Profile Location

18 Sep

Members can now manually update or correct their account country location via the settings page. Before this change, country location was detected automatically but only at 98% accuracy and even less so when you reside in a border region or in a country with a relatively small land mass.


  • Allow the manual change of profile country location.

Posted by on 09/18/2012 in Uncategorized


84 responses to “Profile Location

  1. Lavender Flame

    09/18/2012 at 7:33 pm

    Ah, that’s a good change! I know a few people who show up on their profile as living in a country they don’t actually live in….

  2. Aubrey

    09/18/2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you.

    Could you make the automatic sorting function on the general pages be by alphabetical order instead of popularity/number of fics again please? The way it currently is only gives more of a signal boost to the popular fandoms while supressing the ability to see the smaller fandoms.

    Plus, how’re we supposed to know where our fandom is this way? There are very few of us who actually know the number of fics in our fandom.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 12:00 am

      It just takes one click to pick a letter and it is much easier to look through shorter lists then longer ones.

  3. MMC

    09/18/2012 at 10:05 pm

    Ooh nice! I don’t have to change my location since it was correctly auto-detected, but hopefully others will be happy with this! 🙂

    Also, I am still hoping that you can probably have a button that can turn on/off cover art in the future. Thank you!

    • Kuro

      09/18/2012 at 11:02 pm

      A option to turn off covers is nice; not all of us likes it. For now try using adblock addon to block all those unwanted images.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 12:01 am

      I like the covers, but I also see the reason for being able to turn them off too.

  4. Brad Hawk

    09/18/2012 at 11:18 pm

    Can anybody tell me how to delete a created Community?

    I’m stuck with this problem. Thank You!

    • Unyielding Wish

      09/19/2012 at 11:02 pm

      I don’t think you can yet. But possibly they can install a feature that will allow someone to delete a community…

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 11:39 pm

        Actually, there is a way to delete a community. You go to the old link that was used in the past or something like that, but I don’t know what that is. I do know it is in one of the earlier threads but will require a bit of digging or googling to find.

  5. Amy

    09/19/2012 at 12:15 am

    Now let us search for authors based on location. 😀

    • favonilla

      09/19/2012 at 3:13 am

      In reply to Amy’s suggestion, I’m not opposed to the idea of searching for authors by location, but I’m completely bewildered as to what benefit it would provide. Do you think good stories only come from one country?

      I also worry that it will be yet another tiddly little function messing up the layout and slowing the performance of the site. If it won’t, then by all means, let it be made available. But it seems a little pointless. Why block potentially good material by filtering it out on such a random basis? Good writers, like bad writers, come from every country, not just one or two.

      For the record, my location is hidden, and will remain so. If readers are going to judge me by where I am and not by what I write, I don’t think I want them.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 3:49 am

        I’m actually opposed to the idea. Writers from more well known countries are going to get more attention, while writers from lesser known countries are going to get less attention. Some people may argue that his will prevent they from reading fanfics written by people whose first language isn’t English, but not everybody whose first language isn’t English is bad, not to mention some of these writers use fanfiction writing to improve their English skills and this will just make it harder for them to find a Beta who can work with them. On top of this, there are some people who have a dislike for certain countries and it would make it easier for people who want to be raciest to flame certain stories. I’ll add that these people are also very likely to know how to change their IP adress too.

      • Mademise

        09/20/2012 at 2:10 am

        I can only speak for myself, but if one could search for authors by location, then I would definitely use that to try and network with people near where I live. I am currently part of a rather small country, and I’d be very interested to see if there were any other people near here who share my interests.

      • favonilla

        09/20/2012 at 4:02 am

        @Mademise: I see what you are saying, and I can understand why some people might find that idea attractive.

        On a personal level, I’ve had someone contact me on that basis, and I considered it a serious breach of my privacy, and frankly a little bit creepy. I don’t want to become part of a little (insert nationality here) clique, and I don’t want people trying to make friends with me based on anything as spurious as being within the same borders. This is why I hide my location (and blocked the user in question). But I suppose not everyone is going to feel that their boundaries are being compromised in that situation.

        I repeat, if it doesn’t cause problems with the site, or make it even more untidy than it already is, I have no issue with it – as long as I can continue to keep my location from being made public.

      • yemi hikari

        09/20/2012 at 4:33 pm

        @ favonilla – This is pretty much what I was trying to say. There are to many people who don’t want to give out personal information. I also would rather some of the younger members not be given the temptation to give out personal information either, we have enough putting that information out their already. For example, using their real name for their account name, putting their e-mail where everyone can see it, using their first name and birthdate on their profile, making their OC be from the city they live in.

      • yemi hikari

        09/20/2012 at 7:51 pm

        I mean pretty much what I wanted to say. D:


    • Venti

      09/19/2012 at 7:14 am

      I love this idea. I’d like to find more authors from my countries. 🙂 If they are writing in English, it’s impossible. It’s not to ‘block out’ writers, but to DISCOVER them. I don’t know how many authors from Slovakia or Croatia are here… ten? Twenty? lol. As it is now, 90% of stories I read are from USA and few big countries.

