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Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:44:04 GMT

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March Challenge

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:44:04 -0400

This month's challenge is for all of the leprechaun lovers out there. March Leprechaun Challenge! [] Join the fun! Find that pot of fiction gold!

2017 Christmas Challenge

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:45:47 -0400

Join us in celebrating the holidays with our Christmas Challenge Ghosts of Christmas Past []

Quarantined? Things to know.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:28:30 -0400

Just a reminder to those who have stories in Quarantine -- The notice that you get if your story has been put in quarantine explains *why and how to fix it*. (And you SHOULD get a message. If not you need to check your email/spam folder. Of course, if your email address in your profile is not valid, you aren't going to get anything from the site and we can't guess where to send it.) The Mods *always* give a reason for quarantining a story. It isn't random. Breaking the Site Rules [] - will likely lead to quarantine. The top 3 reasons? *Rule 10:* No disclaimer. (*Or in the wrong place. Every story, not exception.* Disclaimers? Aren't optional. *Rule 8:* Crossover quota. We're a Buffy crossover site and as such our rules encourage the posting of Buffy crossovers. While there are exceptions, they ARE exceptions to the rule, not the expected norm. *Rule 17:* Bad grammar & spelling (so bad it makes a story unreadable), etc. Runner-Up: *Rule 13:* Summary or title not being a summary or title (or non-summary verbiage in the summary.) Note: For actual Official Rule wordage - go to the Rules Page []. And if you want your story out of quarantine in a reasonable amount of time (hours/days instead of weeks), you *must* notify the Mods that/when you've fixed the problems. We don't sit there refreshing your story page waiting for you to fix story problems. Sorry. This message brought to you By Your Friendly Site Mods

Challenge Reminder

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:35:59 -0400

We all like seeing new challenges, but there are site rules when posting them. From the Add a Challenge [] page: This is a crossover site. Therefore, you must challenge respondents to write a crossover story between Buffy/Angel and some other fandom. Crossing Buffy with Angel does not count. Challenges purely for one fandom are not accepted here, but may be posted on our forums. Non-crossover challenges will be deleted. Challenges with bad grammar or that don't make any sense will be deleted. Challenges that aren't actual challenges will be deleted. The Mods actually review the challenges on a regular basis (Yes, that means we do read them... and delete any that don't meet our quality standards/rules.). A reminder from your Friendly Neighborhood Mod Team.

Reminder - Buffy Crossovers-R-Us

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 20:28:06 -0400

A Note from Your Friendly Moderation Team *Twisting the Hellmouth * is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover fan fiction site. Buffy crossovers are our reason for being. With few exceptions, we expect stories posted here to be Buffy crossovers. If you aren't sure if you can post your story here, please read the rules [] first. If you still aren't sure, please check with the Mods (preferably) or ask in the forums. (The folks there are friendly) ---X----- Before posting a non-crossover, please check Rule 8 [] to see if you qualify for one of the few exceptions. But be aware, even though there are some exceptions, your first story posted to the site *must* be a Buffy crossover. No exception. Thanks. The Mod Team

Final Update - Server Downtime

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:33:18 -0400

Our server hosting company (the company we rent the server from and pay with your donations) has moved our server to a new facility. After 20.5 hours of downtime on 24 Sep 2017, we're back online. The Moderation Team appreciates your patience. Thanks! Additional details can be found in the forums.

2017 August Fic-A-Day Challenge - Complete

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:25:15 -0400

The 2017 August Fic-A-Day Challenge has finished. Check out the Challenge responses on LiveJournal at the TwistedShorts [] Community which is an affiliate of TtH. Additional information about this year's challenge can be found at the Comments link below.

Site Cleanup

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:18:40 -0400

The Moderators are currently in the midst of some (late spring, summer, early fall) cleaning of assorted things around the site. * Challenges * Removing Inactive member and forum accounts * Deleting Spammer accounts * Merging duplicate user accounts - one per customer folks! * Other things - see the forum for additional details and to ask questions.

