Profile Editing, Forum Updates, and Password Security

17 Mar

Resolved Profile editing issues from our last update.

Forum creation limit has been changed to adjust for the new forum type classification. Members can now create one forum per combination of category, language, and type. A forum creation limit is put in place to guard against spammers.

New “Contests” forum type classification introduced to help communities gather and create awards/contests for their favorite genres.

We are hardening our password policy to align with current recommended protocols. Passwords for new sign-ups and password change requests are now required to be at least 8 characters in length.


  • Passwords now have a minimum length of 8 characters and up from 6 previously. Applies to new sign-ups and password change requests. Existing passwords will continue to work but we recommend users to use a long password whenever possible.
  • Members can now create one forum per combination of category, language, and type. Previously, users are capped at 1 per category regardless of forum type. Since the recently introduced forum type classification, this limit has been adjusted. For example, a member can now create both a “General -> General” forum and a “General -> Roleplay” forum.
  • “Contests” type has been added to forum type classifications.


  • Inability for some browsers to apply bold/italic/centering styles to profiles after our recent update.
  • Some formatting errors when editing a doc or forum post.

Posted by on 03/17/2013 in Uncategorized


120 responses to “Profile Editing, Forum Updates, and Password Security

  1. A.J. Goode

    03/17/2013 at 8:30 am

    Fabulous!! Now people actually have a way to post their interactive contests without clogging the story archives. Thank you, Xing!

  2. metsfan101

    03/17/2013 at 9:56 am

    nice update. i hope something new with pictures are next. it would be awesome to be able to post one picture for chapter as like a cover picture for each chapter

    • Brandie Adams

      03/17/2013 at 9:34 pm

      I agree with this 🙂

      • don

        03/18/2013 at 12:32 pm

        that is for real

    • Guest

      03/17/2013 at 11:29 pm

      I politely disagree. Story covers are more than enough when it comes to pictures on this site, IMHO.

    • Stella

      03/17/2013 at 11:54 pm

      Absolutely not. needs to put its focus on the stories. The ability to add countless photos will just turn this site into a dumping ground for scrapbooks. Physical books normally have one cover. Children books have multiple images and since this site is not for those under 13, then there’s no need to add that function. This site is for fanfic.

      • KShade

        03/18/2013 at 5:21 pm

        One could argue, Stella, that anime and comic books are not exclusively for children, yet they have images. Or, in House of Night, if you have read that, the novellas have an image to commence each chapter. Yet they, particularly Neferet’s curse are not for younger readers (if I were to rate them on fanfiction, they would come in at T-M)

      • yemi hikari

        03/19/2013 at 2:46 pm

        One could argue that graphic novels don’t support the arguement that images should be allowed for chapters because the graphic novel is a completely different manner in which to tell stories as are picture books.

        A lot of books though to have chapter images, but the thing is that each image takes up space on the servers. People are also already abusing the cover images by using copyrighted material they do not have permission to use, finding the first picture for the fandom they can find that “fits”.

    • favonilla

      03/18/2013 at 1:07 am

      I’m not sure we need any more pictures. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that both ffnet and FictionPress are first and foremost *writing* sites. You want to make pretty pictures, there are other more suitable venues for it.

    • yemi hikari

      03/18/2013 at 3:42 pm

      No. The allowance for avatars, cover art and pictures for the forums was good enough.

    • Queen000

      03/18/2013 at 9:59 pm

      Ditto! 🙂

  3. holmes4ever

    03/17/2013 at 11:56 am

    No, thanks, Zing. You’re just adding useless stuff to the site that no one needs. How about stopping all the useless updates and return to maintaining the site the way it used to be?

    • metsfan101

      03/17/2013 at 1:21 pm

      chill out. i like the new updates… though i dont think many people focus on the forums as much as the actual stories

    • hikaripurinsujemuzu

      03/17/2013 at 3:28 pm

      I don’t really think it’s useless if there’s the fact that we all have encountered spammers on forums and off. This is a way to limit multiple forums. While you yourself nay not have seen it, someone may have. And even though that means that *possibly* certain forums will be deleted and we all might not be able to have an RP and a forum for discussion…well, it’s better than hearing people complain about “Xing, I saw 3 of the same forums today and you guys haven’t done anything about it!” ten times over.

    • yemi hikari

      03/17/2013 at 3:38 pm

      How is this update useless? Or the last one for that matter? I remember when I had to delete a bunch of my old forums to make way for new ones.

    • MMC

      03/17/2013 at 3:51 pm

      I really didn’t want to speak out since I’m already a little irritated, but my apologies since comments like this bug me.

      As other replies have mentioned, some people might like the updates. I don’t use the forums much either, but you don’t see me complaining about it. The only thing I care about is posting/reading stories and leaving reviews. The forum updates or whatever don’t bother me. And what’s wrong with adding new updates that could make the site better? It’s a trial and error thing, sure, but nothing stays the same forever. I think you’re being too negative. Also, way to spell Xing’s name wrong when a previous poster had spelt it too.

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 6:33 pm

        Maybe they were trying to put a zing to their sting, but ended up falling flat? Sorry… bad joke, but I couldn’t resist.

      • Cheese&Biscuts

        03/26/2013 at 8:39 pm

        I’m not sure how to just leave a reply, and not sure if I’m doing this corerctly but here it goes.. When I go on the forums and try to space things apart.. it won’t let me! When I actually post the reply it will be all clumped together!

