Minor Updates

16 Sep


  1. Allow apostrophes within searching keywords and phrases such as “Mike’s wishes”. Due to caching, this change will take up to 1 hour to take effect.
  2. Increased character limit in search field to allow longer searches.


  1. (FictionPress Only) Some new stories are not properly indexed in the search database.
  2. Some forums are not properly indexed in the search database.

Posted by on 09/16/2012 in bug, forum, search


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48 responses to “Minor Updates

  1. yemi hikari

    09/16/2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for fixing. 😀

  2. tiquatue

    09/16/2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for not neglecting FictionPress with these updates. I used to think it was treated more like the redhaired stepchild of

  3. tiquatue

    09/16/2012 at 10:59 pm

    Speaking of FictionPress, would it be feasible and reasonable to have a set of sub-genres for every major genre listed? For example, would religious fiction fall under mythology? (Thinking of things like the Left Behind series of several years ago–Christian fiction is very popular these days.) Under romance you could have historical (for romances that happened in various historical periods–Regency, Medieval, Edwardian, Colonial, etc. Could be separated simply into Modern or Period.). Under mystery, supernatural, hard-boiled, historical, and cozies come to mind. Could a second genre of what already exists be paired with a primary one, rather like the crossovers of FanFiction? You’d have to decide which way you wanted to do it, but it might narrow down a reader’s selection to what they really want to read, as well as help an author better target their story to their audience.

    Just a thought.

    • yemi hikari

      09/16/2012 at 11:31 pm

      This wouldn’t be a bad idea. One of the things this would do is help make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.

    • Christine

      09/17/2012 at 12:53 am

      I’m glad you brought this up, because I’ve been thinking of the same thing lately.

      Sub-genres would definitely be helpful, especially in sections like the historical fiction section. It’s really hard to find historical stories from specific time periods and the search engine doesn’t help a lot with this.

      A lot of fandoms on FanFiction, like Harry Potter for instance, have a “Universe” category for further filtering, so why not a sub-genre category for FictionPress? I would definitely use it.

      • yemi hikari

        09/17/2012 at 2:07 am

        Crossovers for multiple genre and time period for the universe slot. That would be awesome.

  4. Dan Trigona

    09/16/2012 at 11:50 pm

    Will you please allow () and [] in the summary area?

    • Christine

      09/17/2012 at 12:54 am

      Seconding this request!

    • yemi hikari

      09/17/2012 at 2:07 am

      Yes please.

      • Laora

        09/17/2012 at 1:10 pm

        I would love this as well!

  5. Astoria25

    09/17/2012 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for the search update!!!! 😀

  6. sweetcypher

    09/17/2012 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for the search update! I can finally see the story I was looking for without having to go to the author’s page 🙂 Not that that was a problem..but it was made easier 🙂

  7. Lord Kelvin

    09/17/2012 at 10:24 am

    The number of forums shown in the category section Anime/Games/TV, etc. is usually lower than the number seen upon entering the forum listing of a franchise. For example, the Games window shows 245 Sonic the Hedgehog forums, while there are almost 450 forums. This messes up the category list. Also, relevance was never implemented properly. Would be nice to see a valid sorting option by the amount of new posts. Hand-picking writing forums as you’ve done to General forums won’t work.

    I’m still curious why OC Forum, which has 434,000 posts, was demoted to page two of General forums based on relevance. You have divided their post count by 10 in the site counter.

    • tiquatue

      09/17/2012 at 12:17 pm

      Kelvin, I think this has to do with posts and threads within the forums. After the latest forum crop, where threads and posts over 18 mos old were removed, any forums without at least one remaining thread or post were “hidden” in the overall count. I noticed this in my fandom; there are nine listed forums, but two have no threads in them, so the site only counts seven. If I went in and created a new thread in each of the two zero threads, they’d show up again in the count.

      Hope this helps!

