Fan Fiction Rules Amendment 20/06/2022 [All Forums]

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Posted: 10 days ago

Revised Rules: June 20th, 2022



India Forums is one of the largest platforms that contains Indian Fan fiction. We encourage all creative people to create and share their stories on our platform. Please understand that this is a family-friendly forum and the members belong to different age groups. We need to follow certain guidelines while posting fiction keeping in mind the different ages and mindsets of the members.

Fiction posted in India Forums is for everyone and we offer creative liberty. Having said that we need to follow rules while posting a story and the members who are reading the stories need to maintain decorum to keep the forum friendly and comfortable.

We hope that as a writer and a reader you enjoy your journey with us.


WRITERS/AUTHORS' GUIDELINES


1) Please note that this is a family-friendly website. There are members who are underage. A writer must follow these guidelines and it is compulsory to rate the fiction. If you fail/purposely do not rate then strict action will be taken against that author. The rating is given so that they reach the correct audience. Keeping in mind their age we have categorised the fiction into following

2) Authors are expected to be responsible for the content they post and alert to any possible triggers it may have. Please be extra vigilant about the warnings because you never know what might be upsetting or triggering to someone.

We request you to use the rating feature in the ff section to mark your story appropriately for its content.


  • (G): General Audiences that are accessible to all members as well as non-members. Unrestricted Public Exhibition means anyone can read it. The theme of the fiction is usually family-friendly and doesn’t contain long violence or nudity scenes.
  • (M): Mature Audiences Accessible to members who are 13+. Anyone can read it but kids under 12 years of age are advised to read the fiction with their parents (or who are 18+). But it is not necessary. Trigger Warnings like Extremely Mild or Just Mention of Death-of-a-Character/ medical-illness/ mental-health-issue/ murder/ kidnapping/ bullying/ eating-disorders/ trauma/ abuse/ miscarriage etc. (eg. Harry Potter series, twilight saga)
  • (R): Restricted Accessible to members who are 17+ of age are advised to read the fiction with their parents (or any adult). But it is not necessary. These fictions can contain violent action scenes with some sexual scenarios except nudity and description of genitalia. Trigger Warnings like Mild to Moderate Death-of-a-Character/ medical-illness/ mental-health-issue/ murder/kidnapping/ bullying/eating-disorders/ trauma/ abuse/ miscarriage etc. (eg. Fault in our stars, Hobbit)
  • (X) Only readers/members who are 21+ can read it. Strong violence scenes, complete nudity and abusive language are allowed. Stories with extreme *trigger warnings shall be posted under this category. Trigger Warnings like suicide-ideation/ self-harm/ drug-usage/ trafficking/rape/ molestation/ prostitution/ domestic-violence/child-abuse-or-neglect etc. Fictions that contain 21+ scenarios will be only allowed in Fan Fiction Section and no other show forums and fan fiction forums in India Forums. We will strictly prohibit members from posting 21+ stories in other show forums.

Fiction posted before 20/06/2022 must apply the ratings within a month of the publication of these rules.

3) An author must mention in the Author's Note in every story that he/she writes in addition to other information are as follows (IF ANY):

Trigger warnings:

  • Death-of-a-Character/medical-illness/mental-health-issue/disabilities
  • Violence-and-gore (accident/ murder/kidnapping/suicide or suicide ideation/self-harm/ bullying/ Substance usage/ trafficking/ cyber-crimes)
  • Rape/molestation/prostitution/domestic-violence/exploitation/ stalking/ voyeurism/ non-consent): This need not be specifically against women. So we can just call it sexual abuse/ domestic abuse/exploitation
  • Other warnings (trauma/ miscarriage/ child-abuse-or-neglect/ marital discord/ divorce/ infertility/ abortion/ infidelity/ adultery/others please specify):
  • The extent of Trigger warnings mentioned above (Just mention/light/moderate/heavy):
  • Rating: 

Content warnings: 

  • Description-of-sex/sexual-themes/other-adult-themes: Mild/Moderate/Explicit
  • Swear-words: Mild/Moderate/Explicit
  • Rating: G/M/R/X

3) Self-Harm Parameters should be kept in mind while writing: We will not allow fiction or a part of fiction that encourages or when a character instructs another character on self-harm. Not just self-harm, it can also be substance abuse or enticement into criminal activity. We will encourage fiction or a part of fiction that talks about recovery, survival or that portrays the negative consequences of self-harm.


4) Child Abuse Parameters: India Forums will not allow descriptive mention or graphical mention about child abuse under any ratings. An Author can just mention it without any detailed description.

 

5) What is not allowed to be posted on FanFiction Section or any fan fiction in the show forums?

