Help
(Last modified 29th August, 2008)


Joining a new archive can be confusing, which we understand perfectly. Where it might have been done a certain way the last place you visited, it can be completely different here. And on this section here we want to help make the transition period go as smooth as possible. But as we, the people behind this site are also authors with stories to write, we ask that you read through this section to see if maybe your issue/question have already been addressed before contacting us.

If you find that this section was not helpful enough to solve your problem, then you are free to contact us. We ask that as much as possible be addressed on the forum in the designated "Site" and "Help" areas, depending on type of problem. The reason for this is that we, ourselves, check in on the forum on a daily basis. An added bonus for both parties is that you might come across more experienced members who can help you out right away.

If your problem is of a more sensitive nature, or you for some other reason do not wish to post your query publicly on a forum, you can email your request to our support email. Please note that it might take us longer to get back to you on e-mail than we would on the forum. So using this support feature requires more patience.

How To's

.: Becoming a Member :.
.: Edit User Information/Settings :.
.: Adding Stories :.
.: Marking a story as complete :.
.: Adding a chapter :.
.: Reviews :.
.: Adding Series :.
.: Adding Story as Favorite :.
.: Adding Author as Favorite :.
.: Changing Skins :.
.: Forum :.


Becoming a Member
You register to the archive by going here. Fill out the required fields and click 'submit'. Note that while you can fill out your profile already here, it's not recommended and we would rather recommend you register your account first and go to 'edit' your profile afterwards. Make sure that your password is not too obvious or one that you share with friends. Preferably use both letters and numbers. FanNation does not take responsibility for any member's poor password policy.

You can log in on the front page or here.

Once logged in you are presented with a list of user options, you can come back to these options by clicking the My Area link on the main menu.


Edit User Information/Settings
The options for editing this information are listed in My Area, specifically the 'Edit Bio' and 'Edit Preferences' links.

On the 'Edit Bio' page you can add/edit personal information. Be careful what you put down. While this is an innocent fanfiction community, your profile will be public for members and non-members alike, so:
  • Do not reveal more than your first name in the 'Real Name' box. It is not required to use it, so if you wish to keep your real name hidden, leave this field blank or put down your penname.

  • Same goes for your 'Bio', do not put down information like the name of your school, what town you live in etc. (unless you literally live in a city of millions).

  • 'Website' has to be the complete URL (address) to a site of your own.

  • For 'Deviant Art' we are asking for your Deviant Art username only, the script will generate the link to it itself.

  • In 'Image' you can write in the URL for a self-hosted avatar (use photobucket, your own domain etc to host the image, certain webhosts like geocities and freewebs blocks their images to be viewed by other websites) no bigger than 200x200 pixels to display on your profile. For your own safety we ask that you do not link a picture of yourself.

  • The 'Password' and 'Confirm Password' fields are for password changes only. You are not required to fill these out when editing information, only when you want to change your password.

On the 'Edit Preferences' page, all options are supplied with a description tag (if you hover your cursor over the [?] behind each box a text explaining the option will appear). However, you might still find yourself confused as to what this option really is, so here are some of our more elaborate descriptions for some of the boxes:
  • The 'Use tinyMCE WYSWYG editor' option is not only a mouthful, but also can be confusing to those of us who are not tech whizzes. Enabling this option on here gives you the opportunity to add/edit stories by copy/pasting rich text (like from Microsoft Word files) and pasting it into the story box and not losing the formatting, such as italic/bold/underline. It still doesn't enable uploading .doc files, but you can copy/paste from one. However, using the tinyMCE editor can be unpredictable and you might encounter other problems, like lacking line-breaks, in the end result, so for the time being, using the tinyMCE is not recommended.

  • 'Age consent' is an overall 'contract' with the site, where you state once and for all that you are old enough to view adult content and you can browse the archive without receiving warnings on stories. If this 'contract' is not enabled, the adult stories will still appear in the archive, but you will be asked to confirm that you are old enough to view this material before you are allowed to view it. This is so that underage users who accidentally click on a story with adult material can cancel this choice without the story opening.


Adding Stories
In order to do this, you need to be registered and logged in. Go to My Area and choose 'Add New Story'. You will first be presented with the 'Submission Rules'. We ask that you read through these rules before doing anything else, even if you have read them before, at the very least skim through the section to make sure no rules have been added or modified since the last time you read them. This might happen if we experience unforeseen issues with submissions. So please make sure you are up to speed with the rules. They can be accessed directly on the main menu as well.

Below you will find a form for submitting your story, most boxes should be selfexplanatory, but we will address each option as we go:
  • 'Title' is a required field and can not be "Untitled", "Please Read", etc.

