7/25 Profile Links

25 Jul


  • Profile Links have been re-activated. Linking to external websites within member profiles have returned now that we have purged many fake accounts used by spammers. There is also a new verification stage for external links to prevent spammers hiding nefarious websites behind deceptive link titles.

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95 responses to “7/25 Profile Links

  1. chocosuperlative879

    07/25/2012 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you for turning the links back on! The verification step is smart and I’m grateful for it. There’s a problem, though. It seems like whenever the “Open link in new window” setting is on, when the link is clicked, the link verification bubble comes up on the same page, and at the same time, the person’s profile is reopened in another tab.

    • Xing

      07/25/2012 at 11:22 pm

      Which browser are you using?

      • Guest

        07/26/2012 at 1:56 am

        Same thing is happening for me in both Firefox and Chrome.

      • Dark Ice Dragon

        07/26/2012 at 4:48 am

        This is also happening to me and I’m using Maxthon.

      • Cyth

        07/26/2012 at 2:06 pm

        I’m also having the issue and I use Firefox.

        Thanks for re-activating the links – even though it asks me to verify, I’m glad the links are back (any chance we can get the ‘home page’ back as well?)

      • chocosuperlative879

        07/26/2012 at 8:47 pm

        I’m using Google Chrome version 20.0.1132.57

  2. Lorraine

    07/25/2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you very much for reactivating profile links and centre alignment! It is much appreciated.
    I’m having the same problem as chocosuperlative879 – the browser I’m using is Safari.

  3. kat

    07/26/2012 at 12:45 am

    Thank you so much. Can we also have the homepage link and the automatic forum links again?

    • yemi hikari

      07/26/2012 at 4:49 pm

      Or a complete new tab for the forums like we have for C2s. That would work much better I think.

      • kat

        07/27/2012 at 4:26 pm

        Oh, that’s a really good idea.

  4. Laora

    07/26/2012 at 1:51 am

    Thank you so much for this! My profile looks so much better now πŸ™‚

    This is a really really small thing and it doesn’t really even matter, but when I access the mobile site on my iPhone 4, when I’m on the home page, the “go to bottom” button at the top doesn’t work. It works fine on all other pages of the site, but it doesn’t seem to want to cooperate on the home page D:

    Like I said, not a big deal, but if you guys get a chance you might want to fix it πŸ˜‰

    Also, I’ve noticed that in the forums, in reviews, and on profiles, the tilda when used on its own does not show up, and neither do symbols such as hearts (Alt + number pad 3). These used to work without a problem, and they seem to be fine in PMs…but I’m just kind of confused why they’re disabled now. It’s not like they’re causing any sort of problem, are they…?

    Thank you so much for all your hard work on the site! Really, it’s amazing what’s been happening since you opened this blog~

    • chocosuperlative879

      07/26/2012 at 8:50 pm

      I’ve been having this problem, too, but I’ve discovered that typing the code &#126 creates a tilde.

  5. Guest

    07/26/2012 at 1:58 am

    Thank you! πŸ™‚ In my profile, I provide a link to an artist who kindly allows me to use his work for my story covers. I’m thrilled anyone who is interested can easily view his portfolio.

  6. ShikiKira

    07/26/2012 at 2:08 am

    Thank you! My profile now looks the way it should again. Thank you!

  7. SladinForever

    07/26/2012 at 3:03 am

    Thank you for bringing this back :3

  8. Lex

    07/26/2012 at 3:21 am

    I have a question- will you ever introduce a kudos feature?

    • yemi hikari

      07/26/2012 at 2:36 pm

      I don’t think it is a good idea. The less mature users would turn it into a popularity contest.

      • Kiki

        07/26/2012 at 3:04 pm

        Actually I think a kudos system would be an excellent idea. I write in some very small fandoms where the readers are not apt to publicly comment, so at least a kudos system would allow a writer to gauge how well a story is being received by fans. As to less mature readers turning it into a popularity contest, they already do so anyway by creating multiple sock accounts to self-review and begging friends to do the same so that they hit a certain number of reviews, so implementing a kudos system won’t make any difference in that factor, one way or another. Unscrupulous writers are always going to figure out a way to game the system and make their garbage look more popular than it really is.

      • yemi hikari

        07/26/2012 at 4:59 pm

        @ Kiki ~ With a review system you can tell whose trying to turn it into a game system by actually reading the reviews. Plus, people’s favorites and follows are visible for everyone to see and that pretty much equates the purpose of a kudos system, does it not? Giving it a different name doesn’t change what it is.

