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Someone has attempted to hack this site, and most of the other sites that I run using eFiction. As far as I can tell, they haven't managed to change anything, but can you let me know if you're experiencing any problems with your account etc. please? In the meantime, I've applied a fix and changed all of the admin passwords etc., and I suggest that you change your password too if you have any concerns.
Posted by: Alyse on 04 Dec 2005 7:39 pm(33 Comments)
I would think of a witty title - but I can't
We've updated the rules, mainly to link to a whole new page we've drafted that sets out more clearly the most common reasons that stories fail to meet our minimum quality standards.



It's here. My brain, however, appears to have flown south for the winter.
Posted by: Alyse on 01 Dec 2005 9:18 pm(34 Comments)
Story submissions turned back on.
Story submissions have been turned back on. Please be sensible about uploading stories and if there is a surge, you may unfortunately find delays in Leah or I approving them.
Posted by: Alyse on 01 Dec 2005 7:56 am(33 Comments)
Archive temporarily closing to new submissions
The archive celebrated its first birthday on 9 November, and in the last year has grown far more quickly than our wildest dreams. Leah and I wanted to thank everyone for participating and for making the site such a success.



However, in that year Leah and I have not had a break - even during holidays we have checked frequently to make sure that stories are validated - and we've got to the point where we need to recharge our batteries, write our own stories and catch up on sleep :)



Consequently, we're taking a little time off. The archive will therefore be closed to new submissions until 1 December 2005. You will still be able to sign up for an account, receive and respond to reviews and edit current stories. The only thing you will not be able to do is add new stories or new chapters to existing stories.



There are some stories in the queue awaiting formatting edits by the authors who submitted them, and we will add these to the archive when the changes have been made. But we would appreciate it if any problems with the archive could wait until the 1 December, unless they are significant enough to harm your enjoyment of the archive.



Thank you.



We'll see you on 1 December.
Posted by: Alyse on 21 Nov 2005 7:38 am(40 Comments)
Gentle reminder (brickbats only need apply)
I'd like to remind all authors that if they have any doubt whatsoever about their grasp of grammar, spelling or punctuation, they should seek a beta reader. We even provide a handy-dandy link on the right hand side of the page to a group we set up specifically to help you find one.



While we realise that everyone who submits to the archive is a fan - and we're all in favour of encouraging new writers to stretch themselves and to jump on in to the fanfiction water - at the moment we seem to be rejecting far more stories than we are accepting due to simple grammatical errors or typos that could, and should, be picked up by running a spellcheck never mind by a beta reader.



We want to remain as encouraging as possible, and we really don't enjoy telling people that their work can't be added to the archive, so please, if you're new to writing, or even if you know that there are any areas that you can improve in, seek a beta reader before you submit your stories rather than waiting until it is rejected.



Thank you.



Also, I would remind even those authors who have had stories already added to the archive that while we do try to be more lenient towards newer authors, by the time you've submitted a few stories we do expect you to have improved to the point where you have no difficulty in meeting our minimum standards. We have had quite a few instances recently where this improvement hasn't been made and we've been left in the unenviable position of having to reject stories by established authors.



I would also like to point out that since this post is about grammar and spelling it is inevitable - in fact it is an immutable law of the Universe - that it will contain at least one (and probably several) typos or other errors. Please feel free to point and mock when you find them.
Posted by: Alyse on 15 Nov 2005 12:09 pm(32 Comments)
Stargate Fan Awards
As you may have noticed from the banner in the footer, Wraithbait won the award for Best SG:A Website in the Stargate Fan Awards, which were announced today.



Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
Posted by: Alyse on 15 Oct 2005 9:44 pm(34 Comments)
Attention beta readers
Authors keep asking me how they go about finding a beta reader, and since my advice is usually along the lines of 'ask the lists', I thought I might as well set up a mailing list for beta readers, so I can point authors there instead.



