Scheduled Downtime: April 7th, 1AM US Pacific Time, ~15 minutes

06 Apr

To upgrade some of our network gear, we will need to disable site access for about 15 minutes starting at 1AM US Pacific time. We apologize for this slight inconvenience.


Posted by on 04/06/2013 in Uncategorized


1,180 responses to “Scheduled Downtime: April 7th, 1AM US Pacific Time, ~15 minutes

  1. The Imaginatrix

    04/06/2013 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you for the notice.

    I thought I would notify you of a problem I’ve been having in the document editor. I edited my profile yesterday, and the preview button in the toolbar wouldn’t work. I would instead lose the webpage, and when I recovered it, I had to re-do my edits. Just now, the same thing happened, this time when I tried to create a link. I use Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 if that helps you any.

    I hope you understood that explanation.

    • The Imaginatrix

      04/18/2013 at 1:14 am

      I checked again last night, and pressing the preview button still causes the edit page in the document manager to disappear. No new tab is opened to read a preview. No new tab opens when you’re trying to create a link. The page just vanishes, and any edits you haven’t saved have to be done again. PLEASE FIX THIS!

  2. Spyridon

    04/06/2013 at 11:43 pm

    Is the upgrade in response to the attack earlier?

    Thanks for the hard work to keep the site running as smoothly as possible, Xing and team. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • yemi hikari

      04/06/2013 at 11:51 pm

      Quite likely.

    • Camrynz

      04/14/2013 at 6:47 pm



  3. Vic2012

    04/07/2013 at 2:37 am

    Haven’t read the latest update until now and I am relief!!! I was wondering why th review wasn’t showing out completely which was a pity. It stated Type your review here…

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop cause I did not receive new email subscription for new story posted either!

  4. HaloGinny

    04/07/2013 at 4:25 am

    I just wanted to say thet it might be useful to have a US Pacific time on the website, so that people who dont live in the timezone know the time.

    • Ashleigh

      04/08/2013 at 3:38 am

      Or for other countries too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • walkman00

        04/22/2013 at 6:09 pm

        An option to adjust all times for the site according to a timezone would be nice (eg. Mine is GMT +2)

  5. DesireAtGunpoint

    04/07/2013 at 7:18 am

    Now that this is over, will you please fix the forum posting for Nintendo 3Dses? I’ve done all I can on here, it REFUSES TO WORK. I know it’s on your side, and not mine. I sent you guys a support message, please fix it!

    • TheWordMaster

      04/07/2013 at 10:29 am

      I can help you with that! ๐Ÿ˜€

      There’s a way around it! All you have to do is use the regular FF setting instead of the mobile. Works for me!

      • DesireAtGunpoint

        04/07/2013 at 12:07 pm

        I’ve tried that before, it won’t work either!

  6. Teri Fleenor (@MeTeeKay)

    04/07/2013 at 10:46 am

    Well, I am using Firefox 20.0 and am still having the same problems as yesterday. The only thing on a chapter page that works it the next/previous buttons. I have had to result to using the mobile site on my laptop to be able to increase the font enough to be able to read it.

  7. Lizzy

    04/07/2013 at 11:55 am

    Resort, I suppose. Not result.

    • Teri Fleenor (@MeTeeKay)

      04/07/2013 at 1:45 pm

      Yes it should be result. That is what I get for not previewing before posting.

    • Timon

      04/08/2013 at 2:38 pm

      Look at you for being able to figure that out all by yourself!!!

      • favonilla

        04/08/2013 at 8:54 pm

        @Timon – I’m sure you didn’t mean that to sound as condescending as it does.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 1:37 am

        First you brag about having 300+ reviews and now you’re being rude to someone who’s having trouble just because of their word choice. Wow.

        Does it really matter you’ve left 300+? I left 1200+. I bet others have left a lot more and others, a lot less but of higher quality. The number of reviews doesn’t mean anything unless you know how to use them. And frankly, with the commenting skills I’ve seen published so far, I’m kind of skeptical.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 2:39 pm

        @ Spyridon – I didn’t say this previously, but I’ll say it now. One of the most notorious flamers, Flame Rising used to brag on his profile about the number of flames he’d left on people’s stories. I can’t remember if it was around two to three thousand or if it was around twenty to thirty thousand. The point I’m trying to make is the review count means squat. I’d rather hear someone say they review nearly every story they read and give the reader a fair review then hear someone brag about numbers.

  8. Crazee Canadia

    04/07/2013 at 8:48 pm

    I assume this upgrade is from the network attack earlier? I read about that and freaked out a little, thinking that the attacker was actually able to go through the users’ stories and mess around with them. (Crazy idea, yes it is.)
    But thank you guys for working so hard on keeping up with this website!

  9. Ashleigh

    04/08/2013 at 3:38 am

    Not sure well else to post this, but I am once again not receiving emails. At the moment, I’m not sure if they’re just delayed, but some forum posts I made half an hour ago still haven’t come through

  10. ella

    04/08/2013 at 4:13 am

    The stats are not working. It keeps on expanding.

  11. Steph

    04/08/2013 at 11:57 am

    You guys have been doing some amazing stuff – thank you for all the work you’re putting into the site! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a feature idea I wanted to toss out there in case you’re taking requests. When people favorite a story, it would be neat if they could put an optional brief note about why. If necessary, authors could opt in or out like they do with anonymous reviews if there’s concern about abuse. I look at others’ favorites lists a lot to find new stories, and it would be great to see why they liked the ones they’re recommending.

    • Vic2012

      04/08/2013 at 1:22 pm

      Second that idea! I vote for it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Timon

      04/08/2013 at 2:37 pm

      That’s a really cool idea. Unfortunately, if people wanted to say why they liked a story, they would have left a review to begin with. I think the site should do something to encourage reviews.

      I personally think people shouldn’t be able to fav a story unless they left a review, but I know a lot of people hate that idea, (they claim to have their reasons, but really, it’s just inconsideration). However, I do think it would be cool if my profile stated the number of reviews I left for others. My account tells me when I log in and I am quite pleased that I’ve left over 300!! I would love it if I could show that on my profile! I think that would make people more eager to leave reviews.

      • bienfait

        04/08/2013 at 6:56 pm

        Well, bully for you that you leave lots of reviews. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s not quantity that matters, it’s content. Three hundred reviews which just say “cute story” or “pls update soon” are worth less than one detailed and analytical critique. Proper reviewing takes time, and thought, and effort, and it’s not something everyone can do. Frankly, the other kind, as far as I’m concerned, though well meant, is completely without value.

        I hope that every one of your three hundred is the right sort. But it’s still nothing to boast about. It just means you have the time, the skill and the inclination to do it. Many readers don’t, and I see no good reason for forcing them to do something they don’t want to. It’s enough that they read my story, and a huge compliment if they add it to their favorites. If they are obliged to give a reason for doing so, many of them will just say “good story”, which as I remarked before, is pretty worthless. Others will choose not to click the favorite button, and that would be their loss and mine.

        I say no to this, one hundred per cent.

      • yemi hikari

        04/08/2013 at 8:24 pm

        I agree with bienfait that you shouldn’t brag about the number of reviews you’ve left.

