Putting Together The Pieces

Sorry for not updating this blog too often, but we have been working hard behind the scenes on some new Literotica stuff. Better that I’m working than posting, I guess. :-)

Today’s new feature isn’t a huge one, but we think it’s a good one. We have added a new block to the right side of some stories, above the “Similar Stories” block. The new block is called “Also In This Series“. You can probably guess what it’s for by the name, but I’ll explain it anyways, just to be annoying.

There are many many authors on Literotica who submit stories or novels in parts, as they write them. So, they will submit chapter 1, then two weeks later chapter 2, then two years later chapter 105, etc. One issue with this has been that the Literotica site didn’t tell readers when there were other chapters – either before or after the one they are reading. But all of that has changed, starting today!

Literotica will now scan all stories by each author and try to determine if each story is part of an ongoing series. If the story is part of a series, then the “Also In This Series” block will appear on all stories in that series, showing a link to all other stories in that same series. Here is an example of a story that is part of a long series. If you scroll down and look on the right side of the page, you will see the links to other stories in the same series.

We hope that this small new feature will be very helpful to readers when navigating the site. We also hope that it will help authors to get more readers following their longer ongoing works. We have more ideas to improve and expand the feature in the future. One obvious future improvement is to show “series” works together on each author’s submissions page. More on that, and other planned improvements, later. For now, please let us know if you find any bugs with the feature or if you have suggestions for improving it.

Take care and thanks for reading — and writing! :-)

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4 Responses to “Putting Together The Pieces”

  1. PrincessErin says:

    I noticed that some of the links to other chapters for my stories aren’t really a continuation of that story. Not sure if that can be fixed or not.

  2. Manu says:

    Thanks for the comment and sorry about the issue. I took a look at a few of the stories on your submissions page and the ones I saw seemed to be correct. Can you link me to an example of some that are incorrectly linked? Thanks again!

  3. smokinjoe says:

    I like the new links in the sidebar. The similar stories link is good as well.

    I’d also suggest changing how stories are classified. Instead of trying to fit the story into one category, list which categories are part of the story. Sort of like movies on cable – they list all the ratings that apply to a film and not just the one that most fits.

  4. Cloudy says:

    hi Manu…are you doing some work on the bulletin board? It went down around nine or so last night (central US time(, and it looks like its still down as of 6:35 a.m. central.

    I know it’s not just me, because several other AH regulars were frantically emailing me, asking me if I knew what was going on.

    Help! Gotta get my AH fix!

    oh, and…thanks for all the hard work you do for us, even though we’re rather suckish about telling you that we appreciate it.

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