Compatibility Update

20 Mar

We have resolved some issues with our last update and this post has been created to be the central list for problem reporting and fix announcements.

Note that browser compatibility is very difficult due to different os, screen resolution, device type, and browser vendor but we have already resolved some of the first reported problems and are working hard to knock off the rest shortly.

If you are having browsing problem and the issue  is not part of the list below, remember to include your screen resolution, browser, and os version so we can better understand the underlying cause.

Pending issues with fix coming:

  • Dark theme within story page.
  • Table column sorting for some admin pages.

Resolved Issues.

  • Fixed. FP. Forum action links pointing to FF.
  • Fixed: FF. Some menu links always going to anime.
  • Fixed: Not able to sort stories or view favorites within member profile.
  • Fixed: Small font problem.
  • Fixed: Unusually small font in IE8.
  • Fixed: Font too gray/light issue.
  • Fixed: Middle mouse click to open in new tab not working due to 3rd party bug.
  • Fixed: Font is half-size too big on some Firefox browser.
  • Fixed: Font is two size too large on some Opera browsers.
  • Fixed: Stats graphs crashing on some browser and too wide/growing on others.
  • Fixed: External links in profiles not working.
  • Fixed: Spacing between paragraphs more compact than before.
  • Fixed: Issues with old Windows XP/Vista pcs.

Posted by on 03/20/2013 in Uncategorized


408 responses to “Compatibility Update

  1. Racheal

    03/20/2013 at 9:00 pm

    Can we just fav the stories and not force us to comment and fav,cause I really don’t like it at all.

    • yemi hikari

      03/20/2013 at 10:33 pm

      There is a favorite bottom at the very bottom.

  2. Dragon

    03/20/2013 at 9:00 pm

    Well considering the fact that for the past 3 or so years since I’ve been on I’ve never complained about an update this has got to be a first for me. Off that bat I’m just going to tell you something as someone who works on and with multiple websites daily I can tolarate A LOT of different interfaces but this one just takes the cake. Far too many issues with the new look.

    Nevermind the new chapter buttons and review(although I really DID like the older version) the font is far too big for my liking it looks like the type used in children’s book, I implore you to change the font back to the original size. The larger font is hurting my eyes and the inablity to change the size is driving me nuts. Secondly the spacing is too close. I’m a person who likes to write in many, many paragraphs in a chapter. The new spacing allows the eyes to get lost far too easily and deters me from reading anything at all. Sure I can keep going but so far these are the only problems I foresee getting in my way when reading on

    I am GREATFUL that you all care enough to regularly update and try to make it acomadating for everyone who uses it but this has been one of more less sucessful updates. Thank you for reading and I hope that some of the old interface will come back.

    • Anon

      03/20/2013 at 9:28 pm

      I concur. The font is a huge problem. I discovered the unfortunate change through the course of reading one chapter to the next and my first instinct was “how can I change back whatever the hell just happened to my screen?” I didn’t realize that it was suppose to be an update until I investigated and discovered that the change wasn’t limited to reading a fic.

      I think that the update may be a great thing for some people, but there should be a toggle ability for those of us who prefer the old font/layout version. Requiring a review may cause issue in terms of ‘following’ or ‘favoriting’.

      • ShikiKira

        03/21/2013 at 12:56 am

        You don’t need to review in order to favorite/follow. You only need to click the favorite/follow button and a window will pop up for you to add it. It’s still different from the old (older than the last one’s) version.

    • kappa

      03/20/2013 at 10:08 pm

      Yes, I definitely agree with this. Nearly everything about the site formatting update before this one was great, but I just cannot tolerate this new format. This update is also the only one I’ve complained about in my many years of using

      I think many people would appreciate if the formatting update (though not the bug fixes and such) was rolled back or at least partially restored, because honestly the only thing I had to complain about for the previous formatting update was that I could no longer click on the table headers in my alerts for one-click sorting. On the other hand, for this update, the font size, the decreased contrast in the padding/box borders, the decreased accessibility, and generally everything as a whole got worse in terms of both navigation and visual appeal.

    • Lynn Hollander

      03/21/2013 at 12:20 am

      Font size, story spacing and other aspects of presentation are managed by the icons in the top left of the text. I just checked on a random story.

      • ShikiKira

        03/21/2013 at 12:54 am

        It doesn’t necessarily solve the problem with the font size. The lowest font size is still much bigger than the old font size used to be, and that is just irritating to read.

    • Dan Trigona

      03/21/2013 at 2:49 am

      Hint: If you have a Firefox, get an add-on called “NoSquint”. You can adjust the font size of individual websites. Like I typically use 120% for most sites, but, can go larger/smaller as needed. If you are using a different browser but have a mouse with a wheel, hold the CTRL key and if you need smaller, rotate the wheel towards you 🙂

  3. kahlii

    03/20/2013 at 9:11 pm

    Browser: Chrome, OS: Windows 7

    When on the story page and with dark background, story text is white, but summary text is still black and hard to read.