      Unlike USA, in my country fanfiction is unknown and practically non-existent – or at least it seems now. If we could find and support each other on FFN, perhaps things could start to improve.

      I don’t see why would it slow down the site or mess the layout – it’s just another search. If search by username or name of the story don’t cause any problems, I don’t see why this should. And if you don’t need the feature – nobody forces you to use it. If someone finds it useful, why not?

      • izraill

        09/22/2012 at 11:49 pm

        Because people wouldn’t read stories form countries where the author might not know proper english/any language. that means all the readers will prefer reading fanfics from USA and UK in the english fandom or Mexico and Span in the fandom in spanish, for example.

        That means if you’re from other country and post in more than one language you will be ignored.

  6. Wispr

    09/19/2012 at 2:28 am

    Would love to be able to block anonymous reviews again. FF.Net use to be a very safe place to post one stories, but sadly that’s all in the past it seems.

    If you wont let the authors decide on if they want anonymous reviews or not can you please explain the reason way the ability for the authors to protect themselves from anonymous reviews was taken away?

    • favonilla

      09/19/2012 at 3:18 am

      While I’ve never felt the need to block anonymous reviews myself, I can understand why many writers would prefer to do so. Some reviewers hide behind anonymity to post abusive reviews, and authors shouldn’t be made to read these before deleting them. Anyone with a valid comment has no reason not to sign in to post it.

      I therefore support Wispr’s request.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        12/31/2012 at 5:59 pm

        I used to block anonymous reviews. Not because of the fear of flames. I’ve never gotten one. But it was more that my philosophy is if you can’t stand behind what you say and don’t have the guts to sign your posts, I don’t need to read them. There is no way to respond to anonymous reviews, either, and I prefer to at least PM reviewers.

        It’s not hard to register for an account if you are a regular fanfic reader. In fact, it’s more convenient to do so because of the e-mail alerts and Favorites. I don’t see why people can’t take the minute or two to register if they are a frequent visitor to a site. If they don’t wish to and an author doesn’t care about maximum review potential and would prefer to not allow all viewers to comment, the choice should be available.

        On a related note, I got a kind review once for a fic that was by someone without an account. But being able to interact directly with commenters means more to me than the occasional praise from anonymous people and if the option were ever returned, I would probably block unregistered commenters again. Sure, my review counts suffer, but I’d feel more comfortable being able to have some kind of control, and unsigned reviews feel as though there’s no lock on my door, if you get my meaning.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 4:12 am

      I’d rather the ability to block anonymous reviews wasn’t added back to the site. Some of the anonymous reviewers don’t have accounts. I know that I lurked the site before I even joined. I remember a few times when something in a story stood out and I wanted to reply to the story and I was frustrated to find that the person blocked anonymous reviews. Sometimes it was a minor critique, but other times it was something nice to say. There are reasons to wait to get an account and there are reasons to never get an account. On top of this, I’ve had some of my readers be quite grateful that I allowed anonymous reviews. These are people with signed accounts mind you. Some didn’t realize they were no longer signed in and didn’t realize it. Others actually couldn’t sign into their accounts for various reasons.

      I do get that people don’t want to be flamed by anonymous reviewers. Some of the people I’ve seen complain about the fact anonymous reviews are no longer allowed to be blocked want to block anonymous reviews so that they can avoid getting any form of critique though, because they don’t know the difference between a critique and a flame. I also know that blocking anonymous reviews won’t stop a flamer, contrary to what people think. Some even know ways around IP bans or they know how to avoid getting an IP ban by making their IP untraceable.

      • Wispr

        09/19/2012 at 4:44 am

        From talking to others the flames far out weigh the reviews with constructive criticism. Yeah there are ways for flamers to get around being blocked but why would FF.Net go out of their way to make it so easy for a flamer to flame?

        Yes there are and will be authors that can’t tell the difference between a flame and a positive critique. It’s their lost if they don’t want to grow as a writer, but don’t punish the other writers because of this.

        That you allowed anonymous was, at least then, your “choice”, I much rather choose the protection against flamers that we had in the past. With how stressful real life is for so many the last thing authors need is to have even more stress from a place that use to be a far more peaceful environment.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 12:07 pm

        Possibly because they’ve gotten a lot of complaints that certain reviewers block any and all form of criticism and it is easy to delete anonymous reviews, which is why they have the moderate review system as a compromise. While flaming and spam reviewing does occur, it also isn’t as frequent as some of the people claim it to be and there is a bit of paranoia among some people.