      • Lord Kelvin

        09/18/2012 at 1:37 pm

        Latest crop? That was two years ago. The counts do not add up, anyway. The number of forums with posts is generally smaller than what is listed. Easy to see in series containing over 100 forums. Tiny fandoms aren’t a good indicator. Some of them don’t have any discrepancies. Looks like a counter out of sync.

      • Xing

        09/18/2012 at 2:41 pm

        The forum count in category listing is showing only non-empty forums while the actual browsing pages shows all forums so there is a disconnect in numbers there. Still it’s something we should fix to resolve any confusion.

      • Lord Kelvin

        09/18/2012 at 2:52 pm

        It adds up when ranked by topics count. When done by post count, forums with a topic bounce according to the creation date. Not very intuitive.

        A tick box like ‘Show empty forums’ might point a viewer in the right direction.

  8. Guest

    09/17/2012 at 6:26 pm

    Can you please bring numbering for stories back? On the main story pages and on the manage stories page. It really helped me to organize my stories!

    • yemi hikari

      09/17/2012 at 7:16 pm

      I would like the numbering to come back. It is easier to keep track of things when looking through the stories and to remember which page your on when it comes to the bigger fandoms.

    • The Imaginatrix

      09/17/2012 at 11:10 pm

      I miss the numbering too! Not only did it help me keep track of what page I was on, but I always knew how close to the bottom I was, because there were 25 stories on each page. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!

    • Guest

      09/18/2012 at 7:12 am

      I also miss the numbering.

      • konarciq

        09/20/2012 at 10:46 am

        Me too.

    • Filly8

      09/20/2012 at 1:08 pm


  9. SilverRider

    09/17/2012 at 11:36 pm

    I have a account with FictionPress since 2002. With an email address I no longer remember or use. Is there anyway I can access that account or have the email and password changed in order to gain access?

  10. Astoria25

    09/18/2012 at 5:06 am

    I don’t know where to put this, but there’s a glitch in the story stat’s page.

    It just keeps getting bigger and bigger until there’s no sidebars left in the graphs!!!! I hope I’m making myself clear.

    I generally access my account from a netbook so I’ve got a small screen, maybe that’s something to do with it?

    Athough I should point out that this had never happen before.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 12:14 am

      Yeah… the site admins need to fix that. No, the netbook has nothing to do with it either.

  11. Guest

    09/18/2012 at 7:17 am

    Hmm, what browser and operating system do you use?

    I have an old netbook with maximum screen resolution of 800×600 that I use occasionally and haven’t experienced any issues with the stats pages with IE or Firefox.

    • Astoria25

      09/18/2012 at 9:46 pm

      I use a netbook, Windows 7 and Chrome. I ususally don’t experience any Chrome glitches, which is what has me flabbergasted.

      My maximum screen resolution is 1024×600.

      What do you think it could be?

      • Guest

        09/19/2012 at 7:35 am

        You have a much better netbook than me. 🙂

        If you use a different browser, do you still have the problem? Does Chrome report any errors when you view the stats pages? It does seem strange since many posters on here also use Chrome. If it was a widespread bug, I’d imagine more people would mention it. Sorry I don’t have any solid answers, but maybe some brainstorming will figure it out.

        @yemi hikari: From your post above, it sounds like you have the same issue. Are you using Chrome?

      • Guest

        09/19/2012 at 7:41 am

        I viewed my story stats page and Firefox 15 reported the following error. Maybe this is behind the issue?

        Timestamp: 9/19/2012 4:38:11 AM
        Error: ParameterException: #06091847 chartobject-1 Warning >> A FusionChart oject with the specified id “sampleChart” already exists. Renaming it to chartobject-1
        Source File:
        Line: 19

      • Astoria25

        09/19/2012 at 10:31 am

        No, Chrome doesn’t. I’d have to check it over with IE.

        I dunno if that’s what it is. Unfortunately, I’m not quite *that* computer literate.