  4. Graham King

    03/20/2013 at 9:18 pm

    All I’m asking for is for them to give us back something they took away, I’ll happily accept criticism, but I expect the person to be brave enough to allow me to answer the criticism, which you can’t do with anonymous reviews.

    The system for blocking anonymous reviews worked well, but no one from the site will give us the courtesy of a reply telling us why they removed that option, it’s not as if logging in is difficult as you only need to do it once a week.

    • yemi hikari

      03/20/2013 at 10:58 pm

      That is a legit arguement really, but when the site admins get around to publicly replying to reviews it should actually solve that problem.

  5. WinchesterGrl09

    03/20/2013 at 9:22 pm

    I would really like someone from the site to answer this simple question, why? Why change the font size and why take the option to block anonymous reviews? Why so many changes all at one time? Normally I don’t complain about site changes and updates because it’s done one or two changes at a time and it allows us to get used to it. Changing a lot of things at once is just not working. Once again, the two biggest issues seem to be; FONT SIZE and BLOCKING ANONYMOUS REVIEWS.

    • Blue-Inked Frost

      03/21/2013 at 6:29 am

      The review info page in the login area currently reads:

      Some individual can take advantage of anonymous reviews to spam an author’s story. In these cases, we provide a tool to disable anonymous reviewing for all your published stories.

      I see this as a good sign! Blocking anonymous reviews is rarely needed, but for the small number of writers who are repeatedly harassed or spammed, it’s much easier for them to have the block option rather than the moderate option (which still requires the writer to spend time on the anon reviews and read them even if they are repeatedly abusive).

      • Graham King

        03/21/2013 at 6:54 am

        The option on reviews is to be able to moderate anonymous reviews, not block them. Blocking anonymous reviews used to be an option.

        As I said previously, I delete all ‘Guest’ reviews, good or bad, it’s not as if it’s difficult to set up an account and sign in, after all you need an account to get alerts on the stories you are following.

  6. firework 7

    03/20/2013 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t like any of the changes I want it to go back to normal.

    • nowistand

      03/21/2013 at 2:35 am

      So far, Xing and the staff have been pretty firm in not going back on decisions they’ve made so I’m assuming that this is the same way. Sorry Love but I doubt that they’re going to change it because people are just being loud.

      • Casey Mariam Beauchane

        03/21/2013 at 2:39 am

        There are a lot of people complaining about being unable to read though. I don’t mind having a large font. It’s easier on my eyes than the smallest option anyways. Otherwise… This was not a good update.

  7. deee

    03/20/2013 at 9:28 pm

    font is too big on chrome

  8. Racheal

    03/20/2013 at 9:29 pm

    I just don’t like to force to comment for it to fav a stories,I don’t like it.

    • Neta

      03/20/2013 at 9:42 pm

      You don’t need to comment in order to favorite or follow a story. Just click the button at the very bottom that says “Follow/Favorite” and a popup will show where you can add the writer or story to your alerts or favorites.

      • Racheal

        03/21/2013 at 12:45 am

        Thank you Neta for that.

    • ahdora

      03/20/2013 at 9:42 pm

      Below the line break under the review box should be a set of three boxes. From left to right: Report Abuse (and associated Go button), a Share ddl, and a Follow/Favourite button. Clicking the last will bring up a pop-up window allowing you to do what you are asking for without having to review/comment on a story.

  9. frequentreader

    03/20/2013 at 9:30 pm

    I’m on a mac running safari and the drop downs for search and chapter selection functions will not drop down

    • kyuubi

      03/21/2013 at 2:49 am

      Im having the same problem you are, it’s annoying that I cant read anything now because I cant narrow my search. They really screwed up with this update :/

  10. TheAnnoyingVoice

    03/20/2013 at 9:40 pm

    I can certainly sympthasize with you, Graham, in that regard. However, as I’ve already said, there are authors who took advantage of the blocking anonymous reviews feature, and therefore, ruined it for everyone. Some people can’t handle any sort of criticism what so ever. If the blocking feature was implemented again, I’m sure authors who are easily offended or annoyed would go back to deleting any and all reviews that offend them.

    The PM issue, I can definitely understand, but I don’t really know what to say about that. If they remove the blocking authors feature, then there will most likely be more problems due to harrassment. I don’t know really have any thoughts or ideas of what they could do to remedy it. It’s a lose lose situation either way you slice it.

    • Norseman4

      03/20/2013 at 10:00 pm

      If a reader want’s their review read, sign on. If they don’t have an account, create one, it’s easy and free. How can a writer who doesn’t want to be subject to people having access to free shots with flaming cannons, be considered to be ‘taking advantage of the system’, when the anon flamers are the ones who are doing exactly that?

