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Logo of the original website from 1996-1997.

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Logo of the original website from 1998 to present. is a Forever Knight fan fiction archive owned by Mel Moser. It currently holds over 2500 stories. The site has no fancy name, being known either by its URL (which appears in the logo), as "Mel's site" (after its owner), or simply "the main archive".

Mel Moser registered the domain name "" on 7 October 1996 at a time when the original Forever Knight archives—the FTP site (to which authors could upload their own stories) and Darkangel's FKFIC-L archive (which was based on the fan fiction that had been autoarchived on the mailing list)—had respectively been put on hiatus and discontinued. She therefore began a new archive to provide a secure location for fan fiction that had been posted to the FKFIC-L mailing list, most of which would otherwise have proven ephemeral. To start the archive, she copied over the contents of Darkangel's site, which had been offered to fellow FK fans on list as a CD. At the time, this was seen as controversial, since she did not obtain the prior permission of the authors. However, in a short while, was accepted as the main archive for Forever Knight fan fiction.

Mel continued to update the archive until 2000. A year later, its continued inactivity (caused by ill health) prompted the creation of a new archive, Forever Knight Fan Fiction 2 (at, as a replacement.

In 2006, Mel debuted a rebooted version of the archive with the original site contained within it (and, more or less as a result, the replacement archive became inactive). However, submissions to the new version of the site were few in number: it was primarily accessed for the original archive.

In 2013, Mel's site suddenly went offline. As soon as this was realized, a mirror site was put up at It should be noted though that this is based on a copy that was made in 2001, and therefore includes only material that was on the original site, not the reboot.

May 1996Edit

Upon the announcement that Darkangel was closing down her FKFIC-L website, Mel Moser decided to upload (to her personal website) a small collection of webpages that she had written for some of the recent fan fiction from FKFIC-L. On 5 May 1996, she posted the following announcement to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU:[1]

FK Fan Fiction fans:

I did this sort of on a whim. I had alot of the recent fan fictions already in my mail folders, so I decided to start throwing up some WWW pages to help me view them easier.

Since I've seen a number of laments about DarkAngel's fan fiction archives on the Web shutting down and with the ftp site undergoing repairs, you are more than welcome to check out what I've got started and let me know what you think.

The URL is:

Disclaimers: I only have some stories starting about mid-April. Please read my notes on the pages. I am missing some of the longer stories (missing chapters), so please let me know what I'm missing, what you'd like to see, suggestions, corrections, etc. Check out the Hot off the List link, the Author List won't work, as it relies on the ftp site.

The Fan Fiction was one of the major factors drawing me to FK & the FK lists, perhaps we can attract a few more if we get the Web pages back. Don't know if it'll be me maintaining it (not enough disk space), but I'll be willing to keep this up as best as I can, at least with recent stories.

Comments requested!!! Thanks!

— "Fan Fiction WWW page", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 5 May 1996

A week later, she posted again with updates.[2] From what she wrote, she had clearly been receiving considerable e-mail from list members; and their comments were favourable.

In case you haven't caught all the latest from FKFIC-L, I've been adding most of the latest stories on my FK Fan Fiction web page. Here's some of the recent changes to my WWW FK Fan Fiction site:

New Additions to the "Hot off the List" page:

[omitted: list of ten recent stories]

New Pages

  • Fan Fiction by Author page
            Links by Author, those stored locally and elsewhere on the Web (Have your fiction online? send me the links, I'll add them here)
  • Fan Fiction by Topic

A big "Thank you" to everyone who's sent me comments, links to their pages, etc. And a big thanks, of course, to all the awesome writers. Keep up the good work. Comments requested... is anyone out there finding this useful?

— excerpted from "FK Fan Fiction WWW page updates", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 12 May 1996


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Screen capture of the index page of the 1997 version of

Mel purchased a domain name; and, on 20 October 1996, moved her archive to[3] The index page of this first edition of the site had a plain white background. However, by May of the following year, that had been replaced by a grey marble background graphic. The logo featured the URL of the site, in elongated raised red block letters that were cross-hatched in black to give a 3-D effect.

