Luna's back~
Posted by crazydominodragongirl
10/18/10 - 09:41PM
As you have doubtless noticed since you're here, the site is back up. It is time for a CELEBRATION and a few quick things that should probably be mentioned before we start to have problems!

1. Don't know how many of you follow Luna's Facebook, but I personally was using the Luna LJ for updates during the downtime. Before you panic or ask one of your lovely mods what's going on, you can look there. This also brings me to my second point -- as you can see from the (currently) most recent post, Luna now needs a dedicated server to run, and this costs $$$ -- 50 a month, to be exact. As such, please please please donate if you can! The Paypal button in the post itself doesn't seem to be working IS NOW WORKING, as is the one on the site, on the left side underneath all the menus, so if you have Paypal and can afford to donate, please do!

2. Featured stories, as I mentioned on the LJ comm, are being delayed for a little while. I'll pick the new features and announce a new theme at the end of OCTOBER, so you have until then to nominate. Once again, the theme is school-centric stories, and you can nominate either in the comments or here on the forums. You can also find more information/rules/selection process in that thread.

3. Guys guys GUYS I know it's super-tempting to want to upload all you wrote over downtime right now, but please hold off for a little while, especially if you're not a validated author! The queue luckily isn't too long yet, but we're fully expecting a flood of stories, and you'll be waiting quite a while if we have to wade through several hundred submissions a day. Therefore, I ask that you please limit yourselves to one update a day, at least until things slow down a little. This is not a rule, per se, since we won't be deleting for it (unless it's multiple-chapter submission), but it will help keep things easier and you won't have the issue of having your updates lost in a huuuuge flood. Supposedly validated authors can do what they want, but you might also find it worthwhile to space out updates a bit, as your stories will probably get lost too and you do tend to get more readers/reviews if you don't update twenty things at a time.

4. Please donate?


Your icon truly expresses my joy in a way words cannot.

(all other things: duly noted, even if I have nothing clever to say on the matter; I'll look into paypal or money orders or something, though)
- Aileadh on 10/18/10 - 10:01PM
I'm so glad that Luna is back up, I think I was on the verge of cracking. Gosh, I never realized how dependent on this place I was until it went down... ew, that makes me sound all weird and stuff.

I'm so grateful to the people who donated to the community to keep it up. I really wish I had money to do something with. *orz*

And DG, let me be the first to say that your icon is possibly the best thing I've seen in months.
- Fluorescent-X on 10/18/10 - 10:04PM
I love the DP! its good to be home and YAY i can't believe luna's back. You rock!
- Animawolf on 10/18/10 - 10:18PM
I missed you luna! ; . ; and donated~ :la: . .. oh crap . . no on DA OTL

Must. . . . .begin. . . writing *u*
- Knight Z on 10/18/10 - 10:20PM
Yay, Luna! X3 I donated as well and probably will donate every month. It wouldn't do to have it go down again. I was feeling almost as if something important was missing from my life...Oook, that does sound pathetic, doesn't it...?
- Rhei on 10/18/10 - 10:26PM
I think I just reentered Heaven~

I've been lost without you, LUNA. I shall do my best to donate although I promise to definitely donate when I get a job~♥♪♫

Welcome back =)
- kowsgomoo on 10/18/10 - 10:31PM

I totally screamed when this came back on!!! XD anyways! Of course I can wait! To tell the truth I was so uninspired to write that there is no need to worry from my side. ^^U I've only written one chapter and that's a drabble. :p anyways! I shall donated too!!!!! I'll do what I can! Again Welcome back Luna and all the beloved authors!
- TwilightEmpress on 10/18/10 - 11:00PM
YAY~! I seriously thought my computer was playing a trick on me when I saw the site back online, but I'm so happy right now~! HUZZAH~!

