Network Update 2

03 Sep

Resolved teething issues with network upgrades performed earlier today.


  • Faster loading for both desktop and mobile users.
  • Fixed Playstation 3  and PSP rendering issues.
  • iPad users will not be redirected to the mobile site by default.
  • Fixed broken profile link within mobile account area.

Posted by on 09/03/2013 in Uncategorized


71 responses to “Network Update 2

  1. metsfan101

    09/03/2013 at 8:36 pm

    we should have an awards show for best fanficitions on the site. that would be amazing

    • Simoneau

      09/03/2013 at 9:49 pm

      I don’t think so. Who’s going to run it? That kind of thing takes an enormous amount of work, and it’s not something we can expect of Xing and the team.

      Besides, the silly little teenybrats will try to hijack it for their rule-breaking One Direction and Taylor Swift garbage. You really want to encourage them?

      Awards – whether it’s the Oscars, the Emmys, the Booker Prize, or even the Nobel Prize for Literature – tend to just be a lot of self-aggrandizing wankery. Let’s just enjoy writing and sharing our stories, and not make a competition out of it.

      • metsfan101

        09/04/2013 at 12:28 am

        I would host it (maybe with another loyal fan), and maybe i would make it an award per fanfiction category (anime and one direction would never overlap)

      • yemi hikari

        09/04/2013 at 5:40 am


        If the story breaks site rules it shouldn’t be a part of any competition.

        The majority of “contests” I’ve seen it isn’t the best stuff that wins but the most popular, the most popular being stuff where the characters are OoC, canon is defiled and other issues.

      • Simoneau

        09/04/2013 at 7:38 am

        “maybe i would make it an award per fanfiction category”

        …Uh…have you ever noticed how many categories there are?

        You must have a great deal of spare time on your hands if you really believe that you (plus one loyal fan) could handle the workload.

        Remember, you’d have to publicise it (without spamming the boards or creating non-story entries, either of which would breach the conditions of the site), read all the nominated stories (in full) to ensure none of them violated the site guidelines (because you can’t give an award to a story on ffnet if it’s not supposed to be there in the first place), have some system in place to collate the votes, make sure the results were accurately counted and cross-checked (and this is for thousands of categories, so it’s going to take a long time), find some way to detect and disallow sock-puppet votes, and finally find some means of publishing the results, again without spamming or posting non-story entries.

        What’s your strategy for dealing with all of that?

      • seila

        09/04/2013 at 12:51 pm

        There are a couple awards groups floating around this site. They generally use C2s to log their nominees. Like fems said though, an independent website works much better. FP and FF have pretty limited tools for something like this.

        But here’s one for example:

        . . . Although, while paging through their history, a lot of things I just raise my eyebrows at. No man-made system is perfect though, and everyone has different preferences.

    • fems

      09/04/2013 at 8:27 am

      Maybe you could organize it elsewhere, like other fanfiction award organizations do for their fandoms. It’s not something that should be organized by or on FFnet itself, aside from all the issues and requirements needed as mentioned by other people since FFnet is a website where one can post/share and read their fanfictions. So, if you want to do this then I suggest you create your own website to do so and stick to the fandoms you’re familiar with.

  2. cher

    09/03/2013 at 9:20 pm

    ie8 still has a blackbackground when you click on a link or pop up

    • KageNoNeko

      09/08/2013 at 1:49 am

      Do you mean when you click on the filter button? It should be transparent enough where you can see what is behind it. That’s to show that you can’t click on anything behind it and it’s suppose to happen.

  3. xraiderv1

    09/03/2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve been dealing with youtube giving me grief all day so I havent had the time to really notice any grief with FFn.. nice to know it was fixed before I went to sit and read.

  4. BananaPudding

    09/03/2013 at 10:25 pm

    Is there any reasons why reviews still aren’t working?

  5. Michael Dean

    09/03/2013 at 10:32 pm

    So when are you going to bring back the Ad Blocker?

