7/17 Update

17 Jul

UPDATE: We have fixed a problem with > 1K word count filter caused by today’s update.


  1. Filtering and Sorting upgrade for Communities. Added filters: genre,  word count, time range, and complete status. Added new sorts:  reviews, favs, and follows.
  2. Added “< 1K” and “< 5K” word count filter option for story listings.
  3. Added “< 1K” words option in the search engine for those seeking short stories.
  4. Relabeled the misleading “1-4K” words search option to the accurate title of “< 5K” .



Posted by on 07/17/2012 in community, search, stories


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63 responses to “7/17 Update

  1. Lord Kelvin

    07/17/2012 at 12:16 am

    Yes! Thank you.

  2. 8D

    07/17/2012 at 12:36 am

    Thanks you for your hardwork to gives us optimal services.

  3. Mark Edwards (@Shutterbug5269)

    07/17/2012 at 12:46 am

    I would really like the option to filter out anonymous reviews.

    • Luigi Rocks

      07/17/2012 at 6:15 am

      I would really like the option to hide signed reviews.

      • Izraill

        07/17/2012 at 10:48 am

        I would really like being able to delete the reviews I post in others’ stories and deleting the signed reviews from my stories.

      • favonilla

        07/17/2012 at 4:14 pm

        Regrettably, giving authors the power to delete or hide signed reviews would encourage some of the shallower writers to remove all negative feedback, which would be a little unfair on those readers who rely on reviews to guide their reading choices.

        Abusive reviews can be removed by the moderators on request, but all other feedback, whether good or bad, needs to remain. Even if the author doesn’t like what’s said about them, FFNet is a public space, and they must be prepared to wear the bad with the good if they are going to publish.

      • yemi hikari

        07/20/2012 at 7:32 pm

        I agree with favonilla. No deleting signed reviews. People will abuse the system simply because they don’t want to listen to critique, which by the way is against site rules.

    • tiquatue

      07/17/2012 at 9:48 am

      Are you speaking as a reader or an author? As an author, you can actually REMOVE anonymous reviews. And you can moderate them for 36 hours so they don’t show up in your review stream at all.

  4. Estelli

    07/17/2012 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for no. 2 and 3! I’ve always wanted these options for searching for short stories… All the other ones had always been larger than. :3 Thanks again!

  5. Sri Intan 'Lyndine'

    07/17/2012 at 1:42 am

    There is something wrong with the >1k filter, and I have problems loggin-in

  6. Sri Intan 'Lyndine'

    07/17/2012 at 1:43 am

    There is something wrong with the >1k filter, and I have problems logging-in

  7. Isabel

    07/17/2012 at 2:29 am

    I got problems whit the >1000 words filter, when I select the option it doesn’t appear fics.
    I got this:
    “No entries found with current filters. Note: M rated entries are not displayed by default. Please expand your search.”
    I don’t understand why, I always use that filter but it’s fails now.
    Please solve this problem soon.

  8. abiloise

    07/17/2012 at 2:51 am

    Fictionpress is really a wonderful site. It unleashes ones imagination. Here, anyone can be a writer. Thanks for all the stories! XD

  9. Levittion

    07/17/2012 at 2:52 am

    The new filters work but the filter for >1k no longer pulls up any stories with a 1000 or more word count.

  10. abiloise

    07/17/2012 at 2:54 am

    Fictionpress is really wonderful. Especially for those aspiring to be writers someday. It unleashes ones creativity and imagination. I really like the fantasy and adventure stories here.

  11. alixe75

    07/17/2012 at 6:21 am


    Thank you very much for the uncheck box

    I think there is a problem with the MP alerts: when the message is too long and the text is cut, the direct link to the message in input box is also absent.

    It would be great it reappear and we can go directelty to read the end of the message

    Thank you in advance

  12. Kimberly

    07/17/2012 at 6:36 am

    I’m not sure if this has been brought up before, but one improvement I would like is the chance to reply to anonymous reviews. Sometimes I would really like to acknowledge them, but the only way I can see to do it is to either mention it in the next chapter of a WIP or leave a review to my own story to answer it, which is sort of awkward.

    Also, thanks to the other poster about the issue with editing chapters on older stories. I was aware of being able to re-upload a chapter and replace an old one, but personally I would still like the ability to actually go INTO the story itself to edit it on the spot. Sometimes the stories are so old that it’s not easy for me to locate the original document (changes in computers, etc.), so this would be a handy convenience for me. I hate leaving errors on my stories, but on the older ones it’s usually not worth it to find the original document, re-upload it, and replace it just for a typo or two, at least for me.

