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Old 10-11-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Review Board Rules and Posting Format: READ BEFORE POSTING!

The Purpose of the Review Board

The Review Board is a way to recommend stories for our Library. The Library, in turn, consists of various categories for stories rated 4 stars or higher, and an aggregate forum for all stories rated 3 stars.

It is not the place to post if you are only looking for improvement of your story. We have four separate Work By Author sub-forums for this purpose. Submitting to the library means you believe your story is good enough to get in -- not next week, tomorrow or in an hour, but good enough right now (see: Posting Works In Progress). For obvious reasons, this implies at least a 3/5 rating in your OP (Original Post).

For stories rated 2/5 and lower or stories that are brand new and not yet ready for the Review Board, we have the Almost Recommendable threads.

Authors and Posting:

There is no official rule against posting your own story within the Review Board. There will be no official rule to restrict this. That said, be aware there is a negative stigma on this -- and of the above defined purpose of the Review Board.

Posting Formats for All Stories

Prefixes are handy little tags that are not part of the title, but pre-configured into the forums. To the left of where you would place your title is a handy drop down box. This makes it easier for DLP to find stories they want, be it something already finished, or perhaps just a simple one shot. Each one is pretty self explanitory, but here is a list anyway.
  • Oneshot - A single story contained in only one chapter. It is self-sustaining and completed.
  • WIP - Works In Progress. Stores that are continuing and have a frequent enough update history to not be classified as abandoned.
  • Completed - Only for multi-chapter that are finished.
  • Abandoned - Where all the awesome stories go to die. The auther no longer loves their children and thrown them out into the street to die. These stories will never be updated again but are not "complete."
Thread Titles:

Oh how we love titles. Poetic ones. Bland ones. Eccentric ones that make you question the authors morals/ethics/sanity. Just titles. Use them. Like this:

[Story Title] By [Author] - [Rating]

Ex: Derper Than Herp by DerpTheUnherply - M

Post Format:

So. You want to submit stories to the DLP library. You think your tastes are refined enough for sharing with DLP. I can say you're wrong but we both know you wont listen. So at least do us the courtesy of making it easy for us to follow and know what the balls you are talking about.

Please? I mean look at all the hard work we do for you ungreatful assholes. Give something back. Follow the format:

Title: [I am a super creative example title!]
Author: [You aren't as cool as this guy.]
Rating: [Censorship Hooo! Movie and Fanfic rating systems accepted.]
Genre: [What is it? Action? Drama? Romance? TELL ME NOW]
Status: [Is it done? Is the guy still working on it?]
Library Category: [Where is it going, mate? Romance? The Alternatives?]
Pairings: [Who's fucking who? This does not include friendships or mentors.]
Summary: [Don't create one. Use the one posted on the sauce, be it Patronuscharm, or be it Fanfiction.net]
Link: [Where can we find it? And for god sakes, link the first chapter.]

Please copy this template and fill the lines:
Library Category:
And don't forget the tags after you're done (see next section)!

Note: Straight-up Slash goes into the Restricted Section.

Linking has been simplified for fanfiction.net stories with a new BBCode tag, ffn. You only need to input your storyid into the tag.

Example: For http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8591872/1/, you would enter [ffn]8591872[/ffn], which will result in Link being displayed.

Everything below this point is yours to post as you wish. Be aware, however, minimalism may be acceptable in some situations, but you are meant to convice us this belongs amongst our lofty standards.

Tell us why it should. Is it the plot? The character development? Do you just want to fuck the author cause you're a loser like MKnote?


Example bad post:
Thread Title: Jewbabies in the fire.
Found this one while looking around FFn last night, and though everyone here would love it. Enjoy!

Exampled proper post:

Originally Posted by Provis View Post
Thread Title: The Apprentice by Deborah Peters - M
Title: The Apprentice
Author: Deborah Peters
Rating: M
Genre: Drama
DLP Category: Time Travel
Pairing: Severus/Lily
Status: Work in Progress (about 80,000 words)
Summary: In 1998, Severus Snape was given a second chance. In 1976, he has to figure out how to take it.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6306296/1/The_Apprentice

Many here at DLP will likely be turned off by the pairing, but this fic deserves to be given a chance. Unlike most fics with this pairing, this fic actually has a plot and the romance is relatively unobtrusive.

