Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules. They are guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a kind, friendly place for civilized public discourse.
Help us make this a great place to help writers level up by always adding something positive and constructive to the discussion, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the chapters and scenes others have posted before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of finding the right way to offer constructive critique.
The stories discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
You may wish to respond by disagreeing. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
- Ad hominem attacks
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
- Knee-jerk contradiction
Instead, provide thoughtful insights that improve the conversation.
The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Our site provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, watching, muting and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s leave our community better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. Replying encourages bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of a major news site.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Don’t start a scene in the wrong category; please read the category definitions.
- Don’t re-post the same chapter in multiple posts. You can post a V2 or V3 (etc.) if you’ve revised. Please note that the same critiquers may not see your revised scenes.
- Don’t post no-content replies.
- Don’t edit your scenes once you’ve posted them.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.
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The jury is still out on how a.i. language models will be permitted in the publishing industry. For purposes of our site, we’re looking for user-written content only – which means you personally created your story word for word.
This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.
We’re not trying to limit what people write. But we are limiting what’s appropriate to post for critique.
For general posts, anything that might get a TV-14 rating is acceptable.
For content that contains language, graphic violence, or sexual situations that might be considered Rated R, you MUST use the #NSFC tag (Not Suitable For Children).
Where we all have to be judicious and look out for each other is for content that might be considered Mature Audiences Only, especially in any children’s category. This includes:
1. Extreme descriptions of bloody violence. 2. Explicit sexual content, descriptions of nudity, or sexual violence. 3. Strong use of profanity or pervasive vulgar language. 4. Depictions of drug abuse. 5. Mature themes, including abuse, self-harm, or mental illness. 6. Anything that could be considered child pornography.
If your work is flagged for any of the above reasons, it will be temporarily removed until it can be reviewed by a moderator.
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