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The new theme with the current color scheme seems to be overall well-received, though I did make some tweaks based on your feedback. The red links are now a darker shade, the font has been changed back to Verdana, and highlighting text is not longer that insane red-on-gray crapfest. If you have any more opinions about this topic, you may leave them on the related post – but it seems like the general consensus is that the new look should stick around.

Since I didn’t want to keep adding on to the theme change post with unrelated stuff, here’s a new post about some other changes that you’ve probably noticed.

  • First, and most importantly: as many of you noticed and informed me (thanks for that, and I mean it – I’ve had a lot going on IRL and I’m not sure when I would have realized the issue on my own) the form plugin that the site had been using to process both submissions and the contact page has, as of its most recent update, decided it will not play nice with our anti-spam plugin. Thus far, the plugin author hasn’t given any indication that he’s working on making them compatible – and since this site gets so much spam attempts, I’ve got to look for a new way to go about doing things because deactivating the anti-spam part is just not an option. I’ve tried a few things, but so far they all have at least one crippling issue that makes them unfeasible. So for now, submissions are closed while I try to come up with something that works. On the bright side, this should give me some time to catch up on my submission backlog, right?
  • You can now subscribe to posts/comment threads via email. So if you’re particularly invested in a discussion or pasta, you should be able to keep tabs on it much more easily.
  • Since the previous mobile theme got a lot of complaints and wasn’t working for most people, a new one has been implemented. You should be able to switch between the mobile and ‘real’ themes at the bottom if the site detects that you’re accessing via a mobile product. The new main theme may be more phone-friendly, but I understand that some of you wanted a bare-bones, less data intensive theme with the option to switch to the feature-heavy main version if you wanted. As before, I’m only previewing in Safari developer tools, so let me know if issues pop up in real-world practice.
  • Not an actual update yet, but a question: Do you guys want the ability to log in and comment via Twitter and/or Facebook? I personally find it to be an annoyance when sites want me to log in via some other social networking platform, but if you guys want that function badly enough, I am not opposed to seeing what I can do.

That’s about it. Beyond that, if you notice ‘Maintenance Mode’ pop up, don’t freak. That means I’m probably testing something out and just don’t want any interruptions or errors from people stumbling on the wrong thing at the wrong time. Wait a few minutes and try refreshing to see if I’m done!

  • Poodleinacan

    Seems good enought!

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  • Megstar

    I love to be able to share stories on facebook automatically:)

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      I love you for doing so.

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  • shogunfish

    just curious, the post isn’t clear. I understand that submissions are closed now. But how exactly was the issue affecting submissions before they were closed? Specifically was it blocking them or just acting odd?

    I submitted a pasta recently and I am just making sure I understand how this affects me and other people in my position.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Basically, the forms were working, but on the submitter’s side it seemed like they weren’t actually sending. This resulted in most people submitting the same thing 10+ times while they tried to get it to ‘work’ – resulting in the queue becoming absolutely flooded as well as hammering the server.

      At first I tried just noting that you only had to try once and yes, it was still going through, but it seemed like nobody actually noticed that message. So for the sake of the queue and not having the site slow down to a crawl because of people going insane trying to submit, I decided it was just best to remove the form for now.

      So basically, if you submitted, it got to me – probably many, many times.

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      • Deadnaught

        Sorry, I was probably a large offender of spamming.

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        • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

          Don’t worry about it, you definitely weren’t the only one!

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      • shogunfish

        I only submitted once. To be quite honest I’m going back and forth on whether or not my pasta was ready for submission.

        I was kind of secretly hoping you would tell me the submission hadn’t worked so I could edit and resubmit when submissions opened again.

        Does this situation affect the ability to replace my submission with a fixed version? (if that is even an option to begin with)

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        • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

          To be honest, submissions will probably be reopened far before I get to the past week or two’s submissions (or at least I hope). This form derping is kind of a blessing on my end, since I am so ridiculously behind D=

          If by some weird circumstance I do get to your pasta before submissions reopen, you can just reply to the email you get from me once I’ve read it and give me the new version then.

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        • shogunfish

          ok

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  • Deadnaught

    Also HI ERRIBODI!

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  • andrew west

    In my humble opinion adding a option to log into facebook wouldn’t be such a bad idea. It may bring more people in, and also make it much quicker and simpler to make a profile.
    P.s. just like to add, me and my friends/ girlfriend love tbe site. Its amazing on stormy nights.

