Sorry, I've been busy and not busy at the same time. I was laid off from my job and I've been trying to find a new job before anything worse happens. Since I've been worrying about how the bills are going to be paid and whether I'll have a roof over my head, I really have had zero interest in the site. And for that, I do apologize.
Downtime: We're being moved to a new server to improve performance, which means you should expect some downtime in the near future. Please don't panic, please don't e-mail me -- I know all about it.
Notice #1: Please do not send Forwards, chain letters, or invites to places like Gaia Online, MySpace, Facebook, etc. I get more than enough spam and I have no time to dedicate to yet another site. Ones sent before I posted this message are forgiven, but from now on realize this is a quick way to banning.
Notice #2: Complaining to me that your story hasn't been validated yet really won't do you any good. Nor will complaining that you have to fix a mistake. I will side with my moderators (if I actually have any left after all this) every time. If you want to have your story posted instantly without any checks or balances, I would suggest you go to Fanfiction.net or one of the other archives.
Notice #3: Yes, new registrations are down due to obscene amounts of spam. I have no idea when I'll be bringing them back up. There was over 1500 robotic registrations in just one weekend. That takes a huge toll on the database and leaves me with at least double that number in "Return to Sender" e-mails coming into my e-mail. There's also the people who register with bad e-mail addresses and others who join thinking this is another FF.net rehash. I need to find a way to address all of this before I will feel okay opening them up, especially with me not being around.
Edit from chibi neko alchemist:
I hate to edit Sally's message to add this, but it needs to be done. Despite multiple reminders from moderators (just below this very news entry!) people still continue to submit multiple chapters for a story at a time. Please, please remember that you should only submit one chapter at a time for validation. It shouldn't have to be said this many times.
Another persistent problem seems to be with grammar. Like others have said before, beta readers really are your friends. Even just using spell check and doing a careful look through yourself can drastically improve the quality of your writing, so please keep this in mind.