Yay! The Site is Back! Now What?
Kerrigan Sheehan
Posted by Kerrigan Sheehan
01/17/12 - 09:57PM
I know that a lot of people have really missed the site in the month or so it's been down. I know I have several thousand words to post myself. The mods have missed you too. Seriously, with no queue, we don't know who to send yes and no letters to. (Landlords don't like it when you point out that they used the wrong homophone in their Christmas letter.) But I'm sure you're all eager to get posting, so I'll try to keep this brief, or as brief as someone who tends to write terribly long novels can make it.

1. Featured Stories. As DG mentioned on the forums, by mod consensus, or the consensus of the mods she could reach immediately at the time, there are no featured stories in this announcement. Suggestions for the theme "Best of 2011" can be submitted on the forums until the end of January and will be featured in February's announcments. The links are in the post below this one, but in case you don't feel like scrolling, the submission thread is here.

2. Queue Delays As some of you might have guessed, it could take a bit longer than normal to get things through the queue right now. This is because the site has been down for about a month, including a few major holidays, and that means that a lot of people probably have massive amounts of things to post. (As always, the one chapter at a time rule applies to unvalidated authors.) Please be patient. The queue is bound to get very long, and it could take up to about a month to return to its normal length.

3. Valentine Fic Trade. I am running a Valentine fic trade. The signup thread is here. I'm leaving it up to the majority of participants as to whether this will be an anon round or an open round.

Let the chapterdumping begin! (Seriously, what else is everybody going to do while Cheezburger Network and Wikipedia are blacked out to protest PIPA/SOPA?)

Edit by Kerrigan Sheehan: A couple of users have reported bugs since the site came back online, so there are a couple additions to the announcements. Please read them.

4. Categories. A few categories were reported as showing up in the archive but not in the dropdown list. If you run across a category that doesn't show up in the dropdown, let a mod know about it or post it in the forums in the category request thread or bug report thread so it can be fixed. Thank you, DestinedXDreams, for reporting this.

5. Story Ratings. It seems that a small number of stories have had their ratings reverted to "All" recently. Please check through the list of stories on your profile and fix any ratings that need fixing. If you find something in the archive that seems to be rated "All" when it shouldn't be, either contact the author directly and ask them to fix it or contact a mod so we can do this for them. Thank you, Zesty, for bringing this to my attention.


Yay, I'm so glad the site is back! Thanks, mods, for all your hard work in bringing it back and maintaining such a great site in general! :D
- ampersand on 01/17/12 - 10:10PM
What happened? I think everyone should write their stories on blogger of just in case this happens again.
- LoveLess on 01/17/12 - 10:12PM
Yay! It's back! Thank you so much for your hard work returning the site back to us. I'm also super excited for another fic trade! Unfortunately, I have no chapter dumping to do because I am huge lame face that hasn't written anything outside her Nano in months.
- StrawChan on 01/17/12 - 10:20PM
Deleted double post.

Sally did all the hard work. The mods just sat around and accumulated words like everyone else and tried to send no letters to inappropriate recipients.

I personally put my stuff on more than five sites so it can still be accessed when the site is down, but you should also keep your own backups. Other sites can go down as well.

-Share the love. Post on as many sites as will host it.
-Get a thumb drive. Text documents don't take up much room, so you really only need the smallest size, and they're like $5-$10 at Wal-Mart.
-Use Dropbox or another online backup service.
-Get an external hard drive if you can afford one.
-Burn a CD.
-Print a copy and keep it in a lock box if you have to.
-Better yet, print two and keep them in different places.

When a site goes down, there's no guarantee that it will come back, and there's definitely no guarantee that your data will be saved.
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/17/12 - 10:31PM
I'm so happy that it's back I just adwljhwefjef yessss. ;A ; <3
- Itachi on 01/17/12 - 10:34PM
Also guys BIG THANK YOU TO SALLY FOR BRINGING THE SITE BACK TO US. Because she deserves it, and all our love, as always. ;o; THANK YOU SALLY. ♥
- crazydominodragongirl on 01/17/12 - 10:37PM
Thank you so much for all your hard work, Sally~

And thank you mods for all the work you're going to be doing with all stories that will be flooding in!
- animecrazypanda on 01/17/12 - 10:41PM
Thank you, Sally. <3

- Penguiduck on 01/17/12 - 10:55PM
I'm so happy the site's back up! :) Thanks, Sally
- Cherezsa on 01/17/12 - 10:58PM
Thanks to Sally and the mods <3 :]
- Couture Kitty on 01/17/12 - 11:01PM
I'm super glad because the site is back you really make my day thanx million Sally and the mods.
- Blue Butterfly on 01/17/12 - 11:25PM
I've honestly checked about once every other day just to make sure I didn't come late to Luna's grand return party. My internet life has been bleak without you! Thank you Sally, and good luck to all you mods! :D I can imagine things are about to get real, as far as the queue is concerned.
- Cissnei on 01/17/12 - 11:51PM
Deleted a couple more double posts. (Don't worry, it's not against the rules. They're browser issues. I just like neat comments.)

I checked every day too, but DG still got to tell me because I wasn't going to check until I finished with other business.

On to a massive 70k-ish update. (I never got the chance to post my NaNoWriMo and have been working since then.)
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/17/12 - 11:56PM

I'm so happy to see the site back. It's habit to check the site all the time so I kept going to it and seeing the error page. It was depressing.

