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Submissions Now Closed & Admin Update 11/16

November 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

As of this posting, it is now 11/16/2015, so the Fall 2015 Open Submission Period has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who sent in their stories over the past three months! I will announce the next open period after I’ve made more progress through the queue and have a better idea of when we’ll need more stories.

I am, mostly, back from my short break. I want to thank you all for being understanding while I dealt with my loss. At the risk of getting too personal, this was someone who was extremely important to me and I’m still having trouble with everything, so I hope you guys understand if, at first, I filter the submissions I read based on keywords – for example, I may skip reading submissions tagged in the ‘Murders/Death’ category until I think that it won’t be quite so difficult for me. I know that this isn’t as fair as the normal first-come, first-served way that I handle submissions, but I think that it is necessary in order for me to start tackling the queue sooner rather than later.

I want to specifically thank @HaySourApple, @ErickAlden, @sade_jewel, @Star_Kindler, Elizabeth, and Dawn and for reaching out with kind words to me during this time. It’s really appreciated, and you guys are all amazing for taking time out of your day to try and comfort a stranger. Likewise, Katherine C, Ahriannah, and The Operator deserve a lot of thanks and credit for keeping the comments section going while I was away. Well, I certainly couldn’t manage this whole operation without them, and this was just more proof as to why!

I hope to have fresh stories being published again starting within the next day or so, however this will be largely reliant on the luck of the draw. Sometimes we get a bunch of solid submissions grouped together, other times I have to go through several days’ worth of submissions before finding even one acceptable pasta. So keep your fingers crossed that I find the good stuff quickly!

Lastly, I want to express my condolences and sympathies to everyone in France, Lebanon, and Iraq who were affected by Thursday and Friday’s terrorist attacks. I wish that I had the mental clarity right now to properly express how I feel, but just know that you have all been in my thoughts and I love you guys.

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Admin Update 11/9/2015

November 9, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Hey guys, Derp here.

I’m sorry, but someone very important to me passed away this morning, and I need to take a few days to myself to deal with everything. Unfortunately, I have been scheduling on a day-to-day basis this past week, so this means that you guys will have a few days without fresh stories. I just don’t have the mental energy right now, particularly when considering the content of a lot of submissions.

I hope to only be gone for a few days, and thank you for your understanding.

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PSA: A Social Experiment

October 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Hey, everyone! I’ve been asked to spread the word about a fun Creepypasta project that a few community members are working on this month, and I think it’s something that a lot of you will find very interesting. You can either read the summary below and click the title card to visit their YouTube channel and watch the trailer, or watch the trailer embedded below.

Social Experiment

A madman has captured four people, each of whom was directly responsible for somebody’s death. Now, he has decided that it will be up to you to determine their fate. Choose who lives, choose who dies. “Social Experiment”. written by Micah Rodney (aka FearAddict) is poised to be one of the world’s first “Interactive Creepypasta” and stars the voice talent of Ahriannah Victoria, Stefanie Rodney, Tim Jewett and AllThatCreepypasta. Every Saturday during October starting on October 10, 2015, tune in to listen to the broadcast and then cast your vote for who lives. Only one person will survive to the end of October; how will it end?

Given that people seemed to really enjoy the view interactive/Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style “pastas” that we’ve featured in the past, I hope that you’ll all give this project a chance! Enjoy, and thanks for your time.

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Submissions Re-Opening… Finally. [August 15, 2015 -November 15, 2015]

August 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Hey everyone!

First off, I just want to thank you all for being patient and understanding while I sorted out the issue with the submission form. I know that many of you have been holding on to hopeful submissions for months now, and I’m sure it was disappointing when I wasn’t able to open submissions back in July as per my original plan. However, after testing a new submission plugin and monitoring how it affected our database while acting as the Contact Form only, I think that – knock on wood – we have a solid replacement and I now feel comfortable re-opening submissions.

