www.fkfanfic.com 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 "www.fkfanfic.com" 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, www.fkfanfic.com 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 http://www.fkfanfic2.com), 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 http://www.foreverknight.org/www.fkfanfic.com/. 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.
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:
A week later, she posted again with updates. From what she wrote, she had clearly been receiving considerable e-mail from list members; and their comments were favourable.
Mel purchased a domain name; and, on 20 October 1996, moved her archive to www.fkfanfic.com. 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:
- "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. 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. There were, however, 28 of them in all.
The following are the second group of stories to be removed:
- Wicked Cousin Tippi
- "The Universe Down the Hall and To the Right" (later returned to the archive)
- Sherri L. Campbell
- Bonnie Pardoe
- Heather Jeannine Parks
- Name Withheld 11
These authors and their stories were also delisted from the various indexes to the archive.
By May 1998, the archived fan fiction on www.fkfanfic.com 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. 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 www.fkfanfic.com 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:
- links to the Fred Mollin Fan Club
- the results of The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards for 1997 (a section that would be updated annually as long as the awards were given out)
On 21 January 1999, in a marathon uploading session, Mel added more than 160 stories to the archive, which then included over 1800 stories. 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 www.fkfanfic.com 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. By 13 October 1999 (after 68 stories were uploaded on 22 September), the archive contained 2200 stories. The website now contained two new features:
- The archive for FKWar 8 was moved to www.fkfanfic.com 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.
- 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. 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 www.fkfanfic.com 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; and, on 2 March 2001, she put up a mirror site at http://188.8.131.52/fkfanfic/index.htm, 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.
The experience of apparently losing the main archive for the fandom was a nasty scare. However, by 3 March 2001 the original www.fkfanfic.com site was back up; and, sometime afterwards, the mirror site was taken down.
Problems in 2004Edit
In 2004, the domain name "www.fkfanfic.com" 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, 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.
In the event, by 17 October 2004, Mel had reregistered the domain name, and www.fkfanfic.com resumed existence. However, Stephanie did put up a mirror site at http://foreverknight.org/www.fkfanfic.com/.
Problems in 2005Edit
In 2005, Mary Lynn reported in a post on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU that, once again, www.fkfanfic.com 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. 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. 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.
On 24 October 2005, www.fkfanfic.com was up and running again, at the same ISP.  However, the writing was on the wall.
The Rebooted ArchiveEdit
On 18 May 2006, Mel Moser began an "archivist's blog" on LiveJournal (http://fkfanfic.livejournal.com/).
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."
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.
On 28 May 2006, Mel was finally able to announce in the blog that she had completed uploading all the stories. Additional database changes made the same day finally allowed Mel to regenerate the pages.
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 www.fkfanfic.com. 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.
The following is the full text of Mel's announcement:
Contents of the Rebooted ArchiveEdit
The new sections of www.fkfanfic.com 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 www.fkfanfic.com 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:
- the archived War 8 posts
- the form for adding a Forever Knight quotation
- the guestbook
- the archived Forever Knight Bookcover Contest
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 http://www.fkfanfic.com/fkscripts/fktrans.htm 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 www.fkfanfic.com. 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.
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 http://www.foreverknight.org/www.fkfanfic.com/ (on www.foreverknight.org).
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.
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.
- 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
- redirect page from the original location (archived on Wayback Machine)
- rebooted archive from 2006-13 (archived on Wayback Machine)
- ↑ "Fan Fiction WWW page", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 5 May 1996
- ↑ "FK Fan Fiction WWW page updates", post by Mel Moser to FORKNI-L, 12 May 1996
- ↑ This date can be found on the counter at the bottom of the index page of the website. The earliest record of www.fkfanfic.com 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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 www.fkfanfic.com. 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 25 January 1999 (available here).
- ↑ This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 29 April 1999 (available here).
- ↑ This information comes from the index page recorded by the Wayback Machine on 29 April 1999 (available here).
- ↑ The page reporting poll results is not available from the Wayback Machine.
- ↑ The awards section was recorded on the Wayback Machine, but only after nominations closed.
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ Post from Megan Hull on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU, "YKYAFKWW", 14 October 2001 (archived on KnightWind's Nook (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ Correspondence from Stephanie Kellerman, Deborah Hymon, and Lisa McDavid on FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU, all under the title "Re: YKYAFKWW--www.fkfanfic.com", 14 October 2001 (archived on KnightWind's Nook (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ Stephanie Kellerman's mirror site at http://foreverknight.org/www.fkfanfic.com/ was recorded by the Wayback Machine from 7 September 2006 to 4 April 2007.
- ↑ Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Deborah Hymon on 21 October 2005, "Re: Mel's Fan Fic Site", archived on  (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Cousin Kezia on 22 October 2005, "Re: Mel's Fan Fic Site", archived on  (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ 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  (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ Post to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU by Stephanie Kellerman on 21 October 2005, "Mel's Site", archived on  (accessed 5 October 2011).
- ↑ This information comes from Mel Moser's blog entry "First Post" made 18 May 2006.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Taken from Mel Moser's blog entry "Database Status", posted 21 May 2006.
- ↑ The announcement was made in the blog entry "Database = All Stories Added", posted 28 May 2006.
- ↑ The announcement was made in the blog entry "Sample webpage from the database", posted 28 May 2006.
- ↑ E-mail message, "Happy 10th Birthday, www.fkfanfic.com!", 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, www.fkfanfic.com!", posted 20 October 2006.
- ↑ You can access the War 8 posts on www.foreverknight.org, where Stephanie Kellerman has archived them.
- ↑ See User_talk:Greer_Watson#Name Withheld 10
- ↑ 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.