Suggestion Box
The suggestion box is for members who would like to recommend features they would like to see on Elysian Fields. We take all suggestions into consideration, but we are not able to make every idea into reality. Even if a suggestion is very popular, our resources and coding time are limited, and that can prevent some features even if they sound like simple additions.

We will respond to new suggestions when we are able. Please be patient.

SuggestionAdmin Response
Could Buffybot be added to the list of characters? (I'm asking because I'm writing a story featuring her prominently, but I've seen other stories where she's a significant character and don't think I'm the only one who would find this useful.)
--Catryona @ 9/18/17 7:12pm
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Hi Catryona, Done! The Buffybot has been added as a character option.
--EF admin team @ 9/20/17 4:49am
Another thought, this one may or may not be too popular, but could we possible make the category selection when submitting a challenge a required field? It makes it so much easier to find and browse challenges when that field has been filled in, especially when so many challenges don't have identifying titles.
--kittyfajitas @ 9/11/17 6:08pm
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Hi kittyfajitas, if you're looking for stories that are responses to challenges, we already have a browse page for that: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/browse.php?type=chalresponses. Challenge responses are listed there even if authors don't include challenge response as a category for their story.
--EF admin team @ 9/21/17 9:56am
So, I realize that similar suggestions have been shot down a few times, but I was thinking about the categories for time periods in between seasons, and it occurred to me that perhaps a category literally called "between seasons" might work? That way you're not adding categories for each individual between season time period, and ppl can put categories like, for example, "season 5, season 6, between seasons" to indicate the story takes place between season 5 and 6. Anyway, just a thought! Thanks for your consideration.
--kittyfajitas @ 9/11/17 5:59pm
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Hi kittyfajitas, as with before, we're going to turn this one down. We realize there's no perfect solution here, but a single category for all the times that occur between seasons doesn't seem right. There's a huge difference between the time between seasons 1/2 and seasons 6/7, and we don't feel like those stories would belong together in the same category. If there's a story that is categorized as season 1 and season 2, we think it's assumed that the story might contain material that occurs between the season as well.
--EF admin team @ 9/21/17 9:52am
Can I suggest a story for "featured story" here ? I would like to suggest "Gathering Loose Ends" by pfeifferpack. If this is the wrong place for suggesting featured stories, could I suggest it somewhere else ?
--flow @ 8/25/17 4:30am
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Hi flow, This area is more for suggestions to add to the site, not featured story suggestions. Our amazing mod pfeifferpack, who also happens to be an amazing author :), is the one who puts up the featured stories. If you have a suggestion for feature, just send her a PM and let her know.
--EF admin team @ 8/26/17 3:39pm
We have some lovely character options, including Andrew and Jonathan, but we don't seem to have one for Warren or The Trio as a whole. Would it be possible to add these? Oh! And possibly one for The Fanged Four, for when a fic includes all four vampires, mainly as a group and especially during their hunting days? Those would be awesome! Thank you.
--EffulgentEllie @ 7/23/17 11:42pm
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Hi EffulgentEllie, Warren has been added as a character option. Him not being included previously was just an oversight, so thank you for pointing it out. Since authors have the option to add as many characters as they need, we think we'll leave it as individual character options instead of groups like the trio or fanged four.
--EF admin team @ 8/1/17 10:41am
I would like to make a suggestion of fanfics about SMG/JM - RPF - real person fic.... It's so hard to find, there is a lot of chemistry and someone must write that! pls?
--didilicia @ 7/22/17 7:41pm
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Hi didilicia, Our submission rules prohibit RPF. We are strictly a Spuffy site, and intend to stay that way. We're afraid you'll have to look elsewhere for RPF.
--EF admin team @ 7/24/17 2:45pm
Hi! Not sure if this is possible, but I was wondering if there was a way to add chapter banners, similar to the story banners and the recently added series banners, but for individual chapters? Perhaps to display after the chapter notes, right before the story text? I may be the only one who adds individual chapter graphic banners (I'm not sure to be honest), but I do know other author's have posted banners that were made for their story or for an individual chapter by other members within the individual chapter, so it may be useful and look a lot cleaner. Thank you!
--EffulgentEllie @ 7/22/17 6:18pm
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Hi EffulgentEllie, We added the story banners option mostly so they would all be shown uniformly on the browse pages. At this point, we don't feel like it's necessary to add a special way to add chapter banners. If you'd like to use them, they can be added in the chapter notes box.
--EF admin team @ 7/24/17 2:43pm
This is just a minor annoyance, but I'm hoping it might also be a minor fix? When finishing a chapter and leaving a review, the next screen has a link "Back to story". If there is a next chapter, it takes you to that page - which I love! But it also resets the text size back to default. Is there anyway to carry over the text size I'd previously been using in the last chapter? I read the stories on my iPad and usually bump the text up two +'s. If I don't leave a review, it'll remember and keep my text size. Alternatively, is there a way to set my preferred text size as a preference so every story automatically opens with the larger text? Thanks so much for all the great work you all do!
--Chrissel @ 7/18/17 8:57pm
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Hi Chrissel, We actually already have an option where you can set your preferred text size on EF. On the edit preferences page, there's an option that says, "Default text size:" The default option is normal. Choose medium or large to increase the font size used all over the site.
--EF admin team @ 7/24/17 2:40pm
Disclaimer: this is the first time that I've made a suggestion, and I'm relatively new to the community, so please forgive me if anything is faux pas: It's come up for me personally a few times (particularly when I'm trying to respond via phone), but we've all probably posted in the Shoutbox something with a spelling or grammar error. I've seen a few people say as much today alone, so I thought I'd pose the question here: Would it be possible to have an edit option on our Shouts? I understand if that's a coding nightmare, I just wondered if we'd be able to go back and edit a shout after it's posted (instead of having to currect *correct ourselves). Thanks in advance for taking the time to read these and for all that you do!
--Ceruleansoul @ 7/12/17 11:11pm
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Hi Ceruleansoul, This one is a maybe. The issue here is that when shouts are edited, the text to edit contains the code that shows the images and the code that turns links into hyperlinks, so it doesn't look like it does in the actual shoutbox. We're hesitant to allow editing with all that extra code because it might end up messing the shout up even more than it was before the edit. I'll see if I can make the process more simple, and allow for editing without coming into contact with code, but until then, we won't be able to edit shouts.
--EF admin team @ 7/24/17 1:46pm
ETA: Done! You are now able to edit shouts from the shout archive page.
--EF admin team @ 9/6/17 9:51pm
This might be a bit much to ask, but I was wondering if there was a way to set it up so that authors could add chapters in advance and have them set to post to the public at certain times? Maybe like a queue with specific dates and times for the chapter to post? This might be especially useful for people going on extended vacations who have a posting schedule or people who have multiple chapters done in advance and want to have them ready to go at certain times. I was just wondering, well, hoping. :) Thank you!
--EffulgentEllie @ 7/9/17 3:48pm
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Hi EffulgentEllie, This is actually very similar to a suggestion that we've already received:http://dark-solace.org/elysian/suggestionbox.php#16. Our answer is the same now as it was then.
--EF admin team @ 7/24/17 1:42pm
I read through the challenges a lot and it seems a shame that so many of them are lacking official responses. Would it be possible to create a way to match existing stories to existing challenges? I read through many that remind me of stories I know I already exist. Could we submit a story to a challenge and possibly have both the story author and the challenge author required to accept that it meets the criteria for the challenge and that the story author is willing to associate it with the challenge? I don't want to discourage new authors from writing stories based on challenges but if there are already stories I think the people who read the challenges would like to know and be able to read those stories.
--Chrissel @ 7/5/17 3:31pm
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Hi Chrissel, Unfortunately we're going to have to say no to this one. It's at an author's discretion if they want their story connected to a challenge. Adding a story to a challenge implies that the story was inspired by the challenge, and that most likely isn't the case. In addition, trying to put stories and challenges together, and then getting author and challenge creator permission would be a huge undertaking.
--EF admin team @ 7/6/17 11:38pm
Is it possible to add a 'random page' button to the challenge section so if we are searching for inspiration we can just go to the challenges and keep hitting random. That way it's possible some of the older ones may get a second look. Thank you.
--Rezol87 @ 7/5/17 8:26am
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Hi Rezol87, Done! On the main challenge browse page, there's now a Surprise me! link that will give you a random challenge. If you want to keep getting random challenges, just hit refresh and a new one will pop-up.
--EF admin team @ 7/6/17 11:29pm
This is really not important, but I get a kick out of seeing my name on the "All-star Reviewers" list each month and check how I'm doing...but what happens to that data? Is it dumped after each month? Is there anyway to have it saved in such a way that I could click on a link for a month/year and see that historical list?
--Sunalso @ 7/4/17 5:38pm
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Hi Sunalso, The All Star Reviewers list itself isn't actually saved anywhere. The site just pulls the list of qualifying reviews for the month and displays them accordingly. With the site being almost 11 years old, it would be difficult to display every month of its existence and have links to pull up reviews from the selected month. You can view your review word count in your stats, you can view your reviews by review date, we have a yearly reviewer top 10, and 2 site top lists for reviewers (word count and total reviews). We won't be able to offer historical monthly review breakdowns.
--EF admin team @ 7/6/17 11:25pm
I had never messed with the Series options until now, when I made one of my own and I was saddened to see that there was no Banner URL option. If we want to add a banner we have to add it to the summary, but it makes it look a tad messy. Is there a way to add a Banner URL option like we have with individual stories? Also, when I edit my series I am left with a 'rn' at the beginning of a new separate paragraph. What causes it and is there a way to remove this?
--EffulgentEllie @ 7/3/17 1:44am
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Hi EffulgentEllie, Done! You can now add banners to series, just like with stories. As far as the 2nd part of your suggestion, I looked at your series, and it looks like when you copied the summary into the text box, you inadvertently copied some extra code, which was producing the 'rn' that you were seeing. In the future, if you're seeing unexpected things in from something that came from a text box, go into the text box and click the source code button to see what's producing your unexpected material.
--EF admin team @ 7/6/17 5:08pm
This is trivial compared to some of the great suggestions that have already been mentioned, but what about Spuffy related emotes? As in replacing the emoticons with Spuffy (or even just BtVS) versions of them.
--EffulgentEllie @ 6/19/17 8:27pm
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Hi EffulgentEllie, We would love Spuffy/Buffy emoticons for use here. In fact, we've looked for them in the past. The problem is that we haven't found any such emoticons out there that are available for use. There's a message board that has Buffy emoticons, but they're not for use anywhere but on that site, We would be happy to feature themed emoticons if quality open source ones can be found or if one of our members wants to create them.
--EF admin team @ 7/5/17 10:50pm
I know that there has been a lot of adding genres and stuff lately but I was wondering if you could possibly add the warning "cheating/indefinitely" or something along those lines to the warnings section? I know it's not a major thing sometimes but for some people that's a story killer. I know it would only be for those stories that are newer or the authors that are willing to go and add it but it's just a suggestion. Thank you.
--Rezol87 @ 6/13/17 4:11pm
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Hi Rezol87, a Cheating/Infidelity warning has been added. The use of the warning, especially in older stories, is at the discretion of the author.
--EF admin team @ 7/5/17 10:45pm
Could some new categories be added? I know divergence has been shot down, but I often find myself frustrated because I can't find a category that fits, and categories are required in order to post. One I'd like to suggest is The Summer of Dead Buffy. A lot of fics start around then, and there isn't a specific category for it. Also, something for fics that aren't really AU but end up going down a path that makes categories like Season 6 not really fit despite that being when they would be timeline-wise.
--zabjade @ 5/31/17 4:41pm
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Hi zabjade, we know there's not always a perfect category for new stories, but we try to do the best we can to meet most stories without making things confusing or overwhelming. The issue with categories for the times in between seasons, is that we'd have to do new categories for every time period between every season. After a while, this would really add up, and we feel like it would end up being too much. As for the second request, we feel like adding a 2nd AU category would end up causing confusion. We feel like AU can mean different things to different people depending on their experiences in fandom. Even back when you requested a divergence category, we looked at definitions for what that actually was, and found some definitions (ex: https://fanlore.org/wiki/Canon_Divergence_AU) basically saying that they were also sometimes known as alternate reality fics, and we already offer that as a category. We feel like adding a 2nd AU/AR category would just make authors unsure of which one their story fit into.
--EF admin team @ 6/12/17 5:33pm
Would it be possible to have a line, like we have for birthday, available as an option so we can list our state/province and country?
--jhiz @ 5/25/17 6:26pm
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Hi jhiz, We've actually had this suggestion before, and our position remains the same: while some people might like to list their location in their profile, we think that there are probably also a lot of members who would be uncomfortable with sharing that information. Because only some members would choose to use this, we don't think it needs it's own field. If you want to share your location, you can easily just include it in your bio.
--EF admin team @ 5/31/17 11:34am
I'm officially asking for new genres to be added without removing or changing any current ones. Possible additions: Erotica, Dark or Horror, Hurt/Comfort, Humor, and (after a lot of thought) Light Drama (where I could stick my stories:-) Thank you!
--Sunalso @ 5/11/17 4:50am
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Hi Sunalso, Done! A number of new genres, including some that you suggested, have been added.
--EF admin team @ 5/20/17 8:18am
I know this might be silly, but... When you add a story or author to favorites, it gives you a chance to add notes and confirm you really want to add them. But, removing an author or story from favorites is done with one click. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally removed one of them when all I was trying to do was scroll down the page. Would it be possible to add a "Are you sure you want to do this?" thing to the remove function? Maybe it's just cause I read the site on my iPad, but I seem to run into this problem a couple times a week.
--Chrissel @ 5/6/17 10:06am
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Hi Chrissel, Done! You'll now be asked if you actually want to delete favorites before they're gone for good.
--EF admin team @ 5/24/17 7:47pm
Under "Your Statistics", I'd love to be able to view only one story's chapters at a time under the "view chapters" option - as currently, it gets very bulky to scroll through. Also, being able to sort stories alphabetically or by most recent would be fantastic (also under "Your Statistics"). Thanks so much!
--OffYourBird @ 4/29/17 10:33pm
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Hi OffYourBird, We aren't going to add the ability to view only one story's chapters at a time under statistics because all of the chapter information is easily viewable on a story's index page already. You can just click on the story title and go to the index page to view one story at a time. However, we did change the statistics to default sort to most recent first, and there's now a link at the top that says, "List Stories Alphabetically" that you can use to change the listing order.
--EF admin team @ 5/1/17 2:21pm
I had lots of fun participating in the Artistic Anniversary Challenge and it brought out many other talented artists as well so I was thinking it would be nice to add "Banner" to the "Members of the Month" category. Nominating a banner designed for a story that's posted on EF. Though seeing that we have a lot more writers and reviewers than banner artists, a member not being named "Banner of the Month" more than once wouldn't be feasible here. (and I just realized, I might have answered my own suggestion.) Any thoughts?
--javajunkie247 @ 4/29/17 1:23am
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Hi javajunkie247, You're right that there are fantastic artists creating amazing banners here. We do try to recognize them when we can, and we always encourage authors to recognize artists who have made banners for their stories. However, the main focus of Elysian Fields is fanfiction, and we don't think that there is enough new art, or enough active artists to warrant a new section of members of the month.
--EF admin team @ 5/1/17 2:11pm
I can understand if this isn't a possibility, but would it be possible to add a section for art? Or a category for art? And one for fan comics? There are a number of folks on here that are great artists but they usually have to post outside of site and link it through the shoutbox for folks to see it.
--swifthorse @ 4/4/17 8:28am
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Hi swifthorse, We know that we have a number of talented artists here at Elysian Fields. However, we consider ourselves a fanfic archive, and are happy simply hosting stories. We will continue to offer artists a chance to display their wares as story banners, but in order to show other types or art, they'll need to use one of the many other sites designed for that purpose.
--EF admin team @ 4/6/17 8:20pm
Would it be possible to prevent the site from sending us to a new page when we add a new bookmark? Maybe, instead, have a popup box that'll confirm that we want to bookmark it. I'm not sure if other people have this problem but if I'm searching someone's favorites and decide to bookmark a piece, unless I open the story in a new tab to bookmark it, I lose my place and have to scroll back down to where I was searching. Thanks for the consideration! :)
--swifthorse @ 4/4/17 8:26am
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Hi swifthorse, At this point you're going to have to continue using the back button or use a new tab when you bookmark a story. For a bookmark to be saved, the bookmark page has to open. I worry that readers with pop-up blockers or who have javascript turned off won't allow the pop-up to open, and they won't be able to save items in their bookmarks.
--EF admin team @ 4/6/17 8:17pm
Hi! I'm wondering if there's the ability to change the login to a secure login. Neither my laptop nor my phone consider the login as safe as they'd like. Maybe some extra password encryption?
--swifthorse @ 4/4/17 8:20am
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Swifthorse, You're right that some browsers have begun to display warnings on sites that don't encrypt information input by users when it's sent to the server. It's easy to see that we don't offer such encryption since the site begins with http://, not https://. The thing is that we don't require a lot of personal information, and we certainly don't require anything such as a credit card number. The only thing of value we require is a password, and if you're worried about the chance that someone might see it if you log in using an unsecured connection, you should make sure that don't use your EF password on other sites.

