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  • 9 weeks
    Recent Changelog

    We've done various unannounced changes of the past few weeks so I thought I'd group up the things we've done so you guys know what's changed.

    • Added account linking page for Patreon / Twitter
    • Added ability to cross post stories, blogs and bookshelf additions to Twitter
    • Added twitter userpage module
    • Added account deletion page
    • Reorganised user toolbar dropdown to better fit more items
    • Added session management page to see logins and active sessions on your account
    • Added new articles system and moved some existing ones into it
    • Redesigned PM page a bit to be cleaner
    • Increased font size in major places across the site to improve readability
    • New cookie consent controls for EU users and updated privacy policy
    • Recommended groups list on groups page - WIP
    • Tooltips in many locations around the site with helpful tips

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    114 comments · 3,549 views
  • 10 weeks
    Help Articles

    Something I've worked on the last couple of days is adding the ability for us to add arbitrary "articles" to the site which we can use for various things. Sort of an extension on the manual articles we've added in the past like the bbcode page, writing guide, etc.

    So far I've added 3 guides:

    I'd love to know if you guys have any idea for articles that would have helped you out when starting out or anything else that comes to mind.

    65 comments · 2,927 views
  • 37 weeks
    Night Mode

    I've been working on it for ages but only really got the impetus to finish all of it off over the last few days. In the "settings" dropdown at the top on desktop, or the bottom of the slide out bar on mobile you'll find a toggle for night mode. Enjoy!

    Oh, and although I've tried to cover everything there is a 100% chance I've missed styling some things so apologies in advance for any funky pages.

    245 comments · 4,405 views
  • 38 weeks
    Additional Search Update

    Hey folks,

    Over the last few days I've added a few things to the new search system. A lot of people were unhappy with not being able to filter various things as quickly as they used to be able to. To that end, I've added a little filter dropdown to the right of the search box which effectively contains everything the old sidebar used to. It even has some niceties like quick word count filters and a highly rated filter.

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    132 comments · 3,379 views
  • 39 weeks
    December 2017 Update

    Hey guys, got a whole bunch of updates for you today.

    Tags

    This is a small but important step on our way to the tagging system I envision. The existing way we handled things like characters and genres has all been merged into a single tagging system. That won't result in much difference for you viewing and using the site but it makes it a lot easier to add new tags especially.

    We now have a couple of new tag types: series and warnings.

    The series tag is for identifying what series (franchise) your fanfiction contains. I've added a whole ton of various TV shows, movies, comics, books and games but clearly we will have to add a ton more in the coming future. Stories must also contain one of the four MLP tags which are FIM, EqG, Movie and Comic, as this is a pony fanfic site after all. Feel free to bug me on Discord if you have a requirement for a series to be added.

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    630 comments · 12,201 views
  • 39 weeks
    Math BBCode tag

    I've added [math] and [mathblock] BBCode tags, which can be used to display formatted math. We've had a few requests for this, particularly for group forum threads and blog posts. Most math-related TeX syntax is supported. (We are currently using MathJax to handle the layout.)

    The documentation from the BBCode guide is repeated below for your convenience.

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    83 comments · 2,945 views
  • 62 weeks
    Fimfiction API

    If you're not a developer you can probably ignore this post.

    It's been like 6 years, but hey, things take time. The API is currently very WIP still but it's ready for people to get working on in our development chat room.

    API documentation can be found at https://www.fimfiction.net/developers/api/v2/docs and you should join the Discord Chat and PM me to add you to the private API channel and I can help you get started. The functionality is very limited right now but I'm dedicating all my time to it at the moment and would love to have people add their input to the process.

    60 comments · 5,739 views
  • 66 weeks
    New BBCode Tags

    Hey guys,

    One of the features in this new update was reader-side paragraph formatting. This helps improve consistency for readers across the site, especially for those of us who can’t stand reading indented text on a computer screen.

    However, one thing that wasn’t accounted for was the legitimate need for specific indenting of passages and for certain blocks of text to have no paragraph formatting. Some examples would be lyrics and poetry.

    Taking this into account, we have come up with a couple of new tags that remedy this situation which are documented below (copied directly from the bbcode guide)


    [indent] Indent

    The indent tag can be used to, unsurprisingly, indent portions of your text.

    [indent]The indent tag can be used to, unsurprisingly, indent portions of your text.[/indent]

    It also support levels of indenting

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    168 comments · 5,313 views
  • 67 weeks
    Fimfiction 4.0

    It’s been a very very long time coming, but we’ve finally updated the site again. this is by far the biggest update we have ever done. There is a cavalcade of new features but the biggest changes are under the hood and affect how easy it is to extend the site and performance. A change log of everything I can remember can be found below.

