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. marzydotes

    04/16/2013 at 8:23 pm

    my reviews aren’t showing up, getting email alerts but no site reviews

    • seila

      04/18/2013 at 7:46 pm

      Do you have anonymous review moderation turned on? If it is, then there’s a 3 day window before they appear to the general public.

  2. Delaney

    04/18/2013 at 3:06 pm

    um, hey, can you (awesome) guys make Life of Pi fanfiction catagory? thanks! (I hope you get this, and it would be nice if you would consider this)

  3. While

    04/19/2013 at 3:37 pm

    Anyone else having trouble saving their profile page or document page? This is getting ridiculous – –

    • yemi hikari

      04/19/2013 at 9:08 pm

      Don’t know on the first, but a nope on the second.

    • Christine

      04/20/2013 at 7:23 pm

      Yes! My document manager wasn’t working properly when I tried to save something.

  4. aquagirl555

    04/19/2013 at 8:15 pm

    Fanfiction isn’t working at all. I’ve used google chrome and firefox, and while I can get teh main page I can’t do anything, can’t even get onto my account. Don’t know if it is me end or yours.

  5. J

    04/19/2013 at 8:41 pm

    Yes I can not get any of the pages to load. While you are the only other one that has left anything saying there is a problem. Idk what is going on. All of FFN is not loadable for me.

  6. Alison

    04/19/2013 at 10:08 pm

    I would to ask a question regarding the temporary shut down of this page:

    Why is it that whenever I search in the search engine specifically the update date section, it never seems to work or it wont show the newly updated stories foe the given category. Will this problem be fixed?

  7. marzydotes

    04/19/2013 at 11:45 pm

    i’m getting a security certificate warning on IE when I try to access my account off the front page.

  8. Jahariie

    04/20/2013 at 12:55 am

    It would be really cool to add a ranking feature for the authors that would assign each story a value that took into accout the length of the story, as well as how long it has been up on the site. Such as ((Reviews+Views+Favorites+Alerts)/(Words x TimeSinceUpload)) / 4. I think a stat like that could give a more accurate ranking of the popularity of a story. Being able to at least sort one’s own stories in this fashion would be cool, and it might be another way people searching for a story could sort their results.

  9. Christopher Tavolazzi

    04/20/2013 at 6:40 am


    My name was illegally used in a story on your site, titled “Forbidden Fruit,” written by user tooblondforu on 7/9/2011.

    I would like to discuss the matter with the author. If possible, I want them to simply change the name of the principal character. If not, I would like the post removed.

    Please contact me at to resolve this matter.

    Thank you,

    Christopher Tavolazzi

  10. GuardianAthens

    04/20/2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks, guys, but I’ve been having trouble recently with something.

    As of (possibly) last night, through FanFiction, I have been unable to post a new document or change documents in Doc Manager. I would try both methods in posting new documents and all the page would do when I submitted it would be loading for a few seconds, then saying the page could not be loaded. The same thing happens when I try to edit documents.
    I have check my network, and all is working fine. It is not something on my end. I believe it could be some sort of bug, or glitch. I hope you can look into this, because I am unable to update my stories until this is fixed.

  11. JohnDoe

    04/20/2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am unable to log in from my Desktop. I am able to log in from my Laptop, but do you know why I can’t from my Desktop?

  12. Ashleigh

    04/20/2013 at 7:31 pm

    Over at the forums, some of us have been having trouble with posting multiple times in a short space. It says we must wait 5 seconds to post, but in reality, it’s actually making us wait about 15-20 seconds.

    • yemi hikari

      04/20/2013 at 9:47 pm

      Actually, I think there is a delay for sending PMs and reviews as well, but I could be wrong.

  13. Brooke

    04/20/2013 at 8:11 pm

    I need help quickly. Since Thursday I haven’t been able to access at all I recently just got back on today but now I’m trying to get on to the login page and it’s not going anywhere. I’m using Internet Explorer and I’m wondering if maybe I have to update my browser or something. Please any help will be much appreciated I have to get my stories updated.

