Experimental new feature: Other stories you might like

Jeconais posted on Friday 30th April 2010 4:28am

I received a suggestion for some form of related stories.  With the lack of meta data that I have available, and my lack of faith in "crowd sourcing"*, a straight related system was never going to work.  But the idea didn't go away, and after some peculation, I decided to use the information I do have.

On every last-chapter (or stand alone chapter), at the bottom of the page, should be a couple of stories that you might like., based on the tastes of people who have reviewed that story.

Obviously, this feature is experimental, in beta, and likely to eat your horse.  it also might not work, might be to expensive to generate, and open bigger holes in the ozone layer.

For those who read everything, this will hardly be worthwhile, but for those that don't read much, you might find it useful.

 

* - why yes, I do work for a company that jumps on bandwagons.

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Patches posted a comment on Thursday 17th June 2010 4:18am

I really like this feature. Unfortunately the list could have been mine! I always check this site for new activity. Thanks so much for adding to the Harry Potter Verse! Yes I am signed up for updates but I hope my favorites will be updated and for some reason my notice got lost in the stratosphere! Thanks pms

happyreader posted a comment on Saturday 22nd May 2010 8:49am

it is enjoyable seeing other favorite stories listed, and knowing that others are reading them. much better than a random story.
bye...... Happyreader

Anansii posted a comment on Thursday 20th May 2010 12:14am

Well, thus far I've already read all of the other "also read this" tales but I haven't gone through everything yet and it's still a great idea. Thanks!

JaCee2u posted a comment on Thursday 13th May 2010 8:40pm

RE: The Ozone hole

Deny it. Ask them to prove it was your code and not the aftereffects of the volcano in Iceland. Perhaps after a few years, you can even blame it as a precursor effect of Yellowstone erupting again, or... I'm sure you can find some natural (or even unnatural) disaster to blame it on.

In the 80s it was the mini ice age. In the 90s it was El Nino. In t he 00s it was Global warming. Perhaps in the 10s we can go with uncontrolled Global Fiscal irresponsibility having a negative effect on the tectonic plates and the mantle's thickness at strategic locations around the globe. Sounds good to me, anyhow.

Keep it and let the ashes fall where they may, says I.

Wolfric posted a comment on Thursday 13th May 2010 7:47pm

Probably not much use to me as I read everything but I agree it may be helpful to some others. Thanks for your consideration. W.

Kaerion posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 1:16pm

I've made use of features like this before, on other sites, to find cool stories, so I think this is a damn good idea.

Should probably mention that I'm getting the same problem as nothorse, with a ridiculously large font on the front page, with Firefox 3.6.3, even after I went into the local settings for the site and changed the font manually. I don't know if I can be of any more help in narrowing down what the problem is, but it happened sometime between the posting of your Naruto story and the Tri-Wizard story, for me.

nothorse posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 4:12pm

Nice idea. Even though I think I might have read most of the ecommended stories.

BTW, the frontpage of www.fanficauthors.net presents me with a fontsize of I'd say 200pt in Safari. Haven't checked the stylesheet or settings yet, just thought you might want to know.

Tzu Con posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 3:01pm

Good idea for the casual readers, but I'm pretty sure I've read about 80% of the stuff on this site, the rest I'm not interested in anyway.

Fernir posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 12:07pm

"* - why yes, I do work for a company that jumps on bandwagons."

Those (others) of us who are about to die, salute you!

blackdog posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 9:23am

Good idea. It will help find new potentially different stories.
Got a question though... what happened to the Harry/lavender story, or the sequal to happily ever after? I really enjoy your work and I think I saw multiple comments on these. If you have them we would love to read them!

Neeliemom posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 9:18am

I love this idea! I'm always looking for something new to read and often look at authors favorites. Twisting the Hellmouth has the related stories feature as well and I've found a lot of good stories that way. So, keep up the good work!

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