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...

As most of you have no doubt noticed, a new comment system has been implemented. We are now using the DISQUS commenting system, which will add the following features:
  • You can set up and customize your own Disqus profile - my hope is that this will satisfy those of you who kept asking for user profiles while allowing me to avoid the higher server cost and security issues that would manifest if we implemented user profiles via our blogging platform.
    • You do not NEED to register for Disqus; anonymous/guest commenting is still enabled.
    • However, having a Disqus profile will allow you to utilise the new comment system to its fullest extent: you will be able to subscribe to comment threads, receive notifications when people reply to or vote on one of your comments, follow other commenters (there's a Disqus dashboard that acts in a similar fashion to a Tumblr dash or Facebook feed for the people and posts that you've followed).
  • You can edit and/or delete your comments without having to "request" deletion by me (this function was glitchy and slow as I frequently didn't receive the deletion requests for hours after they were sent, often resulting in the comment being approved long before the deletion request showed up).
  • You will be able to easily upload and insert images into comments.
  • I will be able to appoint comment section moderators without actually having to give them access to the site's backend; this will allow comments to be approved more frequently.
    • I already have some long-time and frequent commenters in mind for mod positions; please do not volunteer or sent me contact requests begging for mod access. I will only be recruiting a few mods at first, and if we end up needing more down the line they will be chosen by the mod team based on who we see contributing to the site's discussions in a mature and useful fashion.
  • If a comment gets through the mod queue and you feel it's over the line, there is a 'flag' function that will bring it to the moderators' attentions.
  • For those of you who are very active and just like the acknowledgement of how much you've contributed to site discussion, there will be a 'top commenters' box on the sidebar.
  • Very long comments will be minimized until YOU personally choose to expand them. Similarly, the comment section will only load 'batches' of comments at a time, so you can tell the plugin to load more comments when you're ready. This should make things less intensive for those of you who were complaining about having too many comments loading at once on your phones.
  • Clicking the "Creepypasta" heading on the Disqus form will show you the comment threads that are currently most active on this site.
  • There are some back-end benefits as well: the spam filter for Disqus is free, so I will get to save $$ on that front if it works properly (I currently pay a monthly fee for our spam filter - we get around 1000 spam attempts per day between the two sites, so believe me, it's necessary to have some sort of filter). Additionally, having the comments hosted off-site should help with the site load.
I hope that you will all enjoy the new system! As of this writing, the comment import is about 80% done. If you find some posts where comments aren't displaying yet, do not be alarmed. We've got about 6 years worth of comments that are being imported into the new system, and it can take up to a day on average, more if we run into any weird errors. Two other new functions have been added over the past month (these aren't related to the new comment system, but I realised that I haven't yet made a post introducing them):
  • Hiding Content: You've probably noticed the (hide) link appearing next to tags and categories. This allows you to 'hide' a specific tag or category that you dislike. If you absolutely haaaate Ritualpastas, for example, you can 'hide' them and - as long as you don't clear the cookie - you will not see any posts tagged as Rites & Rituals when browsing the site. To be clear, these preferences are not stored server-side; it uses cookies on your computer/tablet/phone/whatever. Just like the 'add to favorites' function, this means that you will need cookies enabled to use this function, and clearing the cookie will result in your 'hide' preferences being removed. Additionally, as the cookie is stored on your device, contacting me and asking me to clear it for you will not accomplish anything. You will have to do this yourself using your browser's settings.
  • For those of you who wanted to know which pastas were the most popular each month, the sidebar now displays the top ten socially active posts. It's currently set to display the top posts for the past 30 days, and it uses a combination of comments and social media shares to decide its rankings. Since the "all-time" top-ranked pastas are rarely dethroned, I thought that this would be a nice way to give attention to some of the newer pastas that are causing buzz.
Lastly, in regards to the Disqus system, we have a few decisions to make. Please click the 'read more' link to view the rest of this post.

The submission form is once again open and ready for your stories! The July/August submission period will run from July 5, 2014 - August 20, 2014. If you did not receive a reply to your submission from the April/May period, your story was rejected. Do not...

I've been asked to help spread the word about what I hope will be a very successful and important charity project. I think that the primary organizers have done an excellent job expressing their motivation and goal, so without further ado: [fvplayer src="https://youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9xUFdWI-o"]On June 1st, a...

