Sweeps and a note regarding plagiarism
Posted by Sally
07/19/06 - 02:06AM

Hello everyone,

Sometime before the end of summer we're going to conduct a random sweep of the archive for stories that violate our rules.

We will be looking for:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Proper use of paragraphs
  • Excessive formatting
  • Proper capitalization
  • Chat Shorthand in stories
  • Problems with words like there, they're, and their
  • Story tense
  • Stories posted to wrong location
  • Plagiarism, theft, and abuse
  • And more...

Please note that validated authors may also be included in this. Now is a good time to find yourself a beta reader to make sure your stories won't be caught up in this sweep.

Also, I have to remind everyone that we have a strict Zero Tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any accounts found violating this rule will be instantly banned from this web site forever.

Seriously folks, this isn't a difficult concept. If you can't comprehend that copying someone's work and claiming it for your own is theft -- you seriously need to go somewhere else.


What do you classify as "excessive formatting"?
- Mister Pseudonymous on 07/19/06 - 05:11AM
I would consider excessive formatting anything that causes the story pages to stretch or warp. I'd count too many exclaimation points, question marks, periods, or other punctuation.

Probably more than 5 - 10 would be considered excessive.

Also separators using special characters like -_+= will be considered too.

My screen width and resolution is pretty big, but we've had stories come in that have warped the page even for me.
- Sally on 07/19/06 - 02:30PM
Forgive me for being dumbheaded but, what's 'Story tense' Supposed to mean? o.o
- Blue Moon Wolf on 07/19/06 - 04:55PM
That just basically means you stay consistent with your tense. In other words, past tense, present tense, future tense. (example: walked, walking or walk, will walk) We might not screen for that one; we're still discussing things.
- Sally on 07/19/06 - 07:27PM
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