Maintenance Window Announcement

10 Jan

Downtime Notice: Database Upgrade Planned

Time: US Pacific Time January 11th, 2013 @1:30AM
Duration: approximately 30 minutes.

We will be performing a scheduled database upgrade at the above time window during which the login area will be disabled including features such as story submission and reviewing.

UPDATED: Upgrade has been completed and took 16 minutes.


Posted by on 01/10/2013 in Uncategorized


187 responses to “Maintenance Window Announcement

  1. Stella

    01/24/2013 at 12:54 pm

    I have internet explorer, no firefox or chrome, and I don’t get the logo either! It’s so bloody annoying, I really want the logo back!

  2. cmcwiki

    01/24/2013 at 1:10 pm

    new idea: On-screen updates
    When you are on the site or reading a story, if one of your favorites is updated or a favorite author posts a new story, an alert box comes up.
    |FFNET Onscreen Update | FanFiction – insert internet here |_–_|_[_]_|__X__|
    | “This story” was updated by “that author” would you like to |
    | _____ ______________ ________________ |
    | |Open| |Open in new tab | |Open in new window| |
    | _|____ | |_____________| |________________| |
    | |_| Disable alerts in the future |
    | |_| Automatically perform this action in the future |

    Now i know that we already get email alerts, but this idea seems more convenient than checking our emails and favorites page after reading for x minutes or reading x chapters.

    • MMC

      01/24/2013 at 3:39 pm

      That sounds like a neat idea! My only concern is the frequency of when the alert box pops up on your screen. There are a few authors who read and subscribe to a number of stories and those stories may or may not update one after the other at the same time (or closer). It might not happen if you’re watching stories in the same fandom, but it might if you’re watching a number of different stories in different fandoms.

      I think it’s a neat idea, but I’d like an ‘off’ option. 🙂

      • cmcwiki

        01/24/2013 at 4:12 pm

        hmm, maybe have the alerts at the bottom of the chapter then? like under the review box?

      • yemi hikari

        01/24/2013 at 5:05 pm

        Maybe they can have something like the PM system. The alerts you haven’t looked into are in bold and it has a count on the number of alerts you have in the alert box that haven’t been looked at. There can be an option to delete just the one alert, or all the alerts for the story as well. I’d be all for this as I rarely if ever check my e-mail for alerts anymore. I go through the list.

      • Guest

        01/25/2013 at 11:28 am

        That is a nifty idea!

        I’ve logged off the site, only to check my e-mail a few minutes later and find an update alert sitting there. Sometimes, even a PM alert that I didn’t realize came in while I was on FFN. I agree with MMC — I’d like an ‘off’ button, too, in case they get to be bothersome.

      • MMC

        01/26/2013 at 11:16 pm

        @cmcwiki: At the bottom of the review box is okay. I was probably thinking one of those windows that will pop up in the upper or bottom corner of your browser window for a few seconds and then it’ll detract; kind of like those notifications at the bottom of the screen when you’re logged in on Skype/an IM messenger (and no, I’m not suggesting social networking; just the way the pop up box works). 🙂

        @yemi hikari: That’s a good idea too! I haven’t checked in on my emails as frequently as I used to since I’m so busy IRL now. lol Wouldn’t want my email inbox being clogged with FFNet alerts!

        @ Guest: Too true. That’s happened to me a number of times and now it’s a habit for me to always have my email open. XD

    • favonilla

      01/26/2013 at 4:27 pm

      This could be good, as long as it can be disabled. I would hate to get a message pinging up on my screen and breaking into my train of thought while I’m trying to read or review something else. So I would certainly not want to have it for myself, but I can see how it would be convenient for those who don’t mind being interrupted in the middle of something.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        01/26/2013 at 5:02 pm

        I don’t need real-time alerts. I subscribe to stories I want notices for and the e-mails are good enough for me. I would find popups rather bothersome when trying to read or answer correspondence. Besides, I don’t view communications as necessarily emergencies. Alerts, letters, texts, etc are rarely such huge news that they can’t wait for replies when I’m more in the mood to write them. After all, who’s in control, me or my communications devices? *nods*

  3. Whirly

    01/24/2013 at 11:06 pm

    Anyone know how long it takes for the staff to respond to abuse reports? Someone plagiarized my work on fictionpress and posted it on fanfiction. I’ve been sending reports in every day but nothing has been done.

