Zoom zoom…

18 Aug

We are on a never-ending quest to improve our delivery network and are happy to announce another 6-12% performance speed-up for both the desktop and mobile site.

This speed-up will be most noticeable for those on mobile devices on cellular networks (Edge/3G/4G) and our friends accessing from overseas such as Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.


Posted by on 08/18/2012 in performance



370 responses to “Zoom zoom…

  1. Astoria25

    08/22/2012 at 5:33 pm

    Could we please have a translation to the rules of the site in the various languages?

    I move mainly in the Spanish fandom (being Spanish my native language) and many, many authors do not understand very well or at all English (you do learn a little, like Log in for Iniciar sesión and stuff) so they aren’t aware of the rules. I try and make them aware of the site rules and most of hte time I get a very eager response (people aren’t usually THAT into rule-breaking) and their subsequent stories conform to site rules usually which makes me think that most of the time people want to comply so it would be helpful if they could understand the rules in first place.

    I know that the site probably doesn’t have the time or money to translate it but maybe admins could make a volunteer topic on forums for translation of important stuff like publishing guidelines, site rules and such? I would help out and do it for FREE, as I’m sure many others would; and then use those translations for newbie authors.

    • ~Cherry!~

      08/22/2012 at 5:42 pm

      Can’t you change the settings in your computer from your language then back to English when you wish? That’s what I do. Then again, I suppose that doesn’t always leave a perfect translation.

      • KageNoNeko

        08/22/2012 at 7:25 pm

        I don’t think that is how it works exactly. People can use Google translate to give a rough idea of what the rules are.

      • izraill

        08/22/2012 at 7:32 pm

        @KageNoNeko I understand english and spanish, I pasted the guidelines in google translate and I got an incomprehensible piece of random words. That ‘rough idea’ would make them take a wrong idea about what the rules are.

      • Astoria25

        08/23/2012 at 11:36 am

        It just doesn’t cut it. I’ve done the experiment, that’s why I’m asking1 It’s gibberish, and slightly understandable at best. Then it gets all the persons and tenses wrong… It works OK in Chinese and Polish for some reason (meh. I was bored! English—->Chinese/Polish—->English and got the gist of it back. Go figure.)

    • MMC

      08/22/2012 at 7:15 pm

      I know the Terms of Service you can translate to Spanish and German so far, but I agree with you that the rules should be translated as well. It would be very helpful for people who don’t speak/read English as their first language. Good point!

    • konarciq

      08/23/2012 at 8:06 am

      Good idea!

    • UltronMaximus

      08/23/2012 at 10:09 am

      There are official translations of the Terms of Service to Spanish available. And there’s already a very accurate translation of the rules to Spanish; it was made by a veteran who operates a FaQ forum that includes his translation of the rules to Spanish (he also translates the updates on the front page) and he also answers questions to people in Spanish.

      Do a search for user: Dr Facer and visit his forums.

      • Astoria25

        08/23/2012 at 11:38 am

        Thanks! Now I know who to refer to! n.n

  2. Lorraine

    08/22/2012 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for changing the default font on stories. The little serif font that you had before was much harder to read.

  3. LaughingPrincess88

    08/22/2012 at 10:19 pm

    I would like it if the code could be fixed so that it remembers what we’ve clicked on. Right now it only remembers if we’ve clicked on the first chapter of a story, it doesn’t remember what authors, crossovers or chapter updates we’ve clicked on, and it’s annoying to think you’ve found a new story update only to click on it and realize it’s one you’ve already read. It would be much more convenient for everyone if that was restored.

  4. konarciq

    08/23/2012 at 8:09 am

    Xing, I’m not sure if this is some default on wordpress, or if it’s something you can do something about, but would it be possible for us to reply *directly* to each and every one of the messages here? I mean that a reply is listed directly under the message it’s replying to.
    With heated discussions like these, it’s getting confusing who is replying to what!

    • ~Cherry!~

      08/23/2012 at 8:11 am

      Usually you can reply directly it’s just with this WordPress theme that Xing chose you can’t.

