Titles and Summaries

26 Sep

Increased limit for story titles from 50 to 70 characters. This should resolve issue with the few writers that might find the first limit too constricting. Please note the 70 character  limit is likely to stay for a long time unless we see a collapse of the written language. Seventy character is aplenty for a readable story title and actually crosses the toleration limit for most readers.

Tiles/summaries can now contain parenthesis “()” characters to help writers that want to visually categorize different stories into similar series.


  • Story/Forum title: Increased limit for titles from 50 to 70 characters.
  • Story/Forum title/summary: Allow parenthesis “()” and hyphen “-” characters.


  • Sorting in Doc Manager where “Chapter 10” is displayed before “Chapter 1”.

Posted by on 09/26/2012 in forum, stories


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126 responses to “Titles and Summaries

  1. Dan Trigona

    09/26/2012 at 1:46 am

    YAY!!!! Thank you!!! (Does the “I’m not worthy bow!”)

  2. Blue-Inked Frost

    09/26/2012 at 2:01 am

    Wow, this is great! Thank you. 🙂 Does it apply to chapter titles as well?

    • MMC

      09/26/2012 at 3:03 am

      If it doesn’t apply to chapter titles, then I’ve misread the entry and my comment wasn’t actually meant for general story titles. Lol I’m still thankful, but I was hoping for hyphens in the chapter titles. Well, this just established that I’m running low on sleep. XD

    • Christine

      09/26/2012 at 10:08 am

      I’m also wondering if this applies to chapter titles. My story titles are usually pretty short, but my chapter titles can get kind of lengthy sometimes.

  3. Perosha

    09/26/2012 at 2:32 am

    Big thumbs up to parentheses and hyphens in summaries! Been wanting that for ages, what with the word “one-shot” and my stronger-than-usual fondness for parenthetical clauses.

  4. MMC

    09/26/2012 at 2:53 am

    Thank you very much for this! I believe I’ve only had to change one instance in where I couldn’t use a hyphen in a title, but this makes things more flexible. Thanks again, Xing and staff!

  5. Donny Sterbinszky

    09/26/2012 at 4:35 am

    Just a question: Do we get a ‘preview’ button at the profile editing? I mean, sometimes it just looks wrong when I update and have to go back editing… I am surprised there is no choice for us to see a preview before we update our prfile…

    • The Imaginatrix

      10/02/2012 at 6:38 am

      I would like this feature added as well. It would be very handy.

  6. alixe75

    09/26/2012 at 4:41 am

    Yes, a very good news (hyphens are very useful in french)

  7. Koneko

    09/26/2012 at 5:49 am

    Lol! Just prove that the admins at FF listen! Yahoo and Google should take serious notes! Thank you guys so much!

  8. Cassie4567

    09/26/2012 at 6:11 am

    Yes! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. Amy

    09/26/2012 at 7:27 am

    “Seventy character is aplenty for a readable story title and actually crosses the toleration limit for most readers.” – here, here!
    I appreciate the parentheses RE-addition though – I really don’t know why it was taken away in the first place. It’s actually a tool in writing (and summaries) and not considered excessive at all.

  10. Me

    09/26/2012 at 12:36 pm

    Xing, have you ever given any consideration to making it easier for a story to have a prologue and epilogue? Especially the rpologue, because the first thing you upload is always preceeded by the numeral 1 in the contents. And this makes it confusing when chapter 1 is perceeded by the numeral 2. Has no one else ever wanted to prologue? Perhaps I am being silly to ask for something that very few would use?

    • Somebody

      09/26/2012 at 1:52 pm

      Yeah, it gets really confusing when you write a prologue and epilogue! I kept thinking when I wrote chapter 16 in my story was really chapter 17! I have just had to cut prologues out of my stories because of that!

    • Xing

      09/26/2012 at 3:16 pm

      Just label your first chapter as “Prologue” and your last chapter as “Epilogue”. We have on the todo list a toggle to disable/enable the auto-system chapter number prefix if you intend to do it on your own via the chapter title.

      • yemi hikari

        09/26/2012 at 3:46 pm

        Wow! I’m looking forward to that. 😀

      • Me

        09/26/2012 at 6:02 pm

        That’ll help, because it’s not at my end that there’s the problem. I am labeling it Prologue, but then my chapter one is preceded by the embedded 1. that I currently have no ability to remove.

      • yemi hikari

        09/26/2012 at 6:48 pm

        The number is there for the reader though, not the writer.

      • Me

        09/26/2012 at 7:31 pm

        And is just as confusing to the reader as the writer when they pull down the drop down box and it says “2. Chapter 1.”

      • yemi hikari

        09/26/2012 at 10:55 pm

        On top of the fact I don’t find that confusing, changing the way things are numbered will only confuse people. A prolog is still a chapter, its function is simply different from regular chapters. Not to mention it is counted in the chapter count for stories. Renumbering could also tempt some writers who lack experience in writing to attempt writing prologs. Most stories don’t need prologs and most prologs I’ve read are just first chapters. Not to mention having to change the story numbering is just one more thing a new member of the site will have to learn to use.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/27/2012 at 1:33 am

        That seems like a cool upcoming feature for the obsessive-compulsive amongst us. 🙂

        My approach is to post the prologue and the first chapter as one chapter together, separating them by dividers/headers!