      Ability for the peanut gallery to post their opinions on an author’s works should be left up to the author. Period. Based upon that author’s experiences from that peanut gallery. Not you. Not Not anybody else.

      • yemi hikari

        03/20/2013 at 11:03 pm

        The same thing can be said about flamers who create sock puppet accounts just to flame a person. At least with the unsigned reviews you can delete them and record the review number you get in your e-mail and send it in for the admins to take care of possibly blocking the person with an IP ban. With signed reviews you have to wait for the admins to get around to the reports. If someone is going to harass you, they’re going to do it any way they can.

      • muffin

        03/21/2013 at 12:07 am

        I really do agree with you. I would appreciate it if there were more updates that benefitted the authors. The ability to disable anonymous reviews was a great function. While people can flame with a signed account just as well, it was still something that the author knowingly risked. That was their choice. It’s too bad that option was taken away from the writers. I think it’s important to make the authors comfortable because they are the ones supplying the stories. It would be amazing to create a safe environment for everyone. It doesn’t hurt a reader to sign in to review.

  11. Lunar Iris

    03/20/2013 at 9:43 pm

    I very rarely openly complain with website changes, even when I don’t like them. I’ve read many of the comments concerning the most recent FFN changes/updates, and I understand where most of those who agree with them are coming from. Sometimes change is a good thing, sure…yeah, yeah. However, I just don’t understand the reasoning behind the font, layout and paragraph changes. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. At all. Although, I do respect the website designers and admins for the fact that they do make modifications and changes. I still wonder why it was done.

    The new changes I find are more limiting for readability and the paragraphs are spaced too closely together. Mostly, the font is just plain too large. If anything, I would think that users would be given more variety after such a colossal change/update rather than less regarding the font. I’ve been wondering if there would ever be a serif font offering for quite sometime, but I neither felt comfortable with complaining nor did I know where to make a suggestion (sorry if this is not the place).

  12. Sam

    03/20/2013 at 9:47 pm

    Can we just change the font back to the old one? I really don’t like this new one.

    • nowistand

      03/21/2013 at 2:39 am

      Oh, good to know your opinion. Like many of the others on this blog, you don’t like it. Fine by me but as I’ve said before, most likely it isn’t going to change. Someone has already pointed out that those that are against something are louder than those that aren’t and I’ve already pointed out that Xing and the crew would only change it if it caused the site to lose revenue or it broke the site completely. Change is something that may take a while to get used to but it happens eventually.

      • arthur

        03/21/2013 at 1:21 pm

        Yeah, so perhaps you weren’t here a few months back when they changed the font to arial and, when EVERYBODY complained, changed back to verdana. Were you? Because Xing and the others changed because the people asked for it, liked they’re doing now.
        And oh please, I agree that change is good (some of the new features are really nice), but the whole new font thing is quite ridiculous. So stop with your comments about “oh, another one that didn’t like it” and let people write what they think, even if it’s bad!

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 3:00 pm

        Arthur, that comment is contradicts itself. Let people write what they want and I do, but I can’t write what I want? Puh-leaze, I didn’t tell you not to write something, I just simply pointed out things. And this switch from Aerial a few months back, I’ve been on the site a while and honestly font changes don’t bother me. I didn’t notice it back then, and I’ve only really noticed it now because people keep complaining.

  13. Norseman4

    03/20/2013 at 9:50 pm

    Using the Firefox Firebug plugin to add the following CSS for the past hour of reading, having to apply this for each chapter loaded, I have to say that it is a much better reading experience than the current site settings.

    .storytext p {
    margin: 0 0 1.2em 1em;
    text-indent: -1em;

    Please note that the same measurement should be used for every non-zero spacing value.’s CSS has em, px, and inexplicit values, which SHOULD translate to em, but doesn’t always … meaning it’s a bad practice.

    As I’ve stated before, I like the outdent paragraph style. (For indent, remove the 4th value for margin and change the text-indent to a positive value)

    The Firebug plugin in Firefox is a great tool. Right click on a paragraph of text in a story, then choose ‘Inspect element with Firebug’. Right click anywhere in the CSS display and choose ‘Add element’ then enter the .storytext p { … } text from above.

    Or find something else that looks great to you then report it. It’s better than just saying ‘this format sux! Go back to old!’ Other people may try and see what it looks like and agree with you.

    (Still they have to fix both the Light and Dark reading themes.)

    Firefox 19.0.2, 1900×1200

  14. Mishelly

    03/20/2013 at 9:53 pm

    The website is too light and the lines r too thin…the font on ie7 are too big

  15. Jan

    03/20/2013 at 9:53 pm

    The default font size just looks too big and clunky and is difficult on the eyes. Can you create an option to reduce the font size, back to what it was before this update?

  16. kappa

    03/20/2013 at 9:53 pm

    The change font size option still isn’t working. I’m using Chrome on Win7.