  5. Not Me

    08/23/2012 at 9:03 am

    I think that different types of member abuse should be handled differently. Anyone harrassing and intimidating another member should have their account closed immediately. I am not referring to people who disagree over reviews and rules.

    I am talking about the Anti-Gay Forum. The Anti-Tallz Forum that targets one member. Or the guys who has been harrassing a CU member with rumors about her dreath, rumors that she has been raped by fellow site members, and stories dedicated to her in which a woman is kidnapped, raped and murdered. This guy chases her to any forum she visits, and I’ve seen where she complains he uses sock accounts to PM after she blocks him. Why is this guy allowed to continue?

    What about members who continue breaking the same rule over and over? Is there some way for site administrators to block them permanently?

    I say writers who threaten physical harm or worse to reviewers should have accounts frozen.

    Lastly, I think forums belonging to members with closed accounts should be closed as well. Forums that have been inactive fo a few years should be deleted. And forums that are offensive or threatening in nature should be deleted immediately.

    • konarciq

      08/24/2012 at 5:33 am

      Wise words mostly.

      Only the option about forums belonging to members with closed accounts I would modify to those forums indeed having been inactive for quite some time as well.

  6. Dawn Tindall

    08/23/2012 at 10:19 am

    First, I would like to thank the developers and staff for creating an keeping up with ff(dot)net. I’ve been reading ff for less than a year, but I’ve grown to love it. Recently, I’ve started reading articles and books about fandom and thinking about ff(dot)net as a site and a community. This got me thinking about how the community or site needs to evolve. My ideas include:

    • A visual update with expanded search and categorization options. Unfortunately, my first thought when I found this site was not, “OMG was a fun story about ‘Bones’”, but it was, “Wow, this looks just like the database program I used in my first job out of college. . . in 1997.” This is harsh, but it is true. I know this means a development overhaul. I worked in a huge tech company for 12 years. Sorry, I’m not a developer.
    • Bookmarks and a “to read” option
    • Suggestions on stories to read based on the reading patterns of similar members
    • More organized and easier to access forums or groups
    • Personalized organization of settings and materials—to reference another comment on this thread, why couldn’t dates be formatted based on your county?

    These ideas are not my own. I’ve belonged to another social networking, topic specific site since early in their beta in 2008. Ravelry is for knitters, but it is also known as the best social networking site on the internet. I hope you will take a look at an article from Slate Magazine, I’m assuming my original post was deleted from this discussion because I included a link, so I’ll recommend that you google “slate ravelry” It was started in 2008 by a husband and wife couple, and it has many of the same goals as ff(dot)net. The more I’ve thought about this, the more similar the goals of the site really are. The difference is ff from knitting, not the site and community needs. Please let me know what you think.

    • MMC

      08/23/2012 at 1:01 pm

      Perhaps I’m reading your post wrong, but I actually like the layout of the site because of its simplicity. That, and I wouldn’t want the site to look too much like a social networking site…

      • Jayla

        08/23/2012 at 2:02 pm

        But what if that’s the only way to grow it? I’m not saying it is, I’m just saying.

      • favonilla

        08/24/2012 at 1:32 am

        @Jayla – I see what you’re saying, but I don’t think turning FFnet and Fictionpress into ersatz versions LiveJournal or Facebook is going to enhance them. Seems to me that shifting the emphasis from writing to social networking would lead to a loss of focus on the core purpose of these sites – which is to write and to enjoy the writing of others. If the site grows, but loses its way, where would be the benefit?

      • konarciq

        08/24/2012 at 5:31 am

        I, too, like the site because of its simplicity. No glaring ads jumping in and out (or at least you can disable them in three seconds), no distracting pictures (until recently..) – just plain text. I love reading, and I’ve grown well past the need of kindergarten age to have pictures and pretty colours on my pages to hold my attention 😀 So I’d much rather keep the lay-out of the site as it is. Keep it simple!

