Having access issues? Reboot….

20 Sep

There is a very small percentage of users being effected by out-dated dns entries within their browsers, computers/devices, and/or internet service provider. To put it plainly, your browser for some reason is going to the wrong location for our sites thus receiving timeouts and other problems.

If you are having similar issues, please try the following and report to see if any of the steps helped:

  1. Completely close your browser and try again.
  2. Test a different browser.
  3. Reboot your computer or mobile device.

Posted by on 09/20/2013 in Uncategorized


146 responses to “Having access issues? Reboot….

  1. DonPiano

    09/20/2013 at 2:08 am

    So far everything’s been fine. We appreciate the hard work you guys are doing over there.

  2. Deity of Insanity

    09/20/2013 at 2:19 am

    I have had no problems on my PS3 this entire move and am happy with that. Good work.

  3. alltheeagles

    09/20/2013 at 2:28 am

    Looks like everything’s back to normal. A huge thank you to all the excellent people working behind the scenes!

  4. Kaedeminami

    09/20/2013 at 3:27 am

    I can’t open my account on fanfiction or read my stories. The account does not come at all, only a blank page shows up and when I try to read my favourite stories or stories which are not on my favourite’s list it says that error type 2. I have also tried your steps on my sony tablet where my web browser’s version is3.2 and rel. is 1.

  5. runawaycherry93

    09/20/2013 at 3:46 am

    everything is fine except I still am unable to favorite/ follow anything

    • stace

      09/20/2013 at 11:39 am

      I can’t follow/favorite anything either…. 😦

      • Xing

        09/20/2013 at 11:57 am

        Clear your browser cookies.

  6. Jake Flood

    09/20/2013 at 3:48 am

    It’s all working fine for me. Cheers for keeping us updated on all of this.

  7. Melanie

    09/20/2013 at 6:42 am

    i can’t click on anythink, no matter wich browser i use 😦

    • Xing

      09/20/2013 at 11:58 am

      try to reboot your computer.

  8. holmes4ever

    09/20/2013 at 7:18 am

    I’m not having that problem.

  9. kayana153

    09/20/2013 at 8:49 am

    I was having issues until i restarted my computer

    Thanks for the advice

  10. Kate

    09/20/2013 at 10:29 am

    Everything else has been working fine, but for some reason I haven’t been receiving e-mail updates when I receive reviews, PMs or when one of the stories I follow are updated?

    • Xing

      09/20/2013 at 11:58 am

      Login to see if all your alerts are enabled and/or if there is an message there about your email delivery. If everything is fine, check your inbox spam folder.

  11. Flutejrp

    09/20/2013 at 11:06 am

    There are pop up ads on my mobile device… my browser already blocks them, but the ads are still popping up, even in the stories. Is this because of the new changes?

    • LadySnow

      09/20/2013 at 1:47 pm

      I’ve been having the samr issues, and I don’t know what to do.I’ve never had this issue before.

  12. Lynn Hollander

    09/20/2013 at 11:38 am

    Search, review, spelling and review notification functioning well. Thanks.

  13. Lynn Hollander

    09/20/2013 at 11:41 am

    Also: no ads(I use an off-site ad blocker) and my block list is intact. I can’t think of anything else to check.

  14. amusement345

    09/20/2013 at 11:54 am

    An oddity I’ve not seen before. The number of views and the number of visitors are identical, for both yesterday and today. Makes me think the system is not differentiating visitors from views. Happens in both Firefox and IE.

    • Lynn Hollander

      09/20/2013 at 1:40 pm

      You could check that: Note your numbers, view a story/your profile twice, and note the numbers again.

  15. Lasselin

    09/20/2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve tried everything: rebooting, clearing cache, different browser (firefox and google chrome), nothing works!
    I still have this:
    FanFiction.Net Error Type 2An error has occurred while processing your request.

    Please email this error message in full to

    All errors are logged for administrative and security purposes.1ea6c448c20cccdb02bf519959389620
    2013-09-20 08:58:59


  16. lasselin

    09/20/2013 at 12:38 pm

    It works!!!! Thank you so much, Xing !!

  17. TheWordMaster

    09/20/2013 at 2:35 pm

    Having problems getting around site on my iPad. Getting both DNS messages and error messages. Home page works fine, but everything else is impossible to get to.

  18. While

    09/20/2013 at 2:42 pm

    So I tried restarting my browser than my computer and nothing is working. I even reset the history to see if that would work, on all the browsers I have. Nothing is working. 😦

  19. Lord Kelvin

    09/20/2013 at 2:44 pm

    Got a few 503 and 408 errors on the front page. FanFiction.Net Error Type 2 for everything else. Solutions described didn’t work. Hope this is temporary.

