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Forum Announcements & Tips / Scheduled outage: ~1 hour, Saturday Sep 5
« on: September 03, 2015, 11:49:16 AM »
Out hosting service will be moving our database server to a new server as part of a system software and hardware upgrade. The migration will take all day to complete; we will experience 5 to 20 minutes of downtime to our site at some point during the migration.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!

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Writers' Cafe / MOVED: Begging for Clicks
« on: May 24, 2015, 02:11:10 PM »

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The Book Corner / MOVED: Structure to Selling Format
« on: May 23, 2015, 01:01:23 PM »

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Writers' Cafe / Signing your books, with a personal comment
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:09:04 AM »
Now and then I get asked to sign a print copy of my book, usually for a family friend or relative. Often the owner likes to have a personal note included along with my signature. (I don't assume that because some people do prefer to have only the author signature.)

This usually results in a moment of pressure while I try to come up with something suitably genuine and personal and authentic. If I can't think of something more personal, I default to something like "Live to read. Read to live."

I'm thinking I should have a few good quotes or sayings, or come up with my own, for these situations.

How do you handle this? What's your "go to" quote that you like to put into your signed books?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Question: progress meters for reader signatures
« on: March 21, 2015, 09:35:36 PM »
We've developed a simple progress meter that can be displayed in posts and signatures.

When you're making a post, you can enter a number from 0 to 100, select the number, and then click on the new "meter" icon () in the posting window:

The code in your post will look like this:

Code: [Select]
[meter]43[/meter]
...and the meter looks like this once you post:




Question: would something like this be of interest as an option in our Reader Signature tool (http://kboards.com/readersig)..?

If so, how might you use it? Perhaps to display percent of books read versus planned, for the current year?

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Writers' Cafe / Got a work in progress? Add it to your KBoards sig
« on: March 21, 2015, 09:16:06 PM »
Working on your next novel? Now you can let others know about it with a progress meter in your KBoards signature.



You can set this up in a few seconds using the Author Sig tool: http://kboards.com/authorsig

Up to three progress meters can be displayed in your sig.

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Writers' Cafe / A thank you to KBoards authors
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:26:29 PM »
Starting next week, we're going to periodically publish promotions for books appearing in KBoards signatures.

At a random time, we'll pull eight books from the signatures of authors who have recently posted in the Writers' Cafe. We'll then highlight those books in our blog, Facebook feed, Twitter channel, and email newsletter. We'll also provide a link for "more books from KB authors" that goes to this page.

It's a small way of thanking you all for making this community such a success.

- Harvey and the mods

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Not sure how to create a forum signature with your books? Use this tool.

Not sure how to have your books appear on our books page? Here's how to set up your book profile.

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Writers' Cafe / MOVED: A short story up, just for fun
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:21:09 PM »

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Forum Announcements & Tips / Site downtime, Feb 14
« on: February 14, 2015, 05:16:36 PM »
We had a 2-hour outage this afternoon -- still tracking down the cause. Sorry for the inconvenience, all. :(

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Forum Announcements & Tips / Site downtime, Jan 25
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:42:08 AM »
We were down for about 2 hours this morning. Our database server crashed and a file was corrupted, but we were able to repair it. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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The KBoards Link-Maker tool -- which helps you make text and graphic links to Amazon items, like books, in your posts -- has an update. It now has an option to generate worldwide purchase links, in the form of 13 tiny flags that link to the product page for your selected item in Amazon's sites throughout the world.

You can see it here:

http://kboards.com/link

and, our UK version has also been updated:

http://kboards.com/uklink

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Writers' Cafe / MOVED: New Upcoming Author
« on: January 04, 2015, 05:28:23 PM »

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Writers' Cafe / Did you know...? (KBoards search)
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:01:26 PM »
Did you know that, when you use the KBoards simple search in our menu headers, the search results are filtered based on the thread or board that you're currently viewing?

In other words, to search only the Writers' Cafe, go the main index for the Writers' Cafe and then use the simple search. Likewise, when you want to search within a particular thread, go to the thread and then use simple search.

See this and other tips on searching KBoards in this thread:

http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,205305.0.html

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Forum Announcements & Tips / Tips on searching the KBoards forums
« on: December 27, 2014, 12:08:16 PM »
Simple Search

In the top right area of every forum page is a simple search field.

