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17th April 2018

v3.8.5 - Login Recaptcha Changes and Minor Things

1
Added age at time of writing
The writer's age at time of submission now appears under the 'About The Author' block on the story page.
2
Added total stats to 'Your Submissions' page
The total number of recommendations, favorites, reviews, and views that a story has received will now appear at the top right of the table on the 'Your Submissions' page.
3
Login security recaptcha only shows after 5 failed attempts
The login recaptcha will show after 5 failed logins every 24 hours.
28th March 2018

v3.8.4 - List of users who have favorited/recommended story, and more

1
Added list of users who have recommended / favorited stories
You can now see who has recommended / favorited stories.
2
Added 'add/remove' friend button on conversation and story pages
Helping to better connect users.
3
Added privacy options for stories
You can now change whether your story is fully listed, partially, or completely private.
23rd March 2018

v3.8.3 - New story status, fixes, and loads more

1
Added 'Approved with issues' moderation status
Due to the overwhelming amount of stories that have quality issues, but aren't easily dismissed, a new status has been added. Stories that have quality issues will be marked as 'Approved with issues,' and will only show up in the author's profile rather than the whole site. You will be able to request admin review for full approval by editing the story and amending any issues.
2
Added link to story reviews on the "Your Stories" page
Story listings on the "Your Stories" page now feature a link to view reviews on the story reviews page.
3
Added highest and lowest rating ordering to "Your Stories" page
You can now order by highest and lowest rating on the "Your Stories" page under "Your Account".
4
Added recommendation notification
Submission recommendations now appear in notifications.
5
Added friends' latest stories on account homepage
First step to making the friend system more relevant and interactive.
6
Updated review comments layout
Looks snazzier, I hope.
7
Updated "About This Story" layout
Improved layout and now features read time, reviews and recommendations count.
8
Fixed notification settings
They weren't updating properly.
9
Fixed category RSS links
10
Fixed broken email links
Links in some emails, such as the "Fix Issues" button, were broken. They are now fixed.
11
Removed reCaptcha requirement for Trusted users when sending new message
12
Removed conversation list when reading messages on mobile devices
It was just getting the way, having to scroll past it every time someone viewed a conversation thread.
13
Profile picture on profile now clickable
You can view a larger version of users' profile pictures by clicking on it on the profile page. Larger versions are saved from here on, so you will have to re-upload if you've uploaded your avatar before this update.
23rd September 2017

v3.8.2

1
Improved story listings on the "Your Submission" page under Your Account.
Story listings on the "Your Submissions" page now feature more details.
2
Fixed broken RSS feeds
Our RSS feeds were a little malformed. They've been touched up to appear correctly again.
3
Fixed error that prevented reviews received and given tabs on user profiles from being loaded.
A slippery fish that occurred when user wasn't logged in.
17th September 2017

v3.8.1 - Story Listing, Bookmark, and Various Design Updates

1
Story listing layout updated
The story listing is now neater and more aesthetically pleasing.
2
Advanced bio added to profile area
You can now add an 'advanced bio' to your profile by going to profile settings under the account settings tab.
3
Genres page layout updated
Just so it's better than what it was.
4
Bookmarks design improved
The bookmark tab now pops out from the side and looks better. It also has a 'clear bookmarks' option and shows the last time you visited a bookmark.
5
Removed Amazon ads
6
Added highest rated and most reviewed as tabs to homepage
7
Removed proper time formatting requirement in submission guidelines
8
Neatened the order by links in profile area
9
Contact us page message box character limit increased
10
Story action and share buttons changed at bottom of story
30th March 2017

v3.8 - Friends, AMP, Musings, and Minor Changes

1
Added Friends Functionality
Friends system has been implemented. Friend requests will appear in the top right, next to notifications. Right now, the system is limited to sending and receiving friends, so it's pretty barebones. In the future there will probably be additional functionality with the friends system, such as sharing stories with friends only, seeing online friends, etc.
2
Implemented AMP
AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is all the hype in the world of Google and mobile browsing. Basically, it is a highly-optimized version of the page, specifically for mobile phone users. You may notice that some pages in Google display AMP in their listings. AMP has been implemented for story pages.
3
Fixed HTML Validation Issues
Errors were found when testing the site in the W3C validator, so these have been fixed.
4
Changed "Read Time" text on listings to icon
5
Added Musing Literature Type
6th March 2017

