Posted by crazydominodragongirl
04/01/10 - 09:42PM
Okay, this is something that people really should’ve paid attention to from the very beginning, but if you’ve ever had any questions about the rules and the like, or why your story was deleted or whatever, it would really, really help you to read the announcements. We’re getting a biiiit tired of repeating the same things over and over, so in the interest of only having to say all this one more time, this will be a long RULES!!! post. Also of note is that I’m delaying the new featured stories for a few days, since I want to try out something new. Of greater importance, though: please respond to this announcement with the date you joined Luna, the number of stories you have posted, and the number of series you have, whether or not you have any stories up, so we know you read the post. In other words, write “I joined on xx/xx/xx, I have posted xx stories, and I have xx series.” Otherwise, starting five days from now, your posting privileges will be suspended until you’ve proven that you’re actually paying attention to what the mods have to say. This is so we know how many people read the announcements, and so that people actually do read the announcements, because it’s often the only way to communicate with the userbase as a whole.
All right, now for a quick reminder of what you should and should not do.
-If you are not a validated author, do NOT POST ANOTHER CHAPTER OF THE SAME STORY BEFORE THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER HAS BEEN VALIDATED. I’m sorry, but the capslock is completely warranted. I should be able to walk away from my computer for twelve hours and not come back to find 122 new-story-in-the-queue alerts in my inbox. If you do this, all those chapters will be immediately deleted. No excuses. When you reply to this, replace “I joined on” with “I started invading people’s minds on,” so we know you read the whole announcement. Also, when submitting the first chapter of a story to the queue, make sure it has some actual writing in it – in other words, if it consists only of a profile or a list/background information, it will be declined. It should have actual story content.
-This only happens on occasion, but you really don’t need to submit “placeholders” to the queue, either. This means nothing with story text that consists entirely of “I’ll write this later.” There is absolutely no point in doing so. We don’t always go through the queue in order, so those submissions will just end up being deleted.
-If a mod rejects your story, please go easy on them. We’re still working on validation standards… also, yelling at someone for declining your story has really never helped matters. If your story is declined, check your e-mail; we usually send letters that explain why it was declined and what you can do to improve, though we are aware that sometimes the letters don’t go through or turn up blank. If your username starts with a number or any letter from A-J, replace “stories” and “series” with different baked goods in your reply. Feel free to e-mail the mods back for any clarification if you’re still confused as to why your story was rejected.
-Use a spellcheck. This is one of the things we’re cracking down on the most, just because spelling errors are really, really easy to avoid. Seriously, you should not have more than five spelling errors, fewer for shorter pieces. Many word processors come with spellcheck built in, as do a number of Internet browsers, and you can find some online as well. There are no excuses to have spelling errors. If your username starts with a letter from K-R, replace “stories” and “series” with different body parts.
-Please please please preview your stories before you post them! This will help you catch any HTML errors that might mess up how it looks, and the format of the story; you’ll also be able to see if anything gets cut off, which is usually due to errors in HTML coding anyway. If your username starts with S-Z, replace “stories” and “series” with different dinosaurs. If there is an open “beginning” bracket anywhere in the story text (<) and no closing bracket (>), the story will end up cut off.
That’s all for now, but you might expect a few more reminders… whenever I get around to doing features. Questions/comments/complaints?