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Update... [ Tuesday  
April 07  15:14am
]

celisnebula
I first off wanted to say that I am sorry it's taken me so long to do another update on the site's situation. RL has been insane - various issues from work, family, and computer problems have pretty much limited my online time to trying to field emails, which of course has limited me in a lot of ways.

Nexcess did a server upgrade which unfortunately did not mesh well with the version of efiction we run. Luckily, bonsaibetz's husband was kind enough to help and get is back on track. Everything should be running correctly on all of the archives.

If you do notice any problems, please email the help desk.



Thank you,
Celis
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Slowly getting there [ Wednesday  
January 21  15:07pm
]

celisnebula
[ mood | hopeful ]

Thanks entirely to bonsaibetz's lovely husband we do have some access on Ashwinder. It may still be a bit of time before we are fully functional again, so please be patient awhil longer.

*posting while on break, so running back to work*

Celis

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Still Down on Ashwinder and Occlumency [ Monday  
January 12  15:56pm
]

celisnebula
[ mood | morose ]

So I finally heard back from Nexcess today. On the advice of one of the old webmistresses, I had sent them an email basically asking this:

I've been given advice from one of the old webmistresses on how to fix the problems with Ashwinder and Occlumency that is this...

Delete ALL NON-authors on Ashwinder and Occlumency archives. Have NEXCESS do this for you. It will mean 1) them doing a full backup on the ash and Occ databases; then 2) them going into the databases and identifying how authors and non-authors are categorized (i.e., what makes them different from each other); then them removing ONLY the users who are NOT authors.

Once this is done, you can upgrade. Again, Nexcess is who should also update the software, once the above is done. They will probably want to charge you for the software update, but the fee should be small.


Is this something that can be done by Nexcess?


Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be something that they can do.

I do thank everyone who has tried to give web admin advice through email, but I really don't understand half of what was written in the email nor would I even know much of what I could attempt.

The site will be down for a bit longer... I'm trying to fix it as fast as I can, but I do really work three jobs, so I unfortauntely can't get things done as fast as everyone else would like, and for that I must apologize, I know that it is extremely frustrating for everyone.

bonsaibetz I don't actually have a day off until Sunday, but I definitely will take you up on your husbands generous offer... it can't hurt to have him look at everything.

For the non authors... as I can't even access anything in Occlumency or Ashwinder, so I don't think favorites will be saveable. Again, I really don't know as I'm only a 1/3 of the way through reading how efiction even works.

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Another Update On Sycophant Hex [ Tuesday  
December 30  14:22am
]

celisnebula
[ mood | optimistic ]

So we're slowly getting there. Chaos, Lumos and Eros & Sappho are now working. You should be able to log in, read and post.

Unfortunately Ashwinder and Occlumency are still down. We currently are running 1.1 efiction on those two boards, which means we may have to upgrade to a newer version of efiction before those can start working. There are a couple of problems with this. In the past the webmistress has tried to update both archives but because of the large amount of accounts (many which are inactive) there were a lot of issues.

One way to resolve that would be to delete all of the accounts which are not author accounts. We would then be able to upgrade and not have the massive database failure issues that were a problem in the past. But a lot of reviews would either go annoymouse or be lost when we purged the non author accounts. And of course readers would have to register again.

The other is to continue to let Nexcess play with things... Now they really have gone above and beyond what is normally needed as in the past there was someone on staff with Sycophant Hex who knew how to do things. Unfortuntately that is not the case, there is just me and I honestly know jack squat. So please, do not rampage on them, they've been helpful beyond measure, even given that this is the holiday season.

I've had some wonderful advice from people, to whom I thank heartily, and may be asking more inane questions, like how to do a fresh back up, how to purge things and how to upgrade. You may well get sick of me, but I am determined to get things. I really think the smart thing would be to purge and upgrade, because the upgrade would allow us to do things that petulant poetess and whispers can do with the their sites.

Now I've got a lot of reading and researching to do, because... well if it's going to be done, it's going to be done by me. It may take a bit of time but again, please be patient.

Celis

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Another Update... [ Friday  
December 26  14:43pm
]

celisnebula
[ mood | depressed ]

Unfortuately, I haven't heard anything from Nexcess since earlier in the week regarding our situation. I've reached out to a couple of people in fandom that I thought might be able to help, but have either gotten the response that they have no idea how to help, or worse no response at all. I've gone emailed a couple of the technical shop owners in my area to see if there might be something they can do to help because things are going so slowly with Nexcess - but again, I'm still waiting for responses. It's a bad case I me emailing and then having to wait, because this time of year is always a hard one - people are busy with family stuff.