        I’ll get back to you when I have time.

      • Guest

        09/19/2012 at 11:47 am

        I’m not that computer literate, either. I don’t have the faintest idea what that error means. 🙂 I’m hoping someone reading this might chime in.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 11:45 pm

        Yup. I use Chrome. I haven’t looked at those nifty stats for some time now.

  12. Mahala

    09/18/2012 at 11:45 am

    I don’t really have any complaints about anything right now, except how long it takes to respond to abuse reports. I thought you guys had been doing better at being more prompt at handling them, but now you’re lagging again. There are a few abuse reports I sent over a month ago, I think they could’ve been looked at and taken care of by this point (while many other offenders keep being posted in the process). They’re blatant rule breakers (real person fiction and original fiction that needs to be on FictionPress). It’s not a good thing to decide to wait until the next purge in a few years to actually get around to deleting these stories. Many months ago before the purge, when I was looking through a certain couple of archives on the slight chance of trying to find something to read, I could’ve managed to do it a heck of a lot faster if a number of those rule breaking stories hadn’t been in the way that had apparently been reported by other people before. Think about it. Why let these stories clog up the archives this way so long? What’s the point of me reporting if you take so long to remove them (or not even removing them at all)?

    Can’t you get more admins to take on the job of handling abuse reports? It would set a better example handling legitimate abuse reports in a prompt manner, then people would start taking the rules a bit more seriously instead of thinking, “Well, if these other people can post rule breakers, so can I!” That’s how it escalates, you guys need to have better control.

    • MMC

      09/18/2012 at 12:14 pm

      I could be wrong, but I don’t think real person fiction is allowed on FictionPress. Unless I am reading that particular sentence wrong.

      In any case, I agree with some parts of your post. The admins are slow on responding, but they do get to them. Sometimes I think they are swamped with reports either way though, so the lag could be understandable. As for another purge, I’m hoping not to see that again for reasons I do not wish to type. But of course, it probably might.

      • yemi hikari

        09/18/2012 at 1:22 pm

        The rules are the same on both sites. However, you can write essays about real people. Essays however are not stories. On top of this, if someone doesn’t feel like their reports are being taken seriously fast enough they need to send an e-mail to the site admins. This way you can find out if the fanfic is actually breaking the rules. I say this because not all real person fanfiction is disallowed. Historical RPF is allowed.

      • MMC

        09/18/2012 at 9:50 pm

        @yemi hikari: Well I know Historical RPF isn’t that big an issue (I think) considering most of those historical figures have been dead for a long time, but when I said “real person”, I automatically assumed persons who are currently in the media and such; as in people in the present. Sorry I wasn’t clear. And yes, I looked at the FictionPress guidelines and they are indeed the same. I just wanted to make sure that the RPF couldn’t be posted on FP as original fiction.

        As for emailing the admins, I never had a problem getting a response from them once I sent out an abuse report (sent by my email instead of using the abuse report button). I ended up getting a response from them that they were ‘looking into the problem’ and the reported got deleted in a few days. A nudge email isn’t bad (I would send one at least 1-2 weeks since my original email), but I do think that the admins look at the reports even though, yeah, some responses can be slow.

  13. Amy

    09/18/2012 at 3:08 pm

    It seems people are still able to bring their stories back to the top of the list by re-posting deleted chapters.

  14. Blossom elex

    09/21/2012 at 7:19 pm

    I want to post my story but i don’t know how, pls some one should help.

    • Dan Trigona (@splinter48708)

      09/22/2012 at 12:59 am

      Hi! Posting is a couple of steps. I’ll assume that you’re brand new here, though, if that’s all right.

      The first step is to have a FanFiction account (or a FictionPress account). I will have to assume that you’re posting a FanFiction story, though.