        I also miss all of the options you had for forum replies. The lines and the choice of bold or italic print.

  4. Abby

    03/17/2013 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you!

  5. Spyridon

    03/17/2013 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t know about some people but from the moment I first signed on, I would always have trouble with the underlining. I haven’t recently updated anything so I don’t know if that problem still persists.

    Totally disagree with holmes4ever. Plus his name is Xing. I can seriously see some fandoms using the contest forums, especially since there already are a number of existing award contests. Harry Potter has at least 3 or 4 just for the Harry/Ginny category alone and I’m damn sure that there are a number of awards for the other pairings. Some use the forums to post replies to the reviews like DarthMarrs does on her profile page.

    As for the general contest forums, people might hope to have an awards page on FFN. I don’t know if we should have a different profile page on the profile like the Bio, My Stories, Favorite Stories, and Favorite Authors does. Just a box on the account manager where we can paste the award images/banners that stories receive. Just food for thought, I’m not sure if I actually want it.

    Still hoping for the series linker.

    • yemi hikari

      03/17/2013 at 3:47 pm

      A lot of people have tried to make contests for various fandoms only to fail because they end up getting buried, so it is far from being useless.

      I’m not sure an awards page is a good idea. Not all of the contests are really good contests and I’ve seen some really bad stuff brag about having won a contest and that’s why the critique they got didn’t matter. One of the fanfics pretty much just copied a famous Japanese fable and just substituted canon characters from a fandom and I was like… but wait… how did this get to win the contest” Not that I hate contest and challenges mind you, but I really don’t think creating a brag page is a good idea, because it will go to some people’s heads. Now, a tab for the forums on the other hand… that is a different matter.

      • Spyridon

        03/17/2013 at 4:08 pm

        Darthmarrs also had a problem on her account. She couldn’t get to her forums and someone has to figure out how to set up her links directly on her profile page.

        As I said, even I’m not totally sure about the page. Not only about the bragging bit but the size requirements of the images, removal of the hyperlinks that the banners usually come with, etc. There’s also high risk of abuse for those as well.

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 6:30 pm

        The best way to go about it is to offer custom cover art to the winners that they can choose to use really.

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 6:32 pm

        I should add that’s what I did for my NaNoWriMo entry this last year. I scaled down the image I one and stuck it into a corner of my cover for the story.

  6. hikaripurinsujemuzu

    03/17/2013 at 3:25 pm

    Good. I’m happy that we as a site are all trying to get rid of the spammers that are here. Perhaps, a way to get rid of double posts on different accounts? I once saw two different accounts post the same story at the exact same time. Oh, and a way to report on mobile! Because that time I saw those accounts I was on mobile and unable to report and by the time I got near a computer, it was long gone from my sight.

    • yemi hikari

      03/17/2013 at 3:49 pm

      The problem is that while the site could make it so that stories with exact wording could be blocked, they would not be able to block stories with stories changed only a bit unless they did some major programming. Even then there would be problems as there is with any other program meant to detect such things.

      • hikaripurinsujemuzu

        03/17/2013 at 4:49 pm

        You are right, it would take major programming to create such a program. Which is why I did suggest reporting on mobile just in case that idea didn’t work out. Therefore, stories such as that cannot go double posted.

        Though, the problem with reporting is that people might be able to abuse it. Especially on mobile. So, perhaps make it so only signed authors can report on mobile compared to desktop? I believe that wouldn’t take too much coding…

    • Spyridon

      03/17/2013 at 4:10 pm

      On top of that, I think we should stop the ability from people commenting on their own story. I have an example where the author used it to reply to someone else using the same account they used to post the story. Unnecessary addition to the review count. High potential for someone to abuse the filter by review count when the story is multi-chaptered.

      • hikaripurinsujemuzu

        03/17/2013 at 4:44 pm

        I agree; I believe that authors should PM instead of giving themselves reviews as a method to “kill two birds with one stone” by reviewing their stories and therefore adding to their review count and replying to a reviewer who, seven-times-out-of-ten would not even see it. Though, that method, even if the reviewer was a guest, is just pathetic in its own nature.

      • Lynn Hollander

        03/17/2013 at 5:53 pm

        I cannot disagree more. 1) Since reviews are public, replies should also be public. Where else should they go but on the review page?
        2) Who pays attention to review count –excepting the author, of course– anyway? I don’t depend on review count to tell me a story is interesting; if the blurb fails to attract my attention, a review count certainly won’t. But, then, I don’t follow any ‘best seller list’. **after I review, I may read what other people thought about the story, but even then, I do not let someone else’s opinion change the way I feel about a story.
        3) I reply to reviews given me both as PM and on the review page. See 1 above, but I know a reviewer might not check my review page. I feel all communication **about a posted story** should be just a public as the story itself is.

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 6:00 pm

        I’ve only left reviews on my stories twice and the cases I did so involved flamers. The first time was when a flamers review was deleted and the person above the flamer mentioned the review below and I didn’t want either writer to get flamed. The second time was when an anonymous reviewer revenge flamed and said that my review was a flame because they could delete it just like their review and I wanted people to know there was a reason I didn’t delete that particular review.

        Still, it pads the review count and I don’t like that it did that. If the site admins were to add a way to publicly reply to the reviews then even in the cases I discussed it wouldn’t necessarily be needed. For example, in the first case I could have mentioned the flamer by name as he was a notorious spam flamer and that I hoped the review could easily be deleted. Same with the anonymous. Then the site admins can easily delete ALL reviews author’s leave on their stories without any complaints.