        That said, I was specifically thinking the person was referring to having a Kudos system for the reviews left on the stories and I again say no as certain people will leave reviews just to get Kudos. No thank you.

      • Kiki

        07/26/2012 at 7:57 pm

        @yemi hikari~Actually I would prefer no one be able to see who readers have favorited or follow, that really isn’t anyone’s business but the writer’s, and the sock accounts can inflate that detail by favoriting and following a work, too, just as easily as they can by leaving themselves many anonymous reviews praising their work. In addition, many readers in my fandoms don’t even have accounts TO tag favorites/follows, so it’s a fairly inaccurate representation to judge a story’s popularity by faves/follows/reviews. I gauge by hit count myself, but still, a kudos system would be nice for those times when you really honestly cannot think of something to say in a review but want to let the writer know you’ve enjoyed their work. Of course, the big issue is that writing should never be a popularity contest to see who can get the most reviews/faves/follows, writing is something you do because you love it and truly want to share with others what you’ve written, not because you’re out looking for a fast ego fix that false prasie will bring you. Unfortunately, many seem to fail to grasp that concept and try to turn sites into a battle for the most reads and reviews without actually bothering to produce something worthwhile.

      • yemi hikari

        07/26/2012 at 9:41 pm

        @ Kiki – The only reason I like being able to see favorites and follows is because I’ve had some people try and say “well, I may not have tons of reviews, but I do have an amazing amount of favorites and follows” and they use the fact that it is hidden as a false bragging right. It all boils down to the fact some people treat writing like it is a game. However, if we didn’t have a review system we would so be like Quizella in the quality level.

      • Guest

        07/26/2012 at 9:57 pm

        I don’t think it’s a good idea, either. A lot of the features I see inquires about, such as kudos, are ones that are employed over at AO3. If you like them so much, post there. I prefer FFN as it is and don’t want to see it turned into a clone of a lesser site.

      • Kiki

        07/26/2012 at 10:37 pm

        @yemi~Well, then why doesn’t the site go a step further and reveal who all is liking or favoriting a story, would that be possible? It’s one thing to show the number of follows/faves, but if that kind of information is going to be viewable, then why not allow readers to see who is following/faving a story? If a reader is judging whether or not to read a story based on the follow/fave amount, it would be really easy then to see if those following or faving a story are legitimate readers or sock accounts. Most writers who engage socks tend to put only themselves and their works into sock accounts, so why not make them public?
        @guest~I would say the quality on ffnet is the same as it is on AO3 or WWOMB, a kudos system has nothing to do with that factor. People are going to post crap stories on any site, it’s up to the site administrators to enforce their guidelines and weed the garbage out, so I don’t see where implementing a kudos system is going to diminish the quality offered on this site vs. the quality offered on the two sites that do have kudos, that’s a hollow argument.

      • Guest

        07/27/2012 at 12:41 am

        “so I don’t see where implementing a kudos system is going to diminish the quality offered on this site vs. the quality offered on the two sites that do have kudos, that’s a hollow argument.”

        Regarding overall quality, as far as I’m concerned, FFN is light years ahead of other archives. It’s easy to search and browse, the streamlined look is a huge plus in my book, and the quality of the authors and stories in the fandoms I frequent is far better than that of FFN’s rivals.

        I just don’t understand why people want to turn it into a clone of other sites. If you feel so strongly for a kudos feature, why not post your work on a site that has it? The public favs and follows serve that function. Adding in another way to ‘like’ a story just seems redundant to me.

        You wrote in an earlier post:

        “Of course, the big issue is that writing should never be a popularity contest to see who can get the most reviews/faves/follows, writing is something you do because you love it and truly want to share with others what you’ve written, not because you’re out looking for a fast ego fix that false prasie will bring you.”

        If you truly feel that way, why do seek another method for public approval for your stories? Aren’t reviews, favs and follows enough?