    I’m getting tired of all these ad’s & my browser is a dinosaur.

    • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

      09/04/2013 at 12:05 am

      Suggest you download an independent adblock program if the ads are that much of a problem for you. The site subsists on the ad revenue, so it is detrimental to them to provide a means for you to block their only source of income.

      You can also tweak your browser settings so it does not load flash and requires you click to enable those items on a page requiring flash compatibility.

  6. Yokai

    09/03/2013 at 10:46 pm

    The site just feels slower to me on my phone. It’s a Motorola Theory (before anyone says ‘upgrade to a smartphone,3 or 4G’, send me the money to do it and I will XD).

    • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

      09/04/2013 at 7:28 pm

      Okay. I don’t have one of these phones, but from what I’m finding, the suggestions are centering around using Opera mini instead of a mobile browser, as it will consume less resources and allow the site to load more quickly.

      Again, I have to emphasize that I don’t have one of these phones, so I don’t know specifically any way to boost its connection speed.

    • KageNoNeko

      09/08/2013 at 1:51 am

      I have a LG Rumor touch and Opera Mini is so much faster than the built in browser.

  7. incognus

    09/04/2013 at 12:25 am

    Profiles aren’t loading properly. Dropdown tabs at the bottom (my stories, favourites, communities) show no data

  8. Gandara

    09/04/2013 at 12:32 am

    I’m having trouble with the filters. I keep getting an error message anytime I try to filter out certain results. I’m using a LG Nexus 4 with Google chrome’s mobile browser.

    • Xing

      09/04/2013 at 12:13 pm

      What filter did you select for which page/category? We need to reproduce this problem exactly.

      • Gandara

        09/04/2013 at 12:59 pm

        I first tried for the movie pitch perfect and with the characters Aubrey and Beca and romance as the category. But I also tried pretty little liars, Kim possible, and skins. Every time I tried to filter anything I got an error message that said the link didn’t exist.

  9. Reisfriend

    09/04/2013 at 7:45 am

    Please could you just finally add delete option in the PM’s outbox and docx inbox?

  10. Signy

    09/04/2013 at 8:27 am

    don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve been having issues uploading new docs. Yesterday it gave me an error message and today it’s saying “1413 Request Entity Too Large”. Never had this problem before.

    • Xing

      09/04/2013 at 11:58 am

      Fixed. Try again.

  11. Priscilla

    09/04/2013 at 10:03 am

    I’m displaying an error message saying something’s wrong with the security certificate for FictionPress when I try to go to my account area.

  12. PK-chan12

    09/04/2013 at 11:42 am

    Yesterday and again today, I have tried uploading a new chapter to my only story. Once the upload reached 100% on doc manager, the page would refresh and show me the message:
    This webpage is not available – The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
    Is this something others are experiencing or just me? I tried uploading with Mozilla Firefox and still getting an error message.

    • Xing

      09/04/2013 at 11:57 am

      Fixed. But we would like to know what version of Firefox you were using to receive this error.

  13. Kiku Nakamura

    09/04/2013 at 12:01 pm

    So I have this problem for Fanfiction under Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime. I’m a major writer for it, but there aren’t any drop lists for characters. Is it because there aren’t enough people reading it or something else. It’s starting to get to me. If you can, please insert a character select.

    Kiku Nakamura

    • seila

      09/04/2013 at 1:24 pm

      You need to request characters by emailing the staff. There are instructions in the help page.

  14. DonPiano

    09/04/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Can you please do something about these obviously plagiarizing users; I’ve sent so many abuse emails and yet nothing has been done about them and my post back on August 30th was ignored.