    • yemi hikari

      01/30/2013 at 3:16 am

      If you aren’t sending in your reports via e-mail do so with screen caps. This has always seemed to work better. It does tend to take time though.

      • Mousy

        02/07/2013 at 10:46 am

        So if someone flamed one of my works and it’s a signed review…how long would it take for the admins to respond to the report and could they delete the flame? I don’t want that nasty thing on my review page.

  4. -A

    01/25/2013 at 12:32 am

    Am I the only one here who thinks that they should allow Chat/script format stories on the site? It says they are not allowed, but there is a category of screen plays on fan fiction. Also, on fiction press there’s a category of plays and lots of people are writing in script style. I’ve read a story in script style in the scream section that’s really well written and has a great plot. And it’s really unfair how writers are getting bashed because their writing in a different way. Would be really great if they allowed it, but whatever.

    • yemi hikari

      01/30/2013 at 4:06 am

      I’m actually glad that script format isn’t allowed. Yes, it is a legitimate form of writing, but the purpose of a script is to later be transformed into a regular written story or a story told in some sort of visual format, not to stand on its own. The reason there is a category for plays on is because some of the fandoms people write for are originally plays. You can write for these fandoms without using script format.

      • -A

        02/01/2013 at 2:11 am

        Well okay, that’s your opinion. But if people didn’t like script format styled stories they can just always click back and find another story to read. I actually find script styled stories easy to read. But who cares? It was just a suggestion, it’s not like creators of the site are gonna listen to me and change the rules. (-_-)

      • yemi hikari

        02/05/2013 at 3:49 pm

        Why did you make the assumption that the reason people are against script format is because they dislike the format? Did you ever stop and think that the reason some people are against it is because they don’t like the format being abused? Script format as I’ve said has a very specific use and intent, not to mention a good portion of the stories I’ve seen written in script format butcher script writing as the writer only knows the most basic element about script writing, how to write dialog.

  5. Remi

    01/25/2013 at 3:36 am

    The favicon no longer works 😦 It would be very appreciated if this was fixed asap, as it helps me locate which tabs are ffnet tabs at a glance while scrolling through 20 or so.

  6. Sesshylover978

    01/25/2013 at 3:46 am

    idk about everyone else but lately everytime I go on fanfiction the site is in basic form and it’s infuriating?! is anyone else having the same problem?????

  7. While

    01/25/2013 at 8:45 am

    Actually I wouldn’t mind seeing when your favorite authors are online or being able to tell who is online and who is not, sort of like Facebook but with a more limited access.

    • Guest

      01/25/2013 at 11:34 am

      My own personal feeling on the matter is that it’s no one’s business but my own when I’m on the site, so that would run me off FFN real quick if there is not a way to disable it. I’m an avid reviewer and that would also put the kibosh on my reviewing — I’ll browse without logging in.

      • goldie031

        01/25/2013 at 11:36 am

        I like the idea of the pop-up comment alerts, but I don’t like the idea of people knowing if or if not you’re online.

    • cmcwiki

      01/25/2013 at 4:12 pm

      not sure how i feel about that. Do you mean like being able to chat with them? because i think that is best left to forums. People wanna read not chat w/each other.

    • Shawnesty

      01/25/2013 at 5:40 pm

      I’m going to say no on that idea, sorry. I value my privacy and there’s no reason anyone should know when I’m online or not, that’s no one’s business but my own. As much as I treasure my readers, if I’m working on my writing or doing research for a story, I prefer not to be bothered by someone popping up to chat because it’s too distracting. If I want folks to know my every move online, I’ll create a Facebook account, but until then, I would rather that Facebook features be left on Facebook and not co-opted for use on this site.

    • bienfait

      01/26/2013 at 12:25 am

      Oh, please! why would anyone need to know when I’m online? That would be an outrageous breach of my privacy.

      I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep saying it: This is not a social networking site.

    • yemi hikari

      01/26/2013 at 12:29 am

      No. I don’t need to know if my favorite authors are online right at the exact moment I am. I would rather know whether the writer hasn’t logged in for six-months or more. There are some writers that I am wondering if they will ever come back or not.

    • Jan

      01/26/2013 at 4:19 am

      Sorry but I have to agree with the others. This is a no for me.

      This idea keeps popping up but it’s always suggested without giving any reasons for wanting it. Can you please tell us why you want to know when any particular writer is online.

      If you only want to know when they are online so you can send a message in order to get an immediate reply, well I’m not sure just how many writers would actually drop what they are doing just to answer a message, especially when they are in the middle of writing or researching as Shawnesty has stated.