      • Kiki

        07/27/2012 at 2:31 am

        @guest~why are you insisting on arguing with me, am I not allowed to have a dissenting opinion on this or is there a reason why you’re trying to browbeat me into your way of thinking? Yes, I stated that writing should not be a popularity contest and I stand by that statement. However, the fandoms I write in are extremely small with the vast majority of readers unwilling to review, favorite, or even follow works posted in them. Many do not have accounts to accomplish faves or follows, or don’t follow/fave because they check the site regularly to see what’s updated. A simple kudos system would at least allow a writer to gauge if readers are enjoying their story or not, or if a storyline they are writing should be continued or dropped, because simply put, a lot of people just do not want to review and share their thoughts with writers. I seek feedback in order to improve my own story quality and learn what is and isn’t working for folks, and in the very least, a kudos system would allow me to know if a particular story is going well among the fandom or if it is not. Hit counts don’t offer a good judge because people can hit on a story then decide to click off of it if they don’t like it.

        And for the record, I do post on the other two sites of AO3 and WWOMB. As far as overall quality, yes, ffnet is better, but as to story quality, the site has a reputation of being a bit of a joke because they didn’t enforce their rules for years, hence a dumping of utter crap on the site by talentless hacks who think that because they can string two sentences together and their mommies said it was wonderful, they’re great writers. And while sure there’s complete crap on AO3 and WWOMB, at least they don’t have guidelines and so it’s expected that garbage will post there, whereas on ffnet, they were supposed to offer finer quality of work via implementation of posting guidelines that they then failed to enforce for so many years.

        Now please, I ask that you respect my opinion as I have respected yours and allow me the right to think what I want. I have explained my reasons for wanting a kudos system in an understandable and non-combative manner (unlike yours, which seems a bit arrogant and demeaning, not to mention feeling like you’re attempting to force me from the site because I disagree with you) and there is no reason to keep engaging this issue, you’re entitled to your opinion, I’m entitled to mine, and never the twain shall meet. End of discussion, capeesh?

      • Guest

        07/27/2012 at 3:23 am

        Wow. In no way have I browbeaten anyone on this site, nor have I been combative, disrespectful or demeaning. Quite the contrary as I enjoy a healthy debate.

        I understand the desire for quality feedback to improve writing. One well rounded review pointing out strengths and weaknesses is worth more than a hundred “Great chapter” or “Update soon.” Sometimes I wonder if reviewers even read the chapter. πŸ™‚ But if readers don’t want to engage with the author using the various methods available now, I can’t picture them ever doing so.

        I frequent many smaller fandoms, too, and know the feeling of the empty void. If you can coax them out of the woodwork, all the more power to you. I tend to think many just like the anonymity.

      • favonilla

        07/28/2012 at 4:11 am

        I don’t much care for the idea of a “kudos” feature. To be honest, it’s useless feedback. Sure, someone can use it to indicate liking for a story, but as a writer and as a reader it doesn’t help me at all. It says absolutely nothing about the story, and frankly, it’s lazy.

        I would be very concerned, if a kudos button was introduced, that for a lot of readers it would become the default feedback method, and that would mean the potential loss of valuable commentary. The comments of a reader who likes or dislikes a story are an enormous help, both to the writer for their development, and for potential readers trying to work out whether a given story will appeal to them.

        A short review, indicating what works and what doesn’t, is worth a hundred meaningless little “kudos” blips.

      • Shawnesty

        07/28/2012 at 3:17 pm

        Well, I can actually see both sides of the kudos system…on one hand, it allows readers that aren’t willing to review to at least let a writer know if they’ve liked their work, but on the other hand, it can become the default way of commenting. I know writers that post on all main fanfic sites and you can pretty much gauge that readers on WWOMB and AO3 are not going to comment much, they’re more apt to use the kudos, whereas on, a writer is more apt to get actual feedback from readers. So it’s basically split down the middle in my book…a kudos allows those readers who dislike actually bothering to comment on a work the opportunity to at least let a writer know they liked their work, but it should not become the default method of feedback on a site. And I’m not sure that on WWOMB/AO3 that readers actually utilize the kudos feature more often than the review feature, so if something like that was implemented on the site, it may get just as ignored as the review feature, who knows. As far as it becoming a popularity contest, it’s already that way, I’ve seen a writer in one of my fave fandoms brag that they’re going to “beat” everyone else’s review counts, but then they forgot that in order to actually get honest feedback from readers in that fandom, they need to put the time and energy into WRITING something that will net reviews, and not just steal from the other authors in the fandom or strip and rewrite show episodes in order to fill out their plot.

      • Bienfait

        07/29/2012 at 2:08 am

        What’s the difference between a kudos mark and the favorites and followers which are already visible? Isn’t it just another way of doing much the same thing? So wouldn’t having yet another way of liking a story just make the story page even more cluttered than it already is?

