Some updates and Refuge bugs (yes, we have them)First, some tweaking: I fiddled with the main page layout organization. I moved the old slash exchanges to the main page, so people can actually find them (hooray!). Additionally, I tweaked the submissions guidelines. There are no changes, I just edited for clarity on multiple chapter-submission rules. If you've got any questions, as always, feel free to email me. As for the bug, I'm sure most of you have noticed, but I figure a reminder is always a good thing. There are some bugs around this place that are a bit beyond my technical ability to fix. (Any volunteers who happen to know PHP and mySQL?) I know it's annoying, but the biggest one is the special characters issue. Basically what happens is that any special characters (curly quotation marks/apostrophes, em- and en-dashes, ellipses, and so on) don't work properly in our system, and show up as other, completely random symbols in most browsers. If you're reading a fic that's got question marks where they don't seem to belong, that's why. Unfortunately, since I don't know how to fix it, we're stuck with living with it. I know it's a pain in the tuchas, believe me, but I'd like to ask authors to please check their fics as they submit them to try and catch these characters. Basically, anything that auto-corrects in Word is likely to be a problem in the archive. But if you're stuck on having the special characters, the archive does accept most HTML tags, so those are always an option. You can google or email me to find out how those work. We won't be rejecting fics that have special character issues, since that's a technical problem and not a writing one, but I would urge people to please, please check their fics for quirks as you submit, and may remind people about this even as they're accepted.
--B on 03.14.2008 - 10:02PM