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 6:02 pm

        @ Lynn – It wasn’t such a big deal I think when stories weren’t sorted by review count, but now that it is replying to even the anonymous reviews just pushes ones story further up.

      • favonilla

        03/17/2013 at 6:04 pm

        I’m inclined to agree, however I have once or twice replied to guest reviews by posting a review myself, as the review asked questions which I felt deserved answers, and I didn’t want to include them in an author’s note. But I definitely wasn’t comfortable with it, for just that reason – it artificially inflates the review count. (In one instance, the reviewer then posted another guest review thanking me for answering, which made it even worse).

        In general, I answer reviews by pm wherever possible, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

      • Lynn Hollander

        03/17/2013 at 7:18 pm

        yemi hikari — “It wasn’t such a big deal I think when stories weren’t sorted by review count, but now that it is replying to even the anonymous reviews just pushes ones story further up.” 1) How many filters can a searcher use? 2) And how many readers will actually search by number of reviews? –1) several and 2) Does is matter? Can you value a review by someone who reads by the numbers? So do you care if such a reader never gets to your story?

        favonilla –see above.


      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 7:56 pm

        The smaller the fandom the more it does matter. Eventually it does add up as well the more a writer does it.

      • Spyridon

        03/17/2013 at 8:59 pm

        Reviews are meant for those who are going to actually comment/assess on your story. One of favorite readers then took what FFN provided (The forums) and used that to have an organized way to reply to all reviews.

        Each story of hers had it’s own subforum and the chapters had their own topics in that forum. It was public, didn’t inflate her word count, replied to anonymous reviewers, and kept the reviews to the actual numbers. All she had to say was check my forum for review replies at the end of her chapters which was only a total of five words.

        For me, I have the direct links to my Livejournal on my profile, where I can post links, images, polls, and other stuff to back up my reviews if need be. For anonymous reviews, I would answer it in the most recent chapter and when it came to the next chapter, I would delete the old A/N of the previous chapter, keeping information that was vital to that particular one. I know a number that use LJ to reply to comments. I know one of my LJ posts that responded to an anonymous question would not have fit into the review box.

        A couple of writers actually keep the reviews on their profiles where they let it sit for a month before removing them.

        There are other options then using the review button.

        Ever since they utilized the filter by review, I have found that people who access my story has gone up, especially in the first few months of it. That would mean that someone does care about the review count and then begin reading the summaries of the ones that pop up. By inflating the review count, you’re causing your story to jump from a page where it should be to a page where it shouldn’t be. If I answered to each chapter on one of my stories, the review count would jump by 23-24 chapters and would cause my story to jump about 2 pages. I don’t think that’s fair to others who don’t review on their own chapter.

      • Tune4Toons

        03/17/2013 at 10:33 pm

        Somewhere back last year, didn’t they mention a possible feature where there will be a public review reply section to make it possible to reply to anonymous (and even signed) reviews without adding to the review count? Correct me if my memory is off though…

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 11:12 pm

        Yeah… they did. I’m actually looking forward to this feature truth be told.

      • Guest

        03/17/2013 at 11:36 pm

        @Tune4Toons: I remember that feature being mentioned. I’m also looking forward to it.

        Personally, I find replying to reviews with another review to be in poor taste. There are times I’m a little iffy on the summary, so I’ll peek at the reviews. When I see an author continually posting there, it’s an automatic red flag in my eyes. I won’t even bother reading the story.

        Now, if there’s a system in place that’s designed for that type of interaction, that’d be great.

      • Spyridon

        03/17/2013 at 11:59 pm

        I hope the new review reply system would add the replies publicly to the review page without adding to the word count and allow us to edit them. Do you think that’s coming out this mouth? Or do you think Monster March is this update and the one piggbacking on it?

      • Guest

        03/18/2013 at 12:19 am

        @Spyridon: If there is a new review system in the works, I hope it’s unveiled soon. 🙂 There was also something a few months ago about an updated version of the PM system. Lots to look forward to! Hope it all goes smoothly for the admins and no bugs creep in.

      • Spyridon

        03/18/2013 at 12:55 am

        Too bad they don’t have a beta group to test things out on. I wouldn’t mind being one, especially for the mobile version/review system. 😀

        What I’m really looking forward to is a way to link the stories together in a series/universe, especially if they’re coauthored.

      • Guest

        03/18/2013 at 1:04 am

        I wouldn’t mind being a beta tester, either. 🙂 I don’t use the mobile site very often, but I’d jump at the chance to try out the features for the standard site and give them feedback.

        A way to link stories would be nice. That way, it would be easier to find the next entry in the series instead of browsing the author’s profile.

      • favonilla

        03/18/2013 at 1:14 am

        @Lynn Hollander – I guess it’s just an honesty thing – I don’t like the idea that the number attached to one of my stories is higher than it has a right to be. If a system for answering reviews is brought in, I’d be more than happy to use that instead, where pm wasn’t possible. But as I find my answers to reviews tend to evolve into lengthy and sometimes personal discussions, I’d still probably stick to private messaging for the most part.