To make our site https:// compliant, it would cost us $75/year above what we already pay for hosting and DNS fees. At this point, with us being a small site that doesn't require much personal information, we just can't justify the cost.
--EF admin team @ 4/6/17 8:05pm
Hi! Several people have recently deleted reviews by accident when they thought they were deleting their own replies to those reviews so they could fix misspellings, etc. Is there a way to either allow editing a reply, or to make it clearer that the delete button refers to the original review? Thank you for all that you do!
--yellowb @ 4/2/17 9:38am
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Hi yellowb, I've gone ahead and changed the wording from "Delete" to "Delete This Review" to make it more clear what an author will be deleting. However, I don't think we'll be able to add the option of editing a reply. The way the system is set up, is that the original review and any author response after it, are all saved together in one big block. An edit option would bring up the text of the review, the response, and any additional reviewer/author responses as well. It would even show the text that notes where the author response begins. There's so much room for an author to edit way more than they need to, and I'm afraid of the issues that this could cause.
--EF admin team @ 4/4/17 2:38pm
Is it possible to add some of the Season 7-only characters to the Character drop-down menu? Vi, Rona, Amanda, Kennedy and Robin Wood (as well as Nikki Wood, even if she's less popular) aren't available as characters to choose, while many other minor characters from Angel and the comics are included. Going one step further, if it's not too much trouble, would it be possible to also add Warren, Glory, Hank, Forrest and Graham? They're all recurring/moderately-major characters within their seasons. I don't know if there's a limit to the number of characters available for inclusion, but if many characters who never show up on the BtVS TV show and are only important in the overaching 'verse are included, I'd definitely like to see people who had important roles on the BtVS show included as options for main characters beyond "Ensemble". Thanks!
--DarkVoid116 @ 3/25/17 3:33pm
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Hi DarkVoid116, Done! A number of new characters, including the ones you requested, have been added.
--EF admin team @ 3/31/17 1:59pm
Would it be possible for authors to move reviews from one chapter to another? From time to time, I've gotten reviews meant for a later chapter that ended up as reviews for the first one.
--zabjade @ 3/22/17 7:31am
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Hi zabjade, Sometimes when readers leave reviews directly from a list of a story's reviews, rather than the chapter text page, the system doesn't know which chapter to assign the review to, so it just sticks it in the first chapter. To add the ability for authors to move reviews around would be a pretty difficult undertaking. In addition, I worry about the greater possibility of user error. I know many authors would be fine with moving things around. However, we already deal with a lot of issues with people accidentally deleting or inadvertently changing something, and adding another option might add to those problems. If it's really an issue, I can remove the option of writing a review directly from the review listings. However, I fear that might cut down on reviews if a reader has to click around to leave one, and I don't think that anybody wants that result.
--EF admin team @ 3/31/17 1:56pm
Hi! I love the shout box, but when I log out and head off into dream land, and then come back the next morning and find that there's ten pages of discussion waiting for me to read... Well, it can be really hard to find the last shout I saw before logging off. It's especially annoying when I don't actually have time to search through all the pages. So, is there a way for your account to "remember" the last shout posted before logging off, and will take you back to that last post when you log on again? I completely understand if this is too hard to do, but it would definitely save time. Thanks!
--Wonder and Ashes @ 3/12/17 12:10pm
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Hi Wonder and Ashes, Done! See here for details.
--EF admin team @ 3/31/17 1:48pm
I'm not sure if this is possible or easy enough to do, but could there be download links to get an entire series in one go instead of downloading each individual story? Or possibly a way to download all of the current works of an author?
--zabjade @ 3/8/17 11:18pm
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Hi zabjade, The download options are specifically set up for individual stories. They won't work for series, or multiple stories, and would require a major overhaul to do so. At this time, all we can offer is individual downloads.
--EF admin team @ 3/9/17 1:27pm
Just a though/random idea. Veteran member award. Like if someone stays an active member for example 3 years they can get a little award for their profile page. Maybe that way people who can't get on to often or don't do a bunch of reviews maybe because they are nervous about leaving them can still get a pretty for their page. Maybe they get disqualified if they don't long on for more than a year. Just a random idea.
--Rezol87 @ 2/16/17 8:16pm
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Hi Rezol87, It's difficult to do time based awards that appear or disappear based on how often members log on. Plus, when we have challenges, it's not terribly difficult to meet the requirements if one really wants an award. At this time, we don't have any plans to add this type of award.
--EF admin team @ 2/28/17 7:42pm
The genre box can be a little limiting if your story isn't angsty or fluffy or technically romance, particularly for short-fic. Any chance of adding "vignette" as a genre?
--Sigyn @ 1/19/17 5:26am
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Hi Sigyn, Genre isn't required to add a fic, so if a story doesn't fit one of the genres we already have listed, it's not a necessity. Classifying a fic as short can already be accomplished by choosing one-shot, missing scene, or drabble in the category options.
--EF admin team @ 1/26/17 4:53pm
Hi! Okay I don't know if this is possible or maybe this is something you don't do without the author authorization, but sometimes some stories are left unfinished here but have more chapters in other pages so I was wondering if you would be able to add a link or maybe add the chapters that are left? I don't mean stories recently created but the ones in which the authors have been inactive like since 2006 and is really improbable they are gonna update them now. I don't think you have time to look for those chapters but I have some links saved of some stories in case you wanted to do it. Anyway I think you probably will say no cause I'm talking about stories in which the authors have been inactive in the fandom for a while so they probably can't give permission to do it. But I just wanted to ask in case it was possible. (i didn't know if I had to post this hero or contact you directly, but in the contact us it didn't let me send an email so...) Thanks for reading and sorry to bother you :)
--Ubikoctober @ 11/29/16 7:28pm
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Hi Ubikoctober, It's really up to authors to post additional chapters, or a link to another site where additional chapters can be found. We don't add any additional material or links to stories without author permission.
--EF admin team @ 12/9/16 1:47pm
I don't know if maybe I'm missing it, but when I do an 'Advanced Search' would it be possible to filter out stories that I've marked read?
--Sunalso @ 11/14/16 2:34pm
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Hi Sunalso, If you're looking to filter out stories marked as read, you'll need to use the regular browse pages. The advanced search doesn't have that capability, and we don't plan on adding it at this time.
--EF admin team @ 11/21/16 12:18pm
Hey there. Thanks for working on the site! It's sooo cool! kiss kiss OK, when I go to "Most Favorited Completed Stories" and the like, the list I get gives me 20 or so (I haven't counted) and then stops. Could we have all the stories listed from most down to least? Or, barring that, could we get more like 50?
--internetname @ 10/26/16 5:21pm
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Hi internetname, Done! Previously the top lists all showed the top 30 in each category, but we have bumped the number up to show the top 50 for each. The top lists are only for the, well, tops in each category, so we don't want it to include all stories. However, we have added sort options for all the browse pages so you can now sort stories by the number of favorites and the number of bookshelves that stories have been added to.
--EF admin team @ 10/29/16 11:37pm
So, yeah, I know this one is a long shot. But I was taught that it can't hurt to ask, so... Is there a way that we can filter the most recent stories (or all stories, but I personally run into this in recent) to *exclude* what's already on our bookshelf? So I guess the filter would be "stories not on shelf." I'd even be willing to do an extra step to mark a story as "exclude from search results" if that's what is needed. I know a lot of us don't read a story until it's complete, and during months that a lot of new stories are added (and that isn't necessarily just challenge months) I always feel like I'm going to miss some fabulous one shot because I'm scrolling thru a couple dozen multi-chap fics that aren't anywhere near completion... Anyway, thanks for your consideration!
--kittyfajitas @ 10/25/16 10:04pm
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Hi kittyfajitas, We're not sure why there would need to be a bookshelf filter for this since you can already accomplish what you want with what we already have. If the issue is that you don't want to have to sort through multi-chap fics that are still WIPs, and just want to see completed stories (one-shots or longer ones), all you need to do is choose Completed Only instead of All Stories in the sort dropdowns.
--EF admin team @ 10/29/16 11:18am
Would it be possible to add a history of stories one had read or at least opened? This is so readers who read a fic can still look the fic up even if they haven't really marked it as read, favorite, or bookmarked it. I thought of this because a few weeks back, I was reading a fic using someone else's computer and I forgot to bookmark that fic, now I am searching for it but I don't know how to find it because I have a very vague recollection of its major plot. It doesn't have to be much, just add it on the users account page and that's where we can find the stories we had clicked opened. You can even decide to auto clear the history list once a month or so.
--DeamonQueen @ 10/13/16 1:14am
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Hi DeamonQueen, you already added this suggestion, and the response is still the same: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/suggestionbox.php#58
--EF admin team @ 10/13/16 8:56am
Is there any chance of a box to tick which tells us where (which country) readers/authors are from when they join or on profile (as part of their profile). I know its a big ask admins, but sometimes it can help when you read something by someone who's first language is not English. Many thanks for considering this and much appreciation for everything you guys do x
---Carrie-Ann- @ 10/11/16 6:02pm
+1
Hi -Carrie-Ann-, A very similar suggestion was already added and responded to here: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/suggestionbox.php#47.
--EF admin team @ 10/13/16 8:54am
Is it possible to create an event like 'the story of the year', where we can nominate our favorite story? That would be kind of like an award.
--annamatte @ 10/4/16 9:41am
+5
Hi annamatte, While we do have featured stories and members of the month, we still view ourselves as an archive, not an awards site. We don't feel comfortable singling out one story and declaring it the best of the year. There are still active award sites in the fandom, and we'll leave this kind of stuff to them.
--EF admin team @ 10/13/16 8:52am
Hi! I've noticed that with the skin mobile-night some old stories appear with the chapters in blank. I don't know if it happens with other skins and I think it's just some stories with different font or size (Maybe the authors put the color of the letters as black and that's why the chapters can't be read?) Anyway I just wanted to tell you in case you could do something about it. Now I just change the skin but maybe some other reader won't realize and won't read the story because of it. Thanks :)
--Ubikoctober @ 9/30/16 9:50pm
+0
This is more of a technical issue than a suggestion. If you encounter a problem reading a story, please use the contact us link and let us know the title and author of the story in question (a link to the story would be helpful too).
--EF admin team @ 9/30/16 9:59pm
Is it possible to put a date beside the chapter showing when it was uploaded or revised in case an author updates more than one chapter at a time so we don't accidentally skip one?
--Rezol87 @ 9/11/16 10:53pm
+1
Hi Rezol87, Done! Well, mostly :) . The site didn't start recording chapter upload dates until 2013, so chapters published before that time won't show dates. However, all chapters since that time now show a publication date on the story's table of contents page.
--EF admin team @ 9/12/16 11:44am
Add a search function for stories posted or updated within a specified timeframe. Or just add a changeable number of days to the most recent button.
--490440 @ 9/5/16 10:48pm
+3
Hi 490440, We already have options to sort stories by the date updated and the date published, as well as the option to look at stories from just certain years. If you want recent stories, but more than the standard 28 day time frame used in the Most Recent page, you can just pull up the Titles page, sort by date published or updated, and scroll through that way to go back how ever many number of days you want. We don't see a need to add anything beyond what we already have.
--EF admin team @ 9/11/16 2:29pm
Can there be a way for one to immediately read the latest chapter of a fic without having to open it and scroll down to the last part of the story? I know there's a bookmark option but it takes you to the part where you last read and you still have to go to the next page for that. It'd be more convenient to just press something next to the name of the fic when you see an update and it'll take you to the latest chapter or last chapter of the story, just like on another fiction site...
--DeamonQueen @ 9/3/16 10:28pm
+4
Hi DeamonQueen, we don't want to just add a blanket latest chapter link to every story because occasionally authors add multiple chapters of a story at a time or do frequent updates. Just linking to the most recent chapter would cause readers to unknowingly skip over other new chapters that they may have missed. However, we have modified the bookmark feature so that now when there are new chapters past the last one that was read, there will be a link to the first new chapter that's available. Also, if you have a story marked as a favorite, and you have favorite notification emails turned on, as always, there will be a link in the email that leads directly to the newest chapter.
--EF admin team @ 9/11/16 2:21pm
I had someone leave me a review in Russian today, but as the site doesn't support the Cyrillic alphabet it became a meaningless string of letters and numbers. (I took Russian in school and can actually read quite a bit so I'm sad I missed this person's review). Would it be difficult/expensive to add Cyrillic as a supported script? And if it's neither of those could it be added? I realize this is a very tiny problem but I still thought I'd ask. Thank you!
--Sunalso @ 8/28/16 3:12pm
+2
Hi Sunalso, The original software that the site uses was created with iso-8859-1 encoding, which was standard for the time. iso-8859-1 covers most Western characters, but that's about it. The new standard for encoding is utf-8, which covers many more characters. However, it wasn't ever really an issue since the vast majority of our authors and readers come from Western countries. I'll look into what it would take to upgrade to utf-8 when I get a chance. If it's something relatively painless, I'll see what I can do.
--EF admin team @ 9/8/16 5:13pm
With all the amazing banners that have recently been submitted for the art challenge, is there any way to use some of them for site skins so that banners that go unused for fic writing don't go to waste?
--djellibabe @ 8/17/16 7:17am
+0
Hi djellibabe, At this point we're still talking about options for the banners that go unclaimed from the art challenge. We'll try to get them used, but not as site banners. Since the banners were created to be used with a story, we're going to try and make sure they get used for that purpose.
--EF admin team @ 8/19/16 10:39am
Hi, following the conversations in the shout box today, I wondered if there was any way to add another warning to the 'Warnings' when you post a story with Suicide/Attempted Suicide. Much as none of the writers can preempt everything which might upset readers in an NC17 or AO fic, this one has upset a reader and I just thought I would ask, Kind Regards, Cazmo.
---Carrie-Ann- @ 8/16/16 3:55pm
+2
Hi Cazmo, Done! An Attempted Suicide/Suicide warning has been added to the warnings options.
--EF admin team @ 8/19/16 10:31am
I love the new birthday banner, but I have an add on suggestion so that we don't have to have everyone in the chat box saying happy birthday everyday and filling it up ( I know I type happy birthday a lot ) is there a way we could have a little section where we "sign" a birthday card for them? We just go and type our user name and it sends it to their inbox at the end of the day with all the people who signed it?
--Rezol87 @ 8/13/16 9:54am
+1
Hi Rezol87, we have has a number of birthdays lately (since August is the best month for birthdays :) ), so the shoutbox has been filled with greetings, but we honestly don't mind them. We don't have any plans for adding anything else to the site regarding birthdays (including a card option).
--EF admin team @ 8/16/16 7:22pm
Can you add another option on the members list so one can separate the ones who are still active to those who haven't logged in for months now?
--DeamonQueen @ 8/10/16 9:01am
+1
