[ADMIN] The FAQ (please read; new members must read before posting)
- X-Men Movie Fanfic List FAQ
Originally written 7/18/00 by Kate Andrews. Current version modified
5/4/2003 by Minisinoo, based on Shana Nolan's FAQ of 2001.
A long-overdue update folks, taking into account the advent of X2.
1. So, what is this thing, anyway?
2. What's allowed?
3. What's not allowed?
4. No comic universe fic?
5. How do I label my stories?
6. Where do I find the stories?
7. Can I put these stories up on my website?
8. Feedback? What's that?
9. Can I upload to the Files and Photos Section?
10. Who are the boss people around here?
1. SO, WHAT IS THIS THING, ANYWAY?
This list is devoted to fanfiction set within the universe of the
X-Men movies: X1, X2, X3 and any spinoff films (e.g., Wolverine).
2. WHAT'S ALLOWED?
A) Fiction based on the X-world of the films -- any genre, rating,
pairing (or none). Unfinished works are permitted, but please
so-indicate in your story notes, as some readers prefer to wait for a
story to be completed before starting in to read it. Crossovers are
B) Public feedback and discussion of posted stories is once again
permitted. This rule has gone through waves. Originally, the list
allowed public feedback, then due to the sheer volume of daily posts,
discussion and feedback was asked to be taken to our sister
discussion list (firstname.lastname@example.org). But in the
past year, traffic has been extremely light, so we're revoking the
"stories only" rule. If, however, things turn heavy enough to start
swamping mailboxes, we reserve the right to return to a "Fic Only"
If you're sending feedback on a story, it'd be helpful to place
"[FB]" in the subject header. Also, simplifying the subject to title
and author would be appreciated. ALL feedback will be assumed to
contain possible spoilers, so please don't read a feedback letter on
a story you haven't read yet and complain about spoilers. Likewise,
any fiction based on a movie installment may be assumed to contain
spoilers for that movie. (In short, if you haven't seen X2 yet and
you read fic about it, YES, you might be spoiled.)
Please do NOT post heavily critical feedback onlist, unless the
author has specified that such feedback is welcome.
C) Posts concerning fanfic matters (such as fanfic contests), as well
as archive announcements and site changes may be posted. Please
indiate such posts with a [META] in front of them.
3. WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED?
A) GENERAL DISCUSSION OF THE MOVIE(S) is not allowed. This is not
the place for X2 (or X1, or X3, or ...) film reviews, discussion of
the characters, the actors, the director, or possible sequels.
(Please take that to X_MEN_2@yahoogroups.com)
Please don't post an introductory "Hi, I'm new." We're delighted to
have you and glad you're enthusiastic, but this list is edging
towards 800 members. PLEASE keep that in mind, or other list members
might cheerfully skin you. :-)
B) Flames of any kind are absolutely forbidden. Goes without saying,
but I'll say it anyway. You flame, we'll boot you, do not pass go,
do not collect $200. What's a flame? An ad hominem or personal
attack on another list member, or a post containing vitriolic
hostility towards an author, a story, a character, a pairing, etc.
C) No virus warnings, get rich quick schemes, cookie recipes and
anything about a sick boy who wants 5,000 greeting cards before he
dies is not a message for this list. Also, one line "me too"s and
off topic discussions that go on and on are frowned upon.
*Basically, if your message is only for one or two people, please
mail it to those people.*
4. NO COMIC UNIVERSE (Comicverse) FIC?
This particular list is for movieverse fiction only. There ARE
already three big (and several smaller, more specific) lists that
permit comicverse fiction. Try the very large X-Fiction, on yahoo
groups; the "mother list" of comicbook fanfic, OutsideTheLines, on
Topica.com; or if you're into Ultimate X-Men, Ultimatexfic, on yahoo
groups. They will all welcome your comicverse story. But the only
comicverse permitted here would be a crossover with the movieverse.
(If you wish links to the above groups, please check the version of
the FAQ in the files section.)
5. HOW DO I LABEL MY STORIES?
Any story should be labled in the subject line something like this...
"Every Time" (1/3) Rogue [NC-17], X1
"Streaked Glasses" (1/1) Scott, X2
Let readers know the title, what part you're posting, the main
character/s (optional) and a a rating or warning for adult material.
(See comments below about warnings.) Unfinished stories are welcome,
but should be labeled as such. PLEASE, at this point in time, label
whether a story fits into X1 continuity only, or fits into X2
continuity. There are some big, honkin' surprises in X2, and people
who haven't seen the movie yet may wish to avoid reading fiction
At the beginning of the story, please include the following:
Title, author, (brief) summary, and a standard disclaimer. Brief
notes are allowed, but if your story has a lot of notes, you may wish
to post the notes separately, labeled as (0/4), or "Notes." Many
readers find The Endless Notes headers to be off-putting.