    There are bound to be unforeseen bugs. If you come across anything major please let us know in the comments (or preferably in the #site-help-and-dev discord channel).

    Miscellaneous / Site Wide

    • Dropped support entirely for pre-IE11
    • Updated inline searching across the site to order much better. Eg. Typing "Ra" into the tag selector actually shows Rainbow Dash first. On shorter lists like bookshelves, we use a different algorithm that lets you type things like "ril" and it’ll prioritise a shelf called "read it Later".

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    1,363 comments · 19,725 views
  • 68 weeks
    💩

    So, emojis are now supported all over the site. Go have fun and stuff.

    oh god what have we done

    192 comments · 4,598 views
Feb
22nd
2016

Site Update » Minor (nah, they're totally major) Updates · 10:44pm Feb 22nd, 2016

Over the past 2 weeks I've been rewriting our entire ajax routing (or lack thereof) structure. That's not very important to anyone using the site, since in theory absolutely nothing should change for you with this update but as with any significant rewrite of code, there are bound to be bugs that were introduced. I've tested as thoroughly as I can so hopefully there will be little in the way of issues but if you get any, let us know here so we can fix them. The only change in theory should be better error reporting to you and more endpoints that are signed and therefore a bit safer/less prone to abuse.

I've also added a couple of minor fixes. For one, comment jumping should work better on stories and user pages now. There was also another issue I fixed but....it'll be a surprise because I can't even remember what it was myself!

Finally, to ease with story approvals, I've added auto approvals. If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation. This is kind of a trial system so we shall see how it works out, but it should speed things up a lot for many of you.

Edit: As we are currently testing out the automated approval system, a lot of new stories will be getting published that won't have been seen by the staff. If you see something that breaks the rules, be sure to REPORT it to staff via the report button so we can do something about it.

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Comments ( 330 )

Testing, testing. One, two, three. Are these comments on?

A message from Officer Hot-Pants:

Some people can no longer leave comments or create threads.

For some reason, comments don't work on Groups anymore...

3771191 I think the issue's been resolved.

Test #20
Ah. There we go. I was at a loss for how to report the issue of being unable to comment or create threads anywhere.


3771191
Thank you, Choco.

If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation.

D....Do you realize what you have just done?!

Auto story-approval? This will end beautifully like it should, or disastrously bad.

Either way, I look forward to it.

Oh boy, time to spam troll fics and ruin everything for everyone! :rainbowkiss:

This should be interesting.

I've added auto approvals.

Can I say that this is a bad idea? Because imagine for a second a person who posts a story that doesn't abide by the rules of the site. Now imagine several people. While a honor-code could be applied, and other users could report these "Auto-Approved Stories," then you guys would have a massive report-influx in your hands.

Yo guys reminder that since we have automated approvals now, a lot of stuff going up won't have been seen by moderation. If you see a story going up that's totally wack, be sure to report it to us so we can do something about it.

I've noticed a minor problem, it no longer shows when I've received a new message and says my last message was over an hour ago when it was actually just minutes.

I've added auto approvals.

This should be fun...

Neat! Thanks, you guys.

Finally, to ease with story approvals, I've added auto approvals. If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation. This is kind of a trial system so we shall see how it works out, but it should speed things up a lot for many of you.

...yeah, I'll leave someone else to do the "Brace yourself" meme far better than I ever could. :pinkiehappy:

If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation

Can you please elaborate more on this?

EDIT: What did I do to get downvoted?

3771203 Yeah. I've got the same issue here. it just shows a message I got from like a few hours ago, even though I have one that's new

3771195
Magic?

3771201
You could say it's a test for how shitty masses of story writers can be. And hey, he could always take away their privileges.

3771193
Don't know. I didn't even know this problem was going on.

My only criticism is that the number of stories for the auto-approval should be closer to ten. If the idea is that somebody who's already published is probably trustworthy and knows the rules, then 2 isn't really a big enough sample size to prove that.

Other than that, a magnificent and much-needed change. Bravo.

3771202
As if that part wasn't. . .

. . . Obs-vious.

3771191
I just got my commenting to work again. I had to restart my browser.

Still can't access the Staff page though...

Trying to click the "Show all X Followers" button on a userpage with enough followers to warrant such a button returns a server error now.

I don't think that auto approval is a good idea, because even awesome writers have stories.

Finally, to ease with story approvals, I've added auto approvals.

Sounds like real life has been a nuisance to the mods lately.

Finally, to ease with story approvals, I've added auto approvals. If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation. This is kind of a trial system so we shall see how it works out, but it should speed things up a lot for many of you.

