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Micro Update: Misc Changes

01 Apr

UPDATED: The following changes introduced a bug which resulted in some reviews/docs/forum posts having unintended single spaces injected into the text. Problem has been fixed and the bug duration was around 5 minutes.

Fixed:

  • Arial font not working in Fontastic Panel.
  • DocX (Document Xchange) submission preview was not showing proper font colors.
  • Chapter jump menu cutting off long chapter titles.
  • Spam-like reviews making the reviews page wider than available space.
  • Some search engine filters resulting in error notices.
 
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186 responses to “Micro Update: Misc Changes

  1. Neta

    04/01/2013 at 5:26 pm

    Something weird is going on with the reviews. I’ve noticed that the reviews that I’ve gotten as well as the ones I’ve left on other author’s stories aren’t displaying right. There are random spaces in between words. It’s not a big deal, but it’s a little difficult to make out what I or anyone else is saying when the words are chopped up. I hope you find the error soon. Great job on all of changes so far, though. :)

     
    • laoraa

      04/01/2013 at 5:29 pm

      I’ve noticed this all over the site, including in the doc manager, which is annoying when I’m trying to edit something :/ Don’t know what could have caused this, but if you guys could get it fixed ASAP, I’d really appreciate it!

       
    • Sherrywine

      04/01/2013 at 5:30 pm

      I have had this same issue with my story’s summary box. It just started occurring today, and I’ve not changed my story’s summary for quite some time. HELP! It looks terrible.

       
    • Nozomi

      04/01/2013 at 5:31 pm

      This seems to be happening with story summaries and the actual fanfictions themselves as well.

       
    • favonilla

      04/01/2013 at 5:31 pm

      Neta’s right. I’ve noticed it, too. (In case it’s relevant, I have Windows 7, IE8.)

       
    • Timemissy

      04/01/2013 at 5:32 pm

      Hi I’ve got the same problem as neta I can’t read any stories as there us weird spacing between words
      Hope this helps with FF
      TM

       
  2. ShanghaiLily

    04/01/2013 at 5:28 pm

    just posted the first chapter to my new story and it looks super janky! Words are all broken up in strange places. Any idea when this will get fixed and if we’ll have to do anything? I’m thinking of pulling the story altogether,

     
  3. Serobrilium

    04/01/2013 at 5:29 pm

    Whenever I save my docs. Words randomly get spaces Inbetween them. And fixing it and saving does not help at all. It only makes the problem worse.

    I’m on a iPad mini btw.

     
  4. PrincessWarrior3

    04/01/2013 at 5:30 pm

    I have the same type of problem, except in my story summary. I keep trying to fix it, but every time I click “Save Changes,” it always changes the spacings between certain words.

     
    • Don

      04/01/2013 at 5:31 pm

      It’s the same in the forums. Random spacing in the middle of words.

       
  5. Heather

    04/01/2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve notices that some of the words in stories have spaces between them. This makes reading very difficult and frustrating.

     
    • merlinrecon

      04/06/2013 at 10:33 am

      Lol! Sometimes uploading story screws with things.

       
  6. dragongirl158

    04/01/2013 at 5:35 pm

    I am having a problem reading stories. The letters are spaced out too much and are spacing in the middle of the words. I read on an Android. I can’t read. =(

     
  7. EmaIsInnocent

    04/01/2013 at 5:37 pm

    It’s the same when reading on my phone. It’s annoying and hard to read now, to say the least.

     
  8. Sealunis

    04/01/2013 at 5:38 pm

    I only seen the space problem in the mobile site version, but it’s really annoying! (On window 7, firefox 19.0.2 and on my 3DS)

     
  9. animeluverqueen

    04/01/2013 at 5:49 pm

    All of my Docs still have the space. Is this going to be fixed or do I have to fix it manually?

     
    • Xing

      04/01/2013 at 5:50 pm

      If you uploaded during the 5 minute bug period, you need to fix them and the easiest method is to just re-upload them.

       
      • animeluverqueen

        04/01/2013 at 6:23 pm

        They weren’t uploaded during the bug. I’ve been reusing the same Docs for years. All 10 of my previous existing Docs have the spaces.

         
      • Xing

        04/01/2013 at 6:30 pm

        Your docs look fine to me. Just refresh your page. If you didn’t edit them during the bug period, than your docs are fine and it was just “displayed” wrong during that 5 minutes.

         
  10. ShanghaiLily

    04/01/2013 at 6:03 pm

    What if you did a bunch of editing while in the module? Is there any way to fix the issue within the site? Any tips?

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/01/2013 at 7:22 pm

      Assuming what the comment above says, you’ll probably need to reload the chapter and redo the edits.

       
  11. Flutejrp

    04/01/2013 at 6:24 pm

    With the spaces problem, I know I’m not the only one who’s been seeing these. I read fics off my Android, too. But I just refresh the page and it seemed to have help… If you haven’t tried refreshing the page, then give it a shot…

     
  12. ShanghaiLily

    04/01/2013 at 7:14 pm

    My old docs are okay now, but my new one is so messed up still. I’m really annoyed because it’s 30 minutes of editing down the drain. Isn’t there any way of getting it back to normal? If I copy and paste into word, can I apply a tool that will make it look normal again?

    I don’t understand why they aren’t giving us any tips to help us :(

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/01/2013 at 7:24 pm

      If you read the comments carefully you would notice that Xing said any document uploaded during the five minute period would need to be uploaded. Since that is the case for uploaded documents, its going to be the same with the stuff edited using the sites editing system.

       
  13. ShanghaiLily

    04/01/2013 at 7:15 pm

    why does your blog say it was fixed when it is NOT?

     
    • ShanghaiLily

      04/01/2013 at 7:33 pm

      I saw that – I was just hoping that since they had the ability to mess it up, they had the ability to fix it. They fixed all of my other 49 docs that were messed up by their update, so it seems strange they couldn’t fix the current one. It’s going to take me at least an hour to go through 10K words and fix by hand.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/02/2013 at 12:41 am

        I don’t find it strange. Its like when someone plays a game. If the game glitches and you exit out without saving then your saved data doesn’t become corrupted. If you save before existing then your save data is going to become corrupted and there is nothing you can do but start over.

         
  14. holmes4ever

    04/01/2013 at 7:34 pm

    Great work fixing it.

     
  15. Amy

    04/01/2013 at 9:56 pm

    For the past while, there’s been a bug that eliminates spaces here and there, especially when an author puts a word in italics.

     
  16. Anonymous

    04/01/2013 at 10:56 pm

    The search engine still is not working. Keep getting the unavailable error. Since January, this is getting ridiculous already.

     
    • Xing

      04/01/2013 at 11:00 pm

      Since January? It’s working for everyone else. You need to tell us about your search experience such as what you are searching for, page url, error code, etc.

       
    • favonilla

      04/01/2013 at 11:38 pm

      @Anonymous – the search engine works fine for me.

       
      • Anonymous

        04/02/2013 at 12:03 am

        I cannot search at all. Keep getting the try again message. I am using Firefox 19.0.2. on Vista 32 bit. I keep getting this message all the time. Search Feature DownThe search engine is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few minutes.

        I deleted cookies, cleared cache, and temp internet files. Its really annoying. I get it on my iPad as well. Something is very very wrong with it.

         
      • Anonymous

        04/02/2013 at 12:05 am

        Replying to my own post. If I search with AND or OR in it I get that error message. Lets say I search for cheese, I can search. But if I try cheese AND crackers I get the message.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/02/2013 at 12:35 am

        Don’t capitalize “and” and it will work.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/02/2013 at 3:17 am

        I tried cheese AND crackers in the search box and got the following:
        Search Feature DownThe search engine is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few minutes.

        But when I tried Daniel, got a lot of results. Put AND Sha’re after and got the above message. I think it only pops up when you put AND/OR in the search box.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/02/2013 at 3:18 am

        yemi’s advice works.