This story has solid spelling and grammar and it avoids many of the pitfalls that occur both with Snape as a major character and in the Time Travel genre. This fic also features fairly realistic characterizations; don't expect any of the extreme fanon caricatures that plague fanfiction.

Snape stays fairly in character in this fic. He does not become a brash Gryffindor or a suave (and handsome) ladies' man. He remains a greasy and often unpleasant individual who is awkward at best when dealing with emotional situations.

The Marauders and future Death Eaters alike are portrayed as exactly what they are, teenagers. Neither group are pure evil nor are they completely innocent.

In a refreshing change of pace for a time travel fic, Snape knows that the time travel didn't make him Merlin, and as such he has no plans to duel any Dark Lords. Conversely, he is also not obsessed with 'not changing the timeline'.

I would rate this fic as a solid 4/5 that should not be dismissed due to the pairing alone.

Tags are a lot like Post Prefixes. They let allow us to peruse the library and find what we may or may not want to read. You may like Serverus Snape/Lily Potter. You would be a godless heathen deserving of the most gruesome death ever, but you are free to like it. And Tags would allow you to find it easier.

And its not just pairings. You could also add in a genre, recurring themes, or fandoms should the story be a crossover. Things like "Action/Adventure", "Comedy/Parody", "Betrayal", "Farscape", or "Alternative History/Parallel Universe".

As Always, common sense applies. Don't add tags that don't qualify as factual descriptors of the story. Meaning don't add your opinion to the tags. That's what the post is for.

Tagging your post for pairings:

Tagging your posts for pairings is fairly simple and we already have a thread with info for that here, but for the sake of simplicity, I shall also include it here.

Tags for pairing should follow the format of "Harry/[First Name of Character]. Harry/Padma for an example. Tonks and Madam Pomfrey are the only exception to this, since they're referred to by their last name. When you create a threadcan be found beneath the post box. Please include all pairings if you intend to have multiple, or you know the story has multiple in addition to the tag "Harry/Many". Meaning that instead of "Harry/Tonks/Fleur/Cho", you would add "Harry/Many", "Harry/Fleur", "Harry/Tonks" and "Harry/Cho".

Again, as with everything. Common Sense. Don't intentionally add misleading pairing tags "for the lulz" or laughs. If you're posting an outrageous story with an outlandish pairing for amusement, please still tag it appropriately. DLP is all for gags and fun, but don't muck up the library for a few brief moments of amusement. If the story doesn't contain a pairing with Harry, add one for the main character or main pairing of the story. "Severus/Lily" for example.

Currently existing tags are located here. If it doesn't exist in this list, please post at the very bottom of the tags thread and it will be added eventually.

Important Note about tags: If the story has more than one pairing, please tag it. Once its been posted, if you missed it and someone finds it, they will only be able to add two tags.

Newbs Guide to Posting:

We know you can't post in the Library categories directly. This is intentional. Please do not contact the staff regarding this issue. Do not ask for permission to post in the library directly. Don't ask why your story got put in the trash and could we please move it. DLP is a community driven collection of stories hand selected for quality and entertainment. All stories must be posted in the Review Board sub-forum of the library.

Colors and Fonts:

Do not alter the font color or font when you post a story. Often times it clashes with our color scheme. It doesn't make your post super unique, or
awesome. It just annoys people. If you want to browse DLP in a different color or font, please aquire Opera for its ability to use external CSS files
to alter your view only. Firefox users can find the Stylish addon to do the same. Chrome likely has this ability as well. Nobody here is dumb enough to use Internet Explorer, so we can skip that one. Politely ask the staff, and you may be provided the appropriate information on how to alter your font color with these tools.

Smile Abuse:

Lets keep the smiles to a maximum of three please. We know DLP has a lot of awesome ones, but there is no need to post every single smile because you think they rock. We've all seen them. There is absolutely no reason you should have seven of the same smile in a row, either.


DLP defines Necro-posting as posting in a thread that has not had any activity within the last 30 days. The Library is, within reason, free of this rule. If you necro a thread with a proper review, you're likely to get by with minimal fuss. Especially if the necro is inspired by a new chapter being posted to a long-thought-dead story with a high appeal to the general mass of DLP.

On the other hand, if you just post something like "Awesome!" or "New chapter.", expect rape. Brutal, horrid, ungodly, deserved rape.

