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Saturday, November 6th, 2004
12:29 am - 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.

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
1:41 am - 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.

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Friday, September 24th, 2004
7:53 pm - 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.

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2004
3:23 am - 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!

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
2:50 am - FYI
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.

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Monday, July 21st, 2003
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???

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
11:02 am - All better!
After brief tussle with autovivification issues, bug squished. Most Popular Stories working again.

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9:29 am - Technical difficulties
"Most Popular Stories" is temporarily out-of-order. Fixed soon!

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Sunday, June 29th, 2003
6:33 am - New feature!
New feature on L3!

Now you can tantalize the world with a glimpse of your mysterious and quirky personality with the Author Bio feature.

The front page may be redesigned again in the near future...

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Thursday, June 19th, 2003
12:07 am - 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!

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Saturday, June 7th, 2003
10:49 pm - New feature!
We've just added a new feature to the archive: Most Popular Stories.

This will provide a list of the most-read stories of the current calendar month (not the past 30 days).

Because it is being provided as a service for readers, rather than writers, it is not in any order, no counts are given, and there is a lag in updating the rankings.

(Note: I have every confidence that those using the archive will not abuse this feature. If I find that anyone is wasting server resources in an attempt to alter the rankings, I will have to remove it.)


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Sunday, June 1st, 2003
1:26 am
I've finally installed an official link to the Random Story Selector on the front page, though the script's been there a while (the L3 archive was the guinea pig for this script).

I've also added quicksearch pages, since 2.03 and up of the AA software make their generation so easy that my laziness could no longer be an excuse for not including them.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2003
3:19 am - Archive back up (I hope)!
The archive has been moved to a new host and is open again. Posting and searching access have been restored. Please note that if anything turns out to be broken this weekend, I may have to shut it down again.

If you notice any unusual behavior, please let me know!

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Sunday, May 18th, 2003
8:09 pm - Important note!
My old ISP is going out of business, so I will be moving the archive to a new one over the Memorial Day weekend. I sincerely hope that this can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss, but given that a lot of scripts are going to have to be reinstalled, nothing is guaranteed. I'll be disabling posting to the archive sometime after 5 pm on this coming Friday (the 23rd), and hopefully restoring it by the following Monday night. Your patience (and help reporting any odd behavior you may note!) is appreciated during this transition.

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Sunday, March 16th, 2003
6:14 pm - Stories posted to the archive in the past week
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Sunday, March 9th, 2003
4:03 am - Stories posted to the archive in the past week
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Sunday, March 2nd, 2003
3:20 pm - Stories posted to the archive in the past week
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Sunday, February 23rd, 2003
2:48 pm - Archive changes!
Today, I have installed a new search option on the archive. It allows a Google-style full-text search of stories on the archive. Now you can find that great story where Lex raises mastiffs, or all the stories that mention Riley Field, with a simple query.

This has meant a small redesign of the archive front page. The old search is now called the (Story) "Information Search" (because you can search on information about the story). The new search is called the (Story) "Text Search" (for reasons I hope are obvious). The old search has not changed in any way; we simply now have a new option, if you choose to use it.

I have tested the search out this weekend, and it all seems to work. However, I can't guarantee that it's perfect. if you should run into anything odd, please let me know, so I can try to fix it.

For more information, visit the archive FAQ.

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Sunday, February 16th, 2003
6:19 pm - Stories posted to the archive in the past week
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