Holiday closingHey all... So we will be closed to new submissions December 15 through Jan 1... The site will still be open though. Happy Holidays and watch for holiday art on the FIA Facebook page.
Posted by Anise on Dec 13, 2017 01:29 pm (0 Comments)
The spam is officially under control!!Hey all,
So.... it's been over a week, and it really looks like the Spammers of Doom issue is under control. YES and YAY. The glitch seems to be.. .and this is weird... that if a spammer has registered before, their new spam registration will sometimes go through. I really don't know why this is happening, but at least it means that the problem is SO much better than it was before. But I'm going to keep dealing with every issue as it comes up. So everything will be okay. I can't guarantee that everything in the WORLD will be okay... there's only so much that D/G fanfic can do... ;) But in this little corner of the universe... yes.
Posted by Anise on Nov 25, 2017 09:46 pm (4 Comments)
Cautiously OptimisticHey all,
So this is the kind of thing I almost don't want to announce because it seems too good to be true, but it SEEMS, seems, like we have the spam registrations a lot more under control for now. That doesn't mean that the problem has been solved once and for all, but it's a big improvement. So, yay! :) And thanks for hanging in there!!
Posted by Anise on Nov 13, 2017 09:48 pm (0 Comments)
Some AntiSpammer IdeasHey all,
So I've done a thing where new members will have randomly generated passwords emailed to them rather than being able to choose their own. According to Lyndsie, this will help to weed out spammers-- believe me, we're still working on a more elegant solution. Real members will need to submit a support ticket to get their correct password. It's NOT an ideal or complete solution by any means, but for now, this could be a good stopgap measure. Because I will not, OH HELL NO I WILL NOT, allow this site to turn into a spam review graveyard like some other fanfic sites that have been around awhile have done. NOT here. NOT now. NOT on my watch. No no no. ;) More updates soon.
Posted by Anise on Nov 06, 2017 09:30 pm (2 Comments)
Progress against spammers, yay!Hey all,
I talked to Lyndsie, and we have a PLAN!! We're going to reset a couple of things so that members who register will get their passwords a different way... they'll probably need to request them, so it will be very easy to weed out the Spammers of Doom. I don't know exactly how this will work yet, but we are ON EET. More updates soon. :)
Posted by Anise on Oct 29, 2017 09:06 pm (0 Comments)
Deep Fried Spam CurdsHey all,
Believe me, I KNOW how frustrating the spam issue is. I'm still trying to find out what can be done. If I had the money to throw at this-- I guarantee I would. If I win Powerball after all, then it'll get fixed right away... it's kind of hard without buying a ticket of course. ;) But if worrying about this was enough to fix it, it WOULD already be fixed!!!
... so why the title? My sister actually ate deep fried Spam curds at the Minnesota State Fair in August, and I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it... no matter how hard I try.
Posted by Anise on Oct 24, 2017 04:42 pm (13 Comments)
Of Icky Spam and Ickier SpammersHey all,
As you may have noticed, we're having a spam problem. :P Spam members = spam reviews = spammy ickiness. I really hate to shut down autoregistration when it wasn't working for the longest time and then we finally got it to work over the past few months, but that may be what needs to happen. I'll be talking to Lyndsie about this. But for now, if you see spammers or spam reviews, PLEASE let us know!! Post here, post on our FB page, or message me. Thanks, and together, we will defeat the Spammers of Evil! :)
ETA: And btw... NEVER CLICK ON SPAM. That's why they keep sending it. Because somebody always does.
Posted by Anise on Sep 18, 2017 11:50 am (11 Comments)
The FFN D/G Exchange is COMPLETE!Time to r and r! Nominations are due on the 27th, and voting, I THINK, starts on Sept 1st. Remember, one of these is mine, but I can’t tell you which one. So many great fics this year… Here's the complete list
The DG Forum Fic Exchange - Summer 2017
The Secret Language of Flowers
Colour and Light
The Phoenix and Dragon
The Golden Afternoon
In My Place
The Secret Life of Draco Malfoy
As It Should Be
Booze & Hoots
Waiting for the Sun
Night of the Phoenix
Malfoy's Patented Daydream Scheme
Posted by Anise on Aug 20, 2017 04:10 pm (7 Comments)
News on the D/G Fic Exchange!OMG I DON'T EVEN *&^*)&^*)&^&*^!
The exchange fic is WRITTEN!!!
