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A Bit of Rope

TariElfLady - 15 Oct 14 - 10:59 AM

Ch. 52: Secrets In The Dark

This is the first time I have ever read of an Orc being almost human.  I love the way you show his memories returning.  Perhaps there is hope for him yet.  (I'm still upset about Eomer dying.  Who will rule Rohan now?)

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 10/31/14 8:29 PM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices



The email server local to HASA is hosed. It can no longer send in or out. Nothing has been able to be delivered for a few days.

I have moved the email away from the local server and am using a free service called Mandrill for the rest of the site's life. If you get an email from HASA it will have a weird "Sent on behalf of" that looks kind of like: hasatechsupport@mail132-10.atl131.mandrillapp.com; on behalf of hasatechsupport@henneth-annun.net. At present, HASA is unable to receive any incoming email, but I hope to have that resolved over the weekend.

If you sent out notices about story updates recently, please try resending them. They probably didn't go out or else were thrown back as undeliverable.


The ability to post new stories  on HASA will be disabled over the weekend. You will still be able to update existing work and post new items to comments and forums. The site may look like it can accept new stories, but the database insert will simply be bypassed. EDIT - Sorry, new *stories* will not be allowed, but new *chapters* are still allowed for now. At some point, I have to freezer the database, but not yet. Probably in early to mid-December.


I have not yet heard back from the Open Doors people about whether the archive can be imported, but given the bad state of the email, they may be trying to send me messages and they just aren't getting through.


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Re: Where Else Can You Read My Stories?

Posted On: 10/21/14 6:58 PM
By: Linda Hoyland
In: HASA General Notices

My stories are posted on all the major archives.

You can find them all at




and you can contact me on my LJ.


Feel free to friend me

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Re: Where Else Can You Read My Stories?

Posted On: 10/20/14 9:40 PM
By: Nath
In: HASA General Notices

My stories are also posted at:

Archive Of Our Own

Many Paths to Tread

and at my own site.

I also have an account at FF.net as Nath, but it's been years since I've even logged in there.

For readers of Unto the Ending of the World, which is currently only posted here, I'll be reposting it with revisions from the first chapter on at Many Paths to Tread.

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 10/20/14 9:31 PM
By: Nath
In: HASA General Notices

I can do some of the updating old stories.

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 10/20/14 5:35 PM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices

Update on various things,

Open Doors: The data is in their hands and being evaluated by their senior programmer. This will take into next week. After that evaluation, we'll know if Open Doors is a viable location for the archive as a whole.

Cut off for new stories: At present, it is possible to create new stories on HASA. I will turn off this capability two weeks from now on Saturday, November 1. If we can get imported into Open Doors, there will be another cut-off date for changes or edits so that we freeze the content and don't miss anything new.

Call for Story Admins to fix some old stories: Some of the very oldest stories in HASA have a problem because their line breaks got lost in one of the site upgrades. It used to be that the processing script for HASA would look for an invisible new line character in story chapters and insert HTML break tags to create paragraph breaks. When HASA converted over to Tiny MCE and had WYSIWYG HTML, I had to use a different processing script that didn't automatically insert code because that would have left everything double spaced. The trouble is that the very old stories need the inserted break tags and now are just long run-on paragraphs.

In the Story Admin area, I have a few pages set up where an admin can pull up old stories, look to see if the chapter reads normally or is collapsed on itself, and click a single button to update the chapter and permanently insert the break tags. Different people have been updating stories off and on for a few years, but there are still a lot of old stories in the system that need to be updated. I'm not sure exactly how many there are in this state. Most of the stories needing updates are dated 2005 and earlier.

Are there any volunteers who would like to help get these older stories back in readable form? It's not hard to do, but it is a bit tedious. If the archive gets exported, it would be nice to have the chapters look their best. If there were 4 or 5 people who would check and update several stories a day, it would probably go fairly quickly.


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