Thousand Roads

A Pokémon fansite dedicated to the creative side of the Pokémon fandom, especially fanfiction.

Site Revamp

Published August 23 2015

Things are looking a little different around here! Over the past few months I've been working on rewriting Thousand Roads' backend from scratch using a different programming framework than I did before. I never really figured out what was going on with the system I had before, and that made adding features that required their own custom backend coding--of which I managed to come up with a frightening number--an incredible headache. The new design makes it much easier for me to bolt on new mini-apps, and you'll definitely be seeing more of them in the future.

The first one up and running is the guestbook, a simple chatbook script that also doubles as a comment system for the site news page. If you're familiar with The Cave of Dragonflies, you might find all some of its design familiar, but I'm sure I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Feel free to give it a try, if for no other reason than for the hilarity of discovering that it, inevitably, doesn't actually work. (This is just how these programming things go.)

You may also notice that the site navigation's been tweaked a bit. Gone is the ASB section, since I don't really ASB anymore; its pages are still accessible if you have the direct links, but they won't be updated and no longer have a place on the menu bar. The ever-popular metronome randomizer is the anchor member of a new section, "Miscellaneous," i.e. "Everything Not Fanfic-Related," and should acquire some friends soon. Also gone is the fanfic recommendation engine, which hadn't been updated in years anyway and will hopefully be replaced by a much-improved version sometime before the heat death of the universe.

Meanwhile, I'm looking to get some of the articles on fanfic writing I've always meant to do out of my drafts folder and actually up on the site. The first of these is Rewrites Considered Harmful, a rant inspired by the number of people I've seen considering starting new versions of their fanfics recently. I hope to be able to update on a somewhat more frequent basis with more opinion-based articles like this one, instructive essays on topics like "show don't tell" and writing action scenes, a rec list, and similar content. We'll see how it goes.

Hope you enjoy the new layout and features. Here's to new content more than once per year!

misdreavus

Butterfree

Website: The Cave of Dragonflies

Also haaaa you have the spam verification Pokémon next to the person's name! I thought about doing something like that just for fun at one point but never got around to it.

frogadier

Phoenixsong

Website: Altered Origin

Very nice, and congratulations on the revamp! I like the new layout; the color scheme is very pretty.

Looking forward to the rest of your articles, although I do wonder... surely you've written enough lengthy posts about "show, don't tell" that it'd just be a small matter of editing to have a page ready to go for the site? ;)

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

@Butterfree

Yup, people always seemed pretty entertained by the shiny chance on your guestbook, so I thought I would play around a little more with what I might be able to do with the CAPTCHA 'mon. Apparently at least Eifie has gotten sucked into clicking through until she got one she liked...

@Phoenixsong

Thanks, glad you like the layout! I'm still not really sure about the color scheme myself, heh. It kind of went a different direction than I was expecting.

And oh dear, it seems like you've figured out my nefarious plan for getting articles written. :P Yes, various posts I've made (mostly at Serebii) will serve as the basis for a lot of them. In many cases I want to expand on the things I've said in them, but in the case of "show, don't tell," yeah, that one shouldn't require too much additional work. :P

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