Server crash

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:01:17 -0400

We suffered a server crash on May 9th. We're back up but there may be a few lingering issues that need to be fixed now that we're live again. If you encounter any unusual or unexpected behavior please report it to the Mods or drop us a line in the forums at the topic linked to this news item. Thanks for your patience. -acs-

Challenge for May

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:50:20 -0400

Celebrate the life and times of Joyce Summers with our May crossover challenge. The Joyce in May Challenge []

Anya's Easter Challenge

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 22:27:30 -0400

A challenge for Easter. Easter and bunnies go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Anya and bunnies? They have history. Join in and write a crossover with both for Easter. See: Anya's Easter Challenge []

Buffy 20th Anniversary Crossover Challenge

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:17:29 -0400

Has it really been 20 years since Buffy first set foot on the Hellmouth? Do you wonder what the Scooby Gang are doing now, 20 years later? In celebration, check out our 20th Anniversary Crossover Challenge. Buffy 20th Anniversary Crossover Challenge []

Change to author email

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:05:56 -0400

Due to an increase in spam being sent via the author email link, a change has been made to the way it is handled. Until we can institute a spam filter on all outgoing email, login is required in order to send email to our members/authors using their profile. Note: At some point in the future this may become an optional setting. *Reminder:* In order to block any email from being sent to your account via the author profile email link, there is a setting in your profile to disable it. You can also block other types of email from the site on the same page of your profile.

Server Configuration Change Status

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:57:01 -0400

Updated: On Sunday, *January 1st, 2017*, the main site and the forums where converted from HTTP to HTTPS. At this point, this is mainly complete, with a small browser cookie issue on the main site that seems to appear if you access the COA site. In general, the COA site ( ) is not recommended as a tourist destination at this time. Several other small issues are also being worked on. If you have any problems other than the one above, please drop by the forums and let us know. -acs-

2016 In Memoriam Challenge

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:02:01 -0400

Write a crossover fic honoring someone who passed away in the last year - actor, author, musician. Details here: Challenge 8495 []

A Note About Handling Quarantines

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:53:47 -0400

Just a quick reminder/note. If you post a story to the site, and unintentionally break a rule (Site Rules []) - e.g. *Rule 10* - forgot the disclaimer; *Rule 8* - don't have enough crossover stories/words to post a non-crossover (the Big Two reasons for a quarantine) or some other rule and your story ends up in quarantine? When you fix the issue, don't forget to notify the Moderators. There's a link just for that purpose. (Once you notify us, it should be unquarantined within 24 hours but may take longer.) If you *don't* notify us it may take a while (weeks in some cases) for us to notice and unquarantine your story. If you don't tell us you've fixed something, we aren't going to know that we need to check your story potentially leading to misunderstandings.

Fall Challenge

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:26:33 -0400

The Fall challenge is now up. A little something we like to call our October Surprise []. Feeling inspired? Check it out! Join in.

Sad News

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:15:45 -0400

According to a member of his family, author and long time member of Twisting the Hellmouth *becuzitswrong []* passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. Our condolences to his family and loved ones. A well respected member of a number of fan fiction communities, his presence will be missed. Additional details can be found in the forums.

2016 August Fic-A-Day Challenge

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:43:40 -0400

This is just a friendly reminder that the August Fic-A-Day Challenge will be upon us soon. The challenge is hosted on LiveJournal at the TwistedShorts [] Community which is an affiliate of TtH. A LiveJournal account is required to participate in the challenge and we welcome all new members/participants. Rules can be found via the comment link below.

Spring Cleaning

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:29:42 -0400

The moderators are attempting to clean up the “Other” sections of the site and running into some trouble because of disclaimers. Rule 10 states that disclaimers should list the fandoms present in the story. Not only is this erring on the side of caution where legality is concerned it also greatly helps the moderators when we're organizing the site. We’re not always familiar with the fandoms you’re writing in so listing them in the disclaimer makes it easier for us to create subcategories for those stories. In turn those subcategories make it easier for readers to find your stories. So please remember to list your fandoms in your disclaimers.

Leap Year Challenge

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:43:36 -0400

A challenge for February - This year is Leap Year. To go along with this event every four years - we have: The Leap Year Challenge []

Dealing with Bad Reviews and Reviewers

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:26:48 -0400

There have been reports thru unofficial channels of reviews by several reviewers that some authors find objectional. Unfortunately, the Site Mods do not have the time to read every single review you may get for your stories or that you leave for other author's stories. When you review a story, we expect you to follow Rule 18 []. Yes, at the moment Rule 18 is a bit vague. It will be updated in the near future to address things such as *Review Spam*, and other behavior that we are now seeing that we believe is inappropriate in reviews. If you, as an author, receive a review that you believe violates this rule or is inappropriate, *please* let the Moderation team know. *We can't do anything if we don't know about it.* Thanks.

