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    Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Hailey on Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:30 pm

    Hello! I was thinking ahead on the fanfiction i'm writing and then it hit me that I may not be able to post parts of it as the fanfiction is rated M. I was just wondering if there was a rating limit.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:17 pm

    I don't think there is but you'd probably have to say in the title... Send Joce a message. She'll know...

    Wait, rated M? Doesn't that make it--oh... so that's what the password was about... LOL I'm so late.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Hailey on Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:23 pm

    Baha. Rated M as in Mature. So yes, you are late. xDDD
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:39 pm

    You know, you've given me a good idea. We should have like a rating system:

    18/M-incredible amounts of gore, blood, violence, promotion of drugs or sex
    15-lots of bad language, lots of drugs (not necessarily promotion), things you might find disturbing, some violence, gore, whatever
    12: Mild language, things that aren't so sensible (such as jumping off cliffs *hem hem my novel*), things that are worse than U but better than 15.
    U: Everything is OK

    So that ^ for example. Of course, the rating shouldn't stop you reading... My writing has many Rated 15 things and I'm only 14. Your Fanfic (Am I right in assuming it's got sex in it?) is M and you're 13. Just to give an idea.... you know... if there are 6 year old kids on the site (why would there be anyway?) I don't think it's a good idea for them to come across the sentence 'COCAINE IS GOOD' (assuming the character saying it really thinks that).

    Just a thought.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Lizzie on Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:58 pm

    Mac, I don't think a warning that a story is rated M is gonna stop any six year old kid from reading it. It would just make it more curios.

    But I think that posting mature stories is OK, since we are a critique group, no matter what the content is
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Hailey on Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:06 pm

    Ok. I am going to talk to Joce about it just to make sure.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:37 pm

    Thalia wrote:Mac, I don't think a warning that a story is rated M is gonna stop any six year old kid from reading it. It would just make it more curios.

    But I think that posting mature stories is OK, since we are a critique group, no matter what the content is
    Pretty much agree with Lizzie.

    Mac wrote:You know, you've given me a good idea. We should have like a rating system:

    18/M-incredible amounts of gore, blood, violence, promotion of drugs or sex
    15-lots of bad language, lots of drugs (not necessarily promotion), things you might find disturbing, some violence, gore, whatever
    12: Mild language, things that aren't so sensible (such as jumping off cliffs *hem hem my novel*), things that are worse than U but better than 15.
    U: Everything is OK

    So that ^ for example. Of course, the rating shouldn't stop you reading... My writing has many Rated 15 things and I'm only 14. Your Fanfic (Am I right in assuming it's got sex in it?) is M and you're 13. Just to give an idea.... you know... if there are 6 year old kids on the site (why would there be anyway?) I don't think it's a good idea for them to come across the sentence 'COCAINE IS GOOD' (assuming the character saying it really thinks that).

    Just a thought.

    Mac, six years olds? Okay, I can believe nine or 3rd graders, but not six. How about ratings based on themes? Like, rape, sex, teenage pregnancy, would go in Mature, obviously.
    Just label it in the topic name:

    Rating: Title Of Story - Chapter , Part of Chapter if split, Version

    Ex. (Okay, Jack's Chapter Two, was the first I saw.)
    Still have figured out ratings: The Brotherhood - Chapter Two, First Draft (Not really first draft, but first post, followed by first revision, second revision,and so on...)

    And if Fanfiction:
    Mature:(Degrassi or something) Title - Chapter - Version
    Ex.
    Mature: (Degrassi) Lips of an Angel - Preface and Chapter 1

    By the way. I don't think summaries need ratings. Smile And now to figure out a rating system.


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:43 pm

    Let us know when you've figured one out!
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Hailey on Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:59 am

    Please do!
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:34 pm

    Ok the power's been out for the last two hours, meaning no internet, I couldn't find anything to do besides that. After looking at the MPAA's rating system, and wolf pirate's, I'm um clueless, MPAA is great but visual-oriented (and dense to understand), Wolf-Pirate, its not every specific. I was going to go with themes, but then I realized someone would always have something that I hadn't thought of. And Mac's idea was pretty good, except for the age thing, some people actually follow the ratings.

    So a rough skeleton of the rating system.

    18/M-incredible amounts of gore, blood, violence, promotion of drugs or sex.

    PG-13 -lots of bad language, lots of drugs (not necessarily promotion), things you might find disturbing, some violence, gore, whatever

    PG: Mild language, things that aren't so sensible (such as jumping off cliffs *hem hem my novel*), things that are worse than U but better than 15.

    U??: Everything is OK

    Well, all I did was take the MPAA ratings and stuck them on.


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:53 pm

    The rating should only be a warning to content... or at least, that's what I'd have thought.

    I like your idea of the PG stuff etc. It's better Smile Even if it is the MPAA... it's official XD

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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Lizzie on Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:54 pm

    Why didn't you just take ratings from fanfiction.net??? I think those were made pretty well
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:08 am

    Ugh, my little sister closed my post, and then gave the computer back a few hours later. Any ideas on getting rid of siblings??

    Fanfiction.net? **Silence, wonders why she didn't think of that, goes to check fanfiction.net.** Huh, I wonder who thought of making writing for 5 year olds and above and writing for nine years old and above separate. I wonder what Wattpad uses.