Okay, it still needs some editing. But it's done! It exists! It is a thing!!! I seriously thought this wasn't going to happen, BUT IT DID. It was written as the CampNaNo project, which helped. Can't they have it every month?? ;)
ETA: I can't post a cookie from it, because... well, for an exchange, you're not supposed to know who the authors are until the big reveal. ;) But it has Draco and Ginny in it. And they do things. And say words. And things happen. I don't THINK that gave too much away...
Posted by Anise on Jul 28, 2017 03:14 pm (0 Comments)
Summer 2017 D/G Fic Exchange Yay! :)And... IT'S HERE! The DG Forum Fic Exchange – Summer 2017! YAY!!! (throws confetti) Longtime author Boogum is running the exchange through the FFN DG forum, and I'm working on bringing in even more authors! if you've ever written D/G... thought about writing D/G... are willing to try writing D/G... we need YOU. The link below goes to the post with all the details, so you'll obviously want to go there, but here are some dates:
April 10: prompt submissions open
April 22: Prompt submissions close. Prompt requests open.
May 6: Prompts assigned - start writing!
July 31: Final writing deadline for all fics. Stories are posted daily in the order in which they were received.
TBC: All stories posted.
TBC: Accepting nominations.
TBC: Voting period.
TBC: Winners are announced/Writer identities revealed.
Again, check out all the details right here!
Posted by Anise on Apr 10, 2017 06:02 pm (7 Comments)
Summer 2017 Fic Exchange!Hey all,
Yes, we WILL be having a fic exchange this summer! :) But we're going to do it differently from the way we have before. This will be a joint project with the FFN DG forum group, which means we're going to do it through FFN (doing exchanges on LJ adds a LOT, a lot more unnecessary work.) Prompt picking will probably be in May with a long chunk of time to write the fics. And we can't do it without YOU, so we're going to have a lot of FIA participants! (OH yes... oh yes, we will. ;)
That's all the info for now, but more updates when there's more news.
Posted by Anise on Mar 28, 2017 04:55 pm (4 Comments)
WE'RE FAMOUS! KIND OF! YAY!A repost from FB, but not everybody reads our page there...
LOOK AT THIS! WE'RE FAMOUS! YAY! (runs around screeching...)
Ahem. :) FIA is in an academic paper!! It was published last year, and I just found it now. Lookie lookie look. The archive is in it... there are quotes such as "Anise’s body of work is particularly vast"... (blush) READ EET.
FanFiction, Fire, and Ice: The Draco/Ginny Fandom as a Critique of Harry Potter
Posted by Anise on Mar 17, 2017 09:44 pm (12 Comments)
New poll question!Hey all, yep... there's an actual new poll question. The last one was up for a while, and it was time for a change! What would YOU like to see on the site? Vote for your favorite answer, come back and vote again, leave comments, and... I don't know... go outside and enjoy spring. :)
Posted by Anise on Mar 11, 2017 06:43 pm (3 Comments)
Spammers and Other NewsHey all,
So I'm keeping on top of the spammers, and welcome to all actual new members! :) I think I'm narrowing down the weird problem with the occasional 404 error. At first, I thought it was the chapter length, but that didn't seem to be it... then I went through a new chapter paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word... finally identifying the specific line that was the problem. And that's what was so weird... that line was definitely doing it, but I could never figure out what the specific word or phrase or word was that kept triggering the error. So the point is, if anybody has problems with a chapter posting, just keep searching for the exact part that's causing the issue, and you'll eventually find it!! ;)
Posted by Anise on Mar 06, 2017 12:42 pm (3 Comments)
Another spammer bites the dust...Okay, we had to get rid of ANOTHER spammer today... this one was more subtle... they left a review that *almost* sounded legit... and then included a spam link to a student-paper-writing service. No, no, no... they're gone. We are on it! And again, I really hope that we don't have to go back to registering everyone by hand.. :P
Posted by Anise on Feb 19, 2017 01:21 pm (7 Comments)
Spam, spam, icky spam...Hey all, we just had a bunch of spam users sign up today.. >:[. Ick. I think they've all been deleted, but I'm going to keep watching for new ones. I hate to go back to turning off autoregistration, so let's hope it doesn't go that far!!
Posted by Anise on Feb 16, 2017 05:30 pm (0 Comments)
Fic submissions are open! :)Hey all,
We're fully open again, yay! :)
All authors can now turn in fics, including those who were NOT authorized to skip the queue. While every last issue with the site isn't guaranteed to be solved, almost everyone can now get it to come up from their IP address. Please let us know if you're having any ongoing problems at all, and welcome back from the holidays!