      • Lizzy

        04/09/2013 at 11:53 am

        >yemi: If you shouldn’t brag about the reviews you leave, should you brag about the reviews you get? As bienfait says, it’s not quantity that matters, it’s content. One number is as meaningless as the other.
        I think it would be more helpful if reviews were ranked in the display on the review page not by the time posted, but by character count.

      • Lizzy

        04/09/2013 at 11:57 am

        And of course it should have been quality, not quantity.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 3:03 pm

        @ Lizzy โ€“ People shouldn’t brag about the reviews they get either. I believe the only time I brought up the number of reviews I got here was when someone falsely accused me of flaming stories that have more reviews then my own stories, to which I pointed out that a lot of the ones I’ve reviewed have far less reviews then I had on my most reviewed stories. Thus the accusation I’m flaming people because I’m jealous of the number of reviews they have was false.

        I also used to allow people to leave what ever review they wanted even if it was anonymous simply because I felt it was right to let them voice their opinion, but now that the stories can be sorted by review count I’ve been deleting reviews that I feel were meant to be revenge flames so that my review count doesn’t get padded.

        I find your idea to be interesting, but the length of the review doesn’t make it a better review either. The reason they sort the reviews by date rather then length is so people can tell when the reviews come in compared to other reviews. It helps to figure out when chapters of much older stories were possibly posted.

        Sorting by length though would possibly bring some of these spam reviews up to the front. On one side, more people would be able to report them, on the other hand some people do not want those reviews being the first to show up on their stories. Particularly since some of these reviews are sexually explicit.

        I can also sadly see some of the people on this site using this as a contest to make sure โ€œtheirโ€ review shows up at the top and they will pad their word count with โ€œnothingnessโ€ just to get their review at the top. We already have a rule breaker who used sock puppets on her 1D fanfic to make sure it would always show up first if someone sorted by reviews in the misc. category she is posting in.

    • favonilla

      04/08/2013 at 3:30 pm

      @Steph – I’m not sure this is necessary. If a reader wants to leave comment about why they pinged the story as a favourite, they can leave a review, or send a pm – lots of mine do. If they don’t want to review (or feel they can’t express their thoughts easily, as so many do), then they’re unlikely to leave a comment elsewhere.

      I’m not saying an outright “no”; it just seems to me that it’s redundant, and puts more pressure on readers to leave feedback (even though it would be optional, it would still feel like pressure, imo), which might well discourage them from clicking the “favourite” button at all.

      I write so readers can read and enjoy; I don’t need them to give me, or anyone else, justification for that, and I don’t want them to feel that they are obliged to do so.

      • yemi hikari

        04/08/2013 at 3:34 pm

        I agree with what you’ve said. There are a lot of people who prefer to lurk and not comment unless they have something really important to say because simply saying, “I like. Please update.” is rude to them. Some people aren’t good in putting this kind of stuff into words either.

      • uasteph

        04/08/2013 at 3:50 pm

        Good points, but I didn’t mean it as something that would be intended for the author. I thought it would be useful for people browsing others’ favorite pages looking for recommendations. It would actually show up on their favorites page along with the story listing itself. I read much more than I write, and when a friend recommends a fic to me, they usually give me more than the title. It’s more of a “check this one out, they really stay true to character” or the like. I would also like to be able to do that for stories that I mark as favorites.

        I also see what you’re saying about being reluctant to click the favorite button if they will be asked for more info. One way around that might be for the information to be entered somewhere else. For example, a button on your own favorites page that makes it “editable” when you click it, allowing you to type in a comment. Or, to make it easier, have the option to add a comment show up after you check the box to save a story as a favorite and save it, rather than on the same screen, so that the favorite is already saved even if the person looks at the comment box and says “no way”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • bienfait

        04/08/2013 at 6:32 pm

        Can’t they just put their ideas on the review page? Seems like a waste of resources to make a feature that’s already available.

      • yemi hikari

        04/08/2013 at 8:28 pm

        What bienfait said. On top of that it would be messy, writing a “recommendation” is harder then writing a review and some people have tons of favorites.

      • Spyridon

        04/08/2013 at 11:39 pm

        I have to agree with Ben and yemi. There are a couple of other reasons why I would be against it.

        1) If you’re going to have to give a reason why you like a story, you’re going to have to condense it in probably 350 or less words. This goes back to what others have said about people having trouble expressing themselves.
        2) Some people won’t be able to help themselves and actually reveal too much of the plot, spoiling it.
        3) When adding why you like a story, it’s going to inflate the favorites page a lot.
        4) There’s is a possibility that someone might create a hate page or something and then talk **** about the story instead. <- probably won't happen but eh.
        5) The reason why you like a story is a matter of opinion. Granted, I've found a number of stories that I liked by checking out the favorites page but at least half of them I stopped reading after the first chapter.
        6) The burden of bringing in readers lies on the author through the summary.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 3:04 pm

        On number four… I wouldn’t put it past some people. I’ve seen entire C2s dedicated to stories people feel are worthless.

      • Lynn Hollander

        04/27/2013 at 10:48 am

        Spyridon: May I quote this in comments/reviews? “The burden of bringing in readers lies on the author through the summary”

      • fems

        04/27/2013 at 12:08 pm

        I’ve seen the function Steph mentioned on a few other fanfic websites specific to my fandom and, as an author and a reader, I thought it was a great feature (but I’m probably biased, considering the positive descriptions I got) because it’s very informative to others. Now, I don’t know if it’s possible and/or practical to have something like this on FFnet for stories, but it might be useful for favorite authors. I would, however, suggest that it’s an optional feature that can be edited either in the favorites account area or on the profile page itself, with a little edit button and giving it a certain character limit not unlike the old summary limit (so, ~250 chars or something).

        In my experience, it’s usually just one line to describe either the story or the author and *why* that person has favorited it. This makes the favorite lists on everyone’s profile more like a rec list, which can be very helpful in the larger fandoms and in particular for old fandoms (either the ones that aren’t very active anymore, or whose book/show has stopped yet still have an active fandom with fics dating back over a decade) because they often have gems that are hard to find to newer readers.

        Anyway, some examples would be like the following and how it could be displayed in the favorite stories are of someone’s profile page:

        Story Title by author
        Fandom – genre – paring – word count etc
        Reason: this fic is well written, has all my favorite elements and reads like an actual book/episode.

        Story Title by author
        Fandom – genre – paring – word count etc
        Reason: this is a very long fic but reading it is worth every minute! It took me [time] to finish but the story just drew me in and I had to remind myself to eat, sleep and work!

        Story Title by author
        Fandom – genre – paring – word count etc
        Reason: another great fic by [author] that’s very [genre]-orientated and while it has romance, it also involves all the non-pairing characters.

        Story Title by author
        Fandom – genre – paring – word count etc
        Reason: this AU has been amazingly written and in spite of the different setting, the characters are still spot on and credible!

        Or, if just a feature for favorite authors it could be something like this:

        Reason: Amazing writer!

        Reason: Great story teller

        Reason: builds great AUs for [fandom]

        Reason: writes great smut

        Reason: sometimes a bit OOC but always very creative plots

        Reason: just love [author]’s whole [story]-series!