         
  17. Mountain

    04/01/2013 at 11:17 pm

    The ads got better for a while about not being provocative and sexist, but I just saw the ad with the naked woman from Scarlet Blade again. Please remind your ad providers that this site is supposed to be for 13 and up and that a large portion of your members are female.

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/02/2013 at 12:36 am

      Yeah. I noticed that image again. :C

       
    • Mountain

      04/04/2013 at 8:45 pm

      I’m not sure if I should keep mentioning this ad or not. I won’t see it for a while and then it’ll show up again. Do you want to know so that you can tell your ad providers, or are you currently trying to work something out with them already? I hope that you are taking action though. It looks pretty bad if the ads are against the site rules.

       
  18. Guest

    04/02/2013 at 12:50 am

    I haven’t experienced any of these problems but I do have one for the ‘miscellaneous’ category. For over a week when I try updating a story somewhere between 11 P.M. and 2 A.M., the chapter will be added but all updated stories are supposed to be bumped to the top of the page and mine aren’t, so I have to wait until the next morning to update. Is anybody else having this problem or know what it is?

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/02/2013 at 2:14 pm

      I thought it took time for it to show up. Perhaps you need to be a little more patient?

       
      • Guest

        04/02/2013 at 2:22 pm

        No, it takes time for the next chapter to be added, but as soon as it is then the story’s bumped to the top to show it’s been updated. A couple times it sat all night with the new chapter and never got moved. I don’t get it because I’ve been doing this for a while and have never had this happen before.

         
  19. StillWatersAreDeep

    04/02/2013 at 6:04 am

    On fictionpress I checked the story alert box but ended up getting an author alert. When I later checked the author alert box I got the story alert I originally wanted.
    Could you please check if it is only a problem of my browser (newest version of firefox) or a general bug.

     
  20. Pix

    04/02/2013 at 8:40 am

    The site seems to be “flinching” again: when I load a page, the words vanish for a few seconds and then reload.

     
  21. Ethan

    04/02/2013 at 9:53 am

    What happened to the formatting option on forum posts to cross out text? I don’t remember when it was last there, but it definitely was there before and it wasn’t today.

     
  22. Reader128

    04/02/2013 at 11:02 am

    Can you please fix the “Story Contrast” button? It has not been working correctly on my computer for the past few days. Every time I click on it to turn the background black, I have to refresh the page for it to work, and whenever I change chapters or stories, it goes back to a white background. Please fix this.

     
  23. slightlysmall

    04/02/2013 at 12:15 pm

    What happened to the strikeout feature in forums? I found it really useful… (I used it to keep track of challenges I’ve entered, striking them out when completed. I don’t want to delete them, because I like seeing my progress). Is it temporarily gone or gone forever?

     
    • miss priss

      04/02/2013 at 12:44 pm

      Xing, I hope it’s all right to ask here, since you seem to be answering questions here today: Will you and your staff be removing any of the reported Real Person Fictions (One Direction, Black Veil Brides, etc), or is there truth to the rumors that the updates will involve changing the rules to allow them?

      Some of the RPF authors, particulary the One Direction fans, are becoming downright nasty in all of their boasting and posturing about outsmarting you and your rules. It would be awfully satisfying to see a couple of them be proven wrong.

      Or, at the very least, it would be nice to find out whether or not that rule is being changes. Disappointing, but at least we’d know.

      Or a

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/02/2013 at 9:33 pm

        I honestly hope that is a rumor one of those self-centered brats started and that instead we’ll be getting something that will make it easier to get rid of those rule breakers. They do not need to be rewarded for their poor behavior and it honestly needs to be made clear that their behavior isn’t right. Particularly since these kids are giving a bad rep over here to the saner fans of 1D. (I’ve met some and talked to them on another site and they are absolutely sweet and so much better behaved.)

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/03/2013 at 1:48 pm

        If that is changed, then they’ll have a section away from you, so no need to complain, sorted. XD

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/03/2013 at 6:30 pm

        There would still be a reason to complain if they got their own section. We’re talking about kids who have harassed the people trying to help them with flames as well as death threats. Some of them have made comments degrading other kinds of fanfiction writing as well. If they got their way, they would use it to continue to harass the people who tried helping them in the past. People would see it as rewarding bad behavior and that would be enough to get complaints.

        Now that I think of it, there would be another reason to complain. If the site admins allowed RPF then the Just In page would have to include RPF, so it wouldn’t be possible to avoid RPF. That in itself would garner complaints.

         
    • yemi hikari

      04/02/2013 at 2:15 pm

      Yes. Please add it back in.

       
  24. Idolmaster Yamada

    04/02/2013 at 11:42 pm

    Uh, I think there’s another bug on the site.

     
  25. Nozomi

    04/03/2013 at 12:16 am

    This isn’t entirely on topic, I suppose, but I don’t know where else to suggest this. Is there any chance the only 100 choices on the poll feature could be removed, or upped? My polls tend to get, ah, rather detailed.

    I don’t really expect this to be put in place, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. I’ll be fine either way, but I would be extremely grateful if it was done!

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/03/2013 at 5:53 pm

      No please. The more choices are, the more time it takes to make ones decision up.

       
  26. Animehana

    04/03/2013 at 1:59 am

    I want to know what is wrong with the search results and also when I choose a category, it does not stay when I go to the next page. Please fix it.

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/03/2013 at 5:51 pm

      You should let them know what category as well as browser you were using, because I’m not having a problem.

       
      • Animehana

        04/03/2013 at 9:00 pm

        Also there used to be a lot of results, now there are less. Just a minute ago I searched for Seto FanFictions and they show 41 results. It happens with other searches.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 11:46 pm

        Which fandom though? There are many Anime characters who are called Seto.

         
  27. ellymelly

    04/03/2013 at 2:10 am

    New bug (both hilarious and mildly disturbing)

    GOOGLE CHROME -> story stats

    when you open it, the thing keeps widening itself little by little forever, stretching itself horizontally across the browser. Not sure why… but it looks like it is recalculating its column widths.

     
  28. merlinrecon

    04/03/2013 at 5:26 am

    Umm… the cutting off long chapter titles. I just thought it was suppose to, lol!

     
  29. Janice

    04/03/2013 at 6:34 am

    Im just wondering why are there 4 characters in twilight and Harry potter. Usually you can select 2 characters for a story but when I checked it there were 4 characters.
    Example: OC Albus S.P. Scorpius M. Rose W.

     
    • merlinrecon

      04/03/2013 at 1:53 pm

      Where have you been? Authors have been adding four characters for a while now, but the update hadn’t and still hasn’t been completed yet.

       
    • yemi hikari

      04/03/2013 at 5:48 pm

      March 15th they announced that they were going to be slowly implementing the change from just two characters to four.

       
  30. Anna

    04/03/2013 at 1:26 pm

    Please set up a different email for answering category requests/concerns. Or how about writing a blog entry right here every week or so where people can make a request? Do not tell me to send an email, I have been doing that since December and I still have yet to get a response. Whether it’s because my emails are winding up in some sort of void and not getting looked at, or whatever else it could possibly be.

    I don’t want to hear from anybody else here about how “emails are backlogged” unless it’s from Xing himself. I have had emails in the past answered in less than a week, and this was during the so-called “purge” of last year when I’m sure they were being flooded with emails. I want to hear from Xing, I want to have at least a brief acknowledgement after all these months of bringing up perfectly valid concerns. I don’t want to hear (or read actually) about, “well look at all they have to deal with right now, your problems are small in comparison.” Yes, I guess they are, but what I’ve been asking for in my emails regarding category requests wouldn’t take long to deal with and I wouldn’t have to keep asking simply because it’s now just the principle of the thing. One of my emails could’ve been seen and dealt with at this point. I am not asking for the moon here and something “so small” shouldn’t take months and months to get around to. Other than being “petty” I have done nothing that is so terrible that I can’t at least be afforded a brief acknowledgement regarding my oh-so-small concerns.

     
    • merlinrecon

      04/03/2013 at 1:46 pm

      I’m tempted to be sarcastic and say they’re backlogged lol. But I won’t because those people who keep answering like they’re Xing’s best buddies really annoy the hell out of me.