Hi Deamon Queen, When looking for a beta or a banner artist, we can understand why it is helpful to know that only members who are active are showing so that you don't contact someone who isn't involved in the fandom any longer. However, the beta and banner artist lists already only show members who have logged in to EF in the last 7 months (and you can narrow down the beta list by using the beta search option and choosing to only select betas who have logged in during the last month). Also, if you're interested in a particular story and are curious about whether or not they're still active, you can pull up that author's profile and see when they were last active. However, we don't see why it would be helpful for a member to pull up a list of every member based on how recently they have logged in. Therefore we won't be adding this option.
--EF admin team @ 8/13/16 4:51pm
Hi! Could there be a fast and easy way to re-nominate your previous month's AOTM and ROTM?
--Mia Vaan @ 8/7/16 3:56am
+1
Hi Mia, Honestly we think it's pretty quick and easy to retype to previous month's nominees or to open up your list of previous nominations and just cut/paste the old ones into the nomination box if they didn't end up winning. There's not much else we can do to speed up the process.
--EF admin team @ 8/8/16 5:21pm
I know I just made a suggestion recently but I thought of adding this one. Is there a way for you to add an already viewed this story suggestion? We have a marked read one. But that is only if you pressed the option and marked it as read. This one is something that happens automatically right after you clicked the story. I've read a lot of fics but sometimes I read them sometimes I don't, this way people can tell if they had seen the fic or not. It doesn't have to be technical like adding some check on the story and such, it can just be a little blot on the side of the title or maybe the color of the title text changes after opening the story or something. Just something to tell readers you have heard the fic and opened it one time ago but haven't read it for some reasons or just haven't read it yet and you forgot to add it in your bookmarked stories or some other reason as such... Just a suggestion.
--DeamonQueen @ 7/25/16 7:38pm
+1
Hi DeamonQueen, Sorry, but I have to say no here too. automatically saving every story that every member clicks on would be a huge resource hog.
--EF admin team @ 7/30/16 9:27am
I know we have a new section where we can find out a way to greet happy birthday to all our members on their special day. But I was wondering if there'd be a way to find out about the birthdays ahead of time, like-- say a day or two and via email, especially if one has favorited that person, that way not only will they get greeted a happy birthday on their birth day, we can also prepare something like a gift for them, like a short fic, a video, or a photo or something. Just a suggestion, and it can also be optional for a member to choose to let their birthdays be revealed ahead of time.
--DeamonQueen @ 7/24/16 9:55am
+1
Hi DeamonQueen, At this point we've done all we're going to do for member birthdays. We don't really think that gifting fic or art for birthdays is a thing that's going to catch on, and even if it did, we don't want people feeling left out if no one does anything for them on their birthdays.
--EF admin team @ 7/30/16 9:25am
I would really like to see Divergence as a category. To me, AU seems like it should be for big changes to the entire universe, like Buffy going to a Slayer academy as a child or someone else being the Slayer. Divergence would be nice for things that are basically the same as canon up to a certain point, where one small change from then on makes a significant difference. I think it would be easier to search for and categorize stories for readers who aren't looking for something wildly AU.
--zabjade @ 7/23/16 3:38am
+6
Hi zabjade, we've discussed this and have similar opinions regarding what an AU fic is as you outlined, but we believe any fic divergent from canon is the point of fanfiction. Unless a fic diverges from Canon, it's pretty much just a replica of the show. I agree that AU should be for wildly different universes (for example All Human or Wishverse/ Space/ 100 years into the future) but we don't feel there is a need for a category that would describe every other fic. Not only this, but the effort to go through thousands of existing stories to re-categorise them is something that none of us really have the time to do. It is unlikely that many past authors would come and do it with their fics and so the category would be a very small one, relying predominantly on new fics posted. Hopefully this explains why we've decided that this one isn't something we think is necessary.
--EF admin team @ 7/28/16 5:06am
Hi guys, being in a different time zone to many other people who frequent the site (only assuming most are mainly US based) I always wonder whether people are asleep when I post updates or comments in the shout box. I just wondered if it was possible to show site time just so we might have an idea? Kind Regards.
---Carrie-Ann- @ 7/19/16 6:28pm
+1
Hi Cazmo, Done! On the main page, under the shoutbox links, you'll now see the current site time. It will show the time when you initially load the page, but will not update itself automatically.
--EF admin team @ 7/21/16 12:21am
Can there be a way to follow an author without actually favoriting them yet? I mean, I read stories from different authors but sometimes one stands out but not to the extent that would immediately earn a fav. So I wonder if there was a way that one can follow authors and their stories without favoriting them for the time being.
--DeamonQueen @ 7/11/16 2:40pm
+1
Hi DeamonQueen, we had a similar suggestion earlier about adding another favorites category, and I'm going to give you the same answer I gave before. Adding more ways to categorize authors/stories will just take up space and make things confusing. The term favorites is just a term. An author/story doesn't have to be an actual favorite for you to add them to that category.
--EF admin team @ 7/11/16 9:16pm
I like the option to have your email address on your profile either public or hidden, but I'd quite like a third option: to have it viewable only to members who are logged in. See, I love and trust this community, but I'm not so sure about Google.
--EllieRose101 @ 7/9/16 7:31am
+2
Hi EllieRose, the only options for email addresses on profiles is completely hidden from everyone or shown to members only. There is no option for an email address to be shown to the general public (or search bots like Google). Under Edit Preferences, the option states, "Display my email address on my profile to other logged in members: "
--EF admin team @ 7/11/16 9:01pm
something that would be helpful to people new to the fanfic/Spuffy way of life would be a little link (probably on the FAQ page) to all the slang that is commonly used with the stories. Like what it means when the is a "!" in the middle of a word 'Vamp!Buffy' or what a challnge is or what some abbreviations mean (like PWP) and so forth. I spent a good 15min trying to explain alot of this stuff to my sister and I'm pretty sure I didn't cover it all on top of the fact Im still running across things that I have to look up lol. It would probably require collaboration on the members parts and continued update because things change so often but it would be super helpful to some people. Thank you.
--Rezol87 @ 7/4/16 10:51pm
+8
Hi Rezol87, we got together as admins, and frankly none of us felt like we were experts on the subject of fanfic terms and abbreviations. Kathleen found a number of websites that had detailed information on the subject, so rather than re-inventing the wheel, we now have links to those sites in our FAQ.
--EF admin team @ 7/11/16 8:58pm
I don’t know if more people want this, maybe is just me :) But would it be possible to post reviews in a challenge? Thank you :):):)
--Ubikoctober @ 6/18/16 6:47pm
+2
Hi Ubikoctober, we're not sure why challenges would need to be reviewed. If you read a challenge, and think it would make a great story, you can second it to show that you're interested in it as well, or you can respond it it with a story of your own. If you don't like the challenge, just ignore it and move on. A while ago we talked about the possibility of allowing other members to add notes or ideas to challenges, but it was voted down because we felt that the added ideas could move the challenge away from the original challenger's intent. We're going to have to pass on adding reviews as well.
--EF admin team @ 6/19/16 2:36pm
Not sure if someone suggested this already, but I would love to be notified if someone responds to a challenge I posted!
--Sunnydalesis @ 6/7/16 11:04pm
+4
Hi Sunnydalesis, we actually already have this feature. When an author responds to a challenge, the challenge author is sent an email letting them know about the new story that their challenge inspired.
--EF admin team @ 6/17/16 10:08pm
So it's probably my fault for so many challenges saved (what can I say? The members here have great ideas!) Would it be possible to get a way to search the ones in our saved files like there is in the main list?
--Convi @ 6/7/16 7:50pm
+1
Hi Convi, unfortunately this would be something that would require a lot of time, as it would need to be created from scratch, and we don't think that it's something that would be used by a large number of people. We're going to have to say no to this one.
--EF admin team @ 6/17/16 10:10pm
When you edit a review and get to the confirmation page, could that page have a link back to the review section?
--EllieRose101 @ 6/2/16 1:38pm
+1
Hi EllieRose101, now if you edit a review, on the confirmation page you will have a link to go back to the reviews you've written. We aren't able to add a link to the reviews to that specific story.
--EF admin team @ 6/17/16 10:29pm
I'd quite like it if there was a field to list our location on our profiles.
--EllieRose101 @ 6/2/16 1:35pm
+2
Hi EllieRose101, while some people might like to list their location in their profile, we think that there are probably also a lot of members who would be uncomfortable with sharing that information. Because only some members would choose to use this, we don't think it needs it's own field. If you want to share your location, you can easily just include it in your bio.
--EF admin team @ 6/17/16 10:13pm
In our Edit Preferences (or Edit Bio/Personal Info) account, can there be an option to post our birth dates? Thanks!
--RESPICE FINEM @ 6/1/16 1:42am
+3
Hi RESPICE FINEM, Done! Well, sort of. Details here: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/news.php?action=newsstory&nid=98 .
--EF admin team @ 6/17/16 10:58pm
Hi, is there any way that the random story selection could only contain completed stories? There is nothing worse then clicking on the random story, reading the summary, seeing it sounds amazing and then realising that it's not finished hadn't been touched for years.
--djellibabe @ 5/26/16 4:46pm
+2
Hi djellibabe, while we understand the frustration with finding an amazing story, only to discover it's not complete, we don't want to take the spotlight away from stories that are still actively being worked on, or from WIPs that still deserve a read even if they aren't finished. We are going to leave the random story section as it is with WIPs and completed stories included. However, now you'll know right away if a story is finished or not because completed stories will have this check mark: ✓ next to the story rating. Hopefully this will help.
--EF admin team @ 5/30/16 9:12pm
I've only been in this site for half a year and even though I know more or less how everything works, the medals symbols etc that are next to the stories still confuse me a little, could you do a guide for them or something similar? Thanks :)
--Ubikoctober @ 5/14/16 12:14am
+0
Hi Ubikoctober, The FAQ page has loads of information about the site that you may not be aware of. The General Questions section of the FAQ has information about specific site features and the icons you can see around the stories. In addition, if you're on a computer and you hover your mouse over most of the icons around the site, a description appears, which will explain the icon.
--EF admin team @ 5/14/16 10:44pm
So our oldest fic on this site is posted on October 26, 2006 (almost 10 years!). Noticing that made me think if it would be possible to add to the Top Lists page of 'most favorite/liked/reviewed stories by year', since we will be coming up on 10 years of accumulated stories. I also would like to suggest this because there are so many under-appreciated stories in 06-07 because we had so few members working the system of likes/favs/reviews then to bring the stories the recognition they deserve. This way we can highlight popular ones from their own 'era'.
--RESPICE FINEM @ 5/12/16 4:20am
+6
Hi RESPICE FINEM, Done! I wasn't able to add the listings to the Top Lists page, but I added a new browse page where you can choose stories that were published or updated in a certain year (direct link here: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/browse.php?type=years). Once you pull up the year you want, you can use the dropdowns to sort and include/exclude the options you want.
--EF admin team @ 5/14/16 10:36pm
If possible, when we get an email about a review response from an author would it be to hard to add what story it is for beside the authors name?
--Rezol87 @ 5/4/16 4:27pm
+4
Hi Rezol87, Done! Review and review response notification emails now contain the title of the story that they refer to.
--EF admin team @ 5/12/16 11:13pm
In the search options (either simple or advanced), is it possible to make it so you can just search through your favorites? I have a lot of favorites.
--EllieRose101 @ 4/22/16 12:27am
+4
Hi EllieRose, back in February, there was a suggestion asking me to add the sort drop-downs to the list of favorites, and I was able to add them. Since then, members have the ability to pull up their favorites list and pick and choose which categories, ratings, word counts, etc... they want to see in the list. I'm not really sure what adding a favorites only search option would add on top of that other than being able to search for a keyword in the title or summary. I don't see searching for keywords in favorites as being something overly useful. When looking through your favorites, just sort through them with the dropdowns on your favorite stories page.
--EF admin team @ 4/24/16 10:24pm
I wonder if there was a way to put a different rating for one chapter as to warn everyone beforehand that that chapter will contain smut. I've mostly written PG rated fics but I occasionally throw a bit of smut in one chapter or two to spice the story a bit. But I don't think it would be adviseable to change the entire rating for my fic for one chapter only. Is there a way you can do this? Please?
--DeamonQueen @ 4/20/16 6:37am
+0
Hi DeamonQueen, if one chapter of your story has material rated R/NC-17 or AO, the whole story must be rated that way. If you have a story that is PG, and you decide to add higher rated material later on, you need to change the rating of the story to fit the new material. Readers need to be informed of the content of an entire story, not just a few chapters, so it needs to be consistent.
--EF admin team @ 4/20/16 11:31am
I know someone already suggested that we have a featured challenge or challenge of the month and I can completely see how that would be really hard and complicated but would maybe having a "Random" challnge spot like we have a random story sopt be an option? That way that challenges that get skipped over or not seconded a lot can get another look see.
--Rezol87 @ 4/17/16 8:26pm
+4
Hi Rezol87, the problem with adding a random challenge section similar to the random story one is that it would be in the sidebar where we don't have a ton of space available. The description would be limited to 75 characters (which is the character limit for the random, featured and most recent sections as well). The issue is that most challenges have pretty significant summaries, and the idea wouldn't come through in just the first 75 characters. Also, this has changed a bit recently, but a majority of the challenges are titled something like "Author's choice of name", so the title wouldn't add much to conveying the idea behind the challenge.
--EF admin team @ 4/20/16 11:26am
Hello I was wondering is there a way that notifies us if a story is updated?? Like how fanfiction.net sends an email, do you guys send notifications or alerts when stories are updated? If not can we maybe get something like that?
--alaynaryann @ 4/9/16 11:58pm
+0
Hi Alaynaryann. If you go to your account info under the profiles and preferences select edit preferences. Under e-mail settings/alerts you will see that option for alerts for individual stories as well as a digest. Click on the ones ou want and the hit the submit button on the bottom and you will get notified for any of your favorites. Be sure to mark a story as a favorite and you will be notified when the update is published.
--EF admin team @ 4/10/16 12:01am
When I read a story that I thought I hadn't before, and I go to 'like' it, it turns out I had read and liked it already. My request is: can there be a link on that warning message page that lets me 'continue to the next chapter anyway' instead of having to go back then forward again?
--RESPICE FINEM @ 4/5/16 4:46pm
+0
Hi RESPICE FINEM, Done! There will now be a back to story link.
--EF admin team @ 4/7/16 4:40pm
This is probably a really simple one, I feel really silly asking, but - can we get a "scroll to top" arrow on the left side of the screen? I'm a right-hander, and if I am doing anything while I read (like eating, or cooking, usually something to do with food) I hold my tablet in my left hand. My teeny tiny hands can't reach all the way over to the other side of of the screen, though. Eh, like I said, silly...
--kittyfajitas @ 4/1/16 9:25pm
+3
Hi kittyfajitas, just imagine the anguish of our left handed readers who always have this struggle :) . I didn't put the up arrow on the right side to taunt those who were stuck using their left. I put it there because it lines up so nicely with the down arrow up top, and because it's pretty widely accepted as the customary side for such a thing. I don't think there's really much need for a second set of arrows on the left side. On smaller phones, the arrows would be just about next to each other, and it would look pretty silly, IMO.
--EF admin team @ 4/7/16 4:05pm
I love reading what other readers have to say about stories in reading also. I go back and look at reviews left by other readers and what the author has responded almost as much as I go and look for an updat. Sometimes I see someone else's review and go WOW I really agree with that. I know it would be completely unnnessisary but is there a way to add an option where we can "like" or "Ditto" someone else review, just so that the author knows when other readers agree even if they don't leave a review them self.
--Rezol87 @ 3/29/16 5:49pm
+7
Hi Rezol87, unfortunately I'm going to have to turn this one down. On a personal level, I fear that this would cut down on actual reviews since a reader could just like or ditto someone else's without writing their own.