v3.7.2 - User Profile Redesign and Cover Pictures

1
Redesigned the user profile
The user profile is now much more aesthetically pleasing and functional.
2
Cover picture added to profile and settings
Users can now add a cover picture to their profile page to make it more personalised and visually pleasing.
3
User directory listings redesigned
User profile listings in the user directory have been re-designed to include avatar and cover picture.
27th February 2017

v3.7.1 - Additional Search Filters and Ages on Listings

1
Added author age to listings
In story listings with banners, authors will now have their age displayed next to their name.
2
Added story length to search filters
On the story search page, you can now filter by story length via the minimum and maximum word length options.
3
Added author age to search filters
You can now also filters by author age via minimum and maximum age filters.
4
Added more timespans to the 'Newer Than' search filter
Just some additional timespans.
5
Fixed read time on story search
The read time was always under a minute, regardless of the word count. This has been fixed.
21st February 2017

v3.7 - Notifications, Fixes, and Adjustments

User notifications are in.
1
Added user notifications
Users will now receive notifications when their stories are moderated, reviewed, or favorited. They will appear globally in the top right under the bell icon. Which notifications a user receives can be configured in the notifications preferences section in account settings.
2
Mobile menu fixes
The main menu on mobiles has been tweaked to iron out some issues.
3
Time on reviews, comments and private messages
The date on reviews, review comments, and private messages now follow a "time ago" format that is updated live.
4
Fixed pagination on profile filters
An issue with the pagination on the filters on user profiles prevented loading any page other than the first. This has been fixed.
5
AJAX Reviews
Reviews at the bottom of stories are now loaded in using AJAX, meaning they won't load in until you've scrolled to that point of the page.
6
Review comments length increase
Review comments can now be up to 2,000 characters in length.
7
Review comments can be removed
Users can now remove their comments on reviews.
8
Highest rated on genres and categories fixed
They were accidentally left reading the old rating system. They now read ratings from the new review system.
9
Bookmarks show author name
15th February 2017

v3.6.2 - Minor Updates

1
Users can no longer interact with stories that haven't been approved
Users can no longer post reviews, favorite, or recommend stories that have not been approved.
2
Added story length to story filters on profile
On user profiles, you can now order stories by their length.
14th February 2017

v3.6.1 - Profile Filters and User Blocking Extended

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Filters on profiles
User profiles now have options to filter and order stories and reviews.
2
User blocking extended to reviews
When a user is blocked, they can no longer leave reviews on stories by the person who blocked them, and vice versa.
3
User blocking button on profile
The block button is now on the profile, instead of being exclusively on the message screen.
8th February 2017

v3.6 - User Blocking and Minor Fixes

1
User Blocking
Users can now block each other from sending messages via the messaging screen.
2
Fixed a date issue on messages
Minor fix to the messages screen where it'd unnecessarily show "Yesterday" or "* days ago" multiple times.
3
Fixed special characters in messages
Fixed bug where messages didn't parse special characters.
4
Category and genre tooltips
Category and genre descriptions now appear as tooltip on submit story page. Unpolished, but handy for the ones that currently exist.
5
Reviews on the profile page are now paginated.
For people who accrued many reviews incoming and outgoing, this will be very helpful.
6
Implemented gender icons on profile
7
Star ratings now adhere to decimals
Ratings on the site now outputs star rating based on decimal instead of rounded number
8
Fixed read time for under one minute
Read time on story listings now shows if it is under 1 minute (<1m).
9
Fixed homepage 'Highest Rated' read time
Fixed a bug on the 'Highest Rated' tab where the incorrect read time was displayed.
20th January 2017

Minor Updates

1
Reviews under story title
The star rating and review count of a story now appears underneath the story's title for stories that have no banner.
2
Fixed blank story description listings for certain stories
Certain older stories that have no description are supposed to have a small excerpt of the beginning of the story to fill the void. A bug meant that it was not showing and showed as just "... (continued)".
12th January 2017

Minor Update

1
Made the story title bolder
4th January 2017

Ratings in Story Search

1
Ordering by 'Highest Rated' adapted to reviews system
Ordering by 'Highest Rated' will now order stories according to the ratings received using the reviews system. Until we had accumulated enough reviews, I'd left it to remain ordered by the old star rating system which has been disused since the implementation of reviews.
19th October 2016

