Forum posts made by rejectreality

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 08 Feb 2018 13:01

One of the other sites where I post implemented this type of scoring as an option for a few years. It didn't produce any of the anticipated benefits.

Few people bothered with the detailed scoring method — even though it was the default — and most who did ended up straight-line scoring on all sections, which was the same as a single score.

In the end, it was a lot of coding and data storage that amounted to no benefit, and it was removed.

It's about story scoring... presently most of the stories here get unreasonably high scores because of many reasons but most importantly because readers have no mechanism available to evaluate a story with good reason. Bias, irresponsibility, prejudice and sometimes fishy ways are being used to score a story... while scoring, readers should be able to take account of the plot, language, setting, style etc. separately... all such fundamentals of a story should be available to the readers to score distinctively one by one, say from score 1 to 5... This can be made available in a small table... It will reduce inflated scoring and likely to bring in realism in story rating. This may also lead to more objectivity in subsequent comments by the readers :)

Topic Accessibility from Opera browser
Posted 04 Feb 2018 18:15

Check the toolbar for the forum, which is immediately below the main, red Lush toolbar. Odds are you'll see a link to login.

Recent tweaks seem to have caused a linking issue between the forum code and the main site code. You can be logged into the site, but you're not logged into the forum. Click the login link from the forum toolbar, and once you log in from there, you should see all your standard forum features once more.

I've had to download and start using Chrome for Lush because my preferred browser, Opera, has had issues with the recent forum upgrades and fixes and so on. Even after clearing the browser history, content doesn't always render properly (like there are no edit / quote buttons in the forum posts - stuff like that).

Is this a known problem? Being worked on?

Topic posting as Guest while logged in to lush
Posted 04 Feb 2018 08:05

Check the forum header. Not the LUSH header where your Lush menu is, but right below it.

On the far left, it should say "Logged in as" and you shouldn't see "Login" on the far right of this bar.

If you're not logged into the forum ( regardless of whether you're logged into Lush ) just click the Login link, and all will be well. The Guest status with vanish from your posts, and the quote/reply buttons will reappear if they're missing.

Linking forum software to main site code is often an incredible pain in the ass, and when you're making infrastructure changes, it's easy for linking code to burp.

I never clicked it previously, but the "My Profile" link on the forum bar doesn't work. Thought I'd bring it up if this link previously worked, and the recent changes have caused it to malfunction.

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 21 Jan 2018 14:44

Just a quick "heads up": The contest page for the previous "Boobies" competition hasn't been updated with the winners.

Topic Story Verification Times
Posted 11 Jan 2018 22:25

LOL, no worries.

I know that without my editor fixing all the mistakes I miss, it wouldn't be nearly as easy. I send him the cleanest copy I can manage, and he still catches stuff every single time.

Don't get the big head, RR. They also fight over mine. Only the fight is to determine who gets stuck with the poor, pitiful thing.


Topic Story Verification Times
Posted 09 Jan 2018 23:15

I'm about to become part of the problem. LOL I have a new Monster Sex story off for editing, and I'm through the first couple of stages of editing my contest story as well.

The review of submissions on most sites is little more than a quick scan, so with each story receiving a careful review here, it's absolutely praise-worthy that the turnaround time stays as low as it is.

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 06 Jan 2018 11:14

It ain't over yet. We'll see what happens when I do the first read in a few days. I've only got 100 some-odd words to play with, so if anything's missing, it could be a problem.

I feel your pain man. I had to rewrite my ending several times to get it to: 1) work right; and 2) come under the 6,000 word limit. So far the feedback has been good so I'm pretty sure I made the right decision. So cheers to us for making it work! occasion5

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 05 Jan 2018 23:23

First draft squeaked in at just shy of 5900 words. Pour Wine

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 05 Jan 2018 07:11

Finally had an idea for this one yesterday, and it's in the money category. Everything else that came to mind was too long due to having a new romance edge as the "change". There's at least a place I can fade to black on this one with a ( hopefully ) witty line, creating a satisfying end point, while leaving an opening for more and staying within the word limit. ( Hopefully #2 )

4200 words in.

