...And Lunaescence Returns!
Posted by Diamond April
03/15/17 - 07:24AM
Hello lovely Lunatics,
Today is March 15th, 2017 and I am pleased to say Lunaescence Archives is back online!
For those of you aware of the downtime, this is a very big, relieving moment, but for anyone else who may not have known, I will take a moment to explain the situation. Back in 2016, a hacking attempt resulted in us taking the site offline to address security vulnerabilities. Once the issues were addressed, an upgrade by our web host resulted in the administration options needed to return the site online becoming inaccessible.
With no response from the web host regarding the issue, it was with much consideration a fundraiser was launched to raise enough funds to purchase a server. Though the site is back online as of today, this does not mean we still should not aim to get the funding for a server. I am covering the costs for the site hosting for the time being, but if we all want to make sure the site can remain online for many years to come, it is crucial for us to secure an alternative to costly monthly hosting.
A further explanation on why a server is important for our beloved Lunaescence can be found here.
If you were one of the many generous contributors to the fundraiser, on behalf of Sally and all of the Lunaescence Moderation Team, I thank you. We sincerely appreciate all those who supported the fundraiser whether it be with a monetary contribution, spreading the word or just with kind words and encouragement. While the site may be up, we are still hoping to raise enough to solidify the online status of the site.
Please consider contributing to the fundraiser so we can get a server for Lunaescence and insure the site never goes offline again. As a thank you for contributing, you can select your pick of great Lunaescence branded merchandise like Messenger Bags, Writing Materials, Calendars, T-shirts and more.
Visit the fundraiser by clicking here.
For all contributors to the fundraiser, Donor Status, which gives your stories priority in the Queue, was offered as a reward. Though we do not have a formal feature for Donor Status yet, the Queue Moderators have been notified of which users have earned such status and the submissions of those users will be prioritized when the Moderators approve stories in the Queue. If you contributed and want to be sure I have your username, feel free to email me at diamondapril[at]lunaescence.com
Registration has been fixed and is finally working so for all those who have been waiting to join the community, here is the moment you have been waiting for! If you are looking to make a new account here on Lunaescence.com, click here to go straight to the registration page.
Social Media Profiles
This year we have big plans for Lunaescence which include improvements to our online presence. Check out Lunaescence on Twitter, Reddit and on our revamped Tumblr. You can follow these pages for updates regarding the site, featured stories, prompts and writing tips.
Lunaescence Archives now has an official mailing list. Sign up to have the monthly announcements delivered straight to your inbox + plenty of extras. Sign up by clicking here.
Some time was taken to update the site code prior to this relaunch. This is still a work in progress. The code updates should have fixed many of the errors mentioned by users in this thread, but if you still experience one of the listed errors or encounter any new ones, please post in the linked forum thread so I can keep track of all the issues that need attention. Notably, a lot of stories on the archive are showing up blank . If any of your stories appear blank, don’t worry. This is an ongoing issue we are addressing.
Currently the Queue is closed for new submissions. The Moderators will be using this time to clean out and moderate the stories that were in the Queue prior to the site going down. The good news is that if you submitted a work prior to the site going offline, there is no need for re-submission as the stories are still there and just in need of review. While everyone may not be able to post their wonderful work yet, think of this as a great opportunity to prep your stories for submission when the Queue opens once more.
We are proud to serve such an amazing community and sincerely thank everyone for sticking with Lunaescence despite the hardships. We have some great things planned for Lunaescence and are excited to share them with the community in the coming months.