Characters and Improved Filtering

27 Jul

We are rolling out the final phase of the 4 characters feature as well as the introduction of the “without” filtering options in the category story listing pages.

Due to the new filtering options, the filtering menu is getting quite bloated and we no longer want to squeeze every filter option alongside the page content. This is a significant departure from previous UI layout and is currently in beta phase. We will continue to improve it over the coming days as we parse through all the user feedback and a hybrid approach is already in the works.


  • Added new “without” filtering options for category story listing pages.
  • Added new 4 character filtering option for category story listing pages.
  • Forum Per-Topic Reply Limit has been upped to 40K from previous 20K level.
  • Improved performance of Fontastic Panel on tablet/mobile devices.


  • Search returns error for some search keywords and filters.
  • Chrome v26+ compatibility.
  • Chrome on Android blowing up font sizes randomly.


  • Sync filtering options to mobile site.
  • Introduce hybrid approach to the new filtering option where the most often used filters are displayed with the page and the rest are hidden away in the new filter UI.

Posted by on 07/27/2013 in Uncategorized


852 responses to “Characters and Improved Filtering

  1. dontsuna27

    08/17/2013 at 12:11 am

    im ok with the whole 4 character fillter but on both normal and mobile THEIRS NO SEARCH BUTTON whats the point of all the fillters if i cant list them and search ADD A DAMN SEARCH BUTTON

  2. YaoiLover1

    08/17/2013 at 1:01 am

    It’s SOOOOOO much HARDER and complicated now 2 find any type of story. It was SOOOOOO easy b4 but now it horrible. Its really upsetting me cause now i cant find some of my great stories 😦 (I’m freaking out). I’m REALLY sorry 2 say this but it’s TRUE. I have been IN LOVE with and on this site 4 almost 5 yrs. which is the reason I’m upset and sad about this HUGE change 😦 ps sorry about my rambling

    • Literary Assassin

      08/20/2013 at 10:20 pm

      I agree.
      I know that the character searches are not designed for ships, and I (somewhat reluctantly) acknowledge that, but for fandoms with more than six characters it’s SO hard to whittle away the stories you don’t want. There should be an “only” button. As in pick only the characters you want to see in the story. If I want a start with a & b in them, I don’t e, g, and k in them as well.
      It’s a bit disappointing.

      • yemi hikari

        09/02/2013 at 2:27 am


        Six characters? The Harry Potter fandom has over six-hundred characters and unless you’re talking pairings that were rare in the first place it hasn’t been “SO hard to whittle away“. I’m not saying that it isn’t hard in some cases, but this is honestly an over exaggeration big time.

  3. Nikia

    08/17/2013 at 2:04 am

    I liked the old website better because there are certain catergories I read and now I can’t find them like I used to love the couple of Inuyasha and kagome or Rin and Sessomaru? How would I get to that?

  4. Slayer9200

    08/17/2013 at 3:07 am

    First i have a problem i cant use the new filter for unknown reasons and Second i agree with others you should bring back the other filter (but that may change because i havent used new one). I have a solution to this arguement, why don’t we have a vote? It doesn’t have to be a vote but something like that so we can speak our opinion on the filter of our choice and on why we didn’t choose the other filter. I hope you take my advice and let us vote instead of argue and please give me advice on how to fix my filter i miss my stories. i will look on the blog often to see an answer. Btw i’m using my phone and as other have said fix it so we can use it on our phones, you said you fixed it maybe on laptop but fix it on phone please.

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:53 am

      Voting can be abused by someone who wants to make things appear to be in their favor whether it be your side or the other side. The site admins have made their stance clear. The character tags are not and never were for finding pairings. They were finding main characters.

  5. Bree

    08/17/2013 at 8:35 am

    I can’t even work the new update 😦
    I don’t know how to get from the K-T ratings to M anymore either 😦 it’s just so hard to work & I miss the simpler version. If anyone could help me at all with changing the ratings please reply 🙂 thanks xox

  6. chiharu vaugh

    08/17/2013 at 10:34 am


  7. Joanne Torku

    08/17/2013 at 8:10 pm

    I do not like the new formation. I don’t want to have to 4 character searches. I liked when it was 2. If you are going to change it, at least make it we can choose none in the three last searches and make the first one for main characters.