      Can you just let us know why, so we can understand where you are coming from.

    • Moi

      01/26/2013 at 6:17 am

      Maybe some people wouldn’t mind it, but I definitely would. Maybe if there was an option to ‘appear offline’ it wouldn’t be completely out of the question. Otherwise, I can only imagine that it would drive authors away.

      Can you imagine how some of the more popular authors would find this if it were implemented? I can only imagine a deluge of messages as soon as people noticed they were online.

      Probably best not, eh?

    • konarciq

      01/26/2013 at 10:23 am

      I can only second what everybody else has said.

    • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

      01/26/2013 at 5:12 pm

      I don’t know why people are so against this. It’s standard on forums to be able to see who is browsing or even when they last logged in. I would not mind being on such a list, though it should remove people who have not clicked on the site for fifteen minutes or so for accuracy, since it’s possible to stay logged in. Most of us are behind pen names anyway, so people aren’t going to link anyone’s RL identity to the site, and even if they could, I see no issue. It’s not like it’s porn or illegal to read fanfics. Besides, just because someone sees a name on a list does not mean they are going to automatically deluge the person with messages. I doubt this would be implemented in any case, but if it were, I’d be fine with it.

      • Jenna

        01/26/2013 at 6:17 pm

        I’m with the others on this, it’d be a huge invasion of privacy for people to be able to know what writers/readers are online. What purpose does that information serve and whose business is it who is online and who is not? Sure, it’s not porn or anything, but would you honestly want to be bothered by someone who spotted you online and wanted to just chat, especially if you’re in the middle of working on something or reading? There’s a vast potential for that kind of feature to be abused and trust me, it would be abused. People would see that their favorite writer is online and they’d contact them to see if they wanted to chat and if that person declined because they were busy, the original contactor would get their feelings hurt. Other social media sites offer this kind of service and even most web browsers offer it, but please, let’s not bring it aboard this site, it serves no useful function whatsoever.

      • favonilla

        01/26/2013 at 6:53 pm

        Vicky, I think it’s a very individual thing. But personally, I’ve never understood why some forums think it’s necessary to reveal who’s on the board; to my way of thinking it serves no purpose, and in fact it kind of creeps me out, even if I’m using an alias. And ffnet and fictionpress aren’t even forums – they’re sites for posting and reading stories. It shouldn’t matter to anyone who else is there.

        There’s a perfectly good PM system if you want to send someone a message; you don’t need to know if they’re online for that.

        I have to say no on this. I can’t see any advantage in it.

      • favonilla

        01/26/2013 at 7:03 pm

        It also occurred to me, after I posted the last message – how many users are online at ffnet at any given time? Even if the system only showed who was on the page you were looking at, in a popular fandom, or the “Just In” page that could be a very long list of names and take up a heap of screen space.

      • konarciq

        01/27/2013 at 8:25 am

        But Vicky, what is the actual *advantage* of knowing who is on the site at that very moment?

      • Guest

        01/27/2013 at 1:15 pm

        The first thing I do when I join a message board is to fine-tune my privacy settings. Opting out of those visibility settings (for lack of a better term) is paramount to me. I choose not to participate on boards where I cannot disable such a feature.

        Yes, I am aware there are timestamps on messages, but no one but me needs to know how often or how long I spend on the board. The same holds true to FFN. Privacy is ever shrinking in our society and no one is truly anonymous with IP addresses, but I value what little anonymity I have left.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        01/27/2013 at 3:17 pm

        I’m still not grasping the anonymity issue, but I suppose I don’t like anonymity as a rule. That is, after all, why I used to block those reviews. In fact, on every site that allowed it, I blocked anonymous posting. It is much like the person who automatically goes invisible on forums. Just something I did first thing.

        As stated earlier, I am rather neutral toward this suggestion of online users. It is more an information and curiosity issue; not to serve any real purpose. When I see who is online on forums or online games, I just kind of go, “Ooh, I know that person” or “That’s my friend. Cool.” I don’t send messages depending on online status. I suppose it goes into the category of story pictures – unnecessary but a nice option for those who opt to use it.

