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Forum Rules

The forum rules are the basic guidelines of the forum. They are subject to change when need arises such as, but not limited to, when there are changes to the forum format, or when new technology requires changes in order to account for it. Failure or delay in the exercise of corrective action for breach of any of the rules and guidelines mentioned below in no way constitutes a waiver of the right to exercise the corrective action in the future.

General Forum and Forum Posting Rules
  • All posts must be free of illegal or distasteful content, which includes pornography and nudity, hate speech, posting of copyrighted material, spamming the forum, bumping threads, or flaming/trolling. Incivility towards another member or a moderator— either on threads or in private conversations—is not tolerated, and may result in a warning and/or a ban.
  • No advertisements, including in posts, blogs, vlogs, articles, resources, forum signatures, profiles, or anywhere on the forum. This includes free products, recruitment for external projects, blogs, other websites, publishing opportunities, and writing services. When posting about such products or services, we consider items where you personally benefit or are affiliated with to be advertising. Advertising as a new member will result in a permanent ban. If you'd like to pay to advertise on WritingForums.org, you can contact us.
  • Once you graduate from New Member to Member, you may have up to 2 links in your signature to non commercial sites such as your personal blog. Please remember this is a courtesy we extend to our members and is not meant as a mode of advertising your own ventures. The staff retains the right to remove any link that distracts from the forum or breaks our rules.
  • Market research is not allowed
  • We do not condone using cracked apps. If we see members asking other members for cracked apps, ways to crack an app, or where they can find cracked apps, we will delete that message and the member will be subject to warning and/or banning.
  • Contest submissions, or other work that is intended to reflect your individual effort must be clearly identified as such. We will not do your work for you.
  • School/University coursework is not allowed.
  • Thread bumping, appending meaningless posts to bring a thread to the top, is not allowed.
  • All posts must be in English.
  • Posts must contain content by you. Posts with a naked link and no words are not acceptable. Posts that consist solely of memes or emoji's are also not allowed. This is a writing forum, please use writing to communicate. Occasional use of common net abbreviations (things like ROFL, or TMI) is tolerated, excessive use of netspeak is not.
  • We do not delete, or allow the deletion of, content without good reason. It isn't fair to those who have replied to your posts, or to the community at large to have content removed from threads. Minor alterations to correct typos, or add more information, or deleting a remark you thought better of before it is replied to is acceptable, but trashing threads by removing posts is not.
  • All rules apply throughout the site, Conversations and blogs included.

Account Information
  • Users may only have one account unless approved by the forum administration. Permission for this is typically reserved for staff members who need a "dummy account" for technical reasons. This is not something we grant just because someone really wants another account.
  • "Sock-puppeting" or creating more than one account without permission will result in permanent banning of all accounts used by the member.
  • User screen names consisting of or containing URLs or website addresses are expressly forbidden. Screen names containing offensive, derogatory or vulgar verbiage, as well as screen names implying that you are an admin or moderator when you are not, will be banned post haste.
  • Accounts are never deleted. Never. Not even members who are banned are deleted. Deleting accounts compromises the logical continuity of conversations within the various forum threads. For this reason you should NEVER use your real name as your screen in this or any other forum because most forums have similar policies of not deleting accounts. We're just up front about it.
  • Screen names are changed only under a narrow set of conditions at the beginning of a person's membership with us (while they are still officially a New Member.) For example, if a real-world name was used as a screen name when registering, a New Member can request a change. However, once members have achieved full Member status—by being here at least 14 days and making at least 20 posts—screen names are not changed. You are expected to own the behavior in which you engage, and name changes to avoid that accountability are not permitted.
Signatures
  • Images are not allowed in signatures.
  • Once you are no longer a New Member you can include two non commercial external links, such as to your personal blog, and unlimited links to pages within our site.
  • Links cannot be to sites that contain pornographic or illegal material, which may reasonably be viewed as advertisements or commercial, or which otherwise break our rules.
  • Links that are deemed inappropriate, may be removed without warning.
  • Please limit signature real estate. "Billboard" signatures (those that are deemed unreasonably large) may be edited or removed without notice.
  • Signatures also may not contain text with sexual connotations, racial slurs, vulgarity, or content intended to upset a specific member.