        The bookmarks and “to read” list are a great idea – I’d certainly use them. But suggestions on stories based on my reading patterns?? Yuck – please no! I’m very well capable to cruise the site without the computer “helping” me pick what I should read. And like someone else said, Amazon is a prime example that such suggestions are not a success.

        The forums and groups are fine with me as they are, and personalized settings… something to be considered for the future, I’d say, but there is no immediate need for it. The date thing could easily be fixed by writing the month in letters, as it used to be (!!!) on the forums. As a European, I, too, get mixed up with the American date sometimes, but it’s not major issue.

    • ~Cherry!~

      08/23/2012 at 1:07 pm

      Yeah I agree with MMC. If they keep using the time to update the way the site looks instead of finding a way to make reports faster or make the rules clearer or fix the small glitches I’m moving elsewhere.
      Before you could bookmark stories, a friend of mine didn’t have an account but could use the bookmark feature on her computer. Since the latest updates this has been removed.

      The suggestions feature would be nice. I think it may have potential to become a popular tool along with personalized settings, however like I said, I’d prefer if they thought of this later and fixed the smaller glitches (Like not all the links working etc) first.

    • yemi hikari

      08/23/2012 at 3:28 pm

      – They don’t have a large staff, so I would rather then work on more minor changes and important changes, like working on improving the rule reporting methods.
      – In an earlier thread they said this was actually making a comeback.
      – No. We do not need the badly written fanfic getting any more attention then it does already. I’ve seen how the worst fanfics are flocked to by fans who are out there for a hormonal kick… what kind of similar recommendations do you think they would be getting?
      – Yes.
      – Yes, but this isn’t as important as other updates.

    • favonilla

      08/23/2012 at 5:16 pm

      @Dawn Tindall – Your idea about “Suggestions on stories to read based on the reading patterns of similar members” troubles me greatly. Firstly because for those who want such a thing, the favorites list already covers it. Secondly, and more seriously, because that would surely involve some kind of tracking, either of my reading habits (which is an idea I find utterly repellent) or of my stories.

      This kind of surveillance would, in my opinion, be unacceptably invasive of my privacy.

      Also, how do you propose the recommendations be supplied? As a note tacked onto the end of my posts saying, “If you like this, you’ll love Story X…”? Or maybe as a pop-up saying the same thing? Either way, it sits way too close to looking like I am personally recommending a story which I may not have actually read.

      Incidentally, Amazon habitually gives me “recommendations” based on my previous purchases. They are always completely wrong about them.

      The idea of a bookmark or “to read” option might be useful – a few other contributors have already asked for it. It’s not something I’d use, but plenty of others would.

      The formatting of the date in US style doesn’t trouble me. It’s not what I’m used to, but I’m not half-witted, and I find it easy enough to work out. But for those who are troubled by it, instead of making it personalised (which would just be another complication of the coding, maybe the format could be changed to spell out the month. Nobody’s in danger of misunderstanding “May 7,2012”, whereas 5/7/2012 could easily lead to confusion.

      • Dawn Tindall

        08/23/2012 at 5:44 pm

        That is an excellent point. It is just one idea, and it could be optional. My library’s website recently started offering a “track your reading” option but explained that enabling it would require them to give your reading history to legal authorities, if requested. Very scary.

        I don’t know what the site tracks now, but I would love the option to have it track what I’ve read so I can eliminate read, completed stories from my searches.

        Also, the date format thing doesn’t bother me either, I was just using it as an example as it was a problem for another. Really, I don’t care how the dates look.

        I think I’ve upset some people with my suggestions. Please remember, I just wanted to see what others were thinking and see if anyone else shared my opinion that the site could use a major update. Perhaps I picked the wrong place to post as I believe this thread was about glitches and an update to help all of us download faster. I did look for somewhere else, but I couldn’t fine a place to state my opinions–that is one of my problems. I found a forum, but there are very few people on it.

        Again, I do love the site, and I appreciate all the hard work it must take to maintain it. It would be unreasonable to think most of the things I’ve mentioned could be implemented on the current platform.