    Also, could you please bring back the bar under the story where readers could just check boxes to follow/favorite the story/author? It was very convenient unlike the new bulky and difficult-to-navigate format, where you must scroll down, click “follow/favorite”, then scroll up, then check a box, then click a button. It was much better to just check a box then click ok.

    • kappa

      03/20/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Also when I click the contrast button, the text in the summary and the text under the review box is still black and is illegible against the dark background.

    • kappa

      03/20/2013 at 10:00 pm

      In addition to having nonfunctional font resizing buttons, the font only looks normal sized when I use my browser to zoom out to 90%. So the default font size is 10% too large.

  17. Serpent Tailed Angel

    03/20/2013 at 10:01 pm

    Just thought I’d mention again that the search page (not the bar at the top of the screen) will still open up option for if you’re looking for stories/authors/forums when you type in your key words and hit enter. I can’t see that being intentional, and you haven’t listed is as a known or resolved error yet. I’m running Firefox 19.0.2 on Windows 7

  18. TenshiofHeaven

    03/20/2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve been reading on this site since 2002. I’ve seen alot of changes and never had this problem but I’m getting a headache from the font. I’ve let my eyes adjust. I’ve been on here for a couple hours. Also the search bar isn’t working for me. Using windows 7 current updated

  19. Trannix

    03/20/2013 at 10:11 pm

    Unable to change font size on either IE9 or Safari on Windows 7. The static width of the selection criteria is too wide for some of the data fields. Perhaps a font size reduction would also reduce the size of the bars, otherwise change the width so they won’t appear to take up as much space on the screen.

  20. Norseman4

    03/20/2013 at 10:14 pm

    Ok, next CSS peeve on the reading window: The content_wrapper div tag should be in a fixed percent. FF @ 1920×1280 has a width of 1300px where 95% looks much better. (To much wasted space for me.)

    Also, with a high percentage, the div is automatically re-sized and doesn’t need javascript or jquery to do it.

    • Norseman4

      03/21/2013 at 8:52 am

      Next thing on the story page, specifically in the div labeled ‘follow_area’, add a break before Favorite to add a much required space in the text.

      (I know it’s a nit, but even small feedback to make something look/feel/perform better should be considered a good thing.)

  21. Shaveza

    03/20/2013 at 10:16 pm

    The font is way, way too big on its smallest available size. What are the available sizes supposed to be anyways? The smallest looks to be at least 14 or 16 and that’s too big for comfortable reading.

    • Shaveza

      03/21/2013 at 2:27 am

      In addition – lists of stories look sloppy with the story summery and categorizations spilling below the ‘cover’ picture. The ‘cover’ picture would be better of resized so all the text goes to the right or the text needs be resized to a smaller font to keep it to the right of the picture.

      Same for the category sorting, the drop-down menus look pretty sloppy too. There’s so much space on either side and when the width of my browser window is altered to shift placement of the menus, it doesn’t help. It still looks like sloppy use of white space.

      I realize it’s supposed to be a ‘modern’ look, but it’s not working very well. SLOPPY is clearly my keyword in my complaints.

      There’s also three san-serif type fonts available: Verdana, Arial, and the generic ‘san-serif’ which doesn’t show up on my computer as a different type from Arial (I’m on Win8/Firefox), which makes you guys look a little lazy. There should be at least one serif font available for people who prefer reading serif fonts.

      On the dark theme, the link color needs to be shifted. It blend in with the gray and makes it incredibly hard to read.

      Also, when starting out with a dark theme, trying to switch to the light theme results in the font staying white and the page has to be refreshed in order to get back the black text. This is weird, because when you start out on the light theme and switch back and forth, the font switches just fine.

  22. xbamsod

    03/20/2013 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t really like that the font was changed so that it was bigger. What ticks me off the most though is that in order to favorite and follow, I need to go through the pop-up window. It was much more convenient when I just had to click the buttons at the end of the page without the extra window.

    • feminist4ever

      03/21/2013 at 4:58 pm

      And do you know what ticks me off? People who favorite or follow without leaving a review! I admit to have done this myself, but only with the stories I read before getting an account.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 4:59 pm

        Sometimes people don’t always know what to say. Try putting questions about your story in your authors note or PMing the person who favourited and followed you and ask them what they liked so much about your story.

      • Casey Mariam Beauchane

        03/21/2013 at 5:11 pm

        I don’t like leaving non-constructive reviews and I don’t like receiving them either. Reviews are supposed to help the author improve. If all the review will say is “great story; update soon” then it’s not constructive. I’d rather not receive reviews if that’s all I’m going to get. And I don’t believe in leaving them for other people either. If I add a story to a favorites/alert list, then that means I enjoy the story, but I don’t have any suggestions or improvements.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 5:13 pm

        Even if you can’t correct their grammar, spelling, or plot inconsistencies, you can always comment on what brought you into the story. What did you like? What didn’t you like? How did it make you feel? Is this something you normally wouldn’t read? Were you impressed? Did it make you cry? Smile?

