[ADMIN] FAQ -- new members, read before posting
- X-MEN MOVIE FANFIC LIST -- FAQ
X-Men Movie Fanfic (or XMMFF) is devoted to fanfiction set within the
universe of the X-Men movies: X1, X2, X3 and any spinoff films (e.g.,
1. What's allowed?
2. What's not allowed?
3. No comic universe fic?
4. How do I label my stories?
5. Where do I find the stories?
6. Can I put these stories up on my website?
7. Feedback? What's that?
8. Can I upload to the Files and Photos Section?
9. How do I get a beta reader to edit my story?
10. Who are the boss people around here?
1. 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 (email@example.com). 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.
2. 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 don't post an introductory "Hi, I'm new." We're delighted to
have you and glad you're enthusiastic, but this list has over 1000
members now. PLEASE keep that in mind, or other list members might
cheerfully skin you. :-)
Please take any questions about the film[s] (even if asking for
fanfic) to our sister discussion list
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xmenmoviefanficdisc), and/or to
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
D) Although I'm not sure it qualifies as "disallowed" -- we do ask
posters to use normal spellings rather than chatroom abbreviations
(ur for 'your' ENways for 'anyway'), as a matter of courtesy. An
email list isn't a chat room, and chat shorthand is hard to read.
Repeated violations of the above may result in being placed on
moderated status, or even expulsion.
3. 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.)
4. 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 (no adult warning assumes safe
for young teens)
AERIAL ARTIST, chpt. 3, K/O [PG-13] X2
Let readers know the title, what part you're posting, the main
character/s or pairings (optional) and 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 about it.
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.)
5. 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 X1 stories written since about November
of 2000. They plan to change that realsoonnow, and they're actively
keeping up with X2.
IF YOU'D BE WILLING TO WORK ON THE ARCHIVE, please contact 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
6. 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.
7. 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
8. 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 I will be checking to
make sure we don't have links to advertizement and porn sites.
9. HOW DO I GET A BETA READER TO EDIT MY STORY?? (And what IS a beta
A "beta reader" is common "fanfic-ese" for someone who performs
anything from a hard edit to a simple read-through for sense and flow
on your story. Over time, writers often develop relationships with
one another, or with a favorite reader, but when just breaking into
fanfic (or into a new fandom), it can be difficult to find a beta
reader. SO, we've created a Database of individuals who are willing
to beta read, or at least be consulted for information:
Do you need a beta reader? Well, you're asking the wrong person. As
a professional author, I think everyone needs an editor/beta reader.
I've been publishing 17 years and I have one. Finding a beta reader
can be tough, it's true, but most of us can use a spell-checker and
be careful of our formatting. Stories that are difficult to read
often aren't read -- especially if there are a lot of stories out
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.
(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.)
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