      • yemi hikari

        09/27/2012 at 1:53 am

        Except a lot of other people would have a different obsessive compulsion going on if the site admins changed it. All the other writing sites use this numbering system too. I’ll go nuts if there are ten chapters and the numbers go from zero to nine instead of one to ten. On the flip side, if a change is made I’ll likely have to change the numbering on my own stories because of a different obsessive compulsion I have.

      • Me

        09/27/2012 at 8:59 am

        Since Xing says it will be a toggle/choice, Yemi Hikari, I guess you will have to learn to live with change, just as the rest of us have had to adapt to your compulsions until now. I imagine you will find a way to continue to breath normally. Your opinions are always the loudest, but not always the consensus or the best.

      • The Imaginatrix

        10/02/2012 at 7:00 am

        I personally think it would be nice if we could embed the word ‘Prologue’ or Epilogue’ the way the numbers are embedded now, so we could just press ‘P’ or ‘E’ to go to them in the dropdown menu. I like typing in the number of the chapter I want to go to, especially in one-shot collections, but when prologues, epilogues and special additions knock the numbering out of whack, it can get confusing.

      • AblatedCrayon

        12/05/2012 at 9:27 pm

        Another solution: Allow the user to choose between uploading a Chapter 0 for the prologue or skipping straight to Chapter 1. I don’t mind having the numbers in front so long as something like this is implemented.

  11. Katy

    09/26/2012 at 1:03 pm

    “Tiles/summaries can now contain parenthesis “()” characters to help writers that want to visually categorize different stories into similar series.”

    Can anyone give me an example of this? How do folks “visually categorize” their stories this way?

    • yemi hikari

      09/26/2012 at 3:51 pm

      For example, there are challenges that give you a list of words. A writer can now write (###-WORD) TITLE. Or (SERIES TITLE) FANFIC TITLE. It will really help with branch of series. For example, SERIES TITLE II (TITLE I) and SERIES TITLE II (Title II) for series that branch away from particular stories. (Some writers do have series that branch into multiple series.

  12. Shawnesty

    09/26/2012 at 3:30 pm

    YES! Thank you for this, Xing! I have a story title that wasn’t overly long, but I had to cut four letters from it to fit it in, so I will now fix that so the whole title is displayed.

    @Somebody-You can note when you upload a prologue/epilogue to the doc manager that that’s what it is, just have that file named as such on your computer when you enter it into the “create new document” part, then when the manager searches and pulls up that file, it’ll be named “prologue/epilogue.” Or another way you could do it is to edit the chapter titles, renaming chapter 1 as the prologue, then chapter 2 as chapter 1, etc.. You can edit by going into the “manage stories” feature, select the story you want to edit, then click on “content/chapters.” That will show you a list of your chapters posted. At the right hand side of the screen, there should be a list of options, select the very first one with the bright yellow pencil entitled “edit”. That will then open an edit feature for just the chapter title alone. Enter your title name and hit save, then you should be good to go!

  13. DezoPenguin

    09/26/2012 at 3:35 pm

    Ah! Thank you very much; that hyphen was needed for one of my story titles and several chapter titles.

  14. yemi hikari

    09/26/2012 at 3:51 pm

    I can now fix my fanfics! 😀

    • yemi hikari

      09/26/2012 at 3:52 pm

      I mean the titles… I had one that should have a hyphen in it. 😀

  15. While

    09/26/2012 at 5:49 pm

    Do you have on the to-do list a randomizer in the search options in the story sections? It would be nice to find random stories that I’ve never read before, and it gives newer authors or older authors more credit for their writings.

    • yemi hikari

      09/26/2012 at 10:55 pm

      Seconded! 😀

      • konarciq

        09/29/2012 at 6:43 am


  16. Imablack

    09/26/2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hi, Xing.
    First, I would like to thank you for the hard work you and your staff have done to improve this site and making it the premier place on the internet for amateur writers to unleash their imaginations and flex their literary chops. There are really no adequate words to express how much fun writing and posting fan fiction has been. Over the years, I have made some really great friends here, a couple of which I have actually met personally.

    However, there are a couple of rules to the site that I, quite frankly, find confounding. I have heard speculation as to why these rules exist, but the reasons given have been rather illogical, so I thought to get real answers, I should ask The Man himself.

    The first the question I have is, why is Second-person narrative not allowed on FFNet? I have heard two different arguments as to the reason why. One camp believes Second-person POV is not allowed because it is interactive. I can understand not allowing interactive stories, but Second-person POV does not equate to being interactive. It may just be my opinion, but I would hardly liken the “Goosebumps” series by R.L. Stine to the works of Nathanial Hawthorn or William Faulkner.

    The other argument I have heard against Second-person POV is that if an under-aged reader would come across a sexually explicit story, it could be considered child endangerment. I was under the impression that sexually explicit material was not allowed on FFNet, and rightfully so. I would think that would be a problem with a violation of the ratings, rather than the writer, intentionally or unintentionally, contributing to delinquency of a minor.

    My second question—why are Script stories not allowed? The argument I have heard from those who think they know has been rather weak too. It is claimed that Script form is too lazy and just not worthy of FFNet. Really? I double-dog-dare anyone to go up to their Lit professors and call Aristotle, William Shakespeare, and George Bernard Shaw hacks. This is especially confusing to me since there is a ‘Plays’ genre on FFNet.

    So I guess I really have these two questions to ask. The first is why are these two very real, very legitimate forms of literary style not allowed on FFNet? And second, if a set of rules and parameters could be agreed upon, would you ever consider allowing these two writing forms?

