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Fanfiction.net not showing fics on Just in nor in Categories. [Aug. 11th, 2015|04:08 pm]
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As you can see on the pictures something odd is going on at fanfiction.net. No stories show on Just in nor on each category today o.o

Seems we can't have a month without having issues on that site huh? e_e

I'm not using any custom filters, it is just as how the sites shows the categories with default filters.

Problem is the same in Chrome and even on Internet Explorer 11

From: (Anonymous)
2015-08-11 09:15 pm (UTC)


Me to i have know idea why this is happing but i made a small discovery if u have a store that's on your fav list and u click that link it opens the story just throwing that out there.
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[User Picture]From: lpatamon
2015-08-11 09:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Yeah

Yeah. on Profiles stories appear correctly, both your own and your favorite ones. It seems is just on the part to see all fics from a category and the Just in part as well.

Then again is not the first time Fanfiction.net screw up the site like that. Sometimes there was some synchronization between the site and its databases not showing all the new fics.

Guess this shouldn't be surprised anymore XD
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From: (Anonymous)
2015-08-11 09:22 pm (UTC)

I thought it was just me

oh thanks for this, I thought something had gone wrong on my computer (I did the migration to windows 10 yesterday and it was a bit buggy). I thought it might have to do with that... but as it seems to be a general problem ahh well. it wouldn't be fanfiction.net without issues, would it? :)
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[User Picture]From: lpatamon
2015-08-11 09:38 pm (UTC)

Re: I thought it was just me

Yeah lol!

That's good ol' fanfiction.net for us :v
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[User Picture]From: campylobacter
2015-08-11 10:41 pm (UTC)

Fanfiction.net is still broken

***UPDATE* Direct links to individual stories work, but pull requests requiring filters are offline***

FFn's Home page loads, but the rest of the site (connection to the content database) is broken. Earlier, the site returned 503 errors, meaning that the server's overloaded or undergoing maintenance.

There are no current maintenance announcements or status updates on the Home page to even notify FFn's advertisers.

The FFn/FictionPress Twitter account hasn't tweeted since July 30.

I'm beginning to suspect that Xing Li needs to buy new servers, because the old ones can't handle the load anymore.

Edited at 2015-08-11 10:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lpatamon
2015-08-12 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: Fanfiction.net is still broken

Fully agree with you there. Guess it is upgrade time for Fanfiction.net... I hope o.o
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[User Picture]From: yuidirnt
2015-08-12 08:13 am (UTC)

Re: Fanfiction.net is still broken

I'm beginning to suspect that Xing Li needs to buy new servers, because the old ones can't handle the load anymore.
I really do wonder whatever that would be worth the huge money investment, though... I mean, FFNET is still the go-to site for fics in a lot of fandoms, but does it still earn enough through ads to be worth it for Xing? With all the issues the site is having lately, I'm starting to fear one day it'll break down and the time/money necessary to fix it up won't be worth it and the site will die without warning :|
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[User Picture]From: campylobacter
2015-08-12 02:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Fanfiction.net is still broken

> does it still earn enough through ads to be worth it
That's a great question!

So I did some googling...

And I conclude* that Xing Li can afford to buy new servers. However, his track record of investing in full-time technicians & admins to properly run the site is a whole other matter.

*Stats & math stuff comparing FFn with AO3 info on which I base my conclusion below…

According to
"Fanfiction.net has been receiving Daily Pageviews of 1 Million and should generate an estimated Daily Advertisement Revenue of $3,081 USD and Monthly Advertisement Revenue $92,437 USD."

"Archiveofourown.org has been receiving a Daily Pageviews 609,081"

"AO3’s costs for [2013] are projected to run up to $70,000"

from 2011: "our DB server was US$5,554, and the Rails twins were US$4,193 each. The storage server was US$3,014, and the switch that lets them all talk to each other was US$280. In total we spent US$17,234"

So if AO3's expenses ($70k) are 60% of FFn's (if we base it ONLY on pageviews, which I know isn't nuanced), then FFn's yearly expenses = $116,666.

If FFn earns $92,437/month in ad revenue (which sounds like a preposterous overestimate) then it only takes less than 2 months for FFn to pay for its expenses for a year.

4 or 5 months of FFn ad revenue sounds more plausible, and if that's the case, then yeah, Xing Li can buy new servers.

FFn's main problem appears to be the maintenance of its servers, which requires HIRING PEOPLE as regular staff. He won't even hire people to moderate site content, so I have no idea if he has any dedicated employees to care for the site, or simply calls in a contractor to fix stuff that's broken (which would, frankly, be a nightmare for the poor contractor to deal with, especially if previous contractors refuse to deal with FFn anymore and no one is around to explain a previous technical mess).
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[User Picture]From: Laura Saxon
2015-08-12 02:40 am (UTC)

Fanfiction.net not showing fics on Just in nor in Categories

That happened to me a little bit ago and I had a mini freak out thinking that the admins had gone on a rampage again and just deleted everything, but everything came back a a few minutes later and the site is acting normally again, but I still don't trust any further than I could throw them, so someone is going to have to keep an eye on the admins and make sure they behave themselves.
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[User Picture]From: hittosama
2015-08-12 05:40 am (UTC)
I got several 503 errors yesterday, servers unavailable. Maybe it's related.
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