FeedbackDue to recent events, I would like to remind you all that there is a significant difference between critical feedback and a flame. One can express an opinion, even a negative one, without flaming. Observe.
Bleh. GothGinny? Could this get any more angsty? Tried to finish this chapter, but couldn't because of the bile rising in my throat over "Goth" Ginny. Oh well, to each his own.
This is a flame. Note the condescending tone and the bitchy delivery. The reviewer is trying to say they did not like the story, but they are letting their pissiness get in the way. The same thing could be rewritten to still convey the same message while not being offensive. Like so:
I don't care much for the portrayal of Ginny as a goth, so I didn't finish the chapter. If this is what you like then you're certainly entitled to write it, but keep in mind that it does alienate some readers.
See the difference? One concentrates on simple derision, the other one explains why the author might possibly give a damn about this particular reviewer's opinion. It still doesn't put the author under any obligation to change their story, mind you, but at least it falls within the category of what might be considered 'civil discourse'. It also makes it harder to just ignore the reviewer as a bitter and hateful lunatic if you actually apply the manners you were taught in kindergarden.
You should also note that, if a review goes beyond criticism of the story and to direct criticism of the author, this is beyond doubt a flame and will get your little troll ass kicked soundly. Got it?
Don't make me turn this archive around.
Posted by Mynuet on Nov 27, 2004 12:58 am (7 Comments)
Ahem.So far I've had two submissions come through where all of the highlighted text, instead of using the tags for bold and italic, instead was using links to a spyware site. This is a major no-no, and I don't want to see it ever again. I don't know if this is happening because the site offers some kind of promotional benefit or if it's not intentional on the part of the author, but any stories with such links will be deleted no matter how wonderful they might be otherwise. I don't want to take away the ability of the rest of the users to put in links to harmless things, like a fanart site or their livejournals, just because a few people are causing problems.
Posted by Mynuet on Nov 14, 2004 03:12 am (2 Comments)
The D/G Feast Fic Contest!Attention all writers of D/G fic and fans of food! ; ) I wanted to let you know about a fic contest I'm sponsoring, featuring D/G, recipes, and cool prizes. Full details can be found on my Live Journal, here.
I encourage everyone to participate, both seasoned writers and those who have been thinking about joining the fray. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Posted by Sarea Okelani on Nov 08, 2004 09:29 am (0 Comments)
Bitch mode ONApparently there's a girl somewhere in Canada who is under the impression that I am stupid. She started out using the name Cara and has tried using various aliases, including Canadian Kitten and Mariah. She does not, however, change her bio (except to change her age), or her email address, or what story she chooses to plagiarize. Once again, this absolute moron has attempted to submit a ripoff of Echo's "A Bit of the Dark Sinister". There's a saying that goes that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, and if we use that standard, this chick is completely and totally loony. So, officially, for the record, on the front page of my archive, I will say that the chick who sometimes goes by Cara and is currently using firstname.lastname@example.org, you are an absolute and complete troglodyte, a form of life apparently incapable of thought. You are not welcome here and we would like to request that you kindly go away until you have figured out how to pick up a clue when it is dropped on your head attached to an anvil.
Everyone else, do not, whatever you do, make me go through this again. Seething homicidal rage is not a state I enjoy spending time in.
Posted by Mynuet on Nov 01, 2004 02:43 pm (4 Comments)
A word on plagiarismAs a few of you may have discovered from a few places, we had a bit of an issue with a brainless plagiarist over the weekend. Just so that everyone is quite clear on the fact that this is a practice that is unacceptable, I'l like to let y'all know that all plagiarists we spot will be turned over to the Known Plagiarists website for public humilation and/or excoriation.
On a related note, you would not believe just how angry I get on the topic of harassment of one of our authors. Don't do it, or I will do my best to make your life extremely unpleasant.
Posted by Mynuet on Oct 18, 2004 10:11 am (2 Comments)
Server ServiceJust as a heads up, we've been contacted by our host with the following notice.
On Sunday, October 17th between the hours of 11PM and 6AM Pacific Standard
Time, the server will within our weekly maintenance window.