Due to the extremely long ‘dead zone’ without any new submissions, this open period will be much longer than usual – three full months, as a matter of fact. It starts tonight, August 15th, 2015, and will end on November 15th, 2015.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We currently have pastas scheduled up until September 23rd; this means that pastas submitted starting now will not be published until at LEAST late September, possibly far later depending on where you end up in the queue. We were extremely lucky that the submission form shenanigans happened to coincide with my having an unusually large amount of stories in my ‘to publish’ pile; so much so that we’ve been able to bump up to two stories a day for July, August, and September!
  • If your story is specifically tailored to be posted around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other specific timeframe, please make sure to tag it as ‘Seasonally Spooky’ – I do try to schedule those posts when they’re thematically appropriate.
  • I’ve added a new option in the tag field called “Historical Horror” – if your story is inspired by or set in a specific time period or tied to a historic event, please select this tag!
  • There is now a field on the submission form for people with ALREADY EXISTING author tags to enter their tag. If you don’t have a tag at the time of submission, leave this field blank. I will of course be double-checking and if I can’t verify that you are the ‘owner’ of that author tag, the story will not be placed in the tag. If you fill out the author tag field with anything but a valid author tag, it will just be ignored. This means that even if you’re eligible for a new author tag, you still need to use the correct form to request yours (and yes, that form is back and functioning again, too)!
  • The new submission form has a WYSIWYG text entry option; this means you can format your pastas exactly as intended without having to know html. I will do my best to honor your formatting – but if you do anything silly like try to submit a pasta entirely in massive lime green text… not going to happen, sorry. For those of you who prefer to enter your html manually (or have no formatting needs at all), you can still enter your pasta in the ‘Text’ tag without having to mess with the visual editor at all. This feature has been removed. I seem to have grossly overestimated the community’s familiarity with visual text editors. I was getting submissions so full of contradictory junk html code (for example: attempting to apply 5 different fonts to the same sentence, repeated on every single sentence in the story; or massive stacks of the italics tag being opened and closed 30 times without any actual characters in between the tags) that I was actually having trouble finding the story buried beneath all the lines and lines of extraneous html. I had assumed that most online writers would have at least cursory experience with visual text editors – I was clearly wrong. For the sake of my own ability to read submissions, I am removing the visual editor. To those of you who used the editor as intended, thank you, and my apologies that we’re having another episode of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Creepypasta Edition.

As always, this post is EXPLICIT CONFIRMATION that all submissions from the prior open period have been processed. Please do check your email (including your spam filter – but of course, if you read the FAQ before submitting, you already whitelisted ‘creepypasta’ in your spam filter, right?) to make sure that you didn’t get any last-minute messages from me before you submit any edited pastas. If your story was accepted and you’ve made rewrites in the interim, please follow the steps outlined in the FAQ to make sure we get your newest version posted instead. If you’ve rewritten a story that was rejected entirely (you received no response from me whatsoever) or was placed on Crappypasta, you can resubmit it as normal.

Remember: if your submission did not receive a response, it was rejected. Please do not resubmit the exact same pasta simply because you didn’t receive a response; this is a complete waste of both your time and mine. However, if you rework your rejected story, you are more than welcome to resubmit.

That’s all for this announcement! I’m excited to see what you have all been working on for the past few months, so get to submitting!

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Submissions Now Open + Author Tag Request System [Update 5/21 – Submissions CLOSED]

March 30, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Submissions Open From March 30th 2015 – May 20th 2015

As a few of you have already noticed, yes – submissions have been re-opened. I meant to make this announcement earlier, but I got pulled away from the computer suddenly. I’m sorry if anybody was confused by the submission form suddenly re-appearing without any comment!

This open period will run until May 20th, 2015.

As explicit confirmation, since otherwise I’m sure I would get lots of messages asking: yes, this means that the prior submission period has been completely processed. All pastas slated for Crappypasta have been posted there and notifications sent to their authors, and all accepted pastas have been scheduled with their authors notified as well. This means that if you have not received any contact, it’s a safe bet that your story was rejected – you may visit the FAQ for further details on why this might be, as well as additional details on when/if you are eligible to resubmit rejected pastas.

For those of you looking to rework rejected stories or submit entirely new ones, the last two discussion posts may be of particular interest: in February, the community discussed their favorite creepypasta genres and topics, and this past month saw the inverse conversation – our least favorite creepypasta genres and topics. Please feel free to chime in if you haven’t already, as I will be using the feedback received in these posts as a barometer to help select which stories to let through when I’m on the fence. Additionally, if you’re not entirely certain whether your story idea would be well-received at this particular creepypasta community, you may find the responses in each post helpful.