      • Shawnesty

        09/19/2012 at 2:47 pm

        Yeah, I don’t want to see anonymous reviews disabled, either. For one thing, it doesn’t allow people who don’t have/want accounts to leave comments, plus it also enables authors who dislike any kind of constructive criticism to hide behind the review block and largely filter out any kind of advice someone might offer them. I understand that authors don’t want to be flamed and it’s stressful to deal with, but if it’s that stressful, then perhaps the best thing to do is leave the site and either circulate your work among friends/family or set up your own fanfic site that allows you to control the review features because disabling anonymous reviews doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting flamed, as flamers can create multiple accounts and leave signed flames if they wish. It’s a chance you take when you post your work to a site that encourages public critique. And the site does have the 3-day moderation feature that allows writers to consider if they want unsigned reviews to post to their work, so I’m not sure why it’s so stressful to skim a review and then decide if you want it to post or not, as outside of the reviewer who commented, you’re the only other one who will see the comment. And at least by allowing anonymous reviews to be viewed by the author, especially reviews with constructive criticism, they then at least have to SEE what people are thinking about their work and fix any potential issues if they wish.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      09/19/2012 at 7:09 am

      *nod* I agree with this – I know that especially in large fandoms some people have problems with spamming or flaming anonymous reviews. It would be great to have three options on what to do with anonymous reviews: moderate, block all, or accept. People who are targeted by anonymous reviewers should have the chance not to see harassment at all, rather than have to repeatedly moderate it out.

      Sometimes people go anonymous for understandable reasons, but I think giving writers the ability to avoid anonymous harassment is more important than making sure all people without accounts can comment on the site. If a writer blocks all anonymous comments, then at least an anonymous reader can talk about the story on a different website where they are registered.

      I write in small fandoms and I like to use the allow anonymous reviews setting – I’ve received a few nice anonymous reviews and I’m glad of them. 🙂 I think that the default setting should continue to be to moderate anonymous reviews.

      • Astoria25

        09/19/2012 at 10:35 am

        But we can already moderate and/or delete them. It’s in the review section.

        This “block anonymous reviews” is a good addtion how?

        I’ve never had quite the pleasure of having flames on this site, however, I’ve on another sites and I just lol over them. Genuine feedback takes their time so I just don’t bother paying attention to them.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/19/2012 at 5:05 pm

        Re: moderating – moderating is an effort. For example, I came across someone the other day who received 38 anonymous reviews consisting only of “update now”. Some people experience repeated incidents like these, or even repeated anonymous harassment, and would rather have the option to block all rather than have to go through reading and deleting abusive messages one by one.

        Some authors would still choose to moderate anon comments, and that’s good too! It would be great to choose to accept all, moderate, or block all.

      • Astoria25

        09/19/2012 at 5:26 pm

        That makes sense! But still, I think it hsould not be allowed. The potential for abuse is great.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 11:37 pm

        They only received thirty-eight anonymous reviews begging them to update and they are complaining about having to delete them? I once got ten-thousand anonymous reviews using words not suitable for this conversation. I couldn’t delete the reviews at all and the site admins had to delete all of my reviews including the signed ones to get rid of them. The site admins limited the number of pages an anonymous reviewer can fill up between signed reviews which filled up at least ten pages of reviews. On top of this I never got my old e-mail cleaned out of the ten-thousand plus review alerts I had because of this. While it took time to delete all of the reviews the second time around, it took less then five to ten minutes to do so compared to the inability to do it before.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/20/2012 at 2:01 am

        And I’m sure you had to do it both ways, upwards, through the snow, yemi hikari.

        That’s exactly the point I’m making – it is an inconvenience to have to read and delete large amounts of abusive anon reviews, a larger inconvenience for writers in more popular fandoms. There are many other sites which allow users to block anon comments just as FF.Net used to. It is not difficult to get an account as long as you have a valid email address; it is just more difficult to leave large numbers of flames.

        There are a small amount of people who can’t get accounts for some reason, and a small number of people who receive anon harassment and would rather simply block all anon comments. The latter only want a feature that many other sites such as LJ or Tumblr currently offer for users.

      • yemi hikari

        09/20/2012 at 3:45 am

        My point was not the point you were making. My point was that it is not an inconvenience to delete ten to fifteen pages of flame reviews, but it is an inconvenience to have to delete ten-thousand reviews. Ten to fifteen pages is only a hundred fifty to two hundred twenty-five reviews.The first takes only a small amount of time while the second is impossible because the page times out.

        There is also a difference between a spam reviewer who begs for updates and a spam flamer who actually intends harm. I also know that spam reviewing and spam flaming isn’t that common of an occurrence. While a writer can stop them by turning off the anonymous reviews, other people have to deal with them when they do crop up. A better solution would be to allow for deletion of multiple anonymous reviews at a time.

        People shouldn’t be forced to have an account to review stories. Some people don’t want to keep track of multiple accounts.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/20/2012 at 7:52 am

        it is not an inconvenience to delete ten to fifteen pages of flame reviews

        Some people have different definitions of inconvenience.

