Stories List of Categories
I've noticed the stories are grouped into categories. How are these categories decided?
We group the stories into categories to make it easier for readers to find work and authors that interest them. Often, a story will contain elements from many categories. In that case, we'll place it where we feel it's the best fit. If you ever read a story that you feel has been miscategorized, Use the Report This Story feature to let us know, and we'll review it. We add a new category whenever we have enough stories that fit into it. If you have an idea for a new smytt.ru category, feel free to let us know!
What do the colored icons beside stories mean?
The yellow NEW's () denote stories which have recently been published on smytt.ru.
The red H's () denote stories which have received 10 or more votes from readers, and maintain an average vote of 4.5 out of 5 or better.
The yellow E's () denote "Editor's Choice" stories. These are pieces that we really like - just our opinion.
The green W's () are next to stories that have been chosen by readers as winners in our Monthly, Yearly, or Special contests.
In the future, we may add other icons. As we do, we'll add them to the FAQ.
I want to search your archive for stories by date, by subject matter, or by author. Is this possible?
Absolutely! If you are reading a story by an author you enjoy, you can access their full story listing by clicking their name. You'll find stories sorted by category on the Site Index page. All stories posted within the last 7 days can be found listed in chronological order (newest to oldest) in our New Stories section.
If you're not able to find what you're looking for in the above categories, you can also use our Search Page, which can be found halfway down the Site Index page. From there, you can search the story archive by date, by category, by author, and by specific terms.
If you type a word in the Search Text field, your results will be stories which include that word in their title or key words. You can also use the more advanced Boolean search to narrow your search further. That sounds complicated, but it's easy! Just use the following symbols:
+ (plus sign) - this word must be present in every story returned.
Here are some examples:
- (minus sign) - this word must not be present in any story returned.
"" (quotes around a phrase) - this specific phrase, as typed in quotes, must be present in every story returned.
* (asterisk) - wildcard.
apple banana - find stories that contain at least one of these words.
+apple +juice - find stories that contain both words.
+apple macintosh - find stories that contain the word "apple", but rank it higher if it also contain "macintosh".
+apple -macintosh - find stories that contain the word "apple" but not "macintosh".
"some words" - find stories that contain the phrase "some words", but not "some pretty words" or "some naughty words".
plan* - find stories with words containing the letters "plan" in them (i.e. "plan", "plans", "planet", any word starting with "plan").
How can I hear your audio stories?
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At the bottom of some stories, I see the words "You can leave a public comment on this submission!" What does this mean?
This section is called the Public Comment Board. This is a place for you to leave public feedback on submissions, and to read other readers' opinions. Anything you type here will be posted beneath the submission for everyone to see. If you want to leave private feedback for the author, you can either use the Anonymous Feedback link at the end of the submission or the link at the top of the author's profile.
Authors can choose to activate or deactivate the Public Comment Board on their work. Comments are expected to be free of spam and to relate to the story. If you see an inappropriate or off-topic comment, you can use the "Report This Comment" link to bring it to our attention. Remember: these authors are sharing their work with you at no charge. Be respectful.
You must give a rating to the story to leave a comment. If you have voted on the submission previously, then the vote you leave with the comment will not count toward the submission's total.
What is the Favorites Portal?
Currently in Beta, the smytt.ru Favorites Portal allows readers and authors to see which stories and members are on the most "Favorite Lists". If you want to add someone to your Favorite's list, you can do so from you member control panel once you are registered and logged in.
What is the Feedback Portal?
The Feedback Portal lists all the latest comments made on story and poem Public Comment Boards. It also lists the stories with the most comments, and the top members making comments. The Latest Comments section is updated several times an hour, while the Top Lists are updated less regularly.
What are smytt.ru Story Tags?
Story Tags are keywords or key phrases that authors may choose to attach to their stories to help readers find them.
For example, if a character in a story has green eyes, an author may choose to use "green eyes" as a story tag. If a reader were to look at the "green eyes" story tag, he would find a list of stories with characters with green eyes.
smytt.ru limits the number of official story categories to keep the site organized and manageable for readers, but the number of Story Tags is unlimited. Authors are freed to pick their own relevant story tags. If you find any stories with tags that are completely irrelevant, please let us know.
Authors � for more information on using Story Tags in your smytt.ru submission, please feel free to read this.
We also have a which shows a random sample of tags and the most used tags, as well as a list of tags which are only used on a single story. The Story Tags Portal, currently in Beta, gives readers another way to browse the library of stories currently published on smytt.ru.