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Posts tagged anonymous review policy subjects fanfic writers to abuse
June 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

It turns out Amazon isn’t the only site with a problem with trolls infesting anonymous reviews. Last night I received an email from a fanfic writer who was concerned over the anonymous guest reviewing function on She wrote that a friend of hers had just received a guest review wishing her seven-year-old son dead, and included a list of many other obnoxious guest reviews she’d seen on stories. Just one example: You deserve to be beat and killed also for writing shit like this obviously you are a cheating whore because people write what... blocks FLAG fanfic e-book converter, disallows copying and pasting
November 5, 2013 | 8:47 pm

fanfictionWe’ve run a couple of articles about useful apps that can turn fanfiction posted at popular online fanfiction repositories into e-books readable on portable devices. But lately, it seems that one of the most popular fanfiction repositories,, has taken issue with one of the more popular downloading tools, the Fanfiction Lightweight Automated Grabber (FLAG). FLAG admin Steven Gilberd posts an email exchange he had with’s administrators. When he originally developed the tool in 2008, Gilberd asked for and received permission from to allow the tool to operate. However, has suddenly changed its tune, saying, “Please note it...

How to download properly-formatted fanfiction the easy way
February 11, 2013 | 11:00 am

Fanfiction is one of the easiest sources of free reading to track down online. I use it liberally to stretch my e-reading dollars, and if you are selective, you can find enough good writing to keep you in reading material for a long time. Traditionally, one of the downsides of fanfiction is getting the stories to your e-reader quickly, easily and well formatted. Anyone remember a little executable file called Interparse? It made converting list-serve email files into decent text documents relatively easy. I say "relatively" because a decade ago, I would occasionally spend as much time on file conversion as...

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