      • Wispr

        09/21/2012 at 5:22 am

        (People shouldn’t be forced to have an account to review stories. Some people don’t want to keep track of multiple accounts.)

        The only “forcing” going on is the authors having a level of security that they were able to enjoy for years ripped from them. Authors shouldn’t be forced to have to choose between getting flame or simply removing their stories from this site to avoid flames.

        I seriously don’t understand this apparent need for anonymous reviewers to open up authors to possible anonymous harassment. My review isn’t and will never be worth causing an author grief due to their losing protection against anonymous persecution. The author made the choice to disable anonymous reviews… why is it so hard to respect their decision?

      • yemi hikari

        09/21/2012 at 3:28 pm

        @ Wispr – Except a lot of this worry about getting flamed amounts to paranoia. I’ve spoken to some of these people via PM and forums so I know that they choose to block reviews because they falsely believe the rumors that flaming is wide spread through all fandom. The spread of this rumor isn’t helped by writers who don’t know the difference between a critique and a flame.

        They claim to their readers that they were flamed but have deleted said review so the reader has to choose whether to take the writers word for it. If the readers have been following the writer, then they are likely to believe said writers word even though they should be having doubt unless they had the chance to have seen the review left from the anonymous reviewer. I’ve personally seen some of these reviews before they were deleted and most of the time they aren’t flames. Which makes me doubt a writer unless I can see the actual flame.

        Now, there are a select few people who blocked anonymous reviews because they had actually been flamed by an anonymous reviewer. Most of it results from paranoia or the inability to tell critique from flames.

  7. Lord Kelvin

    09/19/2012 at 8:37 am

    Make anon reviewers’ IP addresses visible. Should reduce the amount of spam and impersonation in the comments.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 12:18 pm

      Some people would argue this is an invasion of privacy, that their IP address should only be available to the site admins. If the site admins were to make IP addresses available it should only be available to the writers of the fanfic. Even then some people won’t be happy with it, but I believe there is a way to identify each IP address with a special code indicating that it is the same person, so that the site admins are still the only people who have the IP data.

      The other option is for the site admins to make it clear that signed reviews are not the only thing they can trace back to the original user, unsigned ones can also be traced back to the original sender. They may not want to give some of the smarter kids ideas though.

      • Lord Kelvin

        09/19/2012 at 2:31 pm

        With the IP address shown, you can rest assured the anon is who they say they are and you can see if a single person is pretending to be 20 people, spamming a review board. Right now, there is no way to prove that. With the IP, we’d have a reduced amount of pretend spam. Plus, it worked for newspaper websites. The moment they started showing IP addresses, sockpuppetry and arguments subsided. You may not want to get an account, but an IP will give the review more credibility. As a writer, I’m forced to accept anon reviews, so transparency would be appreciated, too.

        Alternatively, give the writer the option to see IP addresses in the ‘remove anon reviews’ section without making them public.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 2:51 pm

        Thanks for addressing my concerns.

      • Shawnesty

        09/19/2012 at 2:53 pm

        I’m going to say NO on making the IP addresses visible, either publically or to the writer…I value my privacy very much and don’t want my IP address available on ANY site.

  8. Wispr

    09/19/2012 at 9:20 am

    I really like Blue-Inked Frost idea of having three options on what to do with anonymous reviews: moderate, block all, or accept.

    I’ve been to other fan fiction sites where you had to be logged in order to leave a review and being the visiting reader it was up to me to decide if I wanted to register so I could review or not. I would never in a million years think that the author should be made to strip away a level of protection just so I didn’t have to register.

    Is making it so that the author can block anonymous reviews a full proof way of preventing flames… no. But it’s one heck of a deterrent.

    • konarciq

      09/24/2012 at 2:26 pm

      I haven’t had any flaming problems so far (some really stupid and irrelevant reviews, yes, but no flaming), but I support Wispr’s latest post. If a reader is so adamant in leaving his review for a certain story that has anonymous reviews blocked, he may as well get an account. Or else just shrug and forget about it. That’s no reason to strip away a safety layer that many authors treasure.

  9. Adalis

    09/19/2012 at 3:53 pm

    can you i don’t know add and ignore or something to the mail sorting page i mean there are stories i really don’t care for that i would prefer don’t pop up in the list every time they are updated …..

  10. Koneko

    09/19/2012 at 8:27 pm

    Out of curiosity, has anyone received an large amount of flames since the new review setting?

    • Shawnesty

      09/19/2012 at 10:33 pm

      Actually outside of a former friend who wanted to be nasty after I refused her unsolicted and unwanted advice, I’ve never gotten a flame, even though I’ve always had the anonymous reviews enabled on my account. But I’ve heard from a few people who’ve said that they’re more willing now to start reviewing with the anonymous reviews being enabled across the board, simply because they don’t have or want accounts on the site. So when someone limits the anon review feature, they’re also limiting those readers who don’t have accounts and cutting down on the amount of reviews they can get.