      • Casey Mariam Beauchane

        03/21/2013 at 5:23 pm

        When I get to the end of the chapter, unless it’s completely off the wall amazing, I don’t have anything to say about it. Just that it was an average chapter that has already blurred in my mind with thousands of other chapters. And I’m not sure telling the author what I felt about it is really helpful anyways. Hasn’t helped me when I get those reviews.

        Plus, I’m in this to read. I treat ff like books. I read them, and then move onto another story, and honestly, most the time I’m too lazy to take the time to try and come up with something the say. Because I want to keep finding more stories to read. I’ve tried to review every story I read, and honestly, I rarely get a thank you or anything for it. So I see no reason to review unless I’m particularly annoyed by something (aka terrible grammar) or I was completely floored by a new development in the story.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 5:44 pm

        So it’s just another chapter to you? There was nothing in particular you found interesting about, nothing you thought about a certain character? What are you reading? Junie B Jones Fanfiction?

      • Casey Mariam Beauchane

        03/21/2013 at 5:51 pm

        Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, My Little Pony, Avengers, Pokemon… quite a few different categories. If things stick out to me, they tend to fade into the back of my mind by the time I finish reading the chapter. I may have thought something about one character while reading, but I don’t take notes of what I think, so I don’t even remember it unless I reread it, and then stop right there, and to me that’s a waste of time. And taking notes seriously ruins my concentration on reading.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 5:57 pm

        Ah, memory is what it boils down to. I have photographic memory so things like this aren’t hard for me but I get where your coming from.

      • Casey Mariam Beauchane

        03/21/2013 at 6:08 pm

        Yeah. I have a better memory than most, but when it comes to details, I really have to think hard, and it’ll come… eventually. And that takes too much time when I just love reading and want to read more.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 6:09 pm

        Yeah, I get it. Reading is awesome 😉

  23. Alex

    03/20/2013 at 10:30 pm

    I’m not overly fond of the new look, but I thought I ought to bring a few things to your attention that need some overhauling. Chapter titles in the drop-down box that are over 30 characters (including the spaces) get cut off and are hard to read. Any way to fix this?

  24. Dark Blue Princess

    03/20/2013 at 10:32 pm

    The new length, width, and height of the update post is too large. Can you guys make it smaller?

  25. DeeFC

    03/20/2013 at 10:44 pm

    I have never complained about any of the changes made to before, but I am forced to this time.

    I read ff on my iPad and with this new fix, the contrast is horrible. The letters look gray and washed out instead of black and bold, and it’s giving this person with vision problems a horrible headache after reading just one chapter. It’s worse with the story summaries at the top of each chapter. They are a light gray and barely legible. I might have to stop reading ff if this is not corrected. Also, it looks like you changed the font style, and this one is hurtful to the eyes also.

    Please change the letter color and the font used back to what you had 24 hours ago. It would be so appreciated.

  26. WinchesterGrl09

    03/20/2013 at 10:45 pm

    Can you please get rid of the drop down menus across the top of the page and go back to the old version. The old way was much easier, you didn’t hae to scroll down to find the category you were looking for, they were all listed across the top and much easier to use.

    • yemi hikari

      03/20/2013 at 11:07 pm

      I’d rather they didn’t simply because it looks much cleaner then it used to.

  27. Cassia Xenian

    03/20/2013 at 10:50 pm

    I can not see a reply on one of my stories that a friend of mine has informed me through PM that they know they sent. Also, the new them is very exasperating to look at. It is all much too big and lacks any visual appeal. On the iPad especially, it seems to appear very grotesque and just huge. The font has also been bothering me. Though I appreciate some of the updates, some of them just seem useless to me. Two others that I have found that I dislike are the need to review to favorite a story and the inability to block anonymous reviews. I usually prefer to leave a review, and I don’t block anonymous reviews, but it shouldn’t be absolutely necessary to leave a comment, and anonymous reviewers, if anyone, seem to be the people taking advantage of being completely untrackable. Some people may only want reviews from people who are actually willing to make an account on the site, and I don’t see anything wrong with that.

    • yemi hikari

      03/21/2013 at 12:23 am

      You don’t have to review to favorite a story, there is now a button for that. Too many people were abusing the block system so that they could block someone who left them critique, delete their story and then re-post so that they wouldn’t get any negative reviews. Sometimes they accused people of flaming them and the only way for a person to defend themselves was to make a new account or leave an anonymous review.

  28. Pix

    03/20/2013 at 10:51 pm

    Still can’t sort in the login area.
    Firefox 19.0.2, Windows 7.

  29. carli

    03/20/2013 at 10:56 pm

    I have Tried Firefox , Internet Explorer and Google Chrome but The new Font for the site looks bad no matter which browser is used I think you should go back to the old font because not only does this new one look bad but after trying to browse the site for a while I had to quit because the new font made it harder to read and because of the Irritation the font caused my eyes.