      • Lynn Hollander

        03/18/2013 at 1:19 am

        2 Spyridon: More to the point would seem to be dropping the review filter. It’s a nonsensical criterion for picking out a story to browse.
        I’m not going to bother moving my replies from where I feel they belong, ie next to the reviews that prompted them, to another file somewhere else. The review page is the logical place.
        If the Staff are worried about ‘inflated review count’, and frankly, I can’t imagine anyone is really seriously fretting about this, perhaps they can work out a way to ignore Author’s Replies.
        Open Replies to Open Reviews. ~~although I also use the PM link in the review email.

      • Spyridon

        03/18/2013 at 2:03 am

        The review filter is here to stay. You may not care about but obviously there a number of readers who do as they use it and it’s not fair to them or to the other authors on the site for someone’s story to jump theirs due to the inflated review count. I respect them by not reviewing my own story to reply to the anonymous reviews.

        You have various other options that you can utilize that won’t abuse the current review system but you have decided not to which is your right. I’m just suggesting those options at it would allow you and the reader to discuss plot lines, themes, characters actions even more in depth. It was the major reason why I used LJ due to its ability to hyperlink and post images as well as allowing me to post my stories in their unedited FFN forms. Technically speaking, I was answering reviews that were posted there which according to you is where replies belong. One reviewer and I kept bouncing back plot loopholes and that ran on for a while. Imagine if I had done that on the actual: the reviews would have been inflated by 10+ on a single chapter alone. In that particular fandom it would have jumped 10 pages+ as the fandom itself is small with a small pool of reviewers.

        At this point, it would be best for you to suggest new upgrades to the review reply system that may if it does come out, that upgrade can include fixes to what you and others see as lacking. From what I read in your posts, you can probably suggest a number of upgrades to Xing.

        But as for the current system, to me at the very least, it’s abuse as it’s not your personal review reply system. It’s for the anonymous reviewers to comment on your story.

      • Lynn Hollander

        03/18/2013 at 11:58 am

        2 Spyridon: as long as ‘grate proloug’ or ‘hi’ counts as a review, picking out a story to read by its number of reviews is about the silliest/shallowest/vapid criterion ever thought of. It’s right up there with writing a story with no ‘e’ in it –possible, but no guarantee of the quality of the work.
        A review is the start of a discussion about the STORY, not a form of advertising. ‘Abuse’ is lazily churning out mindless ego-boo, not an author replying on the same page.

      • yemi hikari

        03/18/2013 at 1:49 pm

        Who says that the point of looking through the stories with the most reviews is to necessarily find quality work? The stories that have the most reviews tend to be the most popular unless a writer inflated their story by reviewing their own story with their signed account or sock puppets. Even if they’re bad, you can get a good idea of what people are currently in too for particular things. On top of this, the popular stuff can teach you what not do do as much as it can teach you what you can do right. Bad ideas can also become good ideas.

      • Spyridon

        03/18/2013 at 3:52 pm

        Okay, I’m assuming you’re not really insulting your reviewers by calling what reviews they supply you to be silly, shallow, and vapid. As an author, I’m glad that they took an interest of leaving something behind, even if it isn’t the quality of review like Roger Egbert.

        Me and Yemi never said that the number of reviews indicated the quality of work. We only said that people utilize it and abusing the review system would be unfair to those that did. As Yemi stated above, some of the popular ones can be of great quality work.

        Author replying on the same page:

        After all it’s just an author replying to a review, right?

        I believe this one of lesser examples of not allowing people to review on their own story and others more than once.

        As I said before, you can start suggesting updates to the PM/review reply.

      • Shawnesty

        03/18/2013 at 4:11 pm

        Yemi writes: “Who says that the point of looking through the stories with the most reviews is to necessarily find quality work? The stories that have the most reviews tend to be the most popular unless a writer inflated their story by reviewing their own story with their signed account or sock puppets.”

        And brother, is Yemi ever right! Can’t begin to tell how many times a so-called “popular” story is boosted by the author and their pals posting multiple sock account or anon reviews to inflate their review number and make the story look greater than it really is. While I do check out reviews on stories to kind of get a feel for how good it might be, I don’t generally judge it by the reviews alone because often what some reviewers rave as being “the greatest story ever written” is actually a total piece of crap.

        And I admit I’ve had to use my review section to either respond to someone’s anonymously posted question or to combat a flame or harassment review in which the reviewer blocked me from PM’ing, but I hate doing that because I dislike using my review section as a discussion forum.

      • Guest

        03/18/2013 at 6:43 pm

        @Spyridon: Wow, that is bad. Sad thing is, it’s not the worst I’ve seen. There are one or two stories where the back and forth ranting goes on for pages.

        Just want to throw this out there — If you find a new story that might be of interest, do you ever take a look at the reviews and decide *not* to read it when you find certain people/group of people reviewing?

        Yep, I’m guilty of this. 😉 There is one fandom I used to frequent where there are three or four users (all with similar pennames, so I’ll wager it’s the same person) who leave almost identical clusters of reviews on stories. It may be shallow, but I don’t even want to bother reading anything that catches their eye.

        I’m curious if I’m the only one who does this. 😉

      • Spyridon

        03/18/2013 at 8:56 pm

        @Guest: usually when I see that happening on the reviews, I don’t to come back as it usually spills over onto the A/Ns in the chapters.

        I admit, I do glance at the reviews to get a feel on a number of them but I really look for is the hints in the summary. I think there was like one story that was updated on the Harry Potter section but ignored it because I thought Harry died. After months of not reading anything new, I decided to try it and wanted to bang my head for not trying it sooner. After checking out the summary, I move to the first chapter.

