Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. Web Fiction Listings
    1. 1.1. Do I have to be the author to make a submission?
    2. 1.2. How do I get my web fiction listed?
    3. 1.3. How do I get my web fiction removed?
    4. 1.4. The website thumbnail is outdated. How can I get it updated?
    5. 1.5. Why wasn't my web fiction accepted?
  2. 2. Accounts
    1. 2.1. How do I change/choose my avatar?
    2. 2.2. How do I close my account?
    3. 2.3. How do I register?
    4. 2.4. How many points do I get for X action?
    5. 2.5. I can't remember my password. How can I recover my password?
    6. 2.6. What are contribution points? How do I gain them?
    7. 2.7. What are the user levels?
    8. 2.8. What happened to OpenID Support?
  3. 3. Bookshelves
    1. 3.1. How do I add a book to my bookshelf?
  4. 4. Site Questions
    1. 4.1. How do I become an editor?
    2. 4.2. I found a bug! How can I get it fixed?
    3. 4.3. What do the editors do?
    4. 4.4. Who are the editors?

1. Web Fiction Listings

1.1. Do I have to be the author to make a submission?

No. You are not required to be the author of web fiction to be able to submit.

1.2. How do I get my web fiction listed?

You will need to use the appropriate form under Contribute or click here. A Muse's Success account is required.

1.3. How do I get my web fiction removed?

As a general rule, we don't delete web fiction listings. Our goal is to list all web fiction that meets the requirements specified in our submission guidelines.

If your web fiction is no longer available on the web, we will remove your web fiction from general listings but we won't remove the listing entirely. It will still be available if explicitly searched for. To remove your web fiction because it is no longer available on the web would be akin to Good Reads removing a print book because it is out of print and no longer commercially available.

If you would like a web fiction removed because it doesn't meet our guidelines or is plagiarising another work, please get into contact with us.

1.4. The website thumbnail is outdated. How can I get it updated?

Please contact us with the listing that has the outdated thumbnail and we will create a new one. Keep in mind that we will only update these in the case of significant change like a new layout or book logo. Changes in the chapter or other text (other then things like a story title) depicted in the screenshot does not warrant the creation of a new thumbnail.

1.5. Why wasn't my web fiction accepted?

It is likely that it did not comform to our submission guidelines. Please send a message to our site administrator if you believe this was in error.

2. Accounts

2.1. How do I change/choose my avatar?

We use Gravatar.com for avatars. Simply sign up there with the email address currently associated with your Muse's Success account, upload an avatar, and it should appear on the forums alongside any posts you make.

2.2. How do I close my account?

We don't allow account closure, and even if we did, it would not remove your contributions or forum posts as this would be an inconvenience to other users of this website. Generally, not logging into your account again would have the same effect as closing it.

2.3. How do I register?

You can register using our Registration page, simply fill in the required information.

2.4. How many points do I get for X action?

Currently, the points are rewarded as follows:

  • New Listings (without synopsis): 5 points
  • New Listings (with synopsis): 10-15 points (editor discretion)
  • Update to Existing Listing: 2.5 points
  • New Synopsis: 8 points
  • Reviews: 10 points
  • Rating: 0 points

We reserve the right to alter these at anytime.

2.5. I can't remember my password. How can I recover my password?

Due to technical (and security) reasons we can't retrieve your existing password. Instead, we allow you to reset your password.

To reset your password:

  • Visit our Lost Password Recovery page.
  • Enter your e-mail address into the form field and fill in the RECAPTCHA with the contents of the image.
  • Click the Reset button.
  • We will send you an email containing a link which when visited will then send you another email containing a random password. We require this extra step to confirm that it is infact you who desires your password to be reset.
  • You can use the password provided in the email to login.

2.6. What are contribution points? How do I gain them?

Each contribution you make to Muse's Success will gain you points. They are used to determine your user-level which in-turn determines what abilities you have, and affects the weight of the ratings you give.

2.7. What are the user levels?

The user levels along with requirements are as follows:

  • -2: Banned: This user has inexcusably violated the rules and can no longer access the site.
  • -1: Suspended: This user has broken either two or more minor rules, or one or more major rules and is unable to post in the forums or contribute, but can still browse the site.
  • 1: Reader: This is just your everyday, run of the mill user. This user has less then 15 contribution points.
  • 2: Avid Reader: This user has between 15 and 100 contribution points.
  • 3: Book-worm: This user has between 100 and 300 contribution points.
  • 4: Book-lover: This user between 300 and 600 contribution points.
  • 5: Book-addict: This user has between 600 and 1000 contribution points.
  • 6: God: This user has more than 1000 contribution points. We love them!
  • 7: VIP: This user is recognised for their contributions to the web fiction community.
  • 8: Moderator: This user is a member of the staff and is responsible for keeping the forums running smoothly.
  • 9: Editor: This user deals with the contribution queue of both reviews and submissions of work. This user may also moderate the forums, but this is not their main responsibility.
  • 10: Administrator: This user has full control over every aspect of the site.

2.8. What happened to OpenID Support?

OpenID support had to be removed due to technical difficulties. These have recently been solved. Support for OpenID will return later in the year (2010).

3. Bookshelves

3.1. How do I add a book to my bookshelf?

First, locate the book you would like to add. You can use the Browse Web Fiction section, tags or the search feature to do this.

Once on the book's listing page, in the left column you will find a Add to Bookshelf form. Enter your status (reading, completed, etc), an optional score, and the number of chapters you have read so far, and press Add to Bookshelf.

Your done. :)

4. Site Questions

4.1. How do I become an editor?

Becoming an editor is by invitation only. When we are looking for editors, we will we post on our blog and Twitter account.

4.2. I found a bug! How can I get it fixed?

Please get into contact with us. We will provide a public bug tracker in the future.

4.3. What do the editors do?

The editors mostly perform the role of moderators. Responsibilities include:

  • Approving and rejecting new web fiction listings.
  • Rolling back malicious updates.
  • Comments, Recommendations, Reviews Moderation.
  • Handling reports queue.
  • Suspending users who break the rules for further review by an administrator.

All actions are logged and some are visible on the site itself. When it comes to making contributions, editors are treated the same as other users with the exception that contribution points have no effect and that they cannot approve their own contributions (where applicable).

4.4. Who are the editors?

Colette Snow (Administrator), Rose Herbert