However, the more important reason I'm saying no is the technical aspect. Allowing likes or dittos for each of our 144,018 (as of today) reviews would be an enormous resource hog. Even adding the ability to comment on another member's review would be tricky because it's not really possible the way the software is written. It would require me to reinvent the wheel, and that's not happening any time soon.
--EF admin team @ 4/1/16 4:21pm
While I understand the intention of supporting many members -and offering all opportunities to shine- with the "no repeats" rule behind the Members of the Month selection, there is a significant downside: If I get a knocks-my-socks off review, or a series of great reviews from a single member, and nominate that person, that nomination can easily be immediately tossed out, because the member in question has committed the crime of adding enough value to the community to have been previously noticed. The "no repeats" rule, while obviously well-meaning, can leave a member in the position of being noticed early in his or her tenure on EF, and never again, no matter how much they contribute to the community, over how many years. There's a distinct lack of fairness in that. What if the "no repeats" rule was only within a year? Or a rolling 12 month period? Most people will not earn recognition every year, but those are consistently giving quality content to the site (be it in reviews or stories) COULD. The reviewers who knock my socks off deserve recognition, and shouldn't be immediately disqualified from a chance at getting it, just because someone else noticed them two years ago (as an example). Thank you for listening.
--myrabeth @ 3/27/16 1:37am
+10
Hi myrabeth, thank you for your suggestion. We talked quite a bit about this because a member's contributions to the site don't stop once they've been author or reviewer of the month. However, the reason that we made the rule of votes only counting if the member hadn't won before was because we believed the fairest way to do things was to give more people a chance to win. We can only have 12 winners per category each year, so with repeat winners, that really cuts down on the opportunities for new winners.