So if you'd like to offer your services as a beta reader, please consider joining wraithbeta (like I was going to be able to resist making that pun).
Posted by: Alyse on 11 Oct 2005 9:01 pm(25 Comments)
Reminder

Please note that if you have posted a completed story to the archive, it is important to mark the story as 'complete.' You can do this by following these simple directions:



Log in to your account:



- choose 'Edit/Delete stories'



- go to the story in the list. Next to the name of each story is 'Completed: no'



- click on 'no' and it will change to 'yes'.



Stories marked as incomplete may not get reviewed, as many readers don't like reading WIPs. Also, incomplete stories won't show up as search results.



Thank you!

Posted by: Leah on 11 Oct 2005 4:45 am(30 Comments)
View Unanswered Reviews
If you have an account here, next time you log in you should notice a new link under 'Your Account' - 'View Unanswered Reviews'. Clicking on that link lets you see any reviews left on your stories to which you haven't replied. And to make it even more helpful, at the end of each unanswered review is a text link saying 'Respond'. Clicking on that will take you to the normal response box so that you can reply to the review if you wish.



Please let me know if you have any questions.
Posted by: Alyse on 25 Sep 2005 8:18 am(34 Comments)
Search Function
I've made an amendment to the advanced search function, so that now you can choose to have your search results include only completed stories, excluding works-in-progress.



This functionality will make it even more important for authors to remember to change the status of their stories to 'complete' when they are finished, as Leah said in her last post.
Posted by: Alyse on 10 Aug 2005 1:56 pm(42 Comments)
Spoilers
With Season Two starting in the US tonight, please remember to include spoiler warnings in either the summary or the author's notes for any stories posted relating to the new season. And if the story relates to a specific episode, you should also select 'Episode Related' as one of the applicable genres.
Posted by: Alyse on 15 Jul 2005 11:35 pm(33 Comments)
And Over on Your Right...
I just wanted to remind everyone that, if you are interested in a single genre of SGA fanfiction only (such as General, for example), you just have to click on the word 'General' on the right-hand side of the screen, where it lists the number of stories in each category. This will bring you directly to a list of stories solely in that category.


Just a friendly FYI from the co-archivist, to help make your fic-searching lives easier. :-)

Posted by: Leah on 07 Jul 2005 1:27 am(35 Comments)
FYI: Clarification of Posting Rules
Alyse and I wanted to bring your attention to additional clarification that we have added to the rules today:


9. Authors' notes should not be posted as a separate chapter. Instead, they should be posted as notes to the first part of the story and should be as succinct as possible. There is no need to include any of the information already input on the story page - title, author, rating, genre, summary etc - as this information is automatically pulled and displayed on every story page, as is the standard disclaimer. You also do not need to repeat them in each individual chapter, unless your 'chapters' are actually separate stories with separate notes.



By the same token, authors notes should not be used to thank people for leaving reviews, or to beg for reviews. In the first instance, you can respond to your reviews individually by going to 'Your Account', choosing 'View Reviews'. You will then see that next to each review is an option that lets you respond. As far as requesting reviews in the notes, if people are moved to comment, they will do so and a link to do so is posted on every story page. If you're not sure whether something is working, then please seek a beta prior to posting rather than requesting readers to comment.



As usual, if you have any questions or comments about this rule, please feel free to contact myself or Alyse, your co-administrators and archivists, and we will be happy to help.

Posted by: Leah on 05 Jul 2005 6:08 am(31 Comments)
Password Problems
If you're having problems receiving your password once you've registered, please contact me at alyseci5 at gmail.com. Some ISPs have spam filters that unfortunately mistakenly identify the mails with your passwords as spam and eat them.



There is a work around, but it involves me changing the password on your account and mailing it to the address in your profile. You can then change the password once you've successfully logged in to something only you know.



Also, please be aware that user names and passwords are case sensitive, and you will need to have cookies enabled to use the site.
Posted by: Alyse on 11 Nov 2004 1:10 pm(30 Comments)
Site Launch
The site is now open and accepting submissions.
Posted by: Alyse on 10 Nov 2004 12:07 am(31 Comments)