What's this effin' website?
Fmylife.com is a collection of user-submitted stories, likely to happen to anyone, which we then publish on the site. Simple. This is a place where you can let it all hang out and unwind by sharing the little things that screw with your day, and maybe realize that you are not alone in experiencing day-to-day crap. There now, don't you feel better?
Who's behind fmylife.com?
All this stuff began on an IRC channel, which allowed a few friends (us) to exchange our FML stories with each other. The IRC channel then became a microblog in January 2008. As the general interest in the stories reached a wider audience, it was a pleasant surprise to see stories coming in from all over the world. Therefore, we have already been able to scientifically prove that a new life form has appeared on earth: an F my life! (BTW, the original concept is all Maxime Valette's work. Thanks Maxime!)
What's this site all about?
Fmylife.com contains a daily dose of short stories all using a simple formula: in a few sentences, users can tell everyone the event that took a dump on their day. These short stories must begin with “Today” and end with “FML”. On top of being a huge release for the narrator, delightfully proving that screw ups happen to everybody every day, fmylife.com also aims to be comical for everyone involved, as well as a way to share your misfortunes with other unlucky individuals. However, bear in mind that a sense of irony is essential in being able to share your woes!
How does it work?
Quite simply: each user can contribute to the site and submit their own story by clicking on the “Submit your FML” link at the top of the page. Posts must start with “Today” and end with “FML”. To be published, your story will first have to be voted on by the users in the “Moderate the FMLs” section, and then our team will select the most popular stories. As soon as your story is online, visitors can vote on it in two ways: “I agree, your life sucks” when they concur, or “You deserved it” when, well, when they think you deserved it, obviously. These votes allow us to rank your stories in the “Top FMLs” category, which can be found in the menu at the top of the page. If you want to see the user comments on a story, simply click on the story number (ex: #56665).
Why has my FML not been approved?
Each day we receive several hundred stories and we want the site to remain as diverse as possible, covering loads of themes, so we have to select a limited amount of stories a day. To do so, we follow a few guidelines and criteria. A good FML should seem fresh, well written, plausible, and has to be amusing.
Does the site contain fake stories?
It's possible. Even though we try our best to avoid posting something fake, there's no real way to check that something really did happen. We look at it like this: as long as a story makes us smile and seems convincing and plausible, we believe it would be a great shame to deny them a chance to be published. You must remember that a lot of people visit the website, that sometimes fact is stranger than fiction, and crazy things happen all over the world. Just because something seems totally insane and could never happen to you doesn't mean that it never happened. However, if a story is proven to be fake, i.e. stolen from a work of fiction (a book, joke, TV show, movie, etc.) we remove it immediately.
Why should I create a member's account?
Take a look at our page about the benefits of becoming an FML member. However, even if you do not sign up to become a fully fledged fmylife.com member, you can still submit a FML, moderate the stories, and vote for the anecdotes so they can climb the Top and Flop charts.
How can I find an FML or another member?
Use the search box at the top right hand corner of the page. To find an FML, if you know its number, type # in the search box, followed by the number (ex: #56665). If you don't remember the number, or you want to find a member, you can use the advanced search to try and find what you’re looking for.
How do I keep in touch with fmylife.com wherever I may be?
-for mobile phones: http://m.fmylife.com
-for iPhones and Android application. http://www.fmylife.com/applications/official
I would like to contribute to the illustrated FMLs. What can I do?
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to email@example.com, and include a link to your website/blog/DA. But don't send your illustration right away! You first need to get in touch with the lovely Alice, she will tell you what you have to do.
How can I contact you guys?
There's only one address you need to know to send us anything about the website, as well as your love and compliments: firstname.lastname@example.org.