The fact is that MOTM hasn't even been around for a full two years yet. We looked over the nominations for the last few months, and they are still very strong. There hasn't been a shortage of new talent to nominate.

MOTM is meant to be an honor, but it's not the only way to recognize members who you think go above and beyond. Let them know their stories/reviews make your day, post their praises in the shoutbox, etc... At this point, we're leaving the voting system as is. If we feel like enough time has gone by with MOTM to allow repeats, or we see nominations start to slow down, we might reconsider in the future.
--EF admin team @ 4/1/16 4:15pm
Currently when I add a story to 'favorites' is then takes me back to my account area instead of the story. So if I'm doing several actions with a story if I forget and don't click 'Add to Favorites' last I have to go and search for the story again. Would it be possible to have the option to return to the story after adding it to favorites instead of just being returned to the 'my account' area?
--Sunalso @ 3/24/16 1:00pm
+7
Hi sunalso, Done!. Now when you add a favorite story, series or author, you'll have the option of going to your account area, or to go back. The back button will take you to the page you were on before you added the favorite, so you'll still see the add to favorites link even though it's now one of your favorites.
--EF admin team @ 3/29/16 10:00pm
I struggle with sorting fics. Stories I've read are easy, so are stories I want to read but after that it gets a bit confusing. Is there any chance of a mega-favourites category? If that's not possible does anyone have any advice on how they sort or categorise? I have added notes in the past but you can only do that if you favourite a story, what about if I stop reading because a tale took a turn I didn't like or I might want to come back to it one day but not now?
--djellibabe @ 3/10/16 3:28pm
+0
Hi djellibabe, we already have favorites, bookshelf and marking stories as read. Adding more ways to categorize stories will just take up space and make things confusing. If you're looking for ways to keep track of your stories, you can head to the shoutbox or LJ page and ask other members how they do it. Also, remember you can use your own browser bookmarks to save stories, it doesn't need to be just saved within the archive.
--EF admin team @ 3/12/16 10:34am
I've been reading through some challenges, and am curious when they were posted. Is it possible to have the date they were posted listed on the challenge? Thanks!
--nowinlivingcolor @ 3/6/16 5:03pm
+1
Hi nowinlivingcolor, the site does not save the date information for when a challenge was posted. I could add it for future challenges, but for the existing 1,355, there wouldn't be date information. When you sort challenges by most recent, it uses the challenge id number (which is chronological), not the actual date it was submitted.
--EF admin team @ 3/6/16 3:20pm
Hi! I have been having problems finding a beta. The ones I asked either were too busy with a fic of their own or didn't even bothered to reply to me. I understand the first group of betas but the second one were just rude. Do you think you can find a way for new writers to identify whether a beta is currently busy with a fic/fics to do any more betas for someone else? And also find a way for us new writers to easily identify betas who either takes too long to reply or would no longer do betas for any authors. My suggestion is that you try adding another info detail in their beta profile stating that they are currently working on this fic/fics and they can't work on any other fics. And maybe a put a symbol that signifies that this beta hasn't logged on in many weeks so don't expect help from them yet.. this wayno new author would have to wait too long for them to reply only to find out that they wouldn't even plan to help in the first place. Anyway That's all for my suggestion thank you for listening.
--DeamonQueen @ 3/5/16 3:04pm
+0
Hi DeamonQueen, we already have all of these options available. In a beta profile, members have the option to change their status to "Not currently accepting stories." If they choose this option, they will not be shown in the active beta list. Unfortunately we can't force members to select this option when they're busy. It's up to them to keep it up to date.

