Forum posts made by nicola

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Oral Sex" Stories Competition
Posted 24 Apr 2014 03:29

This was our most successful competition to date, with a huge number of entries, and some outstanding submissions.

LELO sponsored and judged this competition, and judging by the feedback I've received, they were blown away by the standard of the entries.

I am delighted to announce the winners:

1. Coffee & Cream , by Saga.

2. My Father's Day Gift , by Milik Redman.

3. Brown , by Possibly.

Congratulations guys, I'll be in touch about how you can collect your amazing prizes.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered.

Cheers,

Nicola

Topic is lush acting up every where?
Posted 23 Apr 2014 16:16

Excuse me while I go and edit some pifs...

http://upload.lushstories.com/1257820799-win31-1-1.png

Topic is lush acting up every where?
Posted 23 Apr 2014 15:54

Gav "updated" our database software. Unfortunately, the new update wasn't stable, and he had to roll it back to the previous version.

It could be worse, we could all be made to use Windows 8.

Topic A Statement concerning Lushstories.com's Ownership
Posted 22 Apr 2014 13:41

This was accidently a victim of the forum software.



With all due respect, why would it matter, and how is it anyone's business? And how could anyone construe defending oneself against the unrelenting attacks of an obvious sociopath as drastic? Nicola has been more forthcoming than she owes anyone, but she did so because she cares about this site and the people who contribute to making it what it is. We don't need to pretend Lush is equivalent to Doctors Without Borders, but the outlet provided here for a lot of people who live in a world in which sexuality is stigmatized has a higher value than generally recognized. Talented writers and poets have been born and flourished here. Friendships, relationships, sexual encounters and small talk. All the saints and sinners you pass by on the sidewalk and never get to know are here. The problem with the internet is that there's always someone who uses it as an opportunity to denigrate others in ways they wouldn't begin to have the guts for if they were looking you in the eye. This kind of need in anyone is nothing but a failure of the human spirit at best. Libel and death threats are nothing to be taken lightly, and until someone has been the target of this kind of sludge, second guessing anyone else's reaction to it will never be more than conjecture.

The most annoying thing about the spam that landed in our inboxes was the thirty seconds I wasted seeing what it was and then deleting it before Gav very rightfully did so for the site at large.

Dear Nicola, please let me thank you here and now for the incredible faith and loyalty you've shown me as well as so many others. I'm glad to hear you're going to take this motherfucker to court where the worm he truly is will finally be seen. Wanna bet the judge turns out to be a site member? I'm going to trust you already know that your faith and loyalty are returned thrice fold. I'm behind you all the way. Especially if you're wearing yoga pants. laughing6

Thanks Frank!

Topic I want a hamburger now.
Posted 22 Apr 2014 04:47

If this is the image you want to present in an official capacity, carry on, I suppose.

My 2 cents

Topic Where's the line? And were's the consistency?
Posted 21 Apr 2014 14:59

Moderators have been given the definition in the revised A to Z guide.

Where it's unclear, it will be decided on a case by case basis.

No definition is ever going to encompass every possible eventuality.

Topic A Statement concerning Lushstories.com's Ownership
Posted 20 Apr 2014 23:52

Welcome to the site BluRootz.

That's very nice of you to offer, but it's in the hands of our lawyer now.

It's an open and shut case. The site stalker wrongly assumed that because our resident programmer listed his name as the contact with our hosting company (standard practice, he runs the servers, and will be the contact person for server related matters), that he owns the site. The wording on those worth of web sites, might have led him to believe that too.

Pity he didn't realise the difference between the contact name listed with the hosting site (Gav's), as opposed to the name of the person who actually registered the site in the first place with the registrar (me). Shame.

The second fatal mistake, was assuming said programmer's wife was actually me, and attempting career ruination.

Add those things to the harassment, death threats and abuse, our volunteer staff and members have had to endure since July 2012, and he will hopefully be looking at a jail term, as well as having to pay substantial damages.

People like him are a menace to society, and shouldn't be allowed out and about in it.

Topic I don't want to see any more Incest related threads
Posted 20 Apr 2014 19:24

The decision has been made, and the category has been removed.

I am sorry to those who enjoyed the Incest Fantasies category, and those who wrote stories for it, however we are not going to publish any more stories of that nature.

There are plenty of places which do, and they are very easy to find on google - asstr is one of the better ones.

This descision is final and not open to debate.

People who wish to continue posting about the subject, will enjoy a 2 week break.

Topic A Statement concerning Lushstories.com's Ownership
Posted 20 Apr 2014 13:42

Thank you for your support.

His day will come in court, very soon.

Topic The Incest Category is going to be removed
Posted 20 Apr 2014 01:35

I couldn't give a monkeys about the site traffic / revenue, if people saw the stats on the costs versus the revenues on a FREE site like this, they would quickly wonder why we keep it going at all.

This decision was based around what I am comfortable with publishing on the site, considering the (moral) cost / benefit analysis of said published content.