        Reason: Can write anything in any rating and any genre! All [author]’s stories are worth a read!

        Reason: spelling and grammar isn’t perfect, but characterization is always great and stories are so original!

    • liquified.flames

      04/09/2013 at 5:57 am

      I second! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Mishelly

    04/08/2013 at 6:25 pm

    the browser back button returns me to wrong spot on page, it returns to the top of the previous page when i hit the back button…it seems that ur missing anchor code or some CSS thing

  13. Teri Fleenor (@MeTeeKay)

    04/08/2013 at 7:23 pm

    OK two things here.

    First, I still can not see my favorites on my authors page. Still the only button, link, etc, that works on chapter page is the next/previous button and the link to the author. I can’t enlarge font. Help. I use Firefox by the way.

    Now to put my two cents in on the discussion that Steph started. I am not an author. There is no way I could do that. So I use my author page to keep track of stories I want to read. First off I don’t read WIP. I have started too many that have never been finished. Pisses me off. So any stories on my Favorites are stories that are complete that I have not read yet. After I read the story, if I like it, I put it in my community “MeTeeKay Favorites” I follow a story that I think I would like to read and wait until it is finished, then move it to my favorites. I will be the first to say, I am terrible at reviewing. I usually I can’t think of anything to say other than “great story” So if they did what Steph asked about having to review to favorite, I would have to review a story I have yet to read. I state on my page pretty much the same here, so if people do look at my favorites to find a story, they know that I don’t know how good the story is. I love reading all the stories. You authors have wonderful talent. Keep up the great work.

    See this is why I don’t review. I end up rambling. I just want my page fixed before I finish the story I am reading now, so I will be able to find a new. I can’t even put the in my favorites when they get completed right now. I had to note on my calendar, what day it started, so I can go back and move all the ones that have finished up while it has been broken.

    OK, I’m done now.

    • bienfait

      04/08/2013 at 7:28 pm

      Teri – another good reason for not imposing an unreasonable demand on readers.

      • Teach

        04/09/2013 at 2:27 am

        How about the unreasonable demand on writers? Ffnet only exists because people write stories. Without the authors, it would be nothing. You can argue that the site does need the support of the readers, but the fact remains that readers are not offering support. Sure they glimpse at a story, but they leave no feedback to encourage more writing.

        Just leave a review once and awhile. Why cry about it? I don’t make a big to do when I leave a review. Even if it’s just once a year, leave a darn review! It won’t kill ya.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 3:18 pm

        @ Teach – What unreasonable demand on writers? There is no obligation for a writer to post their stories anymore then their is an obligation for the readers to post their reviews. There are no contracts, there are no schedule for the writers to keep to. No, it wouldn’t kill people to review more, but it also wouldn’t kill the writers to relax and enjoy writing just for the sake of writing when they aren’t getting feedback. Feedback’s really not there to encourage more writing, it is there to encourage better writing. A writer should be able to write without any feedback from anyone except perhaps someone who they’ve chosen as a mentor.

      • favonilla

        04/09/2013 at 3:23 pm

        @Teach – most writers receive plenty of feedback. I think all that the other posters are trying to say is that trying to force readers to leave reviews is not a beneficial innovation. As a writer, I’m perfectly happy if one in fifty readers leaves a comment. I don’t review everything I read, I only leave a review if I think I have something constructive to say (positive or negative), or if the story is so very good that I can’t not say so, or if the story’s been around a while and has a low review count (usually those ones benefit from some constructive comment anyway).

        As for my readers, they never asked me to write stories, so they’re under no obligation to do anything about it when I do.

        Maybe I’m one of a minority. But I write because I enjoy writing. Receiving feedback is a bonus, but if I never got a single review, it wouldn’t stop me from writing and publishing

    • Steph

      04/08/2013 at 8:02 pm

      Wow – OK, if that’s how it came through, I completely misspoke (mistyped?). There’s absolutely no way I would ever suggest requiring a reader to review in order to favorite. That would be nuts. All I meant was giving a reader the option to put a little note on their own favorites page about why they liked a particular story so that someone visiting their page wouldn’t have to go hunting for the user’s reviews within a story that they’re not even sure they want to read. Maybe I need to work on my clarity before I start my next story… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • yemi hikari

        04/08/2013 at 8:29 pm

        @ Steph – Have you seen how many favorites some of these people have?

      • bienfait

        04/08/2013 at 8:52 pm

        The link to the reviews is right there on the favorites page, next to the title. Anyone who can’t be bothered clicking it is probably not that interested anyway.

        I can see where you’re coming from, Steph, but honestly, with a perfectly good review system already in place, I think it’s hardly worth the trouble of setting up the coding for it.

      • Teach

        04/09/2013 at 2:23 am


        You did make it clear in your post that it was “optional.” At least, I see the word optional in your post! You didn’t make a mistake. People just jump to their own conclusions. People love to argue, in case you couldn’t tell. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Moving on, I just don’t understand why people wouldn’t review. Many people left their opinions clear on this post, but they just aren’t good ones. The most acceptable point is “I fav stories that I want to read later.” That’s understandable. But if someone loves a story, then they should say so. “Oh, I have 5000 stories and no time to review” isn’t an excuse. It takes 3 seconds to type “I like this story.” There’s no minimum word count when it comes to reviews. People are either lazy or want to take advantage of good writers. There are people one this site who never left a single review. If they don’t contribute to this site in any way, then they shouldn’t complain when something goes wrong.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 3:27 pm

        @ Teach – In other words you would rather have your review count padded with “I like this story” and “please update” just so you can get more reviews. Seriously, the review count does not matter. Please keep in mind that a lot of people out there feel “I like this story” and “please update” is not only insulting, they do not like the idea of padding a writers review count with such reviews. There is also the issue of language barriers as well as learning disabilities that would prevent some of these people articulating what they want to say.

      • uasteph

        04/09/2013 at 3:47 pm

        Never mind, close the can of worms. I’m not advocating forced recommendations, forced reviews, better reviews, more reviews, fewer reviews, longer reviews, shorter reviews, or reviews written by your dog (because I am well aware that not everyone has a dog that can type). It was simply a suggestion for an optional feature; if it’s not wanted, cool. I had no idea that feedback, reviews or otherwise, was such a hot button issue – I’m sorry if I started something! Please return to your regularly scheduled bug-hunting.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 8:35 pm

        @Teach: There’s a difference between argue and discussion. Most of us are reading what she/he is saying and we’re providing our reasons why.

        So, every time you pick something at the store, do you give a reason why you are buying that specific product, DVD, etc to the cashier? Or when you watch a show, do you send an email to the television company to explain why you watched it? When it comes to those types of choices, you just pick it because you like and move on.

        I think just by favoriting a story, you ARE telling the author you like it as is it not the definition of the word ‘favorite’? A ‘favorite’ means to treat or regard a person or an object with special favor or liking. If you only say ‘I like this story’, then you’re being redundant basically. To most people looking for fic recs, just saying ‘I like’ is not a good reason for them to read it.