      • Shawnesty

        01/27/2013 at 6:11 pm

        But my concern is not only for my own privacy on the site, but also that this kind of feature can possibly be abused by someone wishing to stalk another person. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but it’s possible. Right now site members can block those they don’t want to have contact with and really, if you have someone on the site you’re having issues with, do you honestly want them to know when you’re on here or not? I certainly wouldn’t. And sorry, but idle curiosity as far as checking to see if friends are online or not isn’t enough of a reason to implement something like this. It’s intrusive and nosy and I’d definitely resent it if I had to forfeit my privacy just so others could see that I was online. I handle contact with folks on here at a level that I’m comfortable with, and if I’m in the middle of research or writing, or I’m having a crappy day and don’t want any contact with humanity, coming onto the site to only read and veg out, I honestly don’t want to be interrupted by anyone who might see that I’m online and think I’m up for a chat. My time online is my own to do with what I want and sorry, but I’m not willing to give up my own anonimity and right to privacy just for the sake of allowing people to see when I’m online or not. That’s exactly why I don’t have a Facebook account, I figure it’s no one’s business but my own what I am doing at any given time.

      • Guest

        01/27/2013 at 8:34 pm

        @Vicky: It’s interesting how you instantly block anonymous postings if possible and I go right for the anonymity. We must be polar opposites. 🙂

        When I first discovered FFN over 10 years ago, I posted reviews as a guest. I eventually registered for an account when I really wanted to let an author know how much I enjoyed her story and found she blocked anonymous reviewers. Even after I signed up, I still reviewed without logging in most of the time.

        It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve made greater use of my account here. About the only time I review anonymously is when I’m on a public Wi-Fi connection and don’t want to risk logging into my account.

        Much like Shawnesty, if I’m having a bad day and want to veg out here, I don’t want to cope with fielding PMs from someone who sees I am logged in. Maybe I’m cranky, but there are times I just want to be left alone.

        @Shawnesty: I refuse to sign up for Facebook, too. 😉

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        01/29/2013 at 5:26 pm

        Well, no one says you have to reply to messages immediately, whether online or not. People shouldn’t expect instant answers in a text medium, anyway, because who knows what’s going on IRL? That’s why, if I need or want a quick answer, I go the old-fashioned route and call them vocally. But such cases are rare these days. And occasionally, I make phone calls just for idle chatter which would be quicker to do by voice. Perhaps I am a minority and there is actually some sort of protocol to notes, but that has always been my stance on written communication.

        I do understand the antisocial feeling. I sometimes play mindless games or listen to music and don’t want to be interrupted. In fact, I’m rather introverted. If people send notes and I don’t want to talk, I tell them so. But I get that notes can be really annoying when they are not wanted.

        Intrusive and nosy? I wouldn’t go that far. I’d say opening my mail or looking at messages I’ve sent “privately” is intrusive and nosy. Seeing if I am browsing a public Internet site that is open to all and sundry just feels like walking into a restaurant or other public venue. You meet a bunch of people there you don’t even know. You see what they’re eating, or that they’re reading something, or talking to people they know. But it doesn’t matter much unless they cause a scene or disruption. Hope this makes more sense.

        Not signing in on public wi-fi makes perfect sense. It is smart.

        I used to have a FaceBook, but got sick of the interface changes and left.

      • Shawnesty

        01/29/2013 at 8:03 pm

        @Vicky, I can definitely appreciate the analogy that allowing people to see who is online is equal to walking into a restaurant and seeing who is eating, but the thing is, would you walk up to a complete stranger in a restaurant and interrupt their meal, just to chat with them? You wouldn’t, right? Because that’d be an incredible invasion of their privacy. And so it is with allowing people to see who is online on this site, it’s a huge invasion of privacy. Wanna make a bet with me that if something like that were implemented, people would be complaining about being on here to work and they keep getting interrupted by fans/readers wanting to talk? And let’s face it, not everyone is going to understand that if someone does not respond immediately to their message, they’re likely busy, so then what happens? That person gets their feelings hurt because their favorite writer didn’t immediately respond to their “whassup” message.

        There is absolutely no good reason at all to implement any kind of a feature on here that allows people to see who is online. This is not a social networking site, this is a site where people either log on to work on their writing or they log on to read, not chat, unless they engage in forum chats, and even that is not mandatory, it’s by choice. But a feature that allows people to see who is online would be mandatory, unless it could be disabled, and in all honesty, it serves absolutely no purpose for the average user on here because really, who does care who is online and why? Is it imperative that that information be available to us just as basic users of this site? We’re not site administrators keeping track of traffic, right? And besides, can you imagine how such a feature would bog the site down? As far as I know, none of the other fanfic sites offer this kind of feature and neither should FFnet, unless they want to seriously lose their customer base.