- Satsuki on 10/18/10 - 11:04PM
- kowsgomoo on 10/18/10 - 11:13PM
UGH. ARMSTRONG, WHY?! (I remember that episode~lulz) It's so good to be back! :D
- KilalaKurosaki on 10/18/10 - 11:25PM
I am so unbelievably happy that Luna is back! :D I nearly had a heart attack when I got a notifciation about an update alert. xD
- Animeangel10632 on 10/18/10 - 11:43PM
I've donated my little bit, but I'd feel more comfortable if someone would provide exact rates, and updates on what's been donated. I've been scammed through sites before that I thought were honorable and that I truly loved, and not to be that bit** that points fingers or anything, I just want to make sure that future donations are going to keep the site actually up.

I think they'd help too, because then it would show us when it's time to start donating again, instead of waiting and letting the site drain dry and shut down for months until Sally can scrape enough money and time to re-activate it. Not saying that she's incapable, but I think it'd really help her out in the long run instead of adding stress onto her plate during times when she really doesn't need it.
- KitsuneYoukai42490 on 10/18/10 - 11:50PM
I would like to second KitsuneYoukai42490 idea of adding a donation progress bar. Also, huzzah for lunaescence for being on again~
- happyazngirl on 10/19/10 - 12:31AM
Ahhhh this is FANTASTIC news!! I'll try to donate when I can, but I'm on a budget right now. IF I CAN DONATE I TOTALLY WILL.

So glad this site's back up. Great work you guys. ;_;
- Paako on 10/19/10 - 01:35AM
Oh wow, this is exciting. I was incredibly surprised when I clicked on my Luna bookmark by accident and everything was back up! I'll definitely see what I can do about donating something. Welcome back Luna!
- aegis on 10/19/10 - 01:44AM
Argh, Paypal never told me I needed that darn card before, outside of linking my bank account. As soon as I get one I'll donate, I swear on it!

It feels really good to have Luna back.
- DaikonTaiko on 10/19/10 - 06:17AM
I squealed much like I stuck pig when I saw that I could access this site again. I will donate as soon as I am done with some chores of mine, and then I'll be back to fangirling over the resurrection of the best archives on here. :D THANK YOU SO MUCH.
- Bluewaters on 10/19/10 - 08:32AM
Hooray, it lives!

I'd donate, but sadly, I'm too poor for such things right now D:

Next month, it's a sure thing though, so I'll do that then :)
- Crys-chan on 10/19/10 - 08:56AM
Luna is back!
I think I just shed tears of happiness.
- SHIxCHAN on 10/19/10 - 03:13PM
LUNA, HOW I'VE MISSED YOU SO! [tackle glomp]
- WyndiWingfall on 10/19/10 - 04:04PM
Hooray!! I've missed this site so much! :D I am so happy right now.
- Neraida on 10/19/10 - 04:11PM
LUNA LUNA LUNA~! I missed you so much~!!!!! *glomp*

- Hikari134 on 10/19/10 - 06:11PM
Lunaescence~~~ *tackle-glomp* Thanks so much, Sally!
- BurntSienna on 10/19/10 - 07:18PM
YESSSSSS! Thank you for coming back~! This made my night. :)

Tehe. Welcome back! We've all missed you!
- Foreveryoursx3 on 10/19/10 - 07:58PM
Long ling LUNA~!! <3
- GuardianAngel07 on 10/19/10 - 08:34PM
Darn typos...

- GuardianAngel07 on 10/19/10 - 08:35PM
Oh, OH GOD. LUNAS BACK. Oh... oh God, the que. D: It's already long to me. Uuuurg.
- Spirit Archer on 10/19/10 - 10:20PM

