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Just a general update for those of you who are still confused:

1. As has been said many times, the site was a victim of a malicious hacker. With the help of our hosting company and Sucuri, this has been taken care of. A few of you also helped me to raise the money necessary for a year-long Sucuri site-monitoring package (a million thanks to you all), and this was successfully purchased yesterday. Sucuri’s verdict is that the site is now clean, so those of you who were sticking to RSS should be able to come back now!

2. During the issues with the hack, I literally spent almost every minute of my free time trying to fix that issue. Most of that time was playing catch-up with the malicious script, since until I found the actual root of the issue everything that I cleaned just kept getting re-infected. Because of this, I did not get to read one single submission for almost an entire week even though I was absolutely glued to my computer. I’ve been reading them in my spare time over the past few days, but I am still INCREDIBLY behind, to the tune of still reading things from the last week of August.

This means that submissions will REMAIN CLOSED for awhile, until I can process the ENTIRE SUBMISSION QUEUE – currently stacked 758 submissions deep. I will be reading them as quickly as I can, but there are a few things that I ask you guys to keep in mind:

  • I am reading in my free time. I do have many other things that require my attention and time on a day-to-day basis, so do remember that I still live a life beyond the computer screen that interrupts the submission-reading-robot persona that most of you seem to imagine! This is also the same reason that I am hesitant to give anyone concrete, ‘I will be done by __’ types of answers. Life is too unpredictable for that kind of guarantee.
  • I do need to take breaks every so often. As anyone who has ever tried to cram before a test can probably sympathize with, after reading for a certain amount of time, words tend to run together. When I hit this point, I have to stop. For whatever reason, when I hit that point of not absorbing things correctly, I tend to start reading submissions as worse than they actually are. Like, I’ll see run-ons where they don’t exist, that sort of thing. So in order to keep myself from rejecting perfectly good pastas solely due to my tired brain, I have to pace myself.
  • Because of this insane backlog, the whole ‘ask me about missing pastas after two months’ is kind of on hold. I’m almost exactly two months behind right now! What makes more sense is to wait until I finish the entire queue, then if you haven’t received an answer one way or the other (and do make sure to check your spam filters, guys, I’ve had reports that my emails end up there sometimes), THEN you should ask me. Right now, if you haven’t received an answer and you submitted after mid-August, there is a 99% chance that I just simply haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Asking me over and over to check on submissions that were submitted in late September, for example, is sort of pointless and time-wasting when I’ve been telling you guys that I’m still in August.
  • I am not reopening submissions until I am done. Please respect this; stop trying to submit via comments. Prefacing such comments with “I know you said not to do this, but [insert submission anyhow]” is just plain rude and I’m just going to delete your comment for feeling like you’re somehow a special snowflake whose submission is more important than everyone else’s. It will NOT kill you to wait for a little while as I go through the veritable mountain of old submissions.
  • Please use this time to refine, proofread, and edit any pastas that you’re waiting on submitting. As anyone who frequents Crappypasta can tell you, 90% of pastas are rejected because the author simply didn’t bother to proofread at ALL. Sending your pasta to me in such a state does nobody any favors, least of all you. Post it on forums like Terror Tortellini, /x/, or any of the other forums on the sidebar links section. Have a teacher, friend, or parent peer-review for you. Sometimes all it takes is just you re-reading the story even once to notice glaring errors! By proofreading and editing BEFORE you submit, you both increase your chances of being approved as well as help reduce the clutter in the submission queue.

Thank you for your time, and I will inform you when I’m done clearing the queue.

  • MissMeg

    Is there anything I can do to help? Like getting through some of the stories for you?

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    • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

      I meant to thumb you down. Do not think I appreciate your comment.

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      • Shane

        What exactly is bad about her offering help?

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        • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

          Derpbutt has said on NUMEROUS occasions that you can’t just ask to be an admin, and stuff like that. It would be alright on the update that explains this, but reading that update and still asking is just rude. Well my opinion.

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  • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

    So until EVERY SINGLE submission is done, theres no submission? (I’m not complaining) You should REALLY try to get a helping admin dude.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Yeah, I know, but… how do I put this without making it seem like I’m blaming the community?

      Especially after recent events, it absolutely MUST be someone that I know well and trust… but a few potential coadmins got a taste of some of the emails and replies and, for lack of a better term, negative attention that admins get, and were just like ‘lolnope not dealing with that for free’

      And clearly I can’t pay them, so.

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      • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

        I’m sure you will.

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  • Stephan D. Harris

    I have a relevant question for once: I had a pasta accepted and scheduled for posting on the 22nd, yesterday, but I’m not seeing it anywhere on the site. Can I ask why that is?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      It was mentioned in a previous announcement, but in order to keep the site updating daily I had to adjust the post schedule – we went from 4 pastas per day to 2. Otherwise, you guys would’ve had days with no updates while I was still trying to address the hack issue.

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      • Stephan D. Harris

        Ah, okay, totally cool. I was starting to get paranoid that you hated me, or thought that I was ugly or something. But we can’t all afford boob jobs now can we?

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        • Lord Gore

          haha boob jobs

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  • Comment #1

    I AM the queue!!!

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    • An Indian

      Ha ha ha! You are funny.

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  • Burdicus

    Just wanted to say thanks for keeping us all updated!

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  • Splendiferous

    I appreciate you!

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  • as;dlkfja;sdfk

    Anonymous comment from Anonymous Netizen, you have an awesome site, you do great work, and I appreciate your efforts to keep a standard of quality up.

    Well done, man. Good on you.

