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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 09/17/14 6:09 PM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices

Brief update,

The response to the news of HASA's retirement has been amazing and humbling. A few of you have reduced me to tears with your touching stories about the site and what it means to you.

One message has been clear - save the Research Library. I hear you, so do the rest of the admins, and we're moving forward. Keep an eye out for requests for data entry and quality checking, hopefully by some time in October.

Sadly, I have heard nothing back, not even a automated message, from Open Doors. That may not be an option for saving the entire archive, though it does seem to be a nice place for individual authors to post their stuff.

Finally, if you are interested in helping track down authors and get permission to copy stories to other archives, please pipe up. We have ways to allow non-authors to act as administrators and save stories out as long as the authors agree for their work to be transferred.

Anglachel

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 09/15/14 8:39 PM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices

Hi Lin,

Please do reach out to authors you know who may not be active in the fandom anymore and let them know what's up. I'm glad you like the visuals on the site, though I have to thank/blame Nath for much of the aesthetic qualities. She has done much of the imagery and helped define the color scheme.

You've seen some of the behind the scenes adventures with Orchard, so you we're working hard on getting things running. I'm almost ready to try publishing a test of the site just to see what's involved.

Anglachel

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 09/15/14 7:44 AM
By: Linaewen
In: HASA General Notices

Thanks for all you're doing to save the Research Library -- not to mention all you've done these past years to keep HASA going in spite of all the difficulties!   I'm trying to contact some people I know who have been active at HASA in the past as writers and readers but have dropped off the radar of late, so that they will know of this impending change.  A lot of my own stories are archived elsewhere, so I have less to do for saving my own works, though I think HASA has the most up to date versions.

One of the things I will miss most about HASA is the pleasant layout.  I have loved the color scheme and the layout and the ease of use of the archive the most of all the places I post my stories.  Thanks again for that consistency over the years!

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HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 09/14/14 8:15 AM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices

This thread (and more if needed) is for comment on shutting down HASA.

To reiterate, the driving force behind this decision is server security. I can't go into detail about our security issues in an open venue, so here's what I can say. We've been hacked in the recent past, the services on the server have been used for nefarious purposes, there are ISPs out there who have blacklisted our site and IP due to the problems that have happened.  I get email bounce-backs every week due to the blacklisting. The database is (for now) secure, which means your personal information is secure.

This is not a money issue, though funding does enter into it. I'm currently paying most hosting costs out of my own pocket, which I can carry. If all that was needed was hosting fees, there are donors who would help foot the bill. The problem is technical and security retrofitting, which would involve new hardware, new server software and then a total overhaul of the application code for HASA itself. This is several hundred hours of work. I don't have that time and the cost to hire someone to do it at current rates is six figures.

At the suggestion of several people, I have sent an email to the Open Doors project to see what possible archive move options might be. I will report back what I find out.

I'm working with an open source product called Orchard CMS to see if it will support the Research Library portion of HASA. It's a little iffy, but it looks like the basic data can be supported, and then better presentations can be developed. In many ways, it's a much better technical platform than what I was able to build for HASA. It's not a good one for a major story archive, though it would probably be pretty good for an individual author's stories.

Anglachel

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September 2014 Birthday Cards

Posted On: 08/24/14 6:50 AM
By: Imhiriel
In: 2014 - HASA Birthdays

Birthday folks: Is your birthday in September and you would be delighted by a little story gift from your fellow HASA members? Then state your request here in this thread. To collect your birthday cards in one place, you can create a birthday workshop story.

Authors: Let yourselves get inspired by the suggestions - a chance to be creative and to make a fellow HASA member happy at the same time! Just like the recipients, you can collect the stories you've written in a  birthday workshop story.

And don't forget to add your birthday cards to the 2014 Birthday Cards Challenge.

Here's a short recap on how to do that:

  • Add each birthday present as a chapter in your story, using the story name (and the birthday recipient if there is room) as the story chapter. If you can't fit the person's name into the chapter title, just include it as the first opening line in the chapter.
  • Be sure you give each chapter a number and set the status to public so everyone can read it!
  • Since most birthday card stories are pretty short, you might include the birthday recipient's wish for what kind of story she wanted. Paste it from the forum.
  • In your story summary, you can list out who you've written stories for if you like.
  • It's up to you on the order you want to give your chapters - Alphabetical by recipient, order by month chronologically, newest first, etc.

In case you need help or have a comment, question or suggestion, please post it here or send me an e-mail - I'll do my best to help.

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August 2014 Birthday Cards

Posted On: 07/29/14 11:35 AM
By: Imhiriel
In: 2014 - HASA Birthdays

Birthday folks: Is your birthday in August and you would be delighted by a little story gift from your fellow HASA members? Then state your request here in this thread. To collect your birthday cards in one place, you can create a birthday workshop story.

Authors: Let yourselves get inspired by the suggestions - a chance to be creative and to make a fellow HASA member happy at the same time! Just like the recipients, you can collect the stories you've written in a  birthday workshop story.

And don't forget to add your birthday cards to the 2014 Birthday Cards Challenge.

Here's a short recap on how to do that:

  • Add each birthday present as a chapter in your story, using the story name (and the birthday recipient if there is room) as the story chapter. If you can't fit the person's name into the chapter title, just include it as the first opening line in the chapter.
  • Be sure you give each chapter a number and set the status to public so everyone can read it!
  • Since most birthday card stories are pretty short, you might include the birthday recipient's wish for what kind of story she wanted. Paste it from the forum.
  • In your story summary, you can list out who you've written stories for if you like.
  • It's up to you on the order you want to give your chapters - Alphabetical by recipient, order by month chronologically, newest first, etc.

In case you need help or have a comment, question or suggestion, please post it here or send me an e-mail - I'll do my best to help.

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Concerning Aruthir And His Never-Ending Questions

Posted On: 07/23/14 8:18 AM
By: Aruthir
In: FAQs - Post your questions here

May I ask for Romendacil II to be added to the list of searchable characters?

Pretty please?

Who, me?

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Concerning Corsairs

Posted On: 07/21/14 1:35 PM
By: Aruthir
In: FAQs - Post your questions here

Once I finish my tale "The Rains of Castamir", would people be offended if I spread any more of the tales I have heard of the Gondorian Kin-strife?

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A Query

Posted On: 07/20/14 1:43 PM
By: Aruthir
In: FAQs - Post your questions here

Long ago, when the world was young About ten, fifteen years ago I read a fic about the Queens of Gondor, and I find myself wanting to re-read it. However, I can't find it anywhere online can anyone out there help me out? I offer fic as payment?

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Concerning Telemnar

Posted On: 07/20/14 9:20 AM
By: Aruthir
In: FAQs - Post your questions here

Is there anyone out there who would be interested in fanfic about this most unfortunate of Kings, might a fellow ask?

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