    G - This story is suitable for readers of all ages. There are no drugs or sexually explicit content mentioned in the story. There is no nudity and body parts are not described in a sexual way. There is minimal swearing and violence is not described in great detail. Language may sometimes be impolite, but does not use expressions that would not be found in common, everyday conversation (ie. "What the Hell" and "Screw off" are okay if used rarely)

    PG - A story rated PG might not be appropriate for young children. Romantic situations may be described with some details, though anything explicit is left to the reader's imagination. There may be more violent and scary scenes than would be found in a G story. Wounds and injuries may be described with some graphic explanations. Generally, the story will include some mature themes, characters and actions. Descriptions of drug use, if included, are vague. Occasionally, characters may use light swear words in frustration but not very often.

    PG-13 - Includes mature stories that may include occasional scenes of a lightly sexual or violent nature. There might be mention of drug use or abuse and other mature themes that could be inappropriate for younger readers. Characters use more mature language and swear. Sexual scenes are described with some details. Stories rated PG-13 may also contain some graphic descriptions of violence and injury and reveal darker and more mature motives behind characters' actions than is appropriate for younger readers.

    R - The story's content is considered "adult". Stories that are rated R cannot qualify for Wattpad's "What's Hot" listing. The violence, sexuality and story lines are not suitable for all readers. Occasional description of sexual scenes are included and characters may act violently and with dark motives. Please note that pornography is not considered adult and will not be permitted on Wattpad. R rated content may include stories that touch upon or refer to, BUT DO NOT DESCRIBE IN DETAIL mature themes, such as: serious drug use, prostitution, suicide, and all types of abuse. Graphic depiction of any of the preceding may result in your story being removed from Wattpad. In an R rated story characters swear and use impolite, derogatory terms. Actions and things can be described using swear words or impolite, derogatory terms.

    Please Note: The story content includes textual and any images and videos associated with a story. Wattpad reserves the right to remove stories that do not follow these guidelines.

    Wattpad encourages authors to self rate stories they have uploaded and to report stories that they think deserve a higher rating.
    Pretty good, except for the last part, where they're restricting what you can or can not upload.
    So an adaptation, pretty much still what Mac said, except longer and denser to look at.
    U - This story is suitable for readers of all ages. There are no drugs or sexually explicit content mentioned in the story. There is no nudity and body parts are not described in a sexual way. There is minimal swearing and violence is not described in great detail. Language may sometimes be impolite, but does not use expressions that would not be found in common, everyday conversation (ie. "What the Hell" and "Screw off" are okay if used rarely)
    PG - A story rated PG might not be appropriate for young children. Romantic situations may be described with some details, though anything explicit is left to the reader's imagination. There may be more violent and scary scenes than would be found in a G story. Wounds and injuries may be described with some graphic explanations. Generally, the story will include some mature themes, characters and actions. Descriptions of drug use, if included, are vague. Occasionally, characters may use light swear words in frustration but not very often.

    PG-13 - Includes mature stories that may include occasional scenes of a lightly sexual or violent nature. There might be mention of drug use or abuse and other mature themes that could be inappropriate for younger readers. Characters use more mature language and swear. Sexual scenes are described with some details. Stories rated PG-13 may also contain some graphic descriptions of violence and injury and reveal darker and more mature motives behind characters' actions than is appropriate for younger readers.

    Mature/18 - The story's content is considered "adult". The violence, sexuality, and mature themes serious drug use, prostitution, suicide, and all types of abuse (maybe be some exceptions here) and is not suitable for all readers.

    Okay, now my mom's bugging to sleep. Well it is one am, and school starts next week. Finish up later. Sleep


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:31 am

    Oh yeah, Mac, what does U stand for underrated, underage,or something?


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:35 pm

    That's quite good Joce!

    U is a film thing. Universally OK for all people. Maybe you could change it to E for every one including teddy bears.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:45 am

    Ah, in the US it's G. And yeah, probably anything with Teddy bears is U, although I could think of a few exceptions.
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Maris on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:30 am

    I was going to suggest the same thing. It's good to know that I can freely post my mature stories. Smile


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:11 pm

    Hailey tested it out a few days ago with her Chapter 3... then I did as well
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    Joce, I know this might be technical but is it possible to add a thing underneath the name of the work you're posting to select the rating? Let me use an example - the 'O' is a checkbox.

    Name: The Diamond Fist: Chapter three

    Rating: O - U/G O - PG O - PG-13 O - M

    Add a poll


    Then the box to post the work.

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    Blah blah blah, blah blah blah - blah blah - blah blah blah. Blah, blah blah blah? Blah!
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    Post by Emma on Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:36 pm

    I like Mac's idea Very Happy
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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Joce on Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:55 pm

    So do I. And you're right it is technical. Thank heavens, there's no school tomorrow , because its going to take a while, and the forum's going to look different. Now to figure out how to switch from Invision to phpBB.


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    Re: Rating for writings posted?

    Post by Mac on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:57 pm

    Will it be possible to move the topics there? Very Happy (lol MORE technical stuff XD Joce you rock, just saying)
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    Ugh, so I can't use mods in forumotion? That sucks. Nor do I have access to the code, again sucks. Sorry Mac, not sure what do now.


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    Post by Joce on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:01 pm

    Mac wrote:Will it be possible to move the topics there? Very Happy (lol MORE technical stuff XD Joce you rock, just saying)
    Umm.. there? Oh, phpBB is the software, well verison, but unfortunately mods aren't allowed in phpBB.


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    Post by Joce on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:05 pm

    Mac wrote:(lol MORE technical stuff XD Joce you rock, just saying)
    Ahh... jeez thanks. Sorry I couldn't do anything although.


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    Post by Mac on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:13 pm

    You're welcome Smile
    Is the phpBB thing definite? Should I - after worrying about failing my Presentation - expect a site domain name change? Smile

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