      • yemi hikari

        01/30/2013 at 4:13 am

        I’ve sadly already dealt with a few members of the site who sent me a PM and a few minutes later PMed me again asking why I haven’t responded and then while I’m writing my response send me another PM and then when I refresh there are more PMs there. I had to take time that I could have spent writing in order to deal with them.

      • hotwinglover

        01/30/2013 at 9:18 pm

        People do that!? What the heck!? I mean, people will answer quickly but not like that!

      • Sasha

        01/30/2013 at 9:29 pm

        I am absolutely, positively, 100% against any kind of feature that allows people to see who is online on this site. I have all the “viewable” parameters shut down on any of the sites I’m on that allows that, it’s no one’s business but my own if I’m online and what I’m doing online. I don’t even have the “chat” feature enabled on my browser. It’s not that I’m antisocial, but like Shawnesty said, I handle online contact with people at a level that I can control and I deal with their messages when I have the time to do it. I’m often online for work and I’ve had people see that I’m online and then pester me to chat with them. VERY annoying! Plus, it’s different when you go to a restaurant or a store, you KNOW that by going out in public, people are going to see you, but there are times when I get online to just chill and relax, without wanting any kind of interaction with my fellow human beings. We already live in an age where privacy and anonimity is nearly non-existent, so if we start showing who is online on this site, what’s next, letting readers see what that person is reading? Letting readers view each other as they read so that everyone can see their reactions to various stories? Allowing them to know when a reader has left the site in order to use the bathroom or grab something to eat? At some point we must draw a line and say enough is enough, no one needs to know the minutiae in someone else’s life, TMI really IS TMI. As others have said, this isn’t a social media site like Facebook, it’s strictly a site for reading and writing stories, so why are we trying to turn it into Facebook, isn’t Facebook/Myspace annoying enough in their own right?

      • Guest

        01/30/2013 at 10:55 pm

        @hotwinglover: Not long ago, I logged into a message board I’ve been a member of for years. For about a half-hour, I read through the newest postings and wrote a couple of replies.

        I checked my PMs before logging out and found 5 from the same person sent in those 30 minutes. She noticed I was currently posting (my visibility settings are disable) and wanted to know why I wouldn’t respond. The next day, I had a half-dozen more PMs from her, each growing more volatile because I didn’t drop everything to chat. I finally blocked her.

        Scary stuff.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        01/31/2013 at 7:43 pm

        I can understand the need for an opt-out on such a feature. And yes, I would not just randomly talk to strangers unless they didn’t look busy and I had something more to say than just “How’s it going?” I’m sure there’s no need to worry, though. It’d be a very clear mistake on FF’s part to implement something like that given how strongly people feel.

        I’m mystified by people saying they log in to write. I log in to post and to read/review. I do my writing/research with Google and a word processor. Only time I visit my author page is to post completed chapters/fics or check on the stats.

        Not my concern if people get annoyed with me for not answering immediately. That is their issue. So not a valid reason against showing who’s online, though stalking and spamming are. Those things represent safety and enjoyment of the site, so good points to consider.

      • yemi hikari

        02/05/2013 at 3:29 pm

        @ Vicky – I hope my comments didn’t come across as if I write while I am logged in. What I meant was that the time spent dealing with the person could have been spent doing better things, like working on my stories. The longer it takes a person to get through their PMs, the longer it is going to take them to get back to whatever they were doing before hand.

  8. goldie031

    01/25/2013 at 11:39 am

    I agree with both of you, actually. I like the idea, but I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to know who is or isn’t online.

  9. Blooming Confessions

    01/25/2013 at 8:05 pm

    Um the image uploader won’t work…

  10. Anna Carr

    01/26/2013 at 2:06 am

    I agree with Yemi. Theres a fic that is absolutely amazing, I mean its basically every fanfic readers dream. But it hasn’t been updated for 10 MONTHS. I don’t even know if the author has been on at all in the last 4 months (she updated her bio in september) and I find it extremely irritating. I also see bienfait’s point. We don’t need another social network, but I do believe that it should be a little bit easier to know whats going on.

    Now, on an unrelated topic, I have a suggestion that i think would really benefit the site. Is there anyway that there could be a history button or a “book mark” application? I am constantly kicking myself because I’m always forgetting the name of a story that I was reading. But what would be amazing is if there was an application to save whatever chapter you left off on. Then, you could just pick up where you left off without having to hunt around.

