It's been a long time coming and we still have a long way to go, but there are more than one person working on the site this time. It's going to take a while to get the old stories moved over and the fan fiction will have to be resubmitted. That will take a while as well.
We are all hoping this system is a bit more hack-proof and we have one more ability that we have not turned on. This package has the ability to use two factor authentication. And at the first report of hacking of the site, I'm going to campaign that it be turned on.
So, for those of you "wanting more access then we give you" You will burn the bridge for EVERYONE if you do hack the site.
Way back when this universe was started we were hosting our stories on Sapphire's place. Being a webmaster is truly a thankless job where all you get are complaints, be it mild or harsh. Mild in the form of queries, (where is the update?) to harsh, (You are an abomination of nature!) We deal with it the best we can. It always wears us down. This results in updates not being made on time and responses to emails or registrations not being completed in a timely manner.
That being said, first and foremost the writers here on this site are authors. They like to write stories and like to share them.
Having owned a Kindle for a few years now and seeing the kind level of the quality of the stories we post here versus the stories being self-published through Amazon, I'm positive we turn out a better product. A lot of the stories available there are great stories, but are let down by missed spelling and punctuation errors. I know I'm guilty of it myself. Encountering those errors takes away from the story. Also some of the stories you have to pay for are barely even short stories that are being published as books.
To that end and in hopes of keeping our quality up we might be entertaining the option of inviting a few editors to a higher level of access. So they can check on us.
Now, don't jump on the wagon thinking, "Hey I can read stories before anyone else does!" It's not going to work that way. An editor would have to actually have to read through the story for errors, provide feedback to the author about them, along with any feedback about story itself, such as "this part felt a bit weak" or "this was a bit too wordy" (if it wasn't dialog). You know, "constructive feedback."
If it's found that there were errors that were "missed" but easily spotted the editor privilege would be revoked.
Before anyone throws out, "Why not publish through Amazon?" This is a shared universe, some authors have contributed more, others less, There's not an easy equitable way to split up any earnings from the stories. Take me for example. I wrote 3 or 4 stories in the universe but I also had maintained the web site for years. The small amount of advertising I had on the site amounted to less than a dollar a day earnings for a ton of work. In some cases I was the editor on stories as they were submitted to me.
Well, I better end this before I go off into a rant. Just remember all you fans out there, the ball is in your court and I still have my troll club.