SSL Encryption Enabled

1
SSL Implemented
Feel secure knowing that your communication with the website is now encrypted. Notice the HTTPS in the address and green padlock next to it.
13th June 2016

User Preferences Updates

Minor updates to user preferences.
1
Account Settings/Preferences Layout Change
The account settings page has been segmented into different sections.
2
Email Preferences
Users can now change their email preferences via the account settings area. You can decide which types of emails that you want to receive.
8th June 2016

Minor Updates

1
Added Recaptcha to New Message Form
This is to future-proof messaging against spam, as well as prevent duplicate submissions from eager clickers.
2
Fixed Messaging Textarea Resize Bug
Fixed an annoying bug where the textarea wouldn't scale back down after a long message.
3
Added Submission Guidelines Page
The link is in the footer section.
3rd June 2016

v3.5 - Messaging

User messaging and minor changes.
1
User Messaging
Users can now message each other using the messaging system. Message threads will automatically load new messages every ten seconds while you are viewing them.
2
Fixed Negative Story Count
Users who had pending-moderation stories removed had their story count negated, despite it never incorporating the story to begin with. This caused negative story counts for people with low story counts. It has now been fixed.
3
Minor Story Listing Aesthetic Changes
The story title style has been changed to make it more prominent.
4
Improved Email Notification Design
Story moderation emails (such as notifications of story approval) now look pretty. Email notifications will be extended to more functions later on.
5
Not-Yet-Approved Stories No Longer Appear Anywhere
There was a bug where stories that hadn't been approved were still appearing in certain sections. This has been fixed.
6
Minimum Age for Registration Set to 14
Currently, only users that are 14 years and older can register on Short Stories 101.
18th May 2016

v3.4 - Banner Images Gallery and Your Stories Filtration

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Random Image Gallery for New Submissions That Don't Have Banner
Don't have a banner image to hand when submitting a story? No problem. After a successful submission, users will be greeted with a gallery of random images from unsplash.it, a royalty-free image service. The selection can be refreshed to bring forward more images if none are suitable.
2
Filtering Options for Stories in Your Account
Authors who have many stories can now easily filter through their story listings that appear on the "Your Stories" page in the "Your Account" section.
3
Pagination for Stories on Profiles
Stories on users' profiles that number more than twelve are now separated by pages.
16th May 2016

v3.3 - Featured Stories, Story Banners, and More

Improvements to the story listing aesthetics, as well as various new features and tweaks.
1
Story Listing Design Update
Story listings across the site now use a grid layout, incorporating story banners, as well as additional information such as current rating/reviews and read time.
2
Featured Stories
Stories may now be featured if they meet the expectations for garnering such a title.
3
Additional Search Options
The search page now has filters for poem and featured stories.
4
Sortable Stories in Your Account
Users can now sort stories from A-Z, as well as by number of recommendations, favourites, etc. Simply click the label at the top of the table.
5
Average Rating on Profile
Users now have their average review rating under 'Statistics' in their profile.
6
Fixed Forgot Password
An error appeared when a user reset their password using the forgot password form. The password did indeed reset, but a blank page would have folllowed. This problem has now been fixed and users using this facility will be greeted with a success message.
8th May 2016

v3.2 - Last Online, Reviews on Profile, and More

A few improvements and new features.
1
Fan Fiction Category
Added fan fiction category as requested by one of our members.
2
Story 'Recommend' Button
Users can now 'recommend' stories. Recommended stories will appear under the 'Recommended' tab in the profile. Recommendations are intended to become an important metric later on.
3
Reviews Given and Reviews Received On Profile
Two new tabs have been added to users' profile pages: Reviews Given and Reviews Received.
4
Last Online
You can now see who is online via their profile, or the green circle next to their username around the site. Online users can also be viewed in a list via the user directory (see site footer).
5
Loading Bar
A loading bar will appear at the top of the page when an on-page event occurs, such as bookmarking, favoriting, etc.
6
Fixed White Dropdown Bug
Fixed a minor aesthetic bug that caused the top navigation bar dropdowns to stick with a white background after they'd been closed.
7
Smoother Loading on Account and Profile Pages
The browser will no longer have to reload, thanks to the implementation of AJAX navigation in these areas.
8
Social Media Links on Profiles
Users can now update their profile with links to their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn profiles via the Account Settings page.
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Average Rating on Profile
User profiles now display the average rating that they've received from reviews of their stories.
26th April 2016

