A discussion was started in the Writers Resource thread about the Pimping/Promoting rule and how possibly it could be reworked. This is the thread for such discussion. Before we get started, I just want to remind everyone that if you have an idea for a thread you would like to see in Resource (be it an index, challenge or a discussion you feel needs to be had with the community such as ones regarding rules, policies etc.) please always feel free to PM Bri and myself, we are happy to have such discussions. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done (as in rules that the owner of the site has set, or rules that all of MS would have to discuss), but often times we are happy to have an open conversation with everyone, even if it is just to explain in-depth to everyone why the rule is set in place. (If it's a Mod Squad rule, we could have the discussion as a fanfic community, but then it would have to be taken to MS as well.) First let's start with how the rules currently stand. The FanFic FAQ states: and Currently you are allowed to post links to story threads in some resource threads if it directly pertains to that thread (example: challenge threads), and for the most part that has remained up to the discretion of the thread host, with a few exceptions. Otherwise linking or naming a fic, your own or someone elses is not allowed and has been strictly enforced. The reason for these rules is prior to either Bri or myself being mods, there was a very large problem with people 'upping' stories, frequent mentioning of fics in conversation, even people going so far as to create socks to review their own stories to get them on the first page, among other things hence these rules being in place. (The Fanfic forum had many more posts per day at that time and a story could fall off the first page very quickly.) Some of these things have pretty much been cut out over the years, but some do still happen. Since the years that these rules were enacted, our community has become smaller, though we are hoping to have it become larger again as The Force Awakens and subsequent movies come out, but perhaps it is time to discuss some of our polices as our community changes. We do recognize that some of these rules are out of date and they do not necessarily reflect our opinions. We are open to a thought-out change in this policy. Please feel free to put your thoughts about these polices here in this thread, and feel free to have an open discussion.