Back to work, though. :]
- Sharp Shiny Pickle on 10/20/10 - 01:32AM
I'll donate. Right after I get my next paycheck that isn't for rent. 8D; BTW I'M SO EXCITED LUNA IS BACK UP YAAAAAAAAY! *dances around*
- KarenaWilliams on 10/20/10 - 09:30AM
I would like to take a moment and state that I am FABTABULOUSLY ESTATIC that Luna is back. Considering the things I've been going through the last month or three, I've missed this form of stress relief. I will do what I can to help Luna live long and conquer!
- Jensea on 10/20/10 - 11:57AM
I am sooo happy the Lunas back. :D
I was reading stories on quzilla but then te server was busy so I checked on Luna and it worked!! XD it's been soo awkward without Luna...(now i have t. Do those updates and one-shots I've been wanting to post.)
I am now back home... <3
- amvgrl13 on 10/20/10 - 05:12PM
Before I get yelled at for asking questions that were already answered, can I request that a link to the LJ be posted somewhere noticeable on the front page?
- powerful tenderness on 10/20/10 - 05:29PM
Woohoo, Lunaescence is back!
I'll resist the urge to post all the stories I wrote in the meantime...
Out of curiosity, what will happen to stories that were waiting to be validated before Luna went down?
- Cannibalistic Skittles on 10/20/10 - 05:29PM
Before I get yelled at for asking questions that were already answered, can I request that a link to the LJ be posted somewhere noticeable on the front page?
- powerful tenderness on 10/20/10 - 05:29PM bad. I hadn't noticed that it was in fact linked in the announcement.
On that note, can it then have a permanent spot somewhere?
- powerful tenderness on 10/20/10 - 05:31PM
Yay, I'm so glad it's back up! ^_^
- DeidaraGoesBOOM on 10/20/10 - 05:39PM
@everyone re: my icon: Half the reason I use the avatars I do is to see people's reactions, ngl. Though this really was the closest one to joy. :D

I did mention the cost of the new server in the post... and I don't know about a permanent link, that would probably require recoding. That, and if Luna ever goes down again, it's not like you'll be able to follow it anyway... ^_^;

All the stories that were waiting to be validated are still in the queue. Some of them have been read/approved since then, so don't worry too much.
- crazydominodragongirl on 10/20/10 - 05:50PM
Ah! Yaaaay! It's back! I missed this place! Totally donated already~♥

Now I feel motivated to start writing again. :D
- DubhSionnach on 10/20/10 - 06:07PM
...I noticed that this site is back up, and I think I almost cried. :'D I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE BACK, LUNA. I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH. -SOB- I've been super busy, but I think I may just update because I'm so happy to see Luna back. ♥♥♥
- Penguiduck on 10/20/10 - 07:52PM
I don't know how many of you guys almost cried when you saw this.

but i sure did.

- lazykitsunechan on 10/20/10 - 07:59PM
Yaaay! Yaaay! I'm so stoked that our dear Luna is back up and running! I'm feeling a bit more motivated to start writing again, BUT I will hold off on submissions for the mods' sake. I'd donate, but sadly I do not yet have a PayPal account. I shall be getting one soon though! Thank you guys for all your time and dedication~
- Skidd on 10/20/10 - 10:04PM
I never knew how much I relied on this site until it went down. I was so lost without it! Sally, you're amazing! I will definitely be donating after I get my medical bills dealt with!
- Pokabu on 10/20/10 - 11:02PM
This is the best thing that's happened to me in months. ♥


I feel bad that I can't really donate because I don't have a job... and my parents aren't exactly donation-whores. Sigh, one day eventually, when I get a job, I swear...
- Miss Chocobo on 10/20/10 - 11:28PM
YAY!! you're back!!! i'm so HAPPY!!!!
- starqueenvarda on 10/21/10 - 02:27PM
I'm glad it's back up, I am going to donate alot on this one. I think Luna is going to need alot of help and we're the only ones that can do it if we want this site to keep on running. I am quite thankfu Sally had the time to do this even though she has alot on her plate. Thank you very much, Sally! We'll help you!
- Celmisia on 10/21/10 - 05:23PM
So glad the site is back up! Thanks a lot Sally, for all your hard work and dedication to this great site! We really appreciate all that you do!
- ampersand on 10/21/10 - 08:58PM
With my trusty debit card and my love for this site, I have the POWER to now donate! I do this for all of my fellow fan-fiction writers and because I'm ecstatic things are up and running again~ Thank you Sally for your constant hard work in housing all of us and our creative little minds. ;3
- SubtleQuirk on 10/21/10 - 10:46PM
I was soooo happy to see this back up! Immediately donated some. I'm all ears for something of a progression bar, or at perhaps simply something that shows how high the need for donations is, not the exact amount. HIGH NEED - STABLE - LOW NEED something like that? *shrugs*