  14. Quincy

    04/21/2013 at 1:57 am

    What happened to this being the month of the updates?

    • Yams

      04/21/2013 at 6:18 pm

      Well, they did say there would be “at least one large feature push if everything goes smoothly.”

      With the network attack, complaints about eye sores, missing emails, updates to the search, and whatever else that went on, I think that means everything didn’t go smoothly. It’s only the twenty-first of April, so there’s still plenty of time to introduce something new.

      I’m okay with being patient. I’m curious more than anything. I really like the texture backgrounds, so I’m excited to learn what else is planned. Of course, if it’s something really big then it’s best that they don’t rush it. If it’s worth the wait then, yay, I’m willing to wait for May!

      I would be happy with little things, too. For example, I would appreciate it if ffnet did not send out email alerts to people I’ve blocked. Or if I could remove myself from someone’s fav list.

  15. Rokigamer

    04/21/2013 at 3:37 am

    The views have stopped calculating.

  16. aquagirl555

    04/21/2013 at 3:14 pm is not letting me long in and it is being slower then a computer running on dail-up. Is anyone else having these problems, or just me?

  17. Rock

    04/21/2013 at 5:57 pm

    I can’t log in or out of my account. When I try to access my account by clicking my name on the top right corner, the page won’t load and Chrome says the webpage is not available.

  18. fems

    04/21/2013 at 6:29 pm

    Since this is the last update post (surprisingly, considering this was supposed the be THE month of updates) I want to reiterate my request for a ‘forever’ option when logging in. I believe it’s now only for seven days or so and it’s not only incredibly annoying with the (once again) almost impossible-to-recognize captcha thingies (it took me 5 tries today), but it’s an attack on my eyes because the font preferences go away if you’re not logged in! I’m also still waiting for the option to adjust the size of the font for the entire site, not just in-story.

    • Merlin Recon

      04/22/2013 at 2:55 pm

      I agree, though that certificate (real person) thing is annoying, I can normally get it first or second try, but they should NOT use I (ai/eye) or lower case L because they look so alike, or even J. However, it could be worse like Hotmail’s one, which I have to use audio, and even then I have to try a few times to get it.

      I would also like the large on everything option because I wear glasses and large is easier on the eyes. I have to have my control page zoomed in because its so small using my PC graphics settings, and if I didn’t I would have to have my face near touching the screen to read it lol.

  19. Miller

    04/21/2013 at 11:23 pm

    Fanfiction is coming up, but when I try to log in on my file – it won’t do it. At all. And I’ve tried everything. It’s been a week. Please fix this.

  20. snowfall

    04/22/2013 at 7:37 pm

    There are quite a lot of reviews and I don’t really have the time to look through all of them, so I’m just going to ask. I’ve been having trouble getting onto fanfiction dot net while on my computer, but I still have access on my phone. Is there something I can do about that because I can’t update or reply to messages until then.

  21. mikkianne

    04/22/2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve got concerns about the lack of security regarding plagiarism on It’s really easy to cut and paste words and claim it as your own. There should be a filter of sorts to stop (or, at least, warnings and punishment for this kind of behaviour) plagiarism.

    My friend, last night, had portions of her story stolen from a girl who claimed it has her own writing. This is not right. The story, as of now, has been removed from the site. However, plagiarism is happening all the time, and only the really concerned are trying to fix it. It would be helpful if the site runners of can put a stop to this, or, somehow enforce strict punishment for those who do commit plagiarism.

    • Merlin Recon

      04/22/2013 at 8:33 pm

      Removing ANY story that has been plagiarised will allow the plagiarist to win as ‘your’ ‘copyright’ date stamps are gone so it will now become, PROVE IT, which will be near impossible. If you’re EVER plagiarised, rule number 1: NEVER remove your fic. PM them to inform them that it is not theirs if admin aren’t listening, and then if they don’t remove your work, tell your fans/readers and they’ll likely help put a little pressure on.


