Thanks for replying.
VERY excited to see the indicators that the story is already faved/bookmarked, that could be a great selling point for users as AO3 and FFN doesn't really have this.
Intrigued by the bookmarking features, how will it differ from favorites? Is one private and one public? Is one like a tracked list that will send update notifications while one are just stories you like? The Tracker Module is a pretty popular features on our site so it sounds like it's bring some elements from that into the main software.
For notifications, I think it should be like any other notifications where in your user preferences you can select if you want them or not. For busier archives, maybe a daily digest would be good? (and this is likely too much but some kind of notification within the archive could be cool! like you log in and see that x-number of people faved your story, x-number of fave stories are updates, etc. Again, that me in my ideal eFiction world, understandable if it's not feasible)
The search feature also sounds great, I still feel like "date published" is the least intuitive way to sort favorites, especially on large and/or older archives. I'm sure different people will prefer "alphabetical" or "most recent", (I'd lean alphabetical) but either option I still think is better than "date published" if we are only able to view faves in one order.