  30. buttonbutt

    03/20/2013 at 11:07 pm

    Still not giving up on the Filter Out Genre/Character suggestion…

  31. favonilla

    03/20/2013 at 11:09 pm

    Just noticed – and again, it’s not urgent – but in the Story Stats area, when I go to individual chapter stats, the Breakdown by Visitor Country chart is missing.

    It’s fine on the main page, and for each story (if that makes sense).

    • favonilla

      03/20/2013 at 11:11 pm

      Sorry, forgot again – IE9, but I’m not on my own computer, and I don’t know which OS this one has.

      And just to clarify, the daily breakdown chart is there; only the visitor country chart is missing.

      • Sue Stone (@knittingknots)

        03/20/2013 at 11:24 pm

        I’m on Windows 7, using 19.0.2, and I had the same thing. One the chapter breakdown, the visitor by country chart isn’t loading at all. The caption is there, but nothing of the chart loads. Does load well in every other view, though (grand total and by individual story, just not chapter breakdown)

  32. Spyridon

    03/20/2013 at 11:11 pm

    Umm, while reading an ad popped up to the immediate left of my review box. Is that a new place for ads to appear?

    • ahdora

      03/20/2013 at 11:15 pm

      Believe so. Last blog post had a few people remarking that the review box was right-registered rather than centered. Possibly script errors involving the new ads were the issue there, though have only seen it centered (with the ad to the left) myself.

      • Spyridon

        03/21/2013 at 12:31 am

        I’m mostly seeing it centered. I just wish that if it is supposed to be there, they should move it to the bottom like a banner, similar to the one on the top.

  33. Anonymous

    03/20/2013 at 11:24 pm

    Yikes, a slew of problems on my end.

    1. Search engine does not work and has not worked in over 3 months.
    2. What is with the weird spacing on the main page?
    3. Font size way to big with non-functioning font size button.
    4. No way to change font back to a readable font, buttons don’t work.
    5. Thanks to font, stories are scrolling off the page.

    I am using Vista 32 bit and Firefox 17.0.1

    • yemi hikari

      03/21/2013 at 12:27 am

      If I don’t know what you’re talking about for one and five and find them to be overly vague then it will likely be the same for the admins. You should possibly elaborate on those two.

      • nowistand

        03/21/2013 at 2:42 am

        I agree with Yemi.

    • Anonymous

      03/21/2013 at 5:15 am

      1. I keep getting search engine is unavailable. Have not been able to search on laptop or iPad in 3 months.
      5. On my laptop, font is so big, its stretching out the stories so it goes off the page.

  34. T0A 0F THUND3R

    03/21/2013 at 12:32 am

    Hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE the new font. Way too big, way too clunky, and way too ugly. Makes the whole site unreadable, and quite frankly just a horribly bloated mess. Roll back this terrible font change please. I want my old, readable, non-eyesore inducing FFN back. Thank God for Stylish site code modders. If it weren’t for them, I would’ve ditched this place a long time ago.

    • nowistand

      03/21/2013 at 2:44 am

      Ugly is but an opinion. Many of the things you said are but an opinion.

      Why are you averse to them keeping the change if you can get one of the ‘stylish site codes’? Just asking because I’m curious.

  35. princess

    03/21/2013 at 12:49 am

    when I’m using my Ipod ( as I always am on Fanfiction ) on my profile . And I click on my fave list it still takes 2-3 minutes for it to load 😦 . I looove just readin my stories on the go so I much prefer this then readin on my Family Computer 😦 . Please fix the time for your faves to pop up cause this never happend before ! It usually just took 30 sec. -1 min to load ;~; ! When I have 10 stories that pop up in my faves it litterally would take me 30 min ! ….. Thats to long -.- . So thanks Bye~

  36. EmilyK

    03/21/2013 at 12:50 am

    Really digging the control over the text we’ve now got. Neat move. However, what was the original font before the update? Because while I love the control over size settings, the new chosen fonts make reading a major chore. I really, really miss whatever the original font was. Is it not possible to make that one of the options to choose? And if it is, I dunno. I’ve tried ’em and none of them look like the old font. Major bummer.

    Also, missing the shadowed edges of the story. made it pop and easier to read. That was one update I loved. The page itself now looks cramped.

    • ShikiKira

      03/21/2013 at 3:57 am

      The original font was Verdana. You’re definitely not the only one to want it back.

  37. Green Verde

    03/21/2013 at 12:50 am

    I liked the look and feel of the old version. I liked everything the way it was. Updates shouldn’t force a look on the end user. I use a pc, Windows 7, Firefox, high resolution- this resolution in my opinion should be treated as default/normal since few people use 640×800 or other style of resolution anymore. Unless there is an issue with lighting or change in mood, I like the dark screen/white text look. I want to be able to see all text no matter which look I use.

    p.s. if there was a personal option to revert look back to old version I would check it.