      OK, now can Xing & Co. add ALL DC Characters to Justice League, Young Justice, Teen Titans etc., or at least put them all in under DC Superheroes! I know that Xing or his staff won’t read this or care but its worth a shot.

      I don’t think they read the blog posts after half a day, or when so many people have been replying.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/03/2013 at 5:42 pm

        Even if they’re e-mails are backlogged the problem with adding character categories could be solved by having a blog post dedicated it and saying that the character requests posted within twenty-four hours or forty-eight hours would be taken care of.

         
    • Paully Q

      04/03/2013 at 4:40 pm

      You might want to reconsider some of the “concerns” you’ve sent to the admins. I imagine if it’s something silly, then it’s going to be ignored. Some people email them questions like “I can’t find my favorite story! Did you delete it or did the author delete it? I must know!” Oh, yeah – that is an actual concern I’ve seen posted on the forums too many times! Then they complain that they never receive a response from the admins. So, if you’re reporting bugs that aren’t actually bugs, then they may not have the time to compose a response. They are after all… dun, dun, dun… backlogged! (sorry! couldn’t resist!)

      As for requesting new categories, just be patient. I know it is not the answer you want to hear, but I’ve always had my requests approved. Some just took longer than others. My tactic was to only send 1 email per request and I’ve never been let down. For the time being, you can post your stories in the Miscellaneous. After all, that is what it’s for! You might as well use it. I have no shame posting in that category. I like it there.

      I’m not suggesting that you send 1 request and then sit and wait. However, maybe you should at least wait until the big updates are finished. It’s a stressful time for everyone. Have you tried to publish a new story recently? You can check out the categories and see if the one you wanted has been added. New categories don’t appear on the website until a story has been published under it, that’s why you have to be logged in and be publishing a new story. It has the complete list of all the categories available.

      However, I do agree with you that there should be a separate email for making requests. It would certainly give me more confidence that my messages are actually being read. Since a report button now appears below every story, I imagine it is easier for the admins to weed through their emails.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/03/2013 at 9:44 pm

        I never figured out why they changed it from being separate e-mails to one.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 12:41 am

        Wouldn’t the title be the difference? I mean they tell you to write [abuse], etc to alert them to which type of email they’re sending.

         
      • Anna

        04/04/2013 at 9:59 am

        I’ve had a category made when I requested it after two months and three emails. This is another matter with not requesting a whole category, but making the title more specific so people will stop abusing it, as they’re adding things that don’t belong there. That’s all. I can’t get so much as a yay or a nay whether that’s possible (though they can sure change the whole site’s layout, they should be able to edit a category title and take out some of the stories that aren’t supposed to be there, it’s only a handful. Heck, I posted a comment on one of the blog entries a while back on which one it was, and that was in December along with the emails I sent).

        If they can’t do that, will they ever answer anything else I send or sent? That’s the whole point.

         
      • Anna

        04/04/2013 at 10:11 am

        To add to my post, about misc. categories. I too have posted in Misc. and tried to be content with it. I don’t like it there. It’s a needless mess and I won’t be like a parrot and go into it for the umpteenth time why like I have in previous blog entries.

        I say only this. When I did get the category I wanted, not only did my hits/visits increase, but I got a couple of reviews, and my stories and I were added to their favorites and follows list. If I still had been in the Misc. category, I can say quite comfortably that I wouldn’t have that.

         
      • miss priss

        04/04/2013 at 10:27 am

        Let me just say that I have requested a new category three times in the past four years and have received not one single reply. EVER.

        It’s useless to post stories in the miscellaneous categories because those categories have become the site’s dumping ground for every possible kind of junk that doesn’t belong here. And abuse reports and emails about THAT problem also go unanswered.

        I understand that I am not the only person sending emails to site support, and that they have to deal with an enormous backlog. But still, there should be some kind of action taken, some kind of prioritizing — shouldn’t there be a faster response for things like blatant plagiarism or threats? The “pipebomg” girl, who threatens to track down all reviewers and pipebomb them, for example. Or the girl who have left over 1700 reviews on her own One Direction story, bragging that her work will never be removed.

        Why, why, why can’t anything be done? Is there really a suppoprt staff at all? Does anyone even read our abuse reports or emails?

         
      • Anna

        04/04/2013 at 10:31 am

        To clarify: when I said “change the whole site’s layout,” I meant the change the design of the site.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 2:19 pm

        I’ve posted to the misc. category and very much know how much of a pain it is. I’m honestly hoping one of the updates will solve this problem, so I am more then willing to wait it out. However, I actually do suggest the site admins take a particular look into the two cases Miss Priss brought up.

        I think they can figure out who the 1D fan is whose been threatening to pipebomb her readers by searching that key term and the other one can be quickly found as she’s purposely spam reviewed her own story so it will show up first if you sort by reviews. The first really needs to be dealt with as she’s… well, I think the reason should be obvious.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 3:03 pm

        I guess I have better luck with the people who actually take up my emails. Every email I’ve sent regarding abuse (3 in total) have actually been taken are of and replied back that they’ve taken action.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 4:14 pm

        I think both of the ones I’m referencing to are within the last few months. The one involving the one threatening to pipebomb those who leave critique is within the last couple of weeks, but because she is making threats like she is it would be a good idea if the site admins would handle her asap.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/04/2013 at 4:37 pm

        If someone is getting threatened and feels bullied, upset, etc., they can get the police involved. ITS A CYBER CRIME! Bullying, whether at school, at work, or on line should NOT be tolerated! Plus its just mean!

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 5:33 pm

        A pipebomb? Seriously? I wonder if she’s part of the new generation? For some reasons, those kids don’t understand that if you publish anything on line, they can recover a copy and use it against you in court. Especially since they can’t tell if you’re joking or not and they’ll assume you’re not joking.

        Can’t they just a crack a joke that flames will be used to make s’mores?

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 11:40 pm

        Some of these kids think the net is a game.

         
    • Spyridon

      04/04/2013 at 12:46 am

      Well, I sent off a request about 2-3 months ago and got back a response within the day.

       
      • Anna

        04/04/2013 at 10:22 am

        I’m actually replying to your comment above this one (the reply button isn’t there for some reason). The emails wind up in the same inbox, I would think. It seems to me it would be much faster and easier to have a separate one dealing with category requests (or making a blog entry here for people to leave a request, at least once a month or something. Then for sure they wouldn’t go unnoticed). It wouldn’t take months to get around to dealing with then.

        I imagine there’s more emails for abuse and lately (obviously) reports of general site issues.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 3:06 pm

        Once the replies get to a certain generation, the reply button disappears to allow the conversation to continue in a linear manner. Took me a couple of weeks to get why. :P

        Maybe people were getting confused to which email to send the report to. Same problem could still happen with the way it’s set up now. Ah well. I just have the one email saved on my account along with the lists of tags and such.

         
  31. Alan

    04/03/2013 at 4:07 pm

    Worth a shot just incase they do read this: the bug is still around. I’ve got a link in a forum I’m on that has a constantly-reappearing space. Editing does not remove it.

     
  32. DesireAtGunpoint

    04/03/2013 at 5:03 pm

    Alright, hope someone sees this. I am a Nintendo 3DS user, and I can’t write forum posts anymore! Something’s screwed up! Please fix it.

    Sincerely, Lila (Desire At Gunpoint)

     
  33. Diametric

    04/03/2013 at 6:46 pm

    I have a request. Would it be possible to delete accounts that have 0 stories and haven’t been used since, like, the year 2000? I suspect some of them were sockpuppet accounts and others were people who wished to have their accounts deleted but didn’t have that option so they just up and left.

    I want a cool pen name, but all of the best are currently used by abandoned accounts.

     
    • Alan

      04/03/2013 at 9:26 pm

      That’s a good request. The site is chock full of dead accounts and crap fanfics with like 20 words.

