A minor followup to the previous post · 11:47pm
While most of the users that commented on the previous news post seemed to be in support of our decision, there were a few dissenting opinions - less than I expected, but I definitely expected them. As we've said in previous news posts, the people who post on our blog are NOT indicative of even the majority opinion on the site. This is easily demonstrated when you imagine that even though most of the people who posted seemed to dislike meta fiction, it still gets a huge number of views and thumbs up, and is often featured. Obviously, there's a disparity there.
Now, we still aren't planning to lift the ban yet, however, I did have an idea for a compromise. Our primary issue with meta fanfiction is that it tends to clog the featured box every time it's posted, which basically means that legitimate fanfiction has no chance of getting up there. Plus, it leads to people purposefully vying for the featured box with their stories - there's even a story on the site with that exact premise. This is a huge problem in our eyes, and it's also incredibly cheeky.
The proposal, then, is that we (the admins) can "mark" certain fics so that they cannot be featured at any point. This would probably only apply to meta fiction, but could be a useful tool for other stories. This essentially allows metafiction to still be posted on the site, but frees up the featured box for legitimate stories. Since our primary goal with the featured box is for new authors and stories to be discovered (and NOT for users to vie for a position in it), we banned meta fiction so that it would continue to serve that goal.
So what do you think? Would this be a good compromise? Users who enjoy meta fiction (which we think is a good amount) and users who do not (which also appears to be a good amount) should both be happy with a system like this. It should be much easier to "ignore" this sort of thing if you dislike it.
Oh, and don't worry about this being extra work for us - our job is to make the users happy, and we're constantly striving to make as many people happy as possible. Of course, you can't please everybody, so this is a constant struggle for us. Let me know what you think about this proposal in the comments!