.moon

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Name: .moon aka dot moon
Date(s): 2005-
Archivist: Dejana Talis
Founder: Dejana Talis
Type: Fan Fiction Fanart Archive
Fandom: Multifandom
URL: http://www.dotmoon.net

Total number of fics by media type. These figures are based on using the site search functions as of March 25, 2010.
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.moon ("dot moon") is a multi-fandom fanfiction and fan art archive founded in 2005. The site describes itself as "a multi-fandom community". It also hosts original work and has various community features like discussion boards and annual awards.

Many site users are anime and manga fans.

A 2015 note: "The dotmoon.net community was founded in 2005. It is currently a static archive. The current design and source code were created by Dejana Talis. All works in the archive are copyrighted to their respective creators." [1]

Mission

Dejana Talis, the founder and administrator describes the motivation behind the site like this:
"As a writer, I have long searched for a community that brings fanfiction and original work together on even ground. There are many excellent writing sites online, but I've found many of them to be too specialized, too inactive, too far removed from their original goals, or mere collections of stories with no real community to interact with. I wanted a place where I could feel at home, where I could grow as a writer and help encourage others to grow as well, no matter the subject of our work. I also noticed several writers hoping to post artwork alongside their stories, but I have yet to come across a site that offers such a service."[2]

Technical Aspects

The site is partly based on an open source forum by Simple Machines; much of the site is original code. .moon uses PHP and MySQL.[2]

Content Policy

Writing

.moon allows users to archive original fiction and fanfiction of specific fictional sources. It does not allow fics with too many grammar and spelling mistakes, RPF, songfics that have too many lyrics and too little fic content, or stories based on the works of authors who oppose fanfiction.[3] The authors listed on .moon are:

Art

.moon archives both original and fan art.

UFO Awards

The UFO Awards are multifandom awards given out by the .moon community on an annual basis.

A 2015 Note

Welcome.

This website was once an interactive community, where artists and authors could share and comment on their various fan works. For almost 10 years, it served the creators of any fandom that chose to join us.

In January 2015, the site began to experience recurring errors and broken functions. No matter how many times I repaired it, within days it was down again. I was forced to conclude that we were being targeted by persistent hackers. I'm not an expert. I don't have the skills to defend against repeated attacks, nor do I have the time to repair the site over and over again only to have it broken again almost immediately. Sadly, I had to make the decision to end the days of .moon as an active site.

When this archive first opened, I promised its members that I would never leave the site unusable or take it down. I have set up the current incarnation of .moon as a means of accessing the existing collection, so the works that were submitted will remain available to view. But the site will be static from now on. For those whose works are archived here, I will provide a method of contacting me to have your materials updated or removed if you so desire. Aside from that, there will be no changes, but this site will remain online as long as I have the means to pay the hosting bills.

Building, running, and participating in this community will always remain one of my fondest memories. I wish I could've done better for it and for everyone else who enjoyed it. -Dejana, 6/14/2015

You may notice the main archive does not contain any NC17-rated material. These items are still present in the archive, but without the age verification of user accounts I am not comfortable including them in the main listings. There is a subtle link on the site that will take you to the adult section. [4]

References

  1. About
  2. 2.0 2.1 Help and Info, Administrator. (Accessed August 30, 2010.) Archived February 1, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Help and Info, Library Guidelines. (Accessed August 30, 2010) Archived August 21, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. About