    1. Plagiarist: leaves

    Original Story: ella-now

    Original Author:

    2. Plagiarist:


    Original Author:

    Original Story:

    3. Plagiarist: r-s-booty -let-me-be-a-frag

    Original Story: ase-Let-Me-Be-A-Bird

    Original Author:

    4. Plagiarist le

    Date: September 14-17, 2009

    Original Story: ette

    Original Upload Date: May 12, 2006

    Original Author:

    5. Plagiarist:

    Offense #1:

    Original story:

    Offense #2:

    Original story:

    Offense #3: e-Rain

    Original Story:

    Offense #4: and

    Original Story: In-Ireland

    Offense #5: Not-Ready

    Original Story: orever

    Offense #6: s-Wonder

    Original Story: er

    Offense #7:

    Original Story: Heaven

    8. ts

    Original Fic: About-Me


    Original Fic:

    10. ng-Day

    Original Fic: -Revival


    Original Fic:

    12. s

    Original Fic:


    Original Fic:


    Original Fic: s

  15. Technoboots

    09/04/2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’m having problems loging in to add authors to follow on the mobile site, end up with an oops page saying the page is unavailable after clicking login. I’m using Opera Mobile 10 on Windows Mobile.
    I have to say I hate the auto redirect to the mobile page, especially when I type the address manually for rather than When I do this I want the full page, not the mobile site.
    One thing that I think the Mobile site needs is the complete/in progress tag in the search page and story page. This is included on the main site but not the mobile site. It gets annoying having to do a specific search for complete or in progress stories on the mobile search page. I would like to be able to run a search for both types in the same search and be able to tell at a glance whether a story is complete or not. This is actually the only reason I don’t exclusively use the mobile site on my phone.

    • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

      09/04/2013 at 6:24 pm

      Technoboots – re: viewing full site on mobile browser

      That’s a browser setting you need to change. You’ll have to change your User Agent from “Tablet” to “Desktop”. As far as I know it works in Opera Mobile but not Opera Mini.

      • Technoboots

        09/04/2013 at 6:29 pm

        Mobile view is already set to off, there are no other options to change which could do it. I’m using a HTC HD2 mobile phone, not a tablet.

      • Technoboots

        09/04/2013 at 6:32 pm

        Mobile view is set to off, there are no other options to change which could do it. I’m using a HTC HD2 mobile phone, not a tablet.

      • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

        09/04/2013 at 6:35 pm

        When in Opera, in the URL field, enter “config”

        edit the following:
        Custom User-Agent ->
        Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en) Presto/2.6.30 Version/10.70

        HTTP Accept ->
        text/html, application/xml;q=0.9, application/xhtml+xml, application/x-obml2d, multipart/mixed, image/png, image/jpeg, image/gif, image/x-xbitmap, */*;q=0.

        From the Opera support forums. 🙂

      • Technoboots

        09/04/2013 at 6:44 pm

        Thanks, my phone is now loading the full site by default. The only thing left now from my original post is the lack of a Complete/In progress tag on the mobile site.

      • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

        09/04/2013 at 7:15 pm

        Glad I could help with the browser, but sadly, I’m not able to resolve the other issue. 😦 Hopefully they’ll put your request into their queue and get that issue worked out for mobile users.

  16. shadamychika123

    09/04/2013 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t know how to upload

    • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

      09/04/2013 at 6:30 pm

      Support will need more information to help you.

      Starting from basics and moving on down:
      1) Are you logged in? If you’re getting an error at this point, that needs to be addressed first.
      2) What are you trying to upload?
      3) At what step do you get the error?
      4) What *precisely* is the error? (If you know how to take screenshots, those help)
      5) What is your browser and version?
      6) What is your OS?
      7) Are you receiving the error on mobile site or full site?

      Please send an e-mail to support at fanfiction dot com with those details so they can help you.

  17. Dustchu

    09/04/2013 at 4:56 pm

    I can’t get to my Fan-Fiction account or my Fiction-Press! Someone please explain to me why I can’t!! I can see other people’s fanfic profiles but not mine! WHHHHHHYYY!!?!?!?

    • Xing

      09/04/2013 at 5:37 pm

      What is the exact url you are trying to reach?

