New Management

Posted 04 Apr 11

TwilightArchives.com is now under new management!

Chris has done an amazing job growing the community and I'm super excited about taking on the baton. Expect an all new design, new features and lots more over the coming month or two.

Please shoot an email to keith@twilightarchives.com if you spot anything that's not working on the site or if you'd like to chat!

Speak to you again soon,
Keith

Comments

By admin

Posted 08 Apr 11

Please say hello! :)

By MyHeartIsYours

Posted 10 Apr 11

ooh new stuff :) lmao

By awsomealice94

Posted 11 Apr 11

wow! i'm kinda baffled, but i suppose i saw this coming lol Kai has been the site admin and maker from the very beginning, since i joined (only a few on here still remain). the site has been slowly falling ever since she went AWOL. she kept it up pretty well, was always respectful to me and to others, and made sure that anything i talked to her about or asked was replied right away. it is a shame that she is 'gone' in a way. i want to hear the whole story! how did you become the new admin? like i told you in my email, i understand and like what you're doing-the site has been falling. what used to be busy and alive is now...well, dead. its a shame, and i regret even saying that i dont come on like i used to all the time. but it's where i learned to write, where the people are that i love, and where i found my life purpose more or less (i know i know im laying it on thick but its true! lol). i hope that you take care of it like she once did, and like how i care for it (as the rest of us do). I've been trying to revive it...im glad you've taken on the task. The mods (i love you guys, really) haven't been on as much either (understandable, you guys are in college), and the hold up of stories to be updated on the most recent page is making it extremely frustrating for authors (who, by the time their stories are finally updated, go someplace else because there is no point in waiting months and months for a chapter to be updated) and it's making the site look dead, because there is nothing being updated and all the readers are turning someplace else because there is nothing to read. this is our main problem, i think. (and obviously the fact that the books are done, and its only going to get worse when the movies are finished too). solutions are pretty easy, like maybe keeping the exsisting system of certain authors to have auto-validation (only those who have proven themselves capable of not breaking the rules and their grammar/spelling is good-im proud to say im one of them!) and the rest having to have their stories validated (which requires a lot of work) or making them all auto-validated. idk-suggestions, of course you do what you think is best :) one thing i do ask is that everything (content wise) remains the same and on here. all of the reviews, the stats, the stories...everything. if things are deleated it will make it even more dead. now that i've written a novel here, lol sorry, i think i should say Welcome on behalf of all of us oldies still sticking around. :) take good care of TA

By admin

Posted 11 Apr 11

Many thanks for all the superb feedback awsomealice94. It's made my day! I noticed that the site had really slowed down over the last year or so and reached out to Kai to discuss the possibility of taking it over. We agreed on the terms and now the site is in my hands. I hope Kai will still want to engage with the community, but I can't speak on her behalf. We're definitely going to keep all the existing content in the new version of the site, including all the stories, users, reviews, and anything else that you see. The initial launch should have near feature-parity with the existing site, but we'll continue to update the site to include new features - such as challenges, profile badges, an integrated forum, and so on. Some of these will be pretty exciting and definitely make TA quite unique. I think the best way to go is to auto-validate. Stories will be automatically published to the site, but marked as 'Unreviewed' or something to that effect. Then, once a moderator/beta has reviewed the story, they can mark it as validated and leave a little comment/feedback. This way, content gets onto the site faster, and users can chose what kind of content they wish to view. How does that sound? I also like the idea about auto-validating stories for authors who have a good history on the site - that's definitely something to be explored further. I REALLY look forward to building the community with you all.

By Savannah_Cullen

Posted 11 Apr 11

I think one of the big things we need to do is catch up on the auto-validating. It stopped a long time ago, before I was even a mod, I think. If we catch up on that, I think it will cut down on the wait time by a lot. I don't know if I'd go the entire auto-validating route, though. A lot of stories are rejected because they are formatted strangely or just don't have any words at all, and I think that could really clog up the site.

By awsomealice94

Posted 12 Apr 11

i agree... thats the main problem. if we do all auto-validating, then there will be stories on here that have some serious problems and are not fit to be posted yet. And thats the whole reason we have the system that we have...except it takes too much time and work and things just arent getting done. We need to figure out a way to fix the flaws in this system, or find a new one that is acceptable. The only solution i can see to our exsisting system is to get more mods that are more active and have the time (which is also going to be hard to do)

By admin

Posted 12 Apr 11

@Savannah_Cullen: I'm going to implement some measures on the story submission form to prevent poor quality entries, but I agree that we need to be careful about opening up a floodgate for low-quality submissions. I think auto-validation is probably just a short term solution to keep the site moving, but manual moderation is what we need for the longer-term.

By admin

Posted 12 Apr 11

@awsomealice94: Yeah, getting more mods on board is the way to go, I think. The new site will feature our own software, so we can make it work in whatever way we wish (rather than being limited to the features of the efiction software). I was thinking that we could start with say 10 active moderators. Users can fill in a quick form to submit their request to become a moderator. Their request will be sent to the existing group, and a vote will be cast; if the majority agree, then that user becomes a moderator. This way we have a quick way for users to become moderators and the high-quality of the moderator team is ensured. We're going to make it more clear on the site when stories are passed/failed/pending review. Users can then apply a filter to only see passed content, if they wish. Moreover, it'd be nice if the editor can leave a quick note to go with their review (to say what they liked, what they changed etc.). The author can respond back and have a threaded conversation, if desired.

By Savannah_Cullen

Posted 13 Apr 11

Do the current moderators get to keep their jobs? The ones that are still around, anyway... I think there are two or three of us left.

By admin

Posted 13 Apr 11

@Savannah_Cullen: Most definitely! Moreover, I want to empower you to have more control and influence over the site. It's going to take a bit of time to work on all the features, but I think you'll be pleased with the outcome.

By Savannah_Cullen

Posted 15 Apr 11

Excellent! Thanks again for all that you are doing here. It's going to be really, really great to get the site up and living again.