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bigbird1962

Is there any possible way to indicate if an author had stopped writing, or, unfortunately passed on?

There are so many stories I would love to see completed but I know that in many cases that is impossible, unless another author picked up the thread and ran with it. Maybe an Admin Blog entry on the Author's page?

Replies:   sejintenej
sejintenej
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@bigbird1962


Is there any possible way to indicate if an author had stopped writing, or, unfortunately passed on?


As indicated elsewhere often we do not know if an author has passed on or is in long term hospital care or has dementia or is simply overworked.

Some authors do give some warning in their blogs about future or current heavy spells of work, operations etc. but can we expect Lazeez to read every blog, question every three month absence.....? I think not.

There may even be authors who do not want such information publicly disclosed.

Ernest Bywater

Where Lazeez has definite information on an author dying he usually posts an entry in the authors profile. But he doesn't always have that information. Sometimes an author give the relevant codes for a friend or family member to make a blog entry about their status, but that's not always possible.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Sometimes an author give the relevant codes for a friend or family member to make a blog entry about their status, but that's not always possible.

It's one thing to give someone the information, it's another entirely for a non-technical family member to understand how the story processing system works, or even what's required.

I have no clue how to provide non-resident family members with that information, and again, many writers don't want to admit what types of stories they're writing to their families, even after their deaths--in which case the survivors may simply choose to ignore their family member's 'perversions'.

My family generally know what I've written, and what my next story is about, but that doesn't mean they could submit my stories for me, or even know how to contact Lazeez.

Replies:   sejintenej
El_Sol

I have... toddler.

I also have... new job responsibilities.

I also have... new city move.

I also have... house selling euphoria.

Basically -- I have the crazies.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@El_Sol

Basically -- I have the crazies.


You only have half, the rest of the family are residing with me.

sejintenej

@Crumbly Writer

My family generally know what I've written, and what my next story is about, but that doesn't mean they could submit my stories for me, or even know how to contact Lazeez.

Contacting Lazeez is reasonably straightforward and, I suspect, doesn't need a password.
Home page, top right click "webmaster" and you get a message screen. I've used it and Lazeez was very prompt in dealing with the relatively trivial matter so that works.

As for posting a story under your name - how is he to know it is not a stranger butting in?

MrWolf_UK

How about setting the Author as Inactive/Away if they don't log in to the site for over 3 months?

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer
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@MrWolf_UK

How about setting the Author as Inactive/Away if they don't log in to the site for over 3 months?

It's not unusual for a story to take 3, 6 or 12 months to write a book, especially if you write and edit the entire thing before you post it. Thus 3 months is an unrealistic time limit. Hell, many authors take 8 to 10 years to complete their first book (though they generally don't start and halt posting during that period, though they may take time off between their other stories).

Replies:   MrWolf_UK
MrWolf_UK

@Crumbly Writer

True, however as an author, do you completely avoid SOL whilst you're writing? I'm not talking about not posting for 3 months, I'm talking about not logging in for 3/6/9/12 months*

*delete as applicable.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@MrWolf_UK

True, however as an author, do you completely avoid SOL whilst you're writing? I'm not talking about not posting for 3 months, I'm talking about not logging in for 3/6/9/12 months*

I don't, personally, as everyone here understands from my constant posts to the forum, but I've noticed that many authors don't check the site, or answer their author emails, when they're not actually posting stories to the site. I don't know how widespread that practice is, but even if it's rare, it argues for a longer inactive period. I'd suggest either 6-months or the more likely 1-year mark. (I believe the current period is two years before a story is marked as being inactive.)

MrWolf_UK

Well I was using 3 months as a finger in the air value :)

There are other alternatives, such as an automated e-mail to the author's account after 6 months with a "click here to remain active" type link, and if that doesn't get clicked on, the account is tagged as inactive after 12 months without logging in.

Of course this is all a moot point if Lazeez decides it's not worth the hassle :)

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