I can't wait to see all the chapter dumping~
- DragonSilk on 01/18/12 - 12:01AM
I'm so happy that Luna is back!!
Thank you Sally and mods :)
- CloudySky on 01/18/12 - 12:45AM
HALLELUJAH! <3 That is all.
- SHIxCHAN on 01/18/12 - 02:19AM
I love everyone.
- cigspiring on 01/18/12 - 02:38AM
Thank You!
- SaiKaiya on 01/18/12 - 03:48AM
Yay! The site is back! Oh I was so bored without you guys :C

xx thanks sally!
- DrawnCherry on 01/18/12 - 04:21AM
Thanks a bunch Sally!

Is it alright if I do some weird squiggly sort of dance and then shout this out to the world. I literally checked back every day for like three weeks to see if Luna was back up. I have no life. That's apparent from how much I missed Luna!

And good luck to the mods with all the validating and notes and other stuff that's probably lying ahead. ^_^
- Pepe Le Pew on 01/18/12 - 04:51AM
WHOOHOO!! :D This has made my day! I can finally stop being a faithful college student and begin to slack off to write fanfiction again! ;D

- Kamisori on 01/18/12 - 08:11AM
I just almost fainted from happiness when I saw that Luna's back up. I'm so, so glad it's back! I missed the community, and I could barely even find anything to do with my time while Luna wasn't accessible. Eeek! I'm so happy! :3 ♥
- coffeerepublic on 01/18/12 - 09:40AM
Sweet, I'm glad this site is back. I can now slack off to write fanfiction again!

I've also heard about the black-out's as well. Tumblr offers a choice too.
- Okami Amaterasu on 01/18/12 - 12:31PM
I know the site only just got back up, but maybe LUNA should blackout to protest SOPA? I mean, if that's something you're able do, and you want to do it.
- SakuraiDesu on 01/18/12 - 02:38PM
- borderline_mary on 01/18/12 - 03:04PM
Lunaescence, how I missed you. Thank you, Sally, and...good luck to the mods! I imagine the queue must be a veritable avalanche of stories by now. @.@
- WyndiWingfall on 01/18/12 - 03:26PM
Welcome back, Luna~ I missed you all~
- Celestial Sakura on 01/18/12 - 05:28PM
The queue was fairly long before the site went down, since it went down when most of the mods were headed into midterms/finals. There are currently about 225 stories in it, but it's fluctuating quite a bit. Usually, it averages about 100.

We seem to be doing better getting the new stuff out than clearing up the pile that was there before, though. We never go in order...
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/18/12 - 05:59PM
It... it's back? I-I'll try not to communicate my joy with incoherent keyboard smashing.

Thank you so much, Sally! We're all so glad for your hard work!
- Aileadh on 01/18/12 - 10:06PM

Now I can start posting new stories I created! Though maybe I'll wait until the queue's not such a mountain. XD
- MissingNin on 01/18/12 - 10:16PM
Thank GOD. I was surviving only on simply because it was the only other site besides Luna that would work properly on my PSP and phone. ; aaa; So... happy. oTL
- Spirit Archer on 01/18/12 - 10:37PM
MissingNin - We're doing a lot better with the new ones than we have been with the ones that have been in there a while. Don't worry about submitting it now vs. later. It may take a few extra days to get through, but we mostly put up the warning so people don't ask right away if something has been seen.

The queue has been shrinking today. It was at 250 when I woke up, and, despite the incoming story volume, is between 210 and 220 now.
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/18/12 - 11:00PM
Kerrigan Sheehan - Good to know. :) Maybe I'll get on that then. Thanks!
- MissingNin on 01/19/12 - 11:59AM
Yes! The site is back up. Maybe I can have that first fic I've been writing during the downtime ready for upload soon! ...Err...if it wouldn't be too much for you guys.
- Grey on 01/19/12 - 06:47PM
Really, guys, it's no problem for you to upload. You just might have to wait a tiny bit longer than usual for us to get to your story. We just don't want a million emails asking us if we've seen something yet because we're human too, and humans can only read and type so fast.
- Kerrigan Sheehan on 01/19/12 - 07:04PM
Sweet! So glad to see the site back up! I've thoroughly raped tumblr, since I haven't been able to catch up on my favorite authors lol. And I, too, must confess that I've been a royal loser and have not written any fanfiction to post, only my original work, which won't be getting submitted any time soon. Le sigh, anyway, once again, so happy to see Luna back up on it's feet, and good luck to the mods (you'll need it, sifting through the queue)! And, as always, a big thank you to Sally! You're a peach~!

Oh, and before it escapes me! Another great site to visit if Luna ever has downtime (besides tumblr, of course!) is the recent Jamlyfics[dot]com. A lot of Luna authors are there already, and the quality of writing is not unlike Luna's. It's a pretty good alternative, if anyone is ever interested :]
- skid on 01/19/12 - 08:25PM
You guys don't even know how happy I am right now. Just...thank you so much!
- Hikari134 on 01/19/12 - 08:25PM
The site is back!!! I'm so happy right now!!!
- Milli-Chan on 01/21/12 - 07:50AM
I actually cheered out loud! =)
Thanks for all the hard work!!
It's so great to have Luna back~!!
I can't wait to catch up with all the fics that will be posted~
Thanks again! :D
- WonderBre on 01/21/12 - 02:57PM
/SOBBING/ thank you for bringing the site back up. I've missed it ;A;
- Ryou-ku on 01/27/12 - 07:42PM