      • Dustchu

        09/04/2013 at 5:42 pm

        I managed to get back to it for a couple of seconds but then it stopped, No idea if its my internet or if I was blocked by them or what.


        Its not letting me do anything and I am getting ticked off!!

  18. Bit

    09/04/2013 at 5:04 pm

    Still no charts for me in Firefox, not even an indication that a flash object is there, such as the Flash right-click menu. Just a blank spot with “Loading chart. Please wait” in it. I’m using a recent Firefox and recent Flash that work fine with Youtube, as well as worked fine with 48 hours ago. No amount of cache-clearing or restarting seems to make any difference.

    • Rogue Mudblood (@RogueMudblood)

      09/04/2013 at 6:32 pm

      Is it working in any other browser?
      Also, if you can let support know what your OS is and if you’re accessing full site or mobile site?

      Can you provide the exact version of your browser and flash?

      • Bit

        09/04/2013 at 8:53 pm

        Firefox 19. Charts fail for me in IE8 as well. On XP. I don’t think it has anything to do with the browser or the flash. I’m accessing the full site. I get failures on several other pages of a similar nature: under “manage stories”, only some of my cover images show up. If I hit refresh, some of the covers that didn’t show up will appear, and some of the ones that were already there will *disappear* to be replaced by the silohuette. At any given time, only a random subset of the covers is displayed. On many of the pages that end in “.php”, when I first click to go to the page, it comes up completely blank, and stays that way for a minute or more until I hit refresh. Then it comes in, but sometimes not totally, until a third refresh is hit. So I think it’s a network issue with my access of the full site. It just seemed to coincide with this latest update, though I guess it could be my ISP. As far as the charts go, I think they’re not being served to me at all, for some reason; it’s not like the browser couldn’t display them if it could find them.

  19. corinne

    09/04/2013 at 7:01 pm

    So I used to have my favorite categories in so I easily could be updated with new stories in that category. Unfortunately all my feeds stopped updating after you guys added the new filter system, which is awesome by the way. So my question is, will rss feeds be added again in the future?

  20. BlackIceWitch

    09/04/2013 at 7:26 pm

    I can’t login to my account from 7.00 AM (Eastern Australian Time). Is that a known problem now or something new? Nothing is returned from the server when I try.

  21. BlackIceWitch

    09/04/2013 at 7:28 pm

    Oops, just read a few above.
    Yes, I’m logged in. The server returns no data at all. As Dustchu remarked, it seems to be blocked from all access.

    • Dustchu

      09/07/2013 at 6:25 pm

      Is everyone still having that problem? I was able to get back in finally. I thought they fixed it?

  22. Yuki_fox_demon

    09/04/2013 at 7:47 pm

    I can load everything else on FF except my profile. Usually, whenever I click on my username in the top right, I get a “No Data Received” page, but all I have to do is reload it and it works. Now it won’t move off this page, no matter how many times I reload. I’m using Google Chrome, if that helps at all.

  23. BlackIceWitch

    09/04/2013 at 8:59 pm

    This is the error response I get when trying to access login.php, either while logged in or from the Login link:

    Unable to load the webpage because the server sent no data.
    Error code: ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

    Is this being looked at now?

  24. Bit

    09/04/2013 at 9:13 pm

    Let me reiterate my “manage stories” issue, because I think it’s the same problem as the charts. I have 11 stories, all with cover images. No amount of refreshing, no initial window size, no amount of scrolling, no amount of waiting ever gets me all 11 cover images at one time.Most of the time, I get only 6. It’s a random 6, not the same every time. The other 5 are the silohuettes that you get when no cover has been specified. I think that my browser could display the charts, if it could get them, but it seems like it’s failing to retrieve the chart in “story stats” just like it’s failing to get the cover images in “manage stories”. In addition, I had to hit “refresh” 3 times just to get story stats to appear, even minus the charts. Could just be a network slowdown, but its been going on for the past 2 days.