  9. SladinForever

    07/26/2012 at 5:52 am

    I am having link issues as well. I use the latest Firefox. Only 2 of my links keep failing. One keeps changing the original link, by removing the ~ symbol, while the other erases the link entirely. Even opening the HTML editor to change it messes things up

  10. Akira Stewart

    07/26/2012 at 6:05 am

    I could not find a link to contact the admins of website. Can an admin PM me so I can get my first account deleted, please? I cannot log into it anymore because the email account I used had been deleted, so my account seems to have been affected. Not only that, but I forgot the password to it anyhow, and without the email account, I cannot retrieve my password, or set a new one up.

  11. Estelli

    07/26/2012 at 8:34 am

    Thanks so much for bringing this back! I used to have so many links but when you deactivated profile links I had to copy whole links out on my profile, which looked ugly… Now it can look nice again! πŸ˜€

  12. alixe75

    07/26/2012 at 9:47 am

    Thank you very much !

    (as asked upstair, to have a direct link to forums would be nice)

  13. Christine

    07/26/2012 at 9:49 am

    Hooray, the links are back! Thank you so much. A couple of questions though:

    Will storymarks ever come back? This was such a useful feature and I really miss it.

    And will the horizontal lines/page breaks be fixed? You can hardly see them and it drives me crazy.

    • Xing

      07/26/2012 at 10:21 am

      We will make the breaks slightly darker. As for bookmarks, yes.

      • tiquatue

        07/29/2012 at 1:07 am

        Xing, I don’t know if the breaks are as wide as they used to be, but would it be helpful to make them shorter, and perhaps center them? I’ve found that if I use the full-width lines, it breaks the visual flow of my stories. A shorter, centered line adds to it by providing an eye-resting white space without the sharp delineation from one segment to another.

        Just a thought.

  14. yemi hikari

    07/26/2012 at 11:46 am

    I can now link to my Deviant Art and My Anime List accounts again. πŸ˜€

  15. Lissie Lupin

    07/26/2012 at 11:51 am

    Oh yes! I’m so glad the links are back!

  16. cindella204

    07/26/2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for this. I had links to a lot of story resources on dA that weren’t working anymore, which was rather saddening.

  17. jadedphoenixburning

    07/26/2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hopefully this will curb the “Blog”stories. Folks can put a link to a blog elsewhere. Though for the life of me I don’t see why folks can’t just put their updates about their stories on their profiles. The posts that are nothing more that AN and Blogs are totally annoying.

    • Izraill

      07/26/2012 at 8:39 pm

      apart of being annoying, they’re against the rules.

  18. DC111

    07/26/2012 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you. πŸ™‚

  19. April/Cathylove

    07/26/2012 at 9:31 pm

    I want to thank you for doing that. Can you now consider adding a friends feature to this site? That would help out a whole lot. Also, you should do security questions when signing up. A lot of accounts get hacked.

    • gategirl7

      07/26/2012 at 9:47 pm

      I totally disagree about the Friends feature. Social networking has invaded almost every other site I regularly use and I hate it. FFN is my one place free from all of that. Please keep it that way!

    • Guest

      07/26/2012 at 10:03 pm

      Additional layers of security are a good idea.

      As for a friends feature? Dear Lord, no. FFN should be solely focused on reading and writing. This isn’t a social networking site and I’d hate to see it turned into one.

    • favonilla

      07/27/2012 at 1:15 am

      I have to say the suggestion of a “friends” feature leaves me completely bewildered. This isn’t Facebook, it’s a writing site. There is plenty of scope for exchanging information and views, either publicly through the forums or by private message; and if you just want a public display of how popular you are, favourites and followers are now visible (which I’m still not happy about) and serve that purpose perfectly well. What possible extra purpose would a “friend” feature serve, apart from creating more complications and confusion?

      Please don’t overload the site with extra bells and whistles just for the sake of having whistles and bells, and please don’t try to turn it into something it isn’t.

    • yemi hikari

      07/27/2012 at 2:09 am

      I agree with the other two. No friends list, this isn’t a social networking site.

    • MMC

      07/27/2012 at 2:41 am

      Sorry, but I’m also in favor of not having a friends feature. Acutally, if you really think about it, your Favorite Authors list can almost act just like a friends feature; difference is, it’ll just mix authors you befriended on the site with your personal favorite authors. I kinda see no reason for adding a friends feature BECAUSE of the Favorite Authors list.