Please note that this isn't a complete list and will be updated from time to time, depending on the user base on IF. It can be modified and we hold the right to remove any fiction or contact which we feel is not appropriate for the site and the users.

  • P*rnographic Content: Anything that is posted for purpose of sexual stimulation that doesn't have a proper back story shall be removed immediately. In other words, PwP fiction. Warnings shall be issued to the author. If the same author continues to violate even after warnings, warning levels will be increased. Editors will have the right to remove the content immediately without any prior notice. BDSM/Incest/group sex(eg. Threesome) or orgy/Necrophilia/bestiality will not be allowed even in 21+ fiction.
  • Consent for Sex: Please note that in India, the age of consent for sex is 18+, when you are writing a character please keep this in mind. No violation shall be entertained.
  •  Description of Rape and Non-consensual Sexual Violence: India forums will not allow any descriptive scenario of rape and non-consensual sex.
  • Illegal Sex Acts. India forums don't permit an author to write on Bestiality, Necrophilia, Incest child sexual exploitation, underage sex and abuse material. The list is not limited to the mentioned parameters.

6) We will not allow RP (Real People) Fiction in India Forums or self-insert fiction (second-person stories where the reader or writer plays the romantic interest opposite a fictional character)

7) Tagging actors in stories in the FF section is not equivalent to RP fiction. Tagging actors in stories is a useful feature because it helps to bring together all the FFs about all the characters played by one actor under one tag in the FF section.

8) Insensitivity towards groups of people, and labelling will be redacted. The author will be asked to remove that content.




READERS GUIDELINES


1) It is important to respect the author and the writer who is taking out their time and posting their creativity to entertain us. Please note that it takes a lot of courage and hard work to come up with any creative matters. Please don't say something that may hurt the feeling of the author and in the process, he/she loses interest in pursuing his/her hobby. Some might not mind the criticism coming from their readers but some might be sensitive. If you don't like something, you can either pm them directly or politely explain. Please remember that we don't know what the other person is facing in his/her life.

2) We promote healthy discussion in the ff section. However, this section is mostly about stories, so discussion about the show/main source material that deviates from the story posted will be under scouting. Please put across your views in a respectable manner in the open forum. Try not to hurt the sentiments of the author and other readers. Keep the chatting minimum and avoid two-word comments with smilies.

3) While most authors are open to constructive criticism, please avoid unnecessary nitpicking. If you wish to offer a detailed critique, you can ask the author if they would be open to receiving a PM from you detailing what you thought needed to be corrected. Authors have the right to ask the FFEs to delete any comment that might be hurtful to their sentiments or provide an unnecessarily detailed and unsolicited critique of their story.

4) If you come across any violation please use the report button to report the fan fiction. Please be specific about the violation part instead of being generic. If there is no report button contact the fan fiction editors by messaging/PMing them. It will take about 24-90hrs to deal with the report. Just pm one editor instead of sending it to all. If she doesn't take care or reply then you can contact the other one.

5) Reporting system: Please report violations or your grievances to fan fiction editors Viswasruti/Madhuri or oye_nakhrewaali/Shibani. If they don't respond then you can contact Koeli/Appy.

6) Violence, Hateful comments and Instigation: Comments that are solely meant to instigate the author and other members, spreading hatred and comparing with other's work/fiction in a negative light shall be removed. Members will get warnings in such incidents.

7) Sharing Personal Information: We will remove any personal information posted openly and we would like to tell you not to post your personal information on social media.

8) 7) Discussion on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, or sexual orientation comments made by the reader that are intended to bully, threaten, or harass others, is also strictly prohibited.


Plagiarism


Plagiarizing a PORTION/ PARAGRAPH:  The member will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, along with a three-day closure of their fan fiction with a notice of plagiarism with the plagiarized content removed!  Each individual offence will be considered as a separate instance!

 

Example:  If a member was reported to have plagiarized in two separate fan fictions in this manner, their W/L will be raised by 40% along with three-day closure for both FFs with notice of plagiarism left behind.   

 

However, for three or more instances (i.e. 3 or more FFs) of Plagiarizing a PORTION/ PARAGRAPH, the plagiarizer will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, and a notice of plagiarism will be left on the respective FFs with the plagiarized content removed and each FF will be closed for 1 - 2 weeks.  Two days after the notice of plagiarism, the offender will be temporarily banned for 1 - 2 weeks (depending on the extent of plagiarism).

 

 

Plagiarizing the ENTIRE CONTENT:  The thread will be locked immediately with a notice of plagiarism and the plagiarizer will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, Two days after the notice of plagiarism, the offender will be temporarily banned for 1 - 2 weeks (depending on the extent of plagiarism).  Shortly after the entire FF will be trashed.  Each individual offence of this nature will be considered as a separate instance.   