Avatars
  • Avatars may not contain pornographic or distasteful images, or foul language (in any language), or material intended to upset or offend other members.
Posting Copyrighted Material/Copyright Infringement
  • Posting material that is not yours and claiming it as your own is considered copyright infringement. No warning will be given if such a situation arises. You will be banned permanently.
  • Small sections of copyrighted material may be posted when you cite the original author (fair use) or when it is used with the authors permission.
Free Speech Policy

Since we are a writing forum, WritingForums.org is in favor of free speech and opposed to censorship. The exceptions are situations where content may harm the quality or well-being of the community, which would include situations in the rules above. We ask everyone to remember that with free speech comes the responsibility to use it sensibly.

Posting Your Writing
  • The text of all stories, poems, or other writing offered for comment and critique must be posted directly within the Writing Workshop.
  • You must own the copyright to all work claimed as your own.
  • If your writing contains adult language, sexual behavior, or violence, it must be marked/categorized as such.
  • Enclosures, links, downloads, and images are not acceptable (this applies to the WIP itself, as well as its contents).
  • The work to be reviewed, and all critiques, must be posted directly, without any supplementary materials.
  • Posting in the Writing Workshop requires you to have given 2 or more constructive critiques of other members' work for each new posted work.
  • You must be registered for at least 14 days and have made 20 posts before you can create a thread in our workshops. (This requirement does not apply to members who purchase Supporter status.)
  • Only your own writing may be posted in the Writing Workshop.
  • By posting, you are granting limited use. Specifically, retention or removal of that piece of writing from the site is solely at the discretion of the site administration team, and members may quote the submission in full or in part for the purpose of critique within that thread.
  • Please do not spread stories and articles across multiple threads, including blog threads. If a story won't fit in the initial post, subsequent pieces should be posted as replies to the original post.
  • If you are requesting a beta-read for a complete manuscript, OR wish to co-write a project with another member, please request this in the Collaborative Projects subforum. These collaborations may be requested only after you have satisfied the Writing Workshop requirements, as well as been a member for 90 days, and made 100 posts. Do not post the work itself anywhere on the forum; doing so may harm your chances of getting it published. Any agreement to give a beta-read or do a collaboration is made solely by that member and not as a part or affiliate of this forum. The forum bears no responsibility to enforce completion of said project. It is an agreement between the writer and the beta-reader or collaborator, separate from the forum.
  • Published works should be reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads, or other commercial site. WritingForums is for works-in-progress; a venue for writers to help each other.

Admins and moderators


The Admin and moderators are in charge of the day to day running of the forum. The Admins are Daniel (Owner), and Komposten (Technical admin). The moderators are Minstrel, Big Soft Moose, Iain Aschendale, EF Mingo, and Jannert. Their job is to keep the forum running smoothly as a worthwhile and enjoyable place for all. As part of this they will from time to time have to call for calm, lock, edit, move, or delete posts or threads, or to warn or ban members. When this happens please treat their decision as final.

If you really feel that you must question a point please either use the report function, or contact a staff member by private message. However be aware that moderator actions are only reversed in the rarest of circumstances, and members are expected to respect their authority to run the forum. Refusing to do so may earn you a temporary or permanent ban.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was so and so banned?") are not allowed and will be deleted.

Our team are all volunteers who give up their time in order to keep the forum running for you to enjoy. As such they deserve your respect. and treating them otherwise will not be tolerated. Abuse or threatening behaviour to any of our team will result in a lifetime ban.

Rule Violations

Rule violations will be punished by infractions. Each violation has a different level of infraction points. Once you receive 5 infraction points you will be banned for 7 days At 10 points you will be banned for 30 days, 30 points will see you banned for 90 days, and 32 points will result in a permanent ban.

Breaking of any of these rules is a breach of your agreement. We reserve the right to ban or terminate any user at any time for any reason. Penalties will vary based on the severity of the situation.

