We are looking into ways to prevent a repeat in future.
Original news item:
We are aware of a problem that seems to have begun early this morning (GMT) where people trying to reach the site with their Android devices -- tablets and smartphones -- are being redirected to a Russian porn site.
We are both currently in our respective workplaces, and will look into it properly as soon as we can tonight.
In the meantime, if you are able to switch your 'user agent' in your browser from mobile or custom to 'desktop' this appears to prevent the redirect from occurring. To do this you will need to go into the browser and then into the settings.
The information for signing up with an LJ account and about the ficathon is here.
The non-LJ sign up post is here.
You can delete your anonymous spam 'reviews' by going into your affected stories and clicking on Delete. We would very much appreciate if you could do that rather than asking us to delete them for you-- unfortunately e-fiction does not allow us to easily bulk delete reviews, there is always a chance we will catch a genuine review.
It's a hassle for all of us-- we're doing what we can to sort things out for those who need help removing spam and if you can help us out on clearing it from your own stories that would be tremendously helpful.
We are investigating this, and will update you as soon as we know more. In the meantime, if you have an account already, you may want to log in to leave reviews.
Normal service will resume sometime after the haze clears -- probably the middle of next week. In the meantime, try not to break anything ;-)
New pairing categories are added if there are a certain number of stories in the archive containing that pairing - at the moment, it's around 10 but changes depending on how big the archive gets. In addition, pairing categories are only added if one (in the case of Character/other) or both (Character A/Character B) characters are included in the list of characters on the site.
A new character is added to the list if they meet the following criteria:
--The character is in several episodes (as in, at least five) of Stargate: Atlantis, where they make some kind of significant contribution, rather than just being the same face in the background or with the occasional line.
--The character must have both a first and last name in canon. (An exception was made in the case of Major Lorne, because he has been in several episodes of Stargate: SG1 as well as SGA, and has made significant contributions, despite never being given a first name in canon. Yet. We're waiting ::g::)
--The character must have had a number of stories submitted to the archive that feature him or her in a significant role.
I hope that explains the process. As usual, if you have any questions about this or anything else to do with the archive, please don't hesitate to contact the archivists. :)
There is a rule against flaming. This rule is enforced, even if you flame anonymously. Not that you will see this message, as I've just banned your IP address.
If you do manage to log on with another IP address and try to flame again, I'll simply ban that one too.
Dear Everyone Else:
Ceiling cat is watching you.
No character bashing stories. Character bashing includes, but is not limited to, making characters look bad because you think that they are a threat to your OTP or your favourite character; making characters look bad because you think it makes your favourite character look good in comparison; characters acting severely out of character - plotting murder, committing rape, beating the hell out of people - for no good reason that is explained in the story when there is no indication in canon that they would behave in such a way. Please note that this does not mean that we don't accept dark stories, but if your canon character reads as though they are cackling wildly and swirling a black mustache, or weeps, wails and has a streak of yellow ten foot wide while someone else saves the day, you've probably crossed the line into character bashing.
I'm putting it here because we've had a very small run of character-bashing stories lately, but a run nonetheless, and it therefore seemed time to remind everyone that it is not something this archive can accept.
Given the above, if you are going to post a story where you feel you need to warn the audience that you are bashing a character, you are breaking the archive rules. Please don't do it. :)
Edited to Add: We are not planning on removing any stories already in the archive--if they are here, it's because we've already gone over them and found them compliant with the archive rules. This was a reminder for anyone considering posting a new story.
A solitary figure slumps desolately over a keyboard, lit with a single spotlight to enhance the ambiance of isolation. The only sound to be heard is an eerie 'tap tap tap'
Author: Please R&R!
Archivist: *sends a nicely worded 'please read the rules' mail*
Archivist: *edits story to remove rule breaking and validates*
Act One, Scene Two
Author: Give me feedback or I won't write more!
Archivist: *sends politely worded 'no' letter pointing to the rules and possibly pointing out that this is why we have the rule in the first place*
Archivist: *deletes* *deletes* *deletes*
*clash of dramatic cymbals*
*fade to black...*
The moral of the story: Don't make us into Cybermen, boys and girls.