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julilly
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« on: October 16, 2010, 05:55:20 AM »

Greetings authors,

During the summer the Mods made a point of doing a review of the rules. We posted the rules refresher here on the forums, and on the main page of the site.

The reason we did that was because over the last 12 months or so weíve seen a lot of stories that are constantly breaking the rules that were set out back in 2003. Everyone is asked to read them when they sign up but that obviously isnít happening.

No longer will we be accepting the excuse of ďI havenít read the rulesĒ as a justification for why your stories donít conform to them.

Weíre not trying to hold back your creativity or keep you from writing but there are some serious issues going on; the most serious of all being spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Too often we have clicked on the Most Recent page and seen writers who donít care about their fics enough to ensure their summaries are written in legible English. I understand that for many English is their second language, but that is why Microsoft invented spell check.

Weíve given warnings to authors about their spelling and they have been ignored. Weíve left reviews alerting people to the problems with their stories and theyíve been deleted. We run this site, itís not a free for all, and if you donít want to abide by the rules we wonít miss you when youíre gone.

That being said, enough is enough. If you donít have a spell check Ė get one, or ask someone for help. Starting 30 days from today any fics posted with excessive mistakes will be deleted. No more warnings, weíre done being ignored.

Weíre tired of being embarrassed to have people come on the site because it looks like we donít support good writing, and weíre tired of authors leaving because of the decline in quality. Weíre not saying youíre not all good authors, you may very well be creative and bright but no one will see that if they canít read your story.

If you donít like it, too bad for you. If you need help, thatís what the forum is for. We have given an endless amount of chances and offered resources that very few people have taken advantage of.

The rules, in summary:

1.   Donít plagiarize.
2.   Proofread your stories!
3.   Offensive material will be removed.
4.   Use the right category.
5.   Include appropriate content warnings.
6.   Donít abuse the script.
7.   Child porn will be removed.
8.   Donít spam the site with updates.
9.   Banners will be no larger than 600 pixels total.

You can find the full detailed list of rules here: http://absolutechaos.net/fictalk/index.php/topic,2168.0.html
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julilly
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 06:44:56 AM »

Just a follow up... I sent this out in email form to all authors on the site. Some people didn't get the email because their email addresses either weren't valid, or the message bounced. The following people need to check their email addresses in order to get messages from the site!

Dezra
bluefireacidic rose
ForeverRebel
sweet18_2003
Dominigurl2211
Chaz
LenniluvsBrian
Leesuh
KaosLover123
ChaoticSerenit y
Mellz Bellz
McLeans_Chick
Raine Glenn
anderzpanderz
csmbabe
Samantha_F
Sweet Sarah
kevmylove
Nightlove
chaoscarter
exclusive
Howies_Wink
Ghostwriter
hickory_licori ce
BronzieXb
Lindsee
Nickyo
AshleyElaine
Carter-Orange
angelhunalex
Alexis
MrsCarter
krazyforkaos
stephiebaby_06
mander25
AJsgirl021

I know a lot of these people are probably not on the site anymore, but if you see someone you know on this list that is still around, please give them a heads up. Otherwise they will continue to not get AC emails.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 05:39:01 PM »

I am sorry if i am a bit slow, but the following rules need further explaining:
3.   Offensive material will be removed. "What exactly could be considered as offensive, since we already have enough warnings"
6.   Donít abuse the script. "What do you mean by that? computer script like "bold and italics" or what? (so yeah this one shows how stupid i am but sorry again...lol.)"
8.   Donít spam the site with updates. "How does that happen? people update their stories how can i spam that?"

Sorry again for the inconvinence, i just can't quite get these parts...
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julilly
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 05:43:43 PM »

You can find the full detailed list of rules here: http://absolutechaos.net/fictalk/index.php/topic,2168.0.html

That should answer your questions, hopefully!
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 06:14:47 PM »

Just bumping this (well, sorta) in case people forgot!

It's one week until November 15th. Please make sure your stories conform to the rules!

Our new motto: Be A Sheep, Conform!
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 06:25:11 PM »

Yes, don't be baaaaaaaaaahhd

Smiley I had to! lol


Dun dun duuuuuuun! one week!
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 09:48:14 PM »

Totally jumping on the sheep baaaaaa-ndwagon!  Zombie sheep, that is, cause I admire baaa-raaainsss!
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 10:03:15 PM »

Something Baaaaddd is happening on Abosolute Chaos.

I don't know how many of you are into the musical Wicked. The sheep comments reminded me of when Dr. Dillamond is singing about something baaaadddd is happening in Oz. I know he's a goat, but the sheep comments just reminding me of that song. LOL!

In high school my friends and I would call everyone sheep because the would literally follow each other around and do everything the same. You're bringing back all my memories. LOL!
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 03:36:26 PM »

November 15th? Is that the day all stories that are breaking one of these rules will be deleted?

That's what those ava's are for. Ok, now that I get it, I'm cracking up. Cheesy I read the first post again and I see that the people who broke one of those rules got a message/review. Phew! I was afraid that one of mine might be breaking some rules although I checked and I don't think (= hope LOL) I'm breaking any, especially the grammar/spelling ones, since I'm such a nazi when it comes to grammar and spelling LOL. When it comes to punctuation, I'm not sure but I don't overuse commas.

Just something off-topic, but on November 15th it's been one year since my first BSB concert. *sigh* Time goes by so fast, I still remember everything like it happened today. I missed my niece's 4th birthday because of that lol. I'll be there at her 5th one though so yay. Grin

I wonder how many stories there will be left after November 15th? (The date feels kinda spooky now Lol!) I noticed some stories with horrible use of grammar and spelling, already in the summary. I don't see how people think a story that looks like that should attract lots of readers. And I don't see how they can think the story is just fine with all the mistakes and stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 03:45:41 PM »

I have read through my summaries and all my stories are written in Microsoft Word. If anyone finds anything wrong feel free to let me know so I can start making adjustments to my stories and summaries. I really hope my stories are well written and follow the rules so please leat me know if anything comes up.
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 03:57:24 PM »

Believe me, if we felt you needed work, you'd know. The thing is, most of the people who have to worry about being deleted have been warned about breaking rules more than once.

Even so, you'll get a warning via a review before at least I, flat out delete you. Not sure if that's what Julily will do. The people who have actually been warned will just get their butts deleted unless things are fixed.
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2010, 04:12:24 PM »

good to know but still, I never like breaking the rules. I only hope thaht things improve.
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2010, 05:39:15 PM »

I think once a story or two has been deleted and everyone sees that we're not kidding, things wil hopefully start to improve. At least maybe people will actually take a minute and edit before they post.
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2010, 06:44:59 PM »

If we get deleted, are we allowed to re-post after fixing things? I've been trying extra hard to be sure grammar is correct, but sometimes I still miss a couple here and there and I don't pick up on it until I'm re-reading my word doc.
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julilly
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2010, 06:48:30 PM »

Of course. And like Mare said, anyone whose stories are in question have already been warned as such.

We're not just going to start deleting things left and right without telling anyone why. Also, it won't be for the occassional here and there mistakes. Everyone makes those. This is for stories that are illegible, with no format whatsoever.
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