Now I'm going to sort through all the UTTER CRAP I've written to see if there's something worth being put online ^___^;;;
- Eviemeli on 10/22/10 - 10:28AM
Holy crap yes! :) I'M SO HAPPY
- AndeCakes on 10/24/10 - 12:23AM
Lunaescence!!! I want to cry from sheer glee!!! Oh, how I missed you! ^.^ *hugs*
- coryne on 10/24/10 - 05:19AM
Hurray~! Luna is back. I'm so happy that I'm close to bursting into tears and excitement ;w; xD I'm still a high school student with no credit card. =/ And It's pesos here; not dollars. If only I had PayPal and dollars instead of pesos, I would GLADLY donate. :D

P.S ;; Your icon is epic. Srzly to the LULZ. C:
- iSweetDespair on 10/24/10 - 06:31AM
I don't remember what I yelled when i saw the site was back (gibberish?) but i know it ended with a woot, I'll donate later (when my paycheck comes lol) but i'd be happy to help!
- Bailie-chan on 10/24/10 - 12:20PM
Luna ;A;
- Kannon on 10/24/10 - 08:44PM
Oh, how I have missed thee!!!
- WaterFae on 10/26/10 - 12:57AM
Well, now that Luna's back up, and I have a possible job interview, I'll get right on getting some sort of a card and donate as soon as I have some free money(: (Yay for having parents stil help with some things and being a minor! :D)

And yeah. I freaking cried when this was back up. ♥

Time to update? Yessss(:
- Kotone on 10/26/10 - 05:16AM

And DG, I love your icon pic! Ahaha! Epic!! ♥ ♥
- AngelsEternity on 10/27/10 - 02:03AM
I know, I saw that you posted the cost in your update. The only reason I requested an exact rate is because that number is only one of the many rates Sally quoted to me since she was still shopping around. So she's found herself a permanent server then?
- KitsuneYoukai42490 on 10/28/10 - 12:58PM
Who cares about features when LUNA has returned! ^____^

happy, happy; joy, joy!
- Lady Water on 10/29/10 - 10:02AM
I'll donate next week as soon as I get paid.

Thanks for getting the site back up and for all the work you guys put into it.
- Scatter Baby Spiders on 10/29/10 - 08:00PM
Oh wow, welcome back, Luna! I swear, as soon as I find a job I'm going to donate! T^T I wish I could do more to help now, but thanks for all of your hard work and effort!
- Halfbreed Maiden on 10/30/10 - 12:02AM
Ecstatic that Luna is back! Once I get my debit card going again, I fully intend on donating. Woohoo!
- key on 10/31/10 - 11:40AM
NaNoWriMo is here~.
Anybody else participating feel free to add me as a buddy under: JanelleRose!
- SHIxCHAN on 11/01/10 - 04:19AM
;D Yay for luna! Out of curiosity, mods. How do we contact you guys? All the available icons (besides Sally's) are down, or what? I want to request a new category and can't :'(
Help please?
- Momo-Deary on 11/02/10 - 05:08PM
Yeah, all the contact buttons don't work, i went to ask for a new category, and got an error, then went to contact for the glitch and got a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request...whatever that means. please help?
- Penda on 11/02/10 - 08:30PM
Generally it's easiest if you request new categories on the forums -- there's a thread for it. Otherwise, look up one of the mods and just use the "contact" form from their user profile. Pretty sure it works, since a couple people have used it to e-mail me in the past few weeks.
- crazydominodragongirl on 11/04/10 - 07:09PM
I am so glad Luna is back. My friend convinced me to get a FFnet account during the downtime, and it sucks royally. Doesn't even hold a penny, candle, or anything else tangible compared to what's gone into Luna and the staff.

I'm very glad Luna is back and happy with how enthusiastic everyone is here. :)
- Hal on 11/06/10 - 07:23PM