  8. Mr. Rofapofagus

    08/17/2013 at 11:34 pm

    Any reason why I can’t look at shit alphabetically now? I liked to be able to look at the whole list you filthy sons of bitches. How dare you make your website more difficult to navigate. Gg, guys, gg.

  9. Clio1111

    08/18/2013 at 12:18 am

    Good God these new filters suck! When I look for a specific pair I get other characters that I don’t care about and a bunch of stories that I would never read. Please fix this or at lest go back to how it was!

  10. Neon Gravitation

    08/18/2013 at 12:45 am

    This New system is absolutely terrible. I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for, I wanted a pairing between two characters, what did I get 4 people and the characters I wanted as mains pushed into support mode. T.T Bad MOVE! Just add more to the genre and make the 4 character selection process optional!!! Add the None option to the character list like everyone has been suggesting!! And the OC option also! Make Pairing, Slash and Whatever else an Option!!! And leave the rest alone!!! I’m a writer on the site, and I don’t want people confused! And not be able to find or read my fics! So please stop this unnecessary madness!! T.T your taking what could have been called a number 1 fan site straight to hell!!!! Stop screwing us. And here’s a good idea make links clickable and showable in PM and stories. It’s annoying to copy and paste over and over again! Thank you good day!!!

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:51 am

      The character tags weren’t meant to be used to find pairings but main characters. Seems to me people were confused with the tags the way they were, not the other way around. The confusion that is now occurring is because people were confused as to the purpose of the character filters in the first place.

  11. hikari

    08/18/2013 at 2:58 am

    PLEASE FANFICTION.NET/ANIME BRING IT BACK TO IT’S OLD FORMAT. THIS NEW FORMAT IS WAY DOWN TROUBLESOME SO MUCH. CAN’T GET TO MY FAVORITE PAIRING [i.e. NaLu for Fairy Tail; HibaHaru for KHR; NejiTen for Naruto, UsaMamo for Sailor Moon] anymore and one’s I have bookmarked for all this pairing is now a complete mess because of what you’ve done. I am not so happy at all with all these changes. 😦

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:49 am

      The character tags aren’t meant to find pairings. The site admins have made that clear.

  12. ardent reader#1

    08/18/2013 at 3:19 am

    hav 2 b honest,im not seein d joke in this whole @ all,april fools next yr,accessed d website n d filters i saw there r utterly ridiculous 2 a fault,i cant evn use d damn filter,gettin d stories im interested in is lyk look 4 a blue tuna wit an orange streak in a school of fish,in case u hav no idea?lemme giv u a clue its very difficult..pls change it back,id lyk d normal filter or just transfer d old 1 wit d 2 xter filter on2 another site,it wuld really calm alot of readers down….tank u

    • Shooting Sword

      08/21/2013 at 7:14 am

      It looks like you can’t spell, that kind of “talk” makes everything look messy, and you look stupid. That kind of crap died with predictive texting from smart phones!

  13. avely

    08/18/2013 at 4:38 am

    The filter change is very confuaing and the apply filter box does not working on my android phone. Can u help me with it?

  14. shadamychika123

    08/18/2013 at 12:56 pm

    How do I upload

  15. Sasha

    08/18/2013 at 4:42 pm

    I read fanfiction on my blackberry, and these new filters aren’t working on my phone for the mobile site. Its now impossible to search for the stories I want to read, please change it or something?

  16. Kithicdame

    08/18/2013 at 6:16 pm

    I am finding the filtering very difficult! I like to read stories of certain pairings only but since you introduced this 4 characters i am getting stories i have no interest in and hate. Pairings that i dont like and dont want to know about. I like the previous one when it filters only stories that involves my favourite characters. Please consider the fact that some like to read stories that have certain characters when you fix this issue.

  17. Julietta17

    08/18/2013 at 6:27 pm

    this filtering is total shit. i lost the posibility to search for specific fanfics with specific pairing. shit! i can´t even comment on the fanfics i follow. most of the time i do my reading from my dsi and now i need to turn my freaking laptop on to do the search… do you even thought of those that can´t have access to a laptop… damn! everything was very easy as it was, very easy to a person that can only read on english but has to write spanish. will need to search for another place easiest for do my daily reading if i can´t found what i´m looking

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:48 am

      Yes, but that’s not what the character tags were meant to find. They were meant to find main characters/

  18. Linda

    08/19/2013 at 11:04 am

    Please please can you just put it back the way it was

  19. Sarah

    08/19/2013 at 2:22 pm

    First off I would like to state appreciate all the hard work the Fanfiction staff has done. That being said the writers also have a responsibility with the new 4 characters filter, I assumed this system will be used for fics with 4 main characters, however, currently many authors just include characters in the filter even if the said characters is not the focus of the fic. When they do this it alsio makes it difficult to search for specific pairings.