Again, I do wish I was technically savvy enough to fix the problems myself, but I'm not and I'm afraid if I try I might muck things up to the point were we couldn't return, which would be horrible. But I will do everything I can to get Sycophant Hex back up again.

Celis

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Update... [ Wednesday  
December 17  14:43pm
]

celisnebula
[ mood | frustrated ]

We are still, unfortunately down. It does not look like all of the subdomain information (which is stories and accounts and the like) were properly moved over when the server moved. Nexcess has been aprised of the situation and they are working to resolve it... I know we have everything backed up, so if they can't restore it, I will find someone with website knowledge to help outside of nexcess. I am sorry this is taking so long to resolve.

Celis

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Sycophant Hex [ Friday  
December 12  14:43pm
]

celisnebula
Please be patient with us for a few days. Nexcess is moving our server and our DNS so there might be some hic-ups as this process runs down.

Thank you,
Celisnebla


Update: There are still some problems with the site, the DNS didn't all get change properly or something (I really don't understand all the technical details). I've emailed the nexcess support, as they were supposed to make sure everything updated properly. When I know more, I will post here.

Sorry for the delay everyone... We will be back up and running as soon as possible.

Celisnebula
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Affiliate: HP Fanfic Fan Poll - Fall/Winter Round 2014 - Nominations open now [ Thursday  
October 09  14:32pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by hpfanficfanpoll


THE HP FANFIC FAN POLL AWARDS - FALL-WINTER ROUND 2014

FANFIC NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

Rules, Timelines, and How to Nominate a Fic

To Make Nominations/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com

Nomination period: October 1st - October 28th, 2014
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2014
Winners announced: by January 15th, 2015

PLEASE PASS THE WORD ON TO ALL 'HARRY POTTER' COMMUNITIES BY POSTING A BANNER TO YOUR FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, TWITTER, PINTEREST, LIVEJOURNAL, ETC. BLOGS!

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[ Wednesday  
May 21  14:58pm
]

celisnebula
We're currently having some issues with the phpBB forum for Sycophant Hex and it's causing the main site to go down. I've been told the new update for phpBB should stop some of these problems but I wouldn't know how to go about doing an update...

Any advice?
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Sycophant Hex Donations [ Saturday  
February 01  14:17pm
]

celisnebula
After researching all of the available options and doing careful consideration, I've decided to reopen the donations for Sycophant Hex. The funds go right to the dedicated paypal account set up solely for Sycophant Hex.



We currently have enough in the account for the 2014 fees, which are $290 this year. However I've had numerous people requesting that the donation widget be placed back up as they'd like to continue to help ensure that Sycophant Hex has a long, healthy future.



I would like to say to all of you, thank you kindly. Sycophant Hex has always been free to use, and it is because of your generous nature that we are able to continue to support a place where you can find the fan fiction you would like to read for free.



Now, we understand that many users are unable to donate for various reasons, from not having a job, not owning or having a credit or a debit card, or simply not able to afford to put money into a website. Trust me, we've all been there and I know that money is tight, so if you cannot donate, please do not feel badly.



Although any donations made are sincerely appreciated, there is no and will be no rewards to people who donate.



Since this is a donation (not a purchase or exchange), please be aware that your donations will not generate for you any special interests in Sycophant Hex - you will have no say over how we run the site, what stories are posted, or whether or not someone is granted validated author status.



The only thing close to a reward for donating is a very sincere thank you.



If you have any questions, please contact the help desk at sh.userhelp at gmail.com.



Direct Link: http://pitchinbox.com/redirect.php?id=4515181157




Thank you,
Celisnebula
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AFFILIATE NOTICE: The HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards - Fall/Winter 2012 Round - VOTING OPEN!!! [ Sunday  
November 18  12:48pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by hpfanficfanpoll at AFFILIATE NOTICE: The HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards - Fall/Winter 2012 Round - VOTING OPEN!!!



THE HP FANFIC FAN POLL AWARDS - FALL-WINTER ROUND 2012
Rules, Timelines, and How to Vote for a Fic

To Vote/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2012
Winners announced: by January 10th, 2013


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Thank you! [ Wednesday  
September 05  12:34pm
]

celisnebula
I wanted to send out a tremendous thank you!



Since I put up our donation page, on Sunday, you wonderful people have helped us achive (actually, over-achive) our goal for next year's bill. Words cannot express what I feel right at this moment... I truly thought it would take until May to come even close to what the bill is - and you've all exceeded my wildest expectations. Thank you, so much.



If you have donated, and would like to be recognized (I'll be updating the main page and adding to the SH Supporters section), please let me know via sh.userhelp at gmail.com with your user name. Otherwise, your donation will be listed as anonymous.



Again, thank you so very much!