I've recently been alerted to the horrific events that took place in Wisconsin. I've received both messages of concern and blame, and while it seems that the Creepypasta Wiki is bearing the brunt of media attention and finger-pointing, I feel it's necessary for me to make...

Hey everyone! I have a couple things that I wanted to get community input on, so let's get right to business. First: When is summer break for most of you? Just like last year, I don't want to reopen submissions until everyone is finished with final exams...

The backlog has been fully processed. If you did not receive a reply and you checked 'yes' on Crappypasta, it's likely that one of the following things occured:
    1. You entered your email address incorrectly/your email account was full when I tried to email you and let you know of your submission status. Please do a search with some text from your pasta to see if it was uploaded to either site before you resubmit. The search bar is at the top of the sidebar.
    2. Your pasta was deemed over the line and rejected entirely. To play it safe: if your story involved abuse of any kind, pornographic content, racist/homophobic/sexist themes and language, obvious trolls or attempts at targeting myself or another community member, or anything else that we cover in the FAQ as possibly overstepping the bounds of what I'm willing to consider, DO ME A GREAT FAVOR AND DO NOT RESUBMIT THAT STORY. I don't know if it was something in the water or just part and parcel with the bigger than usual submission count, but I estimate that about 300 submissions fell into this category during the last period.
    3. Your story simply didn't go through for whatever reason. If I don't actually receive the story, there's nothing that I can do.
    It was pointed out to me that it was somewhat unfair to do a massive Crappypasta posting spree with all ~600 stories posted within a few days - doing so would basically ensure that some of the stories were completely overlooked by the community as they got buried in the sheer volume of posts. To get around this issue, I tried to leave a day or two in between each batch. To make amends for the longer processing time that this tactic created, I've extended the open period once again - you now have until April 30th to submit your pastas. There will be a 'rest period' of several days on Crappypasta to let people catch up on the massive number of stories looking for feedback. To read the original content of this announcement, please click the 'read more' button.

    First off, submissions will re-open on March 20th and remain open until April 15th. I'll make another announcement when I've completed scheduling and replying to all the sorted submissions, as per usual. Please note that if you have chosen to hold back your parodypasta submissions until the last possible moment for whatever reason, if you want ANY chance at getting your story included in this year's April 1st Parodypasta collection, you must submit your parodypasta BEFORE the end of March. Now, on to the actual meat of this post: AS OF THE MARCH 2014 SUBMISSION PERIOD, CHECKING "YES" ON CRAPPYPASTA WILL NOT BE A GUARANTEE OF A POSTING THERE. ONLY STORIES THAT I BELIEVE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE REWRITTEN SUCCESSFULLY WILL MAKE THE JUMP TO CRAPPYPASTA. I think that's pretty clear. However, for those of you who are curious about the reasoning for this change and don't mind an epic TL;DR situation, read on.

    First off: this post is ONLY related to those of you who were still waiting on a response from the April/May submission period. If you only recently submitted during the July open period, none of this applies to you and you do not need to...

    Here's the current situation: due to certain circumstances, I am mostly reading submissions via a tablet right now. This makes it pretty easy to get through submissions, but getting them scheduled/pasted to crappypasta/replied to is definitely better suited to be done at a desktop. For...

    UPDATE 2/4: I'm working on reading submissions and getting things scheduled. Expect to see new pastas on the main page starting on February 8th, and please do visit Crappypasta if you're really starving for new pastas! I've been updating it for about a week now, and I'm sure the authors would appreciate some constructive criticism. Remember, the more we can improve the community's overall skill level, the easier it will be for me to find new main-site pastas! Most of the holdup right now comes from the simple fact that I have to get through roughly 50+ unpostable submissions to find one acceptable submission. Please remember that I can only work with what I'm given, and I have no spider-sense that will allow me to bypass the slush and zero in on the good stuff. It's my hope that if the community legitimately helps the Crappypasta authors, this ratio of crap:creep may become a bit better in the future. Please pay particular attention to the Just Needs Polishing, Shows Promise and Undercooked Pasta categories, as they generally include the submissions that can benefit the most from a lot of feedback and suggestions. As before, I'm putting the older updates below the "read more" to avoid causing confusion.