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:48 am

      Most cases the writers do tag their stories correctly. If you think they are miss tagged then review or PM the writer. This is particularly important if you are in a fandom that the tags are majorly being abused.

  20. Tems

    08/19/2013 at 4:07 pm

    I don’t get your need to “polish up” the site. It’s worsened considerably. The filtering alone… *shakes head* What have you done? The site was fine before, now it’s a nuisance. Sorry, but that’s how it is.

  21. Robert

    08/19/2013 at 11:47 pm

    Why is four filters for characters supposedly better than two? The old filters were better! WTF?

  22. AnonymousPseudonymous

    08/20/2013 at 1:12 pm

    I have been a regular reader, writer, commentor/reviewer here in Fanfiction. In the 5 years, aside from the “No to sex fics”, this has to be one of the worst or probably THE WORST thing the staff did. I appreciate the “organization and clean up” but to many, this has become quite a problem.

    I PROPOSE: Since all the hardwork of the Fanfiction staff is no joke, I propose that the filtering option remain. BUT under that filter button, the ORIGINAL search option should be brought back to its original place. Now, the readers would have a choice of whether to use the easy search or use the advanced filter search. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS.

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:46 am

      I think it’s one of the best. Why? Because the character tags weren’t there to indicate pairing but main characters in a story. The site admins are also planning on creating an actual pairing filter though it will take time. What comes first? Getting the character tags back to the way they were before so that people can actually search for main characters.

  23. AnonymousPseudonymous

    08/20/2013 at 1:40 pm

    Aside from the comment I submitted a while ago, I am compelled to add another SUGGESTION to ease this frustrating dilemma a lot of people both with and without accounts.

    I PROPOSE: Please include the option of NONE on the character boxes to separate the two-pairing system and the four-pairing.

  24. Melanie

    08/20/2013 at 3:31 pm

    Wtf?? “Improved” filtering? It’s WORSENED! Where is the filtering within a certain series? Oh, you have to click that extra “Filters” button first… Stupid! Put it back where it was! It’s troublesome to do all those extra clicks. Geez.

  25. Linda

    08/20/2013 at 6:21 pm

    So we have to put up with the new filters why no one likes them, and you havent change them back. So we are being ignored if we werent then it would be changed back to the way it was.

  26. April Fisher

    08/20/2013 at 8:05 pm

    I hate I was in middle of a story when I went back to the first page to find another story to read I found out it not what I wanted and I saw the changes can you plz change it back I don’t like the four character just two

  27. Epiphany

    08/20/2013 at 9:23 pm

    I appreciate the work you guys have done, but the filtering has thrown everything out of wack. When I try to read a story about specifically two characters, let’s say Inuyasha and Sango, I end up getting stories about things which I couldn’t care less about. If you could find some way to fix the filtering to where the stories that show up only consist characters of which you have selected, I wouldn’t mind the four character filtering. Adding a ‘None’ to the character selection may also work out if you all decide to keep the four character filter. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope you have very good luck improving the site some more!

  28. phoenxarrw11

    08/21/2013 at 2:53 am

    Why can’t you filter by characters anymore? This site is pointless without it. Please bring at least the 2 character search option or (even a one character option) ANYTHING would be much appreciated!!

  29. odango_hime

    08/21/2013 at 9:34 am








    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:45 am

      Yes. The site admins are going to listen to you yelling in all caps when they’ve clearly posted in another blog entry that the character tags were not meant to indicate pairing but main characters. I think people should read the post because it actually says something else too.