Our technicians will be performing an upgrade and reconfiguration of your
server. The upgrade will take between 10 minutes and 2 hours, but is
expected to be short.
Your website will NOT be accessible while the upgrade is in progress.
I wanted to pass this on as a heads up. Please do not email us about the outage. Your emails will be bounced and then we will be flooded when everything goes live again.
Posted by Megh on Oct 16, 2004 10:43 am (0 Comments)
Do Not Taunt the Happy Fun ModsPeople, we have a help section for a reason. If you have a question, please read it before you send out snippy emails. And definitely do NOT EVER send a snippy email directly to Megh. Megh is a busy woman who does our code work out of a genuine love for the pairing and the goodness of her heart. She does not deserve to be treated like a lackey, and there is nothing you can do that will get your ass banned faster than being mean to Megh. If you feel like you've got a genuine grievance and need to yell at someone, the address you want is mynuet@ DandG.com.
And, for those of you who still won't go look at the help section, the reason your story is showing up on the recently added list but not on the site is because the world is united in a cosmic plot against you. If you don't like that answer, go read the other one that's in the help section, because I ain't typing all that again.
Love and Smooches,
Mynuet the Miffed
Posted by Mynuet on Oct 05, 2004 11:47 am (5 Comments)
Contest!We're still in the planning stages of our own contest - any suggestions on prizes are welcome, but in the meantime, all y'all should enter SugarBear's contest! She's celebrating her birthday by giving away presents to those who present her with good fic, and since I get to read all the fic, I'm whole-heartedly in favor of this! Go here for details, and get to writing!
Posted by Mynuet on Sep 25, 2004 12:26 pm (0 Comments)
A Friendly ReminderI thought that this would go without saying, but I guess some folks need to be reminded. The members of the Cabal are volunteers. They dedicate off hours from jobs, schools, children and families in order to maintain some level of quality control over the content here on D&G.com.
Spelling and grammar must be acceptable. This includes your title and summary. What do we mean by acceptable? Fewer than one mistake per hundred words, and absolutely no net-speak, ever.
Every author submitting to the archive has to at least scroll past these guidelines prior to submitting any chapters. When our Cabal members find enough errors to reject your fic based on any of our rules, they can simply send you the no letter and delete your fic from the queue. If they take it upon themselves to fix spelling, grammar or name errors in your fic and notify you of it, this is a favor to you.
Posted by Megh on Sep 04, 2004 10:08 pm (1 Comments)
A Lot of Random Stuff
As we draw closer to the end of our first month at DracoAndGinny.com,
HOLY COW! Is all I can say. A brief break down of the hits we've been getting
There have only been six days this month (and we only opened up here on the
Also, Lauren over at Draco and Ginny Awards asked that we inform you of the round two nominations.
There is a plan in the works for our own little contest here on D&G.com with the prize of Gmail accounts. More information on that will be forthcoming.
To close out this incredibly long news blurb, I'd just like to let everyone know how much we appreciate your patience with getting everything back into correct working order. I'm still strugling with getting the strike tag in place, but it'll come, eventually. I swear. ;)
Posted by Megh on Aug 27, 2004 05:50 pm (0 Comments)
Contests!We haven't gotten organized enough to have one of our own, but I wanted to point out to our fabulous authors that there are two fic contests going on now which y'all might be interested in. One is sponsored by ClanMalfoy, August Moon's Surrender, with paid Livejournal time for the winner. The other is sponsored by ToujoursPur, and in keeping with that site's theme it's about a familial relationship within the Blacks - the prize is either a copy of the HP book of your choice or a DVD of them movie of your choice, which is pretty good, I think. So, go read the rules, then write some Black fanfiction! While neither of these contests is D/G specific, they certainly allow for D/G within them, and I think that some of our authors could do a wonderful job with these themes.
Posted by Mynuet on Aug 14, 2004 09:06 am (0 Comments)
ATTENTIONAs those of you who've submitted recently know, there has recently been an updated, expanded version of the submission rules posted. Apparently I hadn't been clear enough with the original, two-entry version I had typed up, and for that I apologize. These new rules are a standardized version of what I'd been thinking all along, but never set out in plain terms.