    Once again, I would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your staff do. Although these two questions do plague me a little, and I think these two styles would enrich FFNet all the more, this really is a wonderful site and I am glad to be here and proud of the work I have contributed and appreciative of the hard work of my fellow writers. I wouldn’t have done half as well in Creative Writing without you here.

    Thank you for your consideration and all you do.

    • Christine

      09/26/2012 at 7:47 pm

      I understand why script format isn’t allowed, since a lot of writers (especially those who write humor stories) abuse the format and end up writing a bunch of nonsense that isn’t an actual story. I’ve seen a LOT of really bad script fics posted under the humor genre back in the day, before script stories were banned. A lot of young writers are lazy and don’t know how to use the format properly.

      However, I DO think we should be allowed to post second-person stories. This is a legitimate literary form that shows up in published works. The novel Fight Club, for instance, contains a good deal of second person. I don’t see anything wrong with this style, since it’s not interactive, and I think it should be allowed if it’s used correctly.

    • yemi hikari

      09/26/2012 at 11:18 pm

      First, second person allows for easy self-insertion of the reader and the writer. There are some things people would not feel comfortable self-inserting themselves into but don’t mind reading about and there is also the fact that while some self-insertion is all right and not harmful, too much can be a bad thing.

      Second, while both are legitimate forms of writing too many people have limited experience with these forms of writing. Many writers simply use these forms of writing as an easy way to slap a story together and instead end up butchering the form legitimate writing. They then try to use the fact it is a legitimate form of writing to cover their mistakes and make excuses. Not to mention it is best not to tempt younger writers with something they are unfamiliar with and aren’t quite ready to handle.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      09/27/2012 at 1:09 am

      It would be a lot clearer to only ban choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) format, question-and-answer fics, and other fics that depend on the reviewers to write the story for them. These stories are not very creative. Second person point of view is a legitimate literary device.

      You sit in the small stone room, heavy shackles about your wrists inscribed with the shi-jiang runes to freeze even a thought of escape, awaiting the moment of your own execution–

      Although Shakespeare and Shaw and Aristophanes are wonderful literature, chat/script/plays are not novels or short stories, and FF.Net is a site for stories.

      @yemi hikari–

      On sites such as Quizilla I have seen second person overused for self-inserts and Mary-Sues, but fanfiction experience varies. In my own experience I’ve seen it rarely used, and then mostly from canon character point of view. Just because it can be misused does not make it illegitimate. The number of third-person point of view fics with self-inserts and Mary-Sues would be many times the number of second-person. Second person gives a sense of immediacy to a narrative.

      Not to mention it is best not to tempt younger writers with something they are unfamiliar with and aren’t quite ready to handle.

      I’ve never heard preaching against a literary device put in quite this way before, as if alternative ways to write a point of view were an unfortunate addiction dangled below younger writers like pornography or heroin.

      I’ll add that I know a few people who think along these lines of not being able to distinguish the two “you” types.

      It appears that the people you know are not very bright.

      • yemi hikari

        09/27/2012 at 1:40 am

        I’ve never heard preaching against a literary device put in quite this way before, as if alternative ways to write a point of view were an unfortunate addiction dangled below younger writers like pornography or heroin.

        That isn’t what I meant. Would you give a brand new piano player Beethoven before the scales? Yet it is a known fact that newbie players want to get to the harder stuff as soon as possible, even if they’ve only heard Beethoven once or twice in their life. I could think of other examples, but I have seen a lot of young writers jump in with something above their heads and become very frustrated.

        It appears that the people you know are not very bright.

        I know people who have high levels of intelligence, but I also know people with special needs. There is one in particular that boggles my mind. A lot of stuff goes over their head. And no… I can’t stop this person from getting on the net. I’ll leave it at that.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/27/2012 at 2:54 am

        Second person is not very common in professionally published books. Some younger writers might go for second person if they are using choose-your-own-adventures as an inspiration, or because of reading other fanfics with a second person self-insert. Then, as they become better writers, they will use third person more often. Second person point of view is difficult to do well, but just because there is a small minority of young writers who happen to use it for poorly written stories does not invalidate that mature writers tend to use it sparingly or for appropriate reasons. I seriously doubt that the second person point of view makes a poorly written self-insert story significantly worse than if it were in third person.

  17. Phalanx

    09/26/2012 at 11:05 pm

    I’m so glad for the title character count increase. I tend to use axioms and sayings for my story titles, and it grieves me to have to truncate them to fit and lose their meaning.

    I would also like to hear a response on Imablack’s query regarding second-person being disallowed. My prior understanding of the rule:

    “Any form of interactive entry: choose your adventure, second person/you based, Q&As, and etc.”

    was that “second-person” is only listed in the guidelines as an example of a type of interactive fic and a second-person fic that was NOT interactive (such as one written from the POV of a madman, for example) would be not be an issue.

    However, clarification on this would be most appreciated.

    • yemi hikari

      09/26/2012 at 11:43 pm

      Some people can’t distinguish a fictional “you” from the actual physical “you” unless it is in dialog directed at a specific character and thus not directed at them. Some people could easily argue that all “you/second person” fiction is interactive because of this. Some of the younger writers also can’t distinguish the difference between a non-interactive and an interactive work when it comes to “you based” fanfics.