 

If someone continues to plagiarize despite being penalized in the above manner, their account could face a permanent ban with all their breaching FFs being trashed!  NOTE that each offence will accumulate throughout!


Sharing links of Other Social Media IDs/Profiles

Posting other social media account links: You are not permitted to post other social media IDs of yours or any other authors in the open forum. If found shall be deleted by the FFE team/DT team. However, you can share the link in PMs

Edited by Koeli - 10 days ago
Posted: 10 days ago

Thanks Koeli and team.


Will share this Guidelines in a page and will hyperlink it in FanFiction section and will be accessible from all the right pages so that Authors are aware of the guidelines.

Posted: 10 days ago

Duplicate numbering in Writers'/Authors' Guidelines:

3) An author must mention in the Author's Note in every story that he/she writes ...

3) Self-Harm Parameters ...


Is "we are not allowing trigger warnings for mythological fan fictions" still an unwritten exception to "every story" in the first Writers'/Authors' Guideline no. 3?


Examples of actual triggers without warnings in Mythological fan fictions:

Death of a character

Infanticide

A woman kept in a coma for her husband's convenience

No warning, no foul?


Writers'/Authors' Guidelines no. 7: tagging actors in stories - what happened to your legal expert's suggestion not to do it? What about fan fiction covers that use photos from actors' real lives? Tagging actors is a more obvious problem in the forum than in the Fan Fiction section. Anyone searching for an actor's articles and interviews will find fan fiction topics tagged with the actor's name, including at least one that glorifies sexual assault with obscene language.


I reported this story four months ago, and Koeli told me to wait for the new rules. Well, your old rule was against describing rape in a good light, and this amendment clarifies that it's not just rape but non-consensual sexual violence in general, and 21+ content such as description of aroused genitalia is not allowed in any forum ... So, why is content that violates your rules allowed to remain?

Posted: 9 days ago

@brhannadaarmour

I would suggest you go through the new rules again. Please check the date when the rules are posted. You cannot expect that authors will add/edit/incorporate change within 24hrs. We have given a months time to do so. If they are not done within that period of time please report the fiction we will take care of it. A minimum time will required for everyone specially for those who have already posted their section long back. 

Rule No 4 under readers guideline 

4) If you come across any violation please use the report button to report the fan fiction. Please be specific about the violation part instead of being generic. If there is no report button contact the fan fiction editors by messaging/PMing them. It will take about 24-90hrs to deal with the report. Just pm one editor instead of sending it to all. If she doesn't take care or reply then you can contact the other one. 

5) Reporting system: Please report violations or your grievances to fan fiction editors Viswasruti/Madhuri or oye_nakhrewaali/Shibani. If they don't respond then you can contact Koeli/Appy.

It clearly states that you need to pm the FFEs. In future please use pm instead of posting them and questioning moderators openly. Such things will not be entertained and trashed. Repetitive offence will be taken seriously. This is not the first time I am pointing this out. And if any ffE doesn’t take any action without valid reason you can go ahead and report the admin.

Last but not the least, thanks for pointing out the numbering issue.

Edited by Koeli - 9 days ago
Posted: 9 days ago

Originally posted by BrhannadaArmour


Duplicate numbering in Writers'/Authors' Guidelines:

3) An author must mention in the Author's Note in every story that he/she writes ...

3) Self-Harm Parameters ...


Is "we are not allowing trigger warnings for mythological fan fictions" still an unwritten exception to "every story" in the first Writers'/Authors' Guideline no. 3?


Examples of actual triggers without warnings in Mythological fan fictions:

Death of a character

Infanticide

A woman kept in a coma for her husband's convenience

No warning, no foul?


Writers'/Authors' Guidelines no. 7: tagging actors in stories - what happened to your legal expert's suggestion not to do it? What about fan fiction covers that use photos from actors' real lives? Tagging actors is a more obvious problem in the forum than in the Fan Fiction section. Anyone searching for an actor's articles and interviews will find fan fiction topics tagged with the actor's name, including at least one that glorifies sexual assault with obscene language.


I reported this story four months ago, and Koeli told me to wait for the new rules. Well, your old rule was against describing rape in a good light, and this amendment clarifies that it's not just rape but non-consensual sexual violence in general, and 21+ content such as description of aroused genitalia is not allowed in any forum ... So, why is content that violates your rules allowed to remain?


It has happened again. Last time I requested you not to mention the stories with hyperlink like this. If you have a problem with a story, you can contact the FFEs or PM the author if you think there's a flaw on their work. You don't need to give links to their stories like this. 


