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Just a quick note to let all submitters know that while I deeply apologize, submission turnaround time will NOT be improving any time soon. For the past couple weeks this site has largely been a one-person operation, and today the second admin formally quit. I will be seeing if I can find another admin to take his place, but it may take awhile as it’s hard to find people who are trustworthy, reliable AND who are willing/able to deal with some of the community’s harshness and tendency to attack the admins if they don’t like a pasta.

Currently, the submission turnaround time is 20-30 days. I’m currently working through submissions from the end of July. I’d like to go faster, but after reading a certain amount of submissions in one sitting my eyes sort of start to cross and things start running together. I have to pace myself, so please do not get on my ass about slowness. If the amount of submissions continues to increase, this turnaround time estimate may increase – we may even start approaching the actual publishing industry’s turnaround time, the horror!

And while I appreciate the thought of people offering to help, my stance remains the same: it is too dangerous to just allow some random internet person access to the backend of the submission queue. You may argue that you’re trustworthy, but I do not know you and thus to me, you’re not. Giving a total stranger such access would basically be asking for sabotage. In case I’m not being clear enough, DO NOT SPAM MY INBOX ASKING TO BE AN ADMIN. The answer is no, and while I do truly appreciate the eagerness some of you have, by virtue of ignoring what I’ve already said and sending me requests to be an admin anyhow, you’re already proving to me that you should NOT be considered if I ever do decide to open up applications.

What you guys CAN do is make sure you’re not spamming the submission box with multiple resubmissions before the current turnaround estimation is past. Be patient, and keep track of the date you submitted – I know that the brain has a tendency towards exaggeration when you’re waiting for something; a week can feel like months, but jumping the gun and sending me too many copies of your pasta does nothing more than slow things down.

If you submitted something and then rewrote it, please send a message using the Contact Us form and letting us know the names/emails for the repeat submissions as well as clearly letting us know which one you want treated as the real submission.

I apologize for the delay, but know that your submissions ARE being read and that pastas are still being posted. Once I find at least one more person, I’ll update and let you guys know when the submission pace changes. Thanks for your understanding!

  • Hamster

    Man that sucks. I’d hate to see this site or crappypasta die but I know that one person trying to do everything is going to be ridiculously difficult. Good luck, hope it goes well and people repress the urge to act like normal people and get impatient and demanding.

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

    I’ll do my best to avoid letting the site die! I truly do enjoy being an admin here, but since I want to continue enjoying it, I have to pace myself to avoid burnout. So I just wanted to let people know that things are going to be slower on the submission end, but hopefully on the reading end you guys won’t notice much of a difference.

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  • Yv

    I think you’re doing a very fine job! It’s not like I’d want to read ~50 Pastas per day. But I guess it would be easier if you had someone to help you out. Maybe a friend you know or something?

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  • 1000Masks

    Really, best of luck on finding someone to help you out, derpbutt. Me and DeadAces love contributing to Creepypasta and mocking the shit on Crappypasta. We wish you the best in keeping both regular for the pasta community as a whole. Especially with our small but quickly growing fanbase.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey man! YOU CAN TRUST ME! I’LL HELP YOU RUN THE WEBSITE LIKE ITS MY OWN! ;)

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

    1000Masks, if you two keep making those videos, I’m pretty sure that will help me keep on track… if only just because I’ll know I’m helping to point you guys towards more material!

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  • 1000Masks

    XD Well, we do our best to mock bad pasta after all while providing entertainment through our own bit of self mental torture with how bad some of them are! Hopefully DeadAces and I will be doing a few tonight and we have some ready as back up as Aces will be heading back to college this week so stay tuned!

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  • BlueBeans

    You can only do what you can. I’m just glad you still care enough to keep running this awesome joint

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  • blue

    what do you need to do in order to become a admin? maybe one of my friends can help you out. i love creepy pasta and would hate to see it go down right before halloween. thats when we need scary stories the most. Hope you find someone that can help you!

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  • http://theponderersbox.weebly.com J. Brown

    Man. That’s rough. I think it’s absolutely awesome that you are still trudging along and going it alone. This site opened the door for me to start writing again and I would die a little inside if it was gone. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

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  • KingHippo

    Just wanted to throw my support behind you with the rest of these fine chaps. This is an amazing site and you do an amazing job keeping it going!

    Just a thought…. If finding someone trustworthy becomes too hard, perhaps you could make someone/people admin(s) with limited rights? As in…. don’t give them the ability to view/alter any of the sites coding, but allow them to approve stories. (Could even make it a judging panel or something) This would keep the site itself safe, but help you with the part that’s clogging up the works.

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  • Don the Bassman

    I have a suggestion that might help. Create a facebook group with a select group of people who would be willing to read and categorize submissions. Then you email the submissions to them, spreading out the work among a number of people will ease up the stress of trying to keep up with demand AND you wouldn’t be giving anyone extra access who didn’t know. Then once they are done, they respond back to you with the determination on where the pasta goes and which categories for the pasta.

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  • Tokyo

    I love this site and wish you luck with finding new admins. I spend hours at a time on the site reading story after story, and so on, so my first thought was “I could help!”, but you had a great point with the trust thing. :P Don’t give up, though!

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  • Evilbunny

    I wish you the best of luck and wish I could help but I guess the best thing I can do is give you my support so Good Luck.

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  • Meanieme

    Thank you so much for keeping this website alive! Please don’t overwork yourself! I’m glad to see that you’re still doing QC even though you’re down to one person. Jiayou(work hard)!

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  • Len Lye

    “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
    -Aristotle

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  • Chester

    I <3 Creepy Pasta please dont die =C

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  • JoLin

    I <3 Creepypasta as well and very well appreciate all the updates, from stories to submissions. Thank you so much for everything your doing to keep all well :) Good Job. Keep your head up, and hopefully you'll find another faithful, commited, hardworking admin soon.

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  • http://www.terrortortellini.com Vaughn.

    I agree with the idea of finding slush readers to take away some of the burden of reading all of the submissions by yourself. They don’t have to have admin powers, just a willingness to read submissions and give their opinions. You’d only have to forward the stories to them each week.

    I mean, that’s how literary magazines do it.

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