       
    • yemi hikari

      04/03/2013 at 9:42 pm

      No. Each account is assigned a number and if the account turns up blank you know the persons account was removed for rules violations. This would mean people would no longer know.

       
      • Diametric

        04/04/2013 at 12:28 am

        Well, I didn’t say “banned” accounts. I said “abandoned” accounts. Although, you are right. I don’t know what would happen to the reviews they left. I wouldn’t want those to be destroyed! Of course, maybe all their names could be changed to “deleted” or something.

        It’s just that there are so many dead accounts. They have no profiles, no stories, no favs… They can keep their assigned number, so that if they left a review you can still click on their profile and see “no longer an active user.”

        And, because I’m curious, does it matter if you know whether or not someone was a rule violator back in the year 2000? After 10 years, I think we can cut them a break. I’m certain they would have created a new account by now, (if they wanted to).

        The point of my original post was that there would be a certain time frame set. Someone may not have logged into their account in a year because they are lazy, but someone who has let their account sit for 10 has essentially said goodbye.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/04/2013 at 2:13 pm

        Sometimes accounts are kept just to review and follow, so they might seem dead while they’re not.

         
      • Diametric

        04/04/2013 at 12:37 am

        Oops. One more thing:

        A question I see a lot on the forums is “how do I delete my account?”

        You want to know what the answer was? Upload an inappropriate userpic (such as graphic nudity) and report yourself until your account is purged. That was the consensus! So, I think having a “delete” or “deactivate” option might be a good idea. However, there must be a reason why they don’t have such an option yet…

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 2:11 pm

        Why is it important to know if an account that doesn’t seem to be used since 2000 was deleted because of rule breaking or not? Because there are still links to some of these accounts out there.

        As for why people aren’t allowed to delete their accounts, well… as I said, thee are links to these accounts and not everyone is running away because they’re a sensitive little wall flower. Some of the people who have emptied their accounts were in fact well known authors who were quite popular. There is also the fact I’ve seen some of the writers be dumb enough to give out enough information to get their accounts hacked. Instead of deleting the stories one by one, all a person would have to do is delete the account.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/04/2013 at 2:20 pm

        I’ve notice a really good story go, and it bugs me that I hadn’t downloaded it while it was up. I doubt it would have been purged. I believe if an author decides to leave he should leave his stories too, and mark them abandoned so other authors can take them up. It seems unfair to the readers who invested so much time enjoying, reading, and reviewing.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 4:11 pm

        @ merlinecon – I actually agree with you. You can’t take away something that you’ve already published, and I understand when a writer wants to rewrite something. I see this occur with some of the sensitive wall flowers though. They’re stories may not be the best in the world and some may be on the level of My Immortal, but people enjoyed them and may enjoy them, even if its not the way the writer wanted them to.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 5:29 pm

        Actually that happened to the H/G fans in the Harry Potter fandom. A well known author suddenly deleted all her stories across the internet. Luckily, a few of the fans did save her stories so they’re sending copies out for the next couple of days only. I just got my copy and have begun rereading them all. The consensus between all of us is that we won’t repost her work since she might have actually become a published author.

        I’m just throwing this out there.
        I know LJ has a couple of levels of removal on their site. I think they have something a memory account, deleted account (removed but recoverable), then purged accounts (permanently removed and unable to be recovered), and sabbatical accounts for authors who temporarily leave writing fanfiction.

        What do you guys think?

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 7:55 pm

        I’m honestly not understanding why a person would have to take down their writing if they become a published writer unless they gave out their real name or they planned on re-tooling their fanfics. Do publishing companies really demand that you remove all your fanfics before they sign a contract for you, or have people come to the conclusion that they make you remove all of them because the writers we know about are the ones who gave out their real name or re-tooled their work.

        I’m not sure what to think about that. I’ve never liked clicking on a link and finding out it was a dead link. I wouldn’t mind having a label for abandoned accounts as well as a label for writers who’ve passed away, but how much does that push the privacy issue, I honestly don’t know.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 10:00 pm

        According to one who actually gave a story as to why she took her story down, she said it was because the publisher recommended it as it was a retooled version that followed the basic plot but was more original. As for the recent one, we have no idea as she literally disappeared. As far as I know, they request, not demand to have stories taken down. I personally believe that they don’t want to run the risk of someone finding out the publishing company prints a story from an author who actually writes fanfiction from other sources. I don’t really know because then there’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ so who knows?

        I removed the links on my rec list and stated that they’ve been purged. I’m still debating if I want to put on there that I have copies.

        I do know one writer who passed away roughly two years ago. The story she was co-writing was finished posthumously. Her account still exists on FFN. It would be cool to have it turned into a memorial account.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 11:37 pm

        None of the writers I’ve followed have died, they’ve just dropped off the face of the earth. I have come across some of these accounts after the person has died. Some of the family members took the time to edit the profiles.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/05/2013 at 2:30 pm

        One my fellow authors died. We had been talking the week before about the next chapter her and her cowriter were working on the moment and they were going to actually meet at her house even though he lives across the pond so to say. Next thing I know, her husband sent out an email that she had died due to cardiac arrest. Came out of no where and I had to confirm with her cowriter. Shocking that.

         
    • Spyridon

      04/04/2013 at 12:36 am

      I know a few only have an account to review other stories but do not have any fav stories/authors. These tend to be trolls and such. Obviously there’s no way to tell unless the numbers of reviews the person has posted is revealed.

       
      • Sils

        04/04/2013 at 1:26 am

        Hey, Spyridon, I have an account I only use for reviewing – I don’t write, but I love reading and leaving constructive feedback. And I’m *definitely* not a troll :D.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 2:05 pm

        @ Sils – I’ve seen a lot of people with accounts just for critiquing, particularly when the person chooses to review in a fandom that is notorious for revenge flaming.

        @ Spyridon – Review numbers won’t reveal whether or not someone is a troll. I know of one flamer that happened to have dozens upon dozens of reviews.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 2:54 pm

        The showing review wasn’t meant to show if they were a troll, only to show they’re active. Actually my friend came up with something better; just show the time the person last logged in.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 2:55 pm

        @ Sils, sorry man, wrote that at 12 in the morning. Obviously my brain can’t bother to actually write down what I meant. Didn’t mean to sound like you were a troll. :D

         
      • Sils

        04/04/2013 at 3:16 pm

        Spyridon – it’s okay, I know exactly what it’s like when your brain isn’t really awake.

         
  34. Casey

    04/03/2013 at 9:41 pm

    I have a question. I just went onto Fanfiction to read and there were numerous words on the page that were highlighted in blue and when rolled over then an ad related to them popped up. Is there any way to turn this off because it is very annoying and distracting. Thanks.

     
    • Xing

      04/03/2013 at 10:21 pm

      We do not use these type of ads. You have a malware on your computer and we recommend you to do a full-sweep now.

       
      • Anna

        04/04/2013 at 10:01 am

        Xing, please reply to my comment in those above. It’s right there. Just a moment of your time. Please.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 2:01 pm

        @ Anna – Xing doesn’t have time to reply to every comment on the blog. Just because he’s not replying, doesn’t mean he isn’t taking you’re idea into consideration.

         
    • Guest

      04/04/2013 at 4:08 am

      Casey, in addition to running malware scans, try disabling browser add-ons–particularly toolbars. Many toolbars will deliver ads that way.

       
  35. Spyridon

    04/04/2013 at 12:38 am

    Does anyone know if FFN actually bans users for plagiarism. I found one through one of the LJ communities but someone mentioned that FFN is ‘notoriously’ silent on removing plagiarized material. I’ve sent an abuse report through email but I wonder if anyone has ever had a successful remove of banned material.

    Luckily, I haven’t been plagiarized as of yet *knocks on wood* but I’m worried about if it should happen to me.

     
    • HeroR

      04/04/2013 at 1:34 am

      From what I have read, FF does take plagiarized seriously, however, it can take a long time for the story to be taken down because of the backlog.

