|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)|
|Guidelines For Submissions|
|We have now passed 300 fanfic chapters waiting in the queue -- do please be patient with our modding speed.|
Also, we have changed none of the submission guidelines. Stories need to have ONE category heading only, and absolutely must be carefully proofread to conform to standard English -- preferably British English. Literary experiments with form or style must be clear. Your title should look like a title; your summary should summarize and be as well-proofed as your fic. Certain topics, body parts, and activities are still not permissible: bestiality (including Animagus/animal), incest, and so on, for instance, will not be posted here. You may have two chapters in queue only if they are of two different fanfics in two different categories, but definitely no more than that, or of a single story. The only exception, ever, is if you have made special arrangements with your category moderator -- such as if your whole fic was accidentally deleted instead of a single chapter.
We would genuinely LOVE to have a 100% validation rate at this site because we had 100% high quality submissions, but, sadly, that hasn't happened yet. We're getting closer all the time, though! Thank you to all of you, writers and betas together!
|Posted by Vindictus Viridian on 03/24/08 10:01 (44 Comments)|
|MuggleNet Fan Fiction Updated|
|After a hellish weekend (which included Monday and Tuesday), MNFF has finally upgraded the system. |
Some information may have been lost. If so, we apologise for the inconvenience but would like you to re-input the information yourself.
Here are some new features that are available:
There are also some features that have been revamped:
+ Must preview story/chapter before submitting
While the storm is over, there are still chances of light and heavy showers all over the site. We'd tried very hard to solve these errors before opening this new site, there are some we have missed. Please report any that you encounter in this forum so that the coders may address it as soon as possible. Please read the first post carefully.
That forum is also the place to ask questions about how to use some functions.
Any questions about how to use the new site and any reports of glitches in the comments below will be ignored. This is our method of consolidating everything in a neat place where everyone knows what's going on.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 03/18/08 18:32 (66 Comments)|
|SITE UPGRADE IN PROGRESS|
|SITE UPGRADE IN PROGRESS!|
YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. PLEASE LEAVE BEFORE YOU BREAK OUR SITE! CLICK HERE AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN!
Thank you for your support.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 03/15/08 13:19 (14 Comments)|
|Site Upgrade Status|
I'm sure all of you are itching for the queue to open so you can submit your wonderful stories and read what others have planned during this very very long upgrade process. We apologise for not having the queue available for you in a timely fashion.
However, we have begun the upgrade process by backing up all stories and reviews that exist on the database. Any story or review that has been submitted (not necessarily validated) by March 12, 2008 will be backed up and should be safe should we run into upgrade problems. The queue is still unofficially closed, and we ask that if you can hold off on your submissions for two weeks, please do. It will save me a lot of space on my hard drive as I save all 7000+ stories on my computer.
The actual upgrade will occur on the weekend of March 14, 2008. At that time, the queue will be officially closed to submissions from March 14 until March 16, 2008 at the earliest. We also ask that you avoid visiting MuggleNet Fan Fiction during that weekend. Please check the beta forums during that weekend for any updates on the upgrade process to make the upgrading faster, easier, and smoother. We will use the forum, which will remain untouched during the upgrade, to let you know when the site will be open. We are hoping that the site will be up and running (with brand-new and WORKING functions) by March 16th.
If you have any questions about the site upgrade, please contact Beth (Marauder by Midnight) or Roxy (Roxy Black) privately or post here.
On an unrelated note, the FAQ section has been edited to reflect the names of current moderators. The Formatting section of the Help page now includes a "How to get rid of those pesky breaks between paragraphs" for those of you whose stories are constantly rejected for formatting errors. I'll take this time to reiterate that you MUST use the "Preview" button before submitting. It will save you and us a lot of time.
One last very important note: Avoid accessing the site between March 14 through March 16. Use the forums to contact moderators or to keep up with the upgrade status.
Thank you so much for your patience through this rather stressful period. We're almost there!
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 03/02/08 9:05 (57 Comments)|
|Your MNFF – Graphics Design Challenge|
|Calling all graphic designers. As you know, our site has recently been undergoing some problems. This has convinced our moderators to make the site even bigger and better than before. To do this, we are going to be requiring some new “skins” for the main archive page! Our amazingly wonderful Haley – QueenHal, the original BA-mommy – designed our last ones so we thought it would be fitting to ask our members to do it again.|
So this is it, here’s your challenge.
