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    Ooh I don't mind them being in Parts even if they never continue it, if the first part is good you always have that, I would however be wary of leaving a cliff-hanger type ending just in case you really don't get back to it, because that does suck.

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    What happened to the .txt use of asteriks to separate sections of a story. Before if I used seven spaced asterisks so: * * * * * * *, then a line would appear between sections. Now just the asterisks appear and in weird places. The directions don't help. Can you please elaborate?

    please see my new upload for the problem:

    http://www.gateworld.net/fanfic/arch...revealed2.html


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    we've had to change our uploader so that difference might be the issue. unfortunatley there are only so many permutations we can test

    i will let darren know and see if it can be tweaked or not.

    in the mean time i can suggest a couple of things off the top of my head.

    we can leave your fic as it is or i can delete it and you can re-upload, using something else to designate chapters.

    i've been burned on ff.net when they changed. i always used to use <><><> as my chapter marks, but those symbols disappear now so i have to use /\/\/\/\, an even then, half of those vanish and i have yet to find something that works with thier uploader

    jsut let me know what you want me to do and i'll take care of it when i get home tonight

    and if anyone else notices anything else wiggy, let us know. we can't fix it if we don't realize that there's an issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skydiver

    i've been burned on ff.net when they changed. i always used to use <><><> as my chapter marks, but those symbols disappear now so i have to use /\/\/\/\, an even then, half of those vanish and i have yet to find something that works with thier uploader

    Lines like this ____ or ---- work with ff.net's uploader. I know they used to allow this one ~*~ but no more

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    Hi everyone! I recently became interested in Fanfiction writing so I hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions.

    Are we allowed to do "script writing?" Here's an example, kinda like transcripts:

    Daniel: My name's Daniel, it means, "God is my judge."

    Jack: And I'm Jack, which means........what's in the box?


    And I also wondered if it's possible to post pictures in our stories, like at the very end or something.

    Thanks in advance for your answers!
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    yes, you can post script format fic. no, pictures will not survive the uploader

    if you use the text uploader, all formatting will be stripped from your document, but if you need better formatting, you can make a html page and upload that

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    Thanks for your answers! Another one came into my head, and I'm sure it's the last one, so here goes...

    ...if you had cursing like Jack does, such as the "h" word and the "a" and "b" words, would that get an automatic PG-13 rating? Just curious, that's all...


    ...and thank you so much for answering my earlier ones!!! It really means a lot!
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    if there was just one swear word, it could be pg, but if there were more, then it could deserve a pg-13

    the hard thing about ratings is that there's no set recipe. there's not minimum number of words or amount of more adult content to guide people.

    for the most part, if you'd see what happens in the fic on the show, then it's pg or pg13. if you know that the show would never show it, then it's likely rated above that. such as a fic with a lot of violence or torture/whumping

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    There's also the fact that Gateworld - along with most of the other big archives - has dropped the use of the conventional US (MPAA?) cinema ratings, following the threat of legal action by the copyright holders. Check your archive's policy - GW uses All Ages, Older Kids, Teens and Mature - and apply your discretion.
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    i have question: is there a phrase or actually disclaimer i can use to say that all Sg related fiction is the property of.... to avoid copyrighting etc....when writing a series that is based up on stargate itself....without like saying the concept is owned by MGM etc...??? im not good with the legalities

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    here's a general disclaimer

    Stargate Sg-1 and its characters are the property of Stargate (II) Productions, Showtime/Viacom, MGM/UA, Double Secret Productions, Sci-fi and Gekko Productions. This story is for entertainment purposes only and no money exchanged hands. No copyright infringement is intended. The original characters, situations, and story are the property of the author. This story may not be posted elsewhere without the consent of the author

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    thanks alot, that helps, i assume i can just add this to bottom of anything we publish on a site etc and itll be ok, legally that is.

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    The disclaimer is an act of respect rather than a legal formality. If you use their ideas and characters, you're still committing a copyright infringement, however much you disclaim.

    All fanfic is in some sense an infringement of copyright - unless it's parody, in which case it's complicated - but it exists in a strange litigious netherworld wherein it isn't worth their while chasing it up and alienating fans when all it really does is give the show some free publicity. Fanific tends to enjoy a sort of tacit approval in that the PTB generally choose not to see it. If someone reports a site, however, they are obliged to act, otherwise they would risk losing their IPR in future court cases, which is what has usually happened when someone gets a cease and desist order.
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    very generally speaking, fanfic exists like this site exists...simply because it's not worth the bad press and bad pr to shut it down.

    HOwever, as soon as a site does something that annoys the 'right' person or it comes to the attention of the 'right' person, then they can act and send site owners a c&d.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skydiver
    very generally speaking, fanfic exists like this site exists...simply because it's not worth the bad press and bad pr to shut it down.

    HOwever, as soon as a site does something that annoys the 'right' person or it comes to the attention of the 'right' person, then they can act and send site owners a c&d.
    So are you saying that Gateworld itself is an illegal site that could be shut down if we upset the wrong people? Could the fanfic writers and the people running the site face legal action????

    As writers, what can we do to make sure we don't upset the wrong people? Would posting this disclaimer on each of our stories help you out?
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    There's no tried and true 'solution' to any of this.

    Every single fan site in existence exists because it's not worth shutting it down. and, well the folks that own the shows recognize that they do need the fans, and shutting down sites tends to make fans angry

    It's a balancing act and a bit like 'don't ask/don't tell'

    as long as fan sites don't do things to draw attention to themselves, tptb tend to ignore them

    as to fanfic, many original authors don't seem to mind folks playing with their charactrers. Others do. JD Robb, aka Nora Roberts, does not like people playing with her characters so she's asked some sites, such as fanfiction.net to not allow fic containing her characters to be archived. I seem to recall hearing that JK Rowling doesn't have an issue with fanfic as long as it's not slash (same sex fic). In some cases, fanfic writers have been asked and eventually hired to become professional writers, writing officially endorsed stories.

    Usually what legal action that there is is the owners of the copyright sending the site owners a cease and desist. The owners basically say 'take it down or we'll sue' and the site owners take the fic/site down and things are over.

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    Though to be fair. I write orginal stuff, and I would hate for someone to steal my stuff, and make money off of it, but if I ever make it big I would think of FanFics as an honor. I mean people like your stuff so much they write in your univeser. They must like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainpash
    Though to be fair. I write orginal stuff, and I would hate for someone to steal my stuff, and make money off of it, but if I ever make it big I would think of FanFics as an honor. I mean people like your stuff so much they write in your univeser. They must like it.
    You may think this, as I did, but you do tend to get a little proprietorial about things you've created. I've actually had fanfic written about my OCs, and it is a huge buzz, but if you actually read the stuff you find yourself going 'that's not right' all the time. It's weird. I think the best thing is probably to accept the honour, then not read the stuff.
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    i've been fortunate enough that someone once took a creation of mine and spun a whole fic off 4 oc's i created. I've also had folks read a fic and say 'hey, can i write a sequel'

    i consider it flattering.

    on the other hand, i've also had a fic of mine plagarized. which was oddly complimentary in a way because someone else read and recognized the theft and told me about it

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    Hey Skydiver check out my stuff.
    http://www.freewebs.com/captianpash/index.htm

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