7/15 Update

15 Jul


  1. New Time Range Sort option: There is now a time range filter based on either Update or Publish Date and ranges from 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, to the default “All Time”. The time range filter is designed to enhance and complement other filters for larger categories where even filtered results can be in the hundreds of thousands.
  2. Image covers activated for the public pages of Communities (C2s).
  3. New Published Date Sort option for Communities.
  4. Misc minor improvements all around.

We got a lot of great  feedback for our last blog post on new sorting options. Sometimes when we introduce a new feature, it may be designed for a certain group of users. In this case, the sorting options are designed for and much requested by readers. Giving readers more choices is always a good thing for the authors in the long run.


Posted by on 07/15/2012 in community, stories


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183 responses to “7/15 Update

  1. Izraill

    07/16/2012 at 7:36 am

    AM I the only one around here who just doesn’t give a f**k about the favs/follows being shown (even when my stories have poor stats)?

    • >_>

      07/16/2012 at 8:16 am

      Popularity is everything. We hate it only when it concerns us directly. And by that I means, when there’s something that makes it harder to gains it or show where we’re in the popularity scale. Those that are popular stay up there but those who don’t will have to struggle more. We human crave recognition. We does not want to be ignored. Hence why we’re moaning and ranting about it.

      • Izraill

        07/16/2012 at 8:33 am

        Does that mean that I’m not human?

    • >_

      07/16/2012 at 8:19 am

      The human conditions is quite a mystery.

    • Jackie

      07/16/2012 at 1:30 pm

      My stories have a lot of favs and follows (among the top 5 in a pretty popular fandom), but it still bothers me. =/ I just feel it should be private.

    • tiquatue

      07/16/2012 at 7:41 pm

      You’re not. I don’t give a flying petunia over them. (I’m not given to crude language, though.)

  2. Alicea

    07/16/2012 at 8:08 am

    I have a question about how the reporting process works on your end. When we report the story what happens, does someone take the time to review the reported story and assess if it needs deleted, or does someone just look at the number of reports and delete based on that? Also warning an author so that they have time to save their story and or fix it, or even delete it themselves (maybe give them a week.) would be a good thing.

    On the topic…I don’t look at reviews, favs, or follows, so that doesn’t bother me, overall your changes aren’t too bad, though it is annoying a bit to sort alphabetically again when I want to find a fandom, though I will live with it.

  3. Jacob Westmoreland

    07/16/2012 at 8:11 am

    Has anyone had trouble with the new sorting? On some crossovers I have found the sorting doesn’t work.

    • :-)

      07/16/2012 at 8:26 am

      A bug apparently. Affect all users. They’re working on it. No worries.

  4. Norseman4

    07/16/2012 at 9:47 am

    Sorting? Won’t worry about sorting until the filters actually work again.

  5. Lady Khali

    07/16/2012 at 12:42 pm

    I appreciate the time range sorting, but wish there was a way to hide some of the new options on the mobile version. Maybe an advance button or if you ask it to sort by favs it places the fav number under the reviews number and you don’t see the newly added information in the default view.

    The essential information is still getting lost on my Kindle screen.

  6. leah S

    07/19/2012 at 2:39 pm

    I really have to add my voice to the people who dislike seeing favs/follows. It’s a numerical popularity contest, and all the authors I follow/respect have expressed their discomfort with it, regardless of the fact that some of them are at the top of the list when using those same sorting fields. My own fics have actually garnered more views following the introduction of the new sort fields. We do this for fun – favs and follows do not add feedback to the work, and they don’t tell anything to the authors that they don’t already know, and the information really doesn’t need to be disseminated to the general public. The number of reviews alone is enough – and while I appreciate being able to sort by number of reviews, it does privilege long fics with short chapters over any other format – something that would be difficult to put into account. The old sort system, while not particularly versatile, allowed for fairer viewing opportunity a la etsy, or craigslist. It gave new fics and one shots more of a chance to gain a following, and prevented pieces from gaining a massive following simply due to having the numbers to achieve higher visibility. I understand that ffn is no doubt reluctant to take away options it has worked so hard to provide, but at the very least, I believe that the visibility/sorting of favs and follows is the most detrimental, and something that should be taken away. Thanks for all the hard work to make the site the best it can be for the people who enjoy it, and I hope that you value our opinions just as much.

  7. Wind Fire

    07/21/2012 at 9:58 pm

    I like fict

  8. Rellis

    08/04/2012 at 2:59 pm

    I really wish the favs/follows filter will be removed. It really is an invasion of my privacy as a writer and other writers’ privacies as well as an unfair tip in the scales for those who have more favs and follows, in my opinion. I honestly find myself becoming biased towards how many stats a story has, and I don’t want to judge authors’ works first-glance at how many people have fav’d or followed. It would really make me appreciate a lot more if the filters just went back to normal. Hope those of us against this will be heard and accomodated.

  9. Tracking 'em

    10/20/2012 at 7:31 pm

    I realize this is latish, but could we have Favs/Follows on the Manage Stories page? If I had a choice between seeing them on that page or the public page, I’d prefer that because I only track the relative success of my own stories. (I’m not trying to compete with other authors.) I keep expecting this obvious enhancement, but so far no luck …

    • ALT

      10/23/2012 at 9:57 pm

      You can do that on your own menu, under Legacy Stats.


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