  38. purpletockfox

    03/21/2013 at 12:51 am

    Please fix time for Faves to pop up on profile 🙂 . Bye~

  39. Ashleigh

    03/21/2013 at 1:10 am

    This is more of a suggestion, but it’d be great to get the 50 per page back on the forums, rather than 30!

  40. Alyssa

    03/21/2013 at 1:16 am

    Could you please, please, please change the font on the stories back to normal? Not only does it look childish but it also hurts my eyes to read it! Not a fan of this change.

    At the very least could we have the option to read it in the old font? This new one hurts to read.

    • nowistand

      03/21/2013 at 2:47 am

      The option to change back is a good idea but changing the whole thing back to ‘normal’ seems odd. As Yemi has pointed out prior to this, this was a win some lose some type deal. I think we should all start accepting this new font as the normal.

  41. RA

    03/21/2013 at 1:42 am

    I think I might be getting used to the font… but it still seems too big when I come from a different website. Also, to everyone else, why are you upset about needing to review to favorite/follow a story? Reviewing is not hard. It only takes a few seconds to write “I like it!” Be nice and review.

    • Casey Mariam Beauchane

      03/21/2013 at 2:32 am

      Why not review “I like it”? Because it does not help the author. I like leaving constructive reviews, and that is not constructive. I don’t like getting those type of reviews, they don’t help me improve as a writer, and that’s what I believe a review should do. Therefore, I do not review if I do not have anything constructive to say.

    • bienfait

      03/21/2013 at 2:42 am

      You don’t have to review to favourite or follow – just click the Follow/Favorite button just beneath the review box, and it will bring up a nice little check box for you to do whatever you like. Easy as.

  42. Shinshuu

    03/21/2013 at 1:42 am

    Seriously, was it truly NECESSARY to implement these new changes? We just settled in the previous theme layout change only a few months ago. it’s like the iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 scenario of “WHY did this get released so soon after?!” Why? WHY? And this is technology-wise speaking.

    I’m with the majority that have vocally disliked the changes. Font, paragraphing, the EXTRA WHITE SPACE, layout, some of the buttons/drop-down menus… Some I don’t mind, such as the Document Manager, but the other bits that I use on a daily basis… I know there are those that say “oh, you’ll get used to it”, but in all honesty, getting a change like that out of the blue doesn’t settle well. An announcement or something like “Hey, guys! We’re gonna do some changes to the site in a few weeks/over the next few weeks, so anticipate some hiccups!” to that effect would’ve been nice.

    # The previous style of Favorite/Following a fic without having to review: Perfectly fine.
    # The previous style of the drop-down menus WITHOUT THE EXTRA WHITE SPACE: perfectly fine.
    # The previous font size: PERFECTLY FINE (However, I know browsers can be set to show larger text for those with vision difficulties, monitor and resolution size aside).
    # The previous style where the sections at the top – Browse, Just In, Communities – would pop open the categories when you hovered your mouse over those links: PERFECTLY FINE.
    # The previous style of being able to go straight to the Advanced Search to choose Published By/Updated By, search by Summary/Title, as well selecting the category before hand: Perfectly fine. The current model has me having to narrow it down one by one after inputting my search word(s).

    It’s been barely less than a year since the whole site theme over haul. Can’t we just stick with it without going “Hey! NEW THEME TIME!” in another few months down the line?

  43. whiteswan

    03/21/2013 at 1:45 am

    Alright, I have a couple of comments. I’ve been on this site for over five years and I’m not one to complain but this is it!

    I don’t like the new reading format; yes larger font is nice, but I could change that before. The whole page setup just looks nasty now and makes it harder to read.

    Second, I just tried to update my author profile and everything is appearing as one big blob of text, no matter what I try! That itty-bitty box you provide to write your bio in now is worthless and even cut/pasting in from Word, AND doing the Shift+Enter thing to add the line breaks doesn’t do squat! What’s going on?!

  44. lorekai

    03/21/2013 at 2:27 am

    The new font is terrible, it’s too big and spaced out, making things annoying to read. The rest of the changes I could live with, but this one is really bugging me.

  45. Casey Mariam Beauchane

    03/21/2013 at 2:30 am

    I was reading ff late last night when BOOM suddenly the whole set up changed. It was really disconcerting. I’m fine with the font. I haven’t noticed any issues with being unable to change the size.

    Everything was perfect just the way it was before. Why the change? It makes no sense since it was fine before. I’ve been a member of the site since 2006. I have enjoyed most of the updates since then. This one, not so much. I don’t think it needed to be improved… at least not the things that were improved.

