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07 November 2011 @ 08:28 pm
Ratings, Cuts, and Fake Cuts  
So you like to write tentacle p0rn. Or not. But if you're here, chances are, you're writing something that may or may not be "family friendly". Rest assured, your writing is welcome, but we have a few rules you have to follow:

1. We adhere to the G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 ratings. Anything stronger than PG-13 must either be posted at your personal journal and linked or posted in wv_library with a cut (and linked to wherever it has to be submitted for challenges).

          - What constitutes an R or NC-17? Use your judgment, but excessive language, violence, or sex along with particular scenarios (rape, non-con, etc) would push you into a higher rating. It doesn't matter if your pairing is het or slash - it's based purely on content, not type of relationship.
2. Warnings - there are triggers and major squicks for people, so it's important that we respect each other. Here is a list (not comprehensive) of warning that you *must* put on your work: Rape, Non-Con, Dub Con, Bondage, Underage, Suicide, Self-Injury. Use your best judgment for everything else. (If you are concerned about giving something away, you must contact a mod and get approval as well as an alternate warning based on content). Again, het/slash/femslash do not call for a warning. Warnings are based on content, not type of relationship.

3. The only writing not permitted in writerverse is RPF.

Please feel free to ask questions. All comments are screened.
starfaerie82starfaerie82 on February 18th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have read the ratings and I have a question or two about some of my work.

It is not p0rn or anything, but it does deal with some heavy stuff. It's mystery/thriller by genre, and there are some things in the autopsy scenes and when the cops are discussing the cases that might squick people. There's no overt sex in them, though I think it's hinted at a few times. Sometimes it is discussed that this or that victim was brutalized this way, or raped with an object or simply raped. these are scenarios from book one mostly, book two was just bloody so far.... so what rating would i be giving these types of things?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on February 18th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Use your best judgment, honestly. You might consider just throwing a warning in like "cursory discussion of rape" or "graphic violence". For the most part we let people set their own ratings and most people will just use the 'warnings' section of the submission form/header for a challenge to include anything that maybe a concern. If it helps, think about tv ratings and what that would translate to in terms of a PG-13 or R rating.
starfaerie82starfaerie82 on February 18th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Okay, so like shows like Law and Order, Criminl minds and similar have a tv-14 rating usually. which I am guessing is similar to pg-13. and then an explanaition of why... like: Language, violence, etc... I sort of try to model my books along the lines of Criminal Minds, or NCIS so I should be okay.
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on February 18th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds good :) We don't usually go in policing everyone's stories. We'd only address it if there was an issue raised by someone (which to my knowledge hasn't happened yet) and even then, it wouldn't be a big deal, maybe a PM from a mod saying "Hey, might want to put X warning on that or up your rating!" We rarely beat people with our moderator hammers :)
bananasandroses on March 13th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've two Qs.

#1 Does the ban on RPF include semi-autobiographical fiction?

#2 When I've written before, I've used British film ratings (as a Brit, they're what I am most familiar with). Does a webpage or similar exist that gives rough equivalents to what appears to be the American system? Or can I use the British system here?

Many thanks.
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on March 13th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
1. RPF is mainly related to people currently living. So for example historical fiction would be okay. Now if I'm following you correctly, you're thinking a story that is drawn from your own real life but is fictionalized (so like you may draw from a college experience you had, but the name of the college and those involved are different). I don't see any reason why we would have an issue with that.

2. The best is the Wikipedia article MPAA Ratings which would tell you what each rating generally consists of. We do want to stick with the US as that's the standard and more people are going to be aware of what those mean. :)