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4 reviews
8417 Oswego RD, #116
Baldwinsville, NY 13027, USA
Tel: 315-256-0850

4 reviews with 5 stars

1 review
0 helpful votes

I discovered Gayauthors in 2012 and I fell in love with the site right away. Most of the stories are of high quality and it's very easy to search for stories in the story section, that has been improved since I joined GA. Besides the stories there is a great community with blogs, gallery where members post pictures and a forum with games and humor etc. I have made lots of friends all over the World and every time I log in it feels like coming home. If one wants to contact a member of the staff it is very easy to find in the help section.

1 review
3 helpful votes
6/3/17 is a site that has two purposes. The first is as a story site for gay and gay-related stories. The second is a gay and gay-related community.

The commercial side is purely in the first part, the story site, but even there, the goal is to have the majority of stories free to all readers. There is a limited set of stories that are only available to paying members, but that's largely presented as an alternative to asking for donations to keep the site running. By paying a small monthly subscription, members can read an expanded set of stories, including a number that were previously free but have now been published commercially.

While there have been a handful of problems with the subscription process after a software update, it generally runs smoothly. I suspect many members purchase a membership more as a way to keep the site running than to access the Premium group of stories. The Premium group of stories are the way the site thanks those members for their help.

The quality of stories ranges from fair to excellent, as you would expect from a free site with user-submitted stories. The site tries to maintain a minimum set of quality, so while there are certainly stories that would never make it commercially, they are all readable. They also impose a small set of content restrictions, though for most stories those constraints don't apply.

The community part of the site is active and vibrant. As can be expected with any sort of diverse online community, there are the occasional cases of friction between members. The moderation team appears to do a good job of keeping that friction to a minimum.

As the site acknowledges that ad revenue is a significant revenue stream, the moderation team is vigilant with ensuring that the site content submitted by the users meets the guidelines specified by their advertisement supplier, Google AdSense. If there's a downside, it would be that they can be overly cautious with what they allow, but since the site is run by volunteers, that's not an unreasonable attitude to take. However, as they also allow members as young as 13 to join the community, they are also very protective of member privacy and do their best to ensure that all content is acceptable to viewed by minors.

Overall, for what the site is -- an online community of diverse individuals, and a collection of largely free stories -- it does an excellent job.

2 reviews
7 helpful votes

My initial interest in Gayauthors when I found it several years ago was just to read the stories. As I came to find out it became much more. There are an eclectic group of people there from all over the world and a dynamic forum to interact with them. I feel that I have real friends there. There are a number of writers here who craft work of surprising depth and duality. Unlike some other sites, you will find new content being posted all through the day. It is certainly well worth visiting again and again.

8 reviews
39 helpful votes

GA is a unique community of gay writers and readers that range in ages from their teens to their 90s. It is the home to a number of very popular authors. As an author, I've never had reason to complain about the site management as long as I worked with them and didn't behave like a jackass.

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