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question about photo links

I am adding some images and gifs to my story to make it more interesting, My story is an adult story so I was wonder if I can use adult images I.e including nudity on my story pages Or is this Not aloud ?

It's allowed. It's been done before. As long as no one is underage, it's all good. --Platypus 19:16, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

I got the "To help protect against automated spam, please type the two words you see in the box below:" when trying to add new image link, yet for some reason there's only the "I'm not a robot" checkbox without any words in it. --Borkenone 17:37, 5 August 2021 (UTC)

Awakening From a Deep Slumber (Got bored playing Minecraft)

I am back. Who wants to do some stuff? --Magikarp7297, the Wild Card 05:53, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

I may be returning regularly again (got bored playing terraria). i'll keep in touch. --adam02oc 19:41, 18th January 2019 (GMT)

"Do Not Edit" and "Private" Stories

So, does anybody want to do anything about the "do not edit" sign for the Choose Your Own Adventures on this page? Can we remove the signs?

If authors don't want their stories edited, we should respect their wishes and not edit their stories. --Platypus 01:22, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

What about the ones that haven't been edited or updated in a while? I know I did some minor editing on a "do not edit" or "private" story I liked a while back on a story that was practically abandoned a couple years ago. Fixing spelling, link issues, category issues... ya know, that kind of thing. Perhaps "do not edit" stories should become public domain after a period of no activity? --Durzan 17:15, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

Big Project: Revamping the Wiki

I think that we need to make a team effort to revamp the wiki and make it more organized.

As part of that, I suggest that the main page could use some cleaning up and reorganization; it is super long and filled with material that is outdated. For instance, the lists of popular stories has several stories that have barely been updated in ages or have been practically abandoned and the quick reference for page length and story status is also somewhat outdated. Cleaning the front page of stories that have been abandoned should be done. Also, I am neither seeing a link to a page with the wiki rules are listed clearly, or a subsection where the rules are listed. That might be something that we should add to the main page.

Here are some of the things that I have done to work towards the goal of cleaning up and improving the Wiki:

  • I have started working on a modified version of the Main Page to act as a proposal for cleaning up and organizing things here. The idea is to clean things up by getting rid of the tables and stuff (the top story lists can be folded into separate pages dealing with each Story Rating), as its the tables and extra formatting that are making the Main Page a bit too long and have a bit of a clusterf*ck in its layout. Feel free to edit it to make it look better, as I am not that good with advanced formatting. Also feel free to start up a discussion on that page to provide more focused feedback.
  • I have also started to make a series of categories and sub-categories to make navigation through the pages a bit easier. For instance, I have established a Reference Database category and Story Ratings subcategory to better organize story categories and sub-categories. For instance, I made a category for PG-13 Stories as a sub-category to Story Ratings and will include all stories that are PG-13 in nature. Before, all stories of a specific rating would be categorized under System Pages... but not anymore! I am currently working on updating the categories of the various story grouping pages.
  • I also improved the organization of this talk page somewhat and plan on archiving any long discussions that I run across, especially if they haven't...
  • I Will update links and categories as I come across them if needed.

Any thoughts or volunteers to help out? I'd like to get some feedback from anyone else who is active here. Will also update and keep you guys posted here

--Durzan 05:52, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

I most definitely agree with Durzan, but not just that but also getting this website more out there! I feel as if this website is pretty much dead, with only a few editors creating their story; while a majority of them start off creating their story but then never add any articles later on and just abandon it. Besides user activity, is there any data that someone can share that shows traffic of people actually visiting and reading all these stories on here? I've been persistently adding to my story for over 4 years now but can't help to think that no one ever reads it.