      • yemi hikari

        09/19/2012 at 11:25 pm

        That’s one of the complaints I’ve heard off the site. They didn’t like reviewing because they didn’t know which stories allowed or didn’t disallow reviews. They would then go to review someones story after reading it to tell the writer what they thought only to find out the person didn’t allow anonymous reviews. They said it was like a slap in the face saying only people who left signed reviews were worth the writers time despite the fact both people with accounts and without read the stories.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/20/2012 at 2:04 am

        I think a better fix for figuring out which writers allow anon reviewing would be the site blanking out the review space if the reviewer is ineligible to leave a comment. 🙂 That’s even a feature I’d like as a signed in user, wanting to know if I’ve already reviewed that story or chapter.

      • yemi hikari

        09/20/2012 at 3:12 am

        While I don’t agree with turning off anonymous reviews I do agree to having the review space blanked out.

      • Wispr

        09/20/2012 at 10:32 am

        In regards people not being able to tell if a author allows anonymous reviews, just add something to the story stats, an icon or something of such nature, along with the review – favorite – follow counts.
        That way at a glance the reader knows ahead of time if they can leave a anonymous review or not. To me this makes more sense and a better compromise then lashing out at the authors by stripping away a layer of protection from flamers and such.

    • yemi hikari

      09/19/2012 at 11:19 pm

      I question how often mass flaming occurred even before the new review setting came into place. Most flames occur one or two at a time, not in large amounts. The times I have heard of them occurring is when the fanfic writer has become a target. There are flaming groups which can’t be stopped by blocking anonymous reviews or IP bans. There are writers targeted because they told another writer the truth. There are also writers who make themselves targets either by writing tons of badfic and/or very personal self-inserts or who react negatively in their author’s notes letting flamers know they are prime targets.

      • Lord Kelvin

        09/20/2012 at 8:29 am

        Kudos on the blanked out space for signed in reviews! Spam is an issue as acute as ‘mass flaming’, if not worse. Take this board, for instance: [story ID 8225387]. 400 anonymous reviews that are not reviews, but some people roleplaying.

        If anonymous reviews weren’t included in the review count, stories like that one would not appear on the front page when ranked by review count.

    • ShikiKira

      09/21/2012 at 1:29 am

      No, I haven’t had any flames that actually relate to my story. Mostly just from people who I have warned before reporting them to the admins.

  11. Flora

    09/20/2012 at 11:15 am

    Search Feature Down
    The search engine is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few minutes

    Evertime I use the search engine, it give me the same answer, so now I could not search anything, I want ask when the search engine could be get better, I remember that it never happen before, I use the search for time to time, it never like this before, could it get better or the search engine could not be use ever after.


    09/20/2012 at 1:42 pm

    I concur with yemi hIkari and Blue-inked frost. Having the review space blanded out or some other sort of indicator that the author is not accepting anonymous reviews is a good idea

    • Guest

      09/23/2012 at 12:13 am

      Me, too. 🙂

      When I’m traveling or accessing the site from a public or open Wi-Fi connection, I don’t log into my account for security reasons. I will leave an anonymous review and sign my penname.

      I don’t write ‘like it’ or ‘update soon’ reviews. When I leave feedback, I try to point out specifics as to what worked and didn’t work for me. It would be nice to know the author blocks anonymous reviews before I waste my time composing a message.

      I know many authors on here want to completely block anonymous reviews, but I would be less inclined to review them even if I was logged in.

      • Wispr

        09/29/2012 at 8:24 pm

        First off want to apologize for the lateness of my reply, overtime at work been keeping me busy and I wanted to make sure me reply was coherent… 😉

        I don’t see how talking about the abuse by anonymous Flamers that’s now allowed to flourish after removing the authors ability to choose to block anonymous reviews as trying to spread paranoia.

        Yes there were a few authors abusing the ability to block people, both signed in and anonymous, from reviewing due to wanting only praise or not being able to tell the difference between a good critique and a flame. My feelings towards people like that are… “So what?” If these few individuals are so thin skin that they can’t handle good constructive criticism, which I’m embarrassed to admit I was when I first started posting fan fiction, but seriously if these people want to be that way I say let them. People like them aren’t hurting anyone except themselves, frustrating others… yeah, but not hurting/abusing others. But flames/harassment does hurt others and it’s a heck of a lot more prevalent then the few that are choosing to bury their head in the sand so not to hear good solid critique. Using these few individuals as a justification to purposely strip all the other authors of their ability to better guard themselves against the flamer seems to me a bit heavy handed and horribly callous towards of those many authors that have a reasonable motivation for choosing to block anonymous reviews.