Personal Opinions and Ratings:

No one gets along with everyone. We don't all like the same things. You may not like Slash, while So-And-So does. Acceptable. But please, if there is something about the story that tells you "Don't read this, it will suck", then don't post. Do not vote negatively because you do not like the pairing, just to make sure the story is trashed. Ditto for any disagreements with the authors you may have.

We are all mature, intelligent individuals. We are above these petty attacks. Act that way.

Getting In To the Library:
In order for your story to make it into the Library, it must meet quality standards as defined by the staff, and voted on by the users. The most important of these are:
  • Must remain in the Review Board for no less than one week.
  • Must have a minimum of Three constructive reviews.
  • Must have a minimum of Five votes.
Time in Review Board:

Its fairly easy to grasp. We want to give everyone the chance to read the story and review it. Some of us are slower readers than others. Some of us devour entire books in less than four hours. Some of us have things to do. Each entry usually stays two to three weeks in the Review Board until it is moved.

Constructive Reviews:

The constructive reviews is rather self explanitory. We want to know what you think of the story. What does the story do right? What does it do wrong? Does the story accomplish what the author has set out to do? Does it lack the polished grammar of a native speaker of English but still maintain being a good story? By god, man, just tell us what you think.

I cannot stress this point enough: Do Not Engage In Personal Attacks On Authors Because You Dislike Them. Ever. If they show up, insult everyone because it was rated poorly and leaves, the staff will deal with it. Do not engage in these flaming contests.

Similarly, do not degrade a story that has a pairing/genre/theme you do not agree with.


Originally Posted by Ceebee View Post
This is just not a good story. A sort of god!wizard!Harry used as a mouthpiece about to trash talk the backwards wizarding world, ridiculous Dumbledore bashing, spaceships and aliens and atlantean bullshit. It seems like its a less humorous spinoff/alternate/preechy story of the Where in the World? trilogy.

A format consisting mainly of 'Harry's dialogue explains something -> Hermione reaction shot -> Harry keeps on talking after a quip about her reaction' is pretty boring.

This wouldn't be a good story from anyone, expect for the good spelling/grammar which would get it points. Afraid to say that with a well known name like nonjon, expectations are raised, and were ultimately not met.

2 or 2.5 out of 5
Spoilerific Reviews:

Not everyone wants to know what happens before they had a chance to read it themselves. While there's nothing to be said against discussing the story once it's in the library, special rules for the Review Board applies. If you want to post a gigantic spoiler here, use common sense (xyz dies is a spoiler, Harry owns half of Gringotts is not) and the spoiler tags. That's why we have them. It works like this:

HTML Code:
[Spoiler]Text you want to hide[/Spoiler]
Five Votes:

If you look at the top of each thread, you will see a drop down menu with one to five stars in it. This is what we mean by votes. If you post in your review that you believe its worth 3 stars, please also use this feature to rate it. It gives the staff an easier method of sorting stories and deciding what goes where.

The above example also brings up another point: Decimals. Please keep arbitrary numbers for the voting. Round down to the nearest whole number. I.E. 3.5 becomes three. 2.75 becomes two.

You can probably see the recurring theme here, but I'll say it again:

Do. Not. Vote. If you:
  • Have not read the story.
  • Disapprove of pairings and refuse to read it.
  • Dislike the author on a personal level and refuse to read it.
  • Dislike the theme and refuse to read it.

Posting Works in Progress:

You remember reading that awesome story that was just posted yesterday? The one with the guy... doing the thing... Don't post it yet. One chapter is not sufficent enough to submit a rating on stories. We've all been there. New story, you follow it for a while, and you notice its starting to slide downard, until you think: WTF is wrong with you?! Y U RUIN GOOD STORIES!?

Lets try to keep stories with only one chapter out of the Review Board. Follow it for a while and if it remains good throughout the story, then post it. Lets keep all stories we post into the Review Board to a bare minimum of at least 15k to 30k (read: It's more than just the set-up of the story that's there to read) words. The only exception to this is Oneshots and completed stories.