      • yemi hikari

        09/26/2012 at 11:46 pm

        I’ll add that I know a few people who think along these lines of not being able to distinguish the two “you” types.

      • Shawnesty

        09/27/2012 at 12:55 am

        You mean to tell me there are people out there that lack the…um…intelligence to realize that they are NOT really the character “you” are supposed to be when reading “you” based fics? Seriously, there are people that are unable to grasp the concept of fantasy and reality and distinguish between the two? Are we sure we should be letting those misguided folks near a computer? I mean, I kind of get the idea that little kids could be upset by “you” based fics, but gee, when I was a little kid, I was able to distinguish fact from fiction and knew that even in reading a story that used the 2nd person POV, I was NOT really the character in the story and the things happening to “me” were not truly happening to me in real life. I suspect the rule against “you” based fics is aimed more at the “Choose Your Own Adventure” types of stories than a general story written from the 2nd person POV.

      • yemi hikari

        09/27/2012 at 1:27 am

        Sadly, yes. Try stopping a grown adult from using a computer and getting on the net though. Particularly in this day and age where computers are needed to write college papers as well as the net.

  18. Lorraine

    09/26/2012 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this!

  19. yemi hikari

    09/29/2012 at 3:50 am

    I’m editing the chapter titles on one of my stories and when I go to edit chapter titles with words containing a it ends up deleting the and everything after it. I am using Google Chrome if that helps.

    • SladinForever

      10/20/2012 at 2:58 am

      This has been going on for, as far as I know, years. Its always happened to me when my chapter titles had apostrophes in them. I use Firefox only

  20. konarciq

    09/29/2012 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for this, Xing! A really useful update.

    • Miss Priss

      09/30/2012 at 8:28 am

      I wish we could have spaces show up in forum replies on the mobile version. No matter how neatly replies are typed in, they always show up as one big block.

      I also wish we could edit forum replies in the mobile version.

      It would also be refreshing to have the “Misc” categories cleaned up and the definition of these categories clarified. Misc. Plays/Musicals is FULL of real person stories, especially about One Direction. Misc. Books is overflowing with original fiction (and One Direction, for some reason). Misc. TV Shows is also overrun with original fiction and, once again, One Direction.

      Overall, could you please address the growing One Direction problem on the whole site? Maybe an announcement reminding everyone of the rule against real person stories?

      Thank you

      • konarciq

        09/30/2012 at 10:48 am

        I have to admit, I don’t have a clue what the term “miscellaneous” means. Looked it up in my dictionary now, which comes up with the translation “literary mix”. Hm… that can be interpreted in a million ways…

      • Mag

        09/30/2012 at 3:21 pm

        Personally, I feel that Misc. categories should be “locked” or something like that temporarily until they purge those categories of the most major rule breakers such as the real person fiction, original fiction, and non-stories. I especially don’t understand why people who write original fiction are so deliberately defiant about not posting on FictionPress when one informs them that’s the best way to go. It’s not hard to post there.

        What I would like to know is, how many people actually handle the abuse reports? Whenever I did get a response up until a month or so ago, it was always from this one guy. Surely not just one person handles all this, and category requests too?

      • yemi hikari

        09/30/2012 at 6:45 pm

        I’m not sure changing the category name would work. I had someone tell me that they were putting their original fiction in there because there was no other places to put it. What may help is if there was an additional step when it comes to submitting a story to the miscellaneous categories.

        Basically, the person submitting has to type the name of the fandom they are submitting for in the miscellaneous category. If someone types in “One Direction” or “Justin Bieber” a warning can pop up that the site doesn’t allow non-fictional, non-historical characters. If it is original fiction then the site admins can do a quick google to see if it is an actual work every two to three works. On top of this, they can see if there are any categories that there are a ton of stories for and move them to their own actual category. For example, if someone submits to the Misc. Anime category then all of the stories for a new Anime, then when the admins create a new category for said Anime all would be moved to said category right away.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        09/30/2012 at 7:48 pm

        It would seem inconsistent to have a gateway to posting stories to ‘Misc’ when there is no gateway to posting stories anywhere else on the site. Also, programming a word filter with phrases like “one direction” and “justin bieber” would inevitably catch innocent uses of the phrase that aren’t RPF wriing–“the sperm whale turned his head in one direction”, “Hermione Granger hates Justin Bieber’s music”, and so on.

      • yemi hikari

        09/30/2012 at 10:41 pm

        I wasn’t talking about having them scan the summaries. I was talking about a box like we have for genre, except instead of having a scroll down window you type in it. For example, if someone wanted to write a story for the new show Vegas, they would simply type in Vegas for the slot. If the admins see enough fanfics where people have entered Vegas as the fandom they can create a category under the television section for Vegas and move all the fanfics there. This way too stories that the writer has left can be moved from the Misc. TV section to the Telivision section under the Vegas tag. It doesn’t even need to be another gateway persay, but another section that pops up like the character tab does when someone posts their story. The site admins could also add in a way that searches the misc. tag in the search feature.

      • Blue-Inked Frost

        10/01/2012 at 5:41 am

        That method of sourcing a new fandom name sounds rather like the AO3 crowdsourcing of tag methods. It can sometimes be unfortunate if spelling errors creep in!

      • The Imaginatrix

        10/02/2012 at 6:25 am

        I have seen original stories here and there on FFN. Whenever I’ve seen this mentioned in summaries, I just move on. Surely these people have seen the front page of the site, where Fiction Press is mentioned. They should be posting their original stuff there.
        As for Real-Person stuff, one wonders how many of these people who are crazy about One Direction were also Twi-hards. The degree of fangirl-madness is frighteningly similar in both camps.