    The three things I dislike the most:

    1. The placement of simply favoriting or following without reviewing. I rarely review because I like to have something constructive to say and not just “Great story, update soon.” I hate getting reviews like that, so there’s no way I’m going to give other people reviews like that. I rarely have anything to say about the story beyond the fact that I like it. Now it’s extra work to follow/favorite without a review. Not much, admittedly, but for someone like me who reads, follows/favorites, and then backspaces immediately to find a new story to read… it’s not an effective use of time.

    2. The condensing of paragraph space. Why? It’s much more difficult for me to read and enjoy the stories now. I find myself skimming more than before, particularly if there are two long paragraphs, one after the other. Before that was not much of a problem unless the author used long paragraphs all the time. Now… I get lost easily, I lose lines, I reread lines… It’s not fun.

    3. I have been using the contrast so that it’s white text on black background. I found it’s easier on my eyes so that I don’t get migraines. Now above each chapter where the summary is, it has a black background too… except with black font. If I want to remind myself what the summary said, I have to highlight it, and that’s very annoying.

    The one thing I miss from when I joined is the ability to choose which page to see in an archive by typing the number. The current system is a little bit more difficult to deal with.

  46. darksun

    03/21/2013 at 2:56 am

    The new text is really painful to try and read on Chrome, it is far too big and the font is just uncomfortable. The lack of any sort of colours on the just makes everything bright and white and extremely irritating to look upon: the blue was always nice and helped to separate everything, but this all blurs into one. There appears to no longer be a function that allows for sorting stuff on the traffic pages and the legacy story stats to compare views, words, chapter size, that kind of thing which I always enjoyed doing. This change is too massive and too uncomfortable to have, and I think we should be given the option to choose between the two or just revert back to the style that had been working so well for all the time I have been on here. All the other changes over the year have been minor and nearly unnoticeable, but one blinds you the second you log on and it is just massively awkward. I will probably be spending less time on the site now until something is done about this change that has been so overwhelmingly negatively received.
    And if you being back the ability to block anonymous reviews, you could make it so that people have to give a reason why they are blocking it and if it is just for a negative review then it can still go through. Just my suggestion.

  47. Dan Trigona

    03/21/2013 at 2:59 am

    I do have one “minor” OT request: Please add “Original Character” to the list of drop-down characters in the FF side. For example: My stories revolve around an original character, currently in the Teen Titans category and I’d like the change to either insert “Original Character” or to manually type in my character’s name.


    (BTW: I was able to pull the graphs without a problem before posting this…It also worked well in Chrome. I don’t mess around with IE anymore.)

  48. kyuubi

    03/21/2013 at 3:01 am

    Soooo I’ve been frequenting for years now, and it’s the only fanfiction site I use but after these recent changes, I feel like I am forced to discontinue using this site and find a new one. I have a mac and I use Safari, after your changes I am unable to use the drop down menus at the top of the page. I can no longer refine my search for stories that I’ll actually want to read. This defeats the whole purpose of me choosing this site above others. I hope that this is a simple bug you guys can fix but if not I, unfortunately, will not be returning to
    I think you guys should remember the saying “If it ain’t broke, dont fix it”

    • kyuubi

      03/21/2013 at 3:04 am

      Another issue with the drop down menus, every time I try to click one, it freaking reloads all of the windows I have open. I lost a 5 paragraph email because of it :l

    • nowistand

      03/21/2013 at 3:12 pm

      But there is always room for improvement. If ain’t broke, don’t fix it isn’t really applicable.

  49. WinchesterGrl09

    03/21/2013 at 3:22 am

    How many people have to state their issues with the new look of the site before it gets fixed? Hundreds of people have said that they don’t like how the site looks now and that it should go back to the way it was before. I’ve been on this site for over ten years and this is the first time that a complete site overhall has bothered me as much as this one has. Please, return it to how it looked 48 hours ago. Everything was fine then and it looked much, much, MUCH better than it does now.

    • One of Three

      03/21/2013 at 4:03 am

      Allow me to compliment you on your patience. It’s been a whole two days, and they haven’t yet responded to the massive collective tantrum. They should be horsewhipped.

  50. hewhoreaps

    03/21/2013 at 3:26 am

    Well hate to say this put looks like the “metro” interface from Windows 8 showed up here and I’ve not been impressed with that interface on the one system I own that has Windows 8 and this change besides looking like that is kind of hard my eyes.

    I’m guessing this change was done because more people are using tablets, phones or whatever else to access the site vs a traditional PC but maybe make it so the site can detect the device connecting and adjust the site as a result.

    That said Opera newest version Windows 7 64bit current 1920×1080 things are bulky looking and seems to like to center everything to a fixed aspect ratio which is smaller then my screen resolution so might be worthwhile to look into tweaking the underlying code to correct that.

    Also add a MST/GMT -7 time zone that isn’t effected by Daylight Savings Time as where I live we don’t observe it.

    Though truthfully I can’t complain too much since after all your offering a service for free but since wanted feedback I give you some


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