Already had an idea in the starting stages for this category, so I guess that one will be #2 there eventually.

I'll probably finish the first draft of "Unleashed" today, let it sit over the weekend, and then start editing the middle of next week. I've got 20k words worth of other stories to edit this weekend, including my weird new Monster Sex story.

:: Checks competition dates :: Yeah, I'm good.

Topic Legalizing recreational marijuana on a federal level (in the USA)
Posted 04 Jan 2018 15:46

It's an inevitability at this point. Medical approvals didn't cause all the doom and gloom predicted. Then recreational approvals didn't either. I haven't looked at any statistics, but I would assume it's reduced prison overcrowding and courtroom backlog where it's been made legal, at the very least. Hard for it not to when so many people were getting busted for small, personal-use amounts of pot.

As more states legalize it, the states surrounding that state are going to have to look long and hard at it. Unlike some other issues, this one has a strong commercial component, and all the pot dealers who suddenly have a dramatically reduced customer base need somewhere to continue making illegal-substance level money. Most of them aren't going to go legit. That's work, and it's not your typical drug-dealer's forte.

Jobs, new business taxes and fees, "sin" taxes, reduced cost on the justice system... It's going to be appealing, and eventually hit a critical mass of legal states.

Then, the moment you have the Democrats in control of the White House and both chambers again, it's all but a done deal.

This coming from someone who has never taken a toke, because the stench of it makes me instantly nauseous. LOL I've known people who were Cheech and Chong level potheads who led normal, productive lives, and I've known people on destructive drugs like meth who threw their whole lives away within a couple of months.

When you see the two next to each other, it's really hard to argue they're even remotely in the same class, and right now, they're treated that way federally.

Topic Jerusalem - Capital of Israel
Posted 31 Dec 2017 10:19

If he's serious about going for another term, there's an obvious reason.

He only got 20 some-odd percent of the Jewish vote. I should imagine this action will significantly improve his numbers in that demographic, while simultaneously encouraging some Christians who are deeply concerned about Israel to vote for him as well.

The margins in some of the states he won were very small. Peeling off any new voters could make a difference.

Topic Jerusalem - Capital of Israel
Posted 30 Dec 2017 23:36

Way off what was force-fed to me about the end times and the rapture for so many years. If that's a thing, it's obviously not something common in the midwest.

All three of the Abrahamic religions hold the city sacred, though. And all three believe the other two have it all wrong. That is a recipe for zero resolution, so long as leadership is either beholden to one of those faiths, or beholden to the people who practice it — because I don't believe for a second that Trump worships anything but himself. He absolutely has to keep them reasonably appeased, however.

It's also not very helpful that many (mostly American) Christians seem to believe that about two thirds of the Jewish population must die in order to fulfill some prophecy that tells them that they will go to heaven without the need for dying. Peace between Israel and the Arab world is seen as a threat to that prophecy.

Topic Jerusalem - Capital of Israel
Posted 30 Dec 2017 14:11

The fly in the ointment here is religion. When people believe they've been given something by divine decree from the invisible man in the sky, logic goes out the window, down the block, and into the sewer drain with Pennywise.

That little hill in the middle of the city pretty much ensures there will never, ever be any sort of lasting peace in the region that isn't gained and maintained by ruthless force.

The same was true for Northern Ireland a few decades ago. If the two state solution were accepted and implemented, and both nations in majority want peace (which I believe they do) they they'll be motivated to stop and prevent extremism and fanaticism among their own. It has worked with the nationalist and republican paramilitary and terrorist groups, it has worked with Basque separatists, why wouldn't it work in Israel and Palestine? But if it's ever going to happen, it will take effort, and tolerance from both sides.

Topic Jerusalem - Capital of Israel
Posted 30 Dec 2017 13:29

Just one thing:

We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.

There's much discussion about the borders of the city, and that the U.S. has declared the whole of the city as Israel's capital. The declaration specifically says the U.S. is not recognizing the whole of the city as the capital, because that's up to the parties involved.

