|You've guessed it! Our brand-new feature, AudioFictions has now been launched.|
You can now visit our podcast page by clicking on the banner above this post. There you will find all of the information about our new podcast, and you'll be able to listen to the first episode! I hope you won't mind my voice for this time, but I'm reading some of my favourite poems from the site - all of whom have won or been awarded runner-up status in the Quick Silver Quills.
But we want to know what you want to listen to, and that is where the Black Lake comes in! In that forum, you'll be able to discuss the episodes and suggest new fictions and poetry for the "MerMuggles" to read.
MerMuggles are our recording team, who we will be hiring in the next couple of weeks. Check out the banner above for more details.
(MerMuggles is also the password to the Black Lake if you haven't had a chance to work it out!)
I hope you all enjoyed our riddle. We certainly had fun planning all of this for you and I hope it'll be a success.
The queue is not quite open yet - that'll happen later tonight and we'll make another news post when it does.
Please also see that the ads have been moved around slightly so that they fit into our skins. If you've got a problem with a layout, please contact me over on the Beta Boards and I'll try and sort it out.
For this week, only the Dragon skin will be available in celebration of our new project! The others will return in due course.
So, for new feature #1, what do we think?
Edit: AudioFictions can now be downloaded from itunes! Visit here: Linkie to subscribe!
Edit 2: The queue should now be open. Sorry for the delay, little technical glitch. Hopefully everything should be working, but if not - let me know!
Edit 3: Please remember to include your screenname on your auditions. :D I've had one or two that say a name, but I have no way of knowing who you are on our site!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 10/08/08 17:41 (45 Comments)|
|In preparation for our relaunch tomorrow afternoon, all of the skins bar one have been closed for use. Don't panic if the screen doesn't look like it normally does! It's just me playing around with the system.|
I suggest you visit the Beta Boards where some interesting new features have been popping up...
What exactly is the Black Lake??
|Posted by Roxy Black on 10/07/08 17:48 (14 Comments)|
|Quicksilver Quills 2008 Nominations Reopened|
|Because the announcement date for the Quicksilver Quill Awards 2008 winners was pushed back to December, the nominations have been reopened for a week. Please get all of your nominations in by October 8, 2008.|
To nominate a story, please post in the appropriate thread in this forum. Be sure to read the rules before nominating. Note that only registered forum members are allowed to nominate.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 09/30/08 8:27 (6 Comments)|
|Regarding Our Situation|
There have been a number of questions and concerns floating about the site, and so we'll now attempt to answer them adequately.
MNFF is growing quite rapidly, in part due to the fact that the series is now over and so fan fiction has become a respite for many mourning fans. This means that, should we wish to continue providing a fast and capable site, more memory and server space is required. Therefore, more funds are required. The Ads you currently see around the border of the site are the solution that the senior staff on the main MuggleNet site has implemented. However, we are hoping to introduce our own, less distracting and more aesthetically-pleasing solution(s), and are taking the time we have now with the queue closing to work towards that aim. In the meantime, the Ads will remain. Once we implement another solution, it is our hope that they can be removed.
We would also like to assure you that we hope to give any surplus income from either the ads or our own fundraisers to a charity, allowing your work and your presence here on the site to help others less fortunate.
It is because of this, in conjunction with September being a notoriously busy month for us, that the queue was closed in the first place. We understand that this particular closing did not go as smoothly as past ones, leaving some authors without certain story functions. We deeply and genuinely apologize for this. We would never knowingly or purposefully restrict you from handling your own work. It was an extremely regrettable accident, and one for which we can only pray forgiveness.
In any case, we think our revenue ideas are very exciting ones and we hope that, when you see them, you'll agree. We have not forgotten who we work for, or why this site exists at all. You are all irreplaceable members of this community, and without your saintly patience and understanding, none of these site upgrades would be possible.
Thank you all,
|Posted by Roxy Black on 09/21/08 17:11 (22 Comments)|
September is a very tricky time of year for us mods. We start new schools, find problems with moving house, or even get hit by hurricanes! As such, we’re all very busy people and we’re finding it a little hard to handle the queue. We’ve suffered some losses within our team and we’re hoping to announce the arrival of some new mods very soon. However, we’d like to announce a three-week closure of the queue, just so that we can sort ourselves out. When we reopen, we’ll also hopefully be launching some brand-new ideas that we’ve been working on, including a new layout to help make the ads blend into the page slightly more. The forums will stay open throughout the time and our autumn term classes will still take place. The queue will therefore be closing on Wednesday at midnight EST and will remain closed to new fictions for three weeks. Those fictions that are currently in the queue will be modded during that time.
However, I am sorry to announce that we’ll also be postponing our QSQs. We usually announce the winners at Halloween but due to time constraints we have resolved that it would be more suitable to come to a decision closer to Christmas. We thank you for all of your nominations and they will be taken forward for that time.