  30. Brashiya

    08/21/2013 at 10:07 am

    Well the new filter options are nice but I don’t understand why the program automatically doesn’t show m rated or mature stories. If there is anyway to personalize and stop the new filters from blocking mature stories on my device I would greatly appreciate more info on that. Thank You from JorxxHen

  31. Meh

    08/21/2013 at 10:31 am

    This new system is awful. I won’t repeat what others have complained about but I will say that I agree that we should at least have an Only button that filters out only stories with the pairing you’re looking for. As it is when I so searches, nevermind that it shows stories with characters I’m not interested in, sometimes I even get repeat listing of a story that was listed in another filter! This is ridiculous, who actually decided that this change was necessary? And was there ever any testing with actual users done?

  32. Eradona

    08/21/2013 at 4:04 pm

    I am not liking your new filters. If I want to search for a story with only one character, or two, I can’t. I’m getting a ton of garbage and ships that I don’t want to read…or was that the point? To make us search through a whole shitload of stuff looking for what we are interested in, in the off chance that we MAY come across something else we like? I don’t like four character searches; give me the option to uncheck the ‘all characters’ in the third and fourth character options, or add ‘no characters’ and you’ll fix a lot of the problems. My time is limited, browsing through unwanted stories is not a good use of my time.

  33. alex

    08/22/2013 at 4:47 am

    do people realise that the search filters are only used if they highlight as green? When you open the filter page and select a filter it turns green and is used. If you select nothing on characters c and d then they stay white and aren’t used in the search. It seems to me that people need to improve their search techniques.

    Oh, if you search for one character only, what do you expect to get other than tons of stories where that person is a character? If you want a specific pairing then search for both those characters. If you don’t want a character to appear in the story, put them in the “without” filter. And in future, if you find a story and like it and want to read it later, there’s a little checkbox at the bottom that says favourite… never search for it again!

    I love the new layout and features. Sleek and easy to use

    • Shooting Sword

      08/22/2013 at 11:30 am

      Yes, and that means NOTHING! To straighten it out they need to make it so when you write a story and place say (Justice League) The Flash as character A he STAYS there even when you place in Batman as character B. So then when you place in character A as the Flash he comes up under character A! So you know HE is the central character to the story, with supporting co-stars coming in the order YOU place them in without them resorting!

      If you place in 2 characters that you want to read. It GIVES you EVERY story those two characters are in, even when they are co-staring or paired with one of the other two characters mentioned. It isn’t as simple as you make it out to be. Its a jumbled mess of crap I and many others would rather steer clear of because that isn’t what we want.

      However, to others, I suggest finding some Communities to join if FFN are just ignoring this stupid systems stupidity, maybe joining as community staff to help search the thousands of crap (with nothing to do with what you want) so others can find them too. The communities search thing is still as it was, awesome, as far as I can tell, so happy searching through miles of turd you DON’T want to read!

    • Aris

      08/28/2013 at 1:08 am

      What techniques are you talking about? Have you ever tried filtering a pairing? Because I’ve got to tell you, the green indicates that you change the default setting and the white means that it will remain as it is… And have you ever paid attention on what in the character c and character d box is written? it’s say “All Characters”.. not a “None” option… Hello? No matter what techniques are you talking about, leaving the character c and d box alone doesn’t change the fact that whenever I try to filter the pairing of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, all the fanfics where Kagome and god-knows-who character appears still pops up! I’m sorry, but your so-called techniques clearly doesn’t work at all…

      • Alex

        08/28/2013 at 4:02 am

        I’m talking about the technique of wanting a certain pairing, so I put in that pair and never have had an issue finding all stories where those characters are paired. Yes you do get stories that include other characters, because get this – other characters are marked by the author as appearing in the stories where my pair exists! strange no? Also regarding the green infill – I never touch say for instance the language filter (which is set to all by default – yet on categories that I know contain stories in a variety of languages I only ever get english ones. I know there has been at least one category of stories I searched for has multiple stories in other languages that include the pair I’m looking for – but not as the main pair. Therefore searching with those characters in A and B doesn’t stick random stories at the top.

        I’m sorry you’re having trouble but my technique works perfectly. Every time. No issues. It clearly does work

      • Alex

        08/28/2013 at 4:10 am

        oh and by the way – how can the green highlight indicate a changed field? If you open up the filter box, the sort: update date and Rated K – T fields are already highlighted green. You don’t change them before you open that box and yet, hello green? It’s because green indicates a field that will be used in the filter, not a field that has changed

      • Shooting Sword

        08/28/2013 at 5:55 am

        Rating and update fields are set as default, and highlighted already so you don’t miss them to change them to what you want them to be.

