Jamalyn (jamalyn) wrote,

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Now how silly is that?

Putzing around on FF.net and it said that I needed to approve their new guidelines before I could post. (I did not want to post, but still figured, ah, what the hell). So, since I was looking to waste time, I actually read the guidelines through (for quite possibly the first time ever in my entire life).

They are pretty... annoying.

How, you may ask? Honestly, I am not really sure how to explain it. I'm not even really sure that annoying is the right word. I might even go so far as to admit that I felt a little insulted...

It starts out with community etiquette:

FanFiction.Net does not filter content and is an open system that trusts the writer's judgement. However, there is an inherent responsibility that falls to writers as a result.

Here is a list of conducts that should always be observed:

1. Spell check all story and poetry. There is no excuse for not performing this duty. If you do not have a word processor that has the spell checking feature, use a search engine such as Google.com to find one. [I'm going to jump back in here real quick,just for the sake of irony, to point out that these holier-than-thou bullshitters misspelled judgment up above. Just saying].

2. Proofread all entries for grammar and other aspects of writing before submission. 'Hot off the press' content is often riddled with errors. No one is perfect but it is the duty of the writer to perform to the best of his/her ability. [Because I know lots of great writers that put out shit just cos... I'm also going to point out (because you make it too damn easy) that "Spell check all story and poetry." (see point #1) is very poor grammar].

3. Respect the reviewers. Not all reviews will strictly praise the work. If someone rightfully criticizes a portion of the writing, take it as a compliment that the reviewer has opted to spend his/her valuable time to help improve your writing. [Flamers gotta flame].

4. Everyone here is an aspiring writer. Respect your fellow members and lend a helping a hand when they need it. Like many things, the path to becoming a better writer is often a two way street. [But for Crissake! Don't allow yourself to be cliché!]

5. Use proper textual formatting. For example: using only capital letters in the story title, summary, or content is not only incorrect but also a disregard for the language itself. [Annoying? Sure, I buy that all caps is annoying. It's why I intend to use it in just a few paragraphs. But a disregard for the language? Don't make me laugh, you pompous asses. You want to talk disregard for the language, how about we talk about your misuse of the word "textual" or, for that matter, "conducts"].

They then go into the guidelines generale: frankly, nothing that all ff.net users have not heard before. I won't waste the space. I will say, I was happy to finally learn what a MST was. I had heard it used in the past. I remembered the general outrage when they were first banned but my minor interest had never compelled me to actually google MST.

Now I know.

Proof that even the most lazy among us will occasionally learn a thing or two.

But anyway, what's the point of all this rambling? Nothing. Not really anyway. Except, ultimately, to tell you this:


(See, I told you so).

...really, ff.net? Really? Now how silly is that?

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