Note: if it's not visible for you, make sure you haven't clicked the "up-shrink" toggle which hides part of the header. (The up-shrink toggle is in the top right corner of the page and looks like this: or this: .)

You can enter a search term, or several search terms, into that field. If you want to search for a specific phrase, put the phrase in double quotation marks. For example, "Kindle Unlimited". If you want to omit results that contain a certain word, include that word with a minus sign preceding it. For example: Orwell "Animal Farm" -movie will show topics that contain Orwell, and "Animal Farm", but not if they contain "movie".

The simple search filters its search results based on the page you're on. If you're viewing a board index (e.g. the main page of the Writers' Cafe), then using the simple search will show results only from that board. Similarly, if you're viewing a specific topic (i.e. a specific thread), then the simple search will show results from only that thread. If you're on the main page (http://kboards.com), then the simple search will show results from the entire board.

Side note: at least, that's how it's *supposed* to work. Given our forum's large size, sometimes it seems that not all possible search results are returned. It is, unfortunately, a known limitation with our forum software. See possible workarounds below.

Note: you must be logged in to KBoards to use the simple search.

Advanced Search

The advanced search is available from the simple search results page, or by clicking "Search" in our menu bar and then "Advanced Search."

Advanced search allows you to limit the search to specific boards, to posts by a particular user, to subject lines only, and by age of post. You can change the sort order of the search results. To pick a particular board to search, click the "plus" symbol beside the text "Choose a board to search in, or search all," then check the board(s) you want to search.

Note: you must be logged in to KBoards to use the advanced search.

Google Search

Some members prefer to use an external Google search. Go to Google and precede your query with site:kboards.com. For example, site:kboards.com whispersync or site:kboards.com Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" -movie.

This Google search method is also the only way for non-members to search the site. 

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Forum Announcements & Tips / Site re-boot: Dec 27, 9:10am Pacific
« on: December 27, 2014, 09:05:35 AM »
I'm about to re-boot all servers to clear up some site sluggishness. Stand by!

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Not Quite Kindle / Merry Christmas (and a pic of my book-lover gift!)
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:46:27 PM »
Merry Christmas!

My family draws names for Christmas gifts, with the rule being that each gift is to be handmade, and can be made for less than $10. This year I drew my youngest daughter, who (like my other two daughters) is a fervent Harry Potter fan -- and I made her a miniature set of Harry Potter books.





(You can see how I made them, here:)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Miniature-Book-for-charms-ornaments-keychai/

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Writers' Cafe / Presentation to my local Writers and Publishers group
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:03:25 AM »
Hello, good people,

  I've been asked by my local Writers and Publishers group to speak at an upcoming meeting. The topic will be KBoards.

  Could you help me a bit with this? The group consists of about 80 writers. I'd like to tell them some of the benefits of participating in an online forum. And also a few tips (dos and don'ts) for making the most of KBoards. I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have on those things... thanks!

-Harvey

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Writers' Cafe / BookBub Q&A on KBoards, Feb 3-4
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:18:59 AM »
Coming up: BookBub Q&A begins, 10am Eastern on Tuesday February 3rd

Here's a link to the starting post in this thread:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,204466.msg2899375.html#msg2899375

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Dec 18, 2014: Announcement post

Authors, we know many of you have high interest in BookBub, and we've set up something special for you.

Members of the BookBub team will host a two-day Q&A session with authors on KBoards next month, January 27th through 28th February 3rd through 4th. This will be an opportunity for you to find out more about BookBub behind the scenes, and ask any questions you have about BookBub promotions.

The Q&A will take place in this thread. If you're interested, I suggest you bookmark this thread (using our KBoards bookmark feature in the menus, or with your browser's bookmark tool). You may also want to use the Notify button to be alerted to updates to this thread.

Thanks for being members of KBoards!

-Harvey

Update: start time will be 10am Eastern time (7am Pacific) on Tuesday January 27th Tuesday February 3rd.

Update: BookBub is based in Boston and there are severe storm predictions for the area this week -- so we are re-scheduling this for February 3rd and 4th!

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Writers' Cafe / MOVED: Limited Promo.
« on: December 02, 2014, 09:07:49 AM »

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Today we welcomed our 80,000th member to KBoards... and we're celebrating by giving one of you a Kindle Voyage, the all-new latest-and-greatest e-reader from Amazon.