        As for pairing search. If I search for Harry/Ginny a VERY common pairing, I can find it easy. However, if I wanted say, Hermione/Ginny, it will come up with Harry/Ginny/Hermione/Ron over anything else where the pairings will be Harry/Ginny, Hermione/Ron! If your fave pairing is canon or popular, of course your going to find it easily, moron! Otherwise you get a load of crap you don’t actually want to read.

        The characters need to go back to just two, or be in order that you assign them, so when filtering you can put in 1 and 2 and leave 3 and 4 blank, so 1 and 2 are brought up in that order, how they should be. Because no matter what you do when adding characters to a story, you can put Harry Potter in as the LAST character and he’ll always be resigned to top billing even if he isn’t taking the lead!

      • yemi hikari

        09/02/2013 at 2:42 am

        The character tags are for indicating the main characters, not the pairings. The site admins have clearly stated this in a later blog.

      • Shooting Sword

        09/02/2013 at 4:46 am

        Hmm… I should have started reading sooner. As I just clicked email link, and hadn’t realised more blog pages had been added, so some of what I previously replied won’t be relevant! Yay for pairing filter though.

    • Airwatcher

      08/28/2013 at 1:18 am

      Yes, we’ll you may be able to use the without filters, but there are so many characters to filter out. Some of us only want a specific pairing. And for the other character slots, it says ALL CHARACTERS.

      • yemi hikari

        09/02/2013 at 2:40 am

        Some of us only want a specific pairing.

        The character tags were not meant for indicating pairings but the main characters. The site admins have stated this in another entry. They have also stated a pairing filter of some kind is on its way.

  34. ienne

    08/22/2013 at 11:54 am

    It’s too confusing..the old way was much better.. Simpler..

  35. choctaw24

    08/22/2013 at 7:24 pm

    I appreciate the effort to make this site better, but some bugs are needed to be fixed. I’m sure you’ve gotten a butt-load of comments by now, but I still feel the need to voice my opinion. I have tries countless of times to get uses to the changes, yet it doesn’t help that I can’t get more then a few stories. Also, the fact that I can’t go through pages to find amazingly good stories is frustrating. I have been a avid reader of for years now, coming back everyday, and I hope with time everything will be amazing and even better then before. But, don’t forget that sometimes simplicity is better then flashness.

  36. Cutepuppy911

    08/24/2013 at 11:15 am

    I DONT LIKE IT. I’m sorry but I cant search any thing and its upsetting us.

  37. Aris

    08/28/2013 at 12:44 am

    I don’t particularly care about the other filters, and the “without” filter simply doesn’t exist in my opinion, but the four-character filters irritate the hell out of me! who cares about the other characters besides the main pairing? if you want to read a fanfiction, it’s a given that a lot of characters of the original story will appear in the fanfic you’re reading, no matter how big or minor their appearances are! Just put ‘Main Character A” and “Main Character B” then put the character c and d for other characters the authors deem to have ‘important contribution to make their story WONDERFUL… Geez… Don’t make simple things complicated…

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:38 am

      I care… particularly since it was irritating to see people abuse the character tag system to indicate pairings when it was never meant to indicate pairings in the first place. it was really irritating to find a story tagged by the pairing only to find that the characters in the main pairing weren’t even main character. I and other writers also have stories that have more then just one to two main characters. I actually write a lot of stories that are based around the same three characters, but I always had to pick which two I would tag the story under. I don’t have to anymore.

    • Simoneau

      09/02/2013 at 6:43 am

      @Aris – a lot of people “care about the other characters besides the main pairing”, because there are a lot of readers and writers who find stories about “main pairings” boring, repetitive and frustrating.

      Just because you want to read only about your favourite couple, please don’t assume that other users share your limited outlook.

      • Shooting Sword

        09/02/2013 at 11:09 am

        I like all sorts of pairings myself, but I do have some that a loath so what to avoid them, and when some of those pairings I like are main its worse. Though, I do find many helpful authors who put a tag in the summary I can use when using the search bar. It might not be dead on, but it gets some good results most of the time, but a pairing tag would be the bomb, and I’m pleased to hear they’re adding it.

  38. Brian Runyon

    08/28/2013 at 12:55 am

    They’re having trouble with my issues.