v3.1 - Story Reviews, Banners, and More

Version 3.1 of ShortStories101.com ushers in story reviews, banners, enhanced functionality, and layout.
1
Story Reviews
You can now review stories, along with a star rating. The ratings bar has been removed from the bottom of stories, and has been superseded by the story reviews system.
2
Story Banners
Stories may now have banners (or cover pictures) that are featured at the top of the story page. Simply edit the story and look to the bottom right of the page where it says 'Featured Image'. You can upload any size image, as long as it fits a minimum of 818 pixels in width, 415 pixels in height, up to a maximum of 5000 pixels and 5mb in file size - it will be automatically scaled and optimized to fit. These pictures also appear when you share the story on social media, and in the future, they will be implemented on the story listings throughout the site.
3
Updated Story Page Design
Story pages now have a simpler, more-streamlined design that also incorporates the new story banner.
4
More Avatar Flexibility
Uploaded images for avatars do not have to be the exact size; it's automatically scaled and optimized. Also, you can now remove your avatar if you wish to do so.
5
Story Autosave
If you're writing a new story or updating one previously submitted, changes will be autosaved incase something happens, such as a browser crash. Autosaves will be valid for one day.
6
Converted from BBcode to HTML
Stories are now parsed in HTML instead of BBcode. The BBcode editor had various issues, so hopefully this resolves them.
7
Enhanced Story WYSIWYG Editor
You now have more options to format your stories with in the story editor.
8
Fixed Sharing Icons
They were not setup correctly before, but now they are.
9
Fixed Story Word Count
It wasn't quite counting correctly before, but now it works as intended.
10
Story Rejection Reason and Reconsideration
If your story has not been approved by a moderator, a reason may be given that will appear above the story. You can also request remoderation by fixing the issues on the story editing page.
11th April 2016

Profile Gender Fix

1
Female Gender Fix on Profile
The female gender will now appear correctly on profile pages, whereas before it appeared as male (oops!)
4th April 2016

Minor Updates

Some small adjustments to fix bugs and neaten the backend.
1
Fixed jumping side block on story page
The fixed scrolling side block on the story pages was jumping and not functioning correctly. This issue has now been fixed. It will also stop when it reaches the bottom of the story, instead of the bottom of the page.
2
Story description requirements relaxed
The length requirements for story descriptions has been relaxed to between 15 and 200 characters.
3
Implemented schema
Each story page now contains 'schema' which will assist various web applications, such as Google, in identifying and displaying your story data in the way that they see fit.
4
Implemented user tagline
User's can now enter a tagline (a short description) in their profiles by going to Account Settings. This replaces the lengthier user bios, which will now appear as paragraphed text in the 'Bio' block on the user profile page.
1st April 2016

v3 - New and Improved Design and Functionality

Major updates to the website's design and functionality have been released.
1
New design and layout
Revamped design that's tailored to be modern, intuitive and user-friendly. Changes include new logo and colour scheme.
2
Story bookmarking
Registered users can now bookmark stories to read later by clicking the bookmark icon next to the story listings. Can also be bookmarked from the story page. Bookmarks can be viewed and removed in the top right menu across all pages.
3
Story reporting
Users can now flag inappropriate or spammy stories.
4
Added the 'Trusted User' badge
Users who wield the 'Trusted Users' badge have proven themselves to be competent writers who adhere to the website rules. Their stories will be automatically approved.
5
Added gender to user profiles
Users can now select their gender to be featured on their profile.
6
Added 'recently viewed stories' to account page
Keep track of the stories that you've read by going to the 'Recently Viewed Stories' section in your account.
7
Added star sign to user profiles
Star signs are automatically calculated by the user's given birthday and will appear on their profile.
8
Added new genres
New genres include: 'Autobiography', 'Informative', and 'Non-Fiction'
9
Added new categories
New categories include: 'Factual' and 'Serious
10
Improved story editor
Replaced the old WYSIWYG editor that caused some problems.
11
Added changelog
For anyone interested in keeping track of website updates.
12
Fixed search functionality
Fixed the abnormal behavior it was exhibiting, especially with pagination.
13
Added user directory
You can now search fellow users in the user directory. See the link in the footer.
14
Enhanced Login Security
Measures have been implemented to enhance login security.
15
Fixed the feedback/contact page
Emails will be responded to as soon as possible.
16
Many other minor fixes and changes throughout the site