WillowDarkling

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    WillowDarkling reacted to JamesRyderErotica in Category Request: Bob's Burgers   
    Thank you so much. I will add the stories I have finished over the next day or so. I don’t want to just drop them all at once. I hope more people get excited for the category. As always thank you for your dedication and effort to making this community what it is.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    I just double-checked myself, and I was actually pleased to find I’ve marked my completed work with a “COMPLETE” tag. 
    Now all I have to do is actually finish the incomplete works.  
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    WillowDarkling reacted to GeorgeGlass in Completed Stories   
    I always add the COMPLETED tag when I finish a story, if only to keep people from posting lengthy “reviews” about what they want to see in the next chapter. Now they pester me for sequels instead.
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    We have a tag for Completed stories, but it is up to the authors to add that tag once they have finished writing a story. 
    So, my suggestion is to look for the Completed tag. 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    Desi makes a good point. So, I went to all of my stories and added the Complete tag to the stories which it applies to.  
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    Desi makes a good point. So, I went to all of my stories and added the Complete tag to the stories which it applies to.  
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    We have a tag for Completed stories, but it is up to the authors to add that tag once they have finished writing a story. 
    So, my suggestion is to look for the Completed tag. 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Completed Stories   
    Desi makes a good point. So, I went to all of my stories and added the Complete tag to the stories which it applies to.  
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Desiderius Price in Completed Stories   
    “Completed” – thinking that eliminates at least 95% of the stories. 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Introducing characters   
    Sorry, but I’m definitely stealing that for my storyverse!   that’s just hilarious! 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from BronxWench in Introducing characters   
    Sorry, but I’m definitely stealing that for my storyverse!   that’s just hilarious! 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from InvidiaRed in New? Introduce Yourself!   
    *hides on top of the wardrobe, ready to pounce*
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Desiderius Price in Tag list?   
    I bookmarked it ages ago, refer to it from time to time, cause it’s handy!
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from Desiderius Price in Tag list?   
    Thank you for that, Desi. I was looking for that post. 
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    WillowDarkling reacted to GeorgeGlass in HP/LM mpreg   
    Dang. this thread has more spam than a Hawaiian 7-Eleven.
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from JayDee in HP/LM mpreg   
    Thank you for that, @BronxWench 
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    WillowDarkling got a reaction from JayDee in HP/LM mpreg   
    Thank you for that, @BronxWench 
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    WillowDarkling reacted to BronxWench in HP/LM mpreg   
    I’m locking this thread due to a flurry of spam posts, 16 of them to be precise.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Desiderius Price in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    I initially misread that (or at least I hope) of 100 hours/week.  I’m lucky to be in a gig where overtime is frowned upon and requires prior approval/justification; this lends itself to be very friendly to writing and other hobbies. 
    And, as an aside, you might enjoy:
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/01/microsoft-pimps-it-old-school-with-a-pricey-text-adventure-game/
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Desiderius Price in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    I’ve never had a good knack for making decent “ballpark” estimates except in the simplest of cases.  And in this case, I don’t know the state of the current codebase, the state of the database, which features would actually be desired, or the modifications/rewrites needed to make that happen, so any estimate aside from “possibly major” is deceptive IMO.  
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    WillowDarkling reacted to BronxWench in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    I’m not even remotely qualified to comment on what it would take to modify the current code, although I suspect it would be a major undertaking. My usefulness comes when it’s time to beta-test the updates, since I know what will work, and what will create issues for our members based on the troubleshooting inquiries I get.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Thundercloud in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    As a reference at my job I am currently bringing in a new programmer in one of the projects. I expect him to spend 100 hours before he get proficient enough with the codebase to make design choice on his own. Until then I devote hours each week just to answer questions and say yes/no to ideas. It takes serious effort to vet a new programmer for serious work.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Desiderius Price in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    If we did this properly, then we’d need to
    Collect requirements/desires as we examine the codebase.  Review the existing codebase, figuring out what we want to change Determine if an overhaul vs rewrite is more appropriate, with long term maintainability and reliability and performance in mind.  Create a rough conceptual design Setup source control and a prototype-dev-beta server (maybe even a task-issue-manager/bugzilla), Iterate with some sort of sprint style, where we’d prototype/refine, and have a predefined target for switching the website over (upon approval from the mods/admin). A key question would be whether to combine databases, such that a story could be cross-listed, BUT also maintain backward compatibility with existing URLs.   Categories would remain, but could be implemented as, the original poster mentioned, tags, or another mechanism.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to Thundercloud in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    As a professional programmer I would say that it close to impossible to say how much effort a new feature would take without looking at the actual codebase. You can make an effort to stay current with the latest tech so that it is easy to do overhauls, but that require continuous development and the typical case is thatthe effort to do a overhaul depends a lot on details of the codebase. AFF runs on PHP and I think it is fairly certain that it is more of the fix-things-when-they-break kind of site than a site that play catch up with latest technology.