        Don’t know if this is of interest but me and DukeBrymin compiled a list regarding some conclusions in fanfiction in general in regards to Harry Potter. The top half are hers and the bottom come from other authors that come from ‘Stargate SG-1’ and ‘The Fast and Furious’ fandoms:

        I kind of what to see if there are more conclusions out there or other pet peeves that annoy you.

        Let me emphasize number 13: there are exceptions. 😀

      • nowistand

        03/18/2013 at 10:40 pm

        @Lynn, actually using reviews to gauge a stories quality isn’t always bad. I don’t use the filter myself but when browsing for stories, sometimes on the ones I’m iffy about that have 100 of thousands of words and multiple chapters yet it just doesn’t have the best summary (bad grammar and spelling, boring premise, etc.), I check the review count and maybe even check some of the reviews out. A lot of times, it helps me.

        On the other subject, whatever floats your boat. I personally don’t but hey, it’s the anonymous reviews fault for not giving me some way to contact them. If you ask me a question, give me a way to reply if you want the answer.

      • Guest

        03/19/2013 at 12:09 am

        Thanks for sharing the link to your blog, Spyridon. I got a good laugh from that list. So true! 🙂 I agree with just about all of them. I’ll have to make a list of my peeves and see if I can add to it.

        I know how it feels to wish you had read a story sooner. One of my beta readers kept suggesting a particular story to me. Among other things, the summary didn’t catch my eye and it was AU. I finally broke down and read it one night. It was amazing! Even though the author approached the characters differently than I see them, they were still very much “in character.”

        I can’t believe I skipped it for so long.

      • Alice

        03/19/2013 at 11:59 am

        @Lynn Hollander

        Someone said that review count is important in smaller fandoms, and I agree although I find sorting by review count even more useful in larger fandoms. When browsing in a large fandom with a popular pairing, the normal sorting methods can still leave you will dozens or even hundreds of pages to sort through and if I sort by review count much of the better stuff will be at the top or within the first 5 pages instead of on page 89 where I’ll never find it, just because it was posted 5 years ago. Perhaps this was less of a problem in the past where the quantities posted were much smaller, however there are many fandoms now with 100s of fics with the same tags.

        You said something about “hi” or poor spelling being an acceptable review, and while I’m not sure what kind of person considers that a review, it’s still someone (who DID NOT write it and thus has no personal vested interest in making it more popular) who decided to read the writing and take a few seconds out of their day to say something, thus increasing the review count. You (I think it was you) also said something about only choosing what to read based on the summary, and while this may work in certain fandoms, in others many of the summaries are very similar due to canonical restrictions (unless they go AU) .

        I agree with your public-reviews-public-replies argument, and I would like to see a feature that works more like blog or Youtube comments, as in the reviewer gets an alert when the author replies (publicly) but author reviews don’t count in the review count, as I do feel it makes the story seem better than it is to many readers.

    • Stella

      03/18/2013 at 12:00 am

      Did it ever occur to you that it was a mistake? You should always contact the author BEFORE reporting. That’s the respectable thing to do. And guess what? You can leave a message for the author on your mobile. Neat, huh?!

      • yemi hikari

        03/18/2013 at 3:48 pm

        How many writers have secondary accounts in the first place that they clearly state is a secondary account? The ones I’ve seen have all been for double posting their works on both accounts and there is no reason for doing this, so I wouldn’t call it a mistake.

  7. yemi hikari

    03/17/2013 at 3:55 pm

    So… I went to go and create a new forum just now. I already have a forum that is Bleach -> General, and I wanted to create one that was Bleach -> Contest, but at this point it won’t let me. I may be able to find a way around this glitch, but it is one that the site admins will want to look into.

    • yemi hikari

      03/17/2013 at 3:59 pm

      I may have figured out what I did wrong. That said, the site admins may want to add at a later date something that keeps the forum from resetting whenever someone makes a mistake, which may be why I had problems.

  8. bethcandy21

    03/17/2013 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t know about everyone else but I cannot access anything but my account page it wont take me to alert, publish,stats or anywhere else for that matter and I have tried using several different browsers nothing works.I really don’t know what to do I have spent hours writing new chapters and I cannot even post them.

    • Lynn Hollander

      03/17/2013 at 5:55 pm

      On Fiction/Press, my account page more or less functions normally. Still no centering.

      • Lynn Hollander

        03/17/2013 at 5:56 pm

        No, I was wrong: Centering is back.

    • favonilla

      03/17/2013 at 6:09 pm

      @bethcandy21 – I just tried mine in both IE and Firefox, and both worked fine.

      • bienfait

        03/17/2013 at 6:30 pm

        I’m having issues with the profile update page – I’ve just got a small box (normal width but two-line height) with the content in html. Display version of the profile page looks fine. Browser is IE8

  9. Moira D

    03/17/2013 at 6:50 pm

    While, I am glad you fixed the incompatibility issues with firefox there is a more pressing matter at hand that you need to address. It appears that there are people on who believe the rules don;t apply to them and deliberately break them by posting pornography on your fine website. There is this one girl(I assume it’s a girl do to her pen name) who has posted over 40 stories on your website. ALL of them contain graphic pornography in them! Don’t believe me? See for yourself:

    That is a link to the person in question’s fanfiction profile. Just click on any story and you’ll find them filled with pornography(read at your own risk! Those stories are real explicit and tasteless in my opinion!) I remember a time when the moderators used to respond to the reports people send in and take care of the people and stories quite promptly. But sadly, now a days you don’t seem to care that people are posting stories of graphic nature and questionable content anymore! I’ve sent you many reports on the author who’s profile I’ve posted a link to. Yet you merely look the other way and let her and others just like her to get by with violating the rules! You disappoint me! You need to teach such violators a lesson and punish them for breaking the rules. If you people cared just one bit about this website you’d get your act together and get rid of all these disgusting pornographic stories infesting this website.