    • alixe75

      07/17/2012 at 6:47 am

      It would be easir to edit it on the spot but you have a solution :
      Publish stories / Manage Stories/[your old stories] / content Chapter / link EXP on the line of the chapter.
      The chapter will be back in Document Manager and can Replace the old one after editing.

      • konarciq

        07/17/2012 at 9:14 am

        There is a much easier way: go to the chapter in question, copy the text and paste it into a word document. Make your changes and upload it into the document manager.
        Then under managing your stories, there is the option under “content and chapters” to replace any chapter with a document in your document manager.

    • konarciq

      07/17/2012 at 9:12 am

      Replying to anonymous reviews: it sure would be great to be able to do that, but if they don’t leave their author’s name, then I’m afraid it’s technically impossible to have an automatic function to do that.

    • tiquatue

      07/17/2012 at 9:57 am

      Kimberly, are you aware of the export feature? Next to every chapter in your Publish>Manage stories, there’s a EXP link. This will export your current chapter — the one currently uploaded — directly into the document manager. You can make your corrections there, save them, then reupload the now corrected chapter into your story. No need to find the original document. It’s all right there.

      • Kimberly

        07/19/2012 at 2:26 pm

        Thank you and the others for letting me know that – I was not aware of this and it will be a big time saver! Thanks again.:)

  13. Leanne

    07/17/2012 at 7:20 am

    Hmph. This update seems to have broken the >1000 word count filter for me….

  14. KageNoNeko

    07/17/2012 at 9:18 am

    I would love it if you guys actual posted something on the front page reminding people about entries not allowed. There is too many fanfics on Fanfiction that are based on the band named One Direction for anyone to report them all.

    • tiquatue

      07/17/2012 at 10:14 am

      As a corollary to Leane’s request, I’d like to see an actual list of entries not allowed. Like it or not, allow it or not, you have kids as young as 10 and 11 (or probably younger) writing stories on both sites. The language used in the current “not allowed” list may be, to them, vague and sort of indecipherable. It may be of more use to get more specific. So instead of “Stories with non-historical and non-fictional characters: actors, musicians, and etc.” say, “Stories using real, current people as characters.” That will cover most of the situation with bands like One Direction, and still allow the fandoms (like Doctor Who) where meeting historical people is canon, to continue to do so.

      The Guidelines, unfortunately, have to be written to the lowest common denominator on the site.

      • tiquatue

        07/17/2012 at 10:15 am

        Sorry! That was KageNoNeko’s request!

      • alixe75

        07/17/2012 at 10:44 am

        I agree with the difficulty of understanding whath is allowed and how rated our fanfictions.
        On a french forum ( whe have a discussion about what is T/ M / MA. We think it’s very difficult to know which rating applied for certains stories.
        And what do you mean by “adult theme” ?
        Could you give us exemples with publied books ?

        (I assure we really want understand YOUR rules, not comply about it or apply ours. We only want to be sure to be respect the guidelines)

  15. Luigi Rocks

    07/17/2012 at 9:24 am

    I think it would be a good idea to have a feature where you can hide and filter out signed reviews, like they have on YouTube. That way, if you get spam or reviews with crude language, you can choose not to have it publicly displayed.

    • tiquatue

      07/17/2012 at 10:18 am

      If you have spam or foul language in a signed review, you can report it. I think the admins are a bit more on the ball than they used to be. The problem I see with such a filter, is that writers who think their reviews should be private will use it for that.

      • Luigi Rocks

        07/17/2012 at 10:33 am

        What if you added a show/hide button? As an author, you could choose to hide a review. Then, if the reader wants to see that hidden review, they could just click the “show review” button.

      • yemi hikari

        07/20/2012 at 7:39 pm

        If there was a show/hide button then the people looking threw the review section would have their eyes drawn to the hidden reviews the writer DOESN’T want people to see, defeating the point of having it in the first place. Even if their was a vote system to hide a review, we would then get people writing spam reviews and writers who would get their friends to gang up on reviews they didn’t like. Not a good idea. Believe me, over on DA the comments hidden button is very telling. The only time I hid a comment was when something got a little to personal between a good friend and me and we both decided it would be a good idea to hide the comments from public eye.