      • yemi hikari

        10/02/2012 at 7:31 pm

        This doesn’t stop some people from being completely clueless about the sister site. As for the whole question about whether or not Twihards are also One Direction fans and vice versa, I think it is more along the lines that the target age group is the same.

      • exploding-empires

        10/06/2012 at 10:06 am

        I completely agree with the mobile comments. The mobile site is really useful for me, and I love the new layout, but the forum posts do just look slightly unprofessional and I often find myself needing to go back and edit them when I have access to a computer. I don’t fully understand why this is a problem, considering that in other areas of the mobile site that involve typing – for instance, reviews and PMs – I haven’t had any problem with spacing.

        The real-person fics is also a valid point. I haven’t come across a massive amount of One Direction fanfictions, but I did know that a lot of their fans did write fanfictions about them, and on checking out the Misc. categories that I don’t often visit, there are a lot of entries about them. There do also seem to be a lot of original fiction pieces uploaded.

        Thank you for everything – the updates are always very useful (the hyphens and brackets news is great!) and I’m really appreciative of the work you do to make the site so fun to use.

  21. too-much-romance

    09/29/2012 at 2:03 pm

    Yay! Now I can finally have my fic out with its original title, Auto-Armageddon out, instead of the lame AutoArmageddon. XP
    Thank you, ever growing!

  22. wanda oliver

    09/30/2012 at 12:47 am

    i love a couple of stories by the same author on fan fiction. but ,i have to sit up at my desk top and sometimes before i know it i have stayed up all night reading. and with my back problems , well it’s not good. my question is….is there anyway i can down load the stories i’m reading to my kindle? i always read before i go to bed and take my kindle everywhere, so , i can read it everywhere…like the doctors, waiting to pick up my daughter and even when i’m on the way to the doctor (yes, someone else is driving. lol). but , i would really love to be able to do that if there is any way. please let me know , please,….wanda oliver

  23. hello

    09/30/2012 at 10:42 am

    I have problems with logging in; anyone else with the same?
    If it helps, it keeps sayng ‘We could not process your authentication. Please try again later. Code Call 2.’

  24. CodyGotKilld

    09/30/2012 at 6:03 pm

    Is any one else just getting a white loading screen when they try to browse the site? It just started to do this to me about twenty minutes ago.

  25. Koneko

    09/30/2012 at 9:17 pm

    @yemi hikari Could you please let that person know that is what Fiction Press is for? It just really annoys me when someone puts original work on a Fanfiction site.

    Ask for my question, what exactly is the misc. catergory for? It kind of confuses me that someone would put a story there for a new anime (going off of your example, yemi hikari, I hope you don’t mind ^-^) when a new catergory for said anime can be created if a request is put in. Can anyone explain to me?

    • Koneko

      09/30/2012 at 9:18 pm

      *As for my question, I meant. Typing too fast…

    • yemi hikari

      09/30/2012 at 10:33 pm

      Don’t worry, I’ve told every single person whose told me “but where am I supposed to put it” that it goes on Fiction Press.

      Lets say you want to write for a fandom that isn’t on the banned list but also doesn’t have its own category. Until it gets its own category, it goes into the misc. category. For example, there is no category for the new shows that have come out this fall, but if someone wants to write for them then they can by posting them to the misc. television category.

      • Miss Priss

        10/01/2012 at 12:55 pm

        I write about an older series of kids’ books that aren’t very popular, so they don’t have a category. I put the stories in Misc. Books. And they are buried almost immediately by original work that belongs on FictionPress.

        People need to understand that Misc. Doesn’t mean original.

      • yemi hikari

        10/01/2012 at 2:53 pm

        I know that all to well.

      • konarciq

        10/06/2012 at 11:43 am

        What’s wrong with sending in a request for a new category, and *wait* till ffnet creates it for you? I’ve done it more than once, and it never took them more than a few weeks. I’m sure people will survive having to wait a little before getting any feedback…

      • yemi hikari

        10/06/2012 at 4:28 pm

        While I’ve sent in some of the fandoms I like to write for, there are a few fandoms that I’ll simply stick into the misc. categories because I have no clue how popular they are going to be and there are tons of fandoms that only have one story in them.

      • konarciq

        10/06/2012 at 4:55 pm

        At least if they have their own category, people might notice it’s there…

      • yemi hikari

        10/07/2012 at 3:22 am

        Not necessarily. If I don’t find it on the list I always try putting a search in. There are a lot of fandoms that just don’t have much of a fanbase and that is one of the reasons there happens to be so few stories.

  26. Mom

    10/01/2012 at 12:51 pm

    Xing, could you please post some kind of reminder or clarification about stories written about real people? I hear all kinds of rumors about lawsuits that could shut down the site, and yet every day there are more stories about Justin Bieber, Josh Hutcherson and One Direction.

    If it is true that an angry celebrity could bring a lawsuit against the site, why isn’t more being done to stop the inflx of real person fiction?

    Another question: Is there any type of block or filter beyond the profanity filter? I can no longer allow my 13 year old to visit the alone because he discovered forums.

