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December 13, 2012 at 10:21am
December 13, 2012 at 10:21am
Good Deeds - November 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the November 2012 running of "Good Deeds Go Noticed were chosen from the 144 entries submitted. Thanks to all who reviewed and entered.

*Star* First: Jeff
*Bullet* Second: jonmark
*Bullet* Third: Ember_Rain ~Jail-a-thon open

~Diane

Ready to work on character development? Check out "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest, the official site contest for December.
December 7, 2012 at 4:07am
December 7, 2012 at 4:07am
Introducing: Cover Images [Beta]
Greetings and Happy Holidays!

We're opening up a new feature for public beta testing. It's called a Cover Image and it's about to make Writing.Com portfolios a lot more interesting.

Each item type on Writing.Com can now be given a Cover Image which will then be shown by the item's title... instead of the standard Itemicons, like and . They're are shown in your portfolio and at the top of the item where the title and other 'heading' information is.

Cover Images are:
*Bullet* uploaded using the normal item edit forms
*Bullet* bound by the same 100K file size limits as Image Items
*Bullet* bound by the same 400x400 pixel size limits as Image items
*Bullet* square, so until we develop a thumbnail system, use square images for best results
*Bullet* reserved for members with an Upgraded Membership or above, just like Images

Covers are shown on c-item, b-item and other links automatically. In addition, the new WritingML tag {cov-item:} allows you to produce a link showing the cover image, for example:




And, super handy is that covers can be shared and shown with the standard {image:} WritingML tag! Anyone clicking the image is automatically brought to the item itself. For example, {image:186338-40%} will show:


(I used the recently added image scaling to the WritingML above to use less page space with the example.) Wink



We're releasing this to the site at this time as a Beta feature. That means we're still testing it, defining it, figuring up the documentation, etc -- but we'd still like to see you use it and hear your opinions on it.


Have fun and thanks in advance for your feedback!
~~SM

PS: Image Items can't have separate covers. The cover is the image itself.

PPS: Again, please note that this is an Upgraded Membership and above feature only.


November 30, 2012 at 12:33am
November 30, 2012 at 12:33am
Updates: Review Update, Image Scaling...
Greetings Folks!

Many of you have noticed some updates around WDC. (If you follow my notebook updates, you've seen a few of them there.) Here's some info on the visible and not so visible "new stuff"!

We updated the review area of items a few days ago to put more of a focus on the review side of things. It also needed a fresh look after having been essentially the same for over a decade. And after gathering a bunch of feedback, the new floating Review this item tab starts just below the item header area and then floats up to the top of the screen. Yesterday, we added to this is a new window icon () which launches the review tool pop-up, all ready to review the current item.

And, while we're working on some other bigger changes related to images, I tossed in a few other minor but excitingly useful updates. Least interesting is that the "Edit" screen for Image Items now shows you the image you're editing (and its dimensions) in the area where you can upload a new one. This is a big convenience factor update for those who work on images often.

The addition of image scaling to the WritingML image tag is a useful update. You can now scale an image item like this: {image:######-NN%} where the NN is a scaling factor percentage, from 1 to 100. Here's a side by side example of an image and then two scaled counterparts...

{image:1434340} *Right* {image:1434340-63%} *Right* {image:1434340-35%}

*Right* *Right*


It even works with animated images...
*Right* *Right* *Right*


And, yes! The documentation on scaling has been added to the WritingML help system: WritingML Help




That's all for now, but there's more to come!

... Write on,
~~SM
November 23, 2012 at 1:10pm
November 23, 2012 at 1:10pm
It's a CyberSale WEEKEND!
Hello Members!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We're doing a little special this weekend that we've done only once before, and it's something we think will help get everyone in the spirit of holiday gifting. Bigsmile

         Buy yourself a membership, gift one to someone else for free!

Purchase yourself an Upgraded Membership or above, use the special CyberSale Weekend -- Friday thru Monday -- coupon code (found below) and Writing.Com will gift a paid membership to a member of your choice, on your behalf! The length and type of membership gifted will be based on your purchase. We'll gift the same type of membership you purchase - Upgraded for Upgraded, Premium for Premium. When you purchase:
         12 months, we'll gift 3 months...
         6 months, we'll gift 2 months...
         3 months, we'll gift 1 month.

For example:
         Buy yourself a 12 month Premium, gift someone else a 3 month Premium for free.
         Buy yourself a 6 month Upgrade, gift someone else a 2 month Upgrade for free.

When checking out, enter the coupon code:
                   GIFT: username

* Please make sure you replace "username" with the username of the member you'd like the bonus gift sent to.