        As for the “Guest Reviews Moderation Feature”, yes it’s a compromise that both helps in relieving Mods of the hassle of having to deal with all the extra flaming now happening due to the removal of the Block Anonymous Reviews feature. And it allows the author to choose to remove the flame before it is posted, which is a bloody good thing, but in the end it’s a compromise that heavily favors the Flamers. I say this simply because unless the author is deleting all anonymous reviews before reading them, they still have to read the anonymous reviews to see which are flames and which aren’t. This allows the Flamers words to still reach their intended victim and with the author deleting said flame before it’s made public, it makes it easy for the people that are against authors having extra protection against flamers to say the author is either exaggerating or outright lying over the number of flames they’re receiving/deleting.

        As for the people that are complaining that they can’t review due to the “Block Anonymous Reviews” feature, I do feel bad for them, I’ve been in the same boat myself, but there will always be a few that slip through the cracks. And I truthfully believe that the majority of the ones complaining, are wanting the featured remove for more malicious reasons. Before I explain my remark I want to stress that I am not lumping all the people that wanted the ability of the fan fiction author to protect themselves from flamers remove as being flamers or such. No I seriously believe there are people with legitimate grounds for either not wanting to or being able to register for various reasons. But I firmly believe these are few and far between and I say this because of how my own outlook on visiting a fan fiction site that has similar features to blocking anonymous reviews. I go in with the attitude that I’m a visitor and thus it falls on me to both respect and honor that sites rules. Especially respect the authors wish for that extra level of protection from harassment. So I feel that a large number of the ones that are complaining over not being able to anonymously review are simply wanting to be highly disrespectful to the authors… in essence they want to flame.

        But sadly I must accept that Fanfiction Net now stands strongly behind anonymous reviews, no matter the cost to all the authors who used the Block feature for protection that they rightfully needed. It’s truly horrible to see a site that was one, if not the safest place to post become something akin to a haven for flamers.

        Well that’s pretty much all I have to say on the matter so I wish you all a good day/evening.

  13. KH

    09/20/2012 at 3:24 pm

    While I understand some of the upgrades to the site have been necessary, what I would really love the site to do is to update and make clear the rules for submission, including the ratings guidelines. Right now the rules and ratings guidelines are very ambiguous with no clear definition of what constitutes MA fic vs. M fic. A friend of mine got her story deleted for being MA (it contained a minor sex act), yet there are other fics in that fandom that are more sexually graphic than her story was, but they’re allowed to remain on the site. So site administrators, while the fancy updates to the site have been groovy and all, how about refining the rules and ratings system and detailing what exactly is considered MA fic on here? It would also be nice if the site made clear why things like real person fics and songfics are not allowed…I know it’s due to the potential for a lawsuit, but so many others don’t realize that, so some clear definitions of the ratings system and submission guidelines would be greatly appreciated.

    • yemi hikari

      09/20/2012 at 4:21 pm

      Is it really that they are allowed to remain there or is it more along the lines that nobodies reported those fanfics to the site admins. If nobody reports them to the site admins then the admins can’t do anything about them.

      • KH

        09/20/2012 at 6:18 pm

        That I honestly don’t know. But my point is, if the guidelines were more definite in terms of what is and what isn’t considered MA fic, it would be greatly appreciated by both writers and readers on the site. Right now they’re extremely unclear and ambiguous and I know a lot of writers struggle trying to decide if their fic is M or MA. It would also be helpful if the site admins gave the author the option of deleting the work on their own, like warning them that the story violated the ratings and the writer had three days to take it down or the site would delete it for them. That way the writer could salvage their reviews before taking the story down. I’m sure a lot of people on here would be more than willing to either rework the story to fit guidelines or take it down on their own if they just had warning from the site that their fic violated a rule.

      • izraill

        09/20/2012 at 9:07 pm

        I agree with KH, an author shouldn’t just go to their profile/e-mail inbox and see their story was deleted. Although it may cause problems because the admins would have to check the same story twice, I still think it would be a good idea.

        About the MA/M ratings, just being a little clearer (mainly about the sex) would be much appreciated as people wouldn’t be unfairly acused of breaking the rules and rule-breakers wouldn’t keep their stories claiming they’re rated-M.

    • ShikiKira

      09/21/2012 at 1:35 am

      Yes, this is a wonderful suggestion and I really hope the admins will pull through with this. How a lot of movies and writings are rated have changed, and it would be nice if and would follow with that change as well or just clarify their own rules. The line blurs for T, M, and MA rated stories because of the change in how they would rated in real life. There are now some movies and writings that would have originally been rated M or MA several years now rated as just PG-13 or T because of our ever changing culture.

      • KageNoNeko

        09/21/2012 at 11:50 am

        I do have to agree with ShikiKira about line between T, M, and MA rated stories being very unclear. I’ve always rate my stories T because I can’t figure out if one of the lower ratings would fit. Besides if the fandom is rated a certain way, then I usually rate it that way for my fanfics. It would be nice to have clear enough ratings where people can make their own personal checklist to use to figure out how to rate their guidelines.