Thank you for your kind understanding and we will enjoy seeing your writing again very soon.
The queue is now closed. We will reopen submissions October 8.
|Posted by Roxy Black on 09/15/08 17:42 (33 Comments)|
|Announcing the Opening of the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Awards|
|It's time for the third annual Quicksilver Quill Awards!|
For those of you who were not with us the past two years, the Quicksilver Quills is our way of honouring outstanding stories, authors, reviewers, betas, and artists.
There will be eighteen categories this year (we've added a new category for our bannermakers) in which you can win an award in. Rules and further information are posted here
The categories are as follows:
Best General Story
We encourage everyone to nominate so we can make the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Awards a huge success!
To nominate, please see this forum.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 08/20/08 15:44 (27 Comments)|
|New Option in User Accounts|
|Many of you have noticed and commented on the Manage Images option that has appeared in your Account Information area. Our coders are hard at work on this function and have not worked out all the kinks just yet.|
At the present time, you cannot actually load images. We don't have an estimated time of when this will be fixed, so please be patient and bear with us as our coders continue to work on it.
Please also keep in mind that in the past, this function allowed users to post images or banners only on their author profiles, not in individual stories.
An annoucement will be made when the function is up and running, so keep watching here and on the MNFF forums for more information.
|Posted by myownmuggle on 08/19/08 15:35 (10 Comments)|
|A Little Queue Reminder|
|Hello there, everyone.|
This is just a gentle reminder that our submission rules haven't changed. Please submit your fictions to only one category. When choosing a sub-category, such as a pairing or one of the many under the "general" heading, please make sure that only the sub-category is in the second box. Any fiction that has been submitted to something like "Romance, James/Lily" will be deleted on sight and may not have a rejection letter attached to it.
We have stated this many times in the past but there has been a gentle increase in these submissions lately so we figured it was time to bring it to your attention once more.
There are details on how to avoid multi-cat submissions both in the submission guidelines on these archives and in the Check-In Desk on our beta boards. Please look there for further details if you are unsure.
|Posted by Roxy Black on 08/07/08 11:38 (8 Comments)|
|Advertisements on Mugglenet Fan Fiction|
|Dear loyal Mugglenet Fan Fiction members,|
Most of you have probably noticed the sudden appearance of ads on our site. The ads are something new we're experimenting with to cover our share of the server cost. We are, after all, still growing, and the costs of running this site may have exceeded our initial estimates. We're still working out the details and random kinks, and we're having a little trouble editing anything significantly regarding the layout of the ads. What you see right now is not permanent. Rest assured that we will make an announcement when everything is ironed out.
In the meantime, we welcome any opinions you may have regarding the ads. Please refrain from merely complaining about the layout. As we have stated, this problem has already been noted and placed on the top of our list of priorities.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you all for bearing with us.
Mugglenet Fan Fiction Staff
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 08/03/08 10:16 (61 Comments)|
|The Ultimate Guide for Writers|
|Hello there everyone,|
Over the past few months there has been a little behind-the-scenes talk about the possibility of creating a Writers' Guide to help you all with your writing.
We would like to do a little market research and as such, we have created a survey to find out more. All we need now is our market!
We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this simple form. this simple form All the information will be used for this research only and your personal details will not be published anywhere.
Simply follow the on-screen instructions, choose one selection per question, submit the form and follow the two "continue" links until it says successful. :) Thank you very much for your time and your opinions and watch this space!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 07/30/08 12:40 (30 Comments)|
|Spam PMs on the Forums|
|In the last 24 hours, MNFF Beta Boards have been hit by a spam-email attack that has been affecting many boards across the internet. We would like to thank our members for their maturity and the sensitive way they have handled this situation.|
For those of you who have, perhaps, not logged into your forum account today - if you have received an email that says "Have you seen this website" or similar, do not open it. It's simply pure spam and there is no need to even think about it. Simply take note of the username and delete the PM.
You can send the username of the offending party to any of the moderators and we will handle the situation.
We are looking into improving the safety of our PM system and apologise for any inconvenience these messages may have caused.
Thank you again for your continued support.
|Posted by Roxy Black on 07/19/08 13:10 (29 Comments)|
|QSQ Graphics Challenge|
|As some of you will know our annual Quicksilver Quills have been a huge success in the past. For those of you who don't, the Quills are our awards for the best fictions, characters and authors on the site. |
This year, in preparation for these writing challenges, the mods have decided to hold a graphics challenge to come up with some nice visuals to go with and represent our QSQs when that time of year comes around. We've seen the amazing talents of our authors in the layout challenge, we know we won't be disappointed!
