I created an announcement a few weeks ago asking people for topics they wanted to be covered here in more detail. You can find it here:
One of those requests was how to we make the fancy links, like I use in my post signature to link to my story. It's really, really simple. Just copy the link in the url address bar and then paste the link to a story on the site into an editor, and it'll auto format for you. For example, I could paste a link to my Sci-Fi Anthology story, A Bad Day to Be WET:
And it automatically formats. The neat thing is, that this applies to topics, like the first example, stories, like the second and other things like the Gallery and Blog's linked below:
If you are planning on updating your signature to link to a story, just remember you can only link one story that way. Further rules can be found here:
Some offsite links also auto-populate. YouTube and Google Maps, for example:
Hope this helps! Leave a comment below.
At age 20, I’ve lost a father, a brother and two grandfathers; you’d think I’m immune to loss. I didn’t even know Skinnydragon, but this makes me hurt in ways that i last felt when I lost my brother.
Funny how someone you never knew can break your heart.
Thank you, Reader, for My goal: to push forward and learn, remain teachable and share with others the value of Not quitting but progressing forward. that's what we are here for !!! nothing ever gets accomplished by quitting... except wasting Valuable time
I too read the Vegas Trilogy and everything else by Jack Scribe. He was one of my favourite authors on the site when I first started lurking here. I loved the intertwined storyline of the dark underside and the characters in this story in particular.
I highly recommend reading this story and the series!
So sad that we lost Jack a while back
Jack was a great author, a philanthropist and a patron of the arts and choose GA to support and share his stories with. I truly miss him
Some of us are introverts, you know. We're all over what you extroverts do, while you shake your heads in puzzlement at our ostrich manners.
I was pleased when I found out it's possible to use the same story discussion topic for more than one story. Before that I was reluctant to start up a topic since I'd be so embarrassed if no one posted in there. In the end AC Benus and Irri simply got fed up and started them for me. But with the new comment system, where we can have small in-story discussions after each chapter, I see even less need for separate topics, unless you have extra material to post, or there are ongoing discussions for popular stories.
Previously, some authors would post the chapter, then announce it in a story discussion topic, and make a status update or two, all within a few hours or days. This to me is over the top self-promotion, unless you have a feeling the chapter notification failed. Eg if you edit after uploading but before the chapter posts, it won't get on the New story updates list. But I guess with all the notifications we get, it's easy to overlook new chapter announcements. In that case, posting a status update about it week or so later might make a lot of sense.
Anyway, I think each author has to find the balance between promoting their work and annoying readers.