    • RWFF

      01/30/2013 at 3:12 am

      @Anna Carr
      PM a writer if they haven’t updated a story you like in a while (or leave a review inquiring about their absence). I’ve had readers politely ask about an update on a story when I hadn’t updated it after two months. I replied back to them and assured them I wasn’t abandoning the story, I just got busy in real life.

      There really isn’t any real reason to see who is online. Go join a forum or the multiple other venues out their that are designed for socializing online.

      NOW a viewing history of what stories you have read may be something many people might find useful.

      • yemi hikari

        01/30/2013 at 4:43 am

        I’ve had readers ask me politely as well, but I also know as someone who has PMed another writer that it doesn’t always work. The story hasn’t been updated for nine to ten years. When I PMed them it was two to three years after the story had been updated. While I see there being positive reasons for implementing such a system it could be abused to harass a writer that hasn’t been on for some time, so it is mostly wishful thinking on my part unless the admins can come up with a method for it not to be abused to much.

      • RWFF

        01/30/2013 at 5:07 pm

        If it’s been several years since someone has updated, chances are they’ve abandoned the story and even PM’ing you’re not likely to get a response. Other than the ‘social’ aspect, I see no reason for needing to know who is online or not on this site.

      • yemi hikari

        01/30/2013 at 8:38 pm

        I’m not seeing how seeing how many days its been since the person last logged in is the same thing as seeing whether a person is online right at the exact moment. While they have pretty much the same negatives, being able to see how long a persons been online does have an advantage outside of socialization. For example, if a writer has been gone for a month they may be less likely to get “update already” reviews on their stories and the reader can tell more easily if the writer is having a haitus or simply abandoned their accounts. Of course, the negatives may very well out weight the positive. If I had to choose between the two, I’d rather have the first.

      • Anna Carr

        01/31/2013 at 1:46 am

        I have tried pming and emailing this author several times with no response. I meant with the whole “last time the author was online” as like, when the author last visited the site, or reviewed a story. Kind of like what they have on Facebook. I’m not saying should become another FB, but it could use some of the settings that are on FB.

      • yemi hikari

        01/31/2013 at 11:22 pm

        And it wouldn’t have a time stamp on it, it would simply say that the person has been on within the last twenty-four hours at most to help prevent people from mistaking it for being online at that very moment.

      • seila

        02/01/2013 at 2:35 pm

        Hmm, when I saw yemi’s initial idea for seeing whether someone hadn’t logged in for 6 months, I thought of something rather different. Why not have a counter instilled that notes whether or not someone has been online in the past month or six. No need to get day specific; that would scare away the ultra-introverted users (I would know, I’m one of them). I don’t want people to know exactly when I was online. Vague is good, so long as there’s still enough there to communicate the idea.

        And I would imagine that if this were to be implemented, every user’s counter would automatically start. Users who have logged in would get a note next to the “last day profile was updated” value that says “user has logged in within the past 3 months”. After 90 have passed, then everyone who hasn’t logged in would have a note placed that says “user has not been seen in over 3 months”.

        At least that’s how I imagined things. *shrug*

      • favonilla

        02/03/2013 at 2:44 pm

        @RWFF – “a viewing history of what stories you have read” – I’m sorry, but I’d rather not have strangers given access to my reading habits. If I want to recommend a story, I’ll add it to my favorites, and review it as well. But if I’ve just happened on something while browsing, and it’s something I wouldn’t normally read (not everyone warns in their summary that they’re writing slash, for example), I’d prefer not to have my id attached to it.

      • Guest

        02/03/2013 at 7:23 pm

        @favonilla: Hmm, by ‘viewing history,’ I thought RWFF meant a personal reading history so we know which stories we have read. I could see the usefulness of the feature, as long as we have the option of opting in and out — and that it remains private. My public library has a similar feature; patrons can choose whether to keep a history of the books they check out, but it’s entirely optional.

        It’s certainly no one’s business but my own what I read.

      • yemi hikari

        02/14/2013 at 4:05 am

        @ seila – It could be set to a week, month or three month interval if the site admins wanted to rather then within the day. Or even the amount of time a person can remain logged in for if they so choose.