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  • Daniel

    I love the new design. I also enjoy the advertisements from amazon for pasta cookers, pasta recipe books, and pasta rollers lol.

    Thanks for putting effort into this site and for the great user feedback!

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      It’s better than what the ads keep pulling up over at Crappypasta – Pokemon and 50 Shades of Gray. If that’s not a mix to inspire horror, I don’t know what is.

      And thanks!

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      • The Operator

        Looking back on it, those ads ended up fitting Crappypasta better than any of us could have expected.

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  • LollipopGestapo

    Ive only been reading Pastas for about 90 days and this is by far the best Ive seen the site look. I like the new way the comments load. As a mobile only user, I enjoy it quite a bit. I read pretty religiously and try to offer feedback. I enjoy this site as a whole, and appreciate all the effort put into this.

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  • ILikePeas

    Maybe once you get the submission system working again, you could have ‘No submission’ weeks. These would be weeks where you just turn off the submit form, so you can go through the craploads of pastas you’ve been submitted.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      This is actually a pretty good idea, especially after weeks like this (I’ve just had a lot to do IRL and haven’t been at my computer as much, so as I’m sure those of you who visit Crappypasta have noticed, I’ve only been able to squeeze in a few submissions here and there). The queue is still pretty out of control and I don’t think it’s fair to you guys =/

      I still need to get a working submission form for Contact Us at least, but yeah, I’m considering extending the submission closure until I can get at least half the outstanding submissions processed. Maybe more if I have the time =X

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  • https://www.facebook.com/betonunesneto Alberto N.

    Very nice layout man, a great advance from the last theme, but keepin it simple and spooky. Also, yeah it would be awesome to connect via Facebook, ’cause we’d receive notifications when people replied or we could share the posts quicker and stuff. Almost forgot, Good luck getting those submissions down, I might be sending in one of my own when the option comes back

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  • crawling chaos

    Why did it have to stop working just a few weeks before Halloween? :(

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Ghosts.

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  • tim3l0rd

    I would find it a nuisance, personally, to have facebook and twitter connected to this website.

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    • Mrs. Tomlinson

      Yay! Someone agrees with the annoyance of it saying “Log into Facebook Twitter etc to do this”

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      • Richard

        Very annoying I agree but I’d like some sort of profile for users here. To see submissions / comments from certain users. If we need facebook in order to do that I think i’d be happy to deal with it.

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  • Mrs. Tomlinson

    I’d rather not have to log in via facebook/twitter, mainly cos I don’t have either…. but as long as ppl can do both and there’s not hashtags allowed, I’d be cool with it ^^

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Yeah, I absolutely refuse to add it if it replaces normal commenting… unfortunately, a lot of plugins seem to do this for some insane reason. If the demand is there enough (so far it doesn’t seem to be) I’d try and find one that gave the choice of being logged in or the normal anon style we have now.

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      • ILikePeas

        Hey, I could easily write a plugin that would let you accept both Facebook/Anon comments. You’re using wordpress, correct?

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        • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

          I really, really appreciate the offer, but I try to only use plugins that are well-known and well-tested. I’m not saying that you’d do anything malicious or exploitable on purpose, I just can’t risk it.

          Also, I’m still not really sold on the FB integration. If not enough people want it, it’ll just mean slowing down the site (since you’ll be waiting for FB servers as well) for nothing.

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  • Dormin

    A question.
    Would it be possible to make an update to show the star rating on the preview part of the story on mobile? Like how it was done on the creepy pasta index?
    My phone loads slow at times & it’d just be easier to see the rating on the preview to see if the story could be worth some time reading.

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  • Richard

    I personally would absolutely love a profile option. If it means I have to use facebook to do so then so be it. Would definitely be worth it and would probably get the site more traffic.

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  • LilMissCreepyPasta

    I don’t really like the idea of having Facebook and Twitter being connected to this..Its kind of annoying that on every site it says something like "Log into facebook/twitter to do this. This is one of the few websites that I love that doesn’t do that. You can share things on the site as it is now, and anyways if it’d be slowing down the site I don’t really think it’d be fair for people who aren’t even using it that way to have to wait for the FB servers to load for nothing. It’d be great to have some sort of profile for Creepy Pasta users to see submissions / comments from certain users though. Anyways, thanks so much for all your hard work, and this is just my personal opinion! :)

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