      • KageNoNeko

        08/23/2012 at 7:54 pm

        @favonilla, writing it out will make sure that it is clear what formatting is being used on the website. Clear language is better language. You could always hope that fanfiction dot net looks at its data for where everyone is coming from and figures out that they need to make it clearer about the date and such.

      • yemi hikari

        08/24/2012 at 2:36 am

        @ Dawn – Actually, most of the stuff you’ve listed except for the complete overhaul could be implemented on the current platform.

    • Guest

      08/24/2012 at 2:46 am

      @Dawn Tindall

      Interesting suggestions. We are both users of FFN, but I think that’s were our similarities end. 🙂 It seems we want entirely different things from the site.

      I like the current look. It’s clean, streamlined and easy on my eyes. Some personal fanfic archives for my preferred fandoms are so gaudy and flashy that I tend to avoid them (or copy and paste the stories into Word to read them). Maybe I’m just adverse to change, but I hope there are no plans to give the site a major makeover.

      I have made some very good friends through FFN, but I come here primarily to read stories and occasionally post what I write. I’d categorize myself as a avid reader, sometimes writer. 🙂 I really don’t want this site to become a social networking platform. That would likely drive me away.

      As for recommendations based on reading patterns, that creeps me out! Yes, the site admins have all sorts of data on me now, but to have it so obvious they are tracking me and sharing it out in the open would scare me. Like favonilla pointed out, I’d deem that an unacceptable invasion of my privacy.

      Also, I’d be concerned if a recommendation points to a story that I find against my own personal tastes. I abide by the “don’t like it, don’t read it” stance. It would irk me if a rec on my story is to another work I wouldn’t touch.

      I do like your ideas for a bookmarking feature or “to read” list. I’d probably make use of such a feature, especially if I’m reading a longer work and have to leave my computer. Being able to pick up where I left off would be great.

      • konarciq

        08/24/2012 at 5:20 am

        Guest: if I’d write a reply to Dawn’s post, I’d write literally the same as you did. So I’ll second every word of it!

  7. Dawn Tindall

    08/23/2012 at 1:51 pm

    I understand that all updates need to be prioritized, but the lack the organization on the site bothers me. When I login, I would like to have a page for my account that shows at a glance–stories I’m following, new PMs, new posts in forums I follow. The best analogy that I can come up with is txting using a number pad verses txting using a smart phone with swype.

    MMC–I think we can both agree that we don’t want ff(dot)net to look like facebook. ick! I was using social networking more broadly. FF(dot)net is a place where people come together for a common interest–fan fiction. I think of the site as a social networking site already. Really, I’m not necessarily talking about changes to what is on the site, just assess to them.

    One of the things I like about ff(dot)net now is the privacy settings. I love pming with people, but I appreciate that you can turn that off. From what I understand about site building, the same could be true on a new platform. If you don’t accept PMs, that box just wouldn’t show up on your homepage.

    I’m sorry I keep referencing Ravelry, but I cannot stop thinking of how some of their best features would work here. For example, they have a group of volunteers who contact newbies. I know many of ff(dot)net’s members would love to help in a similar way. A group could have a member contact new writer to welcome them to the site and send them a polite to all the writing rules. This expert could answer questions, or the two might never communicate again. The group of experts would keep their own set of answers for site policy (like a knowledge base). I think this might help with some of the rules problems. (I have opinions on the rules of course, but that isn’t this discussion) I’m not advocating that a group review everything written and berate writer for rule breaking, but it might be nice if new writer’s had someone to ask questions too.

    If you read the article on Ravelry, but would like to see more about the type of orangizing I’m imagining, go watch this: www(dot)ravelry(dot)com/tour/getting-started. When they say “pattern,” think “stories I’ve written”. When they say “stash”, think “stories I’m following”. FF(dot) wouldn’t even have to have pictures for their stories, though it might be a nice option.

    Look, I know that I’m talking way-big-picture. But I’m sure the admins hope to revamp the site eventually. Imagine how the internet will be a few years from now. I hope to get everyone’s creative juices flowing. How can we help? How can we organize to help? Does the site need donations for upgrades and servers? If it does, I think many of us would donate $10 to help (sure beats the price of cable). Lots of sites have asked for such in the past.

