers into moving their slash stories to “slash genre”. It would make it harder for the people who read slash to find stories, so they would have to implement a new section. If canon were added people would be wanting things like “non-canon” and “OoC” added as well. However… now that you brought up “canon” next to au, the site admins could add something that was “canon universe”, “alternate continuity”, “school fic”, “alternate timeline”, “non-canon time period”, “alternate roles”…

       
      • De Lint

        03/06/2013 at 2:56 pm

        I think you’re right to keep the genres simple. There are just too many out there to include them all. I think it would be nice, though, to separate the Origincal Character centered stories from the rest. I see that Harry Potter makes an exception for OC, so I think all the fandoms should. It seems like more people write OC then people read them.

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/10/2013 at 10:07 pm

        @ De Lint – I actually agree with you on that. I have a story that would be better off labeled with an OC tag. I remember getting complaints on one because there was no tags for the fandom for OC and I had to pick the next closest main character for the second instead.

         
  28. Heilian

    03/06/2013 at 5:17 am

    This is an awesome update! No longer need to reupload if I accidentally deleted my story.

    By the way, the top menu bar of the mobile site is not displayed properly on Opera Mini for Android. Instead of top menu bar, I see menu text arranged vertically.

     
    • Xing

      03/09/2013 at 4:32 am

      We will no longer support opera mini going forward. Please get full opera on android or another android browser.

       
  29. Alaverat

    03/06/2013 at 10:32 am

    Guest said: Uh, posting an announcement on your profile that you are boycotting an author/story seems childish to me. Why not just ignore it? Don’t give them the satisfaction of upsetting you. ~~ The advice was given to: Hikari Purinsu Jemuzu, who, among others, apparently cannot take that very good advice. Calling for stricter laws and stronger enforcement practices seems overkill to me, but a list of stories whose grammar or presentation –no paragraphs, no punctuation, no capitals, etc– are so sub-standard they are unreadable would do no harm.

     
    • hikaripurinsujemuzu

      03/06/2013 at 11:12 am

      I tend to disagree. If it violates the rules, I can and I am entitled to reporting that story. Because they whine and send harsh replies is a negative to the situation. I find boycotting a story not necessary in this case. I only wanted a way to solve the script format violation, which is appearing more commonly so. Violations call for rule enforcement, and while I have violated the rules before, it was because I didn’t understand the rules. I am positive that all this calls for is a report and not a boycott. May we close all comments on the subject of me boycotting someone?

       
      • Derek

        03/06/2013 at 3:04 pm

        Well, report it once and leave it alone. After that, you’re just a bully. The same thing goes with reviews. One negative review is enough to get your point across to the author. Bad stories don’t hurt anyone anyways. Just ignore them. I never understood why people get so heated over the topic. If I’m annoyed by a story, I don’t continue to read it or keep up with what the author uploads next. That’s stalkerish.

         
    • Iron Lad.

      03/06/2013 at 2:00 pm

      I disagree with your post, but it is your right to express your desire to have this site turn into a place full of chaos and rule-breaking trash.

       
    • Blue-Inked Frost

      03/07/2013 at 5:42 pm

      I think that such stories tend to self-advertise themselves by the spelling and grammar used in the summaries; annoying as they are when there is a large number of them in a particular fandom, people who click upon them do know exactly what they are getting into.

      My sentiments are that the reporting system is better used as a one-on-one system. Posting critiques and commentary on stories is one thing, but making lists of ‘bad’ stories and inciting mob reporting and flaming is not such a good idea. As well, one person’s interpretation of the rules is not another person’s interpretation of the rules, so it can be unfair to try and sic other people on stories when that is based on your personal interpretation of the site rules. And besides, a large amount of reports could clog the system by overkill.

       
      • Lun Ki

        03/09/2013 at 1:46 pm

        Exactly. I read through the comments on this blog and there are a lot of people posting links to stories and asking everyone to join in on reporting them or giving negative feedback. It’s upsetting. It’s not enough to dislike a story anymore. Now people have to make a big show of it. Some people report the same story everyday, then they wonder why they never get a response.

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/10/2013 at 10:12 pm

        @ Lun Ki – I was more comfortable with the person who had been reporting a review on their own story and wondered if the reason it hadn’t been removed was because the site admins didn’t think it was breaking the site rules and they wanted to know if they were doing the right thing reporting the review.