  • 'Co-Authors' is a feature for those who collaborate with other authors on stories. Instead of each author adding it to an archive or the story only being added under one name, you can use the 'Search field' to find and add the pennames of your fellow authors. Type in the first few letters of your co-author's pen name and you should find them in the list popping up. To add an author to the list, simply click their name. To remove authors you might have added by accident, simply click their name in the 'Co-Authors' list and they should be removed. Each author added to the story will be given permission to edit it, and the story will appear under each author's profile.

  • 'Summary' is required. This is the outwards description your story will have in the archive, so do not mistake it as a request to summarize your entire story. It is more like a 'teaser', a way to advertise your story to your readers. The summary has to be kid friendly and things like "please read" or the classic "I suck at summaries" are not welcome. If you can write a story, you can write a line or two to present it to someone else.

  • 'Story Notes' are meant for overall author's notes for the story and will be visible right underneath the disclaimer on the first chapter only. Appropriate content for story notes can be thanking your beta, providing necessary information to get into the story, etc. Also note that whatever content like "your text" will be put as "Story Notes: your text", so adding things like "AN:" and such will be redundant.

  • 'Category Options' meaning 'Fandoms' is required. You have to choose at least one fandom to move over to the 'Selected Categories' box with the [ > ] button. Note that only top level categories are visible at first, so to find your fandom, you have to click on the category where the fandom would be located. This would mean "TV Shows" for "Firefly" and "Anime/Manga" for "Naruto". We accept adding multiple fandoms, but follow the guidelines given in the 'Submission Rules'.

  • It is not required that you add 'Characters', 'Genres', 'Type', 'Warnings', or 'Romance' to your story, scriptwise at least. But we do ask for the sake of the archive and the sake of your story that you add what is appropriate. You can add up to several of each by holding [ctrl] down while making your selections. We recommend adding at least one 'Genre', one 'Romance' (if your story doesn't contain any, there's the 'General' option) and maybe one 'Type' if any option is appropriate.

  • If your story warrants one or more of the warnings listed in the box, you are required by FanNation to add them. This is both so that users who wants to avoid certain content can and so that users who prefers certain content can find it. It might be difficult to determine which warnings are appropriate, so check the 'Submission Rules' for guidelines.

  • 'Rating' is a must and we have five options for you to choose from. They should be self explanatory; "Kid friendly" means story appropriate for anyone with reading capabilities, 10+ means appropriate for 10 and over, 13+ means appropriate for 13 and over, 15+ means appropriate for 15 and over (which is our "mature" rating) and 18+ means appropriate for 18 and over (which is our "adult" rating).

  • If your story is 'Complete' check the box.

  • 'Round Robin' means a story open for any author registered to this site to edit and add chapters to.

  • If your story only has the one chapter, you can ignore the 'Chapter Title', if it has more, you can keep it as it is or change the title to something you want.

  • You have two 'Chapter Notes' options and both are optional. The one above will be put before the chapter, the one below will be put after the chapter. Both will have "your text" displayed as "AN: your text", so adding you own "AN:" will be redundant.

  • For adding the actual "Story Text" there are two options. You can copy/paste the text, or you can upload it from a document. Each option will be addressed individually.

    • If you choose to Copy/Paste your story there are two options, you can copy/paste it in plain text in the 'Story Text' field and use html tags for italics/bold/underline to format the story. It's important that you have a blank line between each paragraph (that when you made the paragraph in your story that you hit [enter] twice instead of once). This option works best if you have a minimum html understanding. The other option is if you have the "tinyMCE editor" enabled in your 'Site Preferences'. This allows you to copy/paste rich text (like text from a Word Document) into the 'Story Text' field and keep the formatting. However, at the moment, this might lead to unforeseen problems, like break-lines vanishing and such, so we can not recommend it.

    • If you choose to upload your story, the uploader will accept txt-files and html-files. It's important to note that while Microsoft Word has options for saving your file as an html document, the formatting with all the meta-tags and such is so bad that the uploader will not accept the file (the documents we got from downloading our FanLib stories however should work well). Also remember that with txt-files to leave a blank line between each paragraph (hit [enter] twice).

  • You can either preview your story, or add it right away. Whichever you choose, we recommend taking a look at the "finished product" to make sure the story is displaying well.



Marking a story as complete
Go to My Area and choose 'Manage Stories', you will be taken to a page where all your stories are listed.

You will see your story title and summary and a query on whether or not the story is complete, to change the "No" to a "Yes", simply click on the "No".


Adding a chapter
Go to My Area and choose 'Manage Stories', you will be taken to a page where all your stories are listed.

Select 'Add New Chapter' on your chosen story and proceed. As you have already added a story, adding a chapter is self explanatory.


Reviews
You may leave a review for any story either anonymously or by name if you log into your account. It only takes a moment, so even if you're not an author, register so that you can show the authors some love and they'll know who you are.

