Site Update/Fixes


Hello Everyone,

Let me be the first to apologize for not addressing the issues with the website sooner. I have just finished upgrading/reinstalling the board, which seems to have fixed the issues that were plaguing the whole website. I hope this make the user experience better.

In addition, I had to remove most of the themes and extensions in order to pinpoint the issue. I did go back to reinstall the Lucid Lime/Simplicity Themes, but if there was a particular theme you want back, let us know in the Forum Update thread (Link Below). I also went back and installed some of the more useful extensions, so not all is lost. I will slowly reintroduce extensions over time.

In addition to the fix, pbpBB did release a major feature update to the software, which makes a significant in site usage as well as site speed. It also gives the site a bit more modern feel to it. I will let you read more at this link: https://www.phpbb.com/about/launch/

Below is a list of the extensions I did keep:
1. Lightbox Image Viewer
2. Mentions
3. Subjects Removed from Replies
4. Relative Dates (i.e. shows amount of time elapsed since post was made rather than date of post)
5. Board Announcements (So I can do these announcements!)
5. Categories Minimization

In addition, I installed a few new extensions:
1. Advanced BBCOde Box (Adds additional features for formatting subjects!)
2. Auto Topic Previewer (Will show you how a post will actually look while making the post!)

If you have any questions/comments, visit this topic: https://tugstories.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 356#p47356

Future Contests

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Should 'adult' content be allowed in future contests?

Poll ended at 3 months ago

Allow "adult" content
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88%
Do not allow "adult" content
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12%
 
Total votes: 1011

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Future Contests

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We have received a suggestion that future contests should allow 'adult' content.
Shorts are cool, but Speedos rule.

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Post by MaxRoper »

Yes to adult content, but please no Christmas Contest. Things are much too busy at that time of year.

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Post by Solarbeast »

I said this in the previous post on this topic, and thus I am not voting in the poll because my essential vote would be both yes and no, but here is what I said on the topic before the other post was locked. I like the idea, but I think it would be too much to handle for both the mods and judges of the stories. It would be different if we worked and got paid for our service by the site, but we don't, we volunteer, and have many other aspects of our life to handle during the holidays. It might be worth it to try this idea out during a different contest/time of the year if we have not tried this out already.

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It doesn't seem right to me because it would be an entry barrier for minor users to them, and on this website there are users of all ages.
I am a man with the role of Rope top/Rigger, I have been attacked by the Tugs since I was a child. Both without sexual components, and with them within my limits.

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Post by RopemanSteve »

Amm1973es wrote:
3 months ago
It doesn't seem right to me because it would be an entry barrier for minor users to them, and on this website there are users of all ages.
You could have one for adult content, and one without....just like we have already, with sections for everyone and Adult Only.

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Post by Gaggedgeekgirl »

MaxRoper wrote:
3 months ago
Yes to adult content, but please no Christmas Contest. Things are much too busy at that time of year.
I'd love a Christmas bondage story.

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Post by BindPam »

I agree with RopemanSteve, two categories, one for Adult Bondage Stories, another for Family Friendly Ones :)

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Post by herdfaninrva »

Gaggedgeekgirl wrote:
3 months ago

I'd love a Christmas bondage story.
I'm writing one as a followup to the summer volleyball camp story. The only question is whether or not it will contain non-sexual adult elements.

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Post by Svpmissive »

I would make two categories and thus, two contest winners. One for stories without adult content (17 or under) and one for stories with adult content (18 and up). There could even be a vote between the two winners (or four finalists) for best overall story.
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Post by TheEngineer »

I've never seen a contest go down on this site, so if someone could clarify for me that would be great. Do us users vote on the winner, or is it a panel of judges? If it's the latter, then a simple adult tag could help people who want to avoid that content keep out, and minors could still write stories, since a good story is based on how well it is written, not necessarily the content. If it's the former, then I can see how that would affect voting, since some people don't want to read that content, and thus wouldn't vote on it.

Anyway, that's just my two cents.
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Post by Zour81 »

I voted against. But allow me to explain.

I think it could be done differently. Rather then doing them all together or excluding one. Why not extend the contest a little. Announce the contest then one-two weeks later the G-PG stories are due. Then weeks two-three PG13 and Up are due. Week three is the final judging of the G-PG category and Week four is the final judging of the PG13 and Up.

Extras would be limit one story per category per user account. If they have to ask if something is G-PG enough then obviously it isn't for those are common sense. Maybe cap them at a certain amount of words to reduce length but to also allow sequels and more chapters.

These are just a few of my own suggestions if any admin wants to contact an even discuss this with me I will gladly have any conversation needed.

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Post by Xtc »

Thanks for the suggestion.
My first impression is that it makes a lot of work for the Judging Panel.
Let's see what the others think.
Shorts are cool, but Speedos rule.

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Post by Zour81 »

Ah, but does it? Or does it produce the same amount of work and set defined boundaries? Aswell as stretch times out so you don't have to rush as much?