I am not discrediting authors of those stories, it is just my choice that I no longer wish to publish them.

It's nothing to do with censorship, it is MY choice.

If YOU choose to leave the site because of it, I wish you well.

Topic A Statement concerning Lushstories.com's Ownership
Posted 19 Apr 2014 22:25

Lush stories would like to make a clarification in regards to some recent posts on the site.

For the last two years, a previous member who breached our membership terms and conditions for being abusive, and harassing other members (all women), has repeatedly had his membership revoked.

From that time, the cyberstalking has got progressively worse. He has literally set up hundreds and hundreds of profiles over the years (all deleted). This ex-member has become increasingly noxious in his attempts to harass both our moderators, and other members (including death threats to myself and others), and has been continuously trying to gain access to this site. Despite putting in place software which blocks IP Proxies and VPN's, he is still managing to occasionally get in and create accounts.

This individual is now posting defamatory comments and posts about a non-related business and individual. Even after being advised that he is incorrect, he continues to maliciously and illegally defame.

This matter has now become a legal defamation, harassment and partly extortionate, criminal matter.

To clarify, Gavin is a part-time coder for this site, and the technical contact, listed with our hosting company. He manages all the software on the site, nothing more.

Neither he, nor his company, have anything else to do with the site.

I am the 100% owner of this website, and have no relation or link to the business or individual, currently being defamed by the previous member mentioned above. This can, and will be proven in court.

In addition, the figures this person is bandying about in private message and our forums, concerning what the website is worth, and the income garnered, are totally out of touch with reality. Those "website worth" sites base their numbers on traffic volume alone, and on being commercial sites. We are a free community, people do not visit expecting to get their credit card out.

If it weren't for the Premium Membership contributions, this site wouldn't even be in existence today.

This is now a very serious legal matter, and will be dealt with accordingly.

Thank you for your attention.

Topic The Incest Category is going to be removed
Posted 19 Apr 2014 17:23

I understand and appreciate the upset this has caused to some, particularly those who have published a number of incest stories here. I apologise to you, but can assure you, this decision was not taken lightly.

There are plenty of other sites you can publish those stories on. I choose not to publish them here anymore, and that's my right.

This was meant to be an announcement. The subject has been discussed to death both privately and publicly, and that was not the intention of the post.

There are 2 things which need to be clarified:

1) Should view counts, comments, votes, awards, be carried over, for those stories which have been rewritten and resubmitted?

I believe they shouldn't. The comments, votes etc, relate to the original piece. If it has been reworked, it is essentially a different story. The story should be submitted as new - or we will programmatically wipe all the existing data to make it easier for authors to simply switch categories. This is to be decided.

It would not be fair to authors who have published in other categories, if an adapted incest story, is given an artificial spike in all the top lists etc.

2) What do we consider an incestuous relationship? Where do we draw the line?

This is a difficult subject, and we are working on a definition.

I expect all the finer details to be ironed out over the next 24 hours.

Authors - please do not flood the story queue, with your revised entries. I've given instructions for all the amended stories, to be locked for now, until the final decisions have been made.

Topic The Incest Category is going to be removed
Posted 19 Apr 2014 00:35

We have toyed with the idea of removing the incest category for some time.

There has always been a discrepancy between allowing incest fantasies to be published within that story category, but there's to be no mention elsewhere on site (profiles, chatrooms and forums). We are quite frankly fed up with having to explain our stance on the matter.

It is also the category, which takes up more moderation time, than any other, due to the nature of the stories, and the typical standard of those submitted.

The time has come for us to make a site-wide ruling, that no reference to incest, will be allowed anywhere on site.

For those authors who have incest stories published with us, please note, they will all be removed in the next few days. However, we understand that some authors write their stories on-site, so you will be able to access your stories via your http://www.lushstories.com/membership/my-stories.aspx link. The stories however will remain hidden to the public. If you wish to re-write these stories with a different scenario, and resubmit them as new, under another category, we are fine with that, however all incestuous elements will need to have been removed first.

I trust our members will understand the reasons for this change, and move forward with us.

Thank you.

Topic Announcing our new "Oral Sex" story competition, $600 in prizes.
Posted 17 Apr 2014 00:02

Due to the overwhelming number of entries, and the appointment of a new Editor at LELO, they have requested a 1 week extension to the announcement date.

The winners will be announced on the 24th April.

Topic Announcing our new "Oral Sex" story competition, $600 in prizes.
Posted 16 Apr 2014 14:35

The 17th remains the announcement date, barring incident.

Topic Advice to Competition Entering Authors
Posted 11 Apr 2014 02:31

Bump.

Topic Announcing our new "Oral Sex" story competition, $600 in prizes.
Posted 11 Apr 2014 02:24



I think this may be due to a 2 day extension of the competition. As a rule, moderators do not apply any awards whilst a competition is active.

