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30 April 2007 @ 07:45 pm

Hello and welcome to the "Characterize It" community!

This community has been designed and started in an attempt to counter-attack all of the bad, out-of-character fanfiction that seems to be floating around in various fandoms these days. This community is also an attempt to stop the need for so much ranting about bad fanfiction by giving people the opportunity to help improve fanfiction in all fandoms.

In this community, you can ask questions about characterization you’re having trouble with, reply to others' questions with your answer(s), post essay-style character studies or character insights (only if you have been certified as a consultant), and even rec particularly in-character fics when you find them. All posts will be tagged by one of the community "taggers" to make them easy to find.

To view the community's entries, you will need to join the community. The only reason I do this is so that we keep up a good number of members and so that this entry stays visible first to new people seeking out the comm.

This is not a rant community. Like I said before, it’s pretty much an anti-rant community. You will not see entries ranting or rambling about badly characterized fanfiction here. We prefer to spend more time on helping create good, in-character fanfiction than wasting our time ranting about the bad.

The rules post can be found here. Please read all rules before posting.

This community has several different types of positions. General members are those who post questions, occasionally reply to others' questions, and rec fics. General members do not need to apply for their positions. When you join the community, you are automatically a general member. Consultants must be certified by the mod after posting an application. Consultants are particularly encouraged to reply to questions, and they are allowed to post character studies and character insights. Taggers must also be approved by application. A tagger's job is easily explained: they tag all of the communty's entries to make everything easy to find. A maintainer/moderator is a combination of all positions and can do pretty much anything. Maintainer/moderators are rarely added and appointed, but are also added by application.

Promoting this community is greatly appreciated. A number of banners for your journal and userinfo are on the way once yours trully is back to her own beloved computer and the Gimp.

If you need to contact the head mod (aka me, nerca_beyul), drop a comment on the rules post or an email to nerca_beyul@hotmail.com



30 April 2007 @ 07:35 pm
The Rules of characterize_it:


1. This is not a rant community. Do not post entries ranting or rambling about badly characterized fanfiction here, or they will be promptly deleted. We prefer to spend more time on helping create good, in-character fanfiction than wasting our time ranting about the bad.

2. Do not post out of your given rank/position. If you are a general member, do not make consultant posts. If you are a general member, do not tag your own entries, leave it for the taggers. If you are a tagger, please do not make consultant posts.  Explanation of the positions can be found in both the introductory post and the application post, as well as a list of the people who currently hold consultant, tagger, and maintainer/moderator positions.

3. This is a community for answering questions and giving constructive criticism. Do not flame and certainly do not start a flame war. It's fine if you disagree with another member's statement, but express this politely. Especially if you are replying to a posted question and disagree with someone else's response. Give reasons why you disagree. Do not just say the person is an idiot and they're wrong. If a discussion gets out of hand, contact the moderator to settle the dispute.

4. When reccing fics, do not rec your own. This is quite tacky and is generally considered a fandom faux pas.

5. All fandoms are welcome here. Do not diss someone else's fandom choices. All ships are also welcome. Do not diss someone else's ships. (This rule goes hand in hand with #3.)

6. Please watch your language. Not everybody wants to read constant swearing. If you must swear a lot, please put it under a cut.

7. Do not un-friends-lock any of your posts to this community. This keeps the introduction post automatically viewable to people viewing the comm for the first time.

8. No question is stupid, we're all here to both learn and teach.

Violations of the Rules
Violation #1 of the rules will result in a warning and deletion of the violating comment or post. 
Violation #2 will result in temporary banning from posting to the community. 
Violation #3 will result in permanent banning from the community. 

I’m choosing to be somewhat lenient with some of the rules, and small violations will probably be pointed out and then ignored. Large offenses, on the other hand, will result in a skip from the #1 punishment straight to the #3 punishment. i.e, slightly breaking rule #6 is a small offense that might be ignored if in a small dose, however knowingly breaking rule #2 after being warned will result in automatic banning.


Any questions about these rules (and general questions) should be asked here.