As you know, the WFG site software has been broken for some time, which has stopped the influx of new listings to both WFG and TWF. That situation is bad for the community and is entirely my fault.
A few weeks ago, I took stock of the situation. The truth is that topwebfiction.com gets lots of traffic on a daily basis. webfictionguide.com doesn’t. This is partly due to the fact that WFG hasn’t had a (required-by-the-software) editorial presence in most of year, but that’s not the whole picture. The truth is that WFG itself never got the traffic TWF did.
Up until now, TWF has required WFG to function. It runs out of the same database, and gets its listings from there. That is now changing.
I’m rebuilding TWF to stand alone. Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of the core functionality built, including support for WFG’s tagging system, which I hope will make TWF a richer experience for users and authors alike. I have added a “new listings” view that orders by descending create date. And I’ve given each listing its own page on the site where authors can manage their own description and images.
Submissions will be a lot simpler, too: there will be no editorial process. Instead, the site will be operated by invites from existing authors. New authors will have to convince someone—anyone—who already has a listing on TWF to send them an invite. Once they have that invite, the can create their listing without any further requirements. I’m putting the community in the community’s hands, and getting myself out of the way.
I am doing my level-best to have the basic, new software in place this long weekend (ie. by the end of September 7), or by next weekend at the latest. This will just be the replacement for what’s there now (rankings and voting), plus the tagging and listing pages. Over the next week or two, I’ll finish and deploy the management features (invites, listing editing, etc.).
When this is all done, WFG will close. My expectation is I will take it offline sometime around October 1. If there are things on the site you want a copy of, now’s the time to grab it.
WFG has had a good run. More than 12 years, in fact, which is an eternity for a non-commercial website. I’ll be sad to see it go, but I think it’s time.
Finally, I’d like to thank @rocode for taking a shot at rewriting WFG over the last several months, and for moving the forums to Discourse, so we could actually keep talking about it.