      If you see a story that you believe to be plagiarized, contact the author of the plagiarize story first before you do anything. If the author confirms that their story has indeed be plagiarize, report and spread the words to others so other readers will either avoid the story or leave flames so the person in question will feel pressure to take down the story. I have heard this tactic tends to work more effectively than waiting for FF to delete the account.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 1:59 pm

        I’ve seen young writers whose plagiarism involves taking the plot line from an already published story line and slapping the characters from another fandom into them. In these cases I do review the story leaving a polite review explaining that what they’re doing is plagiarism because this is the one kind of plagiarism I’ve found that most young writers don’t realize is plagiarism. They’re quick to take it down and tend to be very thankful and if perchance one of the readers happens to see the review they may not make the same mistake either. I’ve also noticed with these kinds of cases the site admins do not delete the account, possibly because they know as well as I do that these kids honestly think they’re being original and one time is enough to kick them of the habit. Other then those cases I believe it is a sure bet that they’ll lose their accounts as well.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/04/2013 at 2:09 pm

        I’ve been plagiarized, (the full deal), and one report on each chapter, I can honestly say I was actually surprised it only took 3 days before I got a reply saying its gone, but the account wasn’t deleted. I was told by a fan, and when I looked he had actually written that I had given him permission when I hadn’t had any PM contact with him, and I wouldn’t have given away one of my most popular fics. The funny thing was he got barely any reviews for it lol!

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 2:20 pm

        @HeroR: Oh, I know it’s plagiarized. I contacted the original author on her LJ and she gave no permission for her story to be archived on FFN.

        @yemi: Plagiarizer is 21 according to their profile and the story is unedited, being copied from the first word down to the last.

        I think most people believe FFN doesn’t care maybe due to the backlog. I just wonder what’s the plagiarism rate on FFN. Huh, maybe FFN should have stats on the main page like a record or something? I know a couple of forums that did that to show they did take active roles in banning people that broke the rules.

        XXX accounts banned due to being under 13,
        XXXX accounts banned due to plagiarism

        @merlinrecon: That’s hilarious about him not getting reviews. Maybe because your story was on FFN and people new it was copied?

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 4:07 pm

        @ merlinrecon – I’ve heard of cases where a person claims they have permission when they do not. Even if they did have permission to continue a story, write an AU or a sequel, they won’t be allowed to actually copy the story via site rules. They may have also deleted the stories themselves, rather then the site admins. Or it was their first strike.

        @ spyridon – Unless the twenty-one year old has a serious learning disability that effects the way they think, they should honestly know better. The problem with that is some people will take the stat not being updated as a sign of the site admins doing anything, unless they post a tally on the blog once a year. It could say something like over a hundred plagiarists or something like that, not giving exact numbers.

        Pretty much what you said, people don’t put up with that kind of stuff when they know the person is plagiarizing another persons stories.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/04/2013 at 4:16 pm

        @Yemi. Admin sent me an email so I know it was them.

         
      • Asj

        04/04/2013 at 5:09 pm

        @yemi hikari: Is it really considered plagiarism to copy the plot? Most of the ideas I have are from other things I’ve seen, and I know a lot of movies and shows copy their plots from other ones. I’ve also seen many fanfictions that share the same plot. I thought it was only considered illegal if it was copied word-per-word, or else it would be too hard to determine.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 5:21 pm

        I think what Yemi means was they copied the story so close it was basically the same story just with different names for the characters. It’s understandable that plot lines would be copied but they’re never 100% the same. Of course, you can’t really quantify the amount of similarity but I think I have a case like that myself actually. That person is borderline plagiarism of my story but there are enough differences that I won’t call him out on it.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 7:09 pm

        @ merlinrecon – Then it might have been strike one for them.

        @ asj – Pretty much what the other person said, these are the original plot lines 100%. It’s not just limited to taking the canon characters from one plot and replacing them from another, I’ve seen stories in the HP fandom which are just Rowling’s stories with a few minor changes thrown in, like turning Harry into a girl, changing eye colors, or the school mascots, but it for sure is the same plot and follows almost to the letter how it went down in the books.

        @ Spyridon – My situation right now is a bit different in the fact I have a few writers that I’ve inspired whose stories have similarities to mine, but their plots are different that I worry about getting accused of plagiarizing me, but eventually I think I am going to have to deal with someone actually copying one of my stories.

         
      • Asj

        04/04/2013 at 9:03 pm

        hmm… A little over a year ago I had an idea for a fanfiction, but then I also thought the idea would fit a different fandom. I’d considered writing it for both fandoms, though the second fic would be shorter and would have differences because of the differences in the worlds and the characters (so it would be the same plot, as close as I could get it to be, but with different initiating actions, different settings, and different dilogue. I wonder if those two fics, if written, would be considered too close? If I just went through and did a find/replace on the names, then I can see it being wrong, but nothing would fit if I did that.

        I also wonder about the retold fics… I’ve seen some Harry Potter fics that are retellings of the books or movies, but with Draco going back in time and re-living things, and also one where Draco was the ‘chosen one’ and Harry was the mean kid. I’ve also seen some similar Avatar fics, where there’d be one difference about Zuko, and would retell some or all of the episodes. I’d also had an idea that involved rewriting a movie, but with a different character playing the part of the main character (though I think another fic may have helped inspire it).
        Would these fics actually be worse than other fanfictions? The goal of this type of fic is to highlight the differences that one change would make, compared to the original. I think I have seen a few that were boring because the author felt they had to mention every single scene instead of skipping the un-needed ones (it tends to be best to avoid as many quotes as possible), but it is obvious that the authors aren’t claiming it as their own, and readers need to know enough about the original to get anything out of it anyhow. Kind of like the Groundhog Day/time loop stories, which needs to show the same things over and over in order to highlight the small differences.

        I suppose I just think it would be interesting to know where the line would be drawn, and exactly when someone would be crossing it. It does have me a bit worried about that movie retelling idea I’d been working on, since it would follow the original movie pretty closely.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 11:28 pm

        @ asj – There is a difference between retelling the story and adding a few minor changes and retelling the story from a what if perspective. There is also a difference between retelling the story and writing an introspective piece as well. Avoiding quotes, skipping stuff that isn’t needed and as little paraphrasing as possible is what makes it work. The writer need to keep in mind that the readers will know the original source, so they don’t need to be reminded of the plot. If a scene is the same as the original, don’t write the scene out, paraphrase or write that it is the same at an author’s note at the end.

         
  36. MacArther

    04/04/2013 at 2:44 pm

    Quick question, is anyone else having the issue with all of the stories being centered justification? In addition, I can’t click the justify buttons to bring the formating back to normal. Its making reading very difficult.

     
  37. Asj

    04/04/2013 at 4:59 pm

    Would it be possible to have an option to remove the automatic numbers from the chapter jump menu? It would make things less confusing if I could decide what to have it display. Especially since some of my fics have prologues. It’s weird to have chapters labeled like “2. Chapter One”.

     
    • Spyridon

      04/04/2013 at 5:23 pm

      I so agree with this. I usually have a small prologue chapters for the major stories. Someone complained about the labeling I was having as stated above so now I have four stories that have the first chapter titled prologue. Before I would title them ‘Prologue: etc’.

       
      • Lily Alder

        04/05/2013 at 11:05 am

        Oh, you poor nomilanists. FP &FFN’s number in the chapter list isn’t part of the title if you name your chapters or part of the number if you only number them. FP’s number is merely an indicator of the order in which the author wishes the sections of the story to be read.
        If the author wishes, the section following 1. — can called ‘postscript’, and it will still be the story section the author wants the reader to read first. Repeat “The name is not the thing” fifty times a day.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 6:35 pm

        I don’t have a problem, but some people are really OCD about it.

         
      • Asj

        04/06/2013 at 9:41 am

        @Lily Alder: It just gets me confused when there’s two numbers there. I think the numbers in the url’s make sense, but the numbers in the jumpbox messes with my head at times because that’s where they have the names of the chapters. If I have ‘2. Ch. 1′, then it looks odd, and if I have ‘2. Title’ it looks like chapter two. …I might not be explaining it right. It’s like… just a display issue.

