On changing requirements and fanfiction.net
Jeconais posted on Wednesday 6th June 2012 5:33am
As everybody knows, over the past few days there's been a bit of a furore about fanfiction.net enforcing some of their rules. And with that, I've had some people ask me about joining this site.
This site has one explicit rule, and one implicit rule, when it comes to content. The explicit rule is "No graphical sexual content between characters that are under the UK legal age of consent." The implicit rule is "No X Reads the Books commentaries."
The first one is to protect me from the messy English laws on publication and obscenity, the second because, no matter how well done, the majority of your work is based on someone else's skill.
With these rules, a lot of the stories that have been removed from fanfiction.net would not be welcome here anyway.
But, as I've had several requests, and the fact that this whole site is barely relevant anymore, should I change the entrance requirements? At the moment, it's basically a judgement call by people too busy to make those judgements, never mind getting around to producing our own content. And if I do, what should those requirements be? I've no wish to make it public sign-up, as I would hate for the site to be littered with one 800 word chapter fics which are 70% "Plz reviez lol".
On a slightly more personal note, my time is non existent, as I continue to spend every non-working moment making sure our August move from London to a small town north of Edinburgh (Scotland) goes smoothly. Once moved in, I should have a lot more free time. I do hope to release some new chapters before then, but I can't promise anything.
Galdric posted a comment on Thursday 7th June 2012 10:58am
For expanding membership of this site, I have to say that even when I don't like an author in general, they seem to have well written stuff on this site, so I would think that you could maybe get together some of the authors, and have them moderate any admissions. (That way you could maintain a certain amount of quality of writting, and not take up as much of your free time trying to judge who should be let onto the site.)
As for your personal note, your twitter comments made it clear that you simply don't have time for chapters right now, so no one (sane anyway) has any reason to complain that new chapters may not be coming antime soon. That said, good luck with the move; the times that I went to the Scottish countryside when I was younger were great.
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