--117 21:04, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Alright guys, I finished revamping the main page. Let me know what you think! --Durzan 23:34, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Added the new (Adopted) tag to the main page. The idea is that if someone wishes to continue or maintain a story that has been abandoned for a while, they can attach that tag to the story and basically take up the mantle of the main author. Of course, if the original author returns and starts working on it again, then the adopted author should respect the original author's wishes. The idea here is to prevent abandoned private stories (or public stories that see little activity), get a bit more love. --Durzan 15:31, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

I agree with 117, it pretty difficult to find this site. it took my a week to find it after i had lost the bookmark and i knew what i was looking for so i can only imagne how few people actully see this site. --Illegalmobster 12:44, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Yeah, is there a way to bump this site in popularity? I guess we could use social media, but let's face it, people in today's world don't care that much about writing/reading in their free time. They'd rather turn to YouTube or Twitch. I can't really think of many ways to get this site out there.

Also, I just Googled "Create Your Own Story" and the first result was, and then Storybird after that. (On the plus side, the term "Smutty Sex Romp" actually brings up Smutty Sex Romp, and then another wiki from EditThis right below it.) --Magikarp7297, the Wild Card 06:45, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

I only stumbled across it by pure chance. I was trying to find information on then-West Ham striker Pull Dickoff, their leading scorer for the previous season. Now I have several thousand contributions. -- Teejay

I feel like promoting this site on social media would also cause a more toxic culture to be introduced which could drive off other people or kill this site off permanently. I also feel like the site could use a bit more cleaning up, I don't know if durzan's idea that started this thread has been implemented yet but I'm assuming it has, sorry if I'm wrong about that, but if it is the site still feels a little non-user friendly, tbh I still don't fully know how to use everything on this site --Illegalmobster 11:44, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Yes, my idea to revamp the main page has been implemented. As for this site being non-user friendly, well... that just comes with the territory of this being a wiki that is at least a decade old and that is run on out of date software that makes navigation somewhat terrible. Not to mention the fact that the server the website is on regularly seems to shut down for a few minutes every couple of hours. RobKhor is the only one who can fix that kind of shit, and he ain't around much from what I heard... so there isn't much we can really do about the underlying problem... unless you guys think we should start up a newer wiki on some other site. That has been proposed before, but it almost always quickly falls apart... as it presents its own significant problems.

As for getting this website a little more out there... I'm not really sure how to go about it. The main traffic of this site comes from the adult stories, and as such putting it on social media (except possibly twitter) wouldn't be very helpful. Even then, the fact that there is little regulation of the content here means it would quickly become controversial. Especially since quite a few of the stories and routes have yet to be scrubbed of underage sexual content.

That being said, I have been working on an idea that can hopefully lead to some cross-pollination with other CYOA type websites, but its a long-shot. --Durzan 14:06, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

I understand about the old server thing I just didn't know about it due to me not being in the loop with the inner workings of this site. and I agree that promoting on any large social media would probably end badly. hope your plans go well. --Illegalmobster 6:30, 11 july 2019 (UTC)

Need Collaborators for Tales of Illnora

Okay, so I recently started up the Tales of Illnora mega-story. I am working on one specific branch of that story, and I need some people willing to work with me, bounce ideas, improve the writing of existing pages, and so forth.

FYI: Its intended to be an Adult story with multiple branching off points with the common theme of all focusing on story and character development. At this point however, my ideas and goals for the mega-story are somewhat hazy. Having one or more people who are actively contributing to the overarching narrative and premise would be very helpful.

--Durzan 08:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

FREE Girl Scout Cookies!

Now that I have your attention, I just wanna say... a crap ton of things. But I'll break my keyboard, so here's the most important ones.

1. Hello Neighbor is awesome. I just got it yesterday for the Switch and already love it.

2. I'm back (sort of) and writing a story about death, destruction, and maybe some elves

3. Is there any chance we have to bring back the page viewed thing? You know, to show how many times someone visits a page?

4. If anyone needs guidance for a story (ideas, grammar checking, or even just a read through), I get bored sometimes since the Nintendo 3DS no longer supports YouTube. So go ahead... I can be a co-author. Just leave a message on my talk page

--Magikarp7297, the Wild Card 04:50, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

You would have to talk to RobKohr about restoring the page-view counter. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. I would love to see it brought back. --Platypus 11:24, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Sigh... I feared as much. Oh, well... we still have a chance to get his attention. Maybe. I'll see what I can do. --Magikarp7297, the Wild Card 22:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Rule 1 of making a good interactive story


One of the main pieces of ettiquite for this site is to provide at least one (preferably 2+) options with every page you make so that someone else can easily add on to the story, but yes, having several red links per page does get irritating real fast. Not really much you can do about it except build off the story line yourself. --Durzan 15:26, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

This is getting annoying; the site was down for 2 days straight...