         
      • merlinrecon

        04/06/2013 at 10:02 am

        Why don’t you just name ‘chapter 1′ 1. Prologue/Preface? And then just name chapter 2 and so on. I don’t write prologues as prologues anymore. I just give them a chapter title.

         
      • Asj

        04/06/2013 at 4:38 pm

        @merlinrecon: I like my chapter one being chapter one, despite it technically being the second chapter. It’s the first chapter of the main body of the story, while the first chapter of the whole fic, the prologue, is just leading up to the event that begins the real story. The first fanfiction I had written, I had put the prologue on top of chapter one, on the same webpage, but I didn’t like that solution, and thought I would do it correctly for my new fic. But now I keep getting myself confused when I try talking about a certain chapter with other people.

         
      • Merlin Recon

        04/06/2013 at 5:32 pm

        I used to write prologues but I guess I know what you mean, it can be messy. They should just remove the numbers on the chapter thingy. I just explain what’s going on as I go through chapter 1+ now, and all of my story’s (some may follow canon plot points) are compete AU..

         
      • fems

        04/06/2013 at 5:53 pm

        Well, I also know plenty of people who give their chapters titles and would NOT be happy with the numbers being removed. It’s only natural to start numbering, well, at the start and thus the first chapter is going to be 1, the second 2, the third 3 etc.

        How difficult can it be to keep track of the chapter you’re talking about when the numbered chapters are clearly mentioned on a review? Even if the reviewer was referring something that happened in chapter 6 but is actually chapter 5 then you, as the author, should be able to pick up on that by recognizing the events described. There have been plenty of occasions when one of my older fics got a review talking about specific chapters/events and in those cases I always pull up the story to reread the chapter so I can give a better answer, since I can’t remember the specifics when the stories have 25-80 chapters.

         
      • Asj

        04/06/2013 at 11:08 pm

        @fems: It wouldn’t matter if the numbers were removed from the jumpbox or not. When naming the chapters, people could always add ‘1.’ at the beginning of their title (and the default titles would remain, as well, for people who don’t name the chapters). Plus, if there’s a toggle switch for the numbers, when managing a story, then people could choose.

         
    • yemi hikari

      04/04/2013 at 7:00 pm

      I’d only want this if the reviews also got relabeled number wise as well. Otherwise things will get really confusing.

       
    • Spyridon

      04/04/2013 at 7:50 pm

      @yemi do you think prologue chapters should get lower case letters instead? I know one story that actually has two prologues. It would allow for reviews to stay with the chapter and allow for prologues. We could then get rid of the labels “2.Chapter One”. The only thing would be that it would have a filter selecting for what type the chapter you’re uploading is.
      so the url would be
      /######/a – prologue one
      /######/b – prologue two
      /######/1 – chapter one

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/04/2013 at 7:58 pm

        I’m going to say I like your idea a lot. Still, the reviews that already exist would have to be changed to reflect whatever change that occurred in the story. Better yet….

        /######/a1 – prologue one
        /######/a2 – prologue two
        /######/1 – chapter one
        /######/b – epilogue one

         
      • Asj

        04/04/2013 at 9:31 pm

        Oh yeah… I think I’d noticed that in the past, but had forgotten about it. The proposed modifications look nice to me, but I have the feeling it would be very confusing for some people. :( Especially since it looks like it would involve a few more options for publishing chapters. (but having more than one ‘prologue’ chapter is nice. Especially since it looks like it would be possible to switch back and forth between letters and numbers no matter which chapter you’re on – though, I hope the letter-number option is separate from the option for the jumpbox, which I think would be best with a toggle between all numbered or cleared).

        (sigh) I guess a lot of things would have to change. The review urls and the urls for each chapter, as well as the two jump boxes (and maybe even more things). I would say that, instead of numbers and letters, they could just have the first so many letters of the chapter titles, like how the fic urls have the fic title – but that would make the chapter urls confusing by having both the story title and the chapter title. And it also makes the urls less simple looking.

        review pages:

        http://www.fanfiction.net/r/#######/the-storm/1/

        http://www.fanfiction.net/r/#######/chapter-3/1/

        http://www.fanfiction.net/r/#######/really-long-chapter-ti/1/

        chapter pages:

        http://www.fanfiction.net/s/#######/the-storm/random-story-title

        http://www.fanfiction.net/s/#######/chapter-3/random-story-title

        http://www.fanfiction.net/s/#######/really-long-chapter-ti/random-story-title

        I kind of like the numbers in the urls, myself, but not in the jumpboxes (but I think whatever there is should be uniform across the site). I suppose I feel that way because the url numbers represent something more ordered, like the number of webpages (which, having a’s and b’s would throw off), while the jumpbox numbers look more like chapter numbers or a part of the chapter title.

         
      • Asj

        04/04/2013 at 9:32 pm

        Whoops. I didn’t think it would turn those into links.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/04/2013 at 10:04 pm

        @ yemi: I totally forgot about the epilogue chapters. I guess it would make more sense to have it that way. It’d be confusing to have two prologues and an epilogue with a url of /######/c at the end.

        Huh, got to love typing mistakes. What about lowercase letters for prologues and uppercase letters for epilogues? Or vice versa?

        /######/a – Prologue
        /######/A – first epilogue

        @ Asj: I wonder what you put then. :D

         
      • Asj

        04/04/2013 at 11:31 pm

        hmm… basically, I’d said that I’d forgotten about the reviews and the urls, and that I kind of like you guys’ suggestions, but I wasn’t sure how simple it would be, since it sounds like it would involve extra options when publishing a chapter. I like how lowercase letters look like it could be available for any chapter, though, since a fanfic I’m working on has an interlude, which I also wouldn’t count in the chapter count, as well as what was said about some people having more than one prologue, and an epilogue. And I wondered if it would be better to have the first so many characters of the chapter title, instead of numbers or letters, but thought it might be a bit too much, especially with the fic titles in the chapter urls.

         
      • favonilla

        04/04/2013 at 11:45 pm

        Well, even though I don’t classify any part of my stories as prologues or epilogues (if it’s in the story, it’s part of the story as far as I’m concerned, not some odd little extrusion at beginning or end), I can see how this would be an improvement for those who do. But please, for pity’s sake, keep it simple. Otherwise I can see a lot of users making a complete dog’s breakfast of it.

        I don’t give my chapters titles, either. A lot of the ones I see with titles tend to wander into the banal or the twee. There’s an art to chapter titles, just as there is with story titles, and they ought to be just as enticing if they’re going to be used at all.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 12:00 am

        @favonilla – Most of my stories actually don’t have prologs and most stories actually don’t need prologs, so adding the option may tempt some writers to abuse the prolog/epilog more then they are already doing. There are times though it is needed and/or adds something to the story. A lot of writers though don’t know what a prolog actually is though.

         
      • favonilla

        04/05/2013 at 12:22 am

        @yemi hikari – a large proportion of the prologues I’ve read have been either relentless infodump which is painful to slog through, and could have been more effectively disclosed by weaving it into the first couple of chapters; or description of an important event which takes place outside the main timeline, to which I find it hard to justify calling it a “prologue” instead of Chapter One. But I guess it’s a “potato/potahto” kind of thing, isn’t it?

        I’ve never yet seen an epilogue that couldn’t have just been classified as the last chapter. Even if it’s short, and just there to tie up loose ends, it’s still a chapter.

         
      • favonilla

        04/05/2013 at 12:30 am

        It occurred to me, after I posted that last, that I probably come across as a bit condescending. So I probably should add that my opinions are merely that, and I’m not always right. It’s all a matter of personal taste,

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 2:38 am

        @ favonilla – Still, I don’t think your wrong in saying that a good deal of prologs are just info dumps. Most people don’t do it right and while some of my prologs work well, I am quite sure some of mine don’t. One of the articles about prolog actually says something along the lines of what you said.