Author Tag System

Tags for frequent authors have been requested enough that we’re finally going to do this thing!

As you can see on the sidebar, I’ve introduced a new way to browse tags – you can now use the sidebar widget to further narrow down your tag selection by clicking hierarchies and then seeing tags specific only to that selection. So, for example, clicking the “series” heading will display only tags for the various pasta series that we’ve featured.

For those of you who prefer the old-school all-tags drop-down menu, never fear: it will remain accessible on the sidebar as well.

The author part of the tag system will be opt-in, so any authors wishing to have a tag of their own must fill out the Author Tag Request form. This form will be permanently available under the ‘Write Your Own Pasta’ heading on the top navigation bar. I’ve placed a more in-depth explanation on the form’s page, but the most important things to know before rushing over to fill out the form are as follows:

  • You are only eligible for an author tag if you have AT LEAST TWO stories ACCEPTED AND PUBLISHED on this website,
    • If your stories are all at Crappypasta, this means that you are not eligible. The two sites do not share a tagging system.
    • This should be obvious, but if you have stories published on other sites (the wiki, .net, .org, etc) but do NOT have at least two stories accepted and posted on THIS WEBSITE, you are not eligible. We cannot tag stories not hosted here, so there would be no point in your having an author tag! To further clarify, since I anticipate some people finding this confusing: having your pastas posted elsewhere does not preclude having a tag here, but in order to have an author tag at THIS WEBSITE, you must have two or more stories accepted and posted at THIS WEBSITE. If you send a request for an author tag and enter pastas located at websites that are not, it’s not going to happen.
  • Since this is opt-in only, do not try to “help” by submitting author tag requests for other people. If they want a tag, they will submit a request themselves. I’m doing this as an opt-in so that authors can more precisely control their tags, what pastas they want tagged, and what name specifically they want on their tag. Having strangers submit tag requests for them would steal this layer of control from them, so while your intentions may be pure, please don’t do this.
  • Obviously, all tag requests will be double-checked and verified. Don’t waste time by requesting an author tag for stories that you didn’t write. If I can’t confirm that the person requesting the tag wrote the stories that they’re claiming, the tag will not be created. If you are flagrantly and obviously attempting to claim work that isn’t your own, I’ll ban you from future submissions (and possibly even the site itself, if I’m in a particularly grumpy mood) – so please, guys, don’t be that jerk.

If there is anything that I’ve missed that you feel needs to be explained or clarified on the form’s page, please let me know. Sometimes things can seem obvious to me, since I’m the one creating the system, but in reality it’s not quite so clear. Sometimes I make announcement posts when I haven’t finished my coffee and I’m still feeling a little zombie-esque. Things happen.

Here’s hoping that I haven’t confused everyone, and thanks for your time – I look forward to reading everyone’s new submissions!



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Recent Site & Theme Issues

November 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

UPDATE: So, it’s pretty clear now that the bugs were caused by the theme change AND the age gate plugin. I expect that the age gate plugin was responsible for some of the lag and inability to completely load a page, as I was starting to get similar complaints about Crappypasta – which hasn’t had a theme change in well over a year. I disabled the age gate there and the people reporting the issue told me that the site now loads normally, so that seems like a smoking gun to me. The rest of the issues seem to be unique to the red-and-black theme, which is a bummer because I really liked how it looked!

I’d like to get the age gate activated again eventually, both for my peace of mind (it does make me uncomfortable when someone talks about being 10 and reading a site that is so obviously meant for adults) and because we’ve had a massive uptick in spammy and low-effort submissions since it was disabled. While I’m sure that I’ll ruffle some feathers by making this connection, on the surface it does seem that there is a link between disabling the age gate and an upswing in things like Jeff fanfics and copycat pastas, troll submissions, one or two line pastas, vague “this is my character idea, please make her a creepypasta” ideas that belong on the Prompts page rather than the submission form, and stories that are just massive run-on sentences without any punctuation or capitalization. The obvious assumption would be that these submissions are sourced to younger people who were previously obeying the age gate’s guideline. This absolute tsunami of low-quality submissions has made it really hard for me to get ahead with finding postable stories – I’m frequently having to schedule a day’s pasta only a few hours before it goes live, simply because I’m having to wade through 300+ submissions before I can find anything workable. It’s pretty stressful having to constantly be worried that I won’t have a new story to post in time for each new day, so if re-enabling the age gate can spare me that anxiety, it’s clearly the most appealing option. However, I don’t want to re-enable a plugin that’s obviously bugged, so it may take me some time to get this sorted.