  27. Christine

    10/01/2012 at 2:13 pm

    There’s an error on the site that’s been bothering me for a while now. Has anyone else noticed that some stories, especially older ones, have chapters that have disappeared? Let me describe what I mean:

    I was browsing around FanFiction the other day and a story caught my eye. This story was posted on 8-4-02 and updated on 7-27-04. Yet there’s only one chapter. How could the story have been updated if there’s only one chapter?

    So then I clicked on the reviews and discovered that there are reviews for chapters don’t exist. Like chapters 2, 3, 4, and so on. According to the reviews, this story is supposed to have seven chapters, and yet there’s only one. The other six disappeared somehow.

    I’ve seen this problem with numerous other stories. Is there any way it can be fixed? There are quite a few stories I’d like to read in their entirety, but I can’t because the chapters are missing.

    • Christine

      10/01/2012 at 2:16 pm

      Oops, I left out a word: for chapters THAT don’t exist.

    • yemi hikari

      10/01/2012 at 2:51 pm

      Did you ever stop and think that the writers have themselves removed the chapters? A lot of writers will take down ALL of the chapters when they plan to rewrite something except for the first one and the writers never get around to it. There is nothing the admins can do about these stories.

    • Shawnesty

      10/01/2012 at 5:25 pm

      If the writer has their PM system open, you might contact them to ask if they took the chapters down or if the site deleted them or something.

    • Amy Whitespot

      12/12/2012 at 6:31 pm

      I’m also quite sure that updating the chapter itself (i.e. replacing the chapter with another) counts as updating the story.

  28. KK

    10/01/2012 at 6:37 pm

    Wonderful! Finally my story title is what I wanted it to be.

    Also, I was wondering if it would be possible to extend the profanity filter. It’s great for emails, but if I ever see the review on the review page, all of the swearing is still there. I’m not sure if censoring swearing there is possible, but I’d love to see it if so.

    Loving the improvements!

    • The Imaginatrix

      10/02/2012 at 6:35 am

      I agree with this suggestion. I’m not a fan of profanity, and would rather it didn’t show up on the reviews page. In fact, it would be better if the current system was reversed. No-one reads my e-mails but me. Everyone can read my Reviews page.

      • MMC

        10/02/2012 at 4:59 pm

        Sorry, I’m a little confused. What do you mean no one reads your emails, but they can read your review page? Isn’t that technically what already happens?

      • KK

        10/02/2012 at 5:47 pm

        As in, when the review page has swearing, everyone can see it. If only the emails had swearing, only the writer could see it.

      • MMC

        10/02/2012 at 9:47 pm

        @KK: Oh, okay. Thanks for the clarification!

      • exploding-empires

        10/06/2012 at 10:22 am

        I seem to have a different problem here. As I’m sure we’re all aware, you can toggle the option for profanity filters. I have the option set to “No”, yet I still get it filtered in emails, etc., whereas from the comments here, people who have the option set to “Yes” seem not to have it filtered completely.

        Also, I find that it can be quite confusing with the asterisk system used. Everything is just blocked out as **, which can leave me wondering which word was actually used if the context doesn’t make it clear. Perhaps it would be easier if the number of asterisks used corresponded to the number of letters in the word.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      10/02/2012 at 6:26 pm

      Re: censoring swearing…

      Just a little reminder that there is a location in England known as Scunthorpe, and other such issues with swearing filters in reviews sometimes having a negative effect on the reviewer’s clarity. 😛

      But I have to admit that I had the impression the filter did work already on reviews. It’s a very odd effect when one of the standard FF.Net filters strips out some of your words in private message or otherwise, especially if you were doing something relatively innocent.

      • KK

        10/02/2012 at 9:43 pm

        That’s definitely true. My forumgoers and I have had a lot of problems with saying we’re being hard on ourselves.

        But censorship *is* a part of the settings—maybe we could switch it off if we wanted clarification in those situations? I’m not sure how it would all work out, but I’ll still hope for it.

      • KageNoNeko

        10/03/2012 at 1:28 am

        Or another example of the profanity filter backfiring is an author writing in a PM telling a reader that they are working hard on a story with “hard on” being censored. The profanity filter tends to not be all that good.

      • KK

        10/03/2012 at 9:22 am

        Then we’ll just request to update the whole thing. 🙂

  29. Sarehptar

    10/02/2012 at 1:40 am

    Love the update–parentheses are a wonderful way to set off information in summaries and I have sorely missed that ability.

    I was wondering about a couple other things too (though I’m not sure if comments is the best place to make new suggestions).

    1) What is up with the “General” genre? Does it just not appear in summary information? When selecting General as a genre filter, stories of numerous genres are listed, but none of them mention General at all. As a lover of gen fics, this has confused me for some time… (Not to mention the number of Romance[/General?] stories one finds while using the gen filter, but I suppose “General” isn’t exclusive of romance in its own… general meaning, so I’ll give those users the benefit of the doubt. XD)

    2) Has anyone asked for a Canon vs. AU filter yet? Some days, I want to read strictly canon-verse fics, and wading through the miles and miles of [high school] AUs is exhausting, especially since many authors don’t mark their stories with “AU,” and many summaries are misleading. There are some series that already have this type of filter in place (i.e. Final Fantasy 7 with “World: Game/Movie/etc.”), and I would love to see something like that for other series, even if the options were just “AU” and “Canon.”

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you guys have been putting in on the site recently. It’s been exciting to see all these changes happening.