I honestly don't see where it amounts to a hill of beans. I'm of the same opinion as Buz, here. There will be no resolution of this until one side or the other completely conquers the territory, pushing the other out, as has been the case for thousands of years.

Even if two leaders were able to negotiate in good faith, establish internationally recognized borders that split the city, have it be completely open to the three faiths to which it is sacred, and manage to convince a majority of both populations to stand down and accept the two state solution, there would still be significant numbers of dissidents on both sides. It would still be a place of constant terrorist turmoil and discrimination so long as these two groups who have been at war for generations are living in such close proximity.

Everyone in the region is scarred by the conflict. Even the best of people are distrustful of those on the other side, whether they choose to admit it or not.

Topic How far do you compromise?
Posted 28 Dec 2017 21:48


I've been studying the trends of erotica readers and the performance of my own stories across multiple sites for over a decade now, so I have a pretty good idea of what every readership niche I'm interested in writing likes. I don't use that information to inform my writing, but rather where I put the finished product.

Don't compromise. Find your audience through carefully considered placement of what you want to write . Stories can and often do cross categories. Find out what's doing well in all appropriate categories, and see which has the most friendly eyes for your content.

Keep plugging away. If it feels like nobody is reading you, give it time. Slowly, but surely, you'll pick up readers, and as you do, the higher scores, vote counts, number of comments, etc. will attract others.

If you write it, they will come. ( Pun intended )

Topic Also Almost Famous
Posted 27 Dec 2017 20:24

Ding! Ding!

Double Dip and Recycled crossed the barrier at almost the exact same time, bringing me up to 8 in the famous club :D

So, it's time to move on to the next two in line ;) These are going to take a little longer, as they're more than 1k away, rather than a few hundred.

Regina is expecting to take things to the next level after the Christmas party at work with the man she's been seeing. Things don't go that way when he has a few drinks and the jerk hiding beneath his charm emerges with a vengeance. Just as she's about to go home alone, she runs into her daughter's ex-boyfriend, and almost simultaneously wins the #1 door prize of a huge television. When he offers to take it home for her in his truck, more is getting turned on than the T.V.

Zach has always been sweet on his sister-in-law Marie from the day his brother started dating her. When she gets pregnant and his brother refuses to man up, the family pushes him away and all but adopts her. Zach has watched her pregnancy progress, and he only finds her more attractive and sexy by the day. It's Labor Day weekend, and Marie is due any day. When she needs to go home to rest, he offers to take the watch in case she goes into labor. Then, he hears her talking - or rather fantasizing - in her sleep. About him.

Topic Happy Holidays Everyone
Posted 24 Dec 2017 18:47

Merry Christmas to all. santa

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 23 Dec 2017 15:37

Thanks icon_smile It's a good thing I have creativity going for me, because my vocabulary is pitiful. LOL

I need to get at least this scene and the next written for SOTM to feel I'm not neglecting it. Then I need to finish one of the in-progress ones. After that, I won't feel too bad about devoting some extra time to musing ideas for this.

I do have vacation time about to hit, so that creates some possibility. But, I also have almost 24k words of SOTM to edit and have ready for the second week of January. That's a couple of full days easily.

I really need to win the lottery or something so I can get rid of this damn job that keeps eating up all my writing time. cussing

Topic Announcing our "Change" Story Competition
Posted 23 Dec 2017 10:26

The same story I finished a long time ago fits this one as the previous competition, "Breasts To Go". The connection to the previous contest should be obvious, and the connection to this one is an employee's last day at work in preparation to leave for college, and his MILF boss introducing a distinct change in their relationship at the end of that last day.

New ideas are proving more difficult. I've mulled over a teen and occupation story so far. Not excited enough about the teen idea, and the occupation one felt like it would exceed the word limit. The Monster Sex story I already have in progress doesn't quite have enough "change" angle. The True story I already have in progress will end before the major change of her moving in with me, and adding that in will take it over the word limit.

If I make it into this one, it will likely be late in the game. Too many irons already in the fire to spend much time developing something new.

