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ChooseYourStory.com is a community-driven website centered on Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style storygames. Members create their own storygames, read and comment on other members’ storygames, participate in the forum, and improve their writing ability.

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Site updates, Spring 2021

Posted 3/23/2021 by Nightwatch

Hour-long downtime on May 22nd at 1am PST

CYS will undergo some maintenance around this time that should last an hour.

Since I'm involved in site changes now, I figure it's probably good to give a heads-up on my first official post. I've been touring the cities of CYS for merely half a year when the powers that be elected me to extend a hand on the coding side of things. I've got under 100 posts on the forums, so if you don't recognize me, here's a quick hello!

Off to the point, then. I'll be working on site updates. You may see an uptick in changes to the site, and I'll keep listing those here instead of creating new threads for each of them, since I'm doing them in clumps. I'm focusing on integrating some of the important changes from the popular site extension co-written by Brad and Ford, and Killa is helping to test changes so I hopefully don't divide by zero and erase Norway.

Site changes coming eventually

  • Unicode support
  • Dark mode

Changes on 5/14

  • Many page layout improvements (especially articles), fixed overflowing text
  • Many small functional improvements
  • Added View Profile under My Stuff

Changes on 4/28

  • Made it so admins can pin threads.

Changes on 4/9

  • Storygames have reading margins so they don't hit the edges of the screen on mobile and you can full-screen on desktop.

Changes on 4/3

  • Added main category and maturity rating to storygame search. Filters refresh on click.

Changes on 3/29

  • The Dark Fantasy category became Grimdark Fantasy
  • The Mystery/Puzzle category became Mystery/Thriller
  • The Everything Else category became Family Friendly
  • New Puzzle/Game and Historical categories were created

Changes on 3/23

  • The navbar is a little neater, based on CYSCE's themeless version
  • The storygame search was replaced with CYSCE's themeless version

Changes on 3/19

  • People without an avatar who talk in forums now appear as confused penguins
  • Admins don't have to live in fear of banning themselves...don't question it

Feel free to suggest site changes while I work on some longstanding important ones, and I'll consider them. I might even dust off some of the bugs in the site problems subforum. (Ooh, archeology!)

Hey Bilingual Folks!

Posted 3/21/2021 by mizal
Update: To get special characters (such as when writing in Arabic) to display, you'll need to get the site extension from Brad's profile here. Once it's installed, go to your profile settings and check Normalize HTML: الْأَبْجَدِيَّة الْعَرَبِيَّة Or if you can't use the extension: click here and do this. Spring has just begun, vaccines are making the rounds, so what better time to get out and meet new people, or have a romantic dinner with the one that you love? Or, you know, write a storygame about it. Because that's what we do here. Yep, we're trying for romance again. Some of you may remember how the last one went. Now, I know a lot of us struggle with this topic due to to, well...it's best not to speculate on anyone's personal life. But fortunately, there's a twist! This one is for foreign language games only. That's right, a good number of the regulars can sit this one out. Go on, breeeeaaaathe that sigh of relief. We've got a decent global spread around these parts, so this is meant to give our bilingual members time to shine and maybe even attract some new folks. It'd also be nice to get some actual use out of that Foreign Language tag for once... This is all just for fun, it's a writing jam, not a contest. Sorry for those of you who want a proper battle, but there's just no way to fairly judge a contest when I'll be reading all the entries with the translate button on my phone. It will run for the entirety of the Spring. I hope those of you not participating will still be encouraging to any entrants and willing to step up and offer advice or assistance to new people especially. For themes, we're going with: 1.) Romance and relationships 2.) Food and cooking Ideally you can try to combine the themes, but if you prefer to focus on one or the other then go for it. Any length and any setting or genre is fine, a plot with these things can obviously have a lot more going on as well. The only rules are the usual: the storygame must meet minimum site standards and be complete, and no outright porn. ***** Q: "But Mizal, I want to write about zombie pirates! In English! Can I still be a part of this?" A: Welllll. I mean this is just a writing jam, there's no winning or losing. So I guess if you really really really want to participate with something that stretches, breaks, or outright obliterates the theme, I'm not enforcing anything too strictly or kicking you out of the thread or anything. (Although perhaps other participants might decide to call you unpleasant things in their native tongue...) But even in a contest, we usually just let you do whatever and simply make adherence to theme part of the judging criteria. But it's best to be in the spirit of things, so if you must, please have your zombie pirates kiss each other deeply. (That's some steamy tongue swapping action, all getting bitten off, or rotting and falling out!) And maybe you could consider typing the whole thing in Wingdings. Anyway, you all have at it, and feel free to spread this around to anyone you know who may be ESL and interested.