Don't have anyone in mind for the added gift? No problem! Use the coupon:
                   GIFT: RAOK
... and we'll gift 20% of your paid membership order to "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group!
Spend $49.95 on a membership for yourself and RAOK gets 99,900 in Gift Points!


Important Notes & Rules:
* Applies to all purchases in "The Writing.Com Shop for Upgraded Memberships or above and purchased for your own account. This offer does not apply to gifted memberships, our "Basic" level or memberships less than 3 months in length. You must enter the coupon code on the checkout page of the shop.

* This offer is only valid on purchase made between Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26th @ 11:59pm eastern.

* Any payment method is accepted and valid for this offer!

* Mailed payments must be postmarked by Tuesday November 27th for the coupon to be honored.

* To keep things simple, if your giftee has a higher level than the gift, we'll send them the Gift Point equivalent of their 1, 2 or 3 month gifted membership instead. Smile

* Only one coupon per order -- you can not use the coupon to gift a membership and the coupon to gift GPs to RAOK on the same order. Wink

* I'm processing all the gifted memberships by hand, so it won't be instant. I'll take care of each one as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for your patience!


I think that covers it. Any questions? Post a comment! Wink

Thanks for your support and happy gifting!
~~SM
November 18, 2012 at 10:12am
November 18, 2012 at 10:12am
Short Shots - October 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the October 2012 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 29 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Free Fall"   by Fyn-feeling Elfish
*Bullet* Second Place - "Dead Run"   by Dead Pen Walking
*Bullet* Third Place - "Nonna's Story"   by Bikerider Merry Xmas2all

~Diane

The contest for November is *Right* "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest
November 15, 2012 at 11:34am
November 15, 2012 at 11:34am
Good Deeds - October 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the October 2012 running of "Good Deeds Go Noticed were chosen from the 204 entries submitted. Congratulations to these three excellent reviewers!

*Star* First: Spawn of Sylvia Plath
*Bullet* Second: Jeff
*Bullet* Third: hopelesslyoptm

~Diane

Need inspiration? Check out "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest!
October 31, 2012 at 3:44pm
October 31, 2012 at 3:44pm
A quick update after Sandy!
Greetings Folks!

... A quick note that we're A-OK out here in PA ... But there's no power and all forms of cell, phone and internet are out making it really hard to get online. Ventured out today and drove around till we found a spot with cell 'net access to check in and get a quick post out.

Writing.Com's web hosting provider is also located in our area of PA, but they have huge generator capacity and rock solid connections to the internet via various teleco utilities. They've been running off their backup generators for 2 days and have a new "primary power" generator coming online tonight. They're ability to handle this type of event is exactly why we chose them as our hosting provider over a decade ago.

Our thoughts and wishes are with everyone hit by Sandy -- good luck and stay safe!


[UPDATE: We received power and internet service back on Friday 11/2!]



Best wishes,
~~SM
October 21, 2012 at 5:42pm
October 21, 2012 at 5:42pm
Good Deeds - September 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the September 2012 running of "Good Deeds Go Noticed were chosen from the 296 entries submitted.

*Star* First: hopelesslyoptm
*Bullet* Second: blue jellybaby
*Bullet* Third: vampsevi

9 Randomly Chosen Reviewers to receive a Merit Badge and 25,000 Gift Points in honor of WDC's Birthday!
Elisa, Snowman Stik
Octobersun
evertrap
c.lee-hall
Cynaemon
Lornda
Jace
TP 1494960 Liven Up Winter!
sandybays


Thanks to everyone who reviewed. As we all know, the real winners are the authors receiving the feedback on their writing. Review On!

~Diane

October 14, 2012 at 3:58pm
October 14, 2012 at 3:58pm
Quotation Inspiration - September 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the September 2012 running of "Quotation Inspiration were chosen from the 21 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Quotation Inspiration. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "We Need to Talk"   by Raine
*Bullet* Second Place - "Obsessed with Olivia"   by deemac
*Bullet* Third Place - "One for the Books"   by Mara ♣ McBain

~Diane

*Right*   October's Contest is: "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest
October 1, 2012 at 12:47pm
October 1, 2012 at 12:47pm
New: Monster Emoticons!
Greetings and Happy October!

We've got some spiffy new emoticons to share:

*Monster1* is {e:monster1}
*Monster2* is {e:monster2}
*Monster3* is {e:monster3}
*Monster4* is {e:monster4}
*Monster5* is {e:monster5}
*Monster6* is {e:monster6}
*Monster7* is {e:monster7}
*Monster8* is {e:monster8}
*Monster9* is {e:monster9}
*Monster10* is {e:monster10}


Smile
~~SM

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