Topic Also Almost Famous
Posted 23 Dec 2017 10:13

Steadily creeping that way. Double Dip is only 388 off, and Recycled is 216. The next story in line, Labor Day, just edged over 28k. It's actually moving faster than the other two due to the popularly searched tag "pregnant" and the in-law angle that's benefiting from new readers of my restored I.F. stories.

At this rate, it may catch up with the two leaders. LOL

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 16 Dec 2017 15:46

Have to pardon me when I grin at "script kiddie". As often as not, I go full bore and use the term "AOL script kiddie", though only when I want it to have severe negative connotations. I think our generation is the only one that understands the term.

Back on the subject, I'm all for a flag on the stories indicating those that have reached famous and legendary status. I do know when one is about to tick over, but it would be nice for it to be highlighted for readers as well.

I learned BASIC on a C-64 back in the mid-eighties (we got our family computer in 1983 when I was in high school) and later took a couple fairly basic computer courses in university. However, I didn't pursue computers as a career officially (by formal training, I am a librarian but I manage IT for a mid-sized corporation). I do some Javascript these days but it's pretty much script kiddie stuff. I have no illusions about being a programmer. Once my son gets his Bachelor's in computer science, I'll just hire him when I need real code written laughing6 (boss walks in, points out company nepotism policyangry7).

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 16 Dec 2017 13:30

Believe me, I fully understand the potential difficulty of modifying already heavily modified code. I haven't had any formal instruction in any coding language since BASIC on the TRS-80. LOL I'm self taught, and that often results in less than conventional ways to make things work, followed by a hellish nightmare when you want to tweak something.

( No, I'm not quite that old. Our school was in a backwater, and couldn't afford anything but other people's outdated equipment )

The exact reason for the suggestion is the amount of work required. I haven't done a track now since May of 2016 because the increased number of stories I've released puts me off, regardless of how much I miss being able to analyze things. It's one of the tools I use to decide where to place my new work. Some stories simply don't garner enough response here to be worth the time, and some stories that do gangbusters here aren't worth the effort to post elsewhere.

I write what I want to write, but I put a lot of thought into where it goes once it's done, and that data is quite useful for that purpose.

Oh, I'm not saying you shouldn't make the suggestion. Just surprised at someone going to this amount of work here. I barely even look at anything other than comments and views and that's just when I'm seeing how a new story is faring.

As for how easy it is, I could do it without batting a eyelash in my work IT environment or the board I admin but I know they've customized the heck out of this place and sometimes stuff that seems like it should be easy, isn't.

Topic Just noticed ANOTHER new story category... Mind Control
Posted 16 Dec 2017 13:03

I think adding this category is only going to result in angst, as is already well demonstrated in this thread, without much benefit.

The type of stories that are going to be accepted aren't going to push the buttons of the mind control readership. They're looking for stories where people do things they wouldn't do if free to choose — non-consent. The readership is split down the middle on most sites. Half want to see the victim remember nothing of what happened, and half want them to remember every detail in horror afterward.

The 'awakening suppressed desires' angle is met with a tepid response, at best. The more you stress that, the less the readership responds. The level I would estimate is going to be the bar here is so far below the readership's expectations that I expect the category is going to be largely ignored.

It's going to result in a category with very few stories and even less traffic when I look in my crystal ball.

When you consider the resistance already evident in this thread, I don't think the scales even remotely balance.

The reinstated I.F. category generates much the same response here on the forum, but the difference is that the type of stories Lush will accept — I.E. fully consensual storylines — are exactly what that readership is looking for. That readership strongly frowns on non-con. The category already has solid readership that is likely to expand exponentially over time. It benefits the site.

I think Mind Control is just going to take up space.

I'm personally fine with the type of story I think will be accepted, which will involve the character on the receiving end being relived to have broken through their hang-ups to experience something they wanted deep down. Happily ever after. It's firmly on the reluctance side of the reluctance/non-con scale to me. I'll probably write one eventually in my ever-so-slow quest for Omnium.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 16 Dec 2017 10:58

Because I like to run a track of my statistics quarterly. Doing so manually is an hour long process.

The thread is for suggestions. It's a suggestion.