Authors can respond to any given review, by simply clicking on the review and choose to 'Respond'. The response will be added at the bottom of the review given.

You can manage your reviews by logging into your account and selecting View Reviews from the list of options under Your Account. You can also respond to individual reviews using this option. Note that Authors are able to delete anonymous reviews in case of spamming, flaming and so on.


Adding Series
Go to My Area and choose 'Add New Series'.
IMPORTANT: We do not wish to have empty series or series containing one story only. If admin finds either, the series will be deleted and author will be notified. Only add a series when you have two or more stories to add to it. Until you do, wait with adding a series, even if you know it will become one eventually.

Here you will find a form for submitting your series, most boxes should be selfexplanatory, but we will address each option as we go:
  • 'Title' is a required field and can not be "Untitled", "Please Read", etc.

  • 'Summary' is required. This is the outwards description your series will have in the archive, so do not mistake it as a request to summarize your entire series. It is more like a 'teaser', a way to advertise your series to your readers. The summary has to be kid friendly and things like "please read" or the classic "I suck at summaries" are not welcome. If you can write a series, you can write a line or two to present it to someone else.

  • 'Category Options' meaning 'Fandoms' is required. You have to choose at least one fandom to move over to the 'Selected Categories' box with the [ > ] button. Note that only top level categories are visible at first, so to find your fandom, you have to click on the category where the fandom would be located. This would mean "TV Shows" for "Firefly" and "Anime/Manga" for "Naruto". We accept adding multiple fandoms, but follow the guidelines given in the 'Submission Rules'.

  • It is not required that you add 'Characters', 'Genres', 'Type', 'Warnings', or 'Romance' to your story, scriptwise at least. But we do ask for the sake of the archive and the sake of your story that you add what is appropriate. You can add up to several of each by holding [ctrl] down while making your selections. We recommend adding at least one 'Genre', one 'Romance' (if your story doesn't contain any, there's the 'General' option) and maybe one 'Type' if any option is appropriate.

  • If your series warrants one or more of the warnings listed in the box, you are required by FanNation to add them. This is both so that users who wants to avoid certain content can and so that users who prefers certain content can find it. It might be difficult to determine which warnings are appropriate, so check the 'Submission Rules' for guidelines.

  • A series can be "Closed", "Moderated" or "Open", depending on the author's wishes. A "Closed" series doesn't mean the series itself is complete, just that the author is the only one writing for it. A "Moderated" series is a series that's open for other authors to submit to, but the series creator has to approve each story before they are added. An "Open" series is a series that any author can add to, kinda like the "round robin" option when you add stories.
Once you have filled out your information, you are taken to a menu for selecting which of your stories to add to this series. Don't worry about the order, you will determine that one afterwards. Just mark the stories that belongs to this series.

On the next page, click on the arrows to organize the order of your stories, the first one being on top and the last one being on the bottom.


Adding Story to Favorites
On the bottom of each story there's a dropdown box with options, to add a story to favorites, simply choose the option "Add Story to Favorites". You will be taken to a page with a 'comment box', click 'submit' to add story to favorites.


Adding Author to Favorites
On the bottom of each story there's a dropdown box with options, to add the author to favorites, simply choose the option "Add Author to Favorites". You will be taken to a page with a 'comment box', this box allows you to write a comment on the author to display in your profile under 'favorite authors'. You can point out why this person was added to your favorites list, what type of stories they write that you like, etc. click 'submit' to add author to favorites.

Alternatively, you can choose the 'Add Author to Favorites' link on an author's profile. Follow the same instructions there to add author to favorites.


Changing Skins
Guests of the site will be presented with the site's default skin both in the archive and in the forums. They will have the option to change their skin for this particular visit by choosing a different skin in the skinchanger box on the front page. This will effect the the whole site except the forum.

Members who are signed into the site will be presented with their own default skin. If they have not yet changed it in the "Edit Preferences", this skin will be the site's default skin (called NewFanNation). Once they have edited their preferences and saved, from then on, when they log into the site, they will be presented with their chosen skin. Members can also use the skinchanger box on the front page, but know that any choices made there will not make any changes to your account preferences. The archive skin will affect the whole site except the forums.

Members who are signed into the forum can edit their skin preference in the forum (this change will affect the forum only, not the rest of the site). Each archive skin has a matching forum skin and vice versa. You can choose to use the same layout for both parts of the site, or you can choose to use different layouts for each. To edit your forum preferences you go to the 'User Control Panel' on the forum, choose 'Board Preferences' and choose your skin in the 'Board style' dropdown. The names of the forum skins match the names of the archive skins.


Forum
The forum threads are not visible for non-members, to register find the "Register" link on the top left corner of the Forum page, follow the instructions from there.