  14. Shinshuu

    09/20/2012 at 4:41 pm

    I also echo Aubrey on having the general pages sorted back in alphabetical order. Yes, there is filtering by “All”, but when a person goes to the library/bookstore to look for a book, how are they sorted at first glance? Either alphabetically by author or by series title. As Aubrey pointed out, being sorted by popularity doesn’t give much chance to series that aren’t as popular.

  15. StillWatersAreDeep

    09/21/2012 at 9:18 am

    It would be great if instead of only being able to chose your country you could instead chose to show your continent, in other words: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Nord and South America. Like this you would be able to state your location without giving away to much information.

  16. Shawnesty

    09/21/2012 at 3:28 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with making the ratings definitions as clear as can be. I write in fandoms that involve police or fire work and so my work is more adult-oriented, with stronger language and violence depictions, along with the occasional sexual situation. I never rate my stuff lower than a T rating and anything containing sexual content goes over into the M-rated page, and I take care to plaster warnings all over so that readers are aware that the content is for maturer audiences. But I admit I struggle trying to decide whether something is T or M…does the occasional use of the f-word or a description of a gory scene automatically relegate my stuff to the M page or what? There’s no clear line as to what constitutes T and what constitutes M ratings, and so I always worry that I’m inadvertantly breaking a rule by labeling something a T rating when it should be rated M. Plus a better definition of the overall guidelines would be appreciated, especially if the site gave reasons why certain fics were not allowed.

  17. Koneko

    09/21/2012 at 9:45 pm

    That’s a very good point. I personally rate all my work as T but for others, a bulleted checklist or rubric for authors could use would be nice. Example:
    How much gore does your story have? Minimal Some A lot
    If you answered A lot, your story is probably rate M.
    Some people ask me what their story is rated (like I know…) so I’m pretty sure it’ll clear up some confusion.

  18. yiranY

    09/21/2012 at 11:22 pm

    There’s a typo in the text.

    “You can choose to update or correct the country location of your profile. For your privacy protection, you may elect to not dispaly this information to the public via the account settings page.”

    “[D]ispaly” is meant to be display.

  19. kaleidocherry

    09/21/2012 at 11:30 pm

    I agree with desiring clearer definitions on M/MA. Very much. I took down an M story (sex-based) because of this news of stories being deleted with no warning. That was one of my top 2 stories and people are clamoring for it back, but I can’t tell if it crosses that line because the guidelines are so vague.

    Meanwhile, I have a suggestion for Story Stats. I’d love to see a graph with each story across the bottom (instead of the date), showing total hits and visitors for the month to date. That way authors can see which of their stories are getting the most hits. As it is, I spend a while clicking back and forth on all my story titles just to see how they’re doing. Knowing a story’s not getting any love has helped me decide to weed out the subpar stories in favor of my well-received ones.

    • ShikiKira

      09/22/2012 at 4:05 am

      Well it’s not a graph, but I believe the table at the bottom of the newer story stats already does that. The table tells how many hits or visitor each story receives. If you are talking about overall hits that a story receives then you may want to to click on the legacy story stats.

      • kaleidocherry

        09/22/2012 at 3:06 pm

        I guess I meant “today only.” So I can see what’s getting the most love today without going to click on each story title separately in the drop-down. But that’s minor.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      09/22/2012 at 5:14 am

      Just because a story is not clicked on much does not mean it isn’t good. 🙂 I like to read stories in some obscure fandoms, and some of my favourite characters are not very popular characters, but that doesn’t make fics about them bad. I always hope that fics which I’ve enjoyed are not deleted, even though I’m only one reader. You never know when someone might stumble on a story and enjoy it, even if it is just one person.

      Also, not getting clicks could just mean that it’s the summary and title which are not pinging as many readers, not the story content itself! A smaller number of clicks can result from as minor a factor as the time of day the story is posted.

      • Guest

        09/23/2012 at 12:06 am

        “Just because a story is not clicked on much does not mean it isn’t good.”

        Well said! There are several stories that I greatly enjoy where I’m the only reviewer. They are well-written, engaging and original, but because they don’t have the popular ‘ship’ (I cringe at that word), they get ignored.

