Ficdb FAQ

What is Ficdb?
Ficdb is Goodreads for webfiction... a platform to discover, review, and share fanfics and web serials worth reading. Hunting for quality webfiction sucks, but Ficdb can help make it suck less.
Who are you?

A funemployed programmer from sunny Oakland who likes to distract myself from the world's problems with Naruto highschool A.U. fics. You can find me at my local Blue Bottle cafe most weekdays nursing a cold brew coffee, a cookie, and an existential crisis.

What things can I submit?

You CAN submit your own works, mature works, and original works. And pretty much anything else. However, you CANNOT submit works with explicit underage sexual content.

What's the end game?
A webfiction recommendation engine powered by machine learning. Once there's enough fanfics and reviews in the database, Ficdb will be able to make suggestions tailored to your reading preferences. Moral of the story: feed Ficdb reviews and be rewarded with Netflix-style recommendations.

Any review guidelines?
In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment.

We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.


Even if your find an author's work lacking, please be respectful in your critique. Choose the higher road - review in a constructive, not callous, manner.

What are the ground rules?
Racism? That's a paddlin'. Sexism? That's a paddlin'. Politics? Oh, you better believe that's a paddlin'.

It's really, really easy for online communities to degenerate into soul-numbing yelling matches surrounding hot-button issues. All it takes is one nasty comment and boom goes the proverbial dynamite.

There's a time and place to hash out complex social, political, or scientific issues. A webfiction review site is probably not it. For the sake of community integrity and my cortisol levels, please keep it classy.
How can I help?
Ask not what Ficdb can do for you — ask what you can do for Ficdb!

If you like what you see, copy the following link and send to the appropriate party: https://ficdb.com. If you don't like what you see, head on over to the #feedback channel and let's talk shop.
Where can I report a bug?
Ficdb is a wide-eyed, bushy-tailed baby of a web application. Therefore, expect some level of friction when using it. Report any weirdness you find on the #bug-report channel for further investigation.
Who helped out with this?
Shout outs to my roommate for the design help, Blue Bottle for the coffee, Bz0706 for scary Skitter, and Stanislav Petrov for saving the world from nuclear war.
What tech powers Ficdb?
Elixir + Phoenix + UIKit + Unpoly + Drab + Veil + Gigalixir
I've open-sourced the code on Gitlab. Be warned, it's pretty shitty.
What is your favorite webfiction?
For completed fics, Fargo (PMMM) by Bavitz and Burn Up (Worm) by JinglyJangles are the top contenders. For ongoing fics, I'll put my vote towards Sanitize (Naruto), Path of Ruin (Star Wars), Mother of Learning (Original), and Worth the Candle (Original).