Also, on the active beta reader list, there's a link that says Narrow down the list with a Beta Search. On the beta search page, you're able to use any of the search options, the last of which is to only show betas who have been active in the last month. If you're looking for a beta who has been active in recent weeks, I'd suggest using that option.
--EF admin team @ 3/6/16 2:45pm
I know that there are so many challenge and many of them aren't noticed by the authors. So would be possible put a challenge - "challenge of the month" or "featured challenge" - (it would be selected by you like the stories) in the column of the featured stories? It would be a way to point out to the authors some particularly and interesting challenge that otherwise would end up in oblivion.
--annamatte @ 3/5/16 12:51pm
+6
Hi annamatte, there are definitely some excellent challenges out there that deserve attention. However, we don't have any way of knowing which challenges will spark an author's imagination, and we don't really have time to sort through all the challenges to attempt to locate the diamonds in the rough. Readers are already able to second challenges, and authors are able to see which ones receive the most seconds, so that's a great way to find challenges that are interesting and desired by readers.
--EF admin team @ 3/12/16 10:39am
Hello all, me again! Currently when I click on a story it tells me the date I added it to my bookshelf (just under the author blurb in lovely blue italics) is there any way to include a comment telling me that I have reviewed?
--djellibabe @ 3/5/16 5:02am
+1
Hi djellibabe, unfortunately this would be a drain on resources, and would likely slow down loading of the browse pages. The date added to bookshelf/last read information, is stored with the rest of the bookshelf info, so it's all called up in the same query. The review information is handled in a totally different way, so it would have to be called separately. The database would have to sort through 140,300 reviews just to see if you've written a review for that specific chapter. I'm afraid we can't offer this option.
--EF admin team @ 3/6/16 2:37pm
Hi Susan (ducks from flying bricks). How hard would it be to put together a feature we could call Fic Orphanage where the writers (and ONLY the writers) of fics that they cannot complete, WIPs that are going to remain that way, and are willing to let someone else "adopt" them to complete them? Like I said only the writer could submit their story for adoption and a link to the story in its current unfinished form would be listed and like the challenge box other writers could look through and "adopt" and finish a story? I suppose authors could also offer links to fic that, while finished, were intended to have a sequel but they know they will never get round to it to be adopted. The story as currently written would not be altered merely continued by someone else. Not talking about rewrites just WIPs and/or promised sequels offered by the authors themselves. How hard would this be to do and is there interest in doing so? Kathleen (always causing more work for our beloved Susan)
--pfeifferpack @ 2/28/16 12:21pm
+10
Hi Kathleen, we actually tried something like this a while back based on a shoutbox conversation (see http://dark-solace.org/elysian/news.php?action=newsstory&nid=74 for details). Some members were for it, but others, like myself, were concerned that it might encourage readers to contact authors of WIPs to ask them to give up their fics, which was something we didn't want. Despite the reservations, we decided to give a fic adoption category a trial to see if any authors would use it. During the trial, not a single story was put up for adoption, so we took it down. I know it's frustrating for readers when a WIP gets abandoned, but I don't think that many authors are actually willing to give up their fics to other authors.
--EF admin team @ 2/29/16 9:53am
So I've been reading a few of the stories written as responses to last year's challenge month, and I've noticed that not all of them have been completed, or updated in a while. Some only have one or two chapters. I know that not every writer has a lot of time on their hands (I'm the same), but I remembered that we had about one month to prepare, and I wondered if maybe...we could have maybe two or three months notice for next time (like say, a quick reminder that it's coming up soon) so we can start preparing for it sooner? That way authors can get more planned (and written) so stories aren't left unfinished, and so authors don't feel like they have to rush in order to get something posted. Thanks.
--Wonder and Ashes @ 2/28/16 9:49am
+3
Hi W&A, we don't currently have challenges planned out, but we're starting to think about ones for the future. For the previous 2 challenges, we gave about 3 weeks notice, which made for 7 weeks total including the actual challenge month. We discussed adding more time, but the truth is that it's hard to keep up excitement and momentum if it's known about for such a long period of time. There's an initial flurry of excitement with the announcement, and then it dies down until the month actually begins. Having to keep up that excitement for 2-3 months before it even starts would be very difficult. We think people are going to finish, or not finish their stories no matter how much time they have. Also, we do try to plan challenges when there are no other fests or events so that authors have plenty of time to devote to their challenge story.
--EF admin team @ 2/29/16 10:04am
I regret the days of AllAboutSpike, not so much for the beautiful stories and fantastic authors--we have a bunch of excellent new ones!--but for the attention to avoiding typos and common mistakes. I get dismayed at the number of cannons, alters, you're for your etc. that are present into otherwise good fics. Spellcheck can help to a certain point, but it doesn't know what the writer is saying. I'm not sure what could be done, maybe praise good grammar with a special ribbon, or constitute a beta force just for checking that kind of problems? I don't even know if it is felt as a problem by other readers...
--relurker @ 2/24/16 7:15am
+5
Firstly, I want to thank you for your suggestion. It has generated some good discussion and a new awareness, I think, of authors and their process. I want to discuss now why taking further measures to ensure perfect fanfiction is not appropriate on this site. Over 9 years ago, a group of authors got together to start this site. Our urgent need to do this was based wholly on some abusive behaviour an author received on another site. She was rejected several times from the site, told to get a beta, and then one of our own actually betaed and knew what the final product was, the writer was STILL rejected, and the language accompanying that was quite shocking. It became known that many writers were being treated as such, and so that core group of us that started this site left the other one and vowed we would be encouraging of writers to the best of our ability, that we would provide a safe place for writers to spread their wings. However, we did not make the site a free for all. We do have a minimum set of requirements before we pass a fic—if there are numerous spelling errors, grammar that makes no sense, or plots that seemingly make no sense, we send a letter to the writer asking them to get a beta, or making more personal suggestions as to why they need a beta. I know I personally tend to do that. Sometimes fics start out with very well written first and second chapters, and so understandably are passed, but then the following chapters go right off the rails and we are left with quite a quandary. On the one hand we feel that writer needs to be made aware in the slip in their own standard—and sometimes we see it as serious enough to contact them—and other times we feel that the story has already been passed and rejecting it would be cruel. You need to remember that this archive isn’t a business—this is run by volunteers that love Spuffy and love the community this site has generated, and sometimes being cruel to be kind is just being cruel, and for what purpose? If you simply cannot read a story that isn’t to a publishable standard, then I have to wonder why you read fanfiction? Not all authors are at a publishable standard, and that is totally okay. That is why we offer fanfic instead of trying to make the big bucks! All About Spike was an INVITATION ONLY archive. I know of brilliant writers in this fandom that submitted to that site and were rejected. The stories that did make it to the site were because the site owner had a particular liking for that story. That is also okay, because she paid for that site and she (or he, I don’t actually know who ran it) made the effort to load those stories and get permissions from the authors. Of course being included was a very great honour and it ensured every work on the site was exceptional, but it is very far removed from what we offer here. The main difference is that you ALL contribute—financially, in the shoutbox, with reviews and with betaing. This is a community and a community is made up of all levels of society—the intellectuals and those that just want something fun to read. We want to cater to all, not just those with English degrees. All of the Mods here on Elysian Fields struggle with rejecting works, and we all STRONGLY AND CONSISTENTLY recommend everyone uses a beta. Not only is it important for making sure your work is the highest quality it can be—for the enjoyment of your readers but also just the satisfaction that you’ve produced a ripping story for all—but the relationship you can develop with your beta can sometimes be one of the best relationships you will ever make in the fandom. My best friendships in this fandom were with people I betaed or who betaed me. It was exciting to share my work with others before I posted and I looked forward to hearing what they thought and whether I could make things better. But, the bottom line is, even with a beta work can be less than perfect, and as a respectful community, I’d hope we can all offer criticism that is an attempt to help and enthuse a writer rather than bringing them down. We all have choices—if you stumble across a story that you balk at because of spelling errors or grammar, close that window and find another story. It’s really that simple. This site has been running for over 9 years. We have had our issues but in general, everyone is respectful and helpful. If you DO get a crappy review, perhaps learn to shrug it off or come to one of the Mods to discuss it before you respond. Reading in the shoutbox that a reviewer was told to F&*# off is really not a reasonable response. Taking the time to read something and offer usually valid feedback is worthy of a thoughtful response and not one couched in knee-jerk reaction. It can be hurtful to be criticised, but the majority of those who take the time to offer it just want to help you. However, anyone receiving vile reviews need to bring that to our attention. As I said, this archive is meant to be a safe place. We want writers to feel comfortable here to explore Spuffy and learn something about their own skills. I’m sorry we cannot offer an archive with 100% perfectly written works. In a perfect world, that would be awesome, but it would also mean that many, many of us would never belong here. Many brilliant stories would never see the light of day. We at EF simply refuse to be that kind of archive.
--EF admin team @ 2/27/16 6:32pm
Would it be possible to add the smileys to the shoutbox? It would be an unnecessary, but nice thing. As long as it is not too difficult to accomplish.
--annamatte @ 2/15/16 11:57am
+6
Hi annamatte, Done!
--EF admin team @ 2/21/16 10:59pm
Would it be possible to add a 30,000 word option to the search? It's a pretty big jump from 10k to 50k. Thank you.
--Rezol87 @ 2/14/16 8:26pm
+7
Hi Rezol87, Done! The 30,000 word option has been added to the search page and browse dropdowns. We'll leave it at that though since I don't want to overwhelm people with word count options.
--EF admin team @ 2/18/16 8:28pm
Hi, could there be an option on profile pages where people can view challenges in a different order, like how people can view stories either in alphabetical order or most recent? E.g. people can view them in order of Most Wanted or which ones have been responded to (like on the main challenge page). I've got so many challenges that it's hard to keep track of them all, and being able to view them in a different order on my profile page would be a big help. :) (Also, could there be a Date Published option when viewing people's stories on their profile pages, too?) Thanks.
--Mia Vaan @ 2/12/16 6:44pm
+3
Hi Mia, If you want a more sortable way to look at an author's stories while you're on their profile page, click on the text (which is also a link) an the top of the story list that says "Stories by (author name)". That will give you more sort options, as well as all the regular browse page drop-downs.