I... I'm not sure how to feel about this. In a perfect world, this is infinitely superior to the previous system (no offense meant toward the approvers—but having to wait hours for a random spot in a massive glurge of posted stories wasn't great). That being said, I can't help but feel like it's ripe for abuse... meh. I guess that's why we have the reporting system. :derpytongue2:

Wanderer D
Moderator

3771198 On the contrary, that would make my day. And that of my trigger finger too.

Is it even working?

knighty: if I have a story that already failed moderation (twice), will it be auto-approved if I submit it now? I have more than two published fics already.

3771220
Do you actually take pride in wielding the Banhammer?

3771209

If the staff has previously approved 2 or more of your fics, you'll go straight from submission to the posting queue. The basic idea is that if you've gotten past moderation twice, you PROBABLY know enough about the rules that we don't have to go rubber-stamping your fic to be posted.

Of course there's a lot of potential for abuse and mistakes in the new system, so if you see anything go up that's breaking rules, go and report that so we can do something about it.

Eldorado
Moderator

3771222 It'll be approved automatically, but if it breaks the rules and we find out about it it'll be removed. Don't submit unless you've actually fixed the problem. This isn't a free pass to post whatever you want.

Any idea what was causing the "Request destination not found error"?

That was getting annoying, but it looks like it's fixed... Also, I love the Group Admin status you added! :pinkiehappy:

Xaquseg
Server Administrator

3771219
We are hoping that a combination of reports and harsher punishments for clear rule violations that get auto-approved will avoid issues with abuse. If it becomes a problem we will consider raising the minimum story requirement or adding other restrictions.

In particular it should be noted that posting mature content under teen or everyone will be enforced fairly strictly.

3771220

Part of being added as a FimFiction mod is getting a brain chip that wires the 'ban' button to your pleasure center, right?

3771225
An honor system? Sounds kinda sweet. Thanks for explaining, mate!

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Oh, finally. Auto-approvations! I hope this doesn't cause any problems... :unsuresweetie: Still, YAY! :yay: I'm really happy about it, things will be so much more easier. Thank you for your hard work, knighty! :twilightsmile:

3771225
I have a special circumstance.

One of my stories has been approved, but I have another story on this name that I wrote on another name and had it transferred over. Would I be considered a part of this queue?

Automatic story approval is nice, though you may want to go with a number higher than two. Time will tell, I guess. Do hope you can turn this feature on/off for members, so that if someone repeatedly messes up, they can be set to have to go through moderation. That said...

I was unable to reply to a forum post using Firefox, Get an error every time. That includes after force refreshing the page (so cleared cache) and restarting Firefox. Was able to reply using Chrome without any issues.

I just checked, HTTPS for whatever reason still makes this site and only this site run like a one legged dog. Near browser freezes and page load times of 3-10 seconds. HTTP works as fine.

Windows 7/10 64

Firefox 44.0.2 and previous versions
NoScript
Privacy Badger
uBlock Origin
HTTPSEverywhere (Disabled on this site)

Finally, to ease with story approvals, I've added auto approvals. If you have 2 published stories you can post stories to the post queue without moderation. This is kind of a trial system so we shall see how it works out, but it should speed things up a lot for many of you.

That is a great change though I suspect a few additional qualifiers will need to be attached to it later.

So is Moondancer a searchable character yet?

3771203 same issue over here, no new messages show up.

Wanderer D
Moderator

3771231 No. I just, personally, take perverse pleasure in banning people that like abusing the system.
3771223 I don't know if pride is the word for it. I certainly take it seriously, if that's what you're getting at.

3771234

I honestly don't know. That seems like one of the wacky code interactions that knighty'd be more aware of than I would.

That said, since autoqueue will be handling like 80% of submissions now, it'll be a lot less work to go through the regular queue, so even if you don't have 2+ staff approved fics yet, you should be able to get approved fairly quickly now anyways.

3771239

I get a similar thing on my iPad (although I can't remember the error off-hand); try logging out and in again.

Auto published fics could become a real issue if you're not careful.

Some people could post rule breaking stories. With song lyrics... or even worse, some twisted individuals could post pedophilia involving human children. I trust you don't want that.

3771254
That's what reporting is for.

Georg #49 · Feb 22nd, 2016 · · 1 ·

3771225 Um, I think my stories have failed moderation about 50% of the time (98% of those have been my own dumb fault.) Is there still a way to submit *with* moderation for those of us like myself? And what happens to the stories in the queue? (I have two)

Huh. OOkay, this gonna be good. And by good I mean either resounding success or epic failure. In either case, it will be glorious.

On a more serious note, this is a good time and place to link an easy to peruse, concise list of what is definitely allowed on the site. Or what is definitely not allowed. Yes, I`m aware this info`s already floating around. I`m suggesting to give links right here so people could conveniently refresh their rule comprehension before they flood the site with new stories.

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