Please go read them. You can find them by going to your account and clicking like you're going to submit a story, and every story on the archive is subject to them, even ones that were accepted before this formalization. If your story fails to comply, fix it - otherwise sooner or later you'll be getting a little note from a member of the Cabal suggesting you do so.
I have said this repeatedly, but just so I know everyone has seen it: I highly recommend a beta reader for everyone. I'm pretty darn good at beta reading, but I still have my own fics read over by someone else because it's very hard to spot your own mistakes. There is no one so perfect that they will never make a typo, and this is your fic, your baby, the finished product that you are showing to the world. Do you want people's impression of it to be that you don't care enough about your own work to do it right?
Posted by Mynuet on Aug 12, 2004 02:44 am (0 Comments)
All hands BulletinSince we've had quite a few (over 100 as of five minutes ago) of our recent 'FYI emails' bounced, I figured I'd post a copy of Mynuets email here.
Megh has once again proven herself to rock unspeakably hard, and the new site is up and running!
Because I was a dumbass and forgot to close the site for submissions at the same time as she took the backup of the database, there were some things lost - if you uploaded a story or chapter in the past week, double check that it's still here on the new site. Also, I'm not sure if all of the reviews made it over - if you're missing some, let me know and I'll paste them over. Otherwise...
Remember! If there are any problems, email us! We've got this nifty new address, Archive@DracoAndGinny.com. The spambots haven't found it yet, so the only mail we've gotten has been the hundred or so Bounced emails.
Posted by Megh on Aug 09, 2004 07:35 pm (1 Comments)
Tenatively OpenWell, I've done all I can, and I think we're as ready as we'll ever be. The archive is now open on it's new home, DracoAndGinny.com.
When visiting. please understand that we're still working out all the kinks and bugs. But we should be up and running at full capacity shortly.
Posted by Megh on Aug 08, 2004 05:46 pm (1 Comments)
SQUEE!Thanks to several very generous donations, we were able to buy a year of service, and so very shortly we'll be moving house to new space! Exciting stuff! :D
Posted by Mynuet on Aug 03, 2004 07:01 pm (1 Comments)
Moving out!We've wibbled, and we've decided: The Fire and Ice Archive is going to move to its own hosting package, because we've grown faster than anticipated and it's not fair to the other people on grey-space for us to suck up all the bandwidth. To that end, I'm going to be all shameless and ask anyone who feels like it to donate to the "Buy us server space" fund. If you want to use paypal, send it to email@example.com. There'd be a nifty button here, but I can't get it work. :P
If you would prefer to send a check or money order, contact me for my address. This is all voluntary on your part, however much or little you want to give. Once we have enough for the initial year I'll let y'all know and then keep records as to who paid what so that we can save up for next year and on into the future. We're still debating what hosting company to use, although we think that Globat seems likely. If we go with Globat, we might be able to do something like give pop3 accounts to people who donate over a certain amount.
Posted by Mynuet on Aug 02, 2004 07:23 am (1 Comments)
Emailing Us, FeaturesJust as a quick FYI, if you're going to be emailing the archive, I do not open any mails that are marked as high priority. Normally mails marked with high priority are spam, so I don't even bother. We get an inordinant amount of spam, and I tend to just go through the main page deleting email from addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org and if the title is something like "Important Document!", or if it's got an attachment. So, keep those things in mind when you send us an email.
I also have a question: How many of you are paid users over at LJ? Could you leave a comment here? I'm working on a couple of features for the site, and one would be something that will only work for paid users on LJ. If you could comment on this news artical, that would be super helpful.
Posted by Megh on Jul 23, 2004 06:16 am (13 Comments)
New LayoutAs you can probably tell, I've finished the newest layout for the Archive. The degree to which I prefer this one over the old one is rediculous.
Remember this is still in beta testing, so please send me any comments or anything you may have. Think something is hard to read? Dislike the way something looks? Let me know. I may not (actually probably) utilize your comment on this layout; but I will definitely keep it in mind next time I get a hair up my rear to re-do the look.