If you're posting a story (or story chapter) that has adult elements
(e.g. extreme violence, graphic sex, or disturbing topics), please
post a WARNING or a rating in your subject header -- "adult," "R," or
"NC-17." I, myself, don't hold with the rating system, don't use it,
and so can hardly ask others to. But due to the fact there are
underage members on this list, as well as members who may wish to
avoid such stories, please use some manner of warning system for
If your story is archived on your site or elsewhere, why not post the
direct URL? Quite a few readers prefer reading HTML versions.
You may also add a statement regarding the archivability of your fic.
Unless you state otherwise, anything posted to this group is free
game for DevilDoll to take for her archive. If you want a different
version of your story on the archive, it's your responsibility to
contact the archivists, and if you can send them a version that's
already HTMLized, they'll probably kiss you for saving them work.
(See below for contact information.)
6. WHERE DO I FIND PREVIOUSLY POSTED STORIES?
You can run a search on the group by title. There are also a couple
of old archives. First is the previous (now defunct) archive for
this group (http://www.geocities.com/xmenmoviefanfic/index2.html); it
has no fiction written after about June of 2001. Then there's
Kielle's first archive, X-Men Movieverse Fanfiction
(http://www.xmmff.com), which was taken over by Vic and is now being
run by DevilDoll, the current archive associated with this group,
though it doesn't contain any stories written since about November of
2000. They plan to change that realsoonnow.
IF YOU'D BE WILLING TO WORK ON THE ARCHIVE, please contact DevilDoll
(devildoll@...). Maybe you're not a writer, but would like to
get involved somehow? Archive assistance is one of the things that
movieverse fanfic badly needs!
7. CAN I PUT THESE STORIES UP ON MY WEBSITE?
Not unless you contact the author for her/his permission first, you
can't. Some people will grant blanket archiving permission for their
stories, but it'd probably still be polite to contact the author, if
your archive isn't the group archive.
8. FEEDBACK? WHAT'S THAT?
It's the lifeblood of fan fiction. If you liked, loved, or even were
mildly amused by a story, PLEASE drop the author a line. We writers
put hours and hours into writing these stories that everyone gets
free of charge. It's depressing as hell to send it out and not know
if anyone read it, let alone liked it. Even better are the e-mails
that tell us what you like, specifically, what lines made you laugh,
what sections were unclear, what dialogue made you choke on your soda
9. CAN I UPLOAD TO THE FILES AND PHOTOS SECTION?
Due to problems with people joining the group and uploading porn and
links to porn sites, we will now be controlling the files section
fairly closely. You may not upload files or photos without
permission. (It probably won't be hard to GET permission, but please
email us first.) And if you add your site to the Links section, it's
your responsibility to keep it current -- and we will be checking to
make sure we don't have links to advertizement and porn sites.
10. WHO ARE THE BOSS PEOPLE AROUND HERE?
Ah -- that'd be Victoria P. (victoria_p@...), or me (Minisinoo,
minisinoo@...). Devil Doll (devildoll@xmmff) is in charge of
our archive. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact
one of us.
Do you Yahoo!?
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- Hi all--I'm in need of a beta reader for a first go at a fanfic of this
genre, one who preferably likes all the characters ;) and has a pointy
stick for reticent muses. Email me privately at jscz@... if
interested--or, if listadmin, to tell me that soliciting like this is not
permitted. thanks in advance,
"Indifference . . . is the strongest force in the universe. It makes
everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance
against it. It lets neglect and decay and monstrous injustice go
unchecked. It doesn't act, it allows. And that's what gives it so much
power." -The Snow Queen
- --- Josephina Chang <jscz@...> wrote:
> Hi all--I'm in need of a beta reader for a first go at a fanfic ofGood question and ... I've thought about this issue of asking for
> this genre ... or, if listadmin, to tell me that soliciting like
> this is not permitted.
beta readers onlist. Although we've softened our "gag rule" a bit to
allow onlist feedback, I think that allowing onlist beta
solicitations *might* get a little too wild. :-)
BUT ... I have an alternative suggestion, and one that's based on
what C-FAN (Comicbook Fanfic Network) used to do. Kielle kept a list
of willing beta readers. I used to point people to it, but it's now
out of date.
We need a more recent list. Fortunately, Yahoo offers a database
option! That makes it *very* easy for us to create a database of
willing beta readers. When someone needs one, or when a newbie
arrives asking for one, s/he can be pointed in that direction.
The new Beta Reader Database can be found here:
Just click on "Beta Readers," and anyone may add (click "add
Besides name and email, I've included a little information that might
assist people in finding a good beta match:
characters of interest:
'ships of interest:
characters will not read:
'ships will not read:
Not all of these have to be filled out, of course, but it does allow
people to avoid contacting a beta who's just going to turn around and
say, "EW! I won't read THAT." ;>
The "other" column is for anything you think might be of note. If,
for instance, you have a degree in English, or you're an editor in
RL, that might be the place for it. (No, obviously that's not
required, but it's useful information.) If English is NOT your
native language but you're willing to read for content rather than
grammar, you might want to so indicate.
Hope this helps, and hope people can make use of it!
Do you Yahoo!?
The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo.