PM Down For Upgrades

28 Aug

5:03AM GMT – 7:00 US Pacific Time

PM feature is currently offline for upgrades. Estimated return time is 15 minutes.

UPDATED: 5:12AM. PM feature is back online. Upgrade complete.


Posted by on 08/28/2012 in upgrade


34 responses to “PM Down For Upgrades

  1. Sebastian

    08/28/2012 at 8:12 am

    I see. That’s why I can’t check the inbox. Oh, and please add fonts if you want to upgrade PM feature. I have the trouble mentioning quotes and marking some important things.

    • MMC

      08/28/2012 at 4:29 pm

      ” I have the trouble mentioning quotes and marking some important things.”

      …A simple copy-and-paste doesn’t work for that? Like what I just did?
      Not saying it wouldn’t be a bad addition to any upgrade in the least, but copy-and-pasting isn’t that hard…

    • Unyielding Wish

      08/28/2012 at 5:13 pm

      I don’t like the idea of adding fonts much…

      I just think that it’d look a bit…I don’t know, chaotic? I want to keep the sophisticated Verdana look, not let fonts flying all over the place. Because everyone has an opinion, and opinions can lead to fonts as well — I like Verdana and Garamond but some people might like Bookman Old Style, that kind of thing. So if fonts are going to be added, how many? And which fonts?

      • KageNoNeko

        08/29/2012 at 12:08 am

        I remember hearing that Verdana was one of two fonts that was made for screen. Graphic designers are really big on fonts and probably would know more about them than regular people do.

  2. sweetcypher

    08/28/2012 at 9:09 am

    Oh, and to be able to use italics, bold, and underline would be very helpful 🙂 If possible at least

  3. Shooting Sword

    08/28/2012 at 9:43 am

    And an instant chat and live site would be super awesome!

    • bienfait

      08/28/2012 at 3:53 pm

      @Shooting Sword: I hope you are kidding!

    • MMC

      08/28/2012 at 4:27 pm

      Because I’m being super dumb at the moment, what do you mean by ‘live site’?

    • Unyielding Wish

      08/28/2012 at 5:09 pm

      Instant chat would be great. A lot of times I have people online, and our constant PMs would fill up our entire inboxes. I don’t know about live site, though. What do you mean?

      I’m just afraid that if IM was installed, the entire site would look messy. Where would it go? How would it function?

    • Random Lurker

      08/28/2012 at 6:29 pm

      I am going to vote no to both of those.

      What is wrong with doing a good ol’ fashioned way which is, exchanging email addess for IM (or Skype) through PM? Plus if live site is what I’m thinking of, then no to it too.

      That’d absolutely defeat the purpose of ffn. FFN is about writing and sharing your works with others. It’s not meant to be a social website. I’m sure people had this similar discussion some while back already…

  4. Cole Jones

    08/28/2012 at 5:17 pm

    Did it by any chance effect the Forum management system? My friend can’t access the managment of his forum. And it’s odd because it says it banned me and he can’t even see if that’s true.

  5. coledragonknight

    08/28/2012 at 5:19 pm

    Has the Forum management thing been messed with? My friend keep’s getting a Type 2 error when he tries to access his Forum management thing. And it has effected or ability to post on his forum. AT least 1 person, probably more have been banned from the forum without anyone banning us.

  6. Shooting Sword

    08/28/2012 at 7:16 pm

    A live site is like say, like an online video, constantly changing, only not nearly that complicated. A live site can show how or how many people are online. A live site is contently changing without us having to reload. Twitters kind of live. I hope that explained it well enough.

    • Guest

      08/28/2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks for explaining what a ‘live site’ is. I didn’t know what it was either.

      Just my two cents, but I’ll voice a resounding no to this idea.

    • S.

      08/28/2012 at 9:00 pm

      A website updating like that would slow down my computer massively… I have enough difficulty as it is sometimes. I also think it would look very messy, and really, what does it matter how many people are online?

      I probably wouldn’t want an IM system, either, or at least, not one that slowed down things, got in the way of functionality and the fanfiction focus of ffnet and had me automatically appear online every time I logged into my account. I like the simplicity of this website and find the PM system and forums satisfactory. If I want to IM someone, I use Skype, which is specifically for IMing.

      • favonilla

        08/28/2012 at 9:10 pm

        I don’t see why the site would need a live feed of how many people are on at any one time. The answer, of course, is “heaps”. And I will fight tooth and nail to avoid having it indicate whether I’m personally on or offline. That’s nobody’s damned business but my own.

        I can see why some users might think instant messaging would be “cool”, but really, guys, what’s so important that it can’t wait for a PM? And if it is that urgent, there are plenty of outside venues for that. Seems to me it’s just another way of subverting a writing site into a social network.

        Basically, what S. says, goes for me as well.

      • Guest

        08/28/2012 at 9:36 pm

        “And I will fight tooth and nail to avoid having it indicate whether I’m personally on or offline. That’s nobody’s damned business but my own.”

        Well said!

        I’ve frequented message boards that ‘evolved’ over time. By registering and being logged in, we get fewer ads or no ads. But when logged in, the boards advertise our activity: User A, User B, User C, and 2 Guests are currently reading. User D and User E have been visited in the last 15 minutes.

        The first thing I do is visit my privacy settings. If I can’t maintain my privacy and stay hidden, I stop going to that forum. It’s no one’s business which threads I read. My activity should only public when I deem, such as when I reply to a post. If those kinds of features are introduced to FFN, I’ll run from this site and never look back.

        I don’t want others to know when I’m logged into FFN. As an author, I respect the privacy of my readers. I have no right to know who is viewing my story and when. As a reader, I certainly don’t want an author to know when I’m perusing their work. I can leave a review if I chose to.

        Maybe I’m an antique, but I don’t want social networking with my fanfiction.

      • Guest

        08/28/2012 at 9:39 pm

        Sigh… ‘have visited’ not ‘have been visited’.

      • Shawnesty

        08/28/2012 at 11:04 pm

        I’m gonna say no to the idea of IM and live feeds of who is online on the site. I’m happy with the PM system as it is and the live feed idea is like the earlier idea of tracking readers’ habits and suggesting reads for them…too invasive of my privacy and like Guest, I like to keep a low profile as best I can. Plus I really don’t care who is online at any given time, that’s not my business, nor do I want to make it my business, as it has no bearing on my writing at all. This isn’t Facebook or Twitter, it’s a fanfiction site for writers and fans, and personally if the site becomes more like a social network, I will be pulling my stuff and moving to a site that hasn’t gone that route.

      • Shooting Sword

        08/29/2012 at 4:08 am

        Hey I wasn’t actually being serious when I put that. Though, a live notification feed for when we’re online would be nice so we could PM message back and forth without bothering with checking our emails. Similar to how Facebook has the live notification and message bit at the top of their pages. Plus, with that we could be able to choose whether or not to show our online status, etc., but its just a thought and would hopefully give us better communications with each other. Plus a option to show people what we’re reading, or have read recently, and whether you’ve faved or followed or just left it be. This way friends would help more when looking for things to read.

    • ShikiKira

      08/29/2012 at 1:58 am

      I’m agreeing with everyone who replied above. The answer for a live site and an IMing system is a “Hell NO!” and FP are not social network sites. The addition of either one of these suggestions will massively slowdown the site, and will only be counterproductive to them having just increased the two websites’ speed. Like stated above whether we are online or not, it is no one’s business but our own. If a person really does need to speak with another person on the site, then they should just exchange emails or skype names.IMing one another things is the members own responsibility, so they should find an outside source.

    • yemi hikari

      08/29/2012 at 3:31 pm

      I’m adding a no to this too.