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  • http://www.youtube/cockneypasta cockney pasta

    Mate, im well sorry. I didnt know that happened. I reckon i speak for most readers/writerr when i say you do such a good job and are very appreciated. Thanks for working as hard as yóu are to get things back on track, and will indeed use this time to spellcheckafie. Thanks mate.

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  • QuietOcean

    THEN WHO WAS QUEUE??

    No seriously, have you considered taking on helpers? I realize the need to keep all submissions coming through the same moderator to ensure both fair practice and credibility, but other sources funneling into you could help your organizational and logistical process, purely from an engineering standpoint. Not to mention those of us who love the site recognize the weight levied on your shoulders as a sort of "lone ranger".

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    • QuietOcean

      …and thanks for all your hard work.

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  • Gl00b3rz

    I’m not blaming you but this kinda sucks considering what time of the year it is.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      I know. Let’s just call the hacker our own personal Halloween version of the Grinch.

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    • Gaelicgirl

      Really dude?! He just explained how horribly hard he is working to get things caught up, and that the site is backed up to August. Im sure ALL of our submissions that pass the gauntlet will be just as good as they would’ve been in October….

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  • Stephan D. Harris

    I had another question actually. Is the "Contact Us" thingy no longer in service? I tried to get to it from both my home computer and my iPhone, without success. I’m not exactly willing to ask you (Mr. Derpbutt) some things through public comments.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      The Contact Us form is throwing its own version of the submission form’s temper tantrum, though it works occasionally for some reason.

      I replied to you at IG, so if that’s what you’re referring to – please check your inbox there.

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  • CreepyHydra645

    I’m actually going to see if my dad and English teacher can read the one I’m working on.

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  • LollipopGestapo

    Awh man, that sucks so much! I feel so bad for you. I’ve managed a few websites before and it’s a hectic job; especially if it’s not your full time job, and you have to fit it in. It’ll all get caught up, though, try not to get overwhelmed. I found that cold compresses helped alleviate some of the burny eye strain from staring at a screen for hours. Good luck! And thanks for the hard work.

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  • Calum S.

    Just wondering, but does this effect comments at all?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      No, comments are unaffected. They do have two stages of moderation (automated spam filtering and then my own manual approval/rejection), so you may have to wait a couple hours for a comment to go through if I’m sleeping or something, but that’s about it.

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  • justin

    Was it stn.dll lol

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  • Len Lye

    Possible suggestion that might piss a few people off.

    Maybe there can be some alternation between days or weeks that submissions can and can’t be sent. As in like there’s one "submission week" then the next week submissions will be closed or "submission day" then the next day could be closed off.

    Might help alleviate some of the load so that you won’t get overwhelmed everytime a minor problem appears. Instead of you sacrificing for us derpbutt, we can for you for once.

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    • Shogunfish

      This might have the added effect of preventing some of the really REALLY bad pastas from being submitted. If you write something in 5 minutes and then realize it’s not submissions week what are the chances that you will remember that 5 minutes of effort the next week? Whereas if you put hours into it and work over multiple days you will almost certainly remember. Theoretically you would get half the amount of terrible pastas and the same amount of good ones. Theoretically

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    • ILikePeas

      Didn’t I already suggest that? Ah well, that’s what I get for not copyrighting. ;P

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    • Len Lye

      Also it could give writers more time to review their work. I mean when I read Crappypastas it’s pretty clear many of them just lacklusterly scrapped together a godawful lazy-ass "story" in 5-10 minutes, then submit it I think half the time because they can. If you alternate days and they can’t submit yet maybe some of them would think, "Hmm, I should really think this over" and possibly avoid the influx of stories like that.

      And for people who actually tried but submit their stories prematurely because they’re so eager to get their work across, it can give them time to proofread and polish it up.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      I do like this idea, and I’m willing to give it a shot once the queue is finished and I find a working submission form =)

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      • Len Lye

        Thank you derpbutt! I really do feel this will be able to ease up your workload.

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      • Gaelicgirl

        Very good idea, or even possibly only "x" number of submissions per author per wk, month, etc….BTW i know I can speak for many, many people…..Thank you for your dedication

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  • Stephan D. Harris

    Len Lye brings up a good point. The truly faithful members of the community won’t mind, and overall quality of pastas should improve with that sort of timetable.

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  • Slender

    if the submissions are closed then how are there being more creepypastas? is it just from what you already had submitted?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Yep. Submissions are closed because I’m working through a huge pool of already submitted stuff – so all the stuff you see being published right now was actually sent to me months ago.

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  • ILikePeas

    Hey, that copyright comment I made earlier made me remember something important I wanted to ask. When you accept and post a pasta, do we surrender our copyright in any way? Because I’m compiling a small book of short stories I hope to get published, and I might want to submit some as creepypasta as well.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      No, you don’t surrender any sort of copyright. The submission form that you agreed to when submitting just says that you give us permission to post your work and that you don’t expect/are entitled to any payment or percentage of site profits.

      I’m fairly certain that some past submitters from the early days actually did exactly what you’re hoping to do, though I’m not 100% solid on the details.

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  • Comment # 38

    I AM STILL THE QUEUE!!!

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    • An Indian

      Hahaha!! You are funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but I completely understand. I love this site and I’d rather wait as long as it takes rather than not have it at all. I really appreciate the work you do, bro.

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  • Shane

    Did the hacker post comments posing as an admin?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Not that I saw.

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  • Apricot scrub

    Do you think the hacker might have been a disgruntled auother mad you rejected his or her pasta

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