        I know of one author who basically told readers that if they’re going to say ‘I like this story’ or ‘update soon’ then do NOT review at all.

        People are lazy or want to take advantage of good writers? I think that paintbrush is a little too wide. I personally don’t leave a review when I favorite a story due to 1) there wasn’t anything that particularly sparked my interest into leaving why I liked the story or 2) there wasn’t any major fault that I could find without being seen as nitpicky. Due to the former, I often myself not favoring since at all since they’re the type of story to be easily forgotten. With the latter, you have to be careful of the writers being a tad bit too sensitive. Oh 3) Writer will ask you for reviews then basically argue with you why she *won’t* take your recommendations. Those types just will prevent me from reviewing at all, including the ones who hold their stories hostage. I guess I have the US’ sense of dealing the terrorists.

        @Peacy: Unlike the author who previously denied reviews such as ‘great story’ and the other forms as they did take the time to read my story and post a review. I mean, they’re under no obligation to even click on the title. Personally, I love the ones who ask questions about certain things. Get’s the brain following.

        @uasteph: Stuff like this is more a Pandora’s box. Once opened it will continue. You’ve brought up a request and now people are expressing what they feel about it. Such is the nature of updates. It better to be brought up now then if Xing and the others actually release such and update and gets negative feedback. I don’t know about you but I would feel giddy that something I brought up spurred others to respond and begin discussing something.

    • Peachy Now

      04/09/2013 at 2:14 am

      I wouldn’t mind a review that rambled. Authors love long reviews. In all honesty “great story” is also wonderful feedback. Don’t feel self conscience about what you say in the review as long as you let the author know you like it. (You sound like a sweet person, btw).

      Offering criticism is where the problem lies. It’s easy to misinterpret something as a flame. But if something is good enough to favorite, then it’s good enough to review. Of course, do what you feel comfortable with. Fanfiction should always be fun. You sound like you are doing just fine. I’m sorry that you are having trouble with the site.

      For everyone else, I think it’s an okay idea to see how many reviews you’ve left. Why would anyone be embarrassed by that unless they left zero? Other fanfiction sites tally up the review count. I see nothing wrong with it. If someone had a low number, I wouldn’t use it against them. I don’t see why everyone is so heated about it. I think the site should encourage reviews. Ffnet doesn’t want to end up like AO3, where no one reviews ever.

      • One of Three

        04/09/2013 at 3:25 pm

        @Peachy Now – from what I see there are plenty of people reviewing. I don’t understand why it’s seen as this big problem. If someone thinks their story isn’t getting its fair share, maybe it’s just that the readers think it’s kinder to say nothing ๐Ÿ˜€

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 3:37 pm

        @ Peachy Now – A lot of the people I know don’t like leaving “this is a great story” or “please update” because they know full well that to many reviews like this sends out red flags to the people who choose to read the reviews before going into the story. They also don’t want to bury the longer reviews with those kinds of reviews.

        I don’t think its an issue of being embarrassed. On one side it would turn into a brag game and people would purposefully go around spamming stories with “i like your story” just to get their review count up, not because they really liked the story. On the other side those of us who critique could have our high numbers used against us and have writers tell us we’re wrong simply because “we’re doing it just to get a high number count”. We’ve got to deal with a good number of excuses already.

        I agree too with what One of Three says. Sometimes the reason a person doesn’t get as many reviews as they would like is because people are holding back their criticism. Other times the writer has written something that only appeals to a few people, or their fandom has a small fan base that tends to come and go. One of the writers I critiqued recently was concerned about why they weren’t getting any reviews, but one look at their story told me why.

  14. Write Now

    04/09/2013 at 2:29 am

    Readers want too many privileges. Let’s give something back to the great writers of this site!

    • Cats, from Eliminator

      04/09/2013 at 12:25 pm

      I think the best gift would be to clean the trash by deleting what breaks the rules so the real writers get more space.

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 3:41 pm

      I think some of the writers want to many privileges, including forcing readers who don’t normally leave feedback to have to leave feedback of some kind. Yes… that is a great way to chase readers away. If a writer is really that good they will work hard to earn the reviews they get and understand when they don’t get many why, whether it be that one piece isn’t as good as their others or if they don’t have a wide audience with their story.

  15. Jimbocous

    04/09/2013 at 4:36 am

    Since the modification that highlights the username logged in with a checkmark at the end of the chapter above the review box, when you select the Next> button to move to the next chapter it loads that chapter properly but positions you at the end of the new chapter, requiring the reader to manually scroll to the top to continue reading. WinXP/IE8

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 3:43 pm

      What? I’m not getting what you’re saying, so you may want to clarify. Because if I can’t get what you’re trying to say, there is a chance the site admins may not be able to decipher it either.

  16. Jordan

    04/09/2013 at 7:34 am

    Request: Some sort of log for stories being removed. It’s a little disconcerting to see the number of favorites I have go down and not know what the hell disappeared.

    • Cats, from Eliminator

      04/09/2013 at 12:23 pm

      You shouldn’t be favoriting stuff that breaks the rules, then.

      • Jordan

        04/09/2013 at 3:52 pm

        It could be someone who simply removed their story for some other reason, or it could be someone who didn’t realize they’d broken rules, or it could be someone who hasn’t updated the story in years and hasn’t been around since rule changes and so hasn’t known to update them. There are numerous reasons a story could disappear, and it would be nice to have a log if one of them does so I can look for it elsewhere or ask the author to re-upload it.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 4:27 pm

        @ Jordon – If the story was a rule breaker then you shouldn’t be asking for them to upload it unless they make it compliant to the site rules. You shouldn’t be asking a writer who has a personal reason for removing the story to re-upload either. Just look for it elsewhere.

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 3:45 pm

      No. Many writers don’t want people to know they broke the site rules and if a writer chooses to remove their story themselves, chances are they may not want it advertised.

  17. Sue Stone (@knittingknots)

    04/09/2013 at 10:40 am

    Log-in area down this morning 8:39 mt

  18. Beingnormal22

    04/09/2013 at 11:21 am

    I’m not receiving any emails about updated stories?

  19. Lunary

    04/09/2013 at 12:08 pm

    First, I can’t seem to gt onto the site. It may just be me, I’ll try cleaning out History and Cookies after this, but after I left a review yesterday I couldn’t load your homepage.

    As for reviews, I hate the idea of adding recommendations. Do you know how many Jolly Ranchers lie about a story? Let alone it just too irritating and un necessary. I also don’t like the idea of that showing up on my favorite page. If I favorite I would leave a reason why in a review, not have it cluttering up my page like the share feature does or the cover art. Just, no. I’m not saying it is a bad idea for a site like Wattpad or Archive of OurOwn, just not here.

    • Lunary

      04/09/2013 at 12:16 pm

      Update: Cleaned out cookies and history. Still can’t get the moble page for Fanfiction up. Fictionpress comes up no problems, but I can’t get FF.

      • Lunary.

        04/09/2013 at 3:43 pm

        Finally! FF loads for me. I wonder what was wrong.. ?

      • Crazee Canadia

        04/09/2013 at 3:47 pm

        That’s happening to me as well, I can’t get onto FanFiction at all, no matter what I’m trying.