    • Anna care

      02/04/2013 at 1:55 am

      “Favonilla”: I don’t mean a public history application, because I totally agree with you. There are some sick and twisted Candice out there that I would never read, but sometimes don’t realize what exactly I’m clicking on. And Yemi, the “this author logged into this account in the last 24 hours” was exactly what I meant:)

      • Anna care

        02/04/2013 at 1:56 am

        … Stupid spell check…

  11. While

    01/26/2013 at 2:40 pm

    I think what FF needs to let Users do is log in by typing in their Username and password. At least give them that option if they’ve forgotten their email address.

    • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

      01/26/2013 at 5:16 pm

      I didn’t realize they didn’t allow that. *shrugs* I just use the network option. Lot easier than dealing with the captchas.

    • Christine

      01/26/2013 at 6:39 pm

      That would make it easier to hack into someone’s account, though. I feel more secure logging in with my e-mail address (which nobody on the site knows but me) rather than my username.

      • yemi hikari

        01/26/2013 at 9:27 pm

        Not only do I feel more secure, I feel that the accounts of some of the younger writers who are naive enough to post information that will give people clues as to what their password may be are also safe unless they are naive enough to post their e-mail. I’m rather glad they did away with the feature where you could post your e-mail to your actual profile for everybody to see.

      • KageNoNeko

        01/28/2013 at 12:35 am

        @Christine, I would like this better because at one point I was typing in my password for facebook into ffnet’s login. It annoyed me like crazy that I did this. Only when I changed my facebook password that I stopped doing it.

      • izraill

        01/29/2013 at 8:49 pm

        I agree with Yemi on this. Once I ‘hacked’ an account in wikia because the password was the same as the username. Other time, the password was the person’s name. I’ve found a lot of bad passwords everywhere. I’m sure it’s a bad idea to just make it easier.

        There will still be some people who don’t know the meaning of ‘security’, though. There are people I’ve got their phone number by just looking at their profile, where they posted their e-mail. I found them on facebook, they accepted me without knowing me. From the time I saw the profile th first time to the time I had their phone and adress was less than 30 minutes.

        Please, don’t make it easier for these careless people to be even more careless.

  12. Alaverat

    01/26/2013 at 2:48 pm

    Why would anyone want to let everyone know she was on line? No.

  13. Izraill

    01/27/2013 at 2:39 pm

    People have said this before and I’ll say it again: The site should improve the blocking feature, in my opinion, there are two things that need to be fixed:
    1. Make it so we can read the PMs after we’re blocked. It’s annoying to get a PM and not be able to read it because the other person blocked you right after sending it.
    2. It’d be nice to know we are blocked before we begin to type a review. Something like the review box not appearing or having a message of “blocked” would be good.

    I really hope the update includes something about this.

    • seila

      02/01/2013 at 2:53 pm

      Much agreed.

  14. Mook

    01/27/2013 at 7:50 pm

    Am I the only one who misses the storymarks feature? It helps a lot because I tend to read stories that have a lot of chapters before I start reading and this’ll make it easier than bookmarking it on my browser and then changing it every time I read.

  15. Wendy

    01/29/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Since there a couple of groups who seem to take delight in getting stories deleted, it would be nice if would either quarantine (removing the story from public viewing but allowing author to access it) the stories allowing the author to fix the issues or alternatively e-mail the author a copy of the story before deleting it, so the author has a copy (if they don’t have any other saved) so that they may repost it eslewhere.

    • Mademise

      01/29/2013 at 11:39 pm

      I agree with the e-mailing idea. It’s something the AO3 does that’s been really quite helpful to me.

    • Guest

      01/30/2013 at 12:13 am

      I really don’t understand why the site should send the author a copy of his/her story. It’s not the admin’s responsibility to hold our hand like we are in preschool. I backup my work to a flash drive and a cloud storage site whenever I make changes. If your work is important to you, why wouldn’t you take a couple of minutes to back it up?

      Not to be snarky, but am I missing something?

    • yemi hikari

      02/14/2013 at 4:11 am

      I’ve heard of a few cases where the site admins have quarantined something and then brought it back so that the writer can do something like changing the rating. To expect this for every case though isn’t reasonable as they have to go through a lot of reports and there are a ton of members on the site, far more then any other fanfiction site out there. They also shouldn’t have to send the writers a copy of the deleted fanfic either. It’s not their job to back up the writer’s writing.

  16. Cyth

    01/29/2013 at 7:27 pm

    My concern is a little different – I wish that would let us know if they are really backlogged – I asked for an addition of characters TWO months ago and have still not received a response. Last time this happened to me, it was three emails from me (and I’m pretty sure some other fans sent emails as well) before anything was added.