  7. S.

    08/28/2012 at 9:03 pm

    Would it be possible for us to use right alignment and strike-throughs in stories? I know the latter might not seem particularly professional, but I can think of one fic off the top of my head that would have benefited from this feature and I’m sure it’s by no means the only one. The story contains letters written by characters who would definitely cross things out; it’s in-character for them and perfectly acceptable in the format of an informal letter. I’m sure that serious authors would not abuse this function, and right alignment would just be really useful. 🙂

    • favonilla

      08/28/2012 at 9:25 pm

      This suggestion of allowing strike-through has come up before. But I have to say, as I did before, I don’t care for it. Sure, it might be useful for one story, but then it will be abused in another one hundred. It’s just a gimmick, and good writing doesn’t need gimmicks.

      Sure, people writing informal letters cross things out. But it doesn’t make the letter particularly fun to read, so unless the crossing-out has a specific relevance to the plot, why make the reader’s task more difficult by putting it in there? And if it is relevant, then it’s easy enough to insert an interjection – “The last sentence had been crossed out.”

      As for right alignment, can you give an example of where it would be useful? Or do you actually mean right-left justified? That I can see as a valid stylistic format. But right alignment without left as well is a bit messy, and again, uncomfortable to read.

      I’m not saying your suggestions should not be implemented. It’s no skin off my nose if writers want them, but any story that used them is a story I would probably not bother finishing. I can find plenty of great fiction that doesn’t require extra effort on my part as a reader.

      • Guest

        08/28/2012 at 9:45 pm

        Hmm, the only time I can think of where right alignment would be appropriate in a story is when a character is reading or writing a letter. I was taught to right align the date in casual correspondence, but I’m not sure if that’s changed over the years. Left alignment gets the point across just as well.

        I’m curious if there are any other situations.

  8. DCH

    08/28/2012 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve been looking for a way to contact the admin of for a very, very long time now.
    I really would appreciate some help, even if it’s just in the form of replies to this comment that would make him or her more likely to see this.

  9. ShikiKira

    08/29/2012 at 2:10 am

    Can we please return the Favorites and Alerts pages back into a one-page list?! It is getting really annoying to have to sort through several pages to find a specific story to delete. The sorting system does not help in removal of stories and authors especially when you have many stories on Alerts and Favorites that are in the same category.

    Please do not add these same features for community manager’s archives. It would only be a nightmare for story removals as the archive is not sorted by titles. Sorting in the manager section of the community archives would be nice. Kind of like how we used to have the Favorites and Alerts pages.

    When we are sorting stories, can we have two categories? Some stories are crossovers and belong in two separate categories. However, with current system the stories in Favorites and Alerts are selected through whichever category the author had first selected. It would e really help to be able sort with two categories for crossover readers.

  10. yemi hikari

    08/29/2012 at 3:40 pm

    Seconded on adding the second category if possible.. The problem with only listing one category has been a problem since before the change.

  11. Lorraine

    08/29/2012 at 5:49 pm

    Is there a way of telling “read” PMs from “unread” ones that I’m just missing? As far as I can see, there’s no way to tell which messages you’ve read…

    • summerparamour

      08/29/2012 at 6:51 pm

      No, I’ve got the same issue. I’m really glad I’m not the only person that’s bugging.

  12. summerparamour

    08/29/2012 at 6:44 pm

    On the list of your PMs, the tabs used to change color to tell you which message has gained something new. I understand that the most recent will be at the top, but I’d like to know which messages have new replies. Could you possibly make them change color again?

  13. glraxay starfire

    10/29/2012 at 6:08 am

    hey i had some trouble start out write but i really do stand where everyone come from i just start this up in june but i had some problem with my own story but i am start outer this is also new i just come up with new idea all together.

  14. tracey

    11/07/2012 at 5:36 pm

    Considering how many people have kindles wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a feature where a story could be turned into a PDF file so it can be downloaded onto a kindle, I only ask this because some people don’t have time to sit on a computer and read a story especially long multi chapter stories

  15. Vera

    11/25/2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hello Lerene. I really liked your story “you kidnapped me” and I was very excited to know the end, but why didn’t you finish it? You paused on a very interesting point. Would you please go on?


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