  39. Marissa

    08/28/2013 at 10:12 am

    The pages just look naked without the filters all laid out already. I don’t like the new look.

  40. Paige

    08/31/2013 at 12:31 am

    I’m not a fan of the four character feature. I have pairings that I search specifically for. Now I have stories in my search list that appear that do not belong with that pairing. I’m so dissatisfied with the feature that it makes me not want to use this site.

    • Circa Mea Pectora

      08/31/2013 at 11:30 pm

      I think the four-character filter is a great idea! no more searching only two characters and ending up with thousands of sickening “pairings” stories in which every goddamned plot is the same, assuming there even is a plot.

      How anyone with even two brain cells to bang together can stand reading the same story over and over is beyond my understanding.

      • Shooting Sword

        09/03/2013 at 2:52 pm

        I have pairings, but they’re never the main focus of the story. I like to see the hero have a happy ever after. What would Superman/Clark Kent be without Lois Lane? But she isn’t hanging off his knob when he’s beating the crud out of the bad guys lol.

      • yemi hikari

        09/11/2013 at 1:52 am

        You’re actually not the only one who does this. I’m hoping with the new pairing system that those of us who write genfic and have certain pairings in our stories won’t be overlooked by those looking for shipfic anymore. Prime example comes from the fact I write stories where A+B=C and have marked my stories until the four character story as A&C and B&C depending on which parent is spending the most time with the child and A&B when it focuses more on them being parents. Since most of the stories aren’t tagged as A&B people who shipped A&B always overlooked the story even though the ship is very prevalent in my stories. (I should note that all three are canon characters and that C is not an OC, but the relationship between the three is at this point theoretical.)

      • Brian Runyon

        09/11/2013 at 6:23 am

        The characters aren’t the problem I have with the filters. Theissue is the cancelapply buttons at the end of the filters are stuck together for wome reason so I can’t use them at all. Also, no more adblocker.

    • yemi hikari

      09/02/2013 at 2:28 am

      The site admins made a blog post clearly stating that the character filters were not meant to find pairings in the first place, it was to find characters you want to be about. Same entry they announced that a pairing system is in the works.

      • Shooting Sword

        09/02/2013 at 4:38 am

        But people HATE certain pairings too. You know you’re an annoying, Hermione! (If you didn’t know, know it all who loves authority so much and doesn’t think its should change, in this case FFN). Companies, no matter what should listen to its users and evolve through that. People, myself included use the character tag to find certain pairings, or ignore certain pairings. I myself like Hermione as a character (except she can be annoying when too in character), but I HATE her paired with either Harry or Ron, (I HATE Ron), so I don’t want to read that, FULL-stop!

        They have 4 character spots! They could add two extra tags just like them for the main pairing, and so the characters stay in the tag position we put them rather than the ridiculous resorting pop characters first! It would make EVERYONE happy! Not just you while you continue to brown nose them. News flash! The site isn’t all about you telling us what THEY say! WE make the site! And this is coming from an authour!

        WE the users TELL THEM what we like and dislike, which is what this blog is partially about, giving opinions. However, you just restate what THEY say. We can all READ, which is what FFN is all about, READING! So we know what THEY said, but we want to give OUR opinions in the hope that THEY’LL read this blog and go with our ideas! They eventually added the filter out option after all!

        Many people on the site filter by pairing, more so than without or uncaring. If I want Harry/Ginny (a popular pairing) then I am likely to also get just as many Ron/Hermione, Harry/Hermione, and others besides! The same goes in Naruto looking for Naruto/Hinata, I’ll get Naruto/Saskue, or Naruto/Sakura too, two pairings I don’t want! I could end up reading slash because it has no pairing tag or slash tag now, whereas before it was very unlikely that I would come across a story with a pair I don’t want.

      • bienfait

        09/02/2013 at 6:55 am

        @shooting sword – you seem to be suggesting that the filters only search for characters in the order listed. That’s kind of restrictive. Say I want to search for all stories featuring Snape and Sirius (not necessarily as a pairing, I may just want to read about Snape and Sirius, and be happy to have other characters as well). If you restrict the filter as you seem to suggest, then if I put Snape first and Sirius second, I won’t get the stories that have Sirius first and Snape second. So I have to do a second search to find those ones. Then there may be some that have Sirius third, so that’s another search, and then another in case Snape is…well, I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

        Whereas under the present system, I can put them in either order, and still get all the stories that have them listed, no matter which slot they’re in. For me that’s a win, I get a long list, and can then read the summaries to decide which ones I want to read.

