FAQ for alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated
This is the FAQ and purpose of alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated (ASCEM), a USENET newsgroup, the successor to alt.sex.fetish.startrek (ASFS) and alt.startrek.creative.erotica (ASCEM) Please read in its entirety.
Our sister groups are alt.startrek.creative (ASC) and alt.startrek.creative.all-ages (ASCA)
Moderation is currently done by the Divine Dina, who goes and approves posts that are from accounts not yet white listed or posts that arrive via the newsgroup moderation account (ascem earthlink.net) She also white lists accounts.
This is via your Internet Service Provider's Newsserver, Look for the newsgroup alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated
Via the yahoo group ASCEML E-mail: asceml-subscribe yahoogroups.com There is also a stories only version via ASCEMS E-mail: ascem-s-subscribe yahoogroups.com
The Current FAQ Maintainer will note that there have been debates about content restrictions that have even included his own works. We intend to never go down the slippery slope of restricting what one can or can not do in a story.
A post to the newsgroup on a properly configured server will result in that post being e-mailed to the Divine Dina. She, on a regular basis, goes through these e-mails and forwards them to the mailing list.
A post to the mailing list, should the address not be on the white list yet (and our Divine Moderator adds people to this white list on a regular basis) will also wait for her attention.
Once a post gets to the mailing list, it goes out to everyone who kept their account set to e-mail them. It also goes to our mail to news interface, created by Randall Raemon, which then sends it with the proper headers to the newsgroup.
Occasionally, a new poster will wonder what takes his or her posts so long to get out. That's because the Divine Dina is not, nor should she be, on duty 24-7. We do hope she has a life outside of moderation now that she's retired from the Archive Team.
If you're new to newsgroups or mailing lists, please read quietly for a bit so as to get the tone and temper of our group. This is called "lurking", and is an honored tradition on much of USENET. Sometimes newsgroup regulars will go to lurker status for a while, if they're overwhelmed by real life, tired of some thread, or need a break. Lurkers are just as valued here as anyone else, and in fact a majority of folks here *are* lurkers. So it doesn't matter that you don't have much to say. You're still welcome.
The nature of UseNet means that topics frequently segue into one another and threads can get wildly off-topic. One helpful way to avoid confusion is to rename the subject header of the message if you feel it doesn't reflect its content any longer. We do debate things over and over, but we're usually a tolerant bunch of people. We try not to be a clique; The Vulcan IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) holds true here. Now and then we all fall from grace, but we'll get up and try again.
Be sensible; feedback like "This story sucked!" is not real helpful. But if all you can think of is "Wow, I loved it!" -- authors need hugs too. Plain insults are not constructive. If something didn't work for you and you're bothered by it enough to write to the author, a comment such as "I had trouble understanding why you did X with character Y" is much more helpful to them and might be returned with an explanation of why they wrote it that way.
Also, some authors are not native English speakers, so keep that in mind. English is tough to learn if you didn't speak it as a child.
This raises two points: (a) you can be amusing in the disclaimer, if you want to be; (b) you *cannot* sell these stories. Even if you have the author's permission -- even if you happen to be the author! It's illegal, and ParaBorg has legions of Ferengi lawyers with nothing better to do than go after copyright violators. Fan-fic is recognized as a "fair-use" usage of the copyrighted material -- but if you sell it somewhere, they *will* hunt you down and beam your atoms into space. (Making you watch bad movies is another fandom)
The Subject Line consists of (in this order): Postname, Series, Title, Parts, Codes, Rating.
NEW TNG Morag's Dinner Guest 1/1 (viol) [R]
REP DS9 Never on Sunday 1/7 (Qu/Grilka) [NC-17]
REV VOY Wicked 8/31 (J/C, P/T, bdsm) [NC-17]
You'll find a list of what these parts mean in the Codes FAQ,
The Story Header is a little beginning that makes the archive team's job just a little easier. The data you see in it will be ported directly into the Archive's Index, and I don't change things quickly. The lines are:
Title: Full Title of your Story
Author: Your name as you wish it to appear in the Index
Contact: how to get a hold of you
Series: Series and Subseries this is written in
Rating: MPAA rating and why
Part: 1/6 or the like
Codes: The pairings and story type of your story
Summary: 3-5 lines telling what your story is about. (With a blank line after it)
Include it. Your readers will find it easier, and you won't have to talk with Morag and Kozek.