Bit of a timing balls up, me thinks :)

Liz x

Due to a timezone issue, one person who tried to submit their story at the 11th hour (literally), was unable to. The only way that person was able to submit it as a comp entry, was for us to temporarily change the deadline, so it could be uploaded. Then we closed the competition off.

The RR was given to a story, which at first, wasn't entered into the competition. The author changed their mind, and entered it. No competition stories can be given an RR, if they are initially entered as such. I have asked Gav to remove the RR as it's unfair on other authors.

Topic Sig Image Size
Posted 11 Apr 2014 02:19

Big sig images are returning - does this need to be bumped?

Ta!

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 08 Apr 2014 04:17

Thinking about this some more, the answer is simple.

This site is not set up for co-authored stories. I don't know any that are. Without a great deal of coding (unavailable), it will never be.

We set it up this way, as the vast majority of people, will write their own stories / poems. Writing is a personal thing, I'd not even envisaged people would wish to co-write short erotic stories when I started it (not that it's a bad thing).

Co-authored stories need to be allocated to one person's account here, that's the long and the short of it. Credit will be given to the "other" author (s) by way of a link (the current wording needs changing).

That's all we can do given the setup and resources available, and I think it's fair enough.

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 07 Apr 2014 19:16



I've always thought this is how it should be. Both Ava pics and a link from both writers profile pages. If it is genuinely a 2 person effort shouldn't both get equal recognition? I would draw the line at 2 writers though.


Same.

I agree with Magnificent1 too. They are 2 different things.

I don't think we need both a "Co-author" and "Contributor" link do we? The latter could be anything - proofing, editing etc.

The wording should be changed to "Co-author" and the co-author given more credit. They should get equal weighting ideally. Putting another avatar up there might be problematic from a formatting point of view.

Also, what happens when 3 or more co-authors are involved, it could get ludicrous with half a dozen avatars at the top of the stories! Maybe if it is written by 2 authors, both avatars appear at the top. Any more, they are given links as it stands currently?

Topic Announcing our new "Oral Sex" story competition, $600 in prizes.
Posted 07 Apr 2014 17:43

We're blown away by the number of entries, it seems more than a few people like these short story challenges, as well as LELO products icon_smile

3 more days until the deadline. If you want to make the min # scores requirement, you'd better get your entry in fast, if you haven't already.

Good luck everyone.

Topic Microsoft launches updated FREE version of Office online to take on Google Documents...
Posted 06 Apr 2014 01:38

I think they've managed to flog that dead horse, longer than any company I've ever seen flog anything beat_deadhorse

They milked that cash cow for longer than I've ever seen.... Ok, enough with the animal analogies! sheepholy

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 05 Apr 2014 22:05

Got it, link only to co-author.

If a story is written 50/50, it doesn't help all that much. If it is awarded an RR or EP for example, everything related to those, will only show up on the account of the person who wrote it.

I guess those things are shared if the authors write another story together, and the other writing partner submits it under their account instead?

Trying to figure out the easiest way to do this, with the least amount of coding time required.

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 05 Apr 2014 00:56

Can someone post a link to a co-written story please, I'd like to see how it all fits together.

Topic Book ideas based on popularity.
Posted 04 Apr 2014 17:47

An interesting mix!

http://upload.lushstories.com/1724177399-Top10.jpg

Topic Popular Dating Site OkCupid Takes a Stance Against Mozilla Firefox
Posted 01 Apr 2014 18:37

Good on them.

Topic Australia has bid $50bn to buy New Zealand
Posted 01 Apr 2014 11:01

Does that price include the snow?

laughing9

Topic Australia has bid $50bn to buy New Zealand
Posted 31 Mar 2014 22:35

It's a beautiful country, and the people are lovely, but are there lots of resources there or something?

Queenstown is amazing for skiing.

Do we have any Kiwis here who know more about this story?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Mar 2014 13:28

I like the idea of the versatile author badge.

Topic Is LUSH your secret or everyone knows about you being on lush?
Posted 28 Mar 2014 14:08

I think a lot of you might be surprised to learn that your secret life here isn't so secret. I found out tonight that someone is copying hundreds of Lush stories and posting them to their Twitter account, without the permission of the authors and with the quiet assent of Lush administrators. I find this to be outrageous and, when I wrote the administrators, I was told that it is OK with them, that it is a way to "get the word out" about Lush and that it is a good thing.

Do you have no idea whatsoever about how Twitter works?

What does people posting links to stories on here (the whole point of Twitter), have to do with someone's privacy? I took a look at the twitter account mentioned, and it's a cam girl from the looks of things, linking to stories on here - maybe to give her account a little credibility.

So what? Anyone can tweet anything they like from ANY site they choose. The internet is primarily about information sharing.

It impossible to stop people posting links to stories here, and why would we want to? It's free promotion.

If you don't like someone posting 100 odd characters of your stories on twitter, and linking to them, then ask the owner of the account to take the posts down.