    The top priorities from me to overhaul would be:
    Adding more allowed bytes to the disclaimer field and the description fields so authors can write something more than the required sentences would be great. There is bound to be authors that decide against using AFF because the limits of bytes that is very annoying. The limits presented look like reasonable limits back in the days when screens/webbrowsers could not show as much text. In a modern webbrowser that can show a lot more text the limits does not make sense anymore. More allowed bytes for the tags field might be worth to consider so the authors can get the option not use the hard-to-understand acronyms if they don’t want to. The sidebar that the Guest complain is empty space has a lot uses when logged in onthe author page. When just browsing stories it is empty...why not duplicate the search control there when it is not used for the author components? If it has the option to remember search terms the user like it would save a lot of clicks when searching for interesting materials. Possibly it could work as a filter so the user can remove stories with unwanted tags on permanent basis without having to do a search click on each visit to AFF When reading a story the left sidebar could offer quick links to other works by the same author Password limitations and implementation updated forthe modern age. Fixing the bug that means I don’t get messages when reviews are posted on my stories would be great….at least for me. :-) I am not saying the above is reasonable to implement since I don’t know the state of the codebase, but it sounds to me like much more useful improvements than the proposal from the guest.
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    WillowDarkling reacted to BronxWench in This Site Desperately Needs An Overhaul   
    We have 23 separate databases. There is no way, at present, to have a franchise tag option that would search across the databases. The search function only works within the database you are visiting, otherwise known as the subdomain. So, if you are looking in the Anime subdomain, and search for Harry Potter, you will not get any results. That’s because Harry Potter has its own subdomain, or database. Similarly, searching in Anime for Inuyasha won’t return anything UNLESS the story in question is a crossover with the primary setting in Death Note. Crossovers are placed in the subdomain/subcategory where the story is primarily set. If Naruto visits Hogwarts, and all the content revolves around Hogwarts, the story does not belong in the Naruto subdomain. Rather, it is placed in Harry Potter, in the Crossovers subcategory.
    Users have no ability to create subcategories, which helps avoid the issue of misspelled categories appearing alongside correctly spelled categories. We would not allow users to create tags for any reference table, either. AO3 is a prime example of what happens when you let people loose with tags. We have a dropdown table of content tags, which can be added at the time a story is published. Thereafter, users have the ability to add tags manually via the Control Panel in their profile.
    Disclaimers… we actually have an excellent FAQ on the topic, but I’ll provide examples of what we look for in a disclaimer.
    Single Fandom:  I do not own Harry Potter and I make no profit/money from this story. (Optional: I do not make any profit/money from this story.)
    Crossover:  I do not own Harry Potter, Twilight, or Naruto and I make no profit/money from this story. (Optional: I do not make any profit/money from this story.)
    Work in the public domain:  This is a work of fiction based on Bram Stoker’s’s Dracula. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is unintentional.
    Original fiction:  This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, in unintentional. (Optional: All rights are reserved by the author, and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.)
    Original Poetry: This is a work of poetry. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, in unintentional. (Optional: All rights are reserved by the author, and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.)
    Original nonfiction: This is a work of non-fiction. Where possible, permission has been obtained from all persons named in this story.  
    Celebrity fiction:  This is a work of fiction. I do not know or own Asuka or Alexa Bliss or Mickie James. I make no profit/money from this story. (Optional: I do not make any profit/money from this story.)
    As you can see, there isn’t really a single format that will work for every situation.
    I scan the content tags in the summary page, actually. It’s sort of like browsing bookshelves in a bookstore for me.  It’s also easier than having to input a lengthy list of tags to filter out, since in a single-database scenario, I’d wind up having to filter in the one fandom I do want to read at the moment, and THEN filter out all the content I don’t want to see, and finally skim past the stories I’ve already read which pop up in the results, since filtering by date might mean I’d miss an update I might not have seen.
    Or, when I think about it and have time, I just add a story to my Currently Reading portion of my profile, so I can find it quickly.