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2021-03-10 18:07:51 -0500
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When you're adding items to the SquidgeWorld Archive, you'll now notice the optional language of Spanish. This is there to indicate your story is in Spanish - OR - that you've translated a Spanish story into English. That option is available under the "This work is a remix, a translation, a podfic, or was inspired by another work" section under the "Language" drop down.

Questions? Ping me!

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2021-02-18 19:05:06 -0500
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We were down due to horrific storms here in the Pacific Northwest. No power, Internet, etc for 7 days. Questions? Ping me here or read my article at this link: https://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/81454.html

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2021-01-11 10:15:45 -0500
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So you might notice that my previous post about database corruption, posted yesterday, is gone. Why?

Because the f*cking database corrupted again soon after I checked and double-checked yesterday that things were fine.

This morning I took the site down and did some major rework, and things appear to be working normally. Database backups are working just fine again, and there doesn't appear to be any corruption. I ran through some additional things that will hopefully prevent corruption from rearing it's ugly head yet again. And I hope I didn't just jinks it.

Sometime today I'll get the fics that were lost (4, all mine) reloaded. And there was one person whose account was lost as they signed up a couple of hours ago. But other than that, there should be no data loss.

Questions? If so, come find me sobbing in the corner.

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2021-01-05 19:21:16 -0500
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So when AO3 was down last night, I was reading off of here instead - because there are a metric shitton (that's a technical term, y'all!) of fics on SqWA that just aren't on AO3. And as my iPad glared brightly, I realized that no - SquidgeWorld has no dark mode.

Well, now it does!

If you, like me, crave a dark mode for reading at night, this is for you. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll see a menu heading called "Customize" with the link, "Choose Skin ↓" menu item. Click on that, and you'll see the two skins here on SquidgeWorld, SqWA Skin and Dark Mode Skin. There's also "Default", but that's just SqWA Skin. Simply click on the "Dark Mode Skin" option, and that skin will appear on a new page. Scroll to the bottom again, and click the "Use" button which is on the lower right (there are three buttons: Use, Preview, and Set for Session) and you will have the Dark Mode Skin set for yourself.

To change back, go back to the "Choose Skin ↓" menu item and click "Default", and you'll be back in the regular skin.

Questions? Ping me!

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2020-12-07 11:10:51 -0500
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So one thing about coming from our old software (eFiction on The WWOMB) to the new software (OTW Code here on SquidgeWorld), is that there are duplicate tags everywhere. Take a look at what we have for the more minor character in the Harry Potter universe, Arthur Weasley:

As you can see, there are four entries for the same character. There are entries for a generic Arthur Weasley, one for the Harry Potter Movies, and one for the Harry Potter book series, and one that's a generic "Harry Potter 'verse". What I will be doing over the next few months - yes, it's going to take months - is to migrate these characters, making the individual "Movies" and "book series" type entries, making them "child" entries of a main "'verse" type entry. That's why you see one of these listed in bold (the new "parent" entry that encompasses all entries) and three nonbolded child entries. This not only pertains to characters like Arthur Weasley who appears in both the movies and books, but also to characters like Angel, the titular character from the Angel series, as well as Buffy the Vampire series, and countless crossovers, such as The Sentinel and Criminal Minds.

What does this mean for you reading stories? Basically, this means that when you search for the character "Arthur Weasley [Harry Potter - Books]", it will find all entries for his character for the books and movie verse, both. If you want to read only fics pertaining to the movie 'verse, then you can search only for the Harry Potter movieverse fandom.

What does this mean for you as an author? You can use the tags that you wish. But if you can choose the more generic characters in your tags, like "Arthur Weasley [Harry Potter 'verse]", that makes it easier on the Archive.

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2020-12-04 16:59:30 -0500
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So... Because some of you have only used the eFiction software (which is what ran Peja's Wonderful World of Makebelieve), and even those of us that have use the AO3 based software before may not have used all functionality (collections, gift exchanges, etc), I've put together a bunch of tutorials. More tutorials than you would have ever expected, but they're out there.

If you are interested, head over to the "Posting And Editing", section of The SquidgeWorld Archive FAQ.

Questions? You know where to hit me up!

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2020-11-08 12:34:41 -0500
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We are going live today! Huzzah!

As you may notice, there are still a few AO3isms hanging about. I'll be swatting those as soon as I can. But until then, enjoy the archive! And don't hesitate to contact us (links along the bottom) if you have issues or questions. And check out the FAQ for common questions and their answers!

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2020-11-05 11:00:51 -0500
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As I type this, the last few stories from Peja's Wonderful World of Makebelieve (aka The WWOMB) are being imported into SquidgeWorld Archive. The process was a long and arduous task that took a lot of investigation and a lot of coding to fit The WWOMB data into the software that The Organization for Transformative Works (the OTW) created. the process was also not without issues; some special characters such as the German character ß did not import properly. Slowly, over the next few weeks, these items will be fixed, either through an automated process or as people update their works.

If you have questions, head on over to our FAQ.

If your question isn't answered in the FAQ, contact us here.

And if you see some sort of abuse, such as spam or flaming, contact us here.

We will not open the archive to new folks just yet, but check back for invitations soon!

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