    As for the blocks – YES! It would be so much better if we know we’re blocked before leaving the review.

    • yemi hikari

      01/30/2013 at 4:54 am

      While I like the idea of letting us know there are some people who would take advantage of the fact the site admins are backlogged just to post as much rule breaking work as possible. If they posted the number of stories they posted each month or the percentage of type of rule breaking fanfics it would lead to possible trolling.

  17. izraill

    01/29/2013 at 8:42 pm

    To all those people complaining about showing when someone is online, I think that having an option to ‘hide online status’ or sometihng like that with the feature would make all of us happy.

    Personally, I don’t really care if that feature is added. I’d probably do as I do in facebook and turn it off.

  18. konarciq

    01/30/2013 at 10:22 am

    Is it just me, or have the numbers of the reactions to this post suddenly skyrocketed with posts from two weeks ago? This morning I could only see something like 50 reactions.

    • Guest

      01/30/2013 at 2:22 pm

      Same here. I thought there were about 70 or so posts, now there are nearly 150. Glancing at the date stamps, there doesn’t seem to be a flood of comments to match the exploded growth. Weird.

      • Anna

        01/30/2013 at 2:35 pm

        The comments weren’t moderated to show up until Xing came back on here to do so when he posted the new blog entry.

      • Guest

        01/30/2013 at 5:53 pm

        Ah, that makes sense. Thanks, Anna. 🙂

  19. Sasha

    01/30/2013 at 4:43 pm

    I ran into an interesting issue and I’m hoping that someone on here can please shed some insight on the matter. The other day I ran across a story title that had a curse word in it. I left a review letting the writer know that titles and summaries had to be G-rated, and surprisingly they didn’t get all snitty with me or anything, they honestly did not know that rule (never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t read the rules on the site). They really didn’t want to change their title and either dilute the curse word “danged” for “damned” or take it out entirely (it would’ve definitely lost its punch), so I suggested they try using an asterik, like “D*mned” and maybe that would be okay. So I’m wondering, did I give them the right advice? Is it acceptable to use an asterik in a curse word in a title like that or does a writer have to substitute another word entirely?

    • yemi hikari

      01/30/2013 at 8:20 pm

      I may be wrong here, but I don’t think you should have corrected their title on this one. While it is true that the word “damn” is curse word some of the time, words like “damned” and “damnable” and “damnation” are not ever curse words.

      • Sasha

        01/30/2013 at 9:01 pm

        See, that’s the thing neither the writer nor I was sure on and that’s why I’m asking because this was the first time I’ve ever run into this kind of issue. The writer emailed the support team, but as of yesterday, he said he hadn’t heard back. He was actually glad I let him know that the site required titles and summaries to be G-rated and for now he said he’s fine with just using an asterik because he doesn’t want to get into any trouble over it. But it’s one of those burning questions that I don’t think I’ve ever seen answered, or actually even asked by anyone, so that’s why I decided to check for myself.

      • Vicky (@Andromakhe)

        01/31/2013 at 8:04 pm

        Agreed. Context is important. It may be perfectly acceptable to keep the word in if used in such a manner to denote eternal punishment.

        Asterisks are likely not acceptable substitutes. A new title is safest. Most sites that don’t allow explicit wording don’t allow getting around it with symbols.

    • Guest

      01/30/2013 at 10:37 pm

      I don’t have an answer for you, but my concern is the asterisk might actually draw more attention to the title — and that could cause problems in the long run. The intentions behind the change are noble, but someone might misinterpret it as, “Hey, the author is trying to cheat the rules!”

      Definitely a interesting scenario. IMHO, it’d probably be for him to come up with a new title.

      • Sasha

        02/01/2013 at 6:16 pm

        Okay, thanks for the advice everyone, I appreciate it. I’ll pass that along to him that it’s probably a good idea for him to change the title, although he might’ve already done so, I’m not sure.

  20. script

    01/31/2013 at 6:34 pm

    Theres no logo anymore.Im already starting to forget how it looks…

  21. Elsa

    02/05/2013 at 9:47 am

    all the sudden the page of the stories, my profile, the reviews are different and there is no log in button. and it was fine yesterday. am i the only one having that trouble

  22. Gloria

    02/09/2013 at 7:25 pm

    I am having difficulties reading the updated chapters as of today. Please help me fix the problem.

  23. titanx1

    02/09/2013 at 7:36 pm

    new chapters not working either. It shows on the update page but it wont appear in the story box.


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