Moving onward and upwards
We continue to progress with the site development. It has been quite stable and we haven't seen any major security issues. It's difficult to judge what the monthly price tag is going to be yet, but the surge in traffic with the reopening will definitely help with the financial situation, especially if activity continues. Ad revenue on 'views' isn't huge, but when there's a lot of traffic; it still adds up. And if something does come up that you're interested in, please do click through the ad and check out the site on the other side... thats where the real money is on ad revenue. But don't just click on lots of ads just to try to help us out.
I've worked out a solution to the problem I was having with opening up content creation; so we are now officially taking submissions for publication of Fan Fiction. If you are a fan fiction author and are participating in the Fan Fic community in the forums and want to be an 'official' Fan Fic author please PM me. Once I've annointed you with the sacred oil, you (like all official Fan Fic authors) will be able to see a special 'how to' guide in the FAQ/Help section that will walk you through the process of creating content for publication on the site. If that's too much work/stress for you, you are free to just continue to work with the old method of just posting bits and scenes to the forums. Either way, the option is now available to Fan Fic Authors.
Finally, I was wrapped up in Site building all day Monday and zoned out on the normal Monday content release. So, as promised, I got it prepared and ready to go:
from Sleethr: Whisper (Chapters 31-35) - accessible via the Latest Articles sidebar on the right, or through the Main menu at the top via Content->Canon.
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As the subject header suggests, it's about that time. We've been down officially for a month now, without forums for the community to meet and discuss. While we never lost our ability to present stories and only took one week off without posting new content; it's clear that the absence of the forums has had an impact on things. On the bright side, we've released some really great stories lately and even with the nuisance value of having to post on BCTS instead of locally, a great many readers have seen those stories and commented on them enthusiastically. So enough with the down time; let's get back to being a viable, active community.
More than a few people have already 'jumped the gun' so to speak, having registered during the building phase of the site. We will go ahead and approve those accounts (mostly) despite the impatience... but for those of you who DID wait patiently and didn't bombard us with account requests or pressure us to open before we were ready, thank you. To those few who tried to register with account names that most sites blacklist... don't expect to actually get those account names here. In fact, Warren and I will talk and if we think you filed those registrations intentionally hoping it would break something or sneak you in somewhere.. you may not be getting an account here at all.
At the moment, we have a forums and PM capabilities and will allow all registered members the ability to post to Public blogs. These blogs DO have to be approved for publication before they will be visible and the privilege will be taken away from those who use it... unwisely. There are official site and forums policies posted in the FAQ/Help section, accessible via the main top menu. I will be adding some basic 'how to' articles on how to use the site appropriately as the week progresses (and we will be converting and adding the rest of the story archive as we have time (its going to take several weeks to do it, even with a bunch of people doing it).
If you are a Fan Fic author looking for access to post in the dedicated forums sections or to publish in the Fan Fiction section of the main site, send me a PM requesting promotion to Fan Fiction author.
Everyone should take a look at the Site and Forums / Moderation articles now. They won't sound outrageous to anyone who has been a part of the community for any length of time. We don't intend to change our general outlook on policing the forums (we mostly expect people to treat everyone with respect so we don't have to police anyone). As long as our community stays as mature as it usually is, I don't think anyone will experience anything different. But now its in clearly worded writing and we can point at it when we stick our steel toed boots up your misbehaving rear. :)
NOTE: I don't get an email telling me that you registered for the site until AFTER you validate your email. Don't register and then complain that you haven't been approved. If your email isn't taking mail from us, you should investigate that. Now that we have cool stuff like email validation and other working admin tools, subscriptions, RSS feeds, and so on... you need to make sure your side of things is working too. If for some reason you are having problems and can't solve the email validation thing... send me an email from the address that you are trying to register with to KristinDarken (no space) at this site's domain (whateleyacademy.net).
Also, another note for those of you who have watched the whateleystatus page at wisdomsprice.com ... if you want to change your bookmark, you can. You can also access that status page via http://status.whateleyacademy.net
And: As Announced earlier in the day, we have a couple Vignette offerings for you today. From Morpheus: A Touch of Mischief. And from Elrod: The Penance Factor. Enjoy!
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First New Canon story on New Site
That's right, today we're posting a brand new canon story and its going up simultaneously with the crystal hall site version. Why? Well, we're getting close to opening over here. Just a few more days of testing before we're ready to open the doors to registrations. And we have commenting! Commenting that can even be used if you are registered with the site... though obviously, doing so requires some extra hoops and security checks to make sure you're not trying to burn down the walls by posting there. And it's a bit of a test too. We'd like to have open commenting that anyone can use without having to spend time in the forums immediately after reading. But if it turns out that they're a security issue, we'll make due with forums again as we have all along. In fact, that's our general view with everything here. There are some useful options available to us that makes our lives easier (which, in the long run means more time to spend on stories)... but if we have to give them up because some people are jerks... well, we'll go back to posting stories via raw html and keep a very bare bones forum up for comments. That would be a sad and disappointing day for our community, though.
Enough about the site though, I said there's new content and I meant it. It's our first non-canon author sourced story to be canonized through the new program. Phoenix Spiritus developed this idea and it was so great that we wanted it in the canon... so Elrod provided continuity support and helped prep it for the official release. The end result is something special and I hope you will heap piles of praise on both of them. In my opinion, it is one of the best stories in the Whateley Canon and its my honor to be publishing it as the first new canon on the new site in addition to the first canonized story in that program and the first Hank/Lancer PoV story.
To read the story, look under the "Canon Stories" menu button at the top of the page. Or in the Latest articles menu on the right hand sidebar for "To Sleep, Perchance to Dream." Enjoy!
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