As you may have noticed, the “Bookmarks” page has been recently renamed “Follow List” on the website. While other minor changes have been occurring at a steady pace over the years, we feel this particular one needs a bit of an explanation from us.
Until about 2 years ago, the button that today says “Follow” on the fiction page used to say “Add to Bookmarks”. This has caused not a small amount of confusion: “Bookmarks” is a browser feature to mark a specific page, and clearly, this isn’t quite that. On top of that, a bookmark as a real life thing is used to mark a specific page of a book; it really has nothing to do with staying up to date and getting notified of new content being released.
Therefore, “bookmark” was replaced by follow. We had planned to also rename the other lists at the time, but due to a number of reasons it hasn’t happened back then, so the site was left in a bit of a limbo.
This, however, has caused numerous users to be confused and ask the question “where do I find my follows?”. Bookmarks is simply not an intuitive name for the page to find this content. Hence the recent rename.
We hope to achieve a degree of unified language with this so we aren’t communicating conflicting messages anymore with this. Additionally, we’ve been told numerous times that the existence of “Favorites” along with “Follows” may also not be quite clear, so we’ve started discussing how exactly the favorites list works and how it is displayed.
We are also looking for further feedback on this and similar issues. Did you find “follow” and “bookmarks” confusing before?
As usual, our suggestion boards are welcoming your contributions and feedback at our suggestion platform.
We added more achievements! Instead of 12 levels, we now have 25 levels! With the new batch of achievements, you can level up faster than ever before.
As people reach new heights, we will add more achievements to follow them.
Check out your own achievements and the list of new achievements in the user settings https://www.royalroad.com/user/achievements
Here are our latest achievement recipients, excluding those that received the golden achievement for the oven(bake a cake) event.
Writhaton Contest Results
As you may know, we started November with a big contest. We have tallied up the scores and would like to congratulate our Writhaton winners who managed to complete the challenge they took on:
I Don't Bite…
As for our special winners, these 3 authors will receive 3 months of Author Premium for writing at least 35000 words and having the most favorites in their category:
The following authors will each receive 5 months of Author Premium for writing at least 55555 words and having the most user favorites in their category:
Joyueguie for The Dungeon Novel (new)
Irrelevant for empire of salt
Kyshies for Elena from Hell
JackayAck for Broken Sky and Shattered Earth: Apocalypse Convergence
*And our grand winner of Writhaton 2019: l nimbus for Locking Horns, Breaking Teeth
We are not done yet!
For our character creation contest, we had a lot of very fun responses to go through, and the staff has picked the following winners judged solely on the following categories.
The days after Christmas
Christmas is over all around the world for those that celebrate it on the 25th of December. It is time for Santa to go back to the North Pole. On his way back he excitedly looked for his cookie bag filled with rewards he received from children all around the world. Only to find out that the bag is gone.
Santa is exhausted. The cookies are what helps him keep going from year to year, and next Christmas he might decide not to work if he didn’t get his sugary intake. Royal Road team, has been collecting cookies for a long time and decided to help Santa and gave him some of our cookies reserves.
But! Now we ran out of cookies! And our oven has exploded while baking a Cake for our birthday celebration, so we can’t bake new ones! Luckily Santa said we can keep his cookie bag if we found it.
Help us find Santa’s cookie bag and refill our cookie stores.
Using advanced software we managed to narrow down the neighborhood where the bag fell down. Even more so, we narrowed down the people who have relevant information.
Please make sure to find it before the year ends. We want to start the new year with as many cookies as we can hold.
Deadline: December 31st. GMT midnight.
Reward: Golden Achievement and fun.
The days after Christmas riddle Solution:
Miss Giraffe says she knows something. However, everyone has been knocking on her door the whole night and she refuses to answer, she simply wants everyone to leave her alone, and give her silence.
Give Giraffe something that she would want to bribe her for answers.
The answer to the riddle was "silence", which was stated in the statement itself. You didn't need to guess, you only needed to read what was written.
Once you solve the Giraffe Riddle and open this page https://www.royalroad.com/pages/giraffe
You will be lead to the doggo profile https://www.royalroad.com/pages/thedogo. The doggo will give you hints about what the raccoon's password is.
The Doggo says "I heard there was a major cake bake-off where you came from. If only I had a cake, I’d be able to give it to you and to the raccoon. But you have to find it first. They say some remains in the form of gold? That made no sense to me. Weird people."
Previously in this blog post, we talked about the "golden achievement for the oven(bake a cake) event" and how to view said achievement. This will now no longer be visible, but this is how it used to look for everyone for the duration of this event:
In the achievement, It is stated that you can't give a cake anymore, but you should give a hug instead.
Jumping back to the raccoon, the password was hug https://www.royalroad.com/pages/racoon1
Once you open the page, you will be lead to another one https://www.royalroad.com/pages/wing the answer to this page was written in the previous blog post from the last event https://www.royalroad.com/blog/25/it-is-our-5th-anniversary-again, listed under password for Wing which was "cookies".
And with that, the riddle is solved.