7/11 Update

12 Jul

UPDATE: Upgrade was started on schedule and completed in 10 minutes. Login area is now back online and operating normally. Thanks for all your patience!

On July 12th, 2012, @1AM US Pacific Time, @4AM US Eastern Time, the login area will be disabled for 15 to 30 minutes while an important upgrade is performed. During this time, reviewing and publishing feature will be inaccessible.

We apologize for this short inconvenience. The planned upgrades will allow us to introduce new features slated to be pushed out on July 12-13th.


Posted by on 07/12/2012 in Uncategorized


35 responses to “7/11 Update

  1. Tracy

    07/11/2012 at 8:59 pm

    Please take out the auto checks for following an author/story. I have doubled up on all my stories and can’t find things I want and it’s just plain annoying to have to uncheck boxes. I should be allowed to decide who to follow – you have no clue what I like or why I read what I do or how I save it. Most people absolutely HATE it and the “thank you for reviewing” crap… We don’t want to thank people who are nasty yet you feel the need to insiste on it.

    • KageNoNeko

      07/12/2012 at 9:02 am

      THIS! It is annoying to uncheck boxes and I would love to have something that tells me I have added something. Not everything that I read is something I want to follow when I leave a review. When I leave a review on something that I will not follow, I am usually trying to tell the writer some helpful advice.

  2. lord_spyridon

    07/11/2012 at 9:41 pm

    I know I’m going to sound like an impatient berk but I’m hoping those new features might include a system to link stories in a series together. That way, we don’t have to be using the story summary to alert people that there are prequels/sequels for certain stories. I think that system would be definitely helpful to those that have multipe series on their story pages.

    I also wonder if you’ll find a way for users to link up to through livejournal, dreamwidth, insanejournal and the other blogging sites that we tend to use besides facebook. I know many people that also post their fic there as well as updates on their work and other commentaries.

    Just a thought.

    • allwerequireiseverything

      07/12/2012 at 2:52 am

      agreed for all of that. tumblr especially

    • Alysse

      07/12/2012 at 11:25 pm

      I’ve been hoping for the series-linking thing for ages! I’m actually surprised they haven’t considered that yet. It’s always seemed like a pretty basic function to me.

  3. Lorraine

    07/11/2012 at 9:49 pm

    1) My email alerts have not been coming through for the past hour and a half, and I suspect it may be a problem on your end, not mine… is there any reason that emails might have been disrupted?
    2) What new features will you be introducing? It would be very helpful if you told us about them before you introduced them.
    Best wishes.

    • Whydoyouneedthis?

      07/11/2012 at 10:04 pm

      I am having the same issue. Please fix it.

    • Lord Kelvin

      07/12/2012 at 3:01 am

      2) The admins already announced the features they have up their sleeve on the front page on the 5th of last month. This is different from the usual scheme of not saying what’s up till it’s implemented.

  4. Ki-nee-chan

    07/11/2012 at 10:02 pm

    Cool. I hope they include
    1. Removing that stupid auto follow author and story next to the review boxes
    2. Posting larger images so we can actually see what the author is trying to show
    3. Maybe a rating system or a ‘like’ button of some sort.

    Thank you guys for your hard work on the site. Despite my complaining I do love it.

    • -.-

      07/12/2012 at 4:28 am

      I also hope that the follows boxes will be unchecked by default. Don’t care about the images as it serve no useful purpose other than being a veneer. Rating system is overrated but I guess it’s a good ego booster.

      • Rose

        07/12/2012 at 9:13 pm

        Ah, rating systems. It may be an ego booster, but it also gives revenge flamers to bring your story down. Ouch.

  5. allwerequireiseverything

    07/11/2012 at 10:17 pm

    I feel the same way as the comments above me, post larger images, ratings/likes/kudos, and my email alerts aren’t coming, so obviously it’s at the ffn end. Also, what are the changes?

    • Lisa

      07/12/2012 at 7:38 am

      They already answered that there would be no rating system.

  6. Candy Cane

    07/11/2012 at 11:05 pm

    I see that you’ve changes the communities formatting, I do not what you’ve changed the set up, but I hope you return to the old format

  7. yinriench

    07/12/2012 at 4:56 am

    I have to complain to the same as Trancy. I like the new format but the autor-follow is something I don’t like at all. At last because I read and write One-shots and drabbles so clueless readers follow things that are already finished.

    And I loved so much the “please, use this review to help author with critics and good stuff”, more than the “than you for your support”. You all know that in there’s a lot not at all well-writed stories.

    Thank you so much for your effort and your time.

  8. While

    07/12/2012 at 5:31 am

    Email Delivery Problem Report for: We have recently logged an email delivery problem to your inbox at: As result, we have DISABLED all alert features for your account. Once you have resolved your email issues, you can re-enable alert features here.

    Error Time: 07/09/2012
    Error Message: delivery error: dd Sorry your message to cannot be delivered. This account has been disabled or discontinued [#102]. –

    Please follow the guidelines below to ensure our emails are safely delivered to your inbox:

    Add to your email account’s Contact List/White List/Safe List.
    Do not tag our emails as spam.
    Check your Spam/Trash folder to see if our email is mis-categorized. If any are found, please mark them as ‘Not Spam’.
    Make sure your email account is not full/over-quota.