    • ???

      03/17/2013 at 7:19 pm

      Umm, why did you copy and paste your last post from a previous entry? O.o;

      • yemi hikari

        03/17/2013 at 8:00 pm

        I think they’re trying to target a specific writer in order to get most if not all of their stories removed instead of being patient like all the other people filing abuse reports on the site.

      • Spyridon

        03/17/2013 at 9:06 pm

        Moira, they do care but the process takes time. Plus with the updates coming out soon, they may have a little too much matters on their plate.

        On top of that, if you commented on another thread with the same post, some might consider that spamming.

      • Guest

        03/17/2013 at 11:27 pm

        Moira, if you feel that author’s work violates the TOS, report them and move on. There’s no reason to post the same message in different blog posts. In fact, you’re giving him/her more publicity. I don’t understand why you feel the need to target this person.

    • Stella

      03/18/2013 at 12:06 am

      I agree with Guest’s response. Report it once and move on. What you’re doing now is childish. If you are obsessing over this author, I suggest you go and find yourself a hobby.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      03/18/2013 at 5:42 am

      Moira, I think you’re sounding a little like this Onion article. It’s not very nice to spam the blog here; use the report system the way it was designed and move on. Who knows – perhaps a site mod has already seen these stories and thinks that they are M rather than MA.

      • yemi hikari

        03/18/2013 at 1:41 pm

        I remember that article. Nine year old kids so do not speak like that in the first place.

        The admins may also have seen the abuse reports but are combing the stories with a fine tooth comb… or the abuse reports sent into them did not contain any Ma content despite the fact there is. The admins say to be detailed with ones reports and use samples.

      • Wo

        03/18/2013 at 3:21 pm

        Leave it to Yemi Hikari to be too smart for satire. Of course nine-year-olds don’t talk like that.

      • yemi hikari

        03/18/2013 at 10:44 pm

        @ Wo – Please tell that to the people I know who believed the article as if it were gospel truth and still believe it to be true. :C

      • Wo

        03/19/2013 at 3:29 pm

        To hear you tell it, you’re the only person in the world with a brain. Must be hard being so smart in a world of dolts.

      • yemi hikari

        03/19/2013 at 11:53 pm

        No… I just know a lot of older Christians who believed the e-mails they were sent that copy pasted the article into the e-mail without linking to the original source and are neither internet savvy enough because of the generation they live and who are leery of the Harry Potter series because their information is limited and they’ve now become biased. There are a few who I felt should have known better because they were very tech savvy compared to the older generation.

      • Wo

        03/20/2013 at 7:45 pm

        Ah, the older Christians that believe everything they read, the children that misunderstand second-person stories, the fools all around you that would misuse features that others would appreciate but you don’t want… Alas, for you are surrounded by those who must wait for your every word of wisdom to warn them away from their idiocy. Everyone waiting with baited breath for you to respond to their comments here and either validate them or point out how since you disagree they must be wrong… How difficult it must be to be you. Thank you for saving all us from our own stupidity

    • Mewfan15-nl

      03/18/2013 at 11:39 am

      I LOL’ed pretty hard, Just report it and leave it at that, no reason to go in detail with this.

    • Indigo Halfmoon Dauntless

      03/18/2013 at 5:51 pm

      That’s because the site grew. They get so many reports that they’re swamped. I took the time to write them a detailed email about something I saw and they haven’t gotten back to me. Truth be told, it might help if you tried talking to the author.

      • yemi hikari

        03/19/2013 at 2:26 pm

        I’m going to add, don’t simply say that the story is Ma content and that it has been reported either. It’s one thing when you’ve got Ma content that is obviously Ma content, but when it is a fanfic that is borderline at least be polite enough to say it is Ma content, they need to edit it out an that you’ll PM then explaining what you felt was Ma content. Otherwise you may be taken as someone who is revenge flaming and they won’t take you seriously at all.

  10. Fanfic writer 117

    03/18/2013 at 5:40 am

    Can you make it an option to put an OC in and his/her name? For example, have an option “OC”, which will prompt you for a name, and when in viewer mode, it will read “OC: Name”.

    • yemi hikari

      03/18/2013 at 1:38 pm

      While I don’t mind adding the OC option, prompting for a name is a bit much. They’re not official canon characters, so adding their actual name to a character list could confuse potential readers. Particulary when I’ve seen some writers use names that are already used in canon. For example, Lily and Rose tend to get used a lot in the HP universe.

      • favonilla

        03/18/2013 at 3:34 pm

        I’m with yemi hikari on this. When all’s said and done, your OCs are your own pets – chances are ninety-nine point nine per cent of readers aren’t interested enough in them to go searching for them, so offering this facility would be pretty pointless. If they’re characters you use frequently, mention them in your summary for those who might want to know.

        I’ve just said something in the previous thread about not making the whole system too complicated. I think that applies to this suggestion, too.