First of all, this rules are implemented recently, actually just yesterday. Authors need time to understand and follow them. What is the point here? Writers put so much effort in their works and why call all their hardwork a foul? 


There may not be direct warnings but there are surely hints in the summary. 


Death of a character - Isn't it written in the summary that the story is about Karna's last moments from Mahabharat? Doesn't last moments means the time just prior to death? 


Infanticide - Again, in the summary it's clearly written that the couple try to cope with the murder of their seven children. 


A woman kept in a coma for her husband's convenience - Why should it have a trigger warning? In mythology, there are so many tales of this kind. 


Goddess Lakshmi was turned out from the Jagannath Temple for visiting a low caste women. If someone desires to write on it, what warning should they mention? Racism? Or Crime against Women? 


Whatever issues you have, please talk to the FFEs, don't drag us into your discussions like this. 

Posted: 9 days ago

Trigger warnings are not my idea. When trigger warnings were only for the benefit of Beta-Readers, it was easier to share stories in the Fan Fiction section by opting out of Beta-Reading. The trigger warnings rule was quietly added to the Fan Fiction section three months ago. I complied with the new rule and I was told that following the rule wasn't allowed for Mythological fan fictions. So, I am pointing out with examples that Mythological fan fictions contain triggers (not criticizing any author for this), and if including warnings on these fictions is a foul, that should be a written exception beneath the rule, not an unwritten exception invoked to trip up targeted authors who try to follow the rule.


This thread is about the rules announced by India Forums, not what you as a moral police directly tell me to do. Readers' Guideline no. 1 tells us to respect the authors' hard work and not to discourage anyone from pursuing writing as a hobby. This noble tenet is contradicted by offering FAIL as one of the Like options. I have never used the FAIL button, and I've never given a thumbs-up to a comment that used a swear word against Bharatanatyam, but on India Forums you are free to do so if it fits with your values. As someone who welcomes "unnecessary nitpicking" and "detailed critique" from anyone who takes the time, I hope that Readers' Guideline no. 3 won't discourage anyone's honest comments on my stories.

Posted: 9 days ago
Originally posted by BrhannadaArmour


Trigger warnings are not my idea. When trigger warnings were only for the benefit of Beta-Readers, it was easier to share stories in the Fan Fiction section by opting out of Beta-Reading. The trigger warnings rule was quietly added to the Fan Fiction section three months ago. I complied with the new rule and I was told that following the rule wasn't allowed for Mythological fan fictions. So, I am pointing out with examples that Mythological fan fictions contain triggers (not criticizing any author for this), and if including warnings on these fictions is a foul, that should be a written exception beneath the rule, not an unwritten exception invoked to trip up targeted authors who try to follow the rule.


This thread is about the rules announced by India Forums, not what you as a moral police directly tell me to do. Readers' Guideline no. 1 tells us to respect the authors' hard work and not to discourage anyone from pursuing writing as a hobby. This noble tenet is contradicted by offering FAIL as one of the Like options. I have never used the FAIL button, and I've never given a thumbs-up to a comment that used a swear word against Bharatanatyam, but on India Forums you are free to do so if it fits with your values. As someone who welcomes "unnecessary nitpicking" and "detailed critique" from anyone who takes the time, I hope that Readers' Guideline no. 3 won't discourage anyone's honest comments on my stories.


I am sure the FFEs are well aware of all kind of stories that are published in the FF section. They reach out to authors in case the rules aren't followed. You can PM the Editors to point out fictions that contain triggers, when you hyperlink them you are clearing criticizing them. I don't know what you mean by moral police but whatever it means, I have no interest in being that.


The Fail was for the wrong information provided in your stories and using insulting word for an art. It wasn't "unnecessary nitpicking" and or "detailed critique". The information was misleading. So I couldn't resist commenting on it. 

Even after I dropped a comment correcting the errors, you paid no heed. I have never used swear words for any art form. So I don't know why you are bringing it up. 


If my story wasn't dragged into this openly, I wouldn't have written such long essays here and told anyone what to do and what to not. 

I know how much effort the FFDT puts in developing the FF section. I am a part of the same team and am aware of all the readers and authors guidelines. 


Just like This thread is about the rules announced by India Forums, not what me as a moral police directly tell you to do, it is also not a place to hurt the writers' sentiment and criticising them despite all the time and effort they spend to write a good piece. 

Posted: 8 days ago

I have a confusion. smiley13


Would it suffice if we mention the trigger warning in the "Writer's Note" only?


Or should we have to specifically write it before starting every chapter that has such contents?

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