    • UltronMaximus

      08/23/2012 at 2:43 pm

      You know, Dawn, your ideas remind me of how Youtube looks, and it’s not well organized in my opinion. They try to jam so much stuff in there, that it’s a hell of menus and submenus.

      I like some of what you say (authors trusted by the admins contacting others), but the problem is the changes you want would be a logistic nightmare, and remember a mayority of users here are minors who can’t donate at all. Not to mention they tried this years ago and the results were catastrophic.

      I for one, find the current layouiteasy to work with and quite user friendly.

    • Anonymous

      08/23/2012 at 2:53 pm

      Personally I think the site is fine the way it is

    • yemi hikari

      08/23/2012 at 3:30 pm

      Pretty much what UltronMaximus has said. Please do your research and compare this site to other writing sites instead that aren’t blogs.

  8. Jayla

    08/23/2012 at 2:17 pm

    So, if everyone got to change one thing about Fan Fiction or Fiction, what would it be?

  9. Andie

    08/23/2012 at 3:06 pm

    Some things I’d like to see added to the site is chapter dating, where you can look back on your chapters and find when you first posted them. Also think it would be really nice if the site put up a “how to” page that instructs readers and writers on what the different features are on the site and how to use them. When I first began posting a few years ago, I had NO idea how to even upload my work to the site, nor did I know how to export documents to the doc manager to edit them. I also wasn’t sure how to navigate things like the PM feature and review replies, so I think some kind of page that shows folks how to get around on the site and use the various features would be nice…some of us aren’t as tech savvy as others and instructions would be helpful.

    I would also like it if the PM system was changed a bit…if someone sends a lengthy nasty comment and then blocks the recipient right after they send it, you can’t actually see what the person wrote to you, thanks to the truncating of the email and cutting the message off halfway through. You also can’t see the PM after logging into the site, it will tell you that you’re not allowed to PM that user, so you can’t access the PM that way to read it either. Would be helpful if we could at least just READ those PMs and see what someone is ranting to us about.

    As to all the discussion on site moderation, what’s wrong with the site just getting more volunteers to handle the abuse reports that come in? Said volunteers would be looking for infractions against the site rules only, no personal prejudices allowed to decide if a fic is allowed to stay on site or not.

    • yemi hikari

      08/23/2012 at 3:33 pm

      @ Andie – I’m going to say, I agree with the idea as I’ve had to help a few newbies figure the system out. Nothing against them, but I know they would be so appreciative.

      And yes… I’ve been blocked by a few people who I can’t see their nasty response. However, this does tell me that I’ve been blocked by the person too.

      More volunteers doesn’t mean a faster response though.

      • Shawnesty

        08/23/2012 at 5:47 pm

        I third the idea on a how-to page so that folks know how to work the different features on the site. When I started posting a couple of years ago, I had no clue how to upload either, and since I didn’t know anyone on the site, I couldn’t really ask. Somehow I figured it out, but then I had to ask site administrators how to edit stuff, and I had no idea how to use the PM system or do review replies. So something like that would be an excellent idea, it could guide new users through the different features on the site, explaining what the features are and how to use them, whether they’re a reader or writer that will be utilizing the site.

      • Miss Priss

        08/23/2012 at 6:18 pm

        Can I fourth the idea? A how-to guide would be wonderful!! I’m still learning new, easier ways to do things after nearly 10 years!

      • KageNoNeko

        08/23/2012 at 7:58 pm

        @Shawnesty, I found someone who did a posting story guide for ffnet on tumblr. It would be nice if there was a clear guide. I know I was able to figure things out when I first join ffnet.

      • konarciq

        08/24/2012 at 5:18 am

        I fifth it! I’ve been here for four years and I’m still learning 😀

      • lord_spyridon

        08/24/2012 at 3:31 pm

        I’ve started a forum for posting guides in how to navigate the site. I stuck to a single thread in another forum but I think that owner went inactive. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

  10. Dawn Tindall

    08/23/2012 at 3:20 pm

    Yeah, I don’t like how youtube looks either. My ideas are just that, ideas. The specifics of how a revamped site would look are endless. Organized and easy would be my highest goals.