As far as the challenges, I don't think that will receive additional sort options. I don't think there are many other members who need/would use this feature, and I can't justify the amount of time it would take to code.
--EF admin team @ 2/12/16 5:50pm
Could there be an option in profile settings to make it so people have to be logged in to read someone's stories? I know there are some authors who have been marking things as NC-17 or AO when they shouldn't be, just so people have to log in to read. It makes it a little irritating if you're trying to find a certain type of story.
--zabjade @ 2/8/16 8:01pm
+3
Hi zabjade,To be honest, this is the first we're hearing about authors marking things with higher than needed ratings just to keep them members only. Rating stories can be subjective, so some authors might consider something NC-17, but you don't. At this point, we already get enough grief about locking down NC-17 and AO stories, so we don't see a need for adding additional restrictions.
--EF admin team @ 2/12/16 5:36pm
Hi! Could there be a section of the site simply devoted to recommending and finding fics? Like I said with the banners, when people are trying to find a fic they post it in the shout box, but their shout doesn't always get answered. For instance, someone who knows the fic may not see the shout in time. Also, if someone is looking for a type of fic they want to read (like a good claim fic, baby fic, season 2 fic, etc.) then people can recommend good ones for them. I know something like this would probably need a lot of work, but I thought I'd suggest it anyway. Thanks! :)
--Wonder and Ashes @ 2/4/16 3:40pm
+8
Hi Wonder and Ashes, we know that sometimes the shoutbox isn't a great place for in-depth conversations or asking about lost stories or fic recs. However, I think the only solution on EF itself for better conversations would be the addition of a message board, and to be honest, none of the mods want one here. They take up resources (human and electronic) and they're spam magnets. We already have a site sponsored chat room, and we are working on opening up our archive LiveJournal community as a place for more in-depth discussions and questions. We'll post more details on that later, but for now, I'm afraid that's all we can offer.
--EF admin team @ 2/8/16 11:01pm

