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Boris_amj:
At the risk of being difficult (perish the thought), I find the fanfics system a bit awkward to use.

Editing the stories is not easy and you cannot put pictures in them.
With the font so big, I find that stories stretch a bit too much.
Also, why can they only be read by members ? Friends have asked me this question a couple of times now.

But most importantly, I miss being able to comment on the stories. There and then, as you read them.
I know we have a special section for it. But I find it too much removed from the stories.

Maybe we could have a regular section for them ?

This are just my thoughts, so please don't take it the wrong way.

I don't know what other people think and would like to know other opinions.

Demonocracy:

--- Quote from: Boris_amj on May 28, 2014, 12:53:00 AM ---At the risk of being difficult (perish the thought), I find the fanfics system a bit awkward to use.

Editing the stories is not easy and you cannot put pictures in them.
With the font so big, I find that stories stretch a bit too much.
Also, why can they only be read by members ? Friends have asked me this questions a couple of times now.

But most importantly, I miss being able to comment on the stories. There and then, as you read them.
I know we have a special section for it. But I find it too much removed from the stories.

Maybe we could have a regular section for them ?

This are just my thoughts, so please don't take it the wrong way.

I don't know what other people think and would like to know other opinions.


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I agree with @Boris_amj about the fanfic utility.

It's difficult to edit and does not allow pictures to be added (aside from just adding links which either breaks the rhythm of a story or ends up at the bottom somewhere and therefore without context).  I realize that the picture issue is something to do with the forum version we have, so I understand that there may be limitations.

I would love it we could allow for non-members to read our stories too.  Comments on the story/chapter would also be a great change.  I agree that the current system makes everything feel more removed.

Can comments be enabled or non-members allowed to view the fanfic area?  Or are these also limitations with our forum version?

Kaldir:
I have no experience with editing fanfics, but I agree on the commenting, pictures and non-member remarks of @Boris_amj and @Demonocracy.

Also, I find the fanfics section too much disconnected from the main forum (despite the redirect in the main menu) and often forget to check it. I don't know if there is a way to embed the fanfics in the forum somehow. Using regular forum posts will probably be too limited, with the 5000 chars post limit and no way to insert a post (new chapter) before everyone's comments.

Edit: another thing I miss is seeing which stories I already read, and which I didn't read yet. It's not an issue yet, but if we get a few more authors, it might become more tricky.

solarscreen:
Yeah the fan fiction section has not worked as well as advertised and I'm not sure I want to pay for the "pro" version. It does allow you to create chapters and add onto what you have created before rather than have to post again but I guess in the forum you will have to manually label your posts as chapters.

@Boris_amj if you want to move stories or if we want to invite writers to repost we can move everything to the Fan Fiction chatter sub and I will relabel to just Fan Fiction.

Sound good?

Boris_amj:
Ah, just came back from lunch and saw this.

Yes, it sounds good to me.
I will steadily move my posts.

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