Posted by Anise on Jan 15, 2017 11:19 am (0 Comments)
New Submissions...Hey all,
As you MAY have noticed, there have been some issues with the site not coming up for all IP's. You actually might not have noticed at all-- most of them seem to be fine. We think it's the same thing that happened a few years ago, where the DNS servers did not propagate evenly. So while we're still working it out, the archive will be closed to new submissions for a few more days. But it'll still be up, and you can still post fics if you are cleared to post the queue. So hang in there! :)
Posted by Anise on Jan 07, 2017 09:07 pm (0 Comments)
Weird Things With LJ...UPDATE:
The entire DGFIAFics archive on LJ has now been backed up with the LJ utility. The NEXT thing to do is to move a copy to the FIA Dreamwidth account (and yep, there is one.) More updates once that's done. But no matter what happens with LJ.,.. we now have a complete and 100% backup of all posts and all fic exchange fics!! Yay! :)
Hey all, as you may (or may not) have seen, some strange things are happening with LJ. The only thing anybody knows for sure right now is that all of the servers have been moved to Russia (from California.) All I can tell you besides that is what a lot of people are saying... which is that this may be a precursor to the whole thing disappearing, falling apart, having major issues, etc etc etc. OTOH, maybe not. There may not be any problems at all with this. But it's important to be prepared...
So what does this mean for the FIA?? First of all, we're obviously not on the LJ servers! ;) So nothing is going to disappear. BUT... and it's a big but... and there's always that big but in the way... all of the exchange fics for all of the exchanges that FIA has EVER had... they're on LJ.
So what does THIS mean??
First of all, I'm going to back up the entire LJ archive over the next couple of weeks. Second of all, we do have a Dreamwidth account, and i'm also going to copy everything there. Third of all, if you ever participated in an exchange, and you didn't *also* post your fic on FIA, DO EET. I will be emailing people invidually also over the next few weeks.
So, the bad news: LJ might end up having some issues, for sure. The good news: We're on it! The even better news: Happy New Year! :)
More details on the whole LJ subject:
The LJ Disaster
CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia
Posted by Anise on Jan 01, 2017 02:33 pm (0 Comments)
Holiday BreakHey all,
As always, we will be closing for the holidays from December 22-Jan 6th. :) If you are authorized to skip the queue, you can still keep submitting and updating fics, though. If not, just wait until January 7th. Happy Holidays/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Winter Solstice/Buy Absolutely Everything Day/Whatever It Was Called On the Star Wars Christmas Special!
Posted by Anise on Dec 15, 2016 06:05 pm (0 Comments)
Announcing the DG Forum's Secret Santa Exchange!Hey all, So it's time for the DG Forum's "Secret Santa Gift Exchange" on FFN, yay! Please go to the link for all the details, but basically, you just need to go to the FFN group and PM a three word prompt to Boogum. The prompt submissions close at midnight on November 11th, so do it now! You'll be assigned a random prompt in return. Then you'll have until December 26th to write your story, about 500-1000 words. I'm going to write one, and I hope that all of you do too. :)
The 2016 Secret Santa Exchange
Posted by Anise on Nov 04, 2016 05:58 pm (1 Comments)
Your Favorite Fics... Will Be Here Longer!Hey all,
So... I just did something that, um, didn't exactly occur to me before... which is to lengthen the amount of time that new fics will be on the front fics page. Not exactly sure why I didn't think of this before. It seems like they're always gone too fast to read and review... so hopefully this will help. :) They'll now be there for 25 days.
Posted by Anise on Sep 22, 2016 07:53 pm (4 Comments)
And we're back!I believe I have fixed the most recent issues the site was facing. Please let me know either here or in my forum post if there are still any issues.
Also, due to how I had to fix things, please especially let me know if you come across any stories where the contents of a chapter are missing. Thanks!
Posted by Lyndsie on Aug 25, 2016 08:19 pm (4 Comments)
Updates on the site situation...So I went in and did an admin-y thing that SHOULD at least allow people to read the higher rated fics... try and see if it works. :) Lyndsie just let me know that she's started to look at the problem. We are on it!
Posted by Anise on Aug 24, 2016 08:09 pm (2 Comments)
We don't know what's going on yet, but we're on it...ETA on 8/22: Lyndsie just emailed me back, and we're going to figure it out! :) I was working on the next chappie of OSB, and I can't post it... (sob). So we will DEFINITELY work this one out.
Some strange messages seem to be showing up at the top of the page. At least they were showing up for me, and then they went away, but... there seem to be some problems with posting new fics and chapters. Sit tight. We're on it, and I just emailed Lyndsie. DON'T PANIC. Keep calm and carry on. :)
Posted by Anise on Aug 21, 2016 02:37 pm (4 Comments)