The LJ community is now open and ready for any fic recs, fic searches or general discussions. It is located here: http://elysian-archive.livejournal.com/
--EF admin team @ 2/15/16 2:40pm
If saving posts as drafts wouldn't work, I'm guessing this might not either, but I thought I'd ask, just in case. Would it be possible to schedule posts? If, say, chapter updates are ready, but the author doesn't want them going out too soon (doesn't want them all going out at once, and/or wants to leave people enough time to keep up), and they're going on holiday or something?
--EllieRose101 @ 2/1/16 4:34pm
+2
Hi EllieRose, Unfortunately I'm going to have to say no to this one too. The amount of work it would take to create timed chapter releases just doesn't seem justified. To me, it's simple to just post a chapter when you're ready for it to go out to the public. Also, if you're on holiday, just go enjoy yourself. Your readers can wait for updates until you get back :) .
--EF admin team @ 2/4/16 10:00am
When I'm responding to reviews I usually start by clicking Account Info, then recent reviews, then the column under "unresponded ." After I write a reply the option given is "return to reviews" which takes me back to the page that has every review for the story ever. If you have a lot and are not going chronologically it's a pain because then you have to start the process all over again. Is there anyway to after replying to a review that there could be a choice between returning to reviews and returning to unresponded?
--Sunalso @ 2/1/16 12:06pm
+1
Hi Sunalso, Done! I love easy suggestions :) .

Now when you respond to a review, you can choose to go back to the unresponded reviews for that particular story, or to the entire list of your unresponded reviews.
--EF admin team @ 2/1/16 1:30pm
I have a very long list of favorites, and it can be difficult to find which story I am looking for on my list. Is it possible to have a search function for favorites the way we do our bookshelves? Thanks so much!
--nowinlivingcolor @ 1/29/16 2:35pm
+3
Hi nowinlivingcolor, The way favorites and bookshelves are handled is actually pretty different, which is why the bookshelf has the drop-down options where you can narrow down the list. I'll see If I can covert the favorite story list to the way that the bookshelf is displayed. I can't promise anything, but I'll see what I can do.
--EF admin team @ 2/1/16 1:27pm


ETA: Done! Now, when you go into account info then favorite stories, the list will have the same customizable drop-downs that the bookshelf and other browse pages have.
--EF admin team @ 2/2/16 11:16pm
Searching through challenges can be very confusing, and I have often wondered if it would be possible to add a simple search, like the search box which will look in "summary" for something like a keyword. Looking for a challenge that references "souls" or "buffybot" or something, as opposed to simply character, season, or category, particularly as many challengers don't mention or list which season, or which characters, etc. would be in their challenge. Thank you!
--Sigyn @ 1/29/16 1:24am
+6
Hi Sigyn, We don't have a specific search function just for challenges, but if you use the regular site search, either advanced or simple (title or summary), it searches series and challenges, as well as stories. For example, I typed buffybot into the simple summary search, and the results pulled up 7 challenges: click this link to see how the results appear. All I would need to do is click on where it says 7 challenges, and I would see the 7 challenges that have buffybot in the summary.
--EF admin team @ 1/29/16 5:27pm
Hi, was wondering if it's possible to be able to sort stories by publish date instead of update date? When I sort by 'most recent' it comes up with recently updated stuff mixed in, but there's no option to sort by most recently published. Is that something that's doable?
--alive_or_dead @ 1/27/16 8:19pm
+6
Hi alive_or_dead, Done! The most recent sort option is now known as Date Updated. You can now also sort by Date Published and by Author.
--EF admin team @ 1/29/16 5:16pm
Hi! Just wondering, could it be possible for authors to advertise on their profiles (maybe similar to the beta profiles) their willingness to make banners for people? I noticed that people always ask for banners in the shout box, and their requests don't always get noticed. Things might be easier for them if there was a way to search for an author who could make one for them, similar in how they would search for a beta reader. Thanks. X
--Wonder and Ashes @ 1/25/16 7:11pm
+5
Hi Wonder and Ashes, this is a great suggestion. It would be nice to have a spot for our artists to advertise their services to authors. I will add this to my to-do list and will see what I can do. Thanks!
--EF admin team @ 1/26/16 11:16am

ETA: Done!
--EF admin team @ 2/6/16 10:02am
Hiya, I'm not an author so I'm not sure what the set up is when an writer is uploading to this site but there is obviously some sort of pro forma that they fill in stating series, category, characters etc. Is there any way to add a 'previously' prompt or a 'what happened last chapter' ? It would be great to not have to re-read a whole story or series just because I'm old and can't remember what happened in the last update! Cheers, djellibabe x
--djellibabe @ 1/25/16 5:50pm
+0
Hi djellibabe, I agree that it can be hard to remember what happened previously in a story or series, especially if it's been a long time since the last update. However, adding a "previously on..." synopsis is really up to the author and not something we require. There's already a spot for chapter notes, and that's a perfect spot for authors to remind readers of what happened in the last chapter if they choose to add it. Thanks for your suggestion!
--EF admin team @ 1/26/16 11:14am
I've noticed when I run a search for two or more Categories in Advanced Search, the results show me all stories for all the categories I chose, so it seems like by selecting >1 category the query is using an "or" operator for the results. Usually if I'm looking for a fic I don't know the name/author of, I at least know if it's, like, a Ssn 4/Claim fic. Or a Ssn 6/Baby Fic. So by getting results for all of the SSN and all claim fics I'm actually increasing the # of search results rather than narrowing them down. Is there is a way to add an option for an "and" operator, so it will narrow down the search results? Thanks!
--kittyfajitas @ 1/25/16 2:49pm
+4
Hi Kitty, thanks for your suggestion. This sounds doable. I will see what I can do and will report back when I've made progress.
--EF admin team @ 1/26/16 11:09am

ETA: Done!
--EF admin team @ 1/29/16 5:14pm
The site has search options by most favorite, most recent, most hits, etc. Can there be a search option for most 'likes'? Oftentimes a story ends up with a different amount of likes than reviews. Thanks!
--RESPICE FINEM @ 1/25/16 12:46am
+5
Hi RESPICE FINEM, Done! In the browse and search pages, you can now choose to sort by like count.
--EF admin team @ 1/25/16 12:15pm
Hi! It would be great if you could add the comics characters, or at least the most important ones, to the add new story page. Thank you!
--Bjarka99 @ 1/24/16 10:24pm
+3
Hi Bjarka99, this is a great suggestion since we want our comic-based writers to be able to fully classify their stories. While EF admin team, Kathleen and I have a basic knowledge of the comics, I don't think we have a good enough understanding of them to know the comic based characters. If you could send me a PM with the names of the comic based characters important enough to be listed, we'll get them added.
--EF admin team @ 1/25/16 10:12am

ETA: Done!
--EF admin team @ 1/26/16 10:20am
Is it possible to make a way when we go to our profile and our reviews for us to sort the reviews we have given to others stories by most recent date? Thank you.
--Rezol87 @ 1/24/16 4:37pm
+10
Hi Rezol87, I have actually had a request for this option before (via email, not in the suggestion box), so it's clear you're not the only one who'd like this option. The main review layout is currently sorted by story and ordered by story publication date, which will remain the default because I think that way it's easy to see all your reviews for a single story. However, I will try to add a toggle option where you can change the sort to simply review date regardless of what story it's for or the story's publication date. Give me a bit to work on it, and I'll report back when I've made progress.
--EF admin team @ 1/25/16 10:07am

ETA: Done! Now when you look at reviews on a profile (your own, or someone else) or from the link in your account information page, there's a link to change the sort order. The default is by the story based pub date, but you can choose to change to review date.
--EF admin team @ 1/26/16 10:49am
Is it at all possible to temporarily save chapters/stories as drafts to the site?
--EllieRose101 @ 1/24/16 12:20am
+0
Hi EllieRose, at this point, I don't think we're able to add the ability to save as a draft. With just under 4,000 stories (yay!), we already have a large number of files to store, and I worry that adding drafts as well would start to tax our resources. With so many free, online options to store and save your work (Google Docs, Word Online, etc...), I don't think this is really all that necessary anyway. If we ever upgraded to our own server, this might be a possibility, but for the time being, we'll have to stay the place your stories go when they're ready to publish.
--EF admin team @ 1/24/16 9:01am
Would love if you could add a readspeaker to the site. Then I could listen to the fics being read to me during my stupidly long daily commute. :)
--Teep_P12 @ 1/23/16 6:21pm
+0
Hi Teep_P12, thanks for being our first suggestion! There are a number of text to speech add-ons that we can add to the site, but they would all be third party software, and they don't come for free. In fact, some of the better ones cost quite a bit, and at this point, we can't justify the cost (and, frankly, don't have the money anyway) to pay for it.

However, that doesn't mean you can't have your wish come true and have stories read to you. Since you mentioned that you want this feature for your long commute, I'm assuming that you're wanting this to work on your mobile device, which probably already has this capability. Once you turn on your phone's text to speech option, just open the chapter or the entire story view, and your phone will read it to you. If you have an Android based phone, you can learn how to use the feature here, and you can go here to see how it's enabled on an iPhone/iPad.
--EF admin team @ 1/24/16 8:49am