  20. Cats, from Eliminator

    04/09/2013 at 12:21 pm

    Are you ever going to delete reported stories again? My group has been reporting non-stop stuff that breaks your rules and you don’t do a thing.

    • Lunary

      04/09/2013 at 1:54 pm

      I hope so. It would be nice to have another Purge, but knowing the FF admins we won’t get one so soon. They are too busy giving us unneeded updates that later causes site problems. Still hope they do aone though. Those Character Read the Books stories are concerning, as well as the other rule breakers.

      • Cats, from Eliminator

        04/09/2013 at 3:25 pm

        I thought “X character reads their own book” stories can get the site sued? It’s amazing those don’t get deleted after one report.

    • uasteph

      04/09/2013 at 4:02 pm

      Keywords there: “non-stop” and “your rules”. If they’re’s rules, and isn’t concerned enough to move it to the top of the priority list, why are you so anxious to get some wrists slapped? And are you really checking back to make sure stories you report get deleted? I thought fanfic was supposed to be for fun.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 4:22 pm

        Skateboarding is done for fun as well, but you still have to obey the rules when it is a no skateboarding area. The site admins are indeed concerned about the rules and they do delete the people on the list, but they have gotten a back log because they’ve been focusing on updating the site, not because they don’t care about the rules.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 8:41 pm

        Actually, if you read the sentence before ‘your rules’, the ‘you’ is in reference to Xing aka FFN, not the poster’s rules.

        Also, most people believe that non stop reporting will eventually get the story noticed based on the belief that once a story or rule breaker has a certain number of complaints the site will have no choice but delete it.

  21. Lunary

    04/09/2013 at 3:33 pm

    I know. You’d think the admins would want to prevent that. I guess not. Even the MA content is is rising again.

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 3:46 pm

      As someone else suggested, I can’t remember who… it might not be a bad idea to take a break from the updates to do another purge of the site.

      • Cats, from Eliminator

        04/09/2013 at 4:50 pm

        I’d be happy if they did another purge next summer.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 8:43 pm

        I just wonder if they’ll do it though. AO3 had to handle too many people signing up for their site that it took them a while. Same thing for AFF which had to work overtime on absorbing the new accounts there. LJ probably didn’t see as they most likely went to DW or IJ.

        I still think that FFN should open up a third sister site just for the more adult stories that can be associated back to FFN.

      • yemi hikari

        04/10/2013 at 2:43 pm

        @ Spyridon – How tough would they fund the third site? They can’t use the same ads that they use on the regular site and I’m quite sure a lot of people wouldn’t like the idea of the ad revenue generated from the other two sites to run the other site.

  22. Merlin Recon

    04/09/2013 at 4:18 pm

    I think the login https address has changed as it no longer says login before the rest, and my bookmark doesn’t work anymore.

    • bienfait

      04/09/2013 at 4:36 pm

      @Merlin – I’ve found that, too. They sneaked that change in on us, I don’t remember seeing anything about it (or maybe it just got buried under some extended discussion). I just updated my bookmark.

  23. bienfait

    04/09/2013 at 4:47 pm

    I always thought it was a bad idea, allowing sorting review count. And now look what’s happening – writers are starting to develop a sense of entitlement and grievance because they’re not getting enough of them, instead of focusing on what the real purpose of a review system should be – intelligent discussion, commentary and critique.

    If a story has a thousand reviews, but most of them don’t really say anything, how the heck am I going to find the interesting reviews that actually have something to say?

    I’m entirely for keeping the review count down, so the ones worth reading don’t get buried on page 57 of a hundred pages of pointless remarks. I wouldn’t go as far as to ask for a restriction to be imposed, that would be going too far; but I’d love to see less reviews, and more helpful ones.

    As for the users who big-note themselves because they write hundreds of reviews – do me a favour, review less, and review better. I have a regular reviewer, who I know leaves at least one review for every story, although not necessarily every chapter, that she reads. She must have hundreds, not all of them extended, but with every one she tries to bring up a discussion point about what she’s just read. So get over yourself, sunshine. You’re nothing special.

    • Lynn Hollander

      04/09/2013 at 5:38 pm

      I was appalled when I discovered the sort by number of reviews function. ‘grate revu’ counts the same as 9K characters worth of discussion of plot, continuity and grammar? No, not really. A while ago I figured my average word count was 170+, and that includes one where I said ‘too much italic’.
      The lemming-mindedness of reading ‘best seller lists’ worries me. Where are the inventive, adventurous readers? Who will appreciate and encourage the adventurous, inventive writers if readers read only what their friends read?

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 6:23 pm

        I actually don’t use the sort by review system to find stories to read for enjoyment purposes. Most of them aren’t good, so I look at them to disect what is good and what is bad. I also think it is a great way to go to the end and review stories that have few to no reviews because these people are gems hidden away, or people who need a bit of critique.

        Perhaps instead of sorting them from most to least, the site admins should sort them from least to most. The stories with a lot of reviews already have a lot of attention and if you really want to know which is the most popular you’d just have to go to the very end.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 8:46 pm

        As a writer, I’ve joined the new readers that came from the sort by review but as a reader, I still use the update filter. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 6:13 pm

      I happen to like seeing which stories have the most reviews simply because it tells me what the popular trends are. Despite that I agree with you that the sense of entitlement some of the writers have gotten is rather disheartening.

      If a story has a thousand reviews, but most of them donโ€™t really say anything, how the heck am I going to find the interesting reviews that actually have something to say?

      Which is the exact reason many people don’t review. They don’t want to bury the reviews those kind of reviews.

      Iโ€™m entirely for keeping the review count down, so the ones worth reading donโ€™t get buried on page 57 of a hundred pages of pointless remarks. I wouldnโ€™t go as far as to ask for a restriction to be imposed, that would be going too far; but Iโ€™d love to see less reviews, and more helpful ones.

      While I agree with this assessment I am wondering how the admins would be able to enforce any rules that prevent the shorter rules or in fact reward reviews. I do know though they can prevent the situation from getting worse by not ever putting a persons review count on ones profile. They could possibly remove the ability to sort by reviews, favorites and follows anymore. I wouldn’t be able to see what is currently popular anymore, but I’d learn to live with it. Question is would the other members of the site who’ve gotten used to it.

      As for your reviewer… goodness knows how many reviews I get those are always the best. I have one particular reviewer that I don’t always agree with who always leaves a detailed review leaving their thought and its always an interesting introspective into my own work, as well as the mind of another person.

      • bienfait

        04/09/2013 at 6:30 pm

        Exactly. They aren’t always eloquently worded, or even grammatically accurate (I think she uses a mobile phone, and sometimes it goes a bit strange on her), but they always give me something to think about, both on my own stories and on others she reviews. She never makes a big deal about how much reviewing she does; she just does it. I know a few others that do that as well, and they’re like gold among the other ones.

        Mind you, I feel a bit mean, sounding off about the “good, please update” reviewers. A lot of them are doing the best they know how, and for that reason I don’t believe there should be any formal attempt to prevent them from posting. But it would be so nice if occasionally some of them would try to say *why* they like it.