        ”To make sure your prologue works well, you can put it through a simple two-step test: try to leave it out and see if anything important is missing; then try to change its title to “Chapter One”, and check if the plot integrity is damaged. If you’ve answered both questions with a yes, then your prologue is doing a good job.”

        The article is here. http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/prologue.shtml

         
      • favonilla

        04/05/2013 at 3:59 am

        yemi hikari – thanks for both the explanation and the link. It’s a really good rule of thumb.

         
      • Asj

        04/05/2013 at 9:29 am

        I think of prologues and epilogues as being chapters that are somehow separate from the rest of the story, but are still part of the story. So I’d title a first chapter a prologue if it takes place before the true start of the story. Kind of like, since a lot of my fics involve something changing, I would have a prologue chapter at the beginning to show right before the change happens. I don’t think I’ve made an epilogue chapter before, but most I’ve seen are a chapter that takes place at a future point of time.

         
      • Spyridon

        04/05/2013 at 2:26 pm

        I don’t know about you but I don’t particularly like having the titles as the url. There are some people who publish their stories as untitled and leave it. Since I rec stories, this would be a major problem as it could potentially lose the link and story. Then there’s the thing about redux. I recently recced two stories that had the same title but different plotline. When you enter that through chapter-wise, repetition increases.

        I think at best, it would only add one filter that would have a drop down menu consisting of prologue, chapter, epilogue as its choices.

        For me personally, I try to keep to one prologue and one epilogue. The most I’ve seen was 2.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 3:33 pm

        @ favonilla – You’re welcome.

        @ Spyridon – I’m not sure what you’re trying to get at, but for some reason it reminded me that if such a system were implemented the prologs would have to be labeled in similar manner in the url. Links that linked to the prolog would have to be changed so that they linked to the prolog.

         
      • One of Three

        04/06/2013 at 3:27 pm

        @Spyridon – I don’t like the idea of titles in the URL either, simply because there are a lot of stories which are completely different but have the same title. In the fandom I mainly write in, I have one story which has the same title as another story, by a different writer, written about four months later, and I know some of my other stories have title twins in other fandoms. This means that using the title as part of the URL would get messy.

         
  38. cmcwiki

    04/05/2013 at 11:35 am

    NEW IDEA! LOGIN QUESTIONS.
    You know how itunes has you put in your email and password and makes you answer questions about yourself? i was thinking this would be a great way to deter account hackers. the questions would be asked until the ip address has answered them 10 times . your thoughts?

     
    • One of Three

      04/05/2013 at 2:50 pm

      @cmcwiki – no. An extra layer of security questions just means more stuff I have to remember. The questions are always either really easy stuff that any self-respecting hacker can find out in ten minutes (“mother’s maiden name”) or really stupid information that I can’t even keep straight myself (“best friend in high school” – didn’t have one; “street you grew up in” – there were about eight of them; and so on.)

      A decently secure password should be enough.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 3:34 pm

        Agreed.

         
    • favonilla

      04/05/2013 at 5:41 pm

      @cmcwiki – Your suggestion puzzles me, especially as you don’t explain why you think such extreme measures are necessary. Is there that much hacking going on in ffnet and fictionpress? My understanding is it’s a rare occurrence, usually involving someone whose email and password are easy to crack because they have their entire life history posted on their profile.

      So why do we need such an elaborate process to be allowed in? (Ten questions? Seriously? Surely you didn’t mean that.)

      Your email and password are sufficient to get you into Facebook. If they’re not worried, why should we be?

      I’m genuinely asking for information here. Please give a more reasoned explanation, so it can be properly debated.

       
      • yemi hikari

        04/05/2013 at 6:34 pm

        I’ve actually heard of a few people who got their accounts hacked. Most of them would still get their accounts hacked with this system simply because they have a bad habit of revealing information about themselves that make them easy to hack in the first place.

         
      • fems

        04/06/2013 at 12:27 pm

        Exactly, people who post their entire biography on their profile will be hacked regardless of how many “security” questions are asked prior to logging in. I’m already annoyed by having to type in the extra captcha every Monday or so, so please, no more silly stuff!

        People like that are almost asking to be hacked (like people who announce when they’ll be gone from home and for how long on social media and then be surprised they were burgled in their absence) and certainly deserve it if they are so cavalier with their personal information.

         
      • Mewfan15-nl

        04/06/2013 at 12:54 pm

        People who use FB are really begging to be hacked, f*ck social media and FB’s privacy policy.

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/07/2013 at 12:44 am

        I was wondering about the FB thing and whether or not that new trend could lead to people getting hacked here… them putting their FB account here I mean.

         
  39. Mewfan15-nl

    04/05/2013 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t seem to post a new crossover fic for some reason, I can select the Pokemon tag, but not the Deus Ex or any other secondary dag, Bug?

     
  40. purpletockfox

    04/05/2013 at 10:02 pm

    When im on my Ipod the Dark Contrast does’nt work at all -.- . It work before the changes. Its kind of annoying cause to much white and I cant read it :( . Please fix it :) . Bye~

     
  41. Asj

    04/05/2013 at 11:56 pm

    hmm… is it known that one of the the search boxes seem to be a bit messed up? Lately, when I search for words in a fanfiction (from the page with the fic listings), after typing in some words, when I press enter, it opens the dropdown menu for searching, instead of conducting the search. I’m using IE 9, by the way, and the search box in the bar at the top works fine.

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/06/2013 at 1:40 am

      No. It’s occurring to me as well on Google Chrome. Try using the search function at the top until the site admins get it fixed.

       
      • merlinrecon

        04/06/2013 at 10:36 am

        I hadn’t noticed anything when I was reading yesterday morning and I use Chrome.

         
  42. Shaveza

    04/06/2013 at 6:36 am

    On the story summaries, are the character listings meant to be read as (uh, let’s use Legend of Zelda characters as an example) “Link Zelda” rather than “Link, Zelda”, “Link/Zelda”, “Link; Zelda” or “Link & Zelda”? The lack of any punctuation to separate of the names makes it hard to read, especially when you get more than two characters.

    For example, I spotted character listing as: “Link Sheik Zelda Groose” and “Goron Link Zora Link Deku Scrub Link Fierce Deity”. It’s an absolute clustered mob of letters to look at and decipher – especially that second one. I could read it better if it were more like: “Goron Link; Zora Link; Deku Scrub Link; Fierce Deity” no problem.

    (I’m using Win8/Firefox.)

     
    • Guest

      04/06/2013 at 8:36 am

      I’ve noticed that, too. I hope it’s just a hiccup of rolling out the additional character fields and that there will be some punctuation to separate them. I like your idea of a semicolon. It will look good for those superheroes that already use a slash to indicate their other identity.

      For example:
      Clark K./Superman/Kal-El; Lois L.
      Bruce W./Batman; Selina K./Catwoman

      (P.S. On a side note, does Clark really need three names? Any one reading fanfic is familiar with the fandom and knows who he is. It looks so clunky, IMHO)

       
    • One of Three

      04/06/2013 at 4:11 pm

      @Shaveza – yes, I saw that this morning. I found it so unappealing that I’m considering removing all the character links on all my stories until it’s fixed. I found the ampersand in your examples most effecive – “Fred & Ginger” looks better than “Fred/Ginger”, especially if it’s not a “pairing”. I don’t write pairings. But really, any of your suggestions would be better than what’s appearing at the moment.

       
    • yemi hikari

      04/07/2013 at 12:42 am

      I agree with the others. I think it would be easier to change it to “;” as others have suggested because then the site admins would have less to change.

       
  43. Astoria

    04/06/2013 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for all these changes! Thank you so much!

    I have a small request now, could you support small caps?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_caps

    I don’t mean these as a free-for-all now we can have all caps fanfics! but they can come in handy when coming up with subtitles, especially when imitating a Regency novel or some such.

    Thank you so much!

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/07/2013 at 12:41 am

      I actually agree. It would be nice if the “+” was added in as well, as it is used in quite a few Anime fandom titles along with some other stuff.