We would like you to create a new background, or ‘skin’ for the MNFF Archive pages.
Each new skin requires a colour scheme, a main banner and so-called “block banners” that go where the ‘Navigation’ and ‘Categories’ banners are now. (Like this)
Once the designs are all in we will have a vote to decide the winner (or winners if possible) and your design will be made into a new skin for the site – with your name on the page!
If you are interested in joining this challenge, please see this thread for more details.
The competition will close on the 18th March so get designing!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 02/28/08 17:48 (27 Comments)|
You all must know by now that we've been having some serious problems with the archive due to both the hacker situation and the sheer size of the archive. Our priority these past few days have been limiting the glitches, but they are beginning to mount to the point where we may need to initiate a temporary queue shutdown. Over the course of the next few days, we will be trying to do a site upgrade, which will hopefully fix the problems we're having. The number and frequency of glitches may escalate over this period, but we ask you to bear with us.
There are several ways you members can help us:
+ Do not submit any new chapters or stories to the queue starting from now. Doing so will add unnecessary strain to our already wobbly system and may threaten the existence of every single story and author stored on the database.
Here are a few glitches that have already been noted and that we will try to correct over the next few weeks.
+ Edit bio information - Reported error is "Method Not Implemented: POST to /user.php not supported."
Several people had reported errors when contacting users via the "Contact" button on user profiles; that error has now been fixed.
Finally, as we are updating behind-the-scenes codes, we will, as humans, make mistakes. Therefore you will see some pages/functions glitching. Please do not report it until 24 hours after first experiencing the particular glitch. That way, you do not waste your time reporting a glitch we know about and will have already fixed; if it is not fixed within 24 hours, most likely we don't know about it and would like you to contact us.
We will keep you updated on glitches and fixes. We will also notify you when you can begin submitting stories in a (nearly) error-free environment.
If you have any questions about this don't hesitate to post them here, but please don't waste our time with off-topic ones that should go elsewhere. As you can see, we have more than enough to do at the moment.
Thank you ever so much for your patience and cooperation.
EDIT: If your story suddenly disappeared from the queue, please don't be afraid. It is not a glitch. Your email provider merely weeds MuggleNet Fan Fiction emails out and refuses to send your rejection letter. Instead of posting in the comments, please post here at the Beta Forums.
UPDATE: We do NOT have an estimated time for when the queue will be "reopened" or when the update will be done because we're running into some difficulties with a third party. Now that that has been answered, please stop asking the same questions in the comments section. Please take the time to at least skim the already existing comments.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 02/05/08 23:14 (172 Comments)|
|2007 Mod QSQ Winners Announced|
|Alright. Well, the nominations have been reviewed and the votes have been tallied. It is time to reveal the winners of this year's Mod QSQ's. So, without further ado, I give you the Modly winners:|
Best Cry Fic:
Winner: A Destiny in Time - gmariam
Runner-up: Rain - Potterphile12
Best Humor Fic:
Winner: Collected Works of Semony Lnicket by x2pttrclue32
Runner-up: Draco, the Babysitter by mugglemathdork
Best Romance Fic:
Winner: Er-my-nee by Ravensgryff
Runner-up: Even Fallen Angels Love by Vindictus Viridian
Winner: Alex Black by Snape's Talon in Child of the Hunt
Runner-up: Maeve O'Malley by Magical Maeve in The Daughter of Light
Best Novel-Length Fic:
Winner: In the Eyes of Others by Vindictus Viridian
Runner-up: Halfway to Inifinity by Eponine
Best Poetry Fic:
Winner: As Honourable Men Leave Quietly by myownmuggle
Runner-Up: Not a Bang but a Whisper by Magical Maeve
Winner: Give Him A Mask by Marauder by Midnight
Runner-up: Brothers on a Hotel Bed by Dory_the_Fishie
Best Dark/Angsty Fic:
Winner: Therefore, x+y = Death by mooncalf
Runner-up: Hermione's Horcrux by Ravensgryff
Winner: Magical Maeve
Best Head of House:
Biggest Fangirl Mod:
Winner: Snape's Talon
Best Mod Title:
Most Undercover Mod:
Most Hardworking Mod:
Runner-up: Marauder by Midnight
On behalf of all of the moderators, I'd like to thank you all so much for voting and thank you to all of the fabulous people who took over running these awards.