Warnings & Banning

Warnings & Banning

The staff do try to issue friendly cautions (usually general cautions on threads, whenever flammable behaviour starts up) before hitting any Member with a ban—but that isn’t always possible.

When behavior breaks the Forum Rules moderators may issue warnings. Warnings carry infraction points and expiry dates. Moderators decide on the number of infraction points the Member earns with each warning.

Infraction points accumulate, according to their expiry date. In other words, even after a temporary ban ends, the points will remain on the Member’s record until the points expire. If the Member breaks more rules there will be more points given. These points will get added to the previous ones that have not yet expired.

0 points - warnings given for very minor issues
1-4 points - warnings given for relatively minor issues (usually no ban, other than a possible 24-hour ‘time out', or a ban from participating in a certain thread.)

When accumulated infraction points reach the levels listed below, banning automatically occurs.

5 points - 7 day ban
10 points - 30 day ban
20 points - 90 day ban
30 points - 180 day ban
32 points - permanent ban

Moderators can issue a single 5-point warning, a 10-point warning, 12-point warning, etc, all the way up to 32 points. The number of points given for each single warning are based on:
1) the severity and nature of the incident
2) the history of the Member in terms of previous points earned
3) general forum behavior
4) whatever other factors the moderators deem relevant to the particular case.

How To Avoid Getting Banned

Most members will go their whole forum lives without ever even getting a warning, in essence, if you don’t break the Forum Rules you won’t get any warning points. If you do slip up and earn warning points, pay attention to what has happened, and don’t repeat the behaviour.

The clean hands rule.
On the thankfully rare occasions that a thread blows up into a full blown argument, it is unlikely that moderators will have the time, energy, or inclination to trace back through ten, twenty, fifty, whatever posts to see who started it, especially when both sides are blaming the other. Therefore it is usual for everyone who is breaking the rules to wind up with warnings regardless of who started it, who said what about who's mother , or who is going to get whom at play time. Therefore should you happen to witness one of these conflagrations, the thing to do is report it to the mod team but otherwise don't get involved.

Pseudo moderation.

We take a very dim view of people who are not moderators trying to police the site. It is completely fine for established members to guide newer members politely or to answer simple questions like "why can't I post in the workshop?" That kind of thing is helpful and welcome. However when a member, or groups of members, start trying to tell another member what they can or can't say it usually gets ugly, fast. Engaging in Pseudo moderation is a sure fire way to wind up with warning points or a ban, so don't do that.

Appealing a Warning or a Ban


Generally speaking, warnings and bans won't be reversed. However, in special circumstances, it's possible.

Warnings are generally not worth the trouble to appeal, but you may contact a Moderator via a 'conversation' and explain why you think the warning isn't justified. (The Moderator will include fellow Moderators in the conversation for transparency.) Try to remain calm and polite in these conversations, our moderators are volunteers giving up their time to keep the site running for your benefit so they deserve your respect. We will not tolerate abuse or threats directed towards the staff, so bad behaviour in a conversation is a good way to turn the warning into a ban.

If you want to appeal a ban, you may use our Contact Us facility, provide your username, reason for banning, and argument for ban reversal.

Staff

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Daniel
Founder, Administrator


Daniel Quitschau is the founder, administrator and owner of www.WritingForums.org. He started it at WF at 16, in 2006. He is a student majoring in Entrepreneurship at Bradley University, as well as aspiring writer, web developer, voluntarist, and aspiring entrepreneur. As a writer, he enjoys writing non-fiction, argumentative essays, creative non-fiction, songs, and science fiction. Aside from writing, he is a web developer/internet marketer and entrepreneur. He enjoys creative & analytical thinking, self-improvement, fitness, and developing new ideas.

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Komposten
Technical Admin

Hello, folks! I'm the current active technical administrator here at WF.org, which means that I help out with technical issues users are having, as well as more site-wide stuff. If you need help with anything like this feel free to contact me.

A little about me?
I live in the cold and (not so) snowy land of Sweden. I'm a biologist by education, but I'm also interested in
writing and reading (mostly in English) as well as programming. As far as reading goes it is mostly fantasy and science fiction, but the occasional thriller and horror books end up in my pile of books as well. Some of my current favourite authors are Isaac Asimov, Clive Barker and Alison Croggon, but there are a whole lot of others on my list. My own writings seems to follow no particular patterns when it comes to genres, instead I let the story itself figure out the path.