  30. Andie

    10/03/2012 at 2:41 pm

    I think my favorite filter censoring word is the derivative name “Dick” for the proper name of Richard. A friend of mine has a hubby named Dick and when she and I exchange messages within the PM system, it edits his name out, which makes for some interesting reading at times.

  31. yemi hikari

    10/03/2012 at 8:47 pm

    Would it be possible for the site admins to add to the list of links we are allowed to link to off site? So far it is only the sister sites, youtube, hula and veoh. It would nice to be able to link to wikipedia and telivision tropes because both have good resources that are worth sharing. Some of the online dictionary sites would be nice too.

    • sonicstar

      10/04/2012 at 6:30 pm

      This is a good idea. Most fanfic writers like to link to such things such as TVTropes and Wikipedia and etc., and I think this would be very beneficial to people if they could find out exactly what this trope of a character means and etc.

  32. sonicstar

    10/04/2012 at 6:17 pm

    I noticed an error when I was uploading an edited chapter of my story to replace an old chapter. It seemed to have never updated and I tried multiple times to replace the chapter, but even when I waited after 30 minutes it never does update, and this is frustrating because I’m planning on editing this story to my specifications when it’s finished.

    Unfortunately, this new edited chapter was much better than the first one, and I had to delete the chapter, upload the new chapter as an actual; new chapter, and then I placed it to where it was supposed to be in the story. And I’m really not doing this just to keep my story up on the first page: I did it because I really wanted to replace the chapter but the replacement system has been really dodgy lately.

    I hope you can fix this, as I edit my work a lot, and I’m planning on getting a Beta Reader and editing my older stories to polish them, and I really don’t want to keep doing this when all I just uploaded was a previous, slightly better chapter, and I know that’s against the rules.

    • Astoria25

      10/07/2012 at 7:29 am

      It takes 30 minutes for the changes to be seen, at least. Besides, if you’re only “replacing” then you won’t receive any update to your e-mail; however, you CAN see the change on the «live preview» section on top of the story settings and stuff.

  33. Phil

    10/04/2012 at 10:45 pm

    Sounding like a broken record here ‘cuz I know its been said before but please, PLEASE, place in an exclusion option for categories or a dual category filter. You already have the dual category filter for the search, but not the browsing page. People use the browser option a lot more often and it would make it so much easier to find stories you want to read.

  34. APL

    10/05/2012 at 7:23 am

    WOW. AMAZING. Fictionpress is getting better and better!!

  35. Guest

    10/05/2012 at 5:28 pm

    On the document upload page, if you sort by days left, the documents are sorted incorrectly.

  36. Rediclufied

    10/05/2012 at 6:02 pm

    Should add a Chatroom feature so everyone can talk to eachother. Put some stories out there or somthing and easyer to find BETA’s!

  37. Ashley 'Iron Maiden' Stark

    10/05/2012 at 7:41 pm

    I went to go type a reply on the forums and I got a Error Type 1 message. Has anyone else been experiencing this problem?

  38. Lurker

    10/05/2012 at 8:24 pm

    Been over a week now. I hope everything is going okay on the admins’ sides. 😀

    • Hawki

      10/07/2012 at 12:41 am

      If they’re finally implementing character/media/world category requests, I’ll be happy.

      Wouldn’t count on it though. 😦

      • yemi hikari

        10/07/2012 at 3:24 am

        I’m personally wanting some new genre added in. I would hands down go through all my stories and re-categorize what genre they were in. I’m also hoping for an OC tag for many of the fandoms I write for. I happen to write stories with OCs in them, but I also know some people HATE finding stories that have character/OC & character/OC pairings and character/character happens to be the tag.

  39. Hawki

    10/07/2012 at 3:55 am

    I’ve considered requesting an OC tag for a few fandoms, but I’m mostly indifferent to the concept. An OC doesn’t necessarily make or break a story. Heck, write in a story setting with a story consisting entirely of OCs is fine by me.

    Unfortunately, it seems that requests have just ‘stopped.’ In the past, a request for a category and/or characters took a few months to get through, but over the better part of this year, I haven’t had any responses to my requests. Now granted, I’ve written for some pretty obscure medias and characters, and I’m happy to post something in a “misc” section if there isn’t a category for it, but a fandom isn’t going to build up on the site without a category in the first place (basically catch-22). And yet, the site’s implementing categories for stuff I HAVEN’T asked for, such as giving a character category in the ‘Doctor Who’ section a few days after said character was introduced with the start of series 7. Obviously there’s more demand for some characters/categories than others, but still…

    For those requesting categories, has anyone had any responses at all over the last few months? I’ve been following the procedures on the support tab (whose link has vanished from the main page…go figure), but I’ve had about zero responses. A side-effect of the site’s update surge? Or are they no longer taking requests? I’d like to know how/why so I know if I’m wasting my time.:(

    • Christine

      10/07/2012 at 10:35 am

      I don’t know about categories, but I requested a few characters to be added to the character list for my fandom, and the admins added them just a couple of days after I requested. I write for a rather small fandom, so I was pleasantly surprised.

      The admins do take action when you request, but you have to make sure you follow the proper format when sending in your email (like having the right subject line and so on). A lot of requests probably get ignored because people aren’t following the directions (which can be found on the Help page of the site) and formatting their emails properly.

      • Hawki

        10/07/2012 at 6:36 pm

        Even character requests would be nice. This is probably off-topic, but if it can be sorted…

        Going by the support tab, I usually type Category Request-X in my email subject, with “x” being the media for which I’m requesting and/or the media of which I would like certain characters implemented. The support tab does have “[category]” as its literal tab – do I need to include the square brackets and quotation marks specifically.