       
  44. Astoria

    04/06/2013 at 7:27 am

    Sorry for the double post, but guys, I noticed something.

    When I uploaded my document my ALL CAPS were covnerted to Caps and small letters as suitable. Sometimes I need my all caps to be there, OK? Like when writing DEATH in Discworld. We are not all trying to be lazy and shout.

    This did not happen before, and I will be much obliged if this was corrected.

     
  45. merlinrecon

    04/06/2013 at 10:21 am

    @Guest. Yes he does, its to accentuate that it means ALL of him. (Probably to be completely true to them, or for stupid people who are only drive by fans, so if say Clark is all red kryptonite infected they don’t get confused when he uses his kryptonian name, though a lot of people are SO stupid that they don’t look again at summary etc. to see whether they’re going to make themselves look stupid why reviewing their confusion).

    Though, taking about that, what’s the deal with some anime such as Negima having those Japanese characters after the English, that makes it look clunky.

    Also about anime (especially anime) is ALL of these (Naruto) Japanese attack names, necessary? They’re freaking pee-hard to pronounce (for an English speaker) and while they’re battling my flow is totally ruined when I stop on a word or two that’s screamed out, just like it would if the word they used was completely wrong. Then they only give you a pee-poor explanation of what is does, and 9/10 times in the next couple of chapters you’ve forgot what it does and they don’t explain again! What the hell is wrong with “FIRE STYLE: FIREBALL TECHNIQUE!”? Or something like that? That’s simple, I know the characters going to spit out a fireball. I’m OK with Latin as though not fluent I can at least read it, but even they should at least make spell explanations better for people who can’t read Latin, like mostly everyone.

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/07/2013 at 12:39 am

      That said, perhaps the site admins should combine the tags Voldemort and Tom Riddle in the HP fandom as they are the same character.

      I don’t know why the site admins choose to do that. Perhaps they wish to encourage people from Japan to post stories, or it helps identify two different fandoms that have the same name. For the second, I get it. But to be honest, for the rest… if someone is going to be writing fanfiction for this site they are likely going to be able to read the titles they want in English in the first place, so isn’t it a bit… talking down on their intelligence?

      You need to take that one up with the writers, not the site admins.

       
  46. Lunary

    04/06/2013 at 12:06 pm

    I know this request may tick a lot of people off, but can you guys do another Purge? Its the one time we know you guys are actually listening to reports. Plus your site needs it.

    P.S. What is up with the forums? This problem has been going on for awhile but for those on moble,for some reason, when we post on a forum our message gets bunched together. I’ve noticed this with mine and several others on moble. It can be fixed but we have to hit the ‘Regular site’ option at the bottom that takes us back to the home page, then we have to search for the forum, click the topic then hit edit. Sometimes, the edit part won’t always show, but that is the only way for us to fix the spacing on our post.

     
    • yemi hikari

      04/07/2013 at 12:30 am

      It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to schedule another purge towards the end of the month. Not right away, particularly with the recent events. When they do the purge, they should do a post verifying the rules like RPF, script format and such.

       
  47. fems

    04/06/2013 at 12:35 pm

    Since everyone seems to be requesting additional options here, I shall add one of my own:

    Would it be possible to put an author on ignore, meaning you don’t get to see their stories pop up in the story overview (or perhaps a “this author is on ignore, click here to show their story anyway” message)? Because it’s so annoying to see people who CANNOT write to save their lives pump out story after story and thereby flooding the fandom with their crap, while the good stories become invisible. Plus, their titles/summaries often hurt my brains because they’re full of spelling/grammar errors, caps, author notes and other mistakes.

     
    • Merlin Recon

      04/06/2013 at 1:26 pm

      That would be OK!

       
    • Guest

      04/06/2013 at 4:05 pm

      I like this idea. It would go good with the “hide story” feature request that was discussed in a previous blog entry.

       
    • Spyridon

      04/06/2013 at 4:28 pm

      fems, I agree with you so much! I really want to block a couple of authors basically flood the fandom in one go.

       
    • yemi hikari

      04/07/2013 at 12:28 am

      No. I wouldn’t mind the option of hiding the story as you go through the archive, but this comes across as a way people can target specific writers. How easy would it be to pass around a list of id numbers for other people to block even if the writer isn’t a bad writer if this were put into place.

       
      • fems

        04/07/2013 at 7:22 am

        Of course it’s a way to target specific writers; the repeat offenders who cannot write to save their lives and don’t care about improving their writing (or the errors in previous chapters that reviewers have pointed out already). They are much more annoying than the occasional bad writer that pops up since they’re the ones who pump out story after story. Usually I can recognize a bad or so-so story by the summary and I simply ignore them, but the ones who flood the fandom are harder to ignore.

        I don’t really understand why you’re objecting to this or why anyone would take the time to create a list to pass around to ‘blacklist’ other authors, bad or good. Even if someone created a list then why include someone who isn’t a bad writer? Just because they have a grudge or that person gets more readers/reviews or something? How immature and it’s even worse if someone would blindly copy those ID numbers and put the authors on ignore without checking out their stories too.

        Besides, I’ve seen plenty of horrible writers get followers, favorites and/or reviews that praise their stories, so obviously they have fans too. And there are already rec lists on other sites (not to mention the favorite stories/authors on FFnet) where you can promote stories you like, a lot of which that really aren’t that good in my opinion nowadays.

        But if you’re scared people won’t read your stories anymore then look at the ignore function as an incentive to improve your writing, to avoid others from putting your name on their blacklist before passing it around to their immature friends…

         
      • yemi hikari

        04/08/2013 at 3:11 am

        I don’t really understand why you’re objecting to this or why anyone would take the time to create a list to pass around to ‘blacklist’ other authors, bad or good. Even if someone created a list then why include someone who isn’t a bad writer? Just because they have a grudge or that person gets more readers/reviews or something? How immature and it’s even worse if someone would blindly copy those ID numbers and put the authors on ignore without checking out their stories too.

        A long time ago I critiqued stories in a fandom that was new at the time. The intended audience is preteens and younger female teens. There was a major clique mentality going on. Not only could they take simply critique telling them to improve their grammar, I saw how they laid into one writer simply because she asked an honest question of the writer because it confused her. She and others became boycotted by word of mouth and ended up leaving.

        Some of these writers weren’t good mind you, but a few of the kids they chased off were really good writers or at least had quite a lot of potential. If such a system were put into place, it will just make it easier for the fandoms and ships that have a rabid fanbase to chase off the good writers for something as silly as writing two characters from their preferred pairing as just friends for one fanfic.

         
  48. Lunary

    04/06/2013 at 3:01 pm

    That wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’d like to be able to avoid certain stories, especially if those on block. And while your at it FF, make a disable feature for the Share stuff. Not everyone has a disre to have their stories shared on other websites. It just makes it easier for people to steal them.

     
  49. fyd818

    06/13/2013 at 6:53 pm

    I know a lot of other people have pointed this out, and I’m going to add my voice, as well. I really like most of the changes you’ve made to the website. The only thing that really gets on my nerves is the multiple character filter. It’s come in handy more than once, but what really ticks me off is it rearranges the characters into alphabetical order instead of by order of importance to the story itself, which is how I input them. While I feel this filter in and of itself is very beneficial, I also feel like this setting (rearranging alphabetically) is only serving to misrepresent not only my own stories, but those of many others on this site who are like me, and want the characters organized by importance to the story. I personally like complicated plots involving several characters who are all important to the story overall, but who have certain levels of importance to the story. With this filter, I feel like people might overlook a story because some of their favorite characters – who actually have a larger role in the story than represented by the character filter – are further down the list. Of course, the ultimate decision to change this setting is yours, but I beg you, as a site which has allowed so much freedom for those of us who enjoy fleshing out other worlds and taking adventures with our like-minded peers, to at least consider changing it.

    Thank you so much for your time, and for keeping this website up and running. :)

     
  50. rururu

    06/20/2013 at 3:15 pm

    I Want to make a story with mobile phone ! But I don’t know ..

     

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