At the end of 1996, the site archived over 1200 stories. Mel was actively uploading new fiction; and the site featured two update pages: a list of that month's additions, and a list of recent stories (on which the most recently added appeared at the top of the page). The site also had a section for "exclusives". This featured Name Withheld 2's novella, Spyder's Web, which had previously appeared only as a fanzine.

Stories were initially accessed only through password-protected FTP download from a series of webpage indices, including separate alphabetical Author and Title Indices, and also ones for Challenges, Crossovers, Wars, and the V4S virtual season.


The site also had a guestbook. Comments include the following:[6]

  • "Just wanted to say that your web site has truly helped w/ post cancelation stress. Every weekend I come on to get my FK fix. -D.L.Y.H." — The Black Dragon
  • "Oh well done, everyone, for the stories, the page and its brilliant presentation URGENT QUERY: Where can I get FK videos, books...anything in fact." — Wooby
  • "Hey! This is great!!!!! I am glad that someone has compiled all of this stuff." — Amy Weisflog
  • "Great site! I've been lurking for a while, reading all the terrific fanfic. Thanks." — Chris Melzek
  • "I was getting withdrawal symptoms from not watching Forever Knight anymore, until I found the Forever Knight Fan Fiction Site. Keep up the good work!!!!" — Joanne
  • "I really enjoy this site!!! I miss FK =so= much! Thank you for this invaluable service. I especially =love= the 'xover' stories. Please continue it. Nick Knight lives forever!" — Sissi
  • "Absolutely Fantastic Site - I can't believe the number os stories available. I get through my nights at work thinking about the next down load of stories I can get - I need a regular Forever Knight Fix Please keep this site going it's the best I've ever seen for Fanfiction [...]" — Pamela Lang
  • "Ever since I've found this website, it's hard to keep me away from the computer because all of the stories that I've read so far(200 stories since 2/14/97!)are amazing! In fact,this website has encouraged me to write my own fanfic for FK and a few of my other favorite shows. I've also created my own home page--"StephiLyn's Home Sweet Home" where I hope that I will be able to publish some of my own original FK fanfic. Thank you so much for giving me the inspiration to begin writing again. Keep up the good work and I hope that I'll be able to contribute something to the FK fanfic archives in the near future. This site is simply the best!!" — StephiLyn Fryar


Not all people whose fan fiction was included in the earliest version of the archive seem to have been equally pleased. On at least two occasions, Mel removed a number of stories at the request of the authors: first on 14 November 1996, and again sometime after January 1997.[4] In each case, the story was replaced by a notice of removal, indicating that it may, for a time, have remained indexed.

Because the Wayback Machine did not retain a copy of the site until after the first set of deletions, it is not possible to say for certain which stories were removed in 1996, though it seems likely that stories by Elisabeth Hurst and Jayel Wylie were among their number.[5] There were, however, 28 of them in all.

The following are the second group of stories to be removed:

These authors and their stories were also delisted from the various indexes to the archive.[6]


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Screen capture of the Table of Contents of the classic "original" version of

By May 1998, the archived fan fiction on was directly accessible on the Web, rather than downloaded by FTP. The site had also been redesigned, with a new background graphic. This is a gradient running from grape purple at the top, through puce, to a burnt orange, before reversing the gradient and running back towards purple. (Originally, the orange shade was near the bottom of the page; but as additional links were added, the page significantly lengthened.) The new design also revised the logo to an orange version that matches the background, with smoother shading that provides a better 3-D effect. The webpage design is credited to Name Withheld 2.

The new index page indicated that the site contained over 1400 stories.[7] For this reason, Mel now posted a request for fans to help in categorizing them. This would be an ongoing request; but, ultimately, only a small proportion of the fiction ever received the detailed description that was envisaged.

In addition to the changes in graphics, the index page had been reorganized. The "exclusives" section no longer appeared; but the website now had several new sections.

