Happy March, everyone. Before we get on to featured stories, there are a few things that have come up lately that Iíd like to address.
1) Yes, story validation has slowed down. This is due in part to author validations (which take a really really long time
) and in part to real life attempting to prove itís more important than the Internet. Please keep in mind: your mods are human too, and things happen that make them less inclined to touch Lunaescence for a while. ♥ As always, what you can
do is proofread your work or ask someone else to look over it if you think itís taking a while. If your story has solid grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling, etc., itís more likely to be validated quickly.
2) Speaking of which, author validations have also slowed down; like I said, it takes forever (and at least two mods) to look at even one author. Five posted stories or chapters and 5,000 words does not mean youíll automatically be validated! If you feel you have a lot to improve on, please wait until a later time before requesting validation. The line right now is pretty long and moving pretty slowly. :)
3) Weíve been asked a few times lately about getting more mods, or what it takes to be a mod. We appreciate the offers, but weíre reluctant to make any changes to the mod team without Sallyís approval. There will be an announcement if moderator applications open again, so please keep that in mind! Until then, if you find any problems, please do e-mail one of us. Thereís a partial list of active mods who are okay with being contacted in an announcement from a couple months ago.
4) If you have any issues at all with how the archive is being run, or with certain stories and/or authors being validated, please
contact the mods directly. Things can only get done if you point out specific problems and contribute to helping them be fixed. Civil discussion will lead to more being accomplished than arguing, and when it concerns a third party, itís always better to take these things to a private forum so their name doesnít get spread all over the place. Iíve said previously that none of the mods will bite; that includes banning for speaking your opinions. Tempers are also less likely to flare if thereís direct communication going on.
With that said, thanks for putting up with yet another tl;dr post.
Featured stories~ the theme is stories that could plausibly take place in the real world.
Avian Compos Mentis
by MadHatter (Original, All)
The Crooked Cross
by Bluewaters (Original, All)
Listen to Teacher
by AlacraticAvarice (Axis Powers Hetalia, 17+)
by Xestricn (Original, All)
Congratulations to you four.
Nominations are now open, in the comments of this post and in the forums
, for featured stories for April. The theme will be birthday stories~ or stories in which one of the main characters has a birthday. Once again, only nominate one story, and if that author already has a story nominated for the coming month, please donít nominate them again. If you have any questions (about featured or otherwise), please feel free to ask!
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