      • mikkianne

        04/22/2013 at 11:23 pm

        When I said “the story, as of now, has been removed from the site”, I meant that the plagiarised story had been removed from the site, not the actual story from where the stealing had occurred. However, thank you for the advice, I would not have thought about leaving a story up on the site that has been plagiarised. I will definitely tell my friend this advice.

      • Merlin Recon

        04/23/2013 at 12:18 am

        Lol, my bad interpretation. But I’ve heard of authors taking down, which is the thing you shouldn’t do or you let them win in stealing your intellectual property. You of course have to prove you’re the true author, and date-stamps do that perfectly. If you had it uploaded somewhere else with an earlier than the ‘fakes’ then that counts, even if its in your blog.

        I’ve been reading and writing for quite a few years, so seen some plagiarism: a story of mine included, which got sorted. But before you do something rash, being emotionally upset (like we all would/have/will get) with the ‘stealer’ – think: always think or they might just get away with their crime.

        Its not hard to come up with their own ideas. I come up with too many sometimes. Just watching TV, playing video games, or listening to music or watching movies can give you ideas, whether a cross over or not. Its better to try and fail at your own originals (I’ve written WINS and FAILS) and keep going either way. Its fun for me as much as my readers. Its gotten to be quite the hobby really as I sometimes have a lot of free time on my hands.

        I’ve actually just bought The Hunt and The Prey, (finally), and I’ll be reading them soon, (if you don’t know they’re a series (Hunt Series) by Andrew Fukuda, with vampires ‘rueling’ the world). So maybe I’ll get some new (to me at least) ideas for either cross-overs or The Hunt fanfiction. It sounds like it might be fun with either Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Twilight, (to make it good XD), or Harry Potter. XD

      • yemi hikari

        04/23/2013 at 12:25 am

        But I’ve heard of authors taking down, which is the thing you shouldn’t do or you let them win in stealing your intellectual property.

        I’ve also heard of writers who’ve been bullied by the plagiarist to take down their story with false accusations of plagiarism. There are also the false accusations of plagiarism levied at people because they had a similar idea, like “new girl to school”. Unless you know you plagiarized it is advisable to not ever take down a story.

      • Lynn Hollander

        04/23/2013 at 12:07 pm

        Again, I think it’s important to be sure of your facts before tossing accusations of plagiarism about the place.
        Many of the beginning writers here have read all the same books or seen all the same movies/tv/videos. Starting from such a limited inspirational universe, some overlap is almost inevitable and must be put down to coincidence.
        Even identical sentences or names or bits of dialogue or plot devices are not prima facie of plagiarism.

      • Merlin Recon

        04/23/2013 at 12:58 pm

        @yemi – I haven’t seen it happen on FF.NET, but have on other sites. Authors should be real careful when dealing with their work and plagiarism.

        @Lynn – I always get my facts straight when its important like that. I don’t care about sentence stealing, but plot stealing, or word for word chapter stealing. I understand something’s can just be coincidence though.
        I had a chapter 1 stolen before, but the plot went completely different, so after some words he gave me props for the chapter and I let him use it.
        However, I had put a fic on hold a while back and someone uploaded the whole thing with just a few changes, even had the cheek to say I gave permission. Its funny how it is one of my most popular fics and he only got about three reviews.

        I was just wondering while we’re on the subject of plagiarism, what opinions do you have on fanfiction fanfiction? Should we ask the fanfiction authors permission, or just go ahead as technically we don’t have the canon authors consent, they just don’t care, so, thoughts…?

      • Lynn Hollander

        04/23/2013 at 1:35 pm

        >Merlin Recon: For some years I wrote fanfic. At the start of every story, I acknowledged that I wrote another in author’s universe, using his characters and setting.
        I think fanfic is an excellent discipline for writers who seek a career in script writing. Writing to a show’s Bible is very much like writing good historical fiction.
        Fanfic did not remain totally satisfactory for me, and I began writing pure fiction. –actually, since I write urban fantasy, some reality creeps in: the physical environment, mayors, Berkeley city politics, California state politics, the whole San Francisco Bay area and its innate craziness –none of which are subject to copyright and all of which can be used by any writer.