      • konarciq

        07/27/2012 at 3:03 pm

        I fully agree with all the *please no* comments above.

  20. Nispedana

    07/26/2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hi! Thank you sooo much for this. πŸ˜€ Readers don’t need to go through too much trouble to see my fanarts lol.

    And Uhm… *clears throat* I know this could be troublesome but please consider letting us put links on stories. Hehe.
    Ah! And I think you should let the readers click on the cover pics and see a larger version of it…? That would be soooo cool.

    • Felicity Taylor

      07/27/2012 at 7:35 am

      I don’t think it would be such a great idea to allow links on stories; if you, for example, wanted to show your readers art and illustrations for your story, you could always briefly state that the links are available on your profile in your footnotes. πŸ™‚

      Though I agree about the cover illustrations part. Some story covers I’ve come across look very creative and eye-catching that it makes me wish to view a larger version of it. It’s kind of hard to appreciate wonderful art just by squinting at it, haha.

    • yemi hikari

      07/27/2012 at 3:53 pm

      While it would be nice, I’m going to say I understand why they don’t allow it. There are people out there who see a pretty picture and will steal it for their own fanfics without even batting an eye.

  21. Hawki

    07/27/2012 at 1:25 am

    The update seems to have caused a glitch on my userpage. Previously, I had two external link urls, intended for copy/paste stuff. Many paragraphs existed between them. However, the first link has been replaced with the second, and all the normal text has vanished. It still exists in my profile editor, but none of it is showing.

    Since I’m posting here, I’d like to ask, is the site still accepting character/category requests from users? While I’m used to waiting months between request and response in this regard, the site seems to be doing its own thing now, and some additions have been made that encompass requests I’ve made (sort of), but I’ve never had a response. Of course, the site doesn’t have to bow on a user’s whim but I’d appreciate feedback on the issue.


    • Hawki

      07/27/2012 at 2:27 am

      Nevermind on the first issue-url thing has been fixed, one way or another.

  22. Kelly Paradise

    07/27/2012 at 3:42 am

    Yay, links are working! Thank you!

  23. Kate Skye Ride

    07/27/2012 at 4:51 am

    Hey guys,
    Thanks so much for this! But I have to ask, how? Is it like I physically can now put a link in somewhere and it’ll show up, or is there the option in the settings again? Because in the settings I saw nothing…
    Also, will you ever let us put links in the stories? Because I have heaps more people visit my story than my profile that it just isn’t worth putting it on my profile alone…
    Thanks a bunch!
    Always, forever, and absolutely never.
    Read, write, give up.
    Love, Kate!

    • MMC

      07/27/2012 at 6:26 pm

      If I’m answering correctly, I believe you can only put links in your profile; like literally copy/paste the URL into the profile edit window, save, and it will show up. You can also do the hyperlinking option where a highlighted word on your profile is the link to another site. To do that, there’s a button on the profile edit window that sort of looks like a paper clip. Click that, enter your URL, then enter a name for the URL, and save.

      I’m hoping that’s not confusing and I hope it helps. I’m not the greatest at explaining things. Haha.

  24. The Imaginatrix

    07/27/2012 at 6:19 am

    Thank you for bringing back the links! I haven’t been on here long enough to have linkdsof my own before they were disabled, but my friends did, and now I can check them out. I have also put several links on my own profile.

    I have a question. I am a blind user, and don’t know how to create pagebreaks in the document manager. My friend told me to press the shift and enter keys together, but it didn’t work. I would like to know how to do this without using the touchpad or mouse, if that’s possible. I love this blog when it comes to questions like this.

    • Guest

      07/27/2012 at 10:22 pm

      The document manager doesn’t support traditional page breaks as you will find in a word processor. If you are referring to a horizontal line for a scene break, that’s an excellent question. Does anyone know if there is a keyboard command to insert a line in the document manager?

      If you use a word processor, there are easy methods to insert a line. In MS Word, type three hyphens and press enter. The same may be true of Open Office and LibreOffice. In my experience, horizontal lines created in Word are carried over when files are uploaded to the document manager.

      I hope this is somewhat helpful. πŸ™‚

    • SladinForever

      07/28/2012 at 1:46 am

      There is a horizontal line button in the editor. What I do when I type my stuff and I come to a page break, I put (line break) and then highlight it and click the horizontal line button when I upload it to the Doc Manager to edit again. The button for the line is right next to align center and before the binoculars icon–which is find and replace–

      • The Imaginatrix

        07/28/2012 at 5:46 am

        At Guest: Yes, I did mean the horizontal line. My screen-reader calls them “separators”.

