January 10, 2018 in Site News
The old chat had some nice features that I, and others, liked. However, it ate system resources like you wouldn’t believe. Think teenager after a sports even who also had a hollow leg. And then double or triple it. Nothing I tried seemed to rein it in.
Something had to be done.
Easier said than done. I tried a lot of alternatives. Spent days on research. Most either used the same amount of resources, weren’t coded well, were well out of date (R.I.P. X7Chat. I still love you. Who knows, someday I might find a way to bring you back from the dead.). Others were far too expensive. We have a good group of chatters here, which meant the good free alternatives were out, as we simple have too many people chatting at a time.
Like I’m going to complain about that. Writing can be a lonely thing. Having other writers to chat with means the world to me, and I think it means the same to the others members here. Long live word wars and 100-word jumps!
After much searching, I found a possible alternative. The new chat is now live on the chat page! At the moment it’s not tied to the user database here, but someday I’m hoping that will be possible. Even though it isn’t, you do not need to register anywhere to use it. However, doing so will allow you to do such things as upload an avatar, more user settings, and the ability of customizing your smileys. It’s your choice! The developers have been rather regular with updates, upgrades, new features, and new smileys.
Let me know what you think of it.
Have fun chatting and writing!
January 2, 2017 in Challenges
In many places around the world it is tradition to set goals for the upcoming year. Why not make one concerning your writing? So, here is the January Writing Groove Challenge:
Average Warp One of new material
- 250 words per day
- 2 chapters/scenes per day
- 2 pages a day
- 22 minutes per day (.37)
Choose one, choose more than one, the choice is up to you! Post how you are doing as you go along so your fellow writers can root you on.
Now, go have fun with your writing!
October 22, 2016 in Challenges
Ever wonder what those points at the top of each user profile mean?
They are challenge points, earned by participating in challenges and awarded at different levels of accomplishment. In the case of the profile points, this line lists the challenge points earned for the last 30 days.
For instance, for the word count challenge a writer earns an additional point for each Warp Speed level achieved per day. Example:
- 110 words per day = 1 challenge point (Impulse .5)
- 250 words per day = 2 challenge points (Warp 1)
The only writing challenges that don’t have earned tiered points are the publishing and submission challenges. The most that can be earned with them is 1 challenge point per day, hence the note on them to record only one per day so that you earn the maximum number of challenge points.
Along with the various writing challenge leaderboards, there are also challenge point leaderboards for the total points earned from all participated challenges.
September 10, 2016 in Site News
I tried to update security software and… BOOM!
Sorry about the downtime. Site is up and running now with challenges and leaderboards updating as expected. The database has been reverted to September 8th to ensure there isn’t any lingering problem. There was no data loss before September 8th. It is now safe to update on the site.
And yes, I’m taking steps to make sure this particular problem doesn’t happen again. ?