SSL Upgrade @ Nov 15, 12AM (GMT-8)

14 Nov

On November 15th @12AM US PST (GMT-8) we will reserve a 2 hour maintenance window during which we will perform site-side SSL (web browser encryption) upgrades. During this maintenance window user may experience some broken links while we transition to 100% SSL.


Posted by on 11/14/2013 in Uncategorized


58 responses to “SSL Upgrade @ Nov 15, 12AM (GMT-8)

  1. Dan Trigona

    11/14/2013 at 11:28 pm

    Paranoid much?? I really can’t see the logic behind this. i can see for the submissions side, but, for the public side?

    • Xing

      11/15/2013 at 2:01 am

      SSL is no longer just for encryption. Read up on spdy. We will be adding spdy support very soon and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to SSL and the future.

  2. roy

    11/14/2013 at 11:29 pm

    please get rid of the 5 minute same message prevention. it seriously awful. it doesnt prevent spam, all it does is prevent me from saying, “thank you” to more than one reviewer

  3. sparrow9612

    11/14/2013 at 11:37 pm

    What is SSL? I’m anything but a tech.

    • Kathrine

      11/15/2013 at 1:17 am

      Web servers and web browsers rely on the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to help users protect their data during transfer by creating a uniquely encrypted channel for private communications over the public Internet.

  4. tyler

    11/14/2013 at 11:45 pm

    i agree with some of the past posts, lose the spam timers in the pm. they dont prevent spam, they only make our lives harder

    • lord doku

      11/15/2013 at 12:02 am


  5. lord doku

    11/14/2013 at 11:48 pm

    get rid of the 5min delay between messages, or 10 second delay between replies. they are horrible

  6. CodyGotKilld

    11/14/2013 at 11:49 pm

    What does this mean for users?

  7. lord doku

    11/14/2013 at 11:54 pm


  8. Jamey Sharp

    11/15/2013 at 1:05 am

    It’s nice to see more folks going 100% SSL. I support this plan wholeheartedly. Fortunately users don’t generally need to care at all about such things, but it’s the right thing to do.

  9. ShikiKira

    11/15/2013 at 1:47 am

    I like the new format for reporting and favorite/following in the stories. A simple click to get a window to open up with what we need. Can we please return the review box to its own personal window? It would make leaving detailed reviews easier.

  10. Chachachick

    11/15/2013 at 2:31 am

    Is it just me, or is anyone else suddenly unable to search things? I keep getting this error message.

  11. xraiderv1

    11/15/2013 at 3:13 am

    Xing, I’m encountering excessive slowdowns on my 3ds, and when I switch to mobile site mode on them laptop(using google chrome, latest build) and my xbox 360’s internet explorer browser, I believe its the new SSL upgrade causing the issue, or the servers are slow due to the upgrade being implemented.

    are there plans to optimize the SSL procedures for mobile devices that dont quite have the muscle to handle it? 3ds? worked just fine yesterday before the SSL upgrade.

    before anyone asks, I tested a bunch of random links and encountered the same slowdown.

    • Xing

      11/15/2013 at 11:48 am

      How about now?

      • Lucy

        11/17/2013 at 5:41 pm

        I’ve not been able to access the site from my mobile for a few days now. I can get to the log in part where I can view messages and setting etc. but no other part of the site will load.
        I’m using an Opera mini brower on an Alcatel phone and I’m with vodafone.

        Perhaps this update has something to do with my problem?

      • Xing

        11/17/2013 at 8:18 pm

        See our newest blog post for fix.

  12. PCHeintz72

    11/15/2013 at 6:59 am

    While currently my direct links still work, I’ll probably fix them all to be https sometime soon.

    Fortunately, this is not as hard as it could be for me. I can dump the current raw link name and link using a program I wrote, and a few years ago I wrote a companion utility to take that information with slight modifications, and create links.

    Changing 4440+ FanFiction.NET links should not take more than a couple hours or so (2880+ direct story, 1530+ author, 20+ category, main page). Probably less. Dump the names and links, edit them and place into the INI file to create them, run the program, then insert the new link names into the existing favorites and overwrite the old ones… then back up.

    EDIT: What has also occurred though, is every RSS/ATOM feed reset itself to indicate it had changed with new information. I have 19668 stories listed as changed in the ATOM records as updated stories, for the 1530+ personal profile feeds I monitor.

    • Xing

      11/15/2013 at 11:48 am

      Old links will work. No need to change your story links other your ATOM links.

  13. Miya

    11/15/2013 at 9:01 am

    The formatting is all HTML-ish and I can’t look at the tabs in my account! I’m viewing regular site view on an iPod Touch but the mobile site looked weird. Will this get fixed or is it just me? (I hope it isn’t just me)

  14. anotamous

    11/15/2013 at 9:25 am

    “During this maintenance window user may experience some broken links while we transition to 100% SSL”, will this be fixed? I would hate to have to search through to rebuild my archive, not to mention for some reason I cannot scroll through tabs containing a story now.

    • Xing

      11/15/2013 at 11:47 am

      Old links will still work. No need to modify your links.

  15. Kensington

    11/15/2013 at 10:21 am

    For some reason now some author profile pages are failing to load any of their stories/favorites for me.