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Minstrel
Super Moderator


Welcome to Writingforums.org! I'm a super moderator here, and that makes me a sort of traffic cop and crossing guard rolled into one. I'm here to help in any way I can. I studied electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada for four years but left without taking a degree (weird, I know). I've been involved with small consulting companies for my entire career (over twenty-five years now), wearing a great many hats: control systems analyst, software engineer, purchasing manager, printed circuit board layout specialist, hardware designer, etc. etc. etc. I own my own consulting business now. When I was a kid I read tons and tons of science fiction, and that's mostly what I write now. But these days, I read literary fiction more than anything else, and I have an almost compulsive need to read books on the craft of writing. Most of what I read these days is general literary fiction, along with books on the craft of writing (I love seeing how other people do it!). But I grew up reading tons and tons of science fiction - I devoured everything I could find in that genre with an almost insane greed. I like anything imaginative and exotic, anything except the here-and-now. Most of what I write these days is speculative fiction of one kind or other. My favorite writers? It's a list that keeps changing, but the core names on it are Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, John Steinbeck, James Joyce, the poets Robinson Jeffers and Walt Whitman, and the historian of philosophy Will Durant. Names that sometimes show up on my list include Arthur C. Clarke, nature writer Barry Lopez, and mythologist Joseph Campbell.


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Big Soft Moose
Super Moderator

Hi Folks - like the others I'm a super moderator here which means that you can come to me with any problems, questions or queries.

I live on the Somerset/ Devon border in the UK, an area known for its cider, which its obligatory to pronounce Ciderrrrr. I have a degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Countryside Management, in my day job I'm a Beach Officer for a district council, and no, its nothing like Baywatch. When I'm not writing, marketing, moderating, working, or sleeping I can be found walking my dog Max, carving or turning wood, or taking pictures.

I'm a self published author of 7 thriller / action adventure novels, pretty much in the same sort of vein as Lee Child, Mark Dawson, or Vince Flynn. This has also made me the forum's go to guy on self publishing questions so if you are thinking of going that route feel free to ask and I'll help if I can.

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jannert
Super Moderator


I've been an active forum member since March, 2013, and became a Moderator in April, 2019. I'm kinda new and kinda old (as of 11 May, 2019.)

In fact I'm more than 'kinda' old. I turned 70 at the end of June, 2019. :eek: (How did that happen?) My owl should be wearing thick specs. In fact, my owl should have a separate pair hanging from a chain around its neck as well.

I was born and raised in small-town Michigan. I earned my BA in English in Michigan as well, but I have been living in Scotland since 1986, when I upped stakes and got married to a Scot. We're still married, and I am now a UK citizen. The USA is a dim, but fond memory—except when I wrestle with British/American spelling and grammatical differences.

My husband and I bought our first home computer (a Mac Performa, with ClarisWorks) in 1994. That's when I first tried my hand at creative writing. Now I have a desktop Mac of my very own, plus a historically-set novel under my belt that is due to be self-published soon.

I love seeing new writers joining the forum, as well as hearing from the regulars regarding their progress, their concerns and their successes. Writing is alive and well, isn't it? That causes me to smile.


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Iain Aschendale
Super Moderator


Iain Aschendale is a figment of his own imagination who just never stopped running. Originally from the Chicago area, he first ran away to the Marines, but they tried to turn him into a Korean. It almost worked, so after that he fled to Istanbul as a palate cleanser. He then left the US again for an eighteen-month visit to the Land of the Rising Sun.

It's been almost two decades now.

He teaches English as a Foreign Language at a variety of places in the Kansai area, so don't be surprised if his critiques of your work look more like a teacher grading an essay for spelling and grammar.

His magnum opus, The Arc of a Rainbow (aka Chasing Rainbows) won a minor award once, but despite his delusions of writing a novel someday he's never been able to break the 5k word mark in a completed story.

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