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Major Site Changes

*blows dust off the journal*

There are big changes being made and I am trying to reach as many members as possible. Please read.



Mod Consolidation

The story and art moderator jobs have been combined into one role, the Media Moderator. Kasey, Yumeko, Starsea and kelleh have all been transitioned into this new role. The Media Moderator handles the processing of submissions for the Library, Gallery, and Portal, as well as the evaluation of any rule violation reports submitted for items in those areas. Any future moderators added to the team will be expected to handle all three types of submissions.



Update Model

The site has officially been switched from the weekly update model to the rolling updates model. This means that new stories and artwork accepted by the moderators will be available in the Library and Gallery immediately and listed on the New Artwork/Writing pages without any delay. New items will no longer have to wait for a Sunday update before they are available to the public. New items will remain on the New pages for 60 days.



Library/Gallery Changes

In addition to the update model switch, the Top lists for stories and artwork have been expanded to include 100 items rather than the previous 25. The Elite Library has been removed entirely. After four years it has proven to be unnecessary.



Site Reboot

Finally, the biggest announcement of all. I plan to do a complete redesign of the entire community, from scratch. I want to split away from the open-source SMF forum base we've been using and migrate to something developed in-house that will be completely customizable and more resistant to spam bots. In addition, there are many bugs and things I would like to do with the site that are impossible the way I designed it when I was new to PHP. A ground-up redesign is the most efficient solution.

Stories, artwork, reviews and user accounts will be migrated to the new system, but the final product will look and function completely different from what we have now. Essentially, we will have a new site - which is why, while we're at it, I would like to change the name of the community itself. ".moon" has never been a very good name for us. I fell in love with it as a potential name for a Sailormoon fansite and stubbornly used it for a project it didn't really fit. The redesign will give us an opportunity to finally change the name.

I have created a special forum for discussion of the upcoming site reboot. We will be coming up with a new name for the community, so I have hidden the forum so potential domain names won't get snatched up by squatters before we have a chance to get them. I would grant everyone access en masse, but we do have some spam accounts among us. I would love for everyone to participate in the design of the new site. Please tell me you are interested and I will grant you access to the hidden forum. I will add everyone who asks. I'm only doing this behind closed doors because I don't want us to get our hearts set on a new community name only to have the domain taken from us.

Please, if you have any passing interest at all, ask to be added to the group. This community belongs to everybody and I want everybody to have a say in its future.


Database Unavailable

You may have noticed the site is down due to database errors. I've submitted a support ticket to the host.

ETA: Looks like we're back. Hopefully we'll stay that way.

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UFO Awards - 2007 Best Overall results!

At long last, the 2007 UFO Awards are complete! I am pleased to announce the results for Best Overall fanfiction of the year:

First Place: "Only In The World of Dragons" by atruwriter
Second Place: "Of Course" by insidiae
Third Place: "Only in Hyrule" by CrazygurlMadness

The award badges for the Best Overall round can be seen here. Congratulations to the winners!

This concludes the 2007 UFOs. Nominations for the 2008 awards will run through January 31st.

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Updates for 10/19/08

The weekly update for October 19, 2008 has been run.

New material has been added to the library for the following fandoms: Harry Potter, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailormoon, and Yu-Gi-Oh.

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Harry Potter, football, baseball, Red Alert 3, and Indiana Jones.

Also in the forums: NaNoWriMo, politics, the dating game, and movie/lyrics guessing games.

Website news: A child board has been added to the Writer's Block for discussion of NaNoWriMo. If you're doing NaNo this year, come join us! The entry period for the Autumn Challenges is ending soon, be sure to get your entries in!

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


Updates for 10/5/08

The weekly update for October 5, 2008 has been run.

New material has been added to the library for the following fandoms: Harry Potter, Sailormoon, and Yu-Gi-Oh (as well as some original work).

New artwork has been added to the gallery for the following fandoms: Harry Potter.

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Harry Potter, the NFL, House M.D., GREEK, and general manga.

Also in the forums: NaNoWriMo, politics, the dating game, riddles and movie/lyrics guessing games.

Website news: dotmoon.net is now officially three years old. In celebration of the community's birthday, a new default theme and look has been applied to the entire site. In addition, the Library now contains a poetry section for all your poetic needs. :)

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


Updates for 9/28/08

The weekly update for September 28, 2008 has been run.

New stories or chapters have been added to the library for the following fandoms: Firefly, Harry Potter, Sailormoon, and Ah! My Goddess/Bubblegum Crisis/Ranma 1/2 (crossover).

New artwork has been added to the gallery for the following fandoms: Harry Potter.

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Harry Potter, Sailormoon, and Max.

Also under discussion: Football, unusual music, general manga, plot bunnies, the outlining process, and politics.

Website news: The site will be going down for maintenance this Thursday night, starting at 11 PM CST. Maintenance downtime will probably last several hours. Be sure to check in on Friday for .moon's third birthday celebration!

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


Updates for 9/21/08

Lots of new members and fresh activity lately! :D

The weekly update for September 21, 2008 has been run.

New stories or chapters have been added to the library for the following fandoms: Avatar, Harry Potter, Sailormoon, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Harry Potter, Delerium, and Red Alert 3.

Also under discussion: Football, the legal system, political candidates, and the ongoing Dating Game. Also, congrats to our moderator Storm on the birth of his son. :)

Website news: Best Overall voting for the 2007 UFO Awards is in progress. The Autumn Challenges for writing and artwork have begun; entries are due by the end of October.

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


The "Best of Fandom" winners have been announced!

The UFO Awards website has been updated to include labels for all the winners on the Archives page. Click here to go there.

If you would like to see all the pretty badges I made for the winners, click here. (Heavy graphics warning.)

There is a plain-text listing of the winners in the discussion thread on the .moon forum, click here to join us there.

Congrats to all the winners! :)

In addition, the second round of voting is now open! The "Best Overall" ballot is made up of the First Place winners of the Best of Fandom round. Voters are required to read all of the eligible stories before voting. More details are available in the discussion thread or on the UFO Awards website.

Happy reading and voting!

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Updates for 8/31/08

Taking another stab at being regular with these things...

The weekly update for August 31, 2008 has now been run.

New stories or chapters have been added to the library for the following fandoms: Harry Potter, Instant Star, Sailormoon, and Princess Tutu (as well as some original work).

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Harry Potter and Twilight.

Website news: The UFO Awards are a bit behind schedule, but things are moving forward. All the 2007 nominees have been notified of the Best of Fandom winners, and the Best Overall voting round will begin before the week is out. The winners list for the first round will also be made public at that time.

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


Updates for 7/13/08

The weekly update for July 13, 2008 has now been run.

New stories or chapters have been added to the library for the following fandoms: Chronicles of Narnia, Princess Tutu, Ronin Warriors, Sailormoon, and The Naked Brothers Band (as well as some original work).

New artwork has been added to the gallery for the following fandoms: Ai Yori Aoshi and Sailormoon (as well as some original work).

The following fandoms are currently under discussion in the forums: Avatar, Evangelion, Bokurano, Vampire Knights, So You Think You Can Dance? and Batman (The Dark Knight).

Also under discussion: Baseball, Funimation's takeover of several anime titles, and fanfic vs. original fic.

Website news: The submission period for the Summer Challenge is ending soon; be sure to get your entries in.

Catch up on it all at dotmoon.net.


About .moon

dotmoon.net is a multi-fandom community that provides a fanfiction library, a fanart gallery, a directory of links and a forum. Founded in 2005, .moon also hosts the annual UFO Awards for fanfiction and is constantly being improved with new features.

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