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…until January 15th, 2013. Then the form will be closed again (I am not sure how long the closed period will be next time, as it will depend on how many submissions have come through and how far in advance we’re scheduled at the time of closure).

The new submission form is up and running, and after a small hiccup where I discovered it was actively removing formatting from submissions (so everything was looking wall’o’texty – I mentioned it on twitter, but if you were one of the few who submitted in the first 30 minutes after midnight EST, please resubmit as the form totally broke your submissions and made them ugly), it seems to be functioning properly now.

If you did not receive a response to your prior submission at this point, you either checked ‘no’ for crappypasta and were rejected, or your submission did not make it through properly. This new form SHOULD be sending confirmation emails – though do make sure to check your spam folder, I know that Gmail at least already shunts our emails to spam – so we should be able to avoid lost submissions more easily. Due to the amount of people who seemingly refused to pay attention during the submission process, confirmation emails have been turned off. People were repeatedly clogging up the submission queue with pointless replies to the confirmation emails even after I added BIG RED LETTERS to the confirmation message telling people NOT to reply to the confirmation email. Congratulations, your refusal to read a couple sentences ruined it for everyone else. 

Other changes:

  • There are now tooltips. If you’re confused about what to enter for a certain field, hovering over the tiny “?” boxes will pop up a little explanation about that particular part of the form.
  • You can now (optionally) choose tags! This means that if your pasta is about a common topic, like Slenderman, or is a parodypasta, you can now tag it as such. This will allow your pasta – if accepted – to appear when somebody clicks the relevant topic in the tag cloud. Tags currently only exist for popular and recurring Creepypasta topics, so if none of them apply to your submission, simply ignore that option entirely.

The shiny new submission form is up and active here!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE RICH TEXT EDITOR DECIDED TO DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF ITS INTENDED PURPOSE AND INSTEAD BROKE ANY SUBMISSION THAT USED IT. IF YOU USED THE RICH TEXT EDITOR [ONLY POSSIBLE IF YOU SUBMITTED ON THE 15TH], PLEASE RESUBMIT. THE RICH TEXT EDITOR HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FORM. HOPEFULLY THIS TIME, THINGS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO WORK CORRECTLY!

(Also: 160 submissions so far in less than a day, I really hope this slows down because I don’t think I can handle it if I end up with almost 5k submissions in one month, holy crap you guys)

  • DerpDeDerp

    Would i have to resubmit it if i submitted it 20 mins after it went active? I did it about 10:20 my time, which is 2hours i think behind your time.

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    • DerpDeDerp

      I’m so sorry, im half asleep ._. I derped for a second and asked that.

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      • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

        Derp is a state of being I’m very familiar with, don’t worry.

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  • MaasRed

    my bad it worked :)

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  • Cole Woods

    Ermm I submited a pasta but when I got the confirmation mail it looked like a “wall’o’texty” should I re-submit it?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      For some reason, the form seems to be wall of texting if you use the rich text editor now. I don’t know. Apparently we can’t have it both ways or it breaks, so I’ll be removing the rich text option. Yes, resubmit, because yours looks unreadable as is.

      This is part of the reason it took so long. It’s next to impossible to find a form system that doesn’t have at least one annoyance.

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  • TheRadHatter

    How do I know if I should resubmit….

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Um, if you used the rich text editor instead of the normal text editor. You had to actively select the rich text editor on purpose as the default was the plain text editor, so if you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you probably don’t need to resubmit.

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      • TheRadHatter

        Thanks. :)

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  • Grey

    WHOEVER IS SENDING IN FREAKIN TROLLS TO THE PASTA SUBMITTER NEEDS TO FREAKIN STOP OR U R GOING TO RUIN THE SITE.

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  • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

    Sorry derpbutt, but in all fairness I replied to your submission cue before you put this. Two questions, if sumbmission emails are closed, how is someone going to know if their pasta has been submitted? and what if I need to talk to you about comedypasta?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      No, the submission form is still open. I suspect that you aren’t entirely understanding what I’m talking about.

      I’ve just turned off the confirmation emails – a new thing. Confirmation email was just automatically sent to the person’s email when they hit the ‘submit’ button and it was simply a copy of their submission, nothing more. Unfortunately, people kept replying to these confirmation emails with completely random/pointless responses and due to the new way the submissions organize themselves, these replies were appearing as new submissions. So not only did they waste time and clog up the queue, I had no idea what original submission they were even replying to. It also seemed like the very concept of a confirmation email really confused some people, there were a lot of people replying to them asking “so does this mean that I need to reply to this to finish my submission” or other similarly not-grounded-in-reality mixups. So it seemed to be far more hinder than help and I’ve turned that function off.

      The form still displays a “submission complete” message so you know immediately if it has worked. I will still reply to accepted and crappypasta’d submissions the same as I did before, there is just no more AUTO-GENERATED confirmation emails because it seems the community at large was unable to comprehend their purpose.

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      • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

        I get it.

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  • http://streamoffire.blogspot.com Mophead

    How do you know whether it has been accepted

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Read the FAQ, it is explained there.

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  • Brandon

    do you do all the reading and putting on the site or is there a team of people? just wondering

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      This is answered in the FAQ.

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  • lollipop_gestapo

    Once you get this all figured out, will you be opening a,”sexypasta “? I’d like to place my vote for this. *awkward linger*

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  • Derpula Stevens

    Umm… the first two comments that I sent? DO NOT ACCEPT THEM! Here is my REAL question: I found the where you submit creepy pastas… but it doesn’t have a writing space where I put my creepy pasta in or anything… do you know why?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Check the most recent announcement. I’m not sure why you skipped it to comment on this one, but it explains things.

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  • Maxwell

    Hey DerpButt, whenever I try to submit my pasta, the box at the very bottom of the screen that serves as the anti-spam question doesn’t have anything next to it (no captcha or anything) so it won’t let me submit my pasta. What should I be putting in that box?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Clear your cache and refresh the page. Sometimes it does this to random people.

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