        I sympathise with your dissatisfaction, but I have to protest against your solution, because for me it would be a disaster.

      • Brian Runyon

        09/02/2013 at 7:01 am

        My issue stil hasn’t been taken care of. The fact that I cn get into the filters, but can’t use them because the cancelapply buttons seem t o be altogether, which doen’st allow me to use the filters right. Tehe only filtes I use are the rating and language ones.

      • yemi hikari

        09/03/2013 at 6:25 pm

        Let the site admins know what system you’re using as well as browser, keeping in mind they have stopped support for certain devices. They can’t fix the problem unless you do this.

  41. Kirai_kenji

    08/31/2013 at 1:41 pm

    hate it! thanks to that i can’t filter in my mobile

  42. Shooting Sword

    09/02/2013 at 11:14 am

    @bienfait, yes, they should come as say, I put Fred Weasley as a top bill, then George and Harry 3rd. Harry should stay in the 3rd slot so you can find Fred and George stories by putting them in one and or two etc., (if that makes sense), that have Harry staring more in the background. I think we have muddled lines somewhere or something. I was in a rush when I wrote that so some of it might have went wiry. Though, reading this back, heck knows whether it makes sense lol.

    • bienfait

      09/02/2013 at 3:29 pm

      @Shooting Sword – so if I want to find your story with Fred and George, it wouldn’t matter whether I put Fred first, or George first, as long as they were in the first and second places?

      Hmm – might still be restrictive (after all, I might never find stories where Fred is second and George third), but not quite as bad as I imagined. Sounds like some pretty complicated coding, though, with enormous potential for bugs to creep in.

      I think the separate “pairings filter” idea that the developers are working on is probably a more feasible solution.

      • yemi hikari

        09/03/2013 at 4:15 am

        I think it is as well. At least I hope it is.

  43. fallenfromgrace23

    09/03/2013 at 6:31 am

    Does anyone know how to expand the filters? I am 22 years old and think I am mature enough to read M stories but Can’t because of these stupid filters. Every time I put in M, it says I have to expand my filter but yet, I Can’t find how I do so on my profile. So want the old layout back.

    • Shooting Sword

      09/03/2013 at 2:53 pm

      Don’t know what you’re talking about. Though, it could mean select some more, like English, Adventure, etc., but I’ve not noticed.

    • bienfait

      09/03/2013 at 4:04 pm

      @fallenfromgrace23 – I just tried to replicate your problem and it didn’t happen to me. I simply selected “M” under rating, and didn’t change any other filters, and the M-rated stories came up without any problems.

      So I tried the same thing in a smaller fandom, and got this message: “No entries found with current filters. Note: M rated entries are not displayed by default. Please expand your filter.”

      In other words, it’s not telling you that you’re not allowed to read M-rated entries; it’s telling you that in the category (fandom) you are using (and with whatever other filters you’ve applied) no M-rated stories have been posted. There just aren’t any there.

      You can’t read something if nobody’s written it yet.

  44. secret170193

    09/15/2013 at 5:50 pm

    These new filters are absolutely awful! I am VERY picky about the stories I read and now thanks to this change what used to be a 5min glance for some good material to read becomes an hour long quest to find what I’d actually filtered for in the first place! It’s completely ruined, stresses me out and makes me more and more reluctant to even bother reading any of the stories anymore! Please, for the love of all your fans, at least give us the option of using the old and beloved format! We’re begging you!

    • yemi hikari

      09/16/2013 at 11:55 pm

      How about going and reading some of the older stories that aren’t getting reviews right now rather then complaining about something the site admins aren’t going to change back, at least until the site admins put into place the pairing system they’re planning on putting in.

  45. Jenny

    10/25/2013 at 3:06 am

    I realize that the character search isn’t for pairins/ realationships but I hate it, I want a wst to look at stories with a specific pairing without 4 other characters tacked on to the two I was looking for. Also will there or is there a wsy I can upload a story from my phone? I wish there was I hate having to log in on a pc judt to upload a xtory/ chapter.


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