        I also agree with Blue-Inked Frost’s suggestions – If you’re not getting as many readers as you hoped, try for a more eye-catching summary and title. But please don’t remove your story. 🙂

      • Shawnesty

        09/23/2012 at 2:15 am

        I agree with this! I write in some pretty small fandoms and so most of us in those realms know we’re not going to get a lot of hits to our work in comparison to some of the big fandoms, and we’re fine with that. We write because we love to do so and we enjoy sharing our work with fans, no matter how few they are. And I wouldn’t remove a story just because it wasn’t getting the amount of love you think it should get, like Blue-Inked and Guest have said, just because something didn’t get a lot of hits doesn’t mean it’s not good, and so why pull a good story and deny any future fans the chance to read it, just because it’s not currently popular? You should never turn writing into a popularity contest and if you’re only writing to “get love” to your work, that’s kind of missing the point of the craft itself. You write because you WANT to and you love to do it, not because you want to try to get love to your work or be popular on a fandom.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        12/31/2012 at 6:56 pm

        I agree completely. I seem to be doomed to like unpopular pairings and sometimes minor characters as well, though not always. I have found many older fics that I’ve enjoyed over the years. Not just fics, but what if people decided that songs or movies or anything that wasn’t popular enough to garner national attention should be dismantled? That would get rid of a lot of thought-provoking and inspiring artistry, in every medium. It’s also important to note that there’s always a niche for one’s work – people who love the aesthetic or come to know you as a name they can rely on to produce work they usually find worthwhile.

        What would be nice is if authors took down abandoned fics. I really hate those. It’s fine if an author has lost their zest for a story, but leaving it up and then not updating it is just inconsiderate to readers.

        But I digress.

        It’d be nice to get more reviews. I don’t know what people mean by eye-catching summaries or titles. My feeling is that one should simply tell the truth. Those who are interested will find their way to the story. It’s not about pleasing the masses. In fact, the things that are most popular are generally the most shallow, in my not-so-humble opinion. A few people have wondered why my fics don’t have more reviews. One reason was because I blocked anonymous ones. But I’d rather have a few quality reviews than twenty that just say “Update soon” or “Great work.” And I’m happy to be able to say that my work has attracted discerning readers.

    • bienfait

      09/22/2012 at 4:30 pm

      @kaleidocherry – it would be nice to be able to see that data without looking for it, but I’m not sure a graph would be very useful. Some writers have a stack of stories, and fitting them all on one page might be a problem.

      For me, the monthly stats are already sufficient, they show me whether a story’s stats are climbing as I expect them to, and I can make my decisions on that, and on how many followers/favourites it gets. And if I want a more detailed breakdown for an individual story, drilling down is not really that much of a chore.

  20. Unyielding Wish

    09/22/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but does anyone notice that the default font is suddenly Times New Roman instead of Verdana?

    • MMC

      09/22/2012 at 6:17 pm

      I still have Verdana as the default font when I checked out a story earlier today. Double-checked just a few minutes ago and it’s still Verdana. If it helps, I’m using Internet Explorer as my default browser.

    • Guest

      09/22/2012 at 11:59 pm

      I’m also using IE and the default font on FFN is still Verdana.

  21. Please respond

    09/22/2012 at 6:10 pm

    Please, please get more moderators to get to the abuse reports a little faster, and start issuing some permanent bans. In Misc. Movies, this one author named dani directioner keeps posting this same story, “One Direction, a Music Video, and a Kidnapping”, after the first two times it was removed when I’d reported it. She has no intention of stopping and I told her in my previous two reviews about the One Direction fanfiction sites she could post on. Don’t get me started on all the One Direction stuff in Misc. tv shows. Why are they doing this? There are OD fan sites out there, why do they have to clog up FanFiction? The Misc. categories are already difficult to navigate with them littering it.

  22. pinkypie52

    09/22/2012 at 7:14 pm

    Hey fanfic, could you please make images on iPad/Iphone/Ipod?I want to change my profile pic but can’t cause I’m on iPad. Could you please make this possible? Thank you so much!

  23. TsukinoSetsuko

    10/09/2012 at 8:30 pm

    can you put a report button onto profiles that are both offensive and dangerous. there is a profile of this person on ff.n on her profile she promotes suicide and in a message to a friend she admitted it. she tells multiple authors to kill themselves in reviews. i know that people have the right to say what they want but there should be a line. this person doesnt know who they are talk to and the person she is talking to could talk her advice. AND ACTUALLY KILL THEMSELVES!!!!! in some states promoting suicide and cyber bullying is becoming illegal. please make it more defined on whats acceptable of a review and the lines people should not cross. suicide is no joke. my friend also has messages where this person expresses racism, sexism, agreeance to demestic abuse, suicide and bullying. please take care of this. and please set up protection for writers against others like her. people like her are dangerous!

  24. eza'sipogal lovesuju n never

    10/10/2012 at 9:42 am

    unnie aku pngen ikutan bkin ff gmana cra’y spya bza bxin ff aku xan dah lma sring bca ff n aku bner2 kpikiran kpan ea aku bz bkin ff ky elf dll . . . .
    Mhon bntuan’y ea unnie


    10/29/2012 at 12:11 am

    Let’s divide the cake into three.Shut up!Any messages for me? You really have an ear for pop music.You mustn’t aim too high.As a matter of fact, he was pretending to be ill.Are your grandparents still living? Here you are.Enjoy yourself!Let’s take a short break for lunch.


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