Wanted: Archivist/listadmin

I've really enjoyed running Level Three, the Smallville all-fic archive and the associated mailing list, but after nearly three years, I think it's time for a change. Therefore, I am looking for someone to replace me as archivist and listadmin by the beginning of February. (I'm posting this now to allow for the distractions of the holiday season.) Running L3 would be a great way to get experience running an active archive and list without having to build the infrastructure or mobilize the social capital the way you'd need to to start a new one. It's a well-trafficked archive, so you'd be providing a real service to the fandom, but I'd estimate that the archivist only has to deal with two or three problems a month. Since L3 is absolutely fic-focused (I designed it that way on purpose), those problems are almost always technical (i.e., helping confused newbies to post, *not* fixing the software, which has run without incident for over a year now) rather than personal.


(1) Willingness to commit to running the archive/list (and a couple of scripts that provide cross-archive services for SV fandom, which don't require any extra effort on your part after setup) for a year after takeover

(2) Ability to pay the hosting and domain name registration costs (currently, I am on a hosting plan that costs $5/mo., but you would be free to move it somewhere cheaper, if it could handle the traffic, and I believe DNR through godaddy is $8/yr.)

(3) Enough comfort with the Automated Archive software to be able to deal with a lightly-customized version of it if you want to make your own changes

That's it! Please contact me at harriet_spy@yahoo.com if you are interested.

File deletion

I'm sorry to report that Level Three has had to delete a story file because of a violation of the archive rule against plagiarism. It was recently brought to my attention that a story by Ozmandayus (formerly ozmandayus@hotmail.com), "Long Nights Journey Into Day," reproduced exactly (except for character names) portions of at least one X-Files story by another author, mimic117's "Washed Away." "Washed Away" was archived on the Gossamer archive several months before "Long Nights Journey" was archived on Level Three.

Attempts to reach Ozmandayus have failed--he or she seems to have deleted the email account associated with the story and also all of his/her stories on fanfiction.net. I would have liked to give Ozmandayus a chance to defend him/herself before deleting the story, but the evidence is sufficiently strong against him/her to justify acting anyway.

I would like to apologize to mimic117 and anyone else from whom Ozmandayus may have plagiarized in "Long Nights Journey." Obviously, I was not aware of the plagiarism until someone kindly brought it to my attention. I would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate that Level Three does not permit the posting of plagiarized stories and will delete all stories by anyone who, in my judgment, has plagiarized a story. As Level Three is an adults-only archive, writers are expected to understand the basic rules of intellectual honesty and to seek clarification if they have questions. Those who wish to abuse their readers, their fellow-writers, and those who provide them with opportunities to publish their work are not welcome to post at Level Three.

"Long Nights Journey" has been deleted from the archive.

Looking for an author

If anyone knows how to get in touch with or has any news of the author "Ozmandayus", who used the email address ozmandayus@hotmail.com, I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Thank you.

Technical difficulties

Due to server issues, some people may have had difficulty uploading stories over the last day or so. This problem should be corrected now. If you're still having difficulties, please do let me know.

Thanks to the people who wrote in and reported the issue!


I sincerely hope this convention has a great turnout and everyone has a good time; I encourage you to check out the link and see if you think it would be fun. However, I do want to make it clear that despite the con's using the same name and slogan as the Level Three fanfic archive and mailing list, they are run by completely different people and have nothing to do with each other. Just to avoid any confusion.


Making the feed for We Read Shite was actually just a warmup for this: an RSS feed for the Newest Stories on the Level Three Records Room!

"But, Sarah," you say, "what good is all this RSS nonsense to *me*?"

You see, if you friend the feed, every time someone posts a story to the archive, there will be an entry on your friendlist like this that will give you all the information you might need about the story, as well as a link to it.

Never again will you need to visit the archive to check for new stories! They will come to you instead, in the course of your regular friendslist reading! Everything you need in one convenient location! Who could ask for more???

New feature!

We've just added a new script that will return the newest stories on both ours *and* our sister archives (the SSA and Wild Coyote), thus saving you from clicking around to each when you're looking to see what's new. Have fun!