      • yemi hikari

        04/23/2013 at 7:21 pm

        @ Merlin Recon – The proper etiquette typically is to ask permission. Even though I don’t mind people using my stories for inspiration, if it is a direct sequel/prequel/side fic or they’re borrowing any of my OCs I want to know, and I don’t want it used in a manner I don’t want. For example, I would be very displeased if someone took a story where I paired two characters up only to break up the pairing I had set up for their OTP. (I used the word OTP for a reason here.)

        There are exceptions to the rules. For example, parody and satire of another persons fanficis fair game. I also know that Red Witch is fine with anyone writing for her Misfit Universe, which is a universe that crosses over X-Men Evo and G.I. Joe (the old cartoon) together. Pretty much EVERYTHING in that crossover category is in some manner related to the Misfit Universe, whether it takes place in the universe, or happens to be highly inspired by her work. Another exception is abandoned works or not hearing back from the author for a long enough period of time. It’s fair game.

    • Lilah

      04/22/2013 at 8:34 pm

      I hope something is done about plagiarists, too. A friend of mine had her story stolen from another writer, with entire passages taken word for word, and the other writer was a coward enough that she and her fans attacked my friend because she called this plagiarist out on the theft. The plagiarist left the site before her account could be shut down, but she’s now over in another fandom doing the same thing, stealing from the other writers because she lacks the brains and talent to come up with her own ideas. She’s gotten smart enough to realize that if she changes what she steals up a bit, she can’t be called out because Stop Plagiarism says it’s a case of GMTA, even though a lot of what this idiot steals is specific ideas that are only found in one person’s story.

      • Lilah

        04/22/2013 at 8:36 pm

        Ugh, I meant my friend had her story stolen *by* another writer, not *from* another writer. A tired typo caused by 8 hours of waiting on rude customers today, LOL.

  22. seila

    04/23/2013 at 5:11 pm

    @yemi hikari
    Italics! What codes does this thing use? Or do you need to log through WordPress to access formatting?

    @Merlin Recon –
    Regarding fanfanfic, I gave that quite a bit of thought not too long ago. There’s a freaking ton of abandoned story material floating around the ff net and I took some time to consider the prospect of continuing a few, whether it just be a next chapter, a guess at how it ended, or a full on adoption. In the end, I decided that if I ever did it, I’d want to do it right, and came up with a few strict guidelines that I would personally keep and post in my profile.

    I’ll post them here:

    I will ask permission via review. If you say no, I won’t post it. If you want to see it first, I’ll send it to you. If I don’t receive a negative reply within 15 days, I will publish it.

    You, the original author, may deny my right to continue your story. It was your idea, afterall. If at any time for any reason you wish for the content pertaining to your and only your story to be removed, please tell me. I will delete it as soon as possible. If I have offended you in any way, I offer my apologies. No malice or offense was ever intended.

    You, the original author, will receive full credit. The beginning of my contribution will be marked with your pen name, story title, and story identification number. I will also note whether or not permission was given and when.

    I will add any stories that I “continue” to my favorites list. It’s a simple courtesy and makes finding your original fic easier. I demand nothing in exchange.

    I will not put any characters in explicit sexual situations.

    I will not copy or repost your work. Anything I post is intended to be a brief, harmless chapter of fanfanfic. It’s a continuation, not copy.

    • yemi hikari

      04/23/2013 at 7:28 pm

      @ seila – Just use basic html coding. That’s how I get the italics in my stuff. Pretty much everything you said, except when it comes to parody and satire of someones work you don’t need the permission. You still need to not do things like placing the characters into sexual situations and even with parody there are things that require tact.

      • seila

        04/24/2013 at 12:41 am

        Ah, thanks for the tip 🙂

        As for the sexual situations. . . I know it’s against site rules, but honestly, I’m not sure if everyone else knows that. I think I’d still say it, because you can still find adult material on this site very easily. Seems polite to let people know you’re not going to do anything overt with their idea.

