State of The Fanfic Address For those who are newer around these parts, every so often we have a State of the Fanfic Address to sum up events that have happened here in Fanfic and things that might have happened around the boards that pertain to fanfic. We also let you know about things that we might have been working on behind the scenes. There's been quite a bit recently so we thought it was time for a new address. First off, the traditional, what your mods are doing in life post, that really doesn't mean anything but we think is kinda fun. Mav - Mav has been getting her butt kicked at work recently, but is excited that she is scheduled to start doing PICU and NICU training late this winter. (Pediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU). She's super excited to be going to a wedding of 2 JCers in April and then immediately going to Celebration 7 afterward where she hopes to get to meet (or see again) many of you! Bri - Bri is getting her butt kicked in university but is loving it and is loving living solo. She actually may have figured out what she is doing when she (eventually) graduates. She, unlike Mav, is stuck in a frozen tundra for the foreseeable future but is looking forward to 2 weeks of fanfiction-writing and Netflix-Binging and generally being a hermit while her city hosts the Canada Winter Games. Board Wide Info Discrimination Policy A discussion in Comms was started a while back about specifying the Sexism/Racism/Discrimination Policy for the boards. Previously, these things were not mentioned specifically, but fell under the catch all rule of "Users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is respectful to themselves and fellow users at all times." After a Mod Squad Discussion and unanimous vote, the following has been added to the rules: Boardwide Rules/Policies Update The admins have been working on updating the board wide rules and policies. Some changes have already been made/updated and more are forthcoming. Please see THIS comms post for more information. Truncation Issue Sorry if we got your hopes up, there really isn't any news on this front. There have been some major issues in trying to get this fixed, and like the past updates, we have no idea when we might have more info. But please know it hasn't been forgotten. As always, reposts of stories that have been truncated are allowed (we just ask that you spread them out over time and label them as such), you can edit your old stories with the untruncated versions (but remember, if you make any changes between when it was saved on the boards a few years ago and now, it will revert to the saved version when the truncation is fixed. If it's exactly the same, nothing will happen), or you can link to an outside source of the story in the story thread so long as the entire story is TOS compliant where it is posted. FanFic Info Promoting Policy Update We had a discussion on changing the pimping/promoting policy, which has since been changed after a discussion in resource. You are now allowed to post links to fics in certain threads in resource. Please see THIS thread for the complete rules regarding where you can and cannot link. Spoiler Policy With The Force Awakens coming up this year and more movies in the future, the Spoiler Policy for fanfic has been updated. You are allowed to post stories that include spoilers for the upcoming movies but it must be clearly marked in the subject line and the story. Otherwise anything that is considered a spoiler is not allowed in fanfic. Please see THIS thread for more information. FAQ We are in the process of updating and changing the FanFic FAQ. We hope the change will make things a little easier, with the most pertinent info up at the top in a concise manor, and further explanations and examples lower down. This is a pretty slow going process as it's a big overhaul, so please be patient with us. Welcome New Users Thread We've also been working on a welcome new users thread that give a short introduction to FanFic and with links to important places. This will be things that people will, for the most part, only need to look at once, giving new people a place to see the general idea of how things are around here which allows us to take some length out of the FAQ. Awards As you all are probably aware, the awards are underway and barring any nuclear fallout, the ceremony should be in March. See the Guide for more info and dates. We still could use some prizes, so please PM us any of your ideas for prizes. Volunteers Needed! There are a few threads we think would be great to be restarted/started, but rather than have it be run by the mods, we thought maybe you guys would be interested. Beta Readers Index We feel that this is an important thread and with the current thread being so old and out of date, we think a new one needs to be started. If anyone is interested in starting such a thread, please PM us and let us know. (This could be more than one person) Creche' Padawan's and Masters Thread Once a bustling thread, after the move, use fell off. It was attempted again a while back, but with what hopefully will be more people coming with The Force Awakens coming later this year, we'd like to get this up and going again. If you'd like to be the host of this thread, please PM us and let us know. (We've had one volunteer, but if you are still interested in helping, let us know.) Prolific Author's Index This thread used to be a place for authors to hold the links to all of their stories here on the boards, but with the truncation issue, it's all but useless. We think it's a good idea to start a new thread and would like a volunteer to run it. As far as indexes go, this one is pretty low maintenance. (New Thread has been started, fine it HERE) Pimp My Fic/FanFic Trailers Thread It was mentioned in the discussion on the promoting policy that a 'Pimp My Fic' thread where authors could put a summary and a link to their fic. There used to be a FanFic Trailers Thread that was a lot of fun, where people would write a movie style trailer for their fic. We like both these things, but don't feel both are necessary, so we thought maybe someone would like to host a thread where people can introduce their new fics but in a creative ways (trailers, book covers, etc). Let us know if you have any idea and/or if you'd like to host the thread. Plot Bunny Thread This thread is a place where you can post your unused/unwanted plot bunnies you don't want to write yourself but would like to see written. This thread is very old and currently unmanaged, so we thought a new one might be in order. If you'd like to host this thread, let us know! (Volunteer has been found) Last Words Please always know that you guys can come to us with any issues you have here on the boards, be it with a post, another user, or just something you'd like to see done/happen. We try to be all over the place, but we can't always, so we rely on you guys to let us know. Sometimes there isn't anything we can do, but sometimes there is. If this address is something you guys would like to see more often, let us know. It could also including things about the goings on in fanfic (new challenges, Indices, etc.) since we don't always have big rules updates to tell you about. If you've managed to read this far, let us know you have by saying something along the lines of 'I've read this' here in this thread and in a week or so we'll randomly choose one or two people to get 48 hours of colors.