December ‘Review Cheer’ Challenge

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:01:38 -0400

*'Twas the month of December, and all through the site. Reviewers were stirring, to brighten a writer's night.* The moderators would like to challenge the site members to give the gift of reviews this December. So please take a moment this month to review a story, new or old, and share the review cheer! (Please forgive the rhyme, and the rip-off of a holiday classic, as I am not as skilled as jrabbit at making things sound nifty.)

2015 Halloween Challenge

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:13:38 -0400

This year we have a challenge for Halloween. Challenge 8334 - When Ethan Comes to Town [] Ethan Rayne is up to his old tricks but with a twist. Whose lives will he bring chaos to this time? Find out on Halloween. Or join in and tell us!

Non-Crossover Classification

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:56:00 -0400

This is a reminder that you must correctly mark your story as a non-crossover if it is *not* a crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel the Series and not just place it in a non-crossover category. The classification of crossover applies to individual stories, not series. While the main story of a series might be a crossover with BtVS that doesn’t automatically make every story in the series a BtVS crossover. The moderators are currently working through a backlog of stories to ensure they are correctly labeled and categorized and have found a number of them are not correctly classified as non-BtVS crossovers. We will be contacting the writers of these stories shortly to assist in correctly classifying these stories.

Ides of March Challenge

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:27:31 -0400

As we wait for spring, battling cabin fever and end-of-season blahs, check out our first site challenge for 2015: The Ides of March Challenge - theme - treachery and betrayal! For details: Challenge-8198 []

Is your Profile up to date?

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:12:26 -0400

Your profile controls your experience when you are on the site. Have you checked it lately? - Is your email address correct? IF you forget your password it is vital for changing it. And for messages from the site to get to YOU - review notices, story tracking notices, etc. Have you tested it lately? - Do you want people to send you email thru the site? Or not? There's a setting for that. - Are your tracked authors up-to-date? - Social Media - if you set these so others can contact you on social media - is your blog, blog feed, Instant messaging (AIM, MSN, ICQ) information on the site accurate? - If you have a blog, is its rating accurate? - Does your profile biography say what you want others to know about you? When was the last time you checked it. If you have stories posted on the site does it pull them in to read your stories? - Is your maximum story rating correct? - Is your story filter correct? Are there story types you don't want to see that you are or types you want to see but aren't?

Live on New Server

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:50:35 -0400

Thanks to the able assistance of our Admin/Coder Emeritus jrabbit (who came out of retirement to help us over this hurdle), the main site is now live and ready for your story posting/reading needs on our *new* server. We are cautiously optimistic that everything is in working order *BUT* -- if you run into any problems on the site (main site or forums) over the next few days/weeks/months please let us know (using the comments link below or in the forums.) so we can attend to it. Thanks for your patience as we deal with this issue. And thanks to all those who offered their time and advice. Update: [1/31/2015] Reboot to apply patches successful. Yeah!

Server Hardware Failure

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:19:11 -0400

If you are reading this message, you are seeing it on the *new* Twisting the Hellmouth Server. The main server suffered a hardware failure. In the interest of time, we are moving ahead with the move to the new server. Which will take several days to complete. Until then, the new server is being made available in READ-ONLY mode. However (!!!!!) this new server is *under construction* (We hadn't planned to move to it for several more weeks...) A number of features are not completely working on the new server at the moment. Some/all/any stories may NOT be accessible. in the normal fashion. Some menu options may not be working. Email is not currently working. Your patience while we fix things is appreciated.

Server Hardware Upgrade

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:12:35 -0400

YASMR (Yet Another Server Move Reschedule) Twisting the Hellmouth - both the main site and forums - will be moving to a newer server in late January/early February. The exact date will be posted here and in the forums when it is known. *Note:* Click on the *Comments* link below to see the forum topic for additional details and discussion of what this means for *YOU!*