What is FoldingStory™?

FoldingStory™ is a game in which players write one line of a story, fold the paper, and pass it to the next person. Write. Fold. Pass.™ It’s as simple as that.

What are those words on the top of the page?

Tips for Getting Started

What does the yellow bar mean?

This bar shows the progress of a story. Check up on the progress of stories you’ve started or joined, or see which stories you better add to before they’re finished!

Why can’t I see all the open stories on the “Add” page?

You will only see stories that you are still able to fold. All previous stories that you’ve folded are accessible via your user home page or Profile page.

What is the deal with following and followers?

Following another user allows you to quickly and easily keep track of that user’s folds. When you click the “Following” tab on the Add page, the list of stories will be filtered to show only folds by those users you are currently following. On your Profile page you can view the people you are following as well as your followers (users who have chosen to follow you) by clicking the corresponding number in the sidebar.

How do I follow another user?

There are two ways to follow another user:

How do I stop following another user?

There are three ways to stop following another user:

How do I get on the leaderboard?

By folding great lines, of course! The users with the highest scores will appear on the leaderboard.

What is my score?

It is the sum of the votes for every line you’ve folded in finished stories.

How does scoring work?

Every line in a finished story has a score, which appears on the right of the fold text. If you see a line that you like, give the author a boost by clicking the up arrow that appears to the right of the fold. The score is the sum of everyone’s votes for that line. A few notes:

How is the score of a story determined?

A story’s score is calculated based on the scores of all of its lines and the length of the story. The shorter the story, the more each line’s score affects the total. For example, each vote on a ten-line story contributes one point to the story’s score, while each vote on a fifty-line story contributes only one-fifth of a point, since that story is five times as long. Why so complicated? This gives an equal chance to stories of different lengths. Otherwise, the longer stories would have all the high scores! Still looking for some actual math? Here you go:

What if I see a fold that violates the Terms of Service or Rules?

FoldingStory is community moderated. There is a flagging system that allows members to identify folds that violate the Terms of Service or Rules. After a fold has been flagged a sufficient number of times, the entire story will be temporarily removed and the fold reviewed for potential violations. Once any violations have been addressed, the story will be made available again. How do I flag a line?

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