I could be wrong though.
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Post by RopemanSteve »

Well, if it's a matter of too much work for the mods, then maybe it just be the non-sexual stories.

I get that they're volunteers, have real lives, and just might not have enough hours in the day to do everything they might want to do here. So we gotta consider that.

Just be grateful they put in all the effort that they do, and we even have this place to start with. Nothing else like it on the internet.

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Post by slackywacky »

Personally I don't care, I can write for either audience. However there should be a clear mark on stories containing adult content (as the current folder structure does too).

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Post by Stoutland395 »

I've personally never written a more adult story, but I'm not opposed to the idea. A contest may provide some incentive (at least for me) to venture into uncharted waters, like how the short story contests before gave me a challenge of writing an actual short story.
I think the option would be best if maybe there were a "for all" contest and an "adult" contest that were separated.
Or maybe even allowing everything and having a 1st place overall, 1st place SFW, and 1st place NSFW.

Tangent: I know it was prob. around the time the issue of the site going down occurred, but did the last contest ever get decided?

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Post by Xtc »

Hi, [mention]Stoutland395[/mention]
Sorry, forgot to post a copy in the folder at the time at the time! The winners were announced, though. Thanks for asking, I've now posted the results where they should be.

Here's another clopy:

First place
TheCabin At My Summer Camp Job
By MountainMan_91

Second place
Camp Shoshore’s Mermaid Quest
By GaggerIHardlyKnowHer

Third place
The One With The Cabin In the Woods
By RopeBunny
Shorts are cool, but Speedos rule.

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Post by notreallyme06 »

I guess I didnt even realize that adult content wasnt allowed already. Some of the entries are still incredibly hot.

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Post by Xtc »

I think inclusivity is important here. We could be disenfranchising some of our members by organising an "adult content" contest.
Shorts are cool, but Speedos rule.

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Post by drawscore »

Yes, but it should be clearly labeled as "adult."

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Post by RopeBunny »

It appears I'm on the losing end of this vote by quite some margin, having voted no, but I'd still like to add my opinion.

I've written plenty of stories here, all fictional admittedly, in both the normal and adult sections. I've entered two of the three contests (I did have an idea for the other, but ran out of time to write it) and on each occasion haven't felt the need to write anything adult based. I guess I'm trying to say I don't feel we need to step it up to that level, that there are plenty of TUGs based options without having to make it sexual.

By all means keep writing up the more adult stuff, I know I shall when the mood (and the right idea) takes me, but for me at least the contests are fine the way they are.

Louise.

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Post by Melanie »

I voted to allow "adult". The problem is the term is quite unclear but most people simply break it down to the meaning adult=everything naked and sexual and I'm under the impression that is the meaning the poll is based on. And if it's understood this way I won't see a single reason why to exclude adult content. If you state adult means pornographic then I'll agree to not allow it.

By law, in most countries minors should be protected from pornography. However erotica are often allowed and should therefore be made accessible because these things are very useful to develop a healthy sexuality when they start puberty. This means when someone is naked, when the characters have consensual sex, it is perfectly fine to me.

More and more I am offended when people want to forbid anything beautifully sexual nowadays. Again I'm okay with restrictions to porn, but not erotica in general. I don't get it why as soon as there is a female nipple on TV we have Armageddon. By the way, has nobody ever wondered why male nipples are okay and how discriminating that is to women? And it's also insulting to males because such regulations insinuate males turn into mindless monsters when they see female nipples. But I digress. I think I made my point: art should not be limited in this way, never.

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Post by bondagefreak »

I don't think we should start trying to differenciate erotica vs pornography.
That is one Pandora's box we may not be able to close once opened.

The differences between the two are theoretical at best.
Actually differenciating them from one another is an entirely different matter.


Everything is relative.
To someone with a religious background or a more traditional, less liberal upbringing, erotica IS pornography.
While to a porn addict, erotica may simply be viewed as porn with an slightly more wordy and artistic twist to it.

The difference between the two is subtle to the point where the same piece of fiction would be classified as porn by 50% of it's readers and erotica by ther other 50%.



Since I'm probably the one who writes the most sexually explicit scenes on here, I am well versed to voice my outlook on this matter.

To give you an example, the sex scenes I write produce two completely different reactions among my readership.
Half of the readership claims to be turned on beyond belief and find the scene in question extremely hot and arousing. The other half are over the moon at how smoothly the coupling went and how much love and relationship-depth are reflected during the intercourse.

The same piece is viewed as porn by one user, while the other sees the piece as an artistic, blissfully-emotional emancipation of love and human nature.


The matter is hugely subjective, for the author and for the reader as well.
FOR A LIST OF ALL MY WRITTEN WORKS, CLICK HERE: https://tugstories.com/viewtopic.php?p=38748#p38748

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Post by Melanie »

I agree mostly.

The fact that the difference between erotica and porn is somewhat subjective (although there exist quite clear definitions in law) makes it necessary that everyone can decide on their own. Nobody is forced to read a story, they can always abort if it's too much, unless the contest judgement panel is not diverse. But to exclude certain content beforehand is patronizing.

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