Site Updates Pt. 2

Since the size limit of the first thread has been reached, I’ll continue the listing of the changes of the site in this thread.

Comments, requests and bug reports can be posted in this thread or in a separate thread.

2020-10-18

  • The number of entries shown on the search list can now be configured
  • Medals, rated, favorite- and bookmarks are now also shown on the search results
  • Tried to make the rating panel more eyecatching again.

2020-10-17

  • Logo animation speed reduced to reduce load on browser
  • If “Theme->Disable pusling” is active, logo animation is reduced even further and will stop after a short while
  • The list of stories for authors (available through the author’s profile) will now show series first and also uses the usual filter for categories and blocked tags.
  • Various bug fixes

2020-10-03

  • Added tab for latest comments to the main page (endless scrolling)
  • Added tag with the list of authors who offer commissions to the main page
  • Respective tabs on the main page are highlighted if there are new stories, comments, or commissioning authors
  • New story or comments indicators (star or tab flashing) now also works with disabled cookies, if the user is logged in
  • Finetuned bookmark settings on touch displays
  • Finetuned pop up display to remind to rate a story
  • Added a “Deny Approval” button to the admin dialog including a message to the author why his story has been denied.
  • Various fixes and improvements

2020-09-27

  • Disabled the logo animation (spiral) for all browsers except Chrome >= 80 and FireFox >= 80 (as I could confirm it’s working there)

2020-09-26

  • Replaced the logo and lettering with a completely new design made by JoahTheo! Check out his twitter account here: https://twitter.com/joahtheo
  • Comments can now be reported and admins can take care of reported comments
  • List of “top rated” list will now properly reshuffle when the page is reloaded. The algorithm for the list has been tuned, too.

2020-09-20

  • Redesign of the main page
    • The paging has been replaced with endless scrolling
    • The “Top Rated” tab now displays the usual 5 featured top stories (which are replaced every other Saturday) but after that, an endless list of the top rated stories is now shown. This list is now adhering to the category selection and blocked tags setting.
    • The “Random” tab now shows an endless list of random stories taken from the whole archive. The previous “random selection” that changed once a week is no longer available.
    • More discussion about the changes on the main page: Main page redesigned and changed to "Endless scrolling"
  • Also redesigned the old “All stories” page into a new “All series & stories” page:
    • As the new page name implies, the page now lists series, but it can still be switched to the old list of individual stories.
    • The list adheres to all filters and selections
    • The table can be sorted by Author, series name and publishing date (the default).
    • It’s basically offering the same functionality as the old main page (and more) for everyone preferring to use paging instead of endless scrolling.
  • Many new and improved caching mechanisms to speed up the site and bring down the server load (which increased a lot due to the increased number of people visiting GSS).
  • Loads of internal refactoring, cleanups, bugfixings and optimizations.

2020-08-16

  • If someone chooses to sponsor a custom amount on Sponsus instead one of the predefined tiers, he’ll now get the appropriate exclusive functions enabled depending, too
  • New link “Rating categories explained” added to the rating panel. The text shown there is based on Mr. Sandmans recent posting.
  • Bugfixes

2020-08-05

  • Integrated Sponsus into GSS
  • Added a special funding page to explain the motivation and mechanics of sponsoring
  • Added subscription option for Authors and Series, email notification and a filter option (for “Special Features” sponsors only)
  • Added option to allow authors to promote their service to write stories on commission on their profile page. Also added a list of these commissionees.
  • Added new main menu item “Authors” which now contains all author-related functions.
  • Changed user icons: Author icon changed (pen in a square), added special icon for “Commissionee” (golden pen) and added icon for Special Feature supporters.
  • Many bugfixes and smaller changes.

2020-07-27

  • Ratings from logged on users count 5 times as much as those given from anon users. The reason for the change is that I’ve seen obvious attempts to “up-rate” certain stories using anon users.### 2020-07-15

2020-07-15

  • Removed Patreon from the site
  • Fixed serious bug which could swallow a submitted story text if there was some other field wasn’t properly filled. Now the text will show up again as submitted in that case.
  • Minimum number of tags raised to 4, one of the tags “1st”, “2nd” or “3rd person” now mandatory.
  • Story submission page does almost all checks client side now, i.e. the user gets feedback if something is missing even before the page is submitted.
  • Bugfix in handling story edit revisions (the Base version got updated even though it wasn’t supposed to).
  • Many optimizations for memory footprint and caching
  • Honor browser or OS setting to reduce animation (pulsing disabled if accessibility setting to disable animations is set).

2020-06-21

  • “List of favorite stories” (from a user’s profile or the user’s own list) now lists series with at least one story marked favorite, instead of listing the stories themselves
  • “Favourite” renamed to “Favorite” throughout the site
  • Favorite stories are now marked with a :+1: symbol in all lists
  • Rating markers (medals) and bookmark markers fetched asynchronously
  • Word counter now reflects the currently displayed revision
  • Reorganized code and other changes to improve performance
  • “Statistics” and “Admin panel” separated
  • “Active filter” message pop up reduced to once a week
  • “Safe mode” message pop up reduced to once every 3rd day
  • Updated to GORM 7.0.3
  • Various Bugfixes (for hidden authors and other stuff)

2020-06-13

  • Story Challenges now have the option to “hide authors”. Using that, all authors are hidden, until the final standings are available and shown.
  • Also, when this mode is active, each author can only submit a single story.
  • On the profile page, panels set to “private” don’t show up at all anymore.
  • Bugfixes

2020-06-07

  • Stories you’ve already rated are now marked with a blue checkmark (only when logged in!).
  • Added Amazon as an external link on the profile page.