    I started thinking of the changes because ff is so contentious. So many people won’t publicly admit to reading or writing it, and that bothers me. I’m sure most of us here agree that fan fiction is fun, and anything that gets people reading and writing is valuable. Some of the discussions I’ve read in the past few days remind me of what I’ve read about when all hell(mouth) broke loose in the Buffyverse so many years ago. I don’t want to see that happen here. Fan fiction is growing rapidly, and I hope the community can keep up with it. When the site was started, did you ever think it would become so large and popular? The vast amount of data you have is overwhelming!

    I think organizing the site and the community might help. We worry about repercussions instead of standing up for ourselves, both might be the best option. Please don’t misunderstand me. I love ff(dot)net, I’m not trying to put down the site, but I cannot be the only one who hopes to see updates and changes.

    • yemi hikari

      08/23/2012 at 3:42 pm

      Could you possibly learn to reply to the previous comments rather then starting a new one. It would make things a lot simpler for everyone else.

      The other part, it so isn’t as simple as you’re making it out to be.

      • Dawn Tindall

        08/23/2012 at 5:12 pm

        I’m sorry. I have never posted here before this week, so I didn’t realized I was replying incorrectly. I hit the reply button on your post for this one. Let me know if that didn’t work.

        I do understand that this would be a huge undertaking. I’m not a developer, but I know re-creating the site would require a full-time one. I just wanted to see if others were interested and start people thinking about the future. This would be a project, not a fix.

      • yemi hikari

        08/23/2012 at 8:26 pm

        I don’t mind the site getting a new look, but there are a lot of other things I think that need to be taken care of first.

    • Guest

      08/23/2012 at 11:15 pm

      Way to be rude as always yemi, just ignore him. You’re fine with adding new comments whenever you want, thats what this blog is for. To talk and comment as many times as you want with whoever agrees with your opinion, and I agree with you I hate how youtube looks now. Everyone is hoping to see as many updates as possible but the last few have been mostly about making changes so people on their phones can access the site.

  11. Jayla

    08/23/2012 at 3:22 pm

    I’m getting an idea here. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a beta version of the site? Then we could test out new ideas and updates before they go on the website!

    • KageNoNeko

      08/24/2012 at 1:03 am

      I’m all for this because of what I found out about external links with IE.

    • yemi hikari

      08/24/2012 at 2:26 am

      The question is, who would be allowed to have beta status, or would it be simply a fake site to test out problems?

  12. CodyGotKilld

    08/23/2012 at 5:37 pm

    Yeah I seem to have found a glitch in the user account page. Sometimes the tabs on the left with all of the different thhings like profile, alerts, and favorites seems to become stuck and will not open to where you want to go. I have had to open a new tab on my IE9 to get the pop-up feature that the account page has. Am I doing something wrong with my internet settings are is it on your end?

    • KageNoNeko

      08/24/2012 at 1:04 am

      I have found out that the has not been fully tested to run in IE9.

    • The Imaginatrix

      08/24/2012 at 1:56 pm

      I have this issue as well. Because I’m blind and have to navigate with the arrow keys, I like to think of it as a main list, with each item having a sub-list which pops up when you press enter on the link you want. If you press your name at the top of the page, this problem is rectified. Even so, these issues with IE are becoming annoying. My mother and I are considering changing browsers, but it could take quite some time before we do, and these problems should be fixed as soon as the admins can manage it.

      • KageNoNeko

        08/24/2012 at 2:05 pm

        @The Imaginatrix, I wish you the best of luck in finding a browser that is compatibility with your screen reader.