  16. Izraill

    07/17/2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi, I’ve seen some people want to reply anonymous reviews, and reply to signed reviews in public, I will show you a review from one of my stories in a spanish site (with some translation):

    Lector (<- here says reader): lorienficachi [Denunciar](<-this is the report button")
    Comentario sobre (<-here says comment about): capítulo 3 (chapter 3)
    Esta muy bueno!! no tardes en actualizar. Me pregunto como se volveran a encontrar, o que pasara, bye bye. (< -This is the review)

    Respuesta del autor (<- here says author's reply):
    Muchas gracias, trataré de hacerme un tiempo para escribir el capítulo 4, pero tengo cosas que hacer.

    Nos leemos ^^ (<- this is the reply (the author replies are written in italics))

    As you can see, this wouldn't be the first site to answer anonymous reviews or signed reviews in the review page, the PM feature is not very good for the reviews.

    • yemi hikari

      07/20/2012 at 7:41 pm

      The PM system is good for letting people know that their review has been replied to and starting a conversational piece though. However, if this is to be set in place… well… wouldn’t it look akward to have older reviews that don’t have replies? And I am sure people who reviewed a year ago wouldn’t want a reply. Unless of course there are two ways to reply to the reviews.

  17. Guest

    07/17/2012 at 11:20 am

    Are you going to give us the ability to delete signed reviews?

  18. SwtBlisss

    07/17/2012 at 11:58 am

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind a section to reply to reviews; however, I think it should be separate from the reviews page (i.e. the author’s reply will not and should not show up below the original review on the reviews page itself). Unless you can make it so the author’s reply doesn’t count towards the number of reviews a story has. Otherwise, I can already imagine how many people will “abuse” the system to raise their review count.

    Is it possible to have a word filter of “LESS THAN 10,000”? I find that there are a number of one-shots that are between 5,000-10,000, so the >5000 filter lumps these one-shots with all the other stories with more than 5,000 words. And it’s not like filter lists the stories in descending/ascending order of word count, so you still have to go through all those pages.

    Thank you for all your hard work! I know some people have now been pleased with the new updates, but there are a lot of us on this site who ARE happy and appreciate everything you’ve done.

    • Izraill

      07/17/2012 at 12:00 pm

      In my idea (read my previous comment) the reply doesn’t count as a review, and I’m sure they can’t make it, the site from where I pasted it has the feature since 2004 so it’s not “innovative”.

    • Guest

      07/17/2012 at 3:25 pm

      I thank signed in reviewers via a PM. I’ve had anonymous reviewers I’d love the opportunity to respond to, but it is what it is. I figure if they want a reply, they would sign up here.

      With that said, I agree a method of publicly replying to reviews would be nice, so long as it doesn’t artificially inflate review numbers. I’m always wary of authors who carry on conversations through the review page. It’s also disappointing to find a new story with promise, only to get a new chapter alert and discover the content is half author’s notes, with drawn out thanks to each reviewer.

      I’m looking forward to the new notes feature that was mentioned last month on the main news page.

  19. While

    07/17/2012 at 12:15 pm

    You guys might wanna check this story out. I’m not the author of the story so don’t blame me for writing it. Please take it down before people get the wrong idea 😦

  20. MyWeirdWorld

    07/17/2012 at 1:33 pm


    I think the improvements are great, but I thought that maybe it would be good if you could choose which sorts you want to pop up. I personally find it very annoying that the amount of favourites and follows are added, because I don’t care much for them and wouldn’t choose a story to read based on that. But I can imagine that some people might. So, in my opinion, I think it’s better if everyone with an account is able to choose what kind of sorts he or she wants. Same with the filtering, although I don’t find that as bothersome as Sorting.

  21. Lorraine

    07/17/2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you so much for your work. These filters are very much appreciated, and it’s fantastic to know that we can make requests that are being taken into account.

  22. Guest

    07/17/2012 at 3:08 pm

    I really like the new word count filters. It’s much easier to find complete one-shots now. The improvements to community searching and sorting are much appreciated, too. Many thanks to everyone behind the scenes!

  23. Ki-nee-chan

    07/17/2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you so so so so much for getting ride of the autochecks on the follow story follow author with reviews.

    here’s to hoping in the near future you’ll have the pictures and other stats (such as fav and follows) visible on author profile pages

  24. Anonymous

    07/17/2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have a question. Are you planning on giving us the ability to hide or remove signed reviews?