Posted Works:

Checking to make certain your story has not been posted before has never been simpler on DLP. Please check the following points so that you do not look like an idiot when you post a story already on DLP.
  • Use our search engine and search for: a) the story title; b) the author's name.
  • If you want to post a story hosted on Fanfiction.net, use our search engine and search for its story ID (i.e.: http:www.fanfiction.net/s/2571676/1/)
  • This list https://forums.darklordpotter.net/sh...ad.php?t=14917 lists almost all Harry Potter stories once posted but rejected by our community.
  • Our Library List lists almost all Harry Potter stories within our library, be it the Recycle Bin, or the actual library.


Ultimately, the library is driven by the opinions of the board. As stated before, rarely does everyone agree on any one thing. Keep this in mind. If you disagree with something said by another reviewer, politely disagree and explain why this is. Don't needlessly flame/bash members for liking things you don't. Debate is not banned, but attacks are. Please remember this.

Images in Posts:

Posts that contain mainly Memes/Macros are not acceptable. Please do not post an image with /filler just to get around having to write a review. We all enjoy funny pictures, but we already have several threads for that. Go there and post them.


DLP's definition of Plagiarism as defined by the rules. This is a one time offense and will result in instantaneous, Permanent bans. This is not subject to notification or negotiation. You have now been warned. Post someones work as your own and you will be banned, regardless of who you are.

PLAGIARISM DEFINITION AND POLICY Plagiarism Defined The American Heritage College Dictionary defines plagiarism as: "to use and pass off as one's own, the ideas or writings of another; to appropriate for use as one's own passages or ideas from another."

The Canadian Intermediate Dictionary defines plagiarism as: "the act of taking and using as one's own the idea, writing, invention, etc. of another; especially the taking and using of passages, plot, etc. from the work of another writer."

1. "the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own."
2. "a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work."

"to use another person's idea or a part of their work and pretend that it is your own."

Definition From The FanFiction Community The following is a direct quote from a Fan Fiction site. The hyperlink is included for reference.

The Library: Fan Fiction for The Sentinel http://www.skeeter63.org/~tslibrary/misc/plagiarism.htm

"It is the responsibility of the fan fiction community as a whole to safeguard itself against plagiarism."

"Plagiarism is stealing the ideas and thoughts of another author and representing them as one's own. An example of this is taking a portion of someone else's story and putting it into your own story without getting permission from and giving credit to the original author. Using sections of a story in which the original portions have undergone minor changes (wording, characters, etc.) but are still reasonably recognizable also qualifies as plagiarism. Plagiarism is wrong and is one of the worst offenses in the writing community because it is the *theft* of another person's creative efforts."

Plagiarism - The Rules 1) Any fic that is proven to be copied word for word from ANY other written source, even with it being credited, will instantly be deleted and the writer banned from the board. This includes fictional, published works and fics written by other fan-writers in any fandom.

2) Any fic proven to be copied scene by scene from any other written source or any movie will instantly be deleted and the writer banned from the board.

3) If there is any doubt, the Board Administration will error on the side of caution. Fan Fiction in and of itself is copywrite infringement. Rather than taking the chance of being sued and having the board shutdown, we would prefer to be safe rather than sorry.

In the end, not only is plagiarism a betrayal of the writers from which the words and ideas are stolen, it is also a betrayal of your readers. We feel that it is wrong to claim someone else’s work as your own, particularly since so many of us are writers here as well as readers. We pour our blood, sweat and tears into our fics and feel that we should be guaranteed the knowledge that all other writers on this board are doing the same.

Finally, from this point on, there will be no second chances. This will remain posted here and on every board at Fanatics. If you choose not to have read it, that will not be an excuse. Every single user is now held accountable for their actions regarding this very important issue.

If you plagiarize, you will be banned. End of story.

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  • Updated 10/11/2011
  • Updated 10/17/2011
    1. Necro rule added
  • Updated 10/29/2011
    1. Spoiler rule added
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    1. Ratings added
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Bump as a reminder to TAG YOUR THREADS -- see above. I just went through at least a dozen threads, adding the appropriate tags. Even to posts from regulars who should know better.

Rule of thumb: If your thread has zero tags, you're doing it wrong.

Next one to make me add required tags gets a warning.
She shuddered, even as we were descending, but when we dismounted, there was no sadness, no grief. Her ice blue eyes burned in boundless fury, a look so piercing it went clean through me. It was simultaneously the most beautiful and most terrifying thing I had ever seen on her face.

“Someone is going to pay.”


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