  13. daisy batten

    08/23/2012 at 5:43 pm

    hai cami i love you idk what this is i hope i dont get yelled at lol

  14. jpb

    08/23/2012 at 11:17 pm

    I’d like to ask if there is a way that I could find a list of writers that have me on a blocked list. I went to review a story on a “New” writer and after wasting a half an hour trying to read a chapter I went to review only to be told that I was blocked. Now I believe that this “New” account is really just the latest one for a writer that has attacked me before but I can’t prove it and that really isn’t the point. I’d like to be able to avoid stories that I can’t review on. This new account has about a half a dozen half-a$$ed stories on the front page on a slow fandom and she posts a new chapter on one of her stories anytime another writer posts a new chapter on their own stories. She and a select few are trying to drown the fandom with poorly written stories.

    Anyway, I went to check out a few other stories and found that I was blocked from them as well. All “New” writers that I’ve to the best of my knowledge have never had any dealings with though I have seen spam on various review boards in the fandom that flame me and spread awful rumors about me. So like I said, I’d like to be able to see just what writers have blocked me so I won’t waste my time and effort into reading and reviewing. Yes I intended to leave a review and had already typed it up on a word document as I was reading.

    • KageNoNeko

      08/24/2012 at 1:07 am

      @jpb, you can always do anonymous review instead. I’m reading this great essay on FictionPress that is ranting about all of the bad writers. It’s called collaborative writing on teh Interwebz or something like that.

      • yemi hikari

        08/24/2012 at 2:24 am

        The essay is good. Thanks for sharing.

      • KageNoNeko

        08/24/2012 at 1:37 pm

        @yemi Hikari, I believe everyone should read that essay before they even leave one review.

      • yemi hikari

        08/24/2012 at 1:51 pm

        @KagneNoNeko – Particularly since a lot of people really do “don’t stop and think about what they’re reading”.

    • yemi hikari

      08/24/2012 at 2:25 am

      This is why I don’t want people to be allowed to turn anonymous reviews off.

      That also said, if they’ve broken site rules in any of their fanfics just go ahead and report them.

  15. Shooting Sword

    08/24/2012 at 1:50 am

    I would love for some new, extra categories so we can find what we want faster and easier rather than hunting through tons of stuff we may not be looking for. Such as pairings, or slash/fem-slash, OOC, AU, and many other things. It would make searching so much easier, and allow us to skip those stories that we as readers feel uncomfortable reading, or helps us find those stories we love the most.

    Thanks for listening,

    • yemi hikari

      08/24/2012 at 2:56 am

      It will take time to implement this, but I agree with adding a way to sort through pairings. I don’t want the OoC tag because OoCness is bad writing and shouldn’t be excused. (This doesn’t count parody/satire and tropes like “its all just a dream”.) It’s like warning a reader that you have bad grammar and expecting them not to comment on your bad grammar. I would like the AU tag, but I’m not sure where they would put it.

      • Shooting Sword

        08/24/2012 at 3:36 am

        When I put OOC (Out of Character), I’m meaning more in the diverging from cannon, like if say Naruto gets an overhaul during a story and starts becoming a new him (none stupid etc.) etc. It doesn’t mean bad writing to deviate from the way the characters are in canon. Its just different, (otherwise story’s would all be too alike and boring). Though, I’ll admit that too many times OOCness can get too Sue-ish!

        As for AU tags. It could also have post/pre Hogwart’s and other tags like that. It seems to work fairly well on other sites. Also, there could be tags for spoilers, sexual scenes and violence. If tags like that were used wouldn’t family content controls prevent those pages from loading? I’ve checked on a few other story sites that just do sex, and Family controls see the tags and stop the page. So with something like that and MA with warnings, then wouldn’t it be down to parents to engage the PC/MAC family safety controls. Then would be covered wouldn’t they?

        This way doesn’t have to alienate a lot of its readers and writers by getting rid of stories containing lemons, limes, or “excessive” violence. (Though, excessive violence can be interpreted differently by different people, but still lots of movies and TV shows are rated lower than M/16 and have more and better violence/sexual content).

        Just some of my thoughts on the matter, and I’ve been testing out my family controls while thinking about this problem with vandalising what are good story’s that might contain some 1,000 words of sex with another 200,000+ of a great story and plot. Though, I’m more concerned with losing the violence.