  • the archived Save Forever Knight! site, moved to from its original web address
  • a link to the Kickstart the Knight campaign
  • an archive of transcripts of episodes of Forever Knight
  • an archive related to the Forever Knight Bookcover Contest, including copies of all the entries
  • a section for "Kewl Stuff", which included:
    • information on the professionally published tie-in novels, and links to interviews and background articles about them
    • the results of a survey of favourite fan authors, conducted by Amber Murray, with the top ten listed alphabetically
    • information on the upcoming participation of Geraint Wyn Davies in the Tucson Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament

By December 1998, the archive contained over 1700 stories. The now outdated information about the Tucson Charity event had been taken down; but new information had been added to the Kewl Stuff section:


On 21 January 1999, in a marathon uploading session, Mel added more than 160 stories to the archive, which then included over 1800 stories.[7] By April 1999, the archive contained over 2100 stories. The following had also been added to the Kewl Stuff section:

  • the Forever Knight font, now relocated to and available as a download
  • a form to submit favourite quotations from Forever Knight

On 11 April 1999, Mel had another marathon uploading session, adding over 180 more stories to the archive.[8] By 13 October 1999 (after 68 stories were uploaded on 22 September), the archive contained 2200 stories.[9] The website now contained two new features:

  • The archive for FKWar 8 was moved to from its previous web address
  • Mel began to poll Forever Knight fans through the website, asking them a range of fannish questions.


On 5 February 2000, Mel had yet another marathon uploading session, adding 141 stories; and, on 9 March 2000, a further 48 stories were uploaded. This brought the total number in the archive over 2500.

  • The website now had a section reporting the result of the polls.[10]
  • Some time before 1 March 2000, nominations opened for The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards for 1999, with story nomination forms and voter registration available through the website.[11] By 29 April 2000, the top of the index page reported that final ballot nominees had been announced.

However, the final poll question, "Where would you prefer to 'hang out' in FK's Toronto?" remained at the top of the index page until around 10 February 2003; and the notice about the FK Awards nominations remained up until some time after 7 August 2003. A note on the index page gives 2 April 2000 as the last time modifications were made to the website.


For five years, from mid 2000 to mid 2006, Mel effectively did nothing about the archive. However, the webhosting service for required domain names to be renewed annually. Once she was no longer updating the site regularly, there was a tendency to let this slide a bit. She also had other problems with the service.

Problems in 2001Edit

On 1 March 2001, Judith Lieberman posted to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU that, for the previous two days, she had been unable to access the site. Discussion ensued on list for the next couple of days. Although a few fans said they were able to reach the site, most were unable to access it. Stephanie Kellerman quickly informed the list that she had downloaded the entire site on 3 February 2001, so there did exist a back-up;[12] and, on 2 March 2001, she put up a mirror site at, running it on her PC. The copy did not contain the entire website (notably missing were the polls), but did contain all the fan fiction.[13]


After a scary Not Found error message the site came up and so did the stories!

Let this be a lesson of warning to us all---Major FK sites that have the sacred status in our eyes need a BACKUP!

What if the domain had been lost? What if something (God forbid!) dire happened to Mel? Steph? Ain't none of us immune to accident or other misfortune, either.

Sure, one hopes that Mel has everything already up on backup files and I understand the desire to be in total control of her own work, but what good does that do the rest of us if she is too busy or unavailable to re-upload them? [...]

— post to FORKNI-L by Kyer on 1 March 2001[8]

The experience of apparently losing the main archive for the fandom was a nasty scare. However, by 3 March 2001 the original site was back up; and, sometime afterwards, the mirror site was taken down.

Problems in 2004Edit

In 2004, the domain name "" expired 8 October 2004, and the website again temporarily disappeared. On 14 October 2004, Megan Hull reported the problem in a post on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU,[14] Both Stephanie Kellerman and Deborah Hymon suggested on list that it might be good to have a backup site and offered webspace; and Lisa McDavid, one of the list owners, agreed that a backup was desirable.[15]

In the event, by 17 October 2004, Mel had reregistered the domain name, and resumed existence. However, Stephanie did put up a mirror site at[16]

Problems in 2005Edit

In 2005, Mary Lynn reported in a post on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU that, once again, was down. This time the problem did not lie with the registration of the domain name but with the webhosting service, which had been put up for sale. There was discussion on list about someone else taking over the site—in particular, Deborah Hymon and her husband offered to put it on their own server.[17] It was pointed out by Cousin Kezia that, no matter how precious the site was to the fandom, it nevertheless belonged to Mel: no one else had rights to it.[18] This promptly elicited assurances that people were only offering assistance. However, Stephanie Kellerman pointed out that she did still have the mirror site; and Deborah Hymon said that she had also downloaded a back-up copy of the site.[19]

On 24 October 2005, was up and running again, at the same ISP. [20] However, the writing was on the wall.

