Bonjour, mes poppets.
I think this has been raised before, although possibly not for a while. I have decided that the time has come for all the fic on the board to find a new home on the Sally Denny Library. Do not panic. This will not be happening immediately.
Forums such as the CBB are not designed to hold the quantities of fic which our members produce. Every single element on the CBB is held in a database, and, as you are all aware(!), space is at a premium, hence our constant efforts at archiving. Nor, on the forum or in the archives, is it easy to find fic, despite the mods' best efforts at indexing etc - you're OK if you know the author, but that's about it!
The best way to manage a collection of fic is to use specifically designed software. If you've visited fanfiction.net or archiveofourown.org etc, you'll know the kind of thing - fics can be more easily catalogued, assigned main characters, tagged for themes etc, all of which make fics easier to find.
Some of you may, in the past, have used or visited the Sally Denny Library. It is run using software called efiction, which is a fairly standard opensource fic archive. It is also database-driven, though the actual content (the fic), is not kept in the database, so it can grow unchecked. The SDL is split into houses in exactly the same way as the fic houses on the CBB (St Agnes, St Clare, Ste Therese, St Scholastika and St Mildred), and each story is put into the appropriate house. You can post a whole story, or in chaptered parts (though general fic etiquette in wider fandom is that a recognisable chapter/part be posted, rather than just the next few paragraphs of the story). Each story is accompanied by a summary, author's notes if the author wishes, and tagged with fic genre, school period, main characters etc. Reviews are added separately so do not form part of the fic's body.
Now, I'd like to give you a reliable timetable about what's going to happen when in order to effect this change, but unfortunately, my life will never cooperate with that! However, I will do my best.Stage One
Starting from now, I'd like fic writers (and those who like to read/comment on fic) to mosey on over to the SDL (http://www.sallydennylibrary.co.uk
) and have a look round. You will need to register (it's completely separate to the CBB, though you might want to use the same username so people can find your fic over there). Get used to it. Maybe post some of your old stories there. If you're about to start a new story, start over there rather than on the CBB. Let's iron out any kinks there might be: if you come across any problems or don't know how to do something, post in the Ask the Librarian forum here on the CBB, and either I or someone who's worked out the answer themselves can help you.Stage TwoThe earliest date this will happen will be 1 July 2011.
Posting will be disabled in the fic houses on the board. No new fics can be posted, none can be added to, no comments can be made. The various fics will still be there.
What is on the CBB from today (30 May) onwards WILL NOT be archived. If you want to continue/keep it, it will HAVE to be posted to the SDL (or, naturally, if you spurn the SDL, then LiveJournal or AO3, or wherever takes your fancy).Stage ThreeThe earliest date this will happen will be 1 August 2011.
The fic houses and all their contents on the board will be deleted. The forum links on the main index of the board will lead to the relevant fic house on the SDL. Any fic that has not been saved or reposted elsewhere by the author at this point will be lost. Please make sure your fic has been saved one way or another by 1 August.
I hope this is all clear and reasonable. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. The SDL is currently rather bland in design, but I will endeavour to perk it up, and to sort out a large-font version. There is also the minor technical hitch I mentioned a while ago, viz whilst attempting to upgrade the software I managed to destroy the old SDL and have been unable to fix it.
THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. I just won't upgrade it! (Or, be more sensible about doing it.) I apologise profusely to those who had works archived in the old SDL as I'm afraid they will need to be reposted. If anyone doesn't have copies of fic they'd posted there, please let me know, as I've got backups for everything lurking in my hard drive somewhere.