    I’m using Google Chrome Version 31.0.1650.48.

  16. Deity of Insanity

    11/15/2013 at 10:31 am

    Funny how the people asking to get rid of spam prevention are spamming this thread/blog/topic.

  17. Melanie

    11/15/2013 at 11:27 am

    Please I cannot use the mobile platform on my phn anymore. I can’t open links anymore can you please do something about it. The page just reloads.

    • Lexen

      11/16/2013 at 9:13 pm

      Am I the only one having trouble with making hyperlinks in forum posts? The little button to make a link is greyed out in the reply box.

      • Xing

        11/16/2013 at 10:47 pm

        Refresh the page and try it now.

  18. Edhla

    11/16/2013 at 4:21 pm

    None of my mobile links work. I thought it was a one-off and re-bookmarked everything but it keeps throwing me the same error: “Oops! We cannot find this page on Most likely you are accessing the site with an outdated link.” Please fix this asap!

    • Xing

      11/16/2013 at 10:49 pm

      What mobile links to be specific?

  19. Irilis

    11/16/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Can you add an option (at least for logged in users) to NOT use SSL? For me, plain HTTP is much more convenient.

  20. A.J. Goode

    11/16/2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am having trouble unsubscribing from alerts for a forum. I keep hitting “unsubscribe” and getting the message that says I have successfully unsubscribed . . . . But I keep getting email alerts anyway. What can I do?

  21. Hotaru Muraki

    11/16/2013 at 5:44 pm

    In some of the fanfics, the YEAR they’ve been pulished and/or updated is missing. Why’d you take it away?

    • Yemi Hikari

      11/17/2013 at 4:05 pm

      I think it has to do with the fact the YEAR is 2013 which happens to be the current year.

  22. Kosa

    11/16/2013 at 8:55 pm

    Features like down drop menus and filters are not working in Chrome 31.0.1650.57 (235101) m and Opera 12.16. Please help.

    • Xing

      11/16/2013 at 10:47 pm

      Clear your browser cache or just manually refresh the page.

      • Kosa

        11/16/2013 at 11:00 pm

        So the solution was this simple? Shame on me…. (I actually manually deleted every seemingly temporal and not profile related file, simple refresh or cleaning cache wasn’t working.)
        Anyway Thank You!

      • Em

        11/16/2013 at 11:13 pm

        I’ve tried clearing my cache, refreshing pages, and just about anything else for Opera 12.16. I just need a little help. I sent in a ticket a couple days and commented here but everything has been going unheard. Please help, thats all I am asking. Please.

      • Xing

        11/17/2013 at 8:23 pm

        Latest Opera is at version 17 so you need to upgrade asap. go to

  23. JinFen

    11/16/2013 at 11:06 pm

    From yesterday after this upgrade, I could not access at all from my phone. I try to go to from google. Does not work too. I thought that my phone is the problem. But then I try access any other site and it has no problem at all. Please help me to fix this problem. Oh, and I’m using opera mini.

    • Xing

      11/17/2013 at 8:22 pm

      See our newest blog post for fix.

  24. Fan

    11/17/2013 at 4:05 am

    Hello, I am french and now with your new security I can’t translate history…. It’s very embarrassing… What can I do to translate ? Thank you!!

  25. cherri

    11/17/2013 at 4:30 am

    getting content from unsecure connection warmings on most of the sites pgs pls hrlp

    • Xing

      11/17/2013 at 8:22 pm

      What browser are you using?

  26. Vidhya

    11/17/2013 at 5:22 am

    Hey I am really very confused I am
    not able to use FanFiction Mobile
    version for past 3days please tell me
    what to do? I can’t access to my
    account, private message or I can’t
    even read my updated. The is
    uploading properly and if click in
    some story then story won’t but
    same page is loading again and
    again please help. My browser is opera mini and my phone is xperia neo l MT25i

    • Xing

      11/17/2013 at 8:21 pm

      See our newest blog post for fix.

  27. Belen09

    11/17/2013 at 9:01 am

    Well it’s working now – very on again, off again problem – thank you!

  28. Astoria25

    11/17/2013 at 3:31 pm

    Xing, I have been notified that there seems to be bugs when trying to access FFNet via Opera mini (Opera’s mobile phone browser).

    The FFNet user I know told me that once she used a different browser, the issue was resolved. She has complained for a couple about this, and I suggested it was the ongoing maintenance (as per Nov 15), but it really seems to be a problem to do with loading FFNet in Opera mini.

    Could you guys please investigate this bug?

    • Xing

      11/17/2013 at 8:19 pm

      See our newest blog post for fix.

  29. KillerMaks

    11/17/2013 at 4:47 pm

    The filter in an opera 12.16 does not work, and the site is not up to the end loaded

  30. ariel

    11/17/2013 at 5:49 pm

    Somehow today the main page is showing something is wrong. example:

  31. vifdor

    11/17/2013 at 7:04 pm

    How come I cannot copy and paste a story like I do since 10 years… I do that because I prefere to read my stories on paper so I put all the story on paper and I can print it in the fomat I need and read it on the bus…. but it’s not working anymore. Why? Or How can I do it?


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