        At Sladinforever: That’s great information, but how do I get to the menu containing that button without using the touchpad or mouse? I need to know so I can use the features. When I am editing a document, I have to tab to the text area because I can’t navigate the page any other way. I can navigate normally within the file itself, but not outside of the main text box. This only happens with unlimited text areas on Fan Fiction such as forum posts and my personal profile. I have tried accessing the menu by pressing Alt+ f, but that didn’t work. Please help me!

      • Guest

        07/29/2012 at 12:56 am

        I’ve been playing around in the document manager, but no matter which keyboard combinations I use, I cannot get a horizontal line. I think the only way to do so is to use the mouse/touch pad.

        You can also enter the HTML tag manually, but that would require clicking on the HTML button. I imagine that would be tedious with a screen reader reciting all the HTML tags.

        A keyboard shortcut for a horizontal line would be a great feature to request.

    • konarciq

      07/30/2012 at 2:31 pm

      If I recall correctly, we have a blind (or at least visually impaired) author in one of my fandoms. I’m not sure, but I *think* he mentioned it at some point. I’ll send him (or her – to be honest I’m not sure of the gender πŸ˜‰ a PM to ask about it, okay?

  25. HasiVA

    07/27/2012 at 8:01 am

    This is really good news! Thnx!

  26. I'm not telling

    07/27/2012 at 8:41 am

    Right now clicking the confirmation seems to tack the address for the link onto the address, giving me a 404 error. Currently using Firefox.

  27. konarciq

    07/27/2012 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, and before I forget: thanks for letting us have proper links again in our profiles. And very happy to see the formatting is fixed there as well!

  28. Random Ipsy

    07/27/2012 at 3:55 pm

    Hey, I was thinking that there could be an option to leave reviews AND comments. The comments can be for all those “ZOMG your story is so awesome, please continue!” and the reviews can be for actual criticism. And I don’t like how the option to not allow anonymous reviews has been replaced, b/c guests (or just some troll who isn’t logged in) can not only flame you, but some use your username and cause misunderstandings when they flame people.

    • yemi hikari

      07/29/2012 at 7:12 pm

      I don’t see the point of making reviews and comments separate. The people who leave those kinds of reviews don’t even understand what a review system is used for and would still leave those kinds of reviews. Also, if reviews and comments were separated we would get people begging to allow reviews to be turned off and only allow comments on their fanfics because they don’t want to hear critique.

      I personally like the fact they no longer give the option to not allow anonymous reviews. Anonymous reviews can be deleted and the site admins make it clear we’re not supposed to trust them as they aren’t signed. The reason I like the fact they no longer allow this option is I know of plenty of people who don’t want any form of critique left on their stories, which is against site rules. They will block people who leave critique and then if they’re a really bad writer with ego problems they’ll have turned off anonymous reviews.

      No, it isn’t fair to the people who use the system legitimately. However, it is better to not feed bad behavior and to prevent it when one can,

  29. kat

    07/27/2012 at 5:12 pm

    Can we start to use bullet points and numbering in Forums?

  30. Gemma

    07/27/2012 at 7:57 pm

    Can you please let us be able to click on story covers so we can see an enlarged version of it? Because sometimes people have really good covers, but it’s so small and I can’t see it clearly. I would absolutely love it if you did this!

    • guest

      07/28/2012 at 4:48 am

      Please NO!! The covers are distracting enough already. Not to mention, this is supposed to be a site that is based on the WRITTEN artform. While I can enjoy visual art in its proper place I don’t feel that I should be bombarded with it everytime I choose to pull up a story. Not to mention, for some it is more than just annoying, my husband is epileptic and such covers are triggers for seizures for him. Let a writing site be just for that; WRITING. The links to other places where the visual art is stored should be more than adequate for those that want to see more of it.

      • Guest

        07/29/2012 at 1:13 am

        I second yemi hikari – if you’re finding specific images that trigger seizures, report them immediately.

    • yemi hikari

      07/29/2012 at 12:31 am

      I’m going to say no for a different reason. That’s an easy way for people to steal other people’s art work. I make my own cover pages and now that links are back I’ve put a link to my DA account back on my profile page.

      @ guest – If you find any images that you feel would cause your husband to have a triggered attack DO report them to the site admins. They ARE against the rules has put down for submitting pictures.