The challenge is to come up with:
- Quicksilver Quills Logo
- Quicksilver Quills Trophy Banner
You may try your hand at one of the above choices or both and can submit as many different entries as you like, but remember, the time spent making two or three ok banners might be better invested in working on and fine-tuning one awesome banner, so use your time wisely! You are free to keep it simple or you can get as creative as you'd like!
You have until Monday, June 23rd at 8pm EST to get your entries in.
All questions should be directed to the QSQ Graphics Questions thread in the Beta Forums.
Thanks, and Good Luck!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 06/04/08 5:18 (11 Comments)|
|Queue Wait Time|
|This is to let you all know that the queue wait time is now back to normal. Therefore, everything should be looked at by a moderator within 7 to 10 days of reaching our queue.|
Happy Submitting! :)
|Posted by songbook99 on 05/22/08 13:11 (43 Comments)|
|Thank you all for the applications. You did not make our decision easy (considering how long it took) but we finally made one. Meet your new MNFF moderators:|
Good luck to you all!
|Posted by Anasuya on 05/14/08 7:54 (42 Comments)|
|Your MNFF - The Results|
|So... the time is finally here!|
Thank you everyone for your votes, we had almost 200 votes and we have found our final five designs!
Firstly, congratulations to everyone that took part in this competition. All of the designs were brilliant and it was really hard to pick these winners. We'll be keeping as many designs as possible on file incase we want to come back to them in the future.
So, I know you're all dying to find out who the winners are and what the skins look like. The reason for the delay in announcing these results is that... we were coding them. When you read this message, you will be able to go to the archives and choose one of our fantastic five!
And so, without further ado, our winners are...
A Thousand Years - crazy_purple_hp_freak
Guidance - Eowyn89
Lumos - striped_candycane
Mischief Managed - Hatusu
Forever Three - Sentinelity
Congratulations all of you! I hope you are happy with how your skins have turned out, I definately am.
If you find any problems with any of the skins, please contact me over on the beta forums.
Thank you very much and enjoy your new skins!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 04/25/08 16:42 (48 Comments)|
|Queue Wait Time|
|Due to a variety of circumstances, the time submissions are in the queue awaiting moderation has gone up. We, the moderators, realize that many of you have become dissatisified with the amount of time it is taking for your submissions to be moderated, especially in the larger categories.|
The moderators are doing what we can to bring the wait time back to the normal seven to ten days. To do so, we are asking that you not contact a moderator until your submission has been in the queue at least twenty-one days. After your submission has been in the queue at least three weeks please contact the moderator in charge of the category to which you submitted your story/chapter. For the general categories modded by everyone, please contact the staff email.
Here is a list of which moderators work in which categories:
General ~ Everyone
Historical ~ MithrilQuill
Mystery ~ Andrea (Ravensgryff)
Poetry ~ Jan (Magical Maeve)
Post-Hogwarts ~ Beth/Brosna (Marauder by Midnight/mooncalf)
MWPP ~ Vindictus Viridian/Elysa (PhysicalGraffiti)
Humor ~ Everyone
Dark/Angsty ~ Everyone
Ron/Hermione ~ Roxy/Josh (Roxy Black/x2pttrclue32)
Harry/Ginny ~ Danielle (bogus)
Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny ~ Roxy/Josh (Roxy Black/x2pttrclue32)
Other Pairing ~ Julie (myownmuggle)
Harry/Hermione ~ Elysa/Rachel (PhysicalGraffiti/lily_evans34)
Hermione/Draco ~ Anasuya/Karin (Potterphile12/songbook99)
Hermione/Snape ~ Kim (Phoenix5225)
Various Pairings ~ Julie (myownmuggle)
Ron/OC ~ MithrilQuill
Harry/OC ~ Abby (Eponine)
Draco/OC ~ Elle (Sly Severus)
Hermione/OC ~ Elle(Sly Severus)
James/Lily ~ Anasuya/Rachel (Potterphile12/lily_evans34)
Draco/Ginny ~ Rachel (lily_evans34)
Remus/Tonks ~ Danielle/Karin (bogus/songbook99)
Same Sex Pairings (all cats) ~ Andrea (Ravensgryff)
Alternate Universe ~ Beth (Marauder by Midnight)
Reducing the amount of emails and PMs the moderators receive will hopefully allow us to spend more time in the queue moderating your stories instead of answering your emails.
We appreciate your patience with the moderating process. Without all of you, we wouldn't have a site to maintain.
|Posted by songbook99 on 04/18/08 10:35 (26 Comments)|
|Applications for mod hiring are now closed. No more submissions will be accepted. However, if you do have a last minute recommendation to send in, you have until tomorrow night. |
Keep watching this space for updates on our progress as we deliberate over the apps.