We're all very proud to work for such an amazing site and, in light of our recent problems, we're very glad of your support.
|Posted by Roxy Black on 02/01/08 9:51 (31 Comments)|
As per my last post, we're going to be starting our username purge, but due to some queue troubles, we'll be doing it manually. All this means is that it will take a bit longer and that we might need a bit more cooperation from you all.
First, I would like to stress again that ANY profile with a story under it WILL NOT be deleted. So if you have a story, please don't worry. Starting tonight, we will be sending out emails to users who don't have stories and whose profiles seem to not be in use. If you don't have any stories on MNFF but would like to keep your account and you'd like to help us out a bit, please edit the following at the top of your author page bio:
Please do not delete
If we see this, we promise that we will not delete your account.
Now as much as we might try, there may be an accident or two along the way. If your profile is accidentally deleted, you may of course sign up again with the same username. Your reviews will not be deleted. We will try to avoid this at all costs, of course, but sometimes accidents happen.
And again, we'd like to stress that if you have a story that you know you won't be finishing, we ask you to remove it to relieve some stress on the database.
Lastly, we'd like to thank you all for all your support and your understanding. MNFF is a great community and we want to keep it around as long as possible and this wouldn't be possible without your continued loyalty.
|Posted by Anasuya on 01/15/08 17:36 (93 Comments)|
|As you've noticed recently, there have been quite a few glitches with stories, emails etc. Some were due to the hacker attack, yet others are due to the sheer size of MNFF. We're outgrowing our database. To help relieve some pressure, we're going to be purging old usernames and inactive accounts. |
Please read the following VERY CAREFULLY
ONLY accounts that have had no activity for the past 6 months will be deleted. Activity can be generally defined by logging in. So if you've logged into MNFF in the past 6 months, your account will NOT be deleted. This includes the Remember Me feature. If MNFF remembers you and you've been online in the past 6 months, your account is safe.
As long as you have a story on MNFF, your account will NOT be deleted. Only accounts without stories and without activity will be purged.
If you're in doubt about your account or would like to keep it, simply log in. That will keep it safe.
This will be happening sometime within the next week or two. I will make another post right before it happens.
Also, in order to relieve some more stress on the database, we will be doing an abandoned story purge in the near future (within the next month). However, if you know of a story that you will not be completing, we would be very grateful if you took the liberty of deleting it yourself. It will save us all some time and our servers will thank you for it.
Again, I can't stress how wonderful and patient you've all been. We're working hard to correct everything and you all are making it much easier on us by understanding. Thank you.
|Posted by Anasuya on 01/10/08 15:17 (94 Comments)|
|As some of you may have noticed, there are some problems with certain categories and subcategories when you try to submit stories. Unfortunately, the hacker attack has had an impact here at MNFF too, and we are unable to access certain controls needed to fix the problems. We don't know how long they will last but we'll keep you updated. |
We're very sorry for the troubles this has caused and thank you all for your continued support.
EDIT: Unfortunately, due to the hacker situation, we're unable to access any of our staff emails. This includes individual mod emails and also the site staff email. If you've emailed a mod recently and haven't got a reply, this is why. If you're in desperate need of mod attention, please try PMing us over the forums.
|Posted by Anasuya on 01/04/08 18:34 (108 Comments)|
|The queue is now open and ready for submissions. We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and thank you for sticking with MNFF for another year. We look forward to making this one as successful as last year. |
|Posted by Anasuya on 01/02/08 19:13 (34 Comments)|
|Change of Closure Dates|
|Due to unforeseen circumstances, MNFF will be closing tonight at midnight EST, approximately two and a half hours from now. This is a change from the planned date of tomorrow at midnight. |
You can still submit stories until the designated time. Any stories in the queue as of the closure will be moderated. Anything that finds its way into the queue after the closure will be rejected without notice.
Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.