To enter, just reply to this post. 48 hours from now (on Wednesday at 5pm Pacific), we'll randomly draw one winner.

Fine print: We'll de-duplicate your responses in this thread, so there'll be one entry per person. The winning member will be randomly selected using random.org. Any KB member is eligible to enter. We'll ship anywhere, and pay for shipping. The winner will receive a Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi with Special Offers. You can see more about the Kindle Voyage on its Amazon page.

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Hello, KBoarders,

This post describes some changes to our Forum Decorum regarding content that may be displayed on KBoards.

We require that our site content -- which includes posts, signatures, and avatars -- be reasonably acceptable when viewed in most work and household settings. We also wish to keep our site in compliance with advertiser requirements.

Here is the new language in our Forum Decorum:

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KBoards Content

Sexually explicit pornographic images are not allowed. Explicit images of violence are not allowed.

In addition, "adult content" is not allowed, which includes erotic images, erotic text, and links to erotic content. Please use your judgment, and respect that the moderator team and the board owner have final say.

We know that these changes may be controversial. They cause inconvenience for our authors and even loss of sales for those who use the free promotional tools offered by KBoards. Here is some guidance on different areas where some of you may be affected:

AVATARS and PROFILES
- Please review your avatar and profile information, and change if necessary with regard to the above KB Content rules. 

SIGNATURES
- Erotic book cover images are not allowed in forum signatures. You may display a modified version of your displayed cover image to remove erotic elements from it if you wish.
- Image or text links to erotic content (e.g. an Amazon product page for an erotic book) are not allowed in forum signatures. You may link to a site or page that does not contain erotic content.
- Remember that the easiest way to create an author signature is with our KB Author Sig tool at http://kboards.com/authorsig. Once created there, you can make any further changes to the signature if necessary to meet the above KB Content rules.
- Currently, authors can have a link to their Amazon author page in their signature. You can also have a link to your website, facebook page, blog, twitter accounts, etc. as long as the landing page for those sites would not be considered erotic. (The Author Sig tool has text link fields to make these sig links easy to set up and save.) You may also include graphics, such as banners or book covers, as long as they do not contain erotic images, text, or links. You can also include non-explicit search terms for Amazon, using the [amazonsearch] tag in your signature.

READING BARS
- Please remove erotic book content from your Reading Bars. (More info on Reading Bars: http://kboards.com/reading)

BOOK PROFILE PAGES
- Book Profile pages have been disabled for erotic content. They continue to operate as before for other content. (There are 4,952 books in our profile pages; 192 of them are erotic and have been disabled.)

KB BOOKS PAGE
- We have a list of books written by KB authors, made up of books set up on Book Profile pages. The KB Books pages do not display erotic books.

BOOK BAZAAR POSTS
- Posts in the Book Bazaar board for erotica books will need to be deleted or changed to be in compliance with the Forum Decorum rules. Please change or remove your erotica Book Bazaar threads to comply with the content guidelines. After a 2-month grace period (ending 1/31/2015), moderators will make those changes or removals if you have not already done so.

OTHER POSTS
- Outside of the Book Bazaar, few if any posts will be affected. If you see a new post that is not in line with those rules, you may bring it to our attention by clicking the "Report to moderator" button.


(If some of the above features are new to you, then you're probably not affected by the changes. If you're curious about using these features, though, take a browse through our menu bar for links to explanatory pages about them.)

Please take the above actions by the end of November. 

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FAQ:

What do you mean by "KBoards Content"?

"KBoards Content" (or "KB Content") is anything that appears on a KBoards.com page: text, graphics, links, etc. So on our forum pages, KB Content include threads subjects, posts, signatures, avatar images and profile text.

"KB Content" also includes our non-forum pages. Like our Book Profile pages, Authors listing, KB Books list, Yellow Pages, Reading Pages, our "Name That Book" game, our Book Banner Browser, etc.

How do you define what an "erotica" book is?

(a) if your book is categorized by Amazon in an Erotica category or subcategory, then for Forum Decorum purposes we likewise regard it as Erotica;
(b) If you regard your book as erotica, regardless of how you or Amazon has categorized it... then others likely will as well, and it'll be subject to Forum Decorum rules;
(c) if you're *really* still not sure... you can ask. PM a moderator.