2020-06-06

  • Redesign of the home page story list. For series, the latest story entry is now listed completely with summary and title, additionally to the series data.
  • All story listings now include the word count
  • On all places where single stories are listed, the series it belongs to is now also shown.
  • Direct links from third party sites (Discord, Facebook, Twitter etc.) to GSS’ stories and the personal user pages now include the author’s avatar picture.
  • The pulsing of the buttons for “Top Stories” and “Random stories” has been removed. An update of those contents is now shown using the usual green star.
  • In the User Profiles, most of the lists (top rated, most favorite etc.) now show the series, not the stories. This way, repeated listings of stories of the same series are avoided.
  • The list of bookmarked stories is now sorted by date of the bookmark (latest on top) by default.
  • The author name can now be changed directly on the user profile page (click the name)
  • Removed ‘Google Analytics’ (was used to collect usage statistics)
  • The site is now protected against attacks using CloudFlare
  • Bugfixes:
    • “Overall” ranking in the author’s ratings panel was showing wrong numbers.
    • For community series, the actual author of a chapter is now properly shown.
    • Menu bar is no longer obscuring the title of pop up modal dialogs on mobile devices.
    • Improved caching
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Unbelievable good improvements.

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Just awesome work making the site even better.

I love the series description being listed with individual chapters. That makes things less confusing.

I suspect everyone will be happy now that the pulsing is gone entirely. I personally liked it and thought it was useful, but I think I was in the minority.

Showing the word counts everywhere, and the different colours for the badges, is really nice.

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This is great Martin. Feeling inspired to go pick up an old series now.

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I really like all the changes in this update. (As an amusing note when I popped onto the site and didn’t see flashing I thought something had broke, haha.) Seeing story and series descriptions is awesome, as is word count. So yeah this was really cool. Thanks Martin, awesome job!

PS. As an idea I could see a locked to only you thread where all the updates are posted and then a commentary thread where comments are made. Though this might not be necessary and such. hehe

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What do the color backgrounds with the word counts mean?

It goes from green for low word-count stories to red for stories with high word counts.

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Another update, by request of myself:

Stories which are already rated (in at least three categories) are marked on all lists with a blue checkmark like this:

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That way you can easily see which stories you’ve already read (at least if you’re having the habit to rate the stories you read).

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2020-06-13

  • Story Challenges now have the option to “hide authors”. Using that, all authors are hidden, until the final standings are available and shown.
  • Also, when this mode is active, each author can only submit a single story.
  • On the profile page, panels set to “private” don’t show up at all anymore.
  • Bugfixes

Just uploaded a new update. The main focus for this update was performance.

Especially on the main page, switching pages or increasing the number of entries to 30 or 50 (at the bottom of the list) should be working much faster now, as some time consuming elements (like the rating medals) are loaded after the list is shown. As well as other performance increasing measurements.

And some small improvements here and there:

2020-06-21

  • “List of favorite stories” (from a user’s profile or the user’s own list) now lists series with at least one story marked favorite, instead of listing the stories themselves
  • “Favourite” renamed to “Favorite” throughout the site
  • Favorite stories are now marked with a :+1: symbol in all lists
  • Rating markers (medals) and bookmark markers fetched asynchronously
  • Word counter now reflects the currently displayed revision
  • Reorganized code and other changes to improve performance
  • “Active filter” message pop up reduced to once a week
  • “Safe mode” message pop up reduced to once every 3rd day

Favourite was probably as a result of my British/Canadian heritage way back when. Plus auto-correct forcing me to write in Canadian. Same thing happens with colour, although I always try to write color.

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What!?
Wait until her Majesty the Queen hears about this!

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I will no longer be her favourite I guess :slight_smile:

Okay, so I have to post this as I think its really hilarious. So since the update that added the notification I have had a 1 under my icon. I opened the tab, I looked around, I didn’t see anything that would indicate why it was there.

Well, I just decided to look deeper leading to me clicking the ‘view all’ button in the icon and then scroll down, and down, and down (since I have been a part of the forum since it was made) and then, there it was, an ‘announcement’ that I had not clicked on. Clicked on it and now my number is gone. lol

So yeah, just figured I’d share this bit of personal derp! :slight_smile:

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On a completely unrelated note, hence me putting it in its own post, but I was wondering if maybe there could be a keyword based on pov in the story, like dom or sub or whatever words we want to use. I ask because its kind of getting frustrating to read a synopsis and think ‘oh this is gonna be cool’ only to realize almost immediately that the pov is from the character who I don’t want to follow. And while I mostly back out and go on when it happens a lot it starts making it frustrating to surf the site.

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You can always add tags yourself, but I rely on the author (abd the readers) for proper usage of tags.

If you want to add some tags like pov-sub or pov-dom (I wouldn’t use more than that), that’s fine with me.

But I guess we’d have to establish them in some existing stories as well, so they get some useful usage.

I was thinking the same thing recently, Heru_Kane, even though I’m pretty sure I have opposite tastes from you. I don’t really think in terms of “dom” and “sub,” but even when I’m reading stories with themes I love (like mass recruitment), it makes a HUGE difference to me whether it all comes from the perspective of the Master (usually boring as hell, IMO) or whether we get at least some of it from the perspective of the MC victim (which can be done even if the story is told in 3rd person narration). I know I recently read a story that sounded like it would be great based on the tags and summary, and then I was bitterly disappointed when it only focused on the Master’s POV (and I think I unfairly took some of that disappointment out on the author in the comments section).

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Ok, then any better suggestions for the tags for pov-controller and pov-controlee?

Maybe pov-controlled instead of pov-controllee.