The Rebooted ArchiveEdit

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Screen capture of the current index page of

On 18 May 2006, Mel Moser began an "archivist's blog" on LiveJournal (

In the first post on her "fkfanfic" LiveJournal blog (18 May 2006), Mel revealed that—following the disappearance of the original webhosting service the previous year—she had relocated the site and was now in the process of uploading all the stories from back-up files. The new service offered more features; and it was her intention to "make some major changes that will help the usability of the website, and more."[21]

In the event, the changes involved converting the site to a different format using a php program called Efiction that would allow authors to upload their own stories themselves.

Mel designed a new main page for the site. She did not attempt to reformat the stories from the original website. Instead, she kept it substantially unaltered from its pre-crash form, simply linking its index page to the new front page of the site. However, new fiction could be added to the site only through the Efiction access.

I am hoping authors will want to move their stories from the old archive into this new site.

Mel Moser, blog comment, 28 May 2006[22]

It will be really nice to get tha (sic) self-archiving site up and working once I'm all done. Archiving the old way was ALOT of work! I forgot it used to take me 10-20 hours per update, at least, if not longer. Where did I find the time? — Mel Moser, blog entry, 21 May 2006[23]

On 28 May 2006, Mel was finally able to announce in the blog that she had completed uploading all the stories.[24] Additional database changes made the same day finally allowed Mel to regenerate the pages.[25]

On 20 October 2006 (the tenth anniversary of the site), Mel officially notified members of the FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU mailing list of the newly relaunched Nevertheless, the new auto-archival system for authors, Efiction, had still not yet been implemented, since Mel was waiting for a new version to be released, which she hoped to install on the site.[26]

The following is the full text of Mel's announcement:

Posted with the permission of Lisa. Forgive me if this is a bit long, but I figured some old and new people would like to know the story.

It was over 10 years ago today that I launched In the beginning, I started hosting stories when I noticed that the original archive was no longer updating. This was when the web was still young and new and we didn't have fancy HTML generators or PHP etc. I first hosted stories on my own personal webspace but after a while and some guidance from my good friends, including Jamie Randell and TJ Goldstein, I obtained my own domain name in October, 1996 and was born.

The web design changed over time. I got better about organizing stories (again thanks to Jamie who designed most everything) and used an excel database to track everything. HTML for the story listings was generated from the database. It was a ton of work back then, assembling and reformatting stories, adding them to the database, generating new pages, and uploading them all to the website. Updates could take hours and hours of work. But I loved doing it.

Then somewhere in there, Real Life intervened several times, and I confess I lost interest a bit when I got involved in MMPORGs and I had a number of health and RL issues that really limited the amount of time I could devote to FK. Then I lost my pc hard drive and the database and was overwhelmed by the amount of work it would take to recreate everything (over 2500 stories?!!). I also was majorly broke for several times in there due to job layoffs but I kept the site up as best as I could, with the moral and financial support of Stephanie Babbitt. You can ask Stephanie, when we went over my budget together, the fanfic site was never negotiable. Well, the past few years have been better finally.

And this past year, I have been working on fixing things up again. I was forced to find a new web provider last year, but this was a blessing as I was able to find a much better one that provides all kinds of bells and whistles that I can and have now put to work improving the site to something better. It's amazing what wonderful things you can easily get for websites nowadays. Fortunately, I was able to recover an old copy of the database and spent many hours rebuilding the database to make it current again. I am also in the process of implementing a new auto-archival system for authors, Efiction. I am just waiting for the new release to come out before I make this available. I do plan on regenerating the old pages here in the near future, to allow for updates/changes. No new stories will be added to the old archive, however, in lieu of the new archive, where you will be able to add your own stories. Stay tuned on this.

