Happy New Year once again, everyone. I know this post is long, and I know a lot of you will probably skip to the end where featured stories are, but I'd appreciate it if you read through the entire thing so you know why
it is long. To celebrate the new year (...or not), it's time for a special Q&A corner, titled YOUR MODS AND YOU (and why you should listen to them, and why your mods do not appreciate it when you do not).
Q: Who are the mods?
A: The Lunaescence mods are the people who validate stories and authors, take care of featured, add new categories and characters, reply to any questions you might have about the site, take care of any bugs you might experience with your profile/stories/what have you, deal with plagiarism concerns on the site, etc., etc.. Basically, they are the people you talk to if you want something done. What the mods cannot
do is fix anything that requires changing the coding of the site. If you want your username to blink neon colors, I'm sorry, we can't do anything to help you.
Q: Yes, but who are
A: There's a partial list over here
in the FAQ, though we've gotten more mods since then and quite a few of them are inactive. Newer mods include shadowsirenv, Sharp Shiny Pickle, Tokyo the Glaive,
chibi neko alchemist
ryuukari, Jesanae Tekani, Spirit Archer, and moonbeam9992.
Q: This person is telling me to do something! Can I ignore them?
A: Um, no. Also, no. Part of the reason for posting this now is the sheer frustration of the mods saying something and subsequently being ignored. We have rules, guys. We shouldn't have to parrot them in your faces ten times to get a point across.
Q: But where are these rules you're talking about? If I can't find them, it's not my fault if I break every last one of them, right?
A: To be fair, the rules most often broken aren't listed when you post a story or anything. If you were around during April of last year, your mods
gave you a kindly reminder that you should always read the announcements and that reading announcement comments often gives you a hint about what's going on when you're wondering why everyone else's stories have inexplicably morphed into chocolate cakes. You can't listen to the rules if you don't read the announcements and the comments. "But I spent an hour slaving away posting 100 chapters of my epic story and now they're all gone!" It's probably because you didn't read the mods' heartfelt pleas to only post one chapter at a time until the previous one has been validated. Because deleting multiple chapters from the queue to reduce its length by 20 submissions is so much fun, you know. As is repeating myself four times that the same author can't be nominated more than once per month for featured story.
Q: I think I exploded my story/profile/life. The Contact Us feature isn't working and neither is forum sign-up, so what do I do?
A: You contact one of the mods directly. We're authors just like you, so if you go to their author profile and click the "Contact Author" link, it will enable you to send an e-mail to one of the mods. If you receive a no letter or something in your inbox, you can also reply directly to that if you have any questions.
Here's a helpful partial list of mods who have said they are fine with being contacted, their contact link works, and have assured me they won't bite (yes, I asked):
Sharp Shiny Pickle
Other mods, feel free to add your own names to the list.
Q: I hate the mods.
A: That isn't a question. But they still won't bite. Probably.
Sorry, that was long... but I hope you read that and the rule reminder I sneakily buried in there. Anyway, featured stories for January! The theme was "Best of 2010."
The Devils You Know
by Renohotness (Devil May Cry, Adult)
by Amplifire (Left 4 Dead II, 17+)
Race around the World
by Akira Mokona (Axis Powers Hetalia, 17+)
by Chloe Danvers (Original, 13+)
Rocks & Consequences
by Bluewaters (Avatar: The Last Airbender, 13+)
by Siruru (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, 13+)
Congratulations to the six of you. :)
Nominations are open for February's featured stories. The theme is "sweets," or stories in which chocolate/Candygrams/cake/pie/etc. play a major role. A quick rundown of the rules: you can't nominate yourself; no nominating more than one story; if an author has been nominated already and you nominate them again, your nomination will be ignored; though multiple stories can be nominated from a given fandom, only one story from a fandom can be featured (in case you were wondering what happened to the five thousand KHR nominations this time around). That means yes, look at what's already been nominated as much as you are able
before you nominate. You can nominate here
on the forums where the full process is explained or in the comments of this announcement. With the requirement that you read said announcement and the comments before yours first...