Celisnebula
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Sycophant Hex Donations [ Monday  
September 03  12:42pm
]

celisnebula
We are striving to make Sycophant Hex a viable fan fiction website for as long as possible. For the past couple of years, we have had a patroness who has shouldered the entire cost of web hosting when the bill came due. This, unfortuntely, is not financially possible any longer. As a result, we have made the hard decision to once again open up donantions to our site. We have created a paypal account which will soley be used to pay for Nexcess.net, our web host server. The bill runs us around $260 a year - which is normally due June 1st.




Donate Here



We understand that many users are unable to donate for various reasons, from not having a job, don't have a credit or a debit card, or simply can't afford to put money into a website.



Although any donations made are sincerely appreciated, there is no and will be no rewards to people who donate.



Since this is a donation (not a purchase or exchange), please be aware that your donations will not generate for you any special interests in Sycophant Hex - you will have no say over how we run the site, what stories are posted, or whether or not someone is granted validated author status.



The only thing close to a reward for donating is a very sincere thank you.



If you have any questions, please contact the help desk at sh.userhelp at gmail.com.



Thank you,
Celisnebula
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Uncommonly Good Contest Results [ Thursday  
April 26  12:47pm
]

celisnebula
The staff of Sycophant Hex is pleased to announce the official winners of the Uncommonly Good Contest now that Whispers is publishing the story written by our grand prize winner.

The official winners are:
1. We Were Nobles: Dach’s Story by Carol Notwolf
2. Heartbreak and Redemption: An Angel’s Heart by Elvara Hrolfswiffe
3. Ambers in Water by morgaine_dulac


Here is an except from our grand prize winner, Carol Notwolf’s story, “We Were Nobles: Dach’s Story.”

Dach has loved Lorac all his life; she loves him, too. So why did she marry someone else? In retrospect, Dach understands perfectly why she chose Ferencer over him, the Whore King of Tellene: he was a selfish asshole. Being a man isn't the size of your pecs or your junk...Dach finally comprehends that fact when all signs say it's too late to matter—after he’s abducted and taken from his home world by a slaving ship during a revolution he helped start. Five hellish years of fighting traders and saving children has changed him, but will Lorac see it when he finally makes it home? If he makes it home...



You will be able to purchase Carol’s book after May 4th from:
Whispers



As well as Amazon.com.
Thank you,
Celisnebula
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Farewell OWL... [ Saturday  
April 07  12:49pm
]

celisnebula
It is with great sadness that I post this.

On OWL's main page, Sunday, April 1st, users were greeted with this message:

Global: Tauri.org is closing on 4-30-2012
As of 4-30-2012, tauri.org will be closing - for several reasons, not the least of which is hardware. The machine has been running 24x7 since the site first went live, and has clearly been showing its age. It will continue to be checked and rebooted daily until the end of the month. At that time, it will be powered off. Any information needed from the site (stories, reviews, etc.) must be collected before that time.

Link: http://owl.tauri.org/index.php

As someone who has met some lovely writers and volunteers from OWL/CAT, this hits especially hard. I cannot express my profound grief - and while the ration part of me understands that real life, hardware issues, and all of that does often happen, it still strikes me to the core.

As many have already said, losing OWL and CAT will be a terribly loss, and I cannot stress how much we (authors and readers) shall miss it. Thank you, Potion Mistress, and of course her lovely staff of volunteers, who created a wonderful archive for all of us to share the love of the Harry Potter as well as other fandoms.

There are some wonderful stories archived at OWL and CAT, and I dearly hope that some of these authors choose to post their work elsewhere - so that future fannish friends can find these stories and come to love them as much as we all have. Some of the places to post would be Sycophant Hex, the Petulant Poetess, and an Archive of Our Own.

For writers who have only ever posted at OWL or at CAT, please consider archiving over at Sycophant Hex. Chaos is comparable to CAT, and the rest of the archives, Ashwinder, Lumos, Occlumency, and Eros and Sappho will accommodate the Harry Potter stories.

If you email the help desk (sh.userhelp at gmail dot com), we can get you posted right away, without a lengthy queue time as your chapters have already gone through the corrections process. In addition, if requested, we can help transition your stories over from OWL/CAT to one of the Sycophant Hex archives. THIS applies to AUTHORS only. We will not host any of OWL/CAT's stories without explicit permission of the author to do so. No amount of appeals or pleas to the help desk will make us circumvent an author's right to post where they wish. Nor will we take kindly to another entity posting someone else's story on our site.


For more update information, please follow up on: owl_tauri

Thank you,
Celisnebula
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SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT [ Sunday  
February 12  12:39pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by celisnebula at SUNDAY LOVINHi everyone! Welcome to potterpostings!