I have also been implementing a new front end for You can see it up and running now. I'm still ironing out some of the kinks and making changes, but it should be working (feel free to test and comment on things). The site is also available via RSS, and will have an RSS feed from the new story archive so that you will be able to see new stories on the front page. The old archive will always be available via a link on the main page. If you have any suggestions, submissions for articles, links, quotes, etc., feel free to use the Contact page or email me. I am hoping to put together some pages of reference of the many great sites people still are keeping up and running about Forever Knight as well. If you'd like for me to host any material, let me know too, as I know there's alot of scattered information out there still and some outdated sites and I'd be glad to host things in a central site..

Anyway, thank you to all of you out there for all your moral support and visiting the site over the years. And thank you to the many authors who shared their wonderful stories that have kept Forever Knight alive and well in our hearts. It's hard to believe it's been 10+ years.

Feel free to forward this to other lists if you wish, or post on your sites. And a big hello again to old friends, sorry for losing touch and disappearing there for a while. I'm better now and I'm back.

Thanks and hugs to all, Mel Moser

Contents of the Rebooted ArchiveEdit

The new sections of did contain a small collection of fan fiction uploaded in 2006. A small portion of the JADFE archive was also copied over by Mel in 2007. (See the section "Partial Copy" in the article on JADFE.) However, it was still the original collection that contained the bulk of the archived fiction. This could be accessed from the new index page by clicking on the "Original Site Archive" link at the top of the page.

It should be noted that the rebooted archive did not contain all of the material that had been found in the old archive, and some of the things that were there were not properly linked in any more. The following were no longer on site:

However, the archived Save Forever Knight! material, the Virtual Fourth Season, and the page for awards won by the website could still be accessed. In addition, the archived transcripts of Forever Knight episodes were on the server, although the link was broken. (One could use to access them.)

The fkfanfic LiveJournal blog was last updated 2 August 2007. The final entry reveals that the domain name would not expire again until 8 October 2016.

Take-Down in 2013Edit

Sometime in 2012, Name Withheld 10 discovered that a copy of each of her stories was archived on These were apprentice efforts from c. 1994, written hastily, and not edited before posting to FKFIC-L; and Name Withheld 10, who had subsequently become a professional author, was extremely upset to discover that they remained available on the open web. She therefore wrote to Mel, asking her to take the stories down. Largely now out of FK fandom, suffering from health problems, Mel was by then scarcely interested in dealing with the archive or queries about it. By 2013, therefore, Name Withheld 10 became sufficiently frustrated with the lack of response to complain to the ISP about what, in her mind, was copyright violation.[28]

Mirror SiteEdit

Sometime in May 2013, the account for the site was suspended. As a result, on 31 May, Stephanie Kellerman put up her mirror site again. When Mel was contacted, she gave Stephanie control of the archive. It is therefore currently available at (on

It should be noted that this is not identical to the final version of Mel's site. It includes much of the material that has been lost from Mel's own site, including War 8, the guest book, the webrings page, and the report on the Forever Knight Bookcover Contest. It does not, however, contain Name Withheld 10's stories, which were removed at her request on 25 May 2014.[29]

Expiry of Domain NameEdit

With the transfer of the website to the Forever Knight Website Archive, Mel Moser did not renew the domain name, which expired 8 October 2016.

Archive FundingEdit

PayPal link.