Curious about the top art? This banner is part of a drawing I did as a birthday gift to the wonderful Mynuet. It is an original piece of art, so if you are tempted to use it for anything know that I will not allow it. This is gift art, meant for Mynuet only. Y'all are lucky she allowed me to make this skin. She could have said 'No.' ;)
Just kidding. But seriously, there has been a rash of art thievery throughout the fandom recently and I do not kid around about this. Just like the art I used for the last banner/layout, it is not open for grabs. If I see it anywhere else I will make a stink and I will have it removed no matter what it takes.
On that happy note, I think I'll close this with a plea for imput on the layout. Let me know what you think, please!
P.S. If you don't see the new layout and want to (because it really is quite spiffy), log in and then go to "edit personal information". At the bottom of the page there's an option for selecting which skin you want. There you can select either the classic layout, the classic layout in wide format, or the new Slytherin's Bride layout.
Posted by Megh on Jul 22, 2004 07:18 pm (3 Comments)
A Couple of ThingsLauren from, Shattered Sanity.net, has contacted us letting us know that her site has begun it's nominations for D/G Fanfiction awards. I'll have the button to her site, and Magical Theory and a couple of other sites down there on the affiliates box *points to bottom of the page*, sometime tomorrow.
Some people have reported their log-in sessions timing out before they get a chance to read and comment on a story. This has to do with the security settings of your browser. The site sends your browser a cookie, which expires after a certain period of time depending upon your browsers settings. If the cookie expires before you get the chance to review, you will have to log in again to do a signed review. It is a pain in the rear, I know. The only way I know of to prevent this from happening is to either lower your security level (mine is set to medium, and I can leave the browser window open for hours without having to re-login), or make the site a 'trusted' site or somesuch. I'm researching how to do this on various platforms and browsers, but have yet to find anything too consise. I'll post here when I've found something, or made something more to my liking.
Posted by Megh on Jul 09, 2004 09:37 pm (1 Comments)
Woot!We're growing huge! I never expected to get this much traffic right off the bat, but it's very gratifying.
Of course, it would also be gratifying if I could tell potential authors that they could look forward to getting reviews. *bats lashes winsomely* So please do review stories you enjoyed reading. We don't currently have a reward system or the like for it, but you'll get a warm fuzzy glow knowing you made an author's day and encouraged them to write more by your interest, and isn't that a great reward by itself?
Posted by Mynuet on Jul 03, 2004 01:57 am (5 Comments)
Log In Issues; Are you on this list?The following users have had their confermation emails returned to us, for various reasons. If you are on this list and have yet to recieve an email (or to have solved the issue), please contact us ASAP so that we can resolve the issue preventing your registration.
Some of these are kind of old. Also, if any of you are switching email's please remember to update your address with the site, as we've got some returned mails from people that I know are changing their addresses.
I'm working on making up some new layouts and streamlining the current ones, any suggestions/ideas? Please contact me by using this link (here) and click on the "contact" link. Or just email us at archive [a] desertzephyr.net.
Posted by Megh on Jun 20, 2004 07:32 pm (1 Comments)
Not cranky yet...When you upload a story, double-check how it looks before submitting. I've been getting stories with random line breaks in the middle of sentences and five lines between sentences and so on, and much time could be saved if each author took the time to look over their work and make sure it looks the way it should.
Posted by Mynuet on Jun 06, 2004 02:29 am (4 Comments)
Registration Woes and WondersI've noticed that quite a few of the confirmation emails have been getting bounced back from new members' email addresses. Our mailer deamon attempts to deliver the confirmation email for two days, after that it sends us a notice. So, if after two days you still haven't received a temp password, let us know. We can manually set up one for you.
Can you believe we've hit 120 members? Wow!
Posted by Megh on May 28, 2004 10:48 am (2 Comments)
No, FAQ...In responce to some of the problems we've had so far, I've written up a little FAQ. You can reach it by clicking on that Help button right up there, in the menu.
Any questions or comments? You know where to send, 'em!
Posted by Megh on May 13, 2004 03:35 pm (2 Comments)