Generating a CSV isn't much different than generating the page that displays the statistics in the first place. If the download button is placed on the same page as the statistics, it could be populated at the same time as the page is generated, not even requiring an additional query.

Good God, why? This is a fun amateur writing site. How many would actually need this ability? The only reason I can see for doing it is to analyze your trends and means and so on and I certainly wouldn't bother.

I would be a nice to have for some but I suspect there are better uses of Nic's money and Gav's time. Fixing the still broken mobile site (I still regularly get fake security warnings on it) would be much higher, IMHO.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 16 Dec 2017 09:46

It would be nice if the number of people who had favorited your story was listed with the rest of the story statistics. As things stand, it's on a completely different page, and you have to count to acquire it.

For that matter, it would be nice if we could download a delimited file suitable for importing into a spreadsheet program that had all our statistics on it as they stood at the time of download.

Topic Which category?
Posted 09 Dec 2017 01:34

There's always a hierarchy, if you want to target the right readers.

Rule #1 is Lush specific. As said, any close-blood relations having relations goes into I.F.

Rule #2 is the rule of Most Squick. If there are two or more dominant themes, go with the category that's most likely to make other readers cringe. The people in the edgier category aren't going to mind the more vanilla aspects, so long as they get their kink. The people in mainstream categories may run screaming the moment they come across watersports, bondage, etc.

Rule #3 is the rule of NIMBY. People looking for Gay Male or Lesbian stories don't want to read hetero couplings, and may even be squicked by it. The reverse also holds true — though more or less only for GM. You can get away with girl-girl most anywhere, but two guys getting it on is not going to go over well unless it's in a category where it's reasonably expected. Thanks to the bisexual category, there's a home for those crossovers where hetero and same sex couplings can happily mingle.

Rule #4 is the rule of Many Eyes. If there are two equal, relatively vanilla themes, go with the one that generates the most traffic. Use your Columbo-like research skills to see which category garners the most votes and comments overall.

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Boobies" Story Competition
Posted 02 Dec 2017 06:54

cheerleader Congrats to the winners!

Topic A Big Thanks to the Mods! :)
Posted 23 Nov 2017 19:06

18 category changes taken care of in short order yesterday. Many thanks :)

Topic Firefox Quantum - Highly Recommended!
Posted 23 Nov 2017 00:28

Well, now with No-script updated for Quantum, I can say I'm still not a fan.

While no-script solved the biggest part of the issues on ad-heavy pages, it still froze up in both of the long sessions on such pages since adding no-script. At least it didn't completely freeze up my system this time. Firefox was dead in the water for at least a minute and a half both times, though.

Ended up closing it and going with Opera for the remainder of both sessions once it defrosted, because Chrome rolls over and dies within 5 minutes on pages choked with ads.

Still opens slow as hell and takes forever for the processes to end once you close it. Zero speed improvement over previous versions on typical pages. Zero speed improvements over Chrome on typical pages.

The latest update to Firefox for Android, on the other hand, has marked improvement in speed and reliability. Things that used to crash Firefox every time on my hardly-top-of-the-line older Samsung tablet work just fine now.

I'm sure they'll break it with the next release in a few days. That seems to be what Firefox and Chrome have both been consistently good about since going to this constant update scheme. Every other update is a memory-leaking dumpster fire.

Topic A Big Thanks to the Mods! :)
Posted 22 Nov 2017 23:11

Well, 'tis the night before Thanksgiving, so I'm guessing that most people aren't bothering with moving their stuff around right now. Time to get things done while the queue is potentially empty.

Won't be any new categories from the moves, as I've already hit the categories I'll be moving to with other stories, but I'll soon have the Monster Sex category filled. I just wrote a 700 word outline/notes file for a Lamia story that came to me out of the blue. Could possibly be a start to a series, and most likely will have easter-egg level crossover with Magic of the Wood and The Fey Folk, the same way those two series cross over with each other.

Once I solved the logistical problems of "the bottom half is a snake" for sex, the rest of the story just emerged. LOL

I was planning to fill that category with another short like those I've been posting lately, but I guess plans have changed :)