Your story doesn't need to feature familiar characters, although most stories do. It doesn't need to include sexual or adult-only situations either, although if you're primarily writing non-erotic stories then you ought to think about posting them to ASCA or ASC instead. (Incidentally, ASC welcomes *all* Trekfic, including erotica.) You can also post stories without actual sex -- we call those UST, for "unresolved sexual tension". We also welcome parodies, humour, filksongs, poems, etc. If it's got Trek and sex, we want it.
Equally, authors here don't limit themselves to heterosexual, "vanilla" explorations of sex. There's a lot of different material here, going all the way from m/f just kissing, to dark, disturbing, and seriously kinky. ASCEM(L) is about diversity as much as Star Trek and sex itself are about diversity. Read the codes and the warnings, and if something strikes you as eww, way gross, just remember: Mr. Delete Key is your friend!
However, remember that your work will be read by most people on a screen, not a printed page. This means that single-spaced lines of text in block paragraphs, separated by a clear line (as in this FAQ), are preferred to indented paragraphs. Netscape tends to eat the indents, as do quite a few other programs, and your story can end up looking like one huge run-on paragraph -- which makes it hard on the reader. You can still add indents if you like -- I do. But it's best not to rely on them alone.
The USENET convention is to use *asterisks* for emphasis (what might otherwise be in italics). ALL CAPS is only used when a character is shouting. Asterisks are also found separating a character's inner thoughts from speech, as is the //double slash// (however this is also used for telepathic speech). Try to be consistent once you have a preference. The underscore is sometimes used similarly, and also for names given in italics. Some of us have used hyphens or <<>>. Doesn't matter much, just pick what you like and stick to it. Remember that word-processing codes like bold and underline and italics will not come through in ASCII text. Likewise, accented letters, word-processing hyphens, non-Roman-alphabet characters etc. will show up as garbage codes, and many readers will just say "aw, screw it" and delete it unread. Stick to plain old boring ASCII text and you won't go wrong. All word processing programs have an export-to-plain-text feature; specifics vary, but you *can* do this. And your readers will be forever grateful.
Also, if you find you're posting a long story and it's totaling more than 30K or so, please try to find a suitable point to break it into two or more posts. Longer posts may not be seen in full or, at best, will annoy the "slow, flaky modem" contingent. With this in mind, please make it obvious which post is which story segment. The best thing to do is include a part number in the title line, like "1/3," and to repeat that part number at the end of each post, like "End of part one of three." This way, folks know they've got the whole post and none of it got chopped off.
It is also posted along with this FAQ and to ASC monthly.
The FAQ that tells exactly what all those letters mean in the header. Posted along with this FAQ and weekly on ASC
Primary FAQ for alt.startrek.creative Posted weekly on ASC
Reader's Guide ...
A Reader's Guide to ASC, known for it's different format.
Advice for Authors ...
Detailed guide to ASC* from the Author's perspective.
Mannerly Art of Crit ...
By Peg Robinson. Posted Monthly on ASC and as needed on ASCEM. A guide to how to criticize a story.
Mannerly Art of Disagreement ...
By Macedon. Posted Monthly on ASC and as needed on ASCEM. How to keep your temper when the group gets hot.
By default, all posts to ASCEML are archived. You have to tell us not to.
The Archive Team currently consists of many volunteers and is led by Constable Katie, and the Insufficiently Reluctant Guy whose writing this FAQ.
The GOs consist of the top 3 vote getters from all stories posted for various categories via the 5x2 rule. Further explanation on voting and categorization can be found in their FAQ.
This year, the winners were announced with an Awards Dinner post. It is hoped that this will be an annual tradition.
Status of Stories FAQ
Golden Os Coordinator
Previously this FAQ was written by Ned Fox and substantially revised by Greywolf the Wanderer; Thanks to Ruth Gifford (author of the original FAQ), and to many other contributors.
Thanks also to those other hard workers in the newsgroup (I can't do everything, and how would you like to take on ...) The writers and readers.
ASC* FAQ Maintainer