      • Tink Tinker

        04/12/2013 at 2:42 am

        Not every story gets a thousand reviews. In fact, it’s pretty rare. Therefore, the site still should encourage more reviews.

        By the way, when I say encourage, I don’t mean force. Some people don’t understand the difference on this blog. To my knowledge, reviews have never been an obligation on ffnet and I doubt they ever will be. But there might be a way to make reviews fun for the readers!

  24. Merlin Recon

    04/09/2013 at 5:14 pm

    @bienfait – I had to update my bookmark too. XD And I never heard anything about it.

    @ Everyone. Now, I have in the past not really cared about the whole signed, not signed review thing, but I just got a couple of unsigned reviews that though not all that bad in terms of flames, (I’ve had worse by some jerks), they p*** me off because they are bigoted and just outright abuse.

    The first of these guest ‘reviews’ quoted something a character from my fic said, Chapter 2 at about 9GMT, Tues, 9th, calling me a loser of a writer over something one character said. I just removed it, now what gets me is someone at 9:30GMT, 30 minutes later just guest ‘reviewed’ chapter 1 saying :Retarded. Sucks ass. What annoys me most is this person is probably a no talent loser, and guest reviews because he doesn’t want anyone coming back to him/her with some real crite about their work, if indeed they have even written anything, or can.

    I’ve had a few guest ‘reviews’ that are abusive, blind, bias, and bigoted, and frankly I’ve started to get really annoyed with them. I see the new review email and I get a smile, ‘someone’s left a review to tell me what they think, I’m appreciated, yay!.’ Now if someone didn’t like it, that’s fine, but there is NO need to be rude to anyone who spends THEIR free time to entertain, (and a lot in my case to hopefully get better, and as something I enjoy for myself). And if you’re going to be a douche, at least have the guts to sign in with a TRUE account.

    I know it doesn’t seem like they will, but I call for FF.NET to bring back a button to block guest reviews. Something I hadn’t done even when it existed. I don’t want to see bigoted guest flames at all. I’m fed up with it, even though its so rare.

    I love to read and I love to write. I mostly do it as a hobby in my spare time when not playing video games, watching TV/Movies/Anime, or going down the pub etc., and I don’t feel it necessary to be like this really. To hate someone based on what they write for FREE in their spare time to entertain them makes me realise the selfishness of some readers, and it saddens me. Most of them likely don’t write and know how hard it is, and couldn’t come up with a ยฃ1 plot.

    • yemi hikari

      04/09/2013 at 7:02 pm

      You just got these reviews just today, so take a deep breath and calm down. Be glad that the reviews weren’t left on a signed account whether it be their real account or a sock puppet, because then the review would be there a whole lot longer. Particularly be glad they didn’t do it on a sock puppet that blocks PMs. Nobody hands down wants to see flames of any kind.

      I’m going to say I still don’t want the ability to block anonymous reviews added back in. I say this having recently had to deal with an anonymous flamer who pretty much attacked me over something I consider to be trivial, but I know to them likely is not. Chances are they would have signed in to their account, or worse yet a sock puppet just to get their say if you had blocked anonymous reviews.

      I prefer being able to moderate the reviews and catch them as the come through. They won’t know that you’ve ignored your review unless you say something on your profile or an author’s note as it takes three days for the reviews to pass moderation. This gives some of these people a chance to forget about the story and hopefully move on.

      • Merlin Recon

        04/09/2013 at 7:29 pm

        Its still freaking annoying, but I suppose your right for once lol XD … Na, I don’t know, it was just the childishness that got to me this time when I usually just delete and carry on with what I was doing lol. I just don’t get these people and how childish they can be. They’re entitled to their opinion, I love to hear what people think, but there is never any need to be rude and in some cases vindictive.

        I’ve actually seen some story’s that have no bad review, etc., that needed them (well some good crite), and great stories getting hit by morons (signed or otherwise). Its a shame. I don’t want to be too horrible, but on a while back I read one fic that had great review after great review when the grammar was atrocious (and I considered mine to be bad back then too so just think), the spelling wasn’t too bad, but he got words wrong ‘hear and their’ and everywhere. Then the plot had Ginny firing out baby after baby like that was her job, shooting out Harry’s babies, some coming way too soon after the previous. I can and will over look bad grammar and bad spelling for noobs, and as long as its minimal (mainly spelling) or flows brilliantly (grammar) other authors. Plot however, not even being able to remember characters (babies) names and then adding more, enough too make it look like Molly didn’t have many, and then all of the positive reviews? And that is on a site that ‘moderates’ before upload. Before I left them morons, I once had a fic-chapter rejected for the word todger while it had all the high rating because its apparently a childrens site, then why all the tags for adualt material? But that’s another rant about my hate. XD

        So I know that fics need crite or they’ll become like that. I’m fine with a simple, ‘nicely done’, but I like a bit of discussion too, even if I don’t agree. Though, what I hate is ‘your grammar sucks, couldn’t read’. It makes me wonder whether they know how to write an explanation or not. The fact that very few people seem to agree (and I mean proper reviewers) makes me fear that they weren’t schooled.

        Reviews are great, but sometimes I feel that people are encouraged to carry on the way they’re going, and not helped to understand the mistakes so they can improve, or the reviewers just don’t put enough effort in. It doesn’t take much to write a few lines. I often feel like a jerk if I don’t write something more than ‘awesome’ on multi-chapter fics when I’m alerting. In fact, I would have thought that people would be more inclined to review with the new faves etc. link. Guess not.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 9:02 pm

        @Merlin: I feel you. What happened to me last night was different.

        An author posted a new chapter on her story at the top stated that she doesn’t know anything about cars (Corvette in question) etc. Then she claimed it’s fanfiction and that she wasn’t out to ruin anyone’s lives. Her last statement is if you’re going to be rude, then don’t review.

        The first thing I did was check the reviews first. The public ones were okay, nothing much of the ordinary. I basically stated on the review portion first because the fanfiction excuse irked the hell out of me so I needed to calm down. Explained the difference between rude and critiques by providing an example of a rude review.

        From there, I went onto the fanfiction excuse and let loose compared to the first part. From the Conclusions about fanfiction: 16) Not doing any research at all on a subject (ex. real-life medical diseases, canon plot details, real life information on countries, etc) shows that the author is either too lazy or didn’t think it would matter.

        That irked me the most as a Corvette is a real car. I may not know about manuals or cars in general but there is something called GOOGLE! If you don’t know it, research. I mean, come on. You’re writing a story based on today’s realistic world. It’s not Harry Potter or Star Trek. You can’t just pass that off as fanfiction. Then I went to explain that some may not review anymore least they be called rude.

        She pms me later and says that the reviews she’s talked about were made anonymously and removed before they could be public. I understood that and said that’s understandable then but to actually make them public so other readers can know when she calls reviewers rude, she doesn’t mean the ones that were made public.

        A few hours I was alerted by a fellow author from the fandom that she basically made a comment about the review I left behind and that I called her rude for saying rude comments were rude. Right. *rolls eyes*. I think I’m putting her on my banned from getting reviews list.

        Personally, I think the comments that deleted should still appear on the review pages but as ‘deleted comment’ and not factor into the review count.