  20. Deity of Insanity

    09/20/2013 at 2:49 pm

    Nothing is working for me and I continuously get error messages on the home page and PM/account. I cleared my cache but it did NOTHING and I can’t “reboot” my PS3.

  21. yemi hikari

    09/20/2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’m getting a “request timeout” for the site.

    • dmn410

      09/20/2013 at 2:58 pm

      I am getting 503 timeout errors on every fanfiction page I try to load. I have firefox set to clear cache at exit, and i re-booted my computer; fails with chrome as well

  22. Donny Sterbinszky

    09/20/2013 at 2:54 pm

    I am also having trouble on my android browser. Tried all the steps but nothing. I am getting timeouts at the frontpage, everywhere else I try to navigate I get this:
    FanFiction.Net Error Type 2
    An error has occurred while processing your request.

    Please email this error message in full to

    All errors are logged for administrative and security purposes.
    2013-09-20 11:52:11

  23. Ashlee Kuchiki

    09/20/2013 at 2:54 pm

    its timing out everything on my mobile and computer! i had no issues earlier!

    • Sara

      09/20/2013 at 2:56 pm

      Me too!

      • LadySnow

        09/20/2013 at 3:08 pm

        Same here, nothing is loading on my mobile

  24. Sara

    09/20/2013 at 2:56 pm

    I restarted my computer and cleared the cookies and cache, but the website isn’t working for me. It keeps saying 503 service unavailable for firefox and for Internet explorer. I don’t know what I should do.

    • Sara

      09/20/2013 at 3:01 pm

      I downloaded Google chrome to see if that would work, but It said that it was timed out.

  25. DonPiano

    09/20/2013 at 2:56 pm

    I’m actually having problems accessing forums and the site.

    I get this for the forum:

    FanFiction.Net Error Type 2
    An error has occurred while processing your request.

    Please email this error message in full to

    All errors are logged for administrative and security purposes.
    2013-09-20 11:54:26

    and I get this when I try to access the site:

    503 Service Unavailable

    No server is available to handle this request.

  26. LC

    09/20/2013 at 2:57 pm

    Nothing’s working for me either for a while now.
    Only keep on getting different kinds of error messages.
    doesn’t matter which browser i’m using or if i clear catche etc etc…

  27. Lillian

    09/20/2013 at 2:57 pm

    Same here. I’m getting both Time Out Requests and 503 Server Unanswered issues. This is weird since the site worked for me just a little bit ago.

    • Ashlee Kuchiki

      09/20/2013 at 2:58 pm

      me too worked welll until 10 minutes ago for me

      • Tory Triplett

        09/20/2013 at 3:04 pm

        Well it’s down for everybody, or so I think? I checked it on that ‘is it down’ website.

      • Sara

        09/20/2013 at 3:07 pm

        Well, that stinks. When will it be running again?

  28. Ashlee Kuchiki

    09/20/2013 at 2:57 pm

    503 Service Unavailable

    No server is available to handle this request. is what i get or 408 too.

  29. Natalia

    09/20/2013 at 3:01 pm

    i keep getting 503 Service unavailable no server is available to handle this request and i’ve rebooted and switched browsers

  30. Sara

    09/20/2013 at 3:05 pm

    I tried to disconnect and reconnect with the internet and it still doesn’t work.

  31. msanimegeek

    09/20/2013 at 3:06 pm

    It worked at 11 am. But now I’m getting:
    503 service unavailable
    No server is available to handle this request. Same when I get a 408.

  32. konarciq

    09/20/2013 at 3:07 pm

    Same here. Tried the usual Firefox (23.0.1) and only get timed out and/or 503, 408 and 428 error messages (I think those were all the numbers I came across trying several bookmarked fandoms and 1 forum).
    Then tried Internet Explorer (not sure which version) and only got the same result.
    Tried everything but changing the dns server since I have no idea what that is and what it does. I’ll wait a few hours as Xing advises as an alternative 🙂
    I’m in Germany btw, if that makes any difference.

    (oh, and does *reboot* your computer simply mean shut it down and start it again? Not sure what the term means…)

    • Sara

      09/20/2013 at 3:09 pm

      yep, “reboot” stands for restart

      • konarciq

        09/20/2013 at 3:12 pm

        Thanks! 🙂

      • Kate

        09/20/2013 at 4:51 pm

        I’m now getting 503 Unavailable Service error messages for every page I try to access.

  33. Sara

    09/20/2013 at 3:13 pm

    Your welcome 🙂

  34. Tara

    09/20/2013 at 3:14 pm

    I also keep getting the 408 timeout and I even tried Chrome as well.

