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« on: October 18, 2008, 11:10:04 AM »

This month's update has arrived.  There were many changes to the site code, new features, bug fixes, etc.  Keep in mind we are still in a beta state.  So if you find a bug or encounter a problem, please let us know about it.

Let's start with the nifty new stuff. 
New Features
  • Story Code Browser - you can now browse the story codes and read their descriptions.  You can even have it show you all the stories that use a particular story code.
  • Show Reviews - you can now view all of your story reviews in one convenient location.  From that location you can even respond to your adoring fans as well.
  • Chapter Betas - you can now give your beta the love they deserve.  With each chapter that you enter, there is now a specific field for listing the beta(s) that you used on your chapter.  If they are member of the site, it will provide a link to their author's page as well.
  • Context Sensitive Browsing - now as you browse the stories, you can drill down "filter" your category story browsing by the story code of your choice.  So if you want just X-Men smut that is straight het, you can browse right down to that point.
  • Birthdate Privacy - you can now select how much of your birthdate you wish to show to your fellow site members.  If you decide to show it all, only the site members can see it.  As a consequence of this, we will require that you have your correct birthdate entered.  If you need it changed, please contact a member of the staff and they will cheerfully correct it for you.  You may also notice that the site's TOS has been updated as well.  We've modified item #1 about the birthdate and removed a section that was no longer relevant.

Bug Fixes
I'm only going to list the major bug fixes here.  There are numerous minor ones, but I'm just not going to go sorting through them all.
  • Story Formatting - theoretically the story formatting is now fixed.  I would appreciate it, if those of you who had issues with story formats previously would test and verify this for me.  If you encounter issues, let me know.
  • Email Formatting - the emails that were getting sent out weren't correctly formatted and led users to an error page.  This should now be corrected as well.

Now to begin work on the next code update for the site.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2008, 07:39:59 PM »

Story Code Browser - Liked that page, especially the number of stories and availability. Also liked the grades for codes, like Drugs I, Drugs II
Wish: to be able to search code+code-code...

Show Reviews - Don't have enough reviews to test this one, LOL. Do like the fact that my review responses won't be counted as actual reviews.

Chapter Betas - Can't get to editing function to check it out. Either its turned off or I'm computerly inept.

Context Sensitive Browsing - Can't figure out how to use it.

Birthdate Privacy - Huge thank you for this one. This one thing just moved EFFN to the top of My Favorite Forums list. I really appreciate consideration for users' privacy.

Overall, the site is getting better and better and is moving in a right direction.

Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2008, 08:13:27 PM »

To add the Chapter Beta, you edit the individual chapter instead of the whole story.  There is a new field beneath the author's note field where you can enter the beta.  It took me some poking to figure it out today.  I would imagine this is so that you can acknowledge different betas for different chapters and so on.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2008, 08:21:25 PM »

that is precisely why you do the individual chapter. some people use more than one beta or switch from one to another during the course of a story. so this option allows you to give credit where its due and as needed.
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Context Sensitive Browsing - Can't figure out how to use it.

Birthdate Privacy - Huge thank you for this one. This one thing just moved EFFN to the top of My Favorite Forums list. I really appreciate consideration for users' privacy.

Overall, the site is getting better and better and is moving in a right direction.

Thank you Smiley

for the context sensitive browsing, Maddy, all you need do is define by which story codes you wish to read. you can go even further by defining which section you want to look for those codes in. say you want to read only slash in the Originals section. click on the originals, then find the M/M story code and click that. this should bring up only those fics in the Originals that are defined as M/M.

i think i've got that explained right. if not, Trae will correct me. but its really quite simple to do.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2008, 08:23:15 PM »

You explained it fairly well LDF.  I'll put together a quick tut on the function and post it.  You know, a picture is worth a thousand words. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 08:43:51 PM »

really? wow. and here i thought it was 10,000 words were worth one picture.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2008, 09:00:50 PM »

No LDF, you just like to have a lot of picturesAzn

The new tutorial is up. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2008, 09:09:23 PM »

you rock, Trae. spanks!
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2008, 12:28:59 AM »

Chapter Betas - Got it working! Thank you. Have a question about this, though:
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If they are member of the site, it will provide a link to their author's page as well.

Let's say, the beta's name is Spike, we have three Spikes as members and the actual beta is not a member at all. How would that work, exactly?


Context Sensitive Browsing - It works! I was able to search inside cats and sub-cats. This is a big improvement comparing to before, but not a perfect search yet. I had to scroll down the list to find m/m, for example. That tag is used often, so that was easy. What if I wanted to search for a rare tag like xeno in the Original section?

Thank you to everyone who helped out Smiley

P.S. The new tutorial looks pretty good, I especially liked the artistic touch in the form of perfectly proportioned, curved arrow pointing to F/F. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2008, 12:46:54 AM »

I'm glad that you like things so far.  I will eventually get around to doing an actual search function, I just haven't gotten there yet.  If you wanted to browse by xeno, then start with the story code browser and select the story code that interests you.  Then find a story from that list with the story category that interests you.  Of course then you're stuck with trying to find a story category that interests you.

As for name's, the system will not allow more than one member to use a name.
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2008, 11:59:52 AM »

As for name's, the system will not allow more than one member to use a name.

Excellent. One more + point for EFFN. I find it a bit annoying when archives have five Dracos and a dosen of Ravens and Spikes listed as authors.


I will eventually get around to doing an actual search function, I just haven't gotten there yet.  

There is no rush; Has to be done for sure, because the functional archive is what makes it or breaks it.

Overall, even in the beta stage it is right now, EFFN looks pretty shiny. I might start reccing it to people Cheesy
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