Can we still have discussions about writing in the erotica genre?

Yes, those discussions may continue. Note that the discussions have to stay within the KB Content forum decorum, so avoid explicit text or graphics. But in reviewing our erotica threads, almost all of them are acceptable -- dealing with relevant topics such as keyword setting, sales strategies, publicity, and other aspects of writing and selling in that genre.

What's the easiest way to change my author signature to ensure it's in line with Forum Decorum?

Use our Author Sig tool -- it makes setting up and maintaining your author signature easy. http://kboards.com/authorsig

If you have erotic books in your signature, you'll then have to manually change your sig as described under SIGNATURES above.

I have a Reading Bar and some of the covers in it are erotica. How do I remove those?

Use the Reading Bar setup page to update your covers. http://kboards.com/reading/setup.php

I'm not sure if my signature (or post) falls within Forum Decorum. How can I find out?

Read the Forum Decorum, and if you're still not sure, you can send a PM to a moderator. We will review and reply, after discussing among the moderation team if need be. We will not respond to public requests in threads to evaluate signatures or posts.

Can't I just spoiler-block my erotica text content? And pixelate/obscure my erotica images?

Sorry... no. We have received specific guidance from Google Adsense that this is not considered an acceptable method of managing content to keep it within advertiser requirements.

This policy is unfair and should be changed because it is biased against erotica authors!

That is not our intention, and erotica authors are welcome on KBoards along with all other authors. We do recognize that erotica covers and text are more affected by our Forum Decorum rules than other genres. The change is needed to keep us in alignment with advertiser policies, and to try to keep KBoards an acceptable site to view from most people's home and work environments.

What about New Adult or steamy romance covers? Will those be treated the same as erotica covers?

If you are offended by an image or text, anywhere in the boards, you may report it to a moderator.

This policy is unfair / sexist / misogynistic because you don't allow the display of bare women's breasts on book covers, but allow the display of bare men's chests!

We recognize that there are different viewpoints about this, and that values or standards can differ between individuals and cultures. At this time, our Forum Decorum for KBoards content is primarily based on the content rules that are imposed by our advertisers.

This policy is arbitrary because you get to decide what is too sexually provocative for the site!

The policy does have some gray areas, and this is one of the difficulties that any site has in putting into place these kinds of rules. Some things come down to a judgment call. 

If you're going to have content rules for sexual material, you should have rules for violent material as well.

We do, and in the past have removed violent images and text that are deemed objectionable. The reality is, we get very few member reports of concern about violent content on KBoards, whereas we regularly get reports of concern about sexual content.

You should just drop all advertisers and not have content rules!

KBoards has always had content rules, even before we started allowing advertising on the site. And the reality is that those advertisers help us offset the costs of running a site that now supports millions of monthly page views, while providing free services to readers and authors (e.g. no membership fees or donations required).

I'm leaving KBoards because of these rules. Where else can I go for author interactions?

It's a big Internet, and there is room for many places for useful author discussions. Some people start or join private Facebook groups, and there are other forums out there that cater to specific genres. And, you're welcome back here to lurk or participate anytime.

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Writers' Cafe / KBoards Content / last night's Chat session
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:52:59 AM »
Thank you very much for participating in last night's Chat session. (And sorry for those of you who weren't able to get in.) Looks like we peaked at about fifty participants.

Lots of information shared, lots of good feedback. I'm preparing a summary for those of you who missed it, and will post that here.

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(cross-posted from Writers' Cafe -- see details here: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,200689.0.html)

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Hello, all,

  Some of us are going to be in the KB chat room at 4:30pm Pacific, Thu Nov 13th, and you are invited to join us.

  Here's the chat room link: http://www.kboards.com/chat.php

  (If you haven't been into chat before, you might want to try it ahead of time. You may need to upgrade your browser, or your browser Java plug-in, to use chat.)

  We have had several threads lately regarding "content" on KBoards... e.g. what is acceptable content for work and home viewing of the boards, and what is acceptable to our advertisers. We've been in a dialogue with Google Adsense and have been getting some clarifications. We've also heard from many of you about your preferences and expectations.

  This chat session is an opportunity for us to discuss that. It will help me in forming a path forward.

  We hope to see you there! Our usual rules of courtesy apply in our chatrooms, so please keep that in mind if you decide to participate.

-Harvey

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