        The tags idea, I think would also make life easier sorting through the beyond massive archives! There are so many stories for so many fandoms we need easier ways to search them for our preferences.

        Also, the ability to tell the archive what fandoms (more than one) you read, so you can search those fandoms you read at the same time without having to skip passed lots of stuff you either don’t like or don’t know. And I think rather than adding silly things that we don’t really need like the in story pics that they should concentrate on improving what they already have.

        I love this site, and I love reading from it and writing for it. I just ask for improving what’s already here rather than messing with fonts, links, or pictures, so that they can make navigation of what we love to read simple and awesome!

        “This site could be… wait for it… Ledge… wait for it… En-dary… YES! Legendary! If only they start making navigation better and adding in tags to help us find what we love most.”

        It might even make us look for things we never would have otherwise. I can only hope, and pray that they start adding some things we need. What next could they needlessly add? A huge picture background we can add to each chapter behind the writing (story)?

        Well I can only hope the guys and girls, but especially Xing at pay even a little attention to this, and maybe take our suggestions into consideration.

      • bienfait

        08/24/2012 at 4:08 am

        The suggestion about tags – you don’t think tags would just be confusing? I’ve tried to make sense of them on other sites, and found that they are often so subjective as to seem entirely random – tags get attached that are apparently irrelevant, and important content that would attract my attention isn’t tagged at all.

        Am I just unlucky, or are people not using them right?

      • Guest

        08/24/2012 at 4:40 am

        @bienfait: You’re not alone. I’ve had the same problems with tags on other archives. It seems like some stories have more tags than words. 🙂 I also find excessive tags can give away the plot.

        Personally, I like how FFN is a tag-free site. The ability to sort by categories in a fandom works for me, though a few more options would be nice. I’d like a slash/non-slash filter for one.

      • konarciq

        08/24/2012 at 5:17 am

        I’m not sure tags would help. Who says people will provide appropriate ones? I’ve seen tags on youtube that have absolutely outrageously NOTHING to do with a video!

      • Shooting Sword

        08/24/2012 at 5:21 am

        I’m not talking about tags like YouTube has. I’m talking about navigation tags, which will also allow Family safe software to stop kids from seeing what they shouldn’t. If they can’t label things right, let these stupid critic gangs at them!

      • yemi hikari

        08/24/2012 at 1:42 pm

        @ Shooting Sword – I think there is a better term for what you’re talking about. Actually, the AU tag if they can figure out whether it is a genere or world would be wonderful. I think it should be a world tag. I think adding an OoC tag would make certain writers think it was all right to write OoC no matter what, not just the few times it is all right to go OoC.

        I don’t know if family content filters would prevent them from loading. For all I know it could prevent the entire site from loading or not prevent at all. I thought most parental controls blocked entire sites.

        That also said, just because something has 1,000 words of sex doesn’t mean the fanfic is MA material.

        @bienfait – You’re right about tags.

        @konarciq – I’ve seen that too.

        @ Shooting Sword – Except I think such tags may instead end up blocking the entire site instead. I think that is why lj is blocked on a computer I sometimes use when mine is down. Plus, the navigation tags on some of the other ff sites have gotten crowded.

  16. Shooting Sword

    08/24/2012 at 1:49 pm

    I just realised the links turning purple thing doesn’t work right. I had clicked a story using a community. Then after reading it and enjoying it, I left my review and clicked on the profile to look for more. Its there that that same story wasn’t purple, and only went purple after I clicked it there. Has anyone else noticed this? I could live with only stories turning purple, but not all of the same links in different locations not turning is stupid.

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    08/25/2012 at 12:51 pm

    Book cover thumbnail images are only showing up for the first 6 or so stories on a page. The rest are all showing up as the generic default image, even if the book cover image should be the same as one of the 6 that do show. I have tried this on several pages/categories, in several browsers, cleared caches, etc. I assume this is part of the speed-up? It does indeed make the page load fast, but I wouldn’t mind seeing those remaining thumbnail images.

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