Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Status - Did Not Finish

Every year around this time, I take a look at my reading for the year. Unfortunately, this was a big year for DNF (Did Not Finish). In the past, I identified these books with a 1-star rating. Since I had so many of them this year, I began to think about it a little more and decided it probably wasn't fair of me to give these books one star. Maybe they are great books, but just not for me. Huh. So how I would I denote these books? I obviously needed a new status code. Lucky for me, I can add status codes whenever I want. You will now see the new Status Code (D) for did not finish.

What other status codes make sense, but are missing from FictionDB? Let me know and I'll see about getting them added.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Need to get in touch with us?

If you have a problem with the site and need some help, please use the help desk.

http://www.fictiondb.com/helpdesk/

Just open a ticket and we'll answer any questions you may have.

The blog is not the place for getting questions answered. Most of the comments received here are SPAM and your question could get lost in the middle of it.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

FictionDB Gets an Upgrade

You might have noticed some minor changes around the site this morning. We upgraded the behind-the-scenes software last night.

With the rise of mobile browsing, it's important for the site to be useful in a mobile environment. The site will now automatically scale itself to the size of the device you are using. If you're using a phone, the main navigation bar at the top will collapse and the navigation bar will be available through this icon at the top right of the screen.

Visitors using really old browsers will still be able to access the site, but it won't be pretty. Older browsers may not be able to show our search pages. I would recommend using the Google site search tool on the advanced search page. If you can't view that page then use Google to find what you're looking for. To find an author type "Nora Roberts FictionDB" into Google. You can then link directly to the page you are looking for.

Please let us know if you are experiencing any other trouble with the site.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The New Search Is Ready for Its Close-Up!

We've just finished our preliminary redesign of the New Advanced Search. We think it's pretty awesome, but we won't know that for sure until you give it a good test drive.

You now have the ability to search on multiple genres and time periods at the same time. You can also exclude genres and time periods you'd like taken out of the results.

We've added a new section to the search page called "Refine Your Search". Take some time tabbing back and forth between all the genres and time period sections. You can add as many options from any of the tabs as you'd like. All genres and time periods are included by default, so if you're looking to do a quick search, you don't need to choose anything in this section.




In the example above, I've included Historical Mystery (a check in the first column -- green check) and excluded Historical Romance (a check in the second column -- red X) . Obviously, these categories are only as good as the underlying data, so if you spot inconsistencies volunteer to become a site editor!

Click on the orange Directions button for a quick reminder on what the columns are used for.

Please feel free to let us know how the New Search is working for you. Have a great idea for other searching options? Let us know that too...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Site Outage Friday Aug. 16

We will be moving the site to a new, more powerful system tomorrow night, August 16, starting at 7:00 p.m. P.D.T.

Members will be unable to login to their accounts, but all FictionDB general information will be available through the entire process. Once we have moved all the member information, we will allow logins again.

Once logins are available again, we will post additional information for those who can't wait for the internet to see the "new" site location -- a process that could take up to 12 hours.

Thanks for your patience!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Giant Robots Attack FictionDB!

Sounds like a science fiction plot, doesn't it? Unfortunately for us, it's been science fact for the last couple of days. You might have heard of Denial of Service attacks -- it's when a robot sends thousand of spiders at the same time to a website. Under normal circumstances, our infrastructure can handle spikes in traffic, but this was way out of the ordinary. So when will it end? Well, we don't know exactly, but we've done everything we can to minimize the site outages. Don't worry, the robots aren't interested in hacking into the site, they're just trying to be disruptive -- and they have succeeded!

What this has also done is made us assess our current hardware. We'd like to think that this was a one-time deal, but it's probably not. This morning we purchased brand new, sparkly, super-fast hardware. It will take us a couple of days to get FictionDB up and running on the new hardware. You can expect some downtime later in the week when we move your personal lists to the new machine. We'll keep you posted on that as we go along.

So, BAD for the short term and GOOD for the long term.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

FictionDB Technical Problems - Aug 11

We are experiencing some technical difficulties today.

We will get the problems resolved as quickly as we can.

Sorry for the inconvenience!