  • Links2Go Key Resource - Forever Knight Topic
  • Vampire Excellence Website Award
  • Cyberspace Golden Leaf Award
  • The Teddy Award
  • The Golden Grail Award
  • Hot Site of the Knight Award
  • The Phoenix Gate Award
  • "Best Bets on the Internet Yellow Pages Pick of the Month, June, 1997

External LinksEdit

Original site:


  1. "Fan Fiction WWW page", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 5 May 1996
  2. "FK Fan Fiction WWW page updates", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 12 May 1996
  3. This date can be found on the counter at the bottom of the index page of the website. The earliest record of in the Internet Archive is from 22 December 1996. However, by 14 November 1996 people going to the old location were being redirected to the new site.[1]
  4. Two different removal notices were substituted. The first is dated 14 November 1996, indicating a batch deletion session. A different notice was used on the other stories (always the same one); and it is these whose titles and authors can be identified on the Wayback Machine. Whether readers could still access the stories themselves is unknown, since password-protected FTP was used to download fanfic at that time, and the stories are therefore not on the Wayback Machine.
  5. Elisabeth Hurst and Jayel Wylie have stories in the FTP archive (but not in Mel's archive) whose titles could correspond to the codes that were used to identify the text files for the stories in Specifically, Hurst's "Red Dreams", "Revenge", "Spam; the (not so) fairy tale" , and "The Charade AKA LaCroix and the Raven" seem likely to be redd1704, reve1705, spam1706, and thec1707; and Wylie's "Chelsea Stoker" and "The Sister's Confession" seem likely to be chel1506 and thes1502.
  6. The only trace that a number of stories were originally in the archive but removed in 1996-7 (aside from the earliest Wayback Machine copy of the Author and Title Indices) is the presence of the removal notices, which remain on the server.
  7. This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 25 January 1999 (available here).
  8. This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 29 April 1999 (available here).
  9. This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 29 April 1999 (available here).
  10. The page reporting poll results is not available from the Wayback Machine.
  11. The awards section was recorded on the Wayback Machine, but only after nominations closed.
  12. Posts from Judith Lieberman, Desiree, Gwenn Musicante, Stephanie Kellerman, Emma, Kyer and others on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU 1 March 2001 (archived here and here on KnightWind's Nook], accessed 5 October 2011).
  13. Post by Lisa McDavid on 2 March 2001, forwarded on behalf of Stephanie Kellerman (who had reached the daily maximum permitted number of posts). "Fwd: FK Site", archived on Knightwind's Nook (accessed 5 October 2011).
  14. Post from Megan Hull on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU, "YKYAFKWW", 14 October 2001 (archived on KnightWind's Nook (accessed 5 October 2011).
  15. Correspondence from Stephanie Kellerman, Deborah Hymon, and Lisa McDavid on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU, all under the title "Re:", 14 October 2001 (archived on KnightWind's Nook (accessed 5 October 2011).
  16. Stephanie Kellerman's mirror site at was recorded by the Wayback Machine from 7 September 2006 to 4 April 2007.
  17. Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Deborah Hymon on 21 October 2005, "Re: Mel's Fan Fic Site", archived on [2] (accessed 5 October 2011).
  18. Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Cousin Kezia on 22 October 2005, "Re: Mel's Fan Fic Site", archived on [3] (accessed 5 October 2011).
  19. Posts to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Stephanie Kellerman and Deborah Hymon on 22 October 2005, "Re: Mel's Fan Fic Site", archived on [4] (accessed 5 October 2011).
  20. Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Stephanie Kellerman on 21 October 2005, "Mel's Site", archived on [5] (accessed 5 October 2011).
  21. This information comes from Mel Moser's blog entry "First Post" made 18 May 2006.
  22. Taken from Mel Moser's answer to gnosticdiva's comment to the blog entry "What I am working on...." of 19 May 2006; comment posted 28 May 2006.
  23. Taken from Mel Moser's blog entry "Database Status", posted 21 May 2006.
  24. The announcement was made in the blog entry "Database = All Stories Added", posted 28 May 2006.
  25. The announcement was made in the blog entry "Sample webpage from the database", posted 28 May 2006.
  26. E-mail message, "Happy 10th Birthday,!", posted to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU on 20 October 2006, archived on KnightWind's Nook. Copied to Mel's blog in the entry "Happy 10th birthday,!", posted 20 October 2006.
  27. You can access the War 8 posts on, where Stephanie Kellerman has archived them.
  28. See User_talk:Greer_Watson#Name Withheld 10
  29. Unlike Mel in 1996-7, Stephanie did not replace Name Withheld 10's stories with a notice of removal: they were simply deleted from the server, and also removed from the author and title indices.

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