         
  30. Iron Lad.

    03/06/2013 at 12:18 pm

    Read this reviews pages :http://www.fanfiction.net/r/8289144/ Dozens of people have reported the story for over a year and the site administrators don’t do a single thing about it. Why? I don’t know, but I find it insulting. Is the author Xing’s cousin or something? The admins are being so lenient to this guy it smells like nepotism at this point to me.

     
    • Moretti

      03/09/2013 at 1:38 pm

      Were you trying to prove a point? All I see is a deleted story. That looks like success to me!

      Seriously though, report a story ONCE and move on. Don’t obsess over it. I agree with the person who called it “stalkerish.” In fact, I’ll add to that: it’s just plain weird! Are we all children on this site? If you don’t like a story, don’t read. Don’t repost it on a public website and make a spectacle of yourself. I hate bullying in all forms. What happens when that story is deleted? Oh, you move onto the next one to abuse? Fanfiction.net is about reading and writing stories. Not about reports and harassment. Don’t worry about other people not using the site properly. Just make sure YOU use the site properly, which means no bullying.

       
    • Lun Ki

      03/09/2013 at 1:47 pm

      Why are you insulted? Do you click on that story every week to see if it’s deleted? Just. Let. It. Go.

       
    • yemi hikari

      03/10/2013 at 10:23 pm

      That stories the interactive fanfic where readers ask the Joker questions. I don’t know if was removed because the site admins are finally catching up on the older reports, but more likely they got tired of people posting links to this fic in the blog and they ended up moving the deletion of this fanfic up past others that should have been deleted before this one. While its frustrating that a lot of the abuse reports aren’t being taken care of within a very short period of time, this I find to be even more frustrating.

       
  31. Akela Victoire

    03/06/2013 at 2:09 pm

    It would be nice if you brought back the ability to block anon reviews completely. Why’d you have to remove that function in the first place? Not everyone cares for anon reviews…

     
    • Moretti

      03/09/2013 at 1:28 pm

      Totally have to agree with you, Akela. Anonymous reviews are not being used for what they’re supposed to be used for. Signed reviews would also encourage members to be more active.

       
      • Shawnesty

        03/10/2013 at 11:51 pm

        This has actually been discussed in past blog posts and I think most of us that write on here don’t mind having this kind of anon reviews feature that allows anon reviews. You always have the option of moderating the reviews for three days before deciding to either let them post or delete them. Been my experience that the ones that seem to complain the most about the anon reviews feature are the ones who don’t want to hear that their special little snowflake of a story isn’t all that hot. If having anon reviews to your work upsets you, there are other fanfic sites that disallow that kind of thing, like WWOMB, so maybe consider posting there.

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/11/2013 at 1:41 pm

        Been my experience that the ones that seem to complain the most about the anon reviews feature are the ones who don’t want to hear that their special little snowflake of a story isn’t all that hot.

        It seems this way to me as well. I mean, we get this line…

        Anonymous reviews are not being used for what they’re supposed to be used for.

        … and yet no explanation as to what the person means about it. Most of the time I’ve seen them being used for what they’re supposed to be used for and the times I haven’t have been when I’m quite sure the author is themselves writing the anonymous reviews. So even if a person could delete the anonymous reviews these people would still abuse the system. Or how about this line…

        Not everyone cares for anon reviews…

        Who are the people who don’t care for anon reviews and why? Most of them are people who as Shawnesty has said don’t care to hear that their story’s not as good as they want to believe. Actually, I’ve noticed that the ones who wanted the system back because they were paranoid of getting flamed have calmed down due to the fact they’ve had the chance to see that no, they’re not going to get flamed continuously like they thought. There was one person I know of who posted who had a legit reason for blocking anonymous reviews and that was because they couldn’t respond back to them like they could regular reviews and didn’t feel that was fair to the anonymous reviewers.

         
  32. Colonel Darkvirus

    03/06/2013 at 7:44 pm

    What happened to rosario vampire stories :'(

     
    • Colonel Darkvirus

      03/07/2013 at 5:53 pm

      What ever happen to. Rosario vampire stories plz someone tell me wat happened plz

       
  33. octo

    03/07/2013 at 2:52 am

    Thank You for that! It will be helpfull…

     
  34. rain0205

    03/07/2013 at 2:35 pm

    I would like to see an update for a fanfiction and fictionpress mobile app that allows authors to write while on the go. If that is possible, I and I’m sure others would much appreciate it. Thanks, rain0205

     
  35. Quiet Librarian

    03/08/2013 at 7:01 am

    Monster March? Wow! I’m excited! I hope there will be some good changes. And I really like the Recovery Feature! Yeah, those oops moments DO happen, even if it’s not often.

