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#1 *HONEY*

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:16 PM

Meg Cabot Message Board Writing Forum Guidelines:

*Disclaimer: We realize that to some older members, these rules will seem silly. However, we ask for your understanding, as MCMB is targeted towards a younger aged crowd, and so, the content therein must be appropriate to everyone.

First of all, we ask that no one acts on a rule break themselves. The administration staff has recruited capable moderators to check the forums and, should they find questionable content, act on that accordingly. If a moderator for any reason misses something, the users are more than welcome to point it out with the REPORT! Button located right below the person’s avatar and information in each individual post. Individual handling of rule breaks could cause fights to erupt, and we try to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the forums.

1) Please be discreet if sharing private contact information. This comes in the form of saying your street address, phone number, email address, surnames, IM screen names, or linking others to pages where your info can be found or with forms to send emails. Any information you post here will be publicly available, so, please err on the side of caution when deciding to post such information. After all, you never know who will be viewing your information!

2) If you have criticism, present it in a constructive manner. If you don't have something nice or helpful to say, don't say anything at all. Likewise, if you’re receiving constructive criticism, please be gracious about it.

3) Do not go off topic. This forum is to discuss writing, the stories, and the updates. Please refrain from making useless posts, such as those with no content or with an overwhelming amount of smilies. Make your posts relevant and mature.

4) Do not use chatspeak. As this is the Writing Forum, we endorse proper grammar and coherent spelling. English is not everyone’s first language, so please make the way you express yourself the clearest way possible.

5) Please respect the following procedures:
All poetry goes in the Poetry Corner.
All short stories go in the Short Story/Essay Corner.
Any writing queries go in The Zone, or, for more in depth discussion, the About Writing forum.
When your story reaches 500 posts, please make a new thread and transfer all portions to the new thread.
If you use any artwork, please provide your source. If your source is a nondescript online photo album, please specify so.
Please keep a limit of five stories per person and one tagteam. (Applies only in Fiction and Poetry.)


6) By posting your story, you are thereafter claiming originality for it. Unless otherwise cited, anything and everything you post should be fully yours. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and can result in suspension or expulsion.

Also please note that you post your stories here at your own risk. As much as we regret to inform you, we cannot do anything to stop anyone from copying your story and claiming it as their own. If you would like to have your story removed from the boards, please get in contact with a moderator in the appropriate forum sticky.


Content Regulations:

Please note that we appreciate that art should be something free spirited, and we respect that everyone has different styles. If you feel restricted with any of these, we apologize in advance: we must keep the site clean for underage users (and parents!) to read.

The following is not allowed:


Graphic description of self mutilation/harm. This includes suicide, cutting, eating disorders, etc. Vague passages that define the existence of these themes within the plot are acceptable; detailed passages describing any of these occurrences are not.

Graphic sex scenes. This includes any type of sexual scene. Vague passages that define the existence of these themes within the plot are acceptable; detailed passages describing any of these occurrences are not.

Graphic violence/rape scenes. Vague passages that define the existence of these themes within the plot are acceptable; detailed passages describing any of these occurrences are not.


Consequences:

Any rule breaks will be forwarded to the board administrators. Any further “punishment” will be assigned by the administrators, depending on the severity of the rule break.

Please note that these rules are subject to change by the moderators and/or administrators: please check periodically for any alterations.

Thanks for your attention!

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#2 *HONEY*

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 10:28 AM

Novelty:

With the growing number of fanfictions in the Fiction and Poetry main forum, we ask that users please ensure they cite where they drew the baseline for their fanfiction from. As already specified, by posting stories here, you are thereafter claiming full copyright for it, unless you specify otherwise. Please cite all your references prior to writing.
Please note that citing includes full title, author, publisher and year of publication. Band stories need the band name, record company, and members.


Another thing we'd like to address is the increasing, "I need (number) of readers before I update!" style comments. The objective of these forums are not to get you a fanbase, but to get you helpful literary critiques. These posts are subject to deletion.

Thank you for your attention.
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#3 Ari-san

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:09 AM

Disclaimers:

In light of copyright issues, we ask that you please ensure a disclaimer accompanies any material or artwork that does not belong to you. If taken to the extreme, any small or large infringement or violation of copyright can have huge consequences, mostly of the legal variety. That's certainly not what we want for any of the members here, and hence, proper disclaimers must be clear and evident to all to see.

If you are posting a banner on your story thread or anywhere else here in the FP, your banner must be accompanied by a banner disclaimer. Please note the following information:

:spinstar: It is already assumed that you are fully aware of which images can be adapted into banners. If you are not, please see The Fictional Times for further information.
:spinstar: The basic requirement for all banner disclaimers includes answers to the following: Original Image Title; Original Artist; Original Image Upload Date; and Banner Adapted by ...
:spinstar: If you can not find certain answers to the above basic banner disclaimer statements, please do not leave those sections out! Simply respond with, "Not applicable", "Unable to find", etc. By missing out certain sections, you risk having your banner deleted without warning.
:spinstar: The answers to "Original Image Title" and "Original Artist" must have links attached, which lead readers/viewers to the original image and the original artist's profile, respectively. Failure to add working and correct links will see your banner at risk of being deleted without warning.
:spinstar: You are more than welcome to include more information into your banner disclaimer (for example, the date the banner was created, which program you used to make the banner, or which Creative Commons license the original image is under, etc.), but the above information is the basic requirement for all banner disclaimers.
:spinstar: Banner disclaimers do not have to appear directly underneath the banners themselves. Instead, you may post them wherever you wish, provided they are on the exact same post as the banner. Therefore, you are free to post the banner disclaimer at the very bottom of the post, in a smaller or larger font size, in a different font colour, etc.
:spinstar: A banner disclaimer must be provided, even if you are the original artist/photographer, banner creator, and author (and hence, own all rights). Failure to provide a banner will see your banner at risk of being deleted without warning.
:spinstar: If you need us to edit in a banner disclaimer for you or correct some information, please don't hesitate to contact us in the Support sticky.
:spinstar: Please Note: Once banners are deleted for whatever reason, they can not be resurrected in any shape or form. Hence, it is advised that you always save a copy.


Please see below for an example banner disclaimer:

Posted Image

Original Image Title: Love at First Oink
Original Artist: monettenriquez
Original Image Upload Date: 2nd December, 2006
Banner Adapted by: Ali (Ari-san)

If you are posting song lyrics on your story thread or anywhere else here in the FP, your song lyrics must be accompanied by a song disclaimer. Please note the following information:

:spinstar: All song disclaimers must include the following basic information: Song Title; Artist; Album; Year of Release
:spinstar: If you are unsure of all the details for your song disclaimer, please do a quick search on Google, which should reveal any missing information for you.
:spinstar: Failure to provide a song disclaimer with the above basic information may see your song lyrics deleted without warning


Please see below for an example song disclaimer:

'Cause it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it's you and me and all other people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you
and me and all other people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it's you and me and all other people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you

Song Disclaimer: 'You and Me' by Lifehouse, Lifehouse, 2004


If you are posting any other material or work that does not belong to you on your story thread or anywhere else here in the FP, you must reference it and give due credit to the original owner. Please provide as much information as possible, and include links, if available.
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