  25. Anonymous

    07/17/2012 at 4:52 pm

    Some people migth abuse the delete signed reviews gpfeature but that’s just life. There’s always going to be people who are immature like that.

    • yemi hikari

      07/20/2012 at 7:44 pm

      Except most of the people wanting to be able to hide and remove the reviews are the people who don’t want any form of criticism. Not accepting criticism is against site rules.

  26. Cyth

    07/17/2012 at 7:09 pm

    I just want to comment on the ‘remove reviews’ idea – there is a way to block people from giving you reviews. Thankfully most of the nasty reviews on my story have come from people who did not sign in but I did block one person who left me a nasty review and I blocked someone else who left a nasty review on someone else’s story (I only looked because I was checking to see whether or not I reviewed). It’s not perfect but it will eliminate part of the problem for yourself.

    And THANK YOU for the <1K, I didn't realize how much I would appreciate it until I only had a few minutes to read today – it is really helpful.

  27. Ashbear (@AshbearVIII)

    07/17/2012 at 7:18 pm

    Has anyone mentioned a problem with reviews from people believed to be signed into accounts showing up as ‘guest?’ I updated a chapter yesterday and have had several; the authors then either PM’d or emailed saying who left what review, but it’s left us all confused as they all said they were signed in. I didn’t see any mention of this or if it was just a localized problem that’s been resolved.

    While I understand one or two authors thinking they were signed in but not, it seems unlikely this has happened with five or more. It’s not a really big deal, but I’d like to know how/who to reply to. Thank you. 😉

    • favonilla

      07/17/2012 at 7:55 pm

      I’ve had an intermittent problem with FFnet spontaneously logging me out without notice – maybe that was happening when your reviewers were leaving their feedback, and they didn’t realise it.

      • Ashbear (@AshbearVIII)

        07/17/2012 at 8:55 pm

        Probably. 🙂

        I’m just glad someone else has something along that line. One person said she did PM me directly after and never had to sign back in, but it’s probably just an intermittent problem as you mentioned – possibly during updates/upgrades. The reviews are getting through, as far as I know, just most unsigned. Thanks!

    • konarciq

      07/18/2012 at 4:35 am

      Yes, we’ve had several cases of that on the Hogan’s Heroes site this past week. They usually fix it by adding another review (this time signed in) saying something like, “Sorry, that was me – I didn’t know I was logged out!” 🙂

      • Ashbear (@AshbearVIII)

        07/18/2012 at 5:01 am

        Thanks! Like I’d said, one or two I get, but it’s now four or five in 48 hours, I think? Which in-ratio seems like a lot. I’ve managed to figure two out. I don’t think people notice unless the go back and read the reviews, especially when they don’t show up right away. There are also two or three people showing up as not-signed-in who always would, so not sure if it’s them or the way it’s registering.

        It’s no big deal – just a little thing in the scheme of everything they’re dealing with. I’m just glad I’m not alone. :p

  28. Lisa

    07/17/2012 at 11:50 pm

    Will we ever get the option to have (clickable) links in our profiles again? I find it kind of ridiculous you took this option away to combat spam – surely there are more genuine users than spammers on the site, and a huge, huge number of us would like to link to master lists, fic hosted on other sites, artwork, communities, etc.

    • Xing

      07/17/2012 at 11:51 pm

      It’s on our to-do list. So yes. It will make a come-back.

      • Lisa

        07/18/2012 at 3:34 am

        Excellent, thank you so much for the response 🙂

  29. Anne

    07/18/2012 at 11:26 am

    Thanks so much for all these new features! It’s made browsing and finding stories a million times easier.

    I’ve only found one problem with it so far:

    Instead of sorting by the number of reviews, I think a better way to judge a story’s popularity would be to sort the average number of reviews per chapter.

    Say that there’s a one-chapter story with fifty reviews and a ten-story chapter with one hundred reviews. Obviously, the shorter story is more popular, but because it’s only one chapter, it has no chance of competing with the longer story. Just an idea.

    Also, maybe number of reviews should only count signed reviews? I’ve seen a few authors that look like they’re anonymously reviewing their own stories simply to boost the review count.

    Again, thanks for all the helpful updates.

  30. Fuyoshi

    07/19/2012 at 5:43 am

    Hello. I just wanted to say that the new filters for stories are awesome. But I was thinking that perhaps you guys could add a filter that will make it that character ‘X’ will not appear in the list of stories. Like For example you want to read naruto fanfics with all possible pairings except sakura because of your own reasons.
    I think it would be pretty cool should you guyz do that.