        Oh, brainstorm: when I got an anonymous review, I tried editing it to put a short response on there but the site took that bit out. Do you think it would be possible to add a review system for the anonymous reviewers only? Not the signed ones since those have private messaging. Wait, you might to add those who don’t like getting PMs and have blocked that.

        Just food for thought.

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 11:45 pm

        @ Merlin Recon – I think it comes from the fact they don’t like their perfect little bubble bust and think by lashing out that they can pretend that said little bubble wasn’t burst. They thus blow something that is small and make it out to be something so much bigger.

        In one of the fandoms I write there is a particular pairing where the characters grew up as siblings but are not blood related. Quite a few fans don’t like this and have a tendency to lash out. One rather recently said you had to be blood related or have legal documentation for you to be siblings and that people who wrote them as having a sibling relationship were wrong because it didn’t fit their narrow minded definition of siblings.

        One of the problems with HPFF that I think that leads to the stories not improving comes from the fact editing an existing chapter just for grammar mistakes is a pain in the neck because you have to get said chapter reapproved and that can seriously hold up updates.

        I honestly wish more people would point out problems when a person sees them.

        Why would they have an incentive to review though when the new favorite system has a seperate button for favoriting if you don’t want to review.

        @ Spyridon – I hate the “its fanfic so I can do whatever I want” excuse. A person either chooses to write their best or they don’t.

        I’m not sure what to think of the idea of making it so anonymous reviews are still visable. I guess I’m thinking in particular of a spam review which was so crude and explicit that it should be showing up.

        I learned a long time ago that you can’t edit the anonymous reviews, so I haven’t a clue why that’s even in place.

      • Spyridon

        04/10/2013 at 1:44 am

        @yemi: I agree with you on the sibling definition. The relation is defined by the persons in that relation. In the HP fandom, I see Hermione as the older sister, sometimes motherly figure to Harry as she nitpicks on him to do his homework.

        Yup, I get ticked when I see that statement about fanfiction.

        Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean for the actual words to come up. It would just say ‘deleted anonymous review’ and that’s it, similar on Yahoo and LJ. Some authors would complain about a review they got and if they deleted it, authors would assume its the public ones. It’s not really a major concern so far.

        Yup, I tried editing and there was no change. Does the moderation only work if you remove something that the person actually wrote? Has anyone used it or is it only for removing anonymous reviews? If that’s it then why have the cursor appear in the text box?

        @Merlin: I would not know about the situation at HPFF since reading the guidelines for mission. While I applaud their mission statement to provide quality fanfic but to me, it just seemed like overkill.

      • yemi hikari

        04/10/2013 at 12:04 pm

        @ Spyridon – That’s why I either state it was an anonymous review or not mention it at all. I don’t trust writers when I anonymous reviews get deleted unless there is something specific said about the review. Nine times out of ten the writer is the one not telling the whole truth. I think it has to do with the fact that the ones who do get flamed feel its better to just ignore the anonymous ones and not let them think they’re getting what they want.

        I don’t think HPFF’s real mission is to provide quality fanfiction as there are plenty of works that makes me raise my eyebrow. What’s really going on is they’re trying to provide a safer fanfiction invironment for the younger fans then you can find even here on, but yet not let it turn into quizella.

      • Tink Tinker

        04/12/2013 at 2:32 am

        @ Spyridon

        You have to understand that authors do not serve you. They have very little freedom here. Essentially, all they CAN do is delete anonymous reviews. Like she said, the reviews were rude. If people cannot offer feedback, then it doesn’t deserve to be shown. If she isn’t comfortable having their disrespectful comments attached to her story, then she has every right to do away with them. Just because you signed in doesn’t mean you’re privileged. Think about someone else for a change before you pounce on them.

        Of course, to make you feel better, it is her loss. Most authors prefer a higher review count than positive reviews. I think authors should be allowed to delete signed reviews, too.

      • Tink Tinker

        04/12/2013 at 2:37 am

        But that is your personal choice. It shouldn’t be enforced on everyone. If an author wants to block anonymous reviews, then they should be able to. There’s nothing wrong with more options for the writers. All these updates benefit the readers. I want something to be done to make writers more comfortable. Preventing flames is a good start.

    • bienfait

      04/09/2013 at 7:18 pm

      Merlin, you have my sympathy. That sort of malice always stings, especially when you have no idea where it’s coming from. But as yemi said, take a deep breath. Remind yourself that it is no more than the silly, cowardly words of a silly, cowardly brat, who knows how cowardly and unfair it is, seeing as it chooses to spit out its venom from under the cover of anonymity.

      If it had any grounds for its spite, it would sign in under its own name and take credit for it. As yemi points out, at least it’s not making up sock puppets to do its dirty work.

      • Merlin Recon

        04/09/2013 at 7:35 pm doesn’t seem to be getting mail. Though, I haven’t updated stories there in ages (I’m transferring them to main account) I do have main account on alert and uploaded a chapter yesterday.

        @bienfait – Yeah, its was just augh. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much more. I guess I was in a tiffy mood when I read the first, but the second straight after felt like a 30 minute later return visit just to be a d***.

      • Spyridon

        04/09/2013 at 9:07 pm

        Devil of the anonymous reviews. The editing system/deleting anonymous reviews has its own devils. I always make them public regardless. Helps me to not take the others for granted. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • yemi hikari

        04/09/2013 at 11:13 pm

        @ Merlin Recon – Better though you let out all that anger then letting it build up though. I actually write essays, parody and satire whenever an issue bothers me and it does help me out.

  25. Mishelly

    04/09/2013 at 7:19 pm

    For the back button browswer i have ie8 and windows7 and it doesnt work for safari either…that ability of the back button was useful…CSS or achor code

    • seila

      04/10/2013 at 5:05 am

      Actually, with the back button thing, I’ve been noticing lately that the using new drop downs counts as a new page in browser history. So then when I try to go back I get a repeat of the page, or several if I’ve been in my profile. It’s a little odd.

      (Firefox user here)

  26. While

    04/10/2013 at 6:42 am

    Normally I hate putting these FF down, but since the admins are doing nothing to delete it, I suggest more people report it to annoy them. Be warned that it’s a troll fic, and your eyes will likely burn after reading it.

    Yeah, not much else to say aside from that.

    • yemi hikari

      04/10/2013 at 12:05 pm

      A word of advice here. If they’re a troll, you’re pretty much just giving them the attention hat they want.

      • Bronycon

        04/10/2013 at 3:48 pm

        Sometimes it can’t be helped, I’m afraid. I’m also reporting a troll from the My Little Pony section, but the apparent lack of action and interest from the site administrators makes it frustrating and in the end we have to bring those things here to see if they decide to look at it even if the chances of it happening are incredibly low.
        Or what do you suggest? Should I take it to Critics United or something? I know they report but the admins don’t listen to them either.

  27. Siren

    04/10/2013 at 2:33 pm

    yemi: You’re right about authors not telling the whole truth when it comes to anonymous reviews. Yesterday I saw a Guest give this one terrible story a critique, and from what I understand they critiqued this story before only to have the review removed. After their review was posted, an hour later the story was gone. Today, I looked into this authors account and they proclaimed that the story was being attacked.