Once the age gate is live again, I’ll create a new post where people can leave any bugs or errors that may arise. Stay tuned, and please – if you think that you may be responsible for some of the types of problematic submissions that I’ve detailed here, please consider working on them a bit more before you try to send them in. I will say flat-out that when you send in a story without any punctuation, every other word misspelled, all lowercase and one big run-on sentence, I won’t even read it past the first few lines before rejecting it. You are literally wasting my time and your own if you can’t bother to put even a smidgen of effort into editing your story. For those of you sending in nebulous ideas with the misconception that I’ll write a story for you based on your character outline, please familiarize yourself with how this site works by reading the FAQ. You may find the Creepypasta Prompts page more useful than the submission page.

Thanks, everyone.

Hey, everyone.

As I’m sure that you’ve all noticed, we’ve reverted to our older theme and a few plugins (most obviously, the age gate) are temporarily disabled. Since many of the same issues were reported across both the Halloween and the recent Red/Black themes, I’m trying to figure out if said glitches were solely married to those themes or if there’s another underlying cause.

Last month, I upgraded to a more powerful server plan, which in theory should have vastly improved website performance. This also required a server move, and during the process a few things got corrupted and some settings were changed that caused other site functions to break (most were back-end issues that you guys would never have seen, but a front-end example would be how the rating pumpkins did not work properly after the move). While issues are being fixed and adjusted as they crop up, this does mean that it’s entirely possible that some of the issues you guys have been experiencing are the result of some bug or new setting that I personally haven’t found yet.

Since most of the issues people have reported to me aren’t anything that I’ve been able to personally replicate on my devices, I need to rely on the community at large to help me know if this theme switch has solved them. The red/black theme worked perfectly for me on my desktop, phone, and tablet, but the complaints that I received were as follows:

  • Pages were taking forever to load, or simply never did.
  • Disqus/Comments block was not reliably rendering; this seemed to only affect specific people, but it was constant for them
  • Something that I’m not entirely clear on (need screenshots/more details) in regards to the drop-down navigation blocking the screen
  • The age gate refusing to go away or blocking people despite filling it out with the required data
  • General lag and a feeling that the site was “always loading”
  • Something vague about scrolling being weird (not enough details given here)

If you experienced these issues, please pay careful attention and comment on this post (or, if you’d prefer to submit bug reports via private correspondence, use the contact form) to let me know if these bugs have been fixed or not for you after the theme retcon.

To make things easier for me and my webhost, if you do experience the above issues or any new ones, PLEASE do the following when you report them to me:

  • If relevant/possible, take a screenshot. In cases like the aforementioned drop-down issue, it’s really much easier for me to figure out the problem if I can see it.
  • Tell me the user agent that you were utilizing when the error or glitch happened. You can find that out here if you don’t know already. I need the user agent string, but your IP isn’t necessary.
  • Make sure that you are not using any extensions or script-blockers that may cause sites to behave erratically. It’s already known, for example, that AdBlock breaks the submission form. Similarly, I’ve heard reports that Avast will block Disqus comments from loading unless you manually whitelist the Disqus domains. Try disabling extensions and scripts, clear your cache, and see if the issue persists. If doing so does fix the issue, please let me know what extension/script was causing the problem.
  • Be polite. This should be obvious, but several of you have been extremely rude and obscene when messaging me about site issues. While I will still look in to your report for the sake of anyone else experiencing the same issue, if you are abusive, I will block you from the site as clearly you’re not grown enough to be here. And no, the first amendment does not mean that I have to listen to your garbage. Please crack a textbook sometime if you’re honestly tempted to use that as an reason why I’m obligated to allow people to call me slurs or threaten my life because the site doesn’t load fast enough. Come on.

If the theme switch does manage to solve the issues, we’ll retain this theme and I’ll slowly begin reintroducing some of the disabled plugins. This way, if a glitch returns, we can have a better idea of what change prompted its return.

Thanks for all your patience!

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