        By way of the main body of the email, it basically stems to “I would like to request the following character categories for x,” or “I would like to request a site category for x” if it’s a media request, providing a source for said media’s existance (usually wikipedia). In the event of a character list, I list them off as they should appear on the character tab (the Jane D./J. Doe principle) again sourcing their existance so as to confirm they’re not fan characters. Apart from that, fill in extra info as I deem it necessary, if the character requests are unconventional, or specify which part of the site it corresponds to (e.g. more than one ‘Star Wars’ category on the site).

        So yeah. Could be that the category tab is what’s prevented the requests from getting through or something, but I’d appreciate any info as to why my requests are ignored.

      • yemi hikari

        10/08/2012 at 3:21 pm

        I’d say, yeah… include the brackets in there because that tells them it is going to be a category issue.

    • yemi hikari

      10/08/2012 at 3:22 pm

      Having an OC doesn’t make or break a story, but some people are looking for stories that contain OC pairings, while others want to avoid them.

      • Hawki

        10/08/2012 at 5:13 pm

        Okay, I’ll try that. Thanks.

        Do you think [category] by itself is okay as a tag, or would it have to be “[category]”? Possibly a stupid question, but if brackets alone can make up (part of a) difference, could speech marks?

      • yemi hikari

        10/09/2012 at 4:47 pm

        I don’t think you’re supposed to use quotation marks around it, just brackets.

  40. Alan

    10/08/2012 at 10:45 am

    glad to hear that parentheses and hyphens are allowed in titles.
    I use leading zeroes (01,02,etc.) for stories planned to be 10 chapters or longer, so I wasn’t thinking of smarter number sorting, but it doesn’t hurt.

  41. Shooting Sword

    10/14/2012 at 10:11 pm

    What is is with the crashing of the forums all the time?

  42. Hiccup

    11/12/2012 at 11:34 pm


  43. Kade

    12/01/2012 at 4:13 am

    Thank you! I am a fan of long forum titles! Yay!

    Also, for the admin of any forum could you potentially apply a “Check and Uncheck” for forum posts to allow faster deleting of multiple posts? (Primarily for Role-play forum clean-up.)

  44. angelz123

    12/04/2012 at 5:07 pm

    hey guys dis is my first story please review me on it ichope it’s good
    The wind whisteled in the wind as mara jaffery walked to the anubis house….. new start new year and no complications! but then she got thinking about the slimeball mick……………… she had got enough money to see that year in austraila and she wanted to give him a surprise but when she got there she got the surprise asche was al over a girl who smirked as mara saw them together……………. she opened the door and trudy came running ‘ good to see you mara its been ages’
    ‘where is everyone?’
    ‘upstairs packing’
    mara ran to her room and opened the door. She saw someone sitting on the bed, someone who didn’t look like her roommate. The person on the bed turned around …. ‘hello mara, its been along time’….

    dont forget to hit the review button to let me know what you think of it and ill write chapter 2 depending on the reviews

  45. C.C.C

    12/30/2012 at 6:28 pm

    Excuse me, maybe this is not the site to post it but I cannot access my forums nor post replies on them, neither can anybody on them, could you please help me?

  46. Jonhy Blade

    01/24/2013 at 7:07 am

    Ahh.This is very usefull info 4 my next prpbable story.Thank u so much!

  47. theladykt

    02/08/2013 at 1:23 pm

    This author,, has posted multiple plagiarized work. Please delete all plagiarized work. If possible, please ban this member for multiple copywrite violations. So far found 16 of her 16 stories are stolen.

    1. Bella and the Royal Sheikh stolen from The Royal Sheikh by Katheryn Lane
    2. This one was just right is stolen from She’s Just Right by Diane Darcy
    3. An unexpected Event is stolen from Sophia Sharp
    4. Second Chances is stolen from The Doctor wears a stetson by Anne marie Novark
    5. vampire lover book 2 is stolen from Night Breed by loraine kennedy
    6. Angel Eyes is stolen from The Ylem by Tatiana Vila
    7. The Edge of Darkness is stolen from Shades of Twilight by Martin Sharlow.
    8. Are you going to kiss me or not is stolen from Tuned into Love by Karen Jerabek:
    9. Outlaw is Indian Outlaw by Lorraine Kennedy
    10. The One is stolen from Vampire mine by Paige Warren
    11. My Vampire Lover is stolen from Born to Darkness by Loraine kennedy
    12. Dream Guy is stolen from Meant To Be by tiffany king
    13. Shades of Twilight is stolen from Jayden’s Faith by Emma Daniels:
    14. Haunted cottage stolen from Ghost of a Chance by Emma Daniels
    15. The Cursed Canyon is stolen from Lost and Found by Lori Devoti

  48. Russia's VOTGA!

    03/12/2013 at 6:54 pm

    this is fin with me I know that I can live with only having 70 characters in my story’s.

  49. Jopline

    03/19/2013 at 3:11 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I read the story called RED. But I could not find this story again.
    I just found this: Unable to locate story. Code 1.
    Could you please be kind and explain me what this Code 1 mean?

    Thank you very much,’

  50. Zepherymonlover5

    03/21/2013 at 10:08 pm

    Are u guys still allowed to post yaoi stories?


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