      If you have an account, make sure you’re logged in. Then, click on “Publish” That will bring down a menu. Click on “Rules and Guidelines” and be sure to read them! When you are done reading, clink on the link on the bottom of the page. Please pay attention to the content guidelines and the list of authors who have asked that FanFiction not allow (like no “Interview with a Vampire” stuff) stories based on their works be posted. Also, no MA stories allowed.

      Go to “Doc Manager” next. Under the “Create New Document” area, fill in the name you want to the first chapter known as. This is for your reference only, though. Like “Prologue”, for example. If you’re uploading, hit the browse button to bring up your documents folder. Select the first chapter, and that window closes. You can also copy/paste now if you want that option. If it’s “story”, leave that as-is and hit submit

      OK, after you’re accepted the terms and uploaded your first document, click on “New Story” (hint: If you try to go past the Rules and Guidelines, you are required to go there at this time). Select “Normal” or “Crossover”. (If your story is a crossover between genres (Say Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings) or even related items (like Hulk/Spider-man). Select your category on this page…There will be a pop-up window for that.

      Fill in the form that follows with the title and fill in the summary box so new readers have an idea. Select the Language and Genre(s). (Language/Genre are optional, but, quite helpful). Select optional characters that the story focuses on.

      Finally, select the document that you uploaded and hit “Publish New Story”. It may take up to 4 hours for the story to be initially published, so, be patient.

      Once you’ve published a story and wish to add chapters, you can go right to the Doc Manager and upload without any pit stops. After upload of new chapter Just go to “Manage Stories”, select your story and go to “Content/Chapters”. There will be a link for posting a new chapter (or, if you’re made changes in a previously uploaded chapter, you can replace/update those). If posting a new chapter, you may want to consider renaming it off the default “Chapter XX”.

      After posting a new chapter to the story, give it about 30 minutes or so. You’ll know when it’s posted when you look at your stats as they will start to spike after the database is updated.

      Have fun!

      • Guest

        09/22/2012 at 11:57 pm

        To add to Dan’s excellent guide, if you have a new account, there is a waiting period before you are able to post your first story. I believe 48 or 72 hours. It’s to help prevent spam.

        So don’t get discouraged if you can’t post a story immediately. 🙂

  15. zeldaxlink

    09/22/2012 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks a lot for the searching update! It was hard finding stories with apostrophes ._.

  16. Alice Rocker

    09/23/2012 at 4:25 pm

    THANK YOU FOR FIXING THE SEARCH ENGINE. I used to search the exact titles, word-for-word, of my friends’ or my stories and not be able to locate them at *all* through the search engine. It was like they didn’t even exist, but now I can finally find it!! Thank you so much!!! 😀

  17. Block Out The Noise

    09/23/2012 at 7:26 pm

    Can you fix the ‘profile’ section? I align some of my paragraphs to the left and some to the middle (because of certain stuff such as topics and all) but sometimes/usually, after I click on update, the stuff I aligned to the left went on to the middle. Please fix that.

  18. Block Out The Noise

    09/23/2012 at 7:30 pm

    Oh, additional to my previous comment, if I try doing it over and over again, (aligning to the left) it STILL keeps going back to the middle. Is there a way where you could prevent this from happening? Or am I just doing something wrong?

  19. Jennifer

    10/01/2012 at 9:08 pm

    Please implement a rating system. Like a 5 star system or something in the review that you would see the average rating next to each story w/ the number of people that contributed to that rating. This would be so awesome. Thank you.

  20. Two Hearts

    01/08/2013 at 5:55 am

    Hello this is Two Hearts. I have finally updated my story and changed its title from ‘Looking for the Perfect Mate’ to ‘The Perfect Mate’. I rewrote the first four chapters making a few changes and have 16 chapters updated. I will be updating this story every one or two weeks. I hope you will read my story again and I apologize for abandoning my work. It won’t happen again!

  21. Gobi Zen

    07/08/2013 at 5:07 am

    Uncaught ParameterException: #06091847 chartobject-2 Warning getting this error while loading


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