Three sorts of limitations apply:
The pages related to the release of BigCloset Volumes 1&2, collected in one handy place.
Nominations - revised and updated with novels (stories or serials longer than 40,000 words) removed. A handful of these stories are actually on StarDust or Hatbox instead of TopShelf but the Stardust stories are all ones that have been on BC at one time, we think.
Please Please Please Read This!
I have to mention this every once in a while, like about eight times this week already:
Don't use number words or Roman numerals in the title box of chapters because that makes it very difficult to keep them in order.
Don't use plurals like "chapters" or "parts" unless you're going to always use plurals.
Don't use more than one space between words or numbers in titles.
Don't get tricky with the punctuation, like :-- or ......... or putting the title in quotes.
For the sake of my sanity, don't change the title of the story half way through!
Do put the story title and author name inside the story box, too, BTW.
This is a friendly place...
I'm going to use this as a place to discuss search, how to use it and what people want to use it for.
A few things:
- When you use multiple words in a search, the default is to perform an OR search. Searching for curly perm will turn up both curly and perm and will list first results that have both terms.
- Searches are case insensitive. Perm, perm and PERM are all the same.
- Searches are made for roots, so perm, perms, permed and perming are all the same. But permanent is a different word.
- A plus symbol in front of a word in a search means that word is required so curly +perm will return only results that have some form of perm in them and will prefer ones that have curly, also. +curly +perm results must have both words though not necessarily next to each other.
- A minus sign means do not include the following word in results so perm -curly would return results that matched perm but would not include ones that also had curly.
- Quotes around a phrase will search for an exact match, but will still ignore case. "curly perm" will match Curly perm and lots of variations but both words in that order must be present.
- Comments are regarded by search as part of the post.
- The sidebars allow you to restrict searches to posts that match various criteria, like type of post, audience rating or authorship. At the top right is a sidebar that allows you to control how the search indexer orders results.
Really, we're still testing it. So for now, using the search box will be limited to logged in members.
Just an FYI, that the new search server has been configured, and seems to be working fine. We are doing preliminary testing, and working on indexing the site.
Edit: Read Title
What happened to the Search box on the banner/masthead of the home page?
If you tweet or follow twitter, you can find BC news at the @spfn Twitter feed run by Piper.
I was having difficulty yesterday in accessing an older story with many chapters, so took my older computer and connected it and using AOL Version 1 instead of 9.6 that is in my newer computer, was ab
Due to a change in our security settings, it may be necessary to logoff and log back on in order to reset your session info so you don't get blocked from posting comments.
Just an FYI, Here are the current statuses of various websites we host:
- BigCloset --> Online
- CrystalHall --> Online
- Stardust --> Online
- TuckerSpawn --> Online
- Quillain --> Online
- SamValentine --> Online
- TGLibrary --> Online
- Fictioneer --> Offline
We may have some files that have been corrupted, perhaps during the crashes on Magda.
We are now live on Eva with BC but the following list of sites will be down probably for another day or so:
For those that saw it, sorry about the cache glitch. We are constantly trying to tune, and improve performance of the site, and sometimes we break things as we go....
We hope you have noticed that things are slowly getting better as we tune the server for better performance but sometimes we blow a sour note like this morning.
We couldn't wait any longer so today I ordered drives and memory to upgrade our three servers that do most of the work of running BigCloset and other sites so important to our community.
We use the terms Spider, Crawler, and Reaper pretty much interchangeably here.
You see, they ALL cause traffic.
While Robots/Spiders/Crawlers/Reapers are about 1/3 of our traffic on BigCloset, most of that is VALID traffic.
Sites like Google, Bing, Baidu and other search engines, LOVE to index our site. Because we have a lot of inbound and outbound links.
While we have had spammers, and nasty bots crawling the site, and poking around (we ban them fast), we have not been the center of a targeted attack in recent months.
And things look like they are going good.
The sidebar with the kitty has been updated for April, we've already raised $690 dollars for this month's goal.
I think we may have lost a story in the database meltdown last night.
Many, many thanks to Piper for about 14 hours of hard work! We are up and running on a different server. Now all we have to do is acquire a new server to replace poor Magda and go through this again!
The site was down for a few hours today while Piper and I fought off some reaper bots.
Nothing serious that we can tell, but we had some downtime while we recovered from a small database corruption. Let us know if you notice anything missing.
Peek inside to see our winners!
The site was down for far too long today. So you have until then to vote. I will try and get the winner's announcements up before 2 am Tuesday morning EST.
We should be back up and running fine now, please PM me or Piper with any more technical problems.
For the last two days, I've been trying to get a test site setup for future BigCloset upgrades.
BigCloset TopShelf received a lot of major fixes last night in Module corrections that eliminated TWO of the major problems plaguing our site. The first, the memory leak one, was plugged up!
Probably going to the doctor in the morning. Please be good to each other.
So as the title of this blog reads, we are looking for programmers.
The site was up and down frequently today, the problem finally turned out to be a badly behaving server on the same subnet with us at the server farm, not one of our servers. Sheesh!
That's one big storm up in New England! We've got an inch and a half of snow on the ground here in Southern California from it!
My friend, Edeyn Hannah Blackeney, passed away early Monday morning, Feb 4, 2013, apparently from a blood clot in her lung. She was 37.
A talented and prolific writer, Edeyn had many fans on BigCloset for her stories of the Sk8r Grrls and others, though she had not posted much recently due to work and personal life.
As you can see in the Hatbox graphic on the side, I'm asking for $2000 in donations and income again for the month of February.
The Link is now up above in the shortcuts box at the top of the page now! yay! \ ^^ /
Here is the Link to read all of our contestant's entries up to date - February 2013 Valentine's Day Story Contest
It got down to 18 degrees F here last night. The water main has frozen and we are without water for making coffee. Oh, what shall we do in the land of bottled water? :)
Apparently, when enough people discovered the new watcher feature to keep you notified about new comments on posts, it broke the system. For now, we've had to turn watcher off. Sorry.
Wolfpacks have a hierarchy of respect, obligation and deference. At the top of this hierarchy are the Alpha Wolves, usually a mated pair but sometimes a single individual.
Discussing supposed failings in the administration of other sites is NOT an appropriate topic for this space. Such problems should be solved in private.
At least one of these ordinary tips will make your life easier...
Two days and about $400 bucks. Might not seem like a lot for some people but this is for a tiny unit in a mobile home. Heck, in today's economy, that's about 2/3 the value of the home.
First night this winter it actually got below freezing here and my furnace went out at 10 p.m. last night. I didn't get to sleep until the dog got under the covers with me about 2 a.m.
I have set up the voting list and sent it to Erin for her to work out on the voting module. Remember, you can vote for up to 3 stories, top 6 voted on will win the top 6 prizes.