Explanation, Downtime, and Notices
Posted by Sally
01/05/09 - 12:23AM

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 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 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.

Thanks everyone.

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.


I wish you all the best with the Job thing. I hope everythings going to be alright.

And thank you for letting use know
- Renkin244 on 01/05/09 - 02:38AM
Ditto from me. I'm jobless at the moment too with a 5 year old girl, so I know how hard it can be. If there is anything that I can help with as far as the site is concerned, please let me know. I wouldn't mind reading through stories that need to be checked. Like I said, I'm not working and I don't have anything else to do except post for my own stories. I'm a nerd and I love to read. XD I adore this site and want to help. God bless you and best of luck!
- Renovincenthotness on 01/05/09 - 03:26AM
Best of luck to you on the job hunt. I'll keep you in my prayers, dear. I know how rough it can be. And thanks for the heads up on the database change. I love this site and I really hope everything goes well!
- Misha-Senpai on 01/05/09 - 08:09AM
Best of luck with the job hunt, Sally, and thanks for letting us know about the database change and all. ^_^
- HPKHluver4life on 01/05/09 - 08:12AM
Man that sucks. I'm really sorry you've got that load on your back. D= But thanks for taking the time to let us know.

Dont worry about the moderator thing, tons of people are willing to help out.

Good luck and be safe! --Kellz
- KitsuneYoukai42490 on 01/05/09 - 01:23PM
Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that! Good luck on your search, though. I think everyone on on the site will understand. Right now, focus on you, that's most important.
- shadowsirenv on 01/05/09 - 02:22PM
Oh, wow. Thanks for clearing that up. Sounds like a lot has been going on behind closed doors, lol.

I hope everything goes well with getting a job. Try not to stress too much, though. You're in my prayers. :]
- PretendItsWine on 01/05/09 - 03:38PM
Aww, darlin', don't stress! Wait however long you need to before you mess with Luna. Life is much more important than the internet. And good luck with your job hunting! I know how difficult that can be. x_x
- Cake on 01/05/09 - 03:53PM
Thanks for the notice on whats going on. I'm so sorry about your job. But dont worry, when one door closes and leaves a rather painful welt on your backside (Since it was near the holidays.), another far more well crafted door edged in gold is waiting for you to open it, with far greater oppertunities behind it. Heres to hoping that the new year will be far better for you.
Whatever you do, dont stress too much or lose sight of whats really important. Good luck in the future! And make sure to take care of yourself.
- DarkCrucifix on 01/05/09 - 06:00PM
I hope everything gets better for you, Sally!
- Helter Skelter on 01/05/09 - 07:14PM
Take your time. Our hobbies can wait while you get your life back in order. Make sure to keep the stress as low as you can so you don't lose your health, as well! The last thing you need right now is more trouble. Good luck with everything! :]
- Dishrag1313 on 01/05/09 - 08:59PM
First of all I would like to say that I have felt nothing but at home, welcome, and appreciated at this site. I adore it, and I respect and will support any decision you choose to make regarding it. Your personal life should always come before us here at Luna, which is why I must say that I greatly appreciate that you took time out to let us know what was going on. As cheesy as this sounds, even though it doesn't seem like it, you have to trust that things will get better. Everyone hits snags throughout their lives and it's just a part of it. I will keep you in my prayers, and I sincerly hope that everything turns around quickly. As for your moderators, I think I speak for all of us here, when I say that we are 100% behind you. You'd have to ban me from the site to keep me from moderating! =^-^=
Best wishes,
- moonbeam9992 on 01/06/09 - 12:47AM
I wish you the best of luck on your job hunt! Real life is always more important, so of course it's no problem at all. I really appreciate the time you've taken to tell us all what's up despite the fact that you have more important things going on.

I'll continue to do my best with moderating duties, as I'm sure all the other moderators will do, if only to relieve you of any stress and worry. ^^ If you need any help whatsoever, I'd be glad to help you in any way I can until you can get back on your feet.

Good luck! Everything will work out in the end, I'm sure. :)
- chibi neko alchemist on 01/06/09 - 04:01AM
D: *hugs* I hope things get better for you soon! Don't worry about things here, just concentrate on real life as long as you need to. And thanks for the heads-up and letting us know what's up with you.