      Which reminds me… I’ll ask again for a way to report the images and not the same way we report the fanfics as it is a different medium.

      • SQD

        07/29/2012 at 12:38 am

        Even so, the enlarged version they display in the Image Manager is at 180px wide, and their suggested size is 450×300, so it would still be 60% of the initial picture. I’m with you, I make my own covers, but I’d like people to see them larger (by which I mean 180px wide) since I put so much effort into them.

    • MyNameIsJeffNImLost

      07/29/2012 at 9:43 pm

      I really like Gemma’s idea of larger covers. The cover on the reading pages should remain the same size, so they are not distracting. However clicking on the cover could open a larger image.

      Currently, by viewing the image (Right click, View Image with Firefox), and changing the end of the image URL from 75 to 180 increases the size. However the Image Manager asks for file to be 300 pixels wide. It’d be nice to have a way to see the 300 pixel wide image, or even better, the dimensions of the uploaded file.

  31. Eddie dalbo

    07/27/2012 at 9:30 pm


  32. Eddie dalbo

    07/27/2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks nice..

  33. SQD

    07/28/2012 at 1:40 am

    I was thinking… one of the reasons people were really annoyed at your ‘purge’ of fics a while back was because they were not given the opportunity to backup their reviews and the story itself – so I’d like to suggest maybe adding a function to backup reviews/alerts/favs of a story the same way that stories can be backed up already. Whilst it would be a little late in regards to the purge itself, I do think it would find use in the future.

    • Guest

      07/29/2012 at 1:11 am

      I agree discovering your story has been deleted would be upsetting, but the argument that site administrators should have given the author time to backup his/her story doesn’t hold water for me. You should already have a backup copy on a hard drive, thumb drive, cloud storage, etc.

      If you don’t care enough for your writing to ensure its backed up properly, then it must not have been worth saving to begin with.

      As for reviews, backing them up never crossed my mind. Authors can easily have a carbon copy sent to their e-mail account. But favs and alerts? Maybe I’m missing something, but I can’t grasp why someone would want to save them.

      • yemi hikari

        08/05/2012 at 2:53 am

        Agreed here.

  34. Lord Kelvin

    07/28/2012 at 2:29 am

    The tilde (~) is still filtered out in links, even though the short link to an author’s profile includes one. Sure, it’s possible to use the long link with the user ID, but the short variant is unusable on the site.

  35. Victori Nicole Bellard

    07/29/2012 at 12:57 am

    Hi! I’m new here and this is my first Fanfiction account.

  36. Victori Nicole Bellard

    07/29/2012 at 1:00 am

    Thank you so much for having me. This is my first time having a Fanfiction account. Love you all!

  37. Shaffer

    07/29/2012 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for enabling links! Makes everything look so much neater. πŸ™‚

    Also: could we possibly add the ability to bookmark stories? For stories over 100K, I find it hard remembering my spot and chapter, and having a bookmark ability would make this so much easier.

  38. Nathan P.

    08/02/2012 at 1:22 am

    I would like to see a way to message all your followers without having to add an author’s note to a story. I find them to be pure annoying to be totally honest.

  39. deadbetty

    08/03/2012 at 6:23 pm

    A different Links issue: Is there anyway to have a change of color back for viewed/clicked links. It was a way of tracking read and unread stories by an other or in a community. Now everything just stays blue and you cannot tell what has been read already. Thank you for your help!

  40. NevemTeve

    08/07/2012 at 12:34 pm

    Sadly, my profile ( is still broken. It has an English and a Hungarian part with two in-page HTML-links; the problems are:

    1. HTML-links (a href=”#hu”) and (a href=”#en”) are considered to be external links (and a warning box comes up) which isn’t exactly the case.

    2. Large parts of text *disappear* from the text around the (a name=”hu”) and (a name=”en”) tags. Has to be dark magic. Because of that, the links don’t work either, as their targets aren’t present.

    • NevemTeve

      08/23/2012 at 12:59 pm

      The problem haven’t solved itself yet:(

  41. Ak

    12/29/2012 at 2:40 am

    I can’t find anywhere on the site to report serious abuse or spamming. Please get rid of the author where is it who seems to have spammed nearly every fandom this morning with the message of occupy repeated 100s of time. Completely pointless and annoying and it must have taken him ages too. Just don’t get it. Please remove him and perhaps u could install a report spam button somewhere too?


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