This Sunday's Prompt is: Read more...Collapse )

You have until Midnight, Saturday, Feb 18th to have something posted - be it your livejournal, a fan-fiction community, or whatnot.
Anyone can play - there's no official need to sign up, if it inspires you, well go forth and be creative!
Those who are playing - you have until Midnight the following Saturday to post. Once you've posted, follow the community rules and leave us a shout out in that weeks roll call.
Word count is completely open - just be sure to follow any community rules to places you post that are not your own livejournal (ie - if posting to an archive, follow their minimum word count limit). And if it inspires you to do art, or create a vid, or even make some icons, well that's completely cool too!
Have fun! This should be a no pressure way to get the creative juices flowing.

Thank you, and have a lovely new year,
celisnebula
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SUNDAY LOVIN' PROMPT AND WEEKLY ROLL CALL December 5th to December 11th [ Sunday  
December 11  11:16pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by celisnebula at SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT AND WEEKLY ROLL CALL December 5th to December 11th Hi everyone! Welcome to potterpostings!

This Sunday's Prompt is: Read more...Collapse )

You have until Midnight, Saturday, December 17th to have something posted - be it your livejournal, a fan-fiction community, or whatnot.
Anyone can play - there's no official need to sign up, if it inspires you, well go forth and be creative!
Those who are playing - you have until Midnight the following Saturday to post. Once you've posted, follow the community rules and leave us a shout out in that weeks roll call.
Word count is completely open - just be sure to follow any community rules to places you post that are not your own livejournal (ie - if posting to an archive, follow their minimum word count limit). And if it inspires you to do art, or create a vid, or even make some icons, well that's completely cool too!
Have fun! This should be a no pressure way to get the creative juices flowing.


Thank you, and have a lovely new week,
celisnebula
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SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT [ Sunday  
December 04  11:07am
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by celisnebula at SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT AND WEEKLY ROLL CALL NOVEMBER 28th TO December 4thHi everyone! Welcome to potterpostings!

This Sunday's Prompt is: Read more...Collapse )

You have until Midnight, Saturday, December 3rd to have something posted - be it your livejournal, a fan-fiction community, or whatnot.
Anyone can play - there's no official need to sign up, if it inspires you, well go forth and be creative!
Those who are playing - you have until Midnight the following Saturday to post. Once you've posted, follow the community rules and leave us a shout out in that weeks roll call.
Word count is completely open - just be sure to follow any community rules to places you post that are not your own livejournal (ie - if posting to an archive, follow their minimum word count limit). And if it inspires you to do art, or create a vid, or even make some icons, well that's completely cool too!
Have fun! This should be a no pressure way to get the creative juices flowing.


Thank you, and have a lovely new week,
celisnebula
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SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT [ Sunday  
November 27  11:09pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by celisnebula at SUNDAY LOVIN' PROMPT AND WEEKLY ROLL CALL NOVEMBER 21st TO NOVEMBER 27TH Hi everyone! Welcome to potterpostings!

This Sunday's Prompt is: Read more...Collapse )

You have until Midnight, Saturday, December 3rd to have something posted - be it your livejournal, a fan-fiction community, or whatnot.
Anyone can play - there's no official need to sign up, if it inspires you, well go forth and be creative!
Those who are playing - you have until Midnight the following Saturday to post. Once you've posted, follow the community rules and leave us a shout out in that weeks roll call.
Word count is completely open - just be sure to follow any community rules to places you post that are not your own livejournal (ie - if posting to an archive, follow their minimum word count limit). And if it inspires you to do art, or create a vid, or even make some icons, well that's completely cool too!
Have fun! This should be a no pressure way to get the creative juices flowing.

Thank you, and have a lovely new week,
celisnebula
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SUNDAY LOVIN PROMPT [ Monday  
November 21  11:51pm
]

celisnebula
Originally posted by celisnebula at potterpostings! I know, I know, I'm a day late... but RL is insane with the holiday coming up.

This Sunday's Prompt is: Read more...Collapse )

You have until Midnight, Saturday, November 26th to have something posted - be it your livejournal, a fan-fiction community, or whatnot.
Anyone can play - there's no official need to sign up, if it inspires you, well go forth and be creative!
Those who are playing - you have until Midnight the following Saturday to post. Once you've posted, follow the community rules and leave us a shout out in that weeks roll call.
Word count is completely open - just be sure to follow any community rules to places you post that are not your own livejournal (ie - if posting to an archive, follow their minimum word count limit). And if it inspires you to do art, or create a vid, or even make some icons, well that's completely cool too!
Have fun! This should be a no pressure way to get the creative juices flowing.



Thank you, and have a lovely new week,
celisnebula</div>
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