Since Pottersues is getting a lot of new minions I decided it was time to draw up the basic rules for this journal that have pretty much gone unsaid among the minions. I'll also note here that there have been four Pottersues so far since the journal was started.
Rule 1: Do NOT link the Suethors here.
We honestly don't mind the Suethor's finding out that they've been featured here. The problem though comes from the fact many Suethor's struggle to take critique well. We have had incidents in the past where the Suethor has come onto the blog and acted in an immature fashion. These behaviors have ranged from the most mild... jumping to conclusions... to the Suethor trying to pretend to be someone else.
The worst case scenario though was Not Bob and Sal. Mind you, we have had a lot of Not Bob's come through here and I honestly need to update the entry with some of the newer ones as they come in or create a new entry for the works from mid 2009 on as it is getting long. But here is a brief run down of each.
The original Not Bob came on here and threatened to file lawsuit for harassment as well as copyright infringement. The only copyright infringement going on was the poem that the original Pottersues posted to the journal and it fell under copyright infringement because of the amount copied. She even admitted that was low and edited it out. As for harassment... well... there is a reason the readers of this blog came to be known as “lesbian minions” but in the long run they're more like the minions from Despicable Me. There have also been death threat made and some people tried using what we call sock puppets as well.
Sal on the other hand is someone who decided to purposefully review stories featured here in order to try and stir up trouble between us and the Suethors. One of their reviews included a fake rating scale that was a whole lot crueler then the rating scale used on Pottersues. We call it The Sue-O-Meter and there is a version aimed at the readers and a version aimed at the writers, particularly the ones that do want to improve. Chances are Sal was a writer who was upset about being featured here. There goal was to stir up trouble here on the blog and/or make other Suethor's feel bad by leaving reviews that pretty much told the writer's who were featured to physically hurt themselves in a very crude manner.
This rule is put into place to protect both the people who read this blog and those who have fics featured here. By protecting the writers who have fics featured here I don't mean protecting them from criticism... they're more then welcome to comment if they find their stories here or a friend who knows them well enough to know they can handle the critique lets them know it is here. It's to protect them from the Sals.
Rule 2: You CAN review the stories featured here on the site they're located at.
There is nothing wrong with leaving a review lending the writers a helping hand.
Rule 3: Do NOT flame the Suethor here or in the reviews.
Telling the writer to quit writing, to harm themselves in anyway or that someone should come harm them is an absolute no-no. It is not tolerated here. That also said I'm going to point out that being critiqued does not amount to