I wouldn't worry about the mods too much, myself. There are still quite a few of us around, after all. =D Thanks so much for this site in the first place; we owe it to you to help out where we can.
- crazydominodragongirl on 01/06/09 - 06:23PM
Oh wow... good luck! We're all here for you and understand!! Thanks for letting us know!
- Halfbreed Maiden on 01/06/09 - 08:35PM
I hope that you'll have some good luck soon, Sally. This isn't the best of times to get laid off (of course) and I hope you get a new job good, and one that pays well, hopefully. :( Good luck!
- TimeErase on 01/07/09 - 02:06AM
Aw. Best of lucks from me. And sorry about the complain from me, if you got it. I was just so shocked. ToT... And good luck with job hunting. Good luck, again!
- never_say_goodbye on 01/07/09 - 09:29PM
I know how you feel Sally, I've been out of a job for over a year now while juggling college fees along with bills. It's hard times right now

I wish you luck! You need to worry about yourself before you think about the others. x) We're just glad to hear from you!
- Rei on 01/07/09 - 10:06PM
Wow, thank you for the heads up. Thats was very kind of you, especially with what is going on with spam and finding a job. I hope it gets easier for you.
- YotsubaClover on 01/07/09 - 10:22PM
I hope everything works out for you, Sally! I'll continue moderating, of course, so you won't have to worry about the site at all. :]
- Sharp Shiny Pickle on 01/07/09 - 11:55PM
;W; Best of luck. I really hope everything starts to look up in your life, and it's totally understandable for you to put your real life first. I'm behind you all the way. ♥
- Hakuryuxx on 01/08/09 - 05:42PM
As much as I love this site, definitely pay attention to yourself first. It's hard that you lost your job and now needing to find another one.

I hope the best of luck for you and that things become better. Take care of yourself.

"The best buildings is the one with a well-done foundation." :)
- Akiko on 01/09/09 - 04:26AM
Aw... That's just terrible. But like everyone has said, something bigger and better is around the corner, waiting for you. :3 Stay positive. ^^ And thanks for letting us know about it. We're all behind you in this, Sally!


- hieifireshadow on 01/09/09 - 07:27PM
Eee ;~; best of luck to you. /heart
- Ohime-Sama on 01/10/09 - 03:03AM
Thanks for letting us know Sally! Take care of your own needs, and hopefully things brighten up for your. Best of luck on your job hunting!
- SaBe on 01/10/09 - 04:08PM
Best of luck. Thanks for the heads up.
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/11/09 - 02:23PM
Aw, we totally understand. Good luck with everything! Hopefully, things get better soon. And thank you for letting us know about the downtime.
- Animeangel10632 on 01/11/09 - 08:31PM
hey, good luck and sorry about your job. i hope things will get better for you! don't worry, your members/ follwers (whatever we are) will always be patient!!!
- TwilightNight on 01/12/09 - 05:50PM
People should just be appreciative of the fact that this ISN'T another trashy fiction website, so people, be patient!

Good luck with the job hunting Sally!
- SugarSuicide on 01/16/09 - 11:56PM
Ooh, God bless! I hope you find work soon. Times are definitely getting harder.
- Annabelle Roades on 01/17/09 - 04:42PM
I appreciate the heads up.

I'm sorry to hear of your job situation, but like someone else mentioned: where one door closes, another will open.

It may not seem like such at the moment, but as long as you continue searching, a new and better opportunity will present itself.

Thank you for creating Luna, and take as long as you need to tend to real-life matters. :)
- dragonfly on 01/20/09 - 02:46PM
Thanks for the notice, I'm sure a good percent of us understand and are willing to help out, you're not alone.
- Seven on 01/31/09 - 08:33PM
I know exactly how you feel about being laid-off and not knowing how you're able to pay the bills. I'm in that position or should I say was. Anyway, hang in there and I'm sure you'll find something lucrative. For now, do what you need to do. This site will be on here as long as people want to publish their thoughts here. So focus on what is really important, of course. ^^

Wishing you the very best,


- Nobahdee on 03/12/09 - 01:34PM

Multiple chapter update on one story is not allowed, but what about collective chapter update for several stories, but each one only one chapter? Is that allowed or rather not?
- Celestial Sakura on 04/04/09 - 02:10AM
I like to think that if you upload multiple submissions, it's a big no-no but if you upload chapters from several different stories, then it's alright. I'm not sure about this myself because updates for the author could last for months if mods aren't right on with validation (we... we get tired too. D: ).

I'd say it's alright but I think you should maybe e-mail a mod higher up with that question. *Just a validating mod* D:
- TimeErase on 04/22/09 - 07:30PM
...maybe I should have come here earlier, then I'd have read this sooner. I guess I'll ask one of your higher-ups, then, TimeEraser-san♥

Thanks for the reply now I made a massive-update on my on-going stories, I hope it doesn't turn out to be a no-no, too...^^
- Celestial Sakura on 05/01/09 - 03:20AM
I have a question, are you still allowing appications to be a monitor, I would like to help you out, if that would be okay.
- Stormy-fire on 06/04/09 - 11:43AM