    Good luck in improving this site! :)

     
  36. melaniewintergray

    03/08/2013 at 10:02 pm

    Could someone tell me why my story stats graph and the graph for different countries no longer shows up and how to fix it?

     
    • VerMa

      03/11/2013 at 3:58 pm

      Try clearing your cache. It was enough in my case. :D

       
  37. Lurker

    03/08/2013 at 11:01 pm

    Just a suggestion and I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it beforehand…but anyway, I’d like a feature where you can ‘hide’ an author or a story from being viewed?

    There are quite a few works I would rather to not see (as in rule-breaking fanfictions, those that had very touchy subjects within, or just generally bad/trollish overall) and authors I am not very fond of due to their said works. I do not meant deleting them outright, just ‘hiding’ them from own eyes.

    So, I believe that it’s definitely a feature to considering adding.

    I had an script that did just that for me (used Greasemonkey in FireFox and the mentioned script was from userscripts(dot)org) and it helped with my sanity. Unfortunately, the coding of the website changed, making the script useless. This happened just this morning, so I am just wondering whether if Xing and the team were aware of this script and whether if they knew, they might do the feature themselves?

    That was what prompted the suggestion.

    It really helped me to not to see those kind of works…

    (Honestly, in my fandoms, there are multiple works worthy of a cringe even from a glance at the summary. :/ Also, sorry for any grammar typos. It was pretty late here.)

     
    • yemi hikari

      03/09/2013 at 12:13 am

      The idea of blacklisting certain fanfics has been suggested before and the exact wording used by the person who brought it up did in fact use blacklisting in reference to this idea, or at least someone did. I can see why people would want such a feature. I can think off of the top of my head two or three writers that I won’t mention the names of who flood the site with rushed story lines to the point they’ve garnered themselves a bad reputation.

      One of arguement they made in favor was that the writer wouldn’t ever know if they or their stories had been blacklisted because they argued nobody would want to know if they had been blacklisted in the first place. I’m not sure if that is true. I think most of the people I know of would want to know if someone blacklisted them and they would want to know why. Sure, the sensitive little flowers wouldn’t want to know, but the other writers would I think.

      On top of this I can see lists being passed around groups and people wondering if the reason their stories not getting hits and reviews is because some unknown group blacklisted them. At least with group flaming you know you’ve been singled out. Also, some of the sensitive little flowers will start telling those of us who leave critique to just blacklist them so we don’t have to be bothered by them as a way to avoid getting any form of negative review.

      I’d rather see a pairing filter added as well as anti-filters that filter out things like the romance genre then this. I mean, I get the reason for it and it did sound good to me when it was first brought up, but the more people talked about it the more leery I became of it the first time it was brought up beyond the programming and server issues this would cause.

      I mean, it felt like some of the people admitted that blacklisting someone wasn’t a nice thing to do, but it would be all right simply because people didn’t know they were doing something that wasn’t nice. So while a few people would use it for what it would be meant for, to many people would use it and abuse it. I also don’t know what kind of reaction will occur if the site admins put it up either.

       
      • Guest

        03/09/2013 at 2:59 am

        I don’t like the term blacklisting since it has a negative intonation, but I am all for a hide feature. There are many stories in my preferred fandoms that I am never going to read. In larger fandoms, these stories are routinely updated and more in the same vein are posted.

        Being able to click on a small arrow next to the story and effectively hide it (collapse it?) from view would be a huge plus to me. That way, I don’t have to look at the stuff I am never going to read.

        As a writer, I could care less if someone hides my work. I know it doesn’t appeal to everyone.

        It’s a better choice than filters, IMHO. The sort options at the top of FFN categories are already getting crowded. One of the reasons I like FFN is the clean interface. I hate the abundance of filter and tags on other fan fiction sites.

        I’m all for the feature. :)

         
      • Lurker

        03/09/2013 at 12:05 pm

        Erm, no. I am not speaking of blacklisting of sort. Just merely hiding them from one’s own views. Nobody else will or should know. It’s basically what Guest said. It’s more of personal preference so really, it’s none of their (as in other people) business to know.