  35. anopisthographic

    09/20/2013 at 3:16 pm

    well, everything was fine until about 3 minutes ago. then i got a 503 error and now it’s 408 errors. i’ve tried clearing cookies, clearing cache, restarting, and opening in two different browsers. nada.

  36. Sara

    09/20/2013 at 3:17 pm

    We should probably check back later. That’s what I’m going to do.

    • bienfait

      09/20/2013 at 4:02 pm

      Sound advice, Sara.

  37. Delia E.

    09/20/2013 at 3:18 pm

    I got a 408 error and I’m using Google Chrome.

  38. Ashleigh Harris

    09/20/2013 at 3:19 pm

    Im now getting

    Request Timeout

    This request takes too long to process, it is timed out by the server. If it should not be timed out, please contact administrator of this web site to increase ‘Connection Timeout’.

    I never had this before, it just kept taking me back to the “click here ti log in” page whenever i tried to favourite/follow an author/story or log on

  39. Sakura Haruno554

    09/20/2013 at 3:23 pm

    what the hell everything was fine until 15 minutes ago, I restarted my computer and it’s still not working, what is going on, this is really starting to piss me off.

  40. Shooting Sword

    09/20/2013 at 3:25 pm

    I’m getting the message

    503 Service Unavailable

    No server is available to handle this request.

    When I try to edit chapters in thew doc manager!

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:27 pm

      And now have trouble entering anything FF.NET. I’m using the latest Google Chrome on Windows 8!

  41. fems

    09/20/2013 at 3:26 pm

    I can’t even open the homepage because I’ll get a 408 Request Timeout (after like 5 seconds) or a 503 Service Unavailable error. Windows 7, Chrome (up to date).

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:28 pm

      Its annoying as I’m trying to upload a chapter. 503’s for me.

  42. J Hogg

    09/20/2013 at 3:29 pm

    Same issues, everything was OK until a few minutes ago and then lots of 503 errors interspersed with connection timeouts on a vareity of browsers and machines. Guessing there’s something wrong at the server end that will hopefully be fixed shortly.

    It would be useful to know what the correct IP addresses we should be getting from DNS are as well.

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:31 pm

      I just tried Firefox too, its even worse on that browser! I just want to update one of my fics!

  43. Shooting Sword

    09/20/2013 at 3:37 pm

    Its just getting worse on Google. FF.Net, you’ve just ruined my planned out evening, thank you, and by thank you I’m being sarcastic!

  44. TeutonicGuardian

    09/20/2013 at 3:41 pm

    Not working for me on desktop PC either, though my phone can connect to the mobile version.

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:45 pm

      I’m now getting 408’s, can I upload with mobile site?

      • Deity of Insanity

        09/20/2013 at 3:47 pm

        Can’t upload on mobile version.

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:47 pm

      I can’t access the mobile site or normal on either PC or phone!

  45. Winterbornbree

    09/20/2013 at 3:47 pm

    I can’t come to the site at all. If I try, this pops up: 503 Service Unavailable
    No server is available to handle this request.

    I tried everything and nothing’s working. Help!

  46. LC

    09/20/2013 at 3:47 pm

    I’m upset too. I also couldn’t update my story.
    But I wouldn’t become mad or anything here…
    Too soon to feel that way…
    As far as I know, we’re not paying to use the site…
    Sure, if this goes on for days, I might start pulling out my hair,
    but situations like these are why isn’t the only place my stories are saved…

    • Shooting Sword

      09/20/2013 at 3:49 pm

      Just because you don’t pay doesn’t mean they can screw with us, especially us authors. Without us they wouldn’t have a site.

      • LC

        09/20/2013 at 3:55 pm

        We don’t even know yet what happened.
        It doesn’t end the world if it doesn’t work right now.
        Like I said… Too soon to get angry just yet…

      • Shooting Sword

        09/20/2013 at 3:59 pm

        Angry angry angry! AHHHHH! “Oh my hellions! What do we do! Nooooo! fanfiction dot net, where have you gone!?”

  47. classictrekker

    09/20/2013 at 3:48 pm

    Agreed. No access here now. What happened?

  48. Ari

    09/20/2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’m getting the 408 errors. Restarted the lappy, didn’t help. Restarted the browsers (Firefox, Chrome) with cleared caches and cookies…still not working. On my BB Z10 I’m getting 503 Service Unavailable. It was fine 10 minutes ago…literally…

  49. Ari

    09/20/2013 at 3:51 pm

    I just checked the isitdownrightnow site and it said that servers are not responding. Therefore it is down for everyone.

  50. Nemu-Chan

    09/20/2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m getting this : Request Timeout

    This request takes too long to process, it is timed out by the server. If it should not be timed out, please contact administrator of this web site to increase ‘Connection Timeout’.

    Not cool…


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