    Some users just can’t take criticism. Either acting out in shout outs or PMs or even complaining to their so called “loyals” in order to attack their bubble buster. Its sickening sometimes to see how far these idiots go just because someone gave criticism for them to improve.

    As for the person who asked about FF’s third site, AdultFanFiction is supposed to be their third sister site.

    P.S. Why is it that our little egotistic users always go for the “this is Fanfiction” excuse first?

  28. The Prince and The Warlock

    04/10/2013 at 4:05 pm

    I use practically every day (reading and writing) and I just want to suggest that you create an official app, the one app that I found that you could connect to the website was confusing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ an app would make using the site easier and more accessible.
    Please consider it,
    The Prince and The Warlock xx

  29. Becky

    04/10/2013 at 5:17 pm

    My user control page appears to be down; I get a “Connection Timeout” page when trying to access the page.

  30. TheWordMaster

    04/10/2013 at 5:39 pm

    Anyone else having problems with Ff right now? I can’t log in or reply to a post on the forum.

  31. Dotted_daffodil

    04/10/2013 at 5:41 pm

    I haven’t been able to get onto the setting page or follow/set alert on any stories/author/communities at all.

    • Becky

      04/10/2013 at 5:43 pm

      My page actually seems to be working now; try going to a cachรฉd version (i.e. going through a link in your browser history) and then going back to the main page and trying again.

    • Dotted_daffodil

      04/10/2013 at 5:43 pm

      Actually, it’s more on and off right now, there are times that I can (like now) and times that I can’t (like a couple of minutes ago) do stuff on the site.

      • Becky

        04/10/2013 at 5:45 pm

        oh ok ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Merlin Recon

        04/10/2013 at 5:52 pm

        It took me ages to get in just now.

      • Spyridon

        04/11/2013 at 2:55 am

        Well for me, it’s been loading as usual. Unless I’m just lucky to get on a certain points.

  32. Katie (@KatieTyler12)

    04/10/2013 at 6:11 pm

    Same here.:-( What’s going on?

  33. Jess Baroli

    04/10/2013 at 6:17 pm

    on a quick side note… yes, the site is acting odd imo, but it’s an off and on, type of thing…

    On the topic above pertaining to another massive purge…it’s one thing it’s your trying to get rid of toll fan fiction…that makes sense, but another mass purge out like before, well, I doubt that would be a good idea so soon. They should take the time to purge carefully, and let the author know whats going on appropriately this time…

    We fans love the FFN, but lets face it, last time it happened, it caused quite an uproar, from both supports of the idea and haters of it alike… it would be best if the FFN refrained from doing such a thing in the future.

  34. The midnyte Stalker

    04/11/2013 at 11:48 am

    Well I’ve been on all week and never had any of these problems. and ive been on with multiple platfoms. Anything from IE 8 to the Opera Mini browser on my Andriod.

  35. BabaJaga

    04/12/2013 at 12:16 pm

    I’m not a FFN author, only a reader. Reading the whole discussion about reviews, I’d really be happy if authors put on their profile ‘Please don’t leave me short comments that you liked my story and would like to read more. I find them worthless and offensive.”
    So that I know which stories and authors to avoid. Because I find THAT quite offensive, you know. And I won’t waste my time on author who doesn’t appreciate his readers.

  36. Mishelly

    04/12/2013 at 8:41 pm

    on the archive pages the & sign btween the character names are missing…for example Harry P. Fluer D.

    • yemi hikari

      04/12/2013 at 11:13 pm

      They may be getting ready for the final update for transitioning the site from having just two character tags to four.

  37. sniper48

    04/13/2013 at 9:05 am

    Is therw a way that a tab to exclude yaoi could be included?

  38. Lynn Hollander

    04/13/2013 at 11:46 am

    Being able to set default search terms would be a time saving tool. I must reset every time I access the browse page. Can this be done?

    • yemi hikari

      04/13/2013 at 3:36 pm

      It is possible. They would probably expect one to allow cookies to be collected though.

  39. Lunary

    04/13/2013 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t know about other moble users but I can’t get onto either Fanfiction or Fictionpress this time. Both sites are not wanting to load. I cleared out both History and cookies, and still nothing.

    • Lunary

      04/13/2013 at 12:50 pm

      Okay.. FF is back. Quicker than last time, thankfully. But I wonder what is wrong. Could this on and off thing still have something to do with the browser or a update?

  40. Star

    04/13/2013 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve noted on forums that posts have started appearing on top of posts that were already there, moving the other post down to the next spot and changing what time it says the post was posted. I’m currently using Safari, but other people with different browsers have had the same problem. It’d be great if you could address this.

  41. A

    04/14/2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’m still not receiving any emails for forums or story updates

  42. Mishelly

    04/14/2013 at 4:53 pm

    thx yemi hikari..i didnt know that…

  43. OkagetheShadowKing

    04/14/2013 at 5:36 pm

    Fanfiction illustrations are not appearing in the stories.

    • Button

      04/15/2013 at 11:24 am

      Yeah, don’t see the point of adding them. Should be kept on deviantart.

  44. Mishelly

    04/14/2013 at 6:11 pm

    back button does not return to scroll position on previous pages btween archive pages, but does so btween story pages…CSS code or anchor code missing?

  45. Princess of Disney

    04/14/2013 at 9:27 pm

    I am having trouble creating forums with my fanfiction accounts. Everytime I select a category and submit the forum, my category does not show up and it says I chose “General >> All Categories”. Please help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. OkagetheShadowKing

    04/15/2013 at 11:17 am

    the search engine is not narrowing search possibilities.

  47. Button

    04/15/2013 at 11:25 am

    Still no filter out option for the search I see. Cause, you know, I really do ENJOY seeing nothing but Ulquiorra x Orihime romance when I search for JUST Ulquiorra in the search box and don’t want to see romance.

  48. Astoria

    04/15/2013 at 11:33 am


    You may not know this but plagiarism is pretty rampant in the slash section of the Spanish Fanfic writers Community. As Astoria Thalassa, my user account (click on my name!) I have filled several abuse reports in English, with corresponding proof, of the plagiarism done to fanfiction user Hera Black by thief Vndetta Black (that is not a typo).

    Could any of you guys give me an estimate of how much it will take to go through the reports?

    Thank you.

    • Bronycon

      04/15/2013 at 12:52 pm

      Waiting for the admins to actually do somethng against people breaking the rules of the site?
      Take seat and wait. It will take months.

  49. Andy Black

    04/15/2013 at 10:31 pm

    Dear Admin

    I am wondering if it just me or if it is the site, but I can no longer get into my author dashboard and it’s been that way for more than a week now. I love this site and it have become important to me, so I’m hoping that things can get back to normal soon.

    Thanks for everything.

  50. Soul of Paladin

    04/16/2013 at 9:31 am

    May I request you guys consider banning stories based on real life tragedies? I find it very disturbing when some people act like bloodhounds and publish shallow “my reaction” stories based on tragedies like the recent Boston bombings with the sole purpose to get reviews.
    Thank you.


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