        Honestly, Yemi, no offense, but you are making everything too complex. .__.;;; I just kept it simple, just ‘hiding’ a work from one’s own view and you can unhide them too if you want. The script that I got, just simply ‘collapse’ the hidden works from views (no marker or nothing!) and nobody else had to know that I hid their works from my own views.

        It will definitely come in handy if a fandom was really bad with troll fics or had an author that tended to ‘spam’ a category.

        *shrugs* That’s not blacklisting. It’s just personal preferences.

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/10/2013 at 10:36 pm

        Apologies for misunderstanding your suggestion Lurker. I actually understand it much better now that you explained it and I actually prefer the version that you’re talking about. The one they suggested had the story completely removed so they wouldn’t be able to ever see it again in the archive unless they removed it from their blacklist.

        Actually, if we could just collapse the summaries this wouldn’t just help people who want it for personal preferences, it could help some of the people with learning disabilities as they could collapse the story on either side of a story and perhaps make it easier to read.

         
      • Lurker

        03/11/2013 at 1:54 pm

        Yup, exactly, Yemi. :) That’s all what it was, personal preferences!

        I can’t see how that blacklisting suggestion even work. That wouldn’t be fair to everyone else that actually does want to read the blacklisted fanfiction, and it’d be a waste of time and coding.

        The one I made, however, made sense, imo, because others will get a chance to see and read what fanfictions while I don’t have to look at them, if I don’t want to. :)

        It’s all personal choices. Heck, I wouldn’t even care if someone don’t want to look at my own works and honestly, I wouldn’t even know if they hid it. Only one way I would have known would be that if they already told me.

        That will definitely come in handy, for the writers with very thin skins. They will not know if people made the choices to hide their works, unless they were told. And even then the writers can’t argue with personal decisions, no matter how bad their complaining were.

        If anything, that’s harassment, maybe borderline it. The thin-skinned writer could get a warning for that, if not a ban.

        I also think the ones who do not have accounts should at least have an access to the feature too, but that’s just me. Not everyone have accounts anyhow. *shrugs*

        It is a feature I really hope the ffn staffs will considering adding.

         
      • yemi hikari

        03/12/2013 at 4:29 pm

        The feature they were talking about would only be available to users and would be another one of those intensives to try and get people to get an account with the site. Instead of hiding the story from view so that you could remove it from hiding, the idea was to remove it completely from the archive for the one person. This would not only require a lot of coding, but it would also take up a ton of server space.

        But that wasn’t what really bothered me. They wanted this black list to be able to target specific authors so that they wouldn’t be able to see the writing of a particular writer they didn’t like. This way they wouldn’t have to keep adding their stories to their blacklist when it cropped up. They also made the arguement that people wouldn’t want to know that their stories had been blacklisted.

        I disagree though that people wouldn’t want to know that their stories had been blacklisted. Your idea simply gives the ability to hide and reveal the stories based on personal preference. Since it is based on personal preference alone and there is no way for one person to influence what stories other people decide to hide or reveal, there is nothing wrong with it nor a reason to complain.

        However, a persons blacklist can easily be influenced by their peers. One writer could easily tell their readers to blacklist someone because said someone left a review that hurt their feelings because the review said the truth about the fanfic. Or they could argue for someone to be blacklisted because another writer had the gall to copy their oh so unoriginal idea. Or maybe they had a falling out at school.

        On top of this the message simply hiding a story sends is, “this isn’t my cup of tea”, while actually physically removing the story from the archive sends the message “I don’t feel your story belongs here, so get lost”. That’s why the people advocating for the blacklist want it to remain hidden, they know all to well what kind of message it sends. And keeping said list hidden doesn’t make it right either.

        Sorry for the rant here, but the idea really bothered me. Your idea not only is more usable, it also feels like it is actually respecting the writer.

         
  38. pilesandphiles

    03/09/2013 at 4:17 am

    Has anyone else had a problem with replying on forum posts in the past couple of minutes? For some reason, only the first paragraph of any reply I’ve been making shows up. The menu/feature/toolbar has changed as well

     
  39. Perdita Peregrine

    03/11/2013 at 2:27 pm

    I accidentally deleted something recently, but it won’t allow me to recover it? How long do you have to wait? Is something wrong with the website or… what?

     
  40. Jadette

    03/23/2013 at 8:22 am

    I really like most of the updates coming out this month, my only gripe about the recovery feature is that two weeks seems like such a short period of time. I wish it could go back to a full year and then no stories are recovery proof after a year since deletion has passed.

    Great job with the updates so far!

     

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