Rules, Posting & Sourcing

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Rules, Posting & Sourcing

Postby Tara » Fri May 24, 2013 6:52 am

[*] Posting
Only start new threads to post one of your own works, or to start a thread on an overall subject not already posted. For example, you can make a new thread if you yourself have drawn, written, or made something new that you'd like to share, as long as you created it.

If you'd like to share fanworks that do not belong to you, like recommending a fanfic or work of fanart or wallpaper or gif that you love, start a new thread with the overall intent for others to share outside fanworks on that subject. For example, somebody wants to post their favorite Claus/Lavie fanfic, so can start a thread for "Claus/Lavie Fanworks," where others can post fics they like, or fanart they have collected or links to their favorite artist who draw them. That way fanworks not created by members of the forum aren't all over the place.

[*] Give Appropriate Warnings
This applies to everything! It's considerate to note the subject and rating of whatever you're posting. Here's a nifty template you can even use when sharing:

[*] Sourcing Fanworks
We love fanfic and fanart, and we love sharing our findings. If you're posting material that doesn't belong to you, please take a moment to use a site like that easily finds you the source material! Everybody who creates fanworks understands that credit is polite to give. If you see something that you know the source to, please let the poster know!

[*] Constructive Discussion vs. "I Don't Like This Thing"
If a thread's subject content is something you're not particularly fond of, please consider skipping reading and/or (especially) joining in on it. For example, a thread about love for a character or pairing is for people who share that feeling for the subject at hand. Nobody likes a buzzkill coming in to talk about why this character or that pairing isn't cool/doesn't make sense.

[*] Editing vs. Double Posting
In any general discussion, if nobody's replied to your post yet, please opt to edit your post instead of posting again if you forgot to add something! Double posting is cool only in instances of translation or other projects in that respective forum, due to it being a special case. Or, you know, if a thread dies and your last post was a question you were dying for an answer to. But still, wait a respectable amount of time before attempting to bump it! Use your best judgment.

[*] Language and Offensive Material
Nobody's going to get a smack down for a couple of f-bombs or whatever, so don't worry about that. Just try not to go curse-like-a-sailor overboard with it!

And if you're linking to something that might be more on the NSFW-side, please give your fellow users a heads up and don't directly post anything if it's an image! We do have spoiler tags.

[*] Stay on Topic
Pretty self-explanatory! Please try to keep threads on topic-- it's fine to have a couple of off-handed comments here and there, but again, please don't go overboard where it gets difficult to find discussion on the original topic of a thread.

[*] Grammar and Spam
Try to keep grammar/spelling legible enough for others to read (example: "u" is only 2 letters shorter than "you" and things will be a lot easier to read if you just type those two extra letters).

And again, it's more of a "just watch yourself" thing, but try not to use excessive emoticons or quick, short replies that aren't really contributing to a thread. Some is always fun, but try not to go too far with it.

[*] Licensed Material
Links to official streams and items are fine to post on the forum, but please try to refrain from posting illegal links and downloads to licensed material. You're more than free to announce the presence of such things, but please no links. Most people know the go-tos for that sort of thing anyway, and if not, please keep it to Private Messages.

[*] Be Nice and Have Fun
Being nice and respectful toward everyone else is really the big rule here, and doing so covers almost everything above anyway. We're all here for fun and mutual love of this series, and relaxing and enjoying it with fellow fans is the best part of immersing in it. So get posting and have fun!
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