    • Spyridon

      03/18/2013 at 3:28 pm

      I hate to say it but the names of the OC doesn’t really matter as they’re original characters that you made up and are a couple among the other OCs other authors produce. That level of detail is not required in the summary.

    • IHaveNoIdea8

      03/28/2013 at 8:44 pm

      I agree that adding an OC option to stories would be a great idea, it would minimalize the amount of people adding characters to their stories that don’t play a particularly huge part compared to the OC. There would be no point in adding in the option to put the OC’s name. No one would be searching randomly for an OC named Katrina, for example, if they knew nothing about this character and what they were like. If they’re searching for a CanonxOC pairing, then just having the OC option would be enough.
      I do personally hope that they do add the OC option to archives, I know they already do that in some of the more popular ones.

  11. Inquisition

    03/18/2013 at 9:39 am

    For some reason, the CSS seems to be bugged for me. The “Sign Up” link is extending beyond the border of the page, on author profiles I’m unable to change tabs, and on story pages, none of the font change/font size/black-white buttons work.

    Can something be done to fix this?

  12. While

    03/18/2013 at 2:55 pm

    The underline option isn’t working for me in the profile editing system. Can you fix this problem when you get the chance?

  13. waitwut?

    03/18/2013 at 3:08 pm

    Could somebody tell me what “code 1” is? it keeps showing up…it says “story not found, code 1” or something along those lines…does that mean the author has deleted it, or what?

    • Indigo Halfmoon Dauntless

      03/18/2013 at 7:21 pm

      code one means the story has either been deleted by the author or taken down.

  14. shinjuriki

    03/19/2013 at 2:38 am

    OMG! Thanks a bunch for the update! Now I’ll be able to set the category on my new forum.

  15. Maelyn Everdeen

    03/19/2013 at 8:13 am

    I agree with a majority of authors here: an OC option would be adequate. And maybe a “AU” option as well.

  16. fems

    03/19/2013 at 3:46 pm

    An “OC” option would indeed be preferable. I was also wondering if there were plans to add a “series” or “Prequel/Sequel” option to connect stories and make it easier for readers to read pre/sequels. All the other fanfiction websites already have this or a similar option and that makes the reading experience much better.

    • yemi hikari

      03/19/2013 at 11:55 pm

      That would be nice. It would be really nice if it could link to branch series as well. I write a lot of AUs to my own stories. Otherwise I would have to pick and choose how to link the story. One of the problems though would be that a writer would be able to link all their stories together, so there would need to be some way to report the links as not being a part of the series if it is implimented.

      • Spyridon

        03/20/2013 at 1:17 am

        What about a universe linker? Link all the series and stories that belong together?

      • XY Now

        03/20/2013 at 1:24 am

        I don’t think readers should be able to report that. It should be left to the author’s own discretion. I can imagine readers making a lot of mistakes. Why would an author link a story to a series it didn’t belong in? It sounds as if you’re already implying writers would abuse the system. I don’t think that would happen in this case. Writers are very proud of their series. The admins have enough on their plates without investigating long series.

      • yemi hikari

        03/20/2013 at 4:27 pm

        There are certain writers I know of who neither have story arc series or a series of one-shots they’ve written for a particular fandom. They would use this system to advertise their other stories instead in an attempt to get more reviews. This is what would happen if the site admins allowed links to not only one series, but branch series as well. Imagine going into a story and you see a bunch of links indicating there is a prequel or sequel only to find out the writer was just advertising their other stories.

  17. Rumplestiltskin

    03/20/2013 at 2:36 am

    I am not happy with the newest update. Now we can no longer see vistors listed, only views. This is very unfair! Views are very misleading. Please go back to the way it was.

  18. L

    03/20/2013 at 2:37 am

    so dunno if y’all are doing a large layout update but shit is all messed up

  19. ShikiKira

    03/20/2013 at 2:38 am

    I really don’t like the font and style change on for the account pages and the home page. The writing is now smaller and a good bit lighter. It’s actually a bit difficult to read especially after being on the computer for a long time. Any chance of reverting this last update? If not, darken the font and re-enlarge it. It is way too small.

    • Jan

      03/20/2013 at 2:55 am

      I have to agree, the font is a little too small and a little to light, my eyesight isn’t the best as it is, even with contacts. lol

  20. Anon E. Mouse

    03/20/2013 at 2:43 am

    Stop editing the site. Please. The latest change to the site layout, that changed much of the format and its visual representation is extremely unnerving. And not to forget, unnessesary. It did not change how the site performed, or at least I’m sure it wouldn’t. It’s thoroughly annoying to see it was changed, when it had remained the same for quite some time. You changed it once while I was a member. It unnerved me just as much. Twice, but only the one time before this one actually annoyed me. And just as many members finally get used to the previous change; you all have to chane it again. I beg of you, give it a little more time per change. I’m quite certain, that as well as myself, others are willing to leave the site if another big change like this happens again. Lord knows that Im tempted to now.

  21. Arashi

    03/20/2013 at 2:55 am

    The writing is now smaller and a good bit lighter. It’s actually a bit difficult to read and option favorite stories not open.

