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Updating Stories

Hi All!

Recently, site staff has been reviewing stories on GA, and we’ve come across a few things that we need your help to fix!

Missing/Incomplete Story Descriptions: 

A good example of missing/incomplete story descriptions can be found in many of the earlier anthologies. Many of these stories simply have a description of “2006 Summer Anthology”. Incomplete descriptions do nothing to engage readers or entice them to read your story. When updating the story description, keep in mind: "I'm trying to get people to read this.  How can I make this interesting enough for someone to want to read it?"  (while being truthful and no spoilers, of course).

Missing Tags:

Tags are a great way to help readers find your stories. For example, if you are writing a paranormal vampire story, using these tags will allow anyone interested in that genre to simply click a tag and bring up all stories of that type. If your story is not tagged as such, no matter how good the story, a reader interested in the content you provide may miss out on reading it.

Series Information:

We’ve found some stories that are a part of a collection, but the series information is missing. We’ve also found instances where the series field is used incorrectly. When you post the first story in your series, you don’t use the series feature. When you post the second story in your series, you add in the series field the name of the series and what book in that series it is. Then you go back to the first story and add in the information, labeling it as book one of the series. Please do not use the series field until you have posted the second story in the series as the series field is meant to tell readers that there are more stories in that series that are ready to be read.

Unpublished Stories:

We’ve found a lot of stories that are unpublished for one reason or another. However, as staff, we don’t know the reason. It could be perhaps that the author no longer wishes the story to be available online, but since staff has to delete the story, they simply unpublish it and leave it. If you have unpublished stories, then please contact staff to let us know if you’d like the story deleted from the system or if you plan to republish it.

How can you help?

If you are an author, we ask you to revisit your stories and if any of the above applies to you, please update your stories. If the story in question is an Anthology, contact Renee Stevens. I can temporarily remove the story from the anthology to allow you to fix it, and then move it back. If you are a reader, and you come across a story with any of the above, please PM a moderator or an admin. You can find a list of all mods and Admins here. You can also provide suggestions, which will be extremely helpful if the author is no longer on GA.

Thank you for your help!

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For the missing story descriptions on stories where the authors are no longer on GA, we could have a small contest of Story Reviews. The best one (most enticing without spoilers) for each story gets chosen to be added as the official story description.

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Question: I've ran into several stories that are in the "In Process" status, and the Author is no longer on GA and it's been Years since the story has been updated. Can we let the Staff know, to possibly switch those stories to "On Hold" status, or a new status of "Author No Longer On Site"?

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1 hour ago, BHopper2 said:

Question: I've ran into several stories that are in the "In Process" status, and the Author is no longer on GA and it's been Years since the story has been updated. Can we let the Staff know, to possibly switch those stories to "On Hold" status, or a new status of "Author No Longer On Site"?

 

The problem with that might be the switch in status could generate automatic notifications, and followers of the story may think the author is back. We saw that happen when the admins switched  Ratings to Mature for many old stories. They had to post disclaimers of such and such an author being active again. :facepalm: 

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5 hours ago, Timothy M. said:

For the missing story descriptions on stories where the authors are no longer on GA, we could have a small contest of Story Reviews. The best one (most enticing without spoilers) for each story gets chosen to be added as the official story description.

Unfortunately, doing a contest really isn't feasible. There are over 100 stories (I quit counting after I reached 100), just in the earlier anthologies, that do not have descriptions. The majority of these are by authors that are no longer active on site.

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17 minutes ago, Renee Stevens said:

Unfortunately, doing a contest really isn't feasible. There are over 100 stories (I quit counting after I reached 100), just in the earlier anthologies, that do not have descriptions. The majority of these are by authors that are no longer active on site.

 

Oh sorry, I didn't mean an official contest. Just that we readers could make an effort to find and review those stories, and after a while you could check out the reviews and chose one.

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On the subject of tags ... Despite the plethora already available, I do find myself writing things for which only the most general tags are appropriate. My latest short is an example. Tags used: Mature adult, Europe, No sex, Gay, for a monologue by an actor musing on stage performances, his life, encroaching old age, acting, and fame. Not a complaint, just an observation ... 

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Hmm... I think I have a two part series that need to be connected. Just need to find a name (and I guess ask someone to do it since it's antho stories...)

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9 hours ago, BHopper2 said:

Can we let the Staff know, to possibly switch those stories to "On Hold" status

Yes.  We'll update those where we are aware.  We were looking to put some logic in the software to have the system do it automatically, but that has been another victim of the programming delays.

Anyway... I'll post a topic in Announcements for collecting updates soon.

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