    This stupid message refuses to leave my account and I’ve done everything recommended. Please fix this crap, it’s driving my OCD to the point of leaving the website – –

    • Xing

      07/12/2012 at 7:51 am

      Yahoo is telling us that your email account has issues: “This account has been disabled or discontinued [#102]. –”. Either they are lying or you need to take up your email problems with Yahoo.

      • While

        07/12/2012 at 1:15 pm

        Okay, thanks for the advice, I’ll look to it. My account is definitely still active or I wouldn’t be updating my stories or logging in for that matter. Not sure what else I’ll be able to do if it keeps up.

    • yinriench

      07/13/2012 at 6:35 am

      Thank you very much. I’d never try this so I’ll go and do it.

  9. Writer

    07/12/2012 at 7:29 am

    Maybe you should do something like author of the week. You choose an user that is involved in the community a decent amount and whose stories don’t get much attention. I know many stories that are really well written, but for some reason don’t have many readers. Find authors who don’t have much exposure so they get a chance to get their work out there. The only problem is it might be hard to sift through the millions of user accounts, trying to find one with a good writing and is still even active.
    Or if you have the favorites thing, but it changes week by week. that way the same stories don’t get constant exposure, giving lesser known stories a chance.

  10. Jackie Long

    07/12/2012 at 8:04 am

    So will we get more variety?? Are you going to add OC CHARACTER CHOICE???

  11. Dylan James Ballard

    07/12/2012 at 8:16 am

    Oh, and maybe an image per chapter setting, just in case something in the chapter is too awesome for words, and the author can put a image at the top of the chapter for his/her readers to see and understand what the object/person looks like! that would be cool. 🙂

  12. Guest

    07/12/2012 at 10:35 am

    Not sure if this is a glitch in the updates. If I try to view the staff members in a community, I am taken to a page that simply has:

    [object Object]

  13. Miss Androgeny

    07/12/2012 at 1:57 pm

    Well, I cant login to fanfiction. Its says that its unable to Process Authentication. What the hell is that? Please help me :C

  14. ryka001

    07/12/2012 at 8:43 pm


  15. SallyCat

    07/12/2012 at 10:48 pm

    This is completely unrelated, but the search function refusing to search for small helper words even inside of quotes bugs me. “the ides of march” =|= “ides march”

    • Xing

      07/12/2012 at 11:40 pm

      The search engine matched 38 results for “the ides of march” which looks to be correct? Is the search result somehow wrong?

      • SallyCat

        07/12/2012 at 11:52 pm

        It’s not a matter of completely broken, it’s a matter of precision. To continue the example, if I search “and the ides of march” on 28 stories come up. Now, all of them contain “ides of march” but only one contains “and the ides of march”. So, I guess, it is giving 27 false positives, if we allowed to assume that the quotes are a precise search, as they are in most other places.

        I do understand leaving out small common words in a general search, but not in an exact phrase search.

    • Xing

      07/13/2012 at 1:24 am

      This is done for performance reasons. To satisfy a perfect quoted search that includes “a”, “an”, “of”, or “the” words for example, the search engine would be 2x+ slower since the frequency of these words are so high with actual contextual meaning close to zero. It’s a trade-off and perhaps in the near future we would have this feature enabled.

      • fekketcantenel

        07/15/2012 at 8:13 am

        Hi, I’m trying to get in contact with anyone at who can delete my old account. Can you tell me whom to contact, or can I speak with you via email? Thanks.

  16. marzydotesM

    07/13/2012 at 7:27 am

    My login just came back up five minutes ago.

  17. Sharna

    08/27/2012 at 5:32 pm

    I have been having problems logging in since June 9th, 2012 and have been emailing since the beginning of July in regards to this. The problem is every time I try to login the site says that my email address is not registered with the site but it’s the only email address I have used.

    I received a reply saying that my pen name is a registered account which I know because it’s mine and has been registered since January 2007.

    I then sent an email proving that the pen name and the email address registered to the account is mine but all I get is an email back saying I need to login to check something and then use the ‘forgot password’ option but I can’t do that because it says my email address is not registered.

    How am I supposed to do that when I keep getting the message that my email address is not registered.

    Can anyone help please because this is really getting annoying and is very frustrating because I have chapters to update and I can’t update them?

    Thank you.


    • FekketCantenel

      01/09/2013 at 9:57 am

      I’ve spent two years trying to delete my old profile from fictionpress with no luck. I’m extremely frustrated with this site.

  18. Abel Merin

    09/13/2012 at 9:14 pm

    No se exactamente donde publicar mi problema, así que lo pondré aquí, No puedo acceder a las opciones de subir documentos, ver mensajes privados, favoritos, … en fin todas las opciones del menú de herramientas, así que no puedo hacer nada en mi cuenta ni publicar ni ver el estado de mis historias. No se si suceda en otros lugares, pero aquí en México están bloqueadas las opciones, o sea que no se despliegan las opciones del menú. Podrías ver si algo sucede de malo por favor.

  19. MNLMFangirl

    04/25/2013 at 7:33 pm

    Unable to Process Authentication

    Been getting this on both my accounts with two different emails and on every computer!

    How do I get rid of it? Been there for the past few days and nothing has changed 😦


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