    (el estilo de escritura es demasiado pequeño es difícil leer ahora y sin mencionar ya no puedo abrir favority stories por que esta bug, no puedo ni ver lo de mi propia cuanta)

  22. Alyssa

    03/20/2013 at 2:55 am

    Just wanted to say that I hate the new ads next to the review box it is VERY distracting. And the gray, empty spaces on the sides of chapters/profiles are an eyesore. I know that change can be a good thing but not when they distract someone from reading/writing on a site MADE for reading and writing. 😦

  23. furl

    03/20/2013 at 3:00 am

    i also don’t like the font and style change. the words are to small and it gets annoying when the fonts and style keeps changing when you are use to one style already. please revert back to the lasts update. it was so much better

  24. fems

    03/20/2013 at 7:09 am

    Oh my, what did you do to the account area?! The font is hideous and the whole page is very white/bright, and I already have my screen on 50% brightness in the hopes of combating it – it doesn’t help!

    This hadn’t been done yet when I commented on here earlier and it’s a shock to the system. Not only does the new font/size look ridiculously girly and childish, but I also cannot sort on word count, chapters, reviews, views, etc in the legacy story stats! Now it’s just alphabetical order. Not to mention that it suddenly takes up much more space and yet looks more cramped.

    It also looks awful in the managing stories area, since the font changes make the summary (and the lines below for genre, characters etc) much larger and it takes forever to scroll through the page now.

    Oh and the same goes for the regular story overview for when reading fics. It’s awful and it looks like a website for a tween girl, or something. I also don’t see a reason for making the preference boxes so large, now it just takes up more space.

    Please stop forcing your stylistic views on the rest of us. I think it’s pretty clear a lot of us don’t appreciate the changes. There was nothing wrong with the previous font/layout, although I wasn’t even too happy with that sudden change but I got over it and adjusted to it. Now you’ve gone too far.

    I don’t know if you realize this and whether you have access to FFnet’s traffic/members etc but I know a lot of people in my fandom are moving away from the site because of all the recent – unnecessary – changes. And they’re taking their stories and probably a lot of readers with them too. Rather than focus on important things it seems you guys on FFnet prefer to play with fonts and style, while other fanfic websites go for readability and easy use, like having the aforementioned “series”-button, collections, tags and allowing users to use skins to make it to their liking.

    So, please, reverse this awful font/layout change and start focusing on helpful and important functions for the website or I can see a lot more people leaving…

  25. Jacque

    03/20/2013 at 10:19 am

    I am having trouble with the log-in screen. I can’t see my password now and I have updated my flash. ANy word if this is a known bug?

  26. bloodsong

    03/20/2013 at 2:12 pm

    odd, the site looks the same to me. :X

    BUT… the ‘insert/edit link’ pop up window thingy keeps coming up blank for me. so i can’t add/edit a link. :/

    i’m on firefox 19.0.2, windows xp sp3, 1360 x 768

  27. Destiny

    03/23/2013 at 12:31 am

    When I upload a story to the document manager it takes words out of my story even if I edit it and add them again.When I preview my story random words and letters are missing all over.Can someone tell me why this is happening?It makes me look dumb like I made a lot of mistakes lol

    • bienfait

      03/23/2013 at 1:50 am

      @Destiny: I just tried uploading, and had no problems. I’m on IE9 and Windows 7.

    • IHaveNoIdea8

      03/28/2013 at 8:37 pm

      I’ve had the same problem, actually. :/ And when I try to underline certain things like chapter titles and such, when I click save, the underlining just disappears.

  28. The Werewolf Assassin

    03/24/2013 at 2:20 am

    I am sorry to say that the Profile editing does not work on my computer. That or it is the most confusing update yet. I can no longer tell what i am doing. This update is not your best

  29. krrypton

    03/24/2013 at 2:22 am

    Fab idea!!! Truly… But hey could any one of you tell me how to edit my profile in fanfiction??? New user so…. Please a little help….:-)

  30. The Werewolf Assassin

    03/24/2013 at 2:26 am

    You didn’t fix the Profile editing at all you BROKE it. Hell how am I suppose to understand how to use that!

  31. The Werewolf Assassin

    03/24/2013 at 2:35 am

    Where’s the graph for the for the story stats. It was fine before. Now you only have views. those are the most misleading of all. You even said it was!. What the hell is wrong with you People! These aren’t good changes. God I’ve had enough of this. It is horrible. You didn’t fix Shlt. you made it bloody WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦

  32. The Werewolf Assassin

    03/24/2013 at 2:38 am

    Change the profile editing Back to the way it was!!!!

  33. Missy

    03/27/2013 at 6:49 am

    I know that updates are important to keep up with competing sites etc, but I really wish you would focus even half of this time and effort into enforcement of site rules and acting upon abuse reports. For example, the “One Direction Infection” is now taking over BOTH FictionPress and Fanfiction. These kids are insisting on writing about real people and copying their song lyrics into stories, and they take your silence on the matter to mean that they have permission to do so. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am so sick of all of the real person fiction oozing into almost every category and now invading both sites. One Direction, Black Veil Brides, My Chemical Romance, and so on.

    What’s the point of having site rules if you aren’t going to enforce them?

    • yemi hikari

      03/27/2013 at 7:16 pm

      Chances are there will be another clean sweep after the site admins make an update, so be patient and report the stories as you find them. Particularly be patient as the site admins may be churning out an update to the report system.

  34. Laura Carruyo

    03/27/2013 at 8:48 am

    Adoro esta página!!! Tiene los mejores fics del mundo gracias!!!!!

  35. chasachasa

    03/28/2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Fanfiction Team,

    I have forgotten my password and I have tried to change it but it wouldn’t work. I would appreciate you sending me an email of my password so I wont have to try on guessing my password.

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