  23. SouriMaxwellYuy068

    04/23/2013 at 6:39 pm

    Can someone explain to me why the follow/favorite button is at the top AND the bottom in a story. I can understand the bottom because after you read the story you know whether you want to fav/follow it but at the top? Also to have it in two place in the story is kinda annoying. Or is this just me?

    • Lynn Hollander

      04/24/2013 at 9:59 am

      I noticed that, but I did not find it annoying. Why should it be? It’s up there with ads — ignore it.

  24. ashlee

    04/23/2013 at 11:20 pm

    its still messing up

  25. Lord Kelvin

    04/24/2013 at 1:02 am

    FFN seems to be down. Other people couldn’t access it, and I’ve checked it using ‘website down or not’ tools.

    • yemi hikari

      04/24/2013 at 1:04 am

      I’ve noticed it as well. It works, and then it doesn’t.

      • CodyGotKilld

        04/24/2013 at 1:09 am

        Same here on my end. I was just reading a fic when the site just stopped loading but I can go to random author pages with no problem.

      • seila

        04/24/2013 at 1:15 am

        Ditto, it’s not loading well at all.

    • HaiiroOokami

      04/24/2013 at 1:12 am

      Nothing’s loading for me either. This always happens to me, FFN always seems to die right before I load the last chapter in a fic…

    • Spyridon

      04/24/2013 at 1:42 am

      I can’t access the site either.

  26. Sylph Dancer

    04/24/2013 at 1:08 am

    Hey! Is this happening again? I can’t even get to the FanFiction site! I tried getting to the FictionPress site too, and the page wouldn’t load! I tried accessing from tablet and from my laptop, but the FFN page won’t load either! Please help!

  27. Fellgrave

    04/24/2013 at 1:22 am

    Same, I was working one of my fics in the doc manager, and I was about to save. Thankfully I went to check my stats beforehand, other wise I would have last a good couple hundred words worth of final edits.

  28. Jonathan

    04/24/2013 at 1:39 am

    I’m completely blocked off from it. I was just editing one of my docs in Doc Manager. I finish, I hit send, the server fails. Of course.

  29. xraiderv1

    04/24/2013 at 1:46 am

    site’s down completely.

  30. Lootryx

    04/24/2013 at 1:47 am

    well..fanfiction is now currently now working as it says the server has failed.. any news of when they’re going to fix it

    • Jenna

      04/26/2013 at 3:15 pm

      Yeah had that issue Too but it was only for a few hours

    • Aubrey

      05/08/2013 at 8:37 pm

      I’d just like some help trying to use FanFiction. I’ve tried to download stories but it doesn’t seem to work right. It downloaded a rough draft, I’ve tried deleting it.. No good. I see the correctly stories under Document Manager. But can’t seem to get them published. Can anybody help me? I tried so many times I finally got a warning, but it was just stating about the use of vulgariy and profanity, which my story doesn’t even have. Somebody… please help me.. Thanks.

  31. Guest

    04/24/2013 at 1:49 am

    I can’t get on the site right now, either. Glad to know it’s not just me. Hopefully, all will be fixed soon.

    • LadyMagDoll

      05/08/2013 at 6:08 pm

      yah, same here i also thought it was me (cause i have this viruse going on my cumpture) but im also cuncern either they are gunna fix it or just let be… glad some one is on the same page here:/

  32. @khemosabi

    04/24/2013 at 1:53 am

    Sites down now, any idea for how long?

  33. Lagomorph

    04/24/2013 at 1:55 am

    Down as well. I’m getting a timed out message.

  34. Spyridon

    04/24/2013 at 1:55 am

    I wonder if it’s another attack. Guess they want to see what they learned.

  35. Nemu-Chan

    04/24/2013 at 1:56 am

    I can’t get on the site either. It’s reassuring that I’m not the only one. I hope it will be fixed soon!

  36. jay

    04/24/2013 at 1:58 am

    oh good i thought something was wrong with service at first, but I can access other websites fine. Glad I’m not the only one having problems. they better fix it soon though!!!!