EDIT: The queue is now closed. Please hold onto all your submissions until January 3rd.
Happy Holidays from all the staff here at MNFF!
|Posted by Anasuya on 12/20/07 20:42 (32 Comments)|
|First Annual Modly Quicksilver Quill Awards Now Closed!|
|The first annual Quicksilver Quills: Modly Version is now closed for nominations! Thank you all for your kind words. Keep checking in here for the winners to be announced towards the end of January.|
|Posted by Roxy Black on 12/01/07 13:19 (16 Comments)|
|Closed for the Holidays|
Hullo loves! I trust our American friends had a lovely, relaxing Thanksgiving? Well, speaking of the holidays, it's that time of the year when we announce our closing dates for the upcoming winter holiday season. This year, the queue will be closed from Saturday, December 22 to Thursday, January 3. To be clear, and a deal more specific, we will stop accepting submissions at 1 a.m. EST on the "morning" of the 22nd, and will begin accepting them again at 1 a.m. the "morning" of January 3rd.
Please be advised that only the queue will be closing, but the site will (as always) remain up and running, as will our Forums. We will be making an additional news post when December 22 nears as a courtesy reminder-- we just thought you'd like as much notice as possible.
Don't hesitate to leave a comment or to contact one of us if you've questions or concerns. Cheers!
|Posted by Elysa on 11/26/07 15:24 (33 Comments)|
|This is a copy of an earlier post, but I think we'd do well to remind you all again.|
Please note that submissions to multiple categories or those to the Romance category will be deleted without notice. Please submit to only one category and select a Romance subcategory.
|Posted by Anasuya on 11/24/07 23:24 (12 Comments)|
|The 2007 Quicksilver Quill Awards 2007 - Mod Version|
|The Quicksilver Quills have been a huge success these past couple of years and they're a good way for the site to recognize the achievements of the users of MNFF. As you all know, however, moderators were not allowed to run and compete for these awards with the rest of the users. So, some of the site's professors began planning for a Modly version of the QSQs and now it's almost ready to launch. |
There will be 14 categories and, unlike the normal QSQs, there are some pretty silly and lighthearted categories. The judging etc. will take place in a no-mod zone and, like the usual QSQs, will be as objective as possible.
Nominations will open on Dec 1st and all members of the site have the chance to vote and tell us who they think was the...is that "biggest fangirl mod" I see on the list? *raises eyebrows*
So start preparing your nominations and let's take this chance for the mods and authors to connect and have some fun!
If you have any questions they can be directed to one of the following lovely people:
Aaaaand, the list of categories:
For a complete list of all active/eligible mods and a link to their author page, please go here
|Posted by MithrilQuill on 11/15/07 15:00 (23 Comments)|
|Revealing the 2007 Quicksilver Quill Award Winners!|
We apologise for our late revealing, but the decisions this year have been unbelievably difficult. Each person nominated has contributed so much to the site, and these Quicksilver Quill awards recognize the top MuggleNet members in each category. Please give your congratulations, a round of applause, and perhaps a kind review to each of the winners and runner-ups. Winners and runner-ups, please check your inbox for your award! Email me 'bethany [at] fanfiction [dot] mugglenet [dot] com' if you did not receive your award or need a correction made.
Please note that some of these links link to stories rated 6th-7th Years and Professors while others lead to our beta forums which may or may not be accessible to one without an account there.
Best Alternate Universe Story
Again, a tremendous round of applause for these fantastic winners! Please be sure you visit some of these links and give them a review and a pat on the back!
We would now like to take the time to thank the individuals involved in the judging process. Without them, this project would not have been possible.
In addition to these committee members, we’d also like to thank the heads of the committees who helped guide discussions and decision processes.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who participated in some way, shape, or form. We look forward to working with all of you next year for the third annual Quicksilver Quill Awards!
Remember, you can always visit the Duelling Club at the beta forums to ask all these authors and more about their writing! Note that you must be a registered and Sorted forum user to access the Duelling Club.
NOTE: Those who participated in the judging only judged in categories where they either forfeited the possibility of winning or had no stories on the database in the area. All judging was done as unbiased as possible.
|Posted by Marauder by Midnight on 11/01/07 23:10 (78 Comments)|