Oh, but I guess it's still a week (and then some) too early for that, huh. Anyway, this message is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Lunaescence moderators, sponsored by the letter Q, and made possible by Sally and users like you!
...on a more serious note, we’ve run into something of a roadblock. Although we do have more moderators working the queue, there are simply too many new submissions coming in for us to make a noticeable dent. That is, even though the size of the queue has decreased by over 100 since the beginning of the month, we’re at a point where 1-5 (on average) new submissions come in by the time a moderator has finished looking at one, due to older submissions taking longer than average. Thus, our attention is divided between taking care of older submissions and keeping the new ones from piling up.
For this reason, we’re planning to lock the queue for a short time, starting this Friday, July 27th*. This means that new submissions or updates from unvalidated
authors will not be possible. Ideally, the lockdown will only last the weekend. We will still be looking at submissions in the meantime.
Another announcement will be made (or a nice, bolded edit will be placed at the bottom of this one) once the lockdown is over. While we don’t have a definite “end date”, the process should not take more than a week, so please bear with us! By the end of this, we should have the entire queue cleared and can start again with a clean slate.
Questions? Concerns? Please send those to our joint moderator e-mail account (moderators[dot]luna[at]gmail[dot]com), so as to ensure that one of us sees it.
*Depending on your timezone, you may find that this lockdown period begins a day earlier than noted. In the same vein, it could also begin a day later. It all depends on when Sally does it.
Edit by KS:
The site is back up...obviously...since you're reading this. Due to the unforeseen circumstance of the site being down for running out of bandwidth the exact weekend we were going to do this, the downtime is going to run a bit later than planned. A real
monthly announcement (with features and everything) will happen when it unlocks.
In the meantime...signups for a fic trade running through August can be found here
in the forums. There will be no trade in September, due to the beginning of school. The next trade after this one will be in October and may or may not be Halloween-themed.