  37. Wheel Then

    04/24/2013 at 2:06 am

    Argh, and I was just about to post the next chapter of my fic. Come on. Why does it have to go down right now?!

  38. Amanda

    04/24/2013 at 2:19 am

    Well at least now I know it’s not just me. I just hope it gets fixed soon.

  39. Twin Kats

    04/24/2013 at 3:56 am

    It is seventeen days since your scheduled down service. Your site has, for the past 24 hours had several periods of unexplained downtime. What is going on and why haven’t you informed your members or followers to the status of this issue? When will it be repaired? Is it an issue on your end, or on the hosting services end? Your members and followers, readers of your archived works from your members, would like to know. This lack of response is severely distressing to many, and constantly reflects badly upon your PR.

  40. marzydotes

    04/24/2013 at 4:00 am

    Yeah it’s been up and down for over an hour.

  41. Torchwood Cardiff

    04/24/2013 at 5:21 am

    Just got in for the first time since last night.:-(

  42. Lynn Hollander

    04/24/2013 at 10:01 am

    FP was inaccessible in the early evening PDT, but was on again after 9PM.

    • Spyridon

      04/24/2013 at 3:58 pm

      I couldn’t access it around 12-1 am PST.

  43. The Jester

    04/24/2013 at 1:19 pm

    There’s also the issue with adding odd spaces in copied link addresses that throw off the whole thing

  44. The Jester

    04/24/2013 at 1:19 pm

    I did notice that the reply issue has mostly been fixed though

  45. LadyDetia

    04/24/2013 at 1:22 pm

    After several days I was finally able to log back on the I wonder what happened?

  46. Merlin Recon

    04/24/2013 at 5:01 pm

    Have they just changed this blog theme to black or is it me. Also, in my control panel I used to be able to click my settings links and open a new tab to my homepage but it just changes my page now. Plus, just uploaded a chapter and received NO email alert from either my main profile, or my spare.

    • Merlin Recon

      04/24/2013 at 5:14 pm

      They’re a bit late, but the alerts finally came through.

    • M.Uchman

      04/24/2013 at 7:17 pm

      Black? Uhm…No. It’s brown for me, same color it’s always been. I wondering when they’re going to roll out the major updates for the month they said were coming this month. It’s getting awfully close to the end of the month and I’m beginning to become a bit hesitant to trust them when they tell us when things will come out then it happens at the exact end of the month or worse, never.

      • Merlin Recon

        04/24/2013 at 7:32 pm

        Its black for me and I haven’t changed any settings.

      • M.Uchman

        04/24/2013 at 10:16 pm

        No idea then. I’ve cleared my cash and everything and it’s still brown on my end. maybe its a rollout being released to different parts of the world over time.

    • Jenna

      04/26/2013 at 3:22 pm

      I’m getting light grey/white

      oh well maybe it depends on the type of screen you have I know most flat screens
      are a brighter then other screens

  47. Jesteriffic

    04/24/2013 at 5:42 pm

    PM’s keep forcing all my windows and tabs to reload when I start typing in a PM.

    Is it cause I have Windows 8?

  48. ShikiKira

    04/25/2013 at 3:44 am

    Is anyone else having alert problems again or is it just me? I’ve checked with my spam, re-added fanfiction to my contacts, and a good amount of my alerts are still missing. Using Yahoo.

    • Merlin Recon

      04/25/2013 at 8:32 am

      I’ve been having some problems with Yahoo and FF alerts too.

  49. Spyridon

    04/25/2013 at 11:16 am

    Is anyone else having problems getting onto the site again?

    • fems

      04/25/2013 at 11:18 am

      Yes, once again it isn’t working.

    • Me

      04/25/2013 at 11:19 am


  50. M.Uchman

    04/25/2013 at 1:46 pm

    Site’s working just fine for me, so IDK what you guys are seeing.

    • Soul of Paladin

      04/25/2013 at 3:34 pm

      Site was down for a while about three hours ago at the moment I’m typing this.


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