  31. Pix

    07/19/2012 at 11:23 pm

    Is there any way you could make it so we can edit the address bar to find a certain word count again? It used to be, for example, if you wanted to find stories that were longer than 500,000 words, you could edit the 100 in the address bar to be 500. Now, however, this leads to a blank page. Is there a way to change this?

  32. yemi hikari

    07/20/2012 at 7:54 pm

    Ahh… while I’m at it would it be possible to get an OC tag added to all of the fandoms that contain character tags. Some of the smaller fandoms don’t need it, but the bigger ones honestly do. I have a few fanfics myself which would be better tagged as having an OC in them. It will also help the people who hate OCs to avoid them too when they’re searching individual characters.

    Also, would it be possible to add a few genre to the genre list that are missing and would come in handy? ~ historical fiction, satire (satirical fiction is different from parody), vampire (or vampire/werewolf/monster) (we all know the sub genre is popular whether for the good or the bad), slice-of-life.

  33. Earthsangel

    07/21/2012 at 1:37 pm

    The sort by reviews and by favorites options are great! However, the filters don’t work within communities — whenever I change from “Sort: Archive Date” to Reviews, Favorites, or Follows, it orders in some random way (same order for all three, and it’s definitely not sorted by any of the three). The Update and Publish Date options still work…

    Will the sort by reviews, favorites, and follow options be available for the Search engine? That would be nice.

    Also, instead of filtering stories by <1k, 10k, and so on, maybe you can have to drop menus: one for the lower limit, and one for the upper limit. So you could set the filters to show only stories between 10,000 and 40,000 words, instead of having to choose just >10,000 and seeing stories with more than a 100,000 words.

  34. D

    07/30/2012 at 7:19 pm

    I think we should be able to delete both kinds of review. More times then not, when someone gets a negative review its just a giant flame that insults them and has nothing to do with their story. I had one about me deserving to be raped multiple times. I think its unfair that we can’t delete both kinds because then you have to live with that on your story and if someone goes around spamming all your stories with the same review 15 times you can’t delete that and this site doesn’t take time to do it either.

    So what if people would delete all negative reviews, how does that hurt you as a person? More then that, what does it have to do with you at all if it’s not your story? You can’t judge someone else’s story by their reviews. You have to take the time and read and see if you like it yourself not what other people think of it.

  35. RWFF

    08/04/2012 at 3:58 pm

    If someone is threatening you in a signed review you report it. Most threats tend to be with anonymous reviews, but I’m sure there are a few that are done under signed. ANY threat should be reported not just by you, but by others who read a review that contains threats.

    The problem with writers being able to delete signed reviews is you will see nothing but praise in everyone’s review section. Many do not know the difference between valid constructive criticism and what a flame is. Some view any ‘negative’ comments as a flame. I can give examples of overly sensitive writers who pitch a fit when spelling and grammar issues are brought up. Imagine the fits they pitch when plot holes are pointed out.

    You’re missing the purpose/intent of reviews. Sure they are for encouragement, but they are also to help and assist someone in turning out a better more well rounded story (this is where concrit comes in). When you’re looking at a realm with thousands of stories to choose from you may maked the decision on which ones to read based on comments in the review section. Based on your rationale in the last paragraph (“You can’t judge someone else’s story by their reviews. You have to take the time and read and see if you like it yourself not what other people think of it”) we might as well do away with reviews all together.

    When I see a story with tons of reviews that basically say “great chapter/story, more please” that actually tells me the story probably isn’t very good. When a person takes the time to express what they liked or didn’t like and write more than a line or two, those are the reviews that are the most informative about whether the story is going to be worth my time to actually read it.

  36. evie

    09/09/2012 at 1:08 am

    I think that there should be a post saying what the filters are for. In the FF community somehow the character filters have become ‘pairing filters’ instead of a filter to show the involvement of two characters.

    e.g. Naruto/Sasuke. Action adventure genre they expect it to follow the two of them but not together as a couple.

    Naruto/Sakura. Action/Romance genre. Man those kids get angry if the story is told from those two POVs but the romance is with other people. They say it’s a ‘pairing filter’. None of my stories fall under this. But I’ve seen some authors being given a hard time for it. And I think there needs to be some clarification.

  37. Gary Brewer

    07/25/2013 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t get the old options of pairing, rating or anything, How do you do it?


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