Okay, something seriously needs to be done about this.

The site was down for two days straight. It's one thing if it goes down every 10 mins or so, but for those 2 days, I had absolutely no access. What's the point in having a wiki farm to store information if you can't access said information regularly and consistently. I'm halfway considering figuring out how much it costs to run one of these things and seeing if I could do it better than RobKohr. At the very least, I'd have up to date software to work with...

Perhaps Miraheze would be a good alternative to move the wiki to? hm?

--Durzan 14:58, 23 October 2019 (UTC)

Hey so Durzan what did you find, are you going to pursue it? because if so i'd be interested in switching over.

--Illegalmobster 20:33, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

Update, for those of you who are interested... Friedman from CHYOA is offering to provide hosting for CYOS. If Plat's up for it of course, and provided we can transfer the site archives over to the new host. So yeah, persuing a new host is sorta still on the table...

Friedman might actually be willing to update the wiki to the latest version of MediaWiki too.

--Durzan 01:27, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

I really wasn't expecting the site to come back until after the pandemic restrictions were over.

I don't have any special archive access or transfer abilities, though. Anything I choose to re-post on some other site would have to be copied one page at a time. --Platypus 16:26, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Thats where this comes into play (, we can create a wiki dump using one of their python scripts to crawl the site, upload it to internet archive, and then have Friedman download a copy of the wiki.

--Durzan 22:11, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Welp, its finally back up. Does anyone have the ability to run an XML crawler? Cause my macbook seems to be unable to even get the darn thing to work properly. --Durzan 18:06, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

Being able to edit/add to Smutty Sex Romp et al on a site where pages load in 2 seconds or less would be wonderful.
Being able to use variables (requiring a new-ish version of MediaWiki) in order to no have to use Twine or Ren'Py would be doubly wonderful.
Anedwcan 17:03, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
We can dump pages/stories using the Special:Export tool in leu of the dumpgenerator (which doesn't appear to work with this version of MediaWiki). Shouldn't be too much trouble to import them into any MediaWiki where you have shell access. The only big question is whether this new CYOS would be subject to CHYOA's rules ( Smutty Sex Romp, in its current state, breaks every rule on the list (though it's close to passing the first). Would we have to edit out every case of bestiality or sadistic violence from stories before they could be imported? Or would new CYOS have a different set of rules from CHYOA?
--Pickles 20:41, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

It happened again. Really thought the site was dead for reals this time.

--PostWriter 22:31 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Sorry, I was away camping and didn't get the notification that the site was down --RobKohr

Can we please have a notification on when this maintenance will happen again, I don't want to see over-cooked rants while seeing new pages. We literally have the fund to make such a thing as well as better domain-landlords than this current version as the current rep for this site should be rotting in max-sec for the amount of cons. Maybe a 1- or 2-week awareness notice with the text-box blaring on the main page as we enter the site? - TheGreenRaider


¿Tengo permiso de hacer una wiki de CYOS para

We don’t own the concept of CYOS adventure. If you want to do something similar elsewhere, you’re free to do so. If you want to copy material from specific pages on this site, you should speak to individual authors if possible. --Platypus 00:52, 13 June 2023 (UTC)

And if the owner is unavailable, like hospitalized, imprisoned, un-alive, lives in another country? Can we have something like a poll on adoptive interactives? -TheGreenRaider3

If anybody is still here, yo. -Tempaccount1

Yo, Tempaccount1! - HelloTempAccount

Damn a persons still here....

Can confirm that I still love the choose your own adventure concepts here, decided to have a crack at making myself an expansive story for fun. Hello to any lurkers who happen to stumble by - - [User: BonnieEr] 12:07, 06 December, 2023

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