  25. Ashlee Kuchiki

    09/04/2013 at 9:42 pm

    I am having problem accessing my Document Manager, i cannot type my stories. keeps showing broken link on icon, my manage stories is working but not Document Manager.

  26. Lucy

    09/04/2013 at 9:51 pm

    Everytime I try to get into my account it comes up and says the webpage can not be displayed. I have never had as many problems with this site as I’m having now. How am I supposed to update my story if I can’t even get into my account?

    • Ashlee Kuchiki

      09/04/2013 at 9:57 pm

      showing broken icon right

    • Dustchu

      09/04/2013 at 10:21 pm

      I am having the same problem! My sis thinks they’re doing work on the site, probably right.

      • Lucy

        09/04/2013 at 10:37 pm

        I hope they get it worked out soon; it’s driving me crazy.

    • awesomejosh8596

      09/04/2013 at 10:36 pm

      Good to see I’m not the only one.

    • Dustchu

      09/04/2013 at 11:11 pm

      Me too. *Table flip* I was in the middle of semi important things! *Sits in dark corner*

    • BlackIceWitch

      09/05/2013 at 6:03 am

      Lucy, have you gotten to your account yet?

  27. awesomejosh8596

    09/04/2013 at 10:28 pm

    Fanfiction isn’t working at all for me unless I click on my most visted website when I open a new tab on IE and when I do that it only stays on the one page that is most visited (cartoons) Does anybody know why this could be happening?

  28. Ashlee Kuchiki

    09/05/2013 at 12:04 am

    it gives people more time for pre written chapters at least

  29. BlackIceWitch

    09/05/2013 at 12:32 am

    What is going on with the profile account server data? I got into my account for 2 minutes, was looking at the stats and now it is again returning the error message :

    Unable to load the webpage because the server sent no data.
    Error code: ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

    Is someone switching that server on and off or what?!?!?!

  30. Zorra Reed

    09/05/2013 at 1:32 am

    Wasn’t sure where to post this: The filter drop down menus will not work on Kindle Fire. You press it and you see the outline of a red box, but there’s no options, no drop down, and they are not aligned with the category they are for. After half an hour I was able to select the rating but that was all.

  31. CJ (@danawhitaker)

    09/05/2013 at 2:06 am

    All these updates are nice, but…are we *ever* getting Atom feeds back? It’s been quite a while, with no word. I used to follow a bunch of TV show fanfic feeds and now that’s downright impossible. I really miss being able to read stories easily, and find myself visiting the site less and less, which is not something I want to do. There are some incredible stories here but if you make it hard for busy readers to find them…

  32. BlackIceWitch

    09/05/2013 at 6:02 am

    12 hours of no access to my account now. If I wanted to update a story, manage the community or forum, tough luck, eh? Still getting the ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE message on both Chrome and IE.

    Any thoughts? Any progress? Anything happening at all?

  33. a concern user

    09/05/2013 at 12:28 pm

    I can not load into my profile. it keep telling me my connection is reset. I am using Firefox right at the moment but have try loading it from both Google Chrome and IE and it shows no data. I am log in right at the moment but it wont let me even log out. also try resetting all my cookies and setting and none have work. are you guys updating for a third time have half the site is down? or is it just me? this is day two that I can not still sign in either.

  34. IchigoJuubi

    09/05/2013 at 3:27 pm

    The page you are looking for does not exist. (3) anime/naruto?srt=1&t=0&g1=0&g2=0&r=4&lan=0&len=0&s=0&v1=0&c1=2039&c2=0&c3=0&c4=0&_g1=0&_c1=0&_c2=0&_v1=0

    I’m getting a new the error on my mobile phone (T-mobile wing)

  35. Alex

    09/05/2013 at 6:43 pm

    It doesn’t allow me to read on my Psp.

  36. Savvyzz

    09/06/2013 at 6:43 pm

    I keep getting redirected to the mobile page, just wondering when it’s gonna be fixed…


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