Featured Stories and Announcements
Posted by Alastair
12/06/12 - 01:04AM
Merry December, children of the interwebs! The theme for this month is “Apocalypse Stories” in honor of all of the 12/21/2012 paranoia~
The Real Survivors by Lucky107 (Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, 13+)
Remains by Helios (The Walking Dead, 17+)
Congratulations to both of you! Next month’s theme is “Best of 2012”. You can nominate here on the forums.
There is a fic trade this month. The deadline for signups is December 10th. You can sign up here on the forums.
Now, for a few friendly reminders from your neighborhood mods~
(1) Fanfiction doesn’t belong in any of the original stories categories. Because original fiction is defined as fiction (plot, characters, etc.) that is created entirely by you, it cannot be fanfiction; you can’t have both at the same time, except for drabble books that actually contain some of each.
(2) Speaking of drabble books, if you’re working on a drabble book that involves multiple categories, please only add a category when you post a chapter for it. We shouldn’t be seeing drabble books with six chapters and thirty-six categories. This just places it in categories it doesn’t contain. It’s attention-seeking, and it annoys potential readers when they find that the fandom they’re looking to read isn’t actually in the book yet.
(3) Please save yourself some waiting time and preview your stories. Paragraphs should be evenly spaced, preferably with a line of space between each paragraph. Clumping your paragraphs together with no space makes your story look like a wall of text and hurts our eyes. Make sure you’ve closed your HTML tags. Also, you’re better off learning HTML and doing it manually than using the document uploader. The uploader frequently causes problems, such as removing spaces between words, that would cause your story to be automatically denied.
(4) Any form of taking someone else’s story and passing it off as your own is considered plagiarism. This includes taking canon material and inserting OCs directly into a canon plot just as much as it includes taking another fan’s fic and changing the names. All plagiarism is, of course, banned from the archive for obvious reasons.
We’re changing the way we handle submissions from unvalidated authors. Previously, we’ve asked that you submit only one chapter or story at a time. When too many chapters are posted at once, a rejection letter is sent out asking the author not to submit more than one at a time. If we reject one chapter, there’s a good chance there are problems with the others as well.
Unfortunately, as the archive grows, many authors are either ignorant of that rule or choose to ignore it, which causes a backup in the queue for everyone who is following the rules.
Unfortunately, we’re not the archive with under 100 authors and less than 1500 stories anymore. In just two weeks, we can easily have 200 submissions and 100 new members. At certain times of the year, those numbers can easily double or triple. Repeatedly telling authors they can’t submit that many things at a time isn’t working.
Moving forward, unvalidated authors will be allowed to submit only three things at a time; these three things must be from three different stories. Once three things have been submitted, the archive will ask the author to wait before submitting anything else.
Is this number perfect? Probably not. What is the right number? Not a clue. I ask you to bear with us as we figure out where our sweet spot is.
Hate the queue? Hate being limited to only a small number of submissions at a time? Improve your writing. Authors who consistently demonstrate they have good writing can be nominated to become validated authors. Validated authors can post as much and as often as they wish, without waiting on the queue. Know someone you think deserves to be a validated author? Nominate them here.
Thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful December~
EDIT: I've fixed the flood control! Sorry about that folks! ^_^