Good luck to all who applied!
|Posted by Anasuya on 04/17/08 7:49 (13 Comments)|
|Well, I hope you all enjoyed our April Fool's Joke. I see that some did more than others. But today, it's back to business on MNFF. As you can see, we have a rather nice new site and with a new site comes the need for some new mods. Yes, we are hiring again.|
We will be accepting applications starting today and ending on April 16th. Now before I get into the substantive stuff, I would like to give you all a warning: I know that everyone gets excited when it comes time to hire, but you should know that this is a very time-consuming position and there is a good deal of stress involved. In short, it is not for everyone. That being said, if you feel that you're up to the task, then we look forward to your applications.
Right, so what do you need to become a MNFF moderator? Well, there are two things that we require of every mod. You must have AIM and you must have a Livejournal. You need AIM because this is where we hold our staff meetings. If you don't want to download the software, you can use free services such as AIM Express or Meebo, but you must sign up for an AIM screenname. Also, you need a Livejournal because this is how we communicate if the forums go down. You do not need to use the account, you just need to have it and check it on occasion. These are the two things that we require, no exceptions.
Furthermore, you must be comfortable reading a variety of fics, including those with various ratings and various pairings. Obviously, you will not be forced to read anything that makes you uncomfortable, but sometimes situations arise and you may have to read a pairing that you don't like.
Please fill out the following form when applying:
How long have you been part of MNFF? Stories on MNFF:
Qualifications (Beta work, PI accreditation, RL qualifications):
Possible Problems (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest):
Categories/Pairings that you would be willing to mod:
Categories/Pairings that you would be unwilling to mod:
Why you want to mod:
In addition, you'll also be required to include three recommendations from other site members. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. However, due to the increased workload with the new site, we are capping the amount of recommendations that each mod can write, so as not to give them increased stress. Each mod will only be able to write two recs, so if they decline when you ask them, please don't take it personally. Please respect the decisions of all members when asking for recommendations.
Please read the following very carefully: Do NOT send your applications to the staff email. All applications should be sent to Anasuya@fanfiction.mugglenet.com. Also, recommendations should be sent directly to me, NOT through the applicant.
If you are submitting an application, please include this in your subject line: 'Moderator Application for (your username).'
If you are submitting a recommendation for someone, please include this in your subject line: 'Moderator Recommendation for (applicant's username) from (your username).'
I'm going to be getting a lot of emails, and this will help me keep track of them.
Also, if you are sending me more than one recommendation, you may send them in one email. Just make sure to specify that there is more than one.
I think that's everything, but if you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email me.
|Posted by Anasuya on 04/02/08 10:15 (53 Comments)|
|Well, it is time for the moderators to own up to our little prank. The Updated Submissions Policy was a hoax. Yes, that's a right, just a lovely little prank pulled by the moderators to help celebrate the birthday of those beloved twins, Fred and George Weasley.|
We hope all of you enjoyed it, though it appears to have distressed a few.
Just to make everything crystal clear, though, MNFF is not charging the users a fee for anything. This site has always been, and remains, a free site. Enjoy!
Edit: While the charges were a joke, there were some things that came out in the comments that should be taken seriously.
First off, this joke grew out of how many submissions we receive where it is blatantly obvious the people did not read the submission rules. The lesson there is: Always read the Submission Rules before submitting.
Secondly, along with the idea of reading the rules, it is always recommended that anyone planning to submit have a beta reader look over their submission before adding it to the queue. Even if you are fabulous with writing, chances are that you have a few typos sprinkled throughout your story/chapter that you will not catch because your mind will skip right over them. Please, please have someone look over your submission before you send it in.
Finally, rudeness on the site will not be tolerated. Not between members and not directed at moderators. We are all here to have a good time.
|Posted by songbook99 on 04/02/08 1:14 (39 Comments)|
|Update in Submissions Policy|
Thank you for all of your kind words and support over the past few weeks. We’re very glad to say that the update has gone exceedingly well and we’re well on our way to ironing out our problems and glitches and getting the site running smoothly again. However a further problem needs to be addressed.
After much deliberation, the moderators of MNFF have decided that we will need to charge our authors for each mistake they make in their fictions to make the site financially viable. Our site is always expanding and unfortunately cyber-space is money. We have talked long and hard about the best way to go about this and have devised a little price list which we believe to be both fair and reasonable.
Obviously, MNFF is a site which values the promotion of good writing, and so we decided that it would be errors in fictions that we would charge, rather than the fictions themselves. This makes our lives as moderators easier and I hope you’ll agree that the prices we’ve come up with are equivalent to each error.
Please see below for our list of prices:
$1 for each spelling or punctuation mistake
$2 per canon error
$3 for every multiple category submission
$5 for each tiresome cliché
$10 for every incorrect title or poor summary
$20 for characterisation problems
$50 flat rate for dialogue errors
We will flag up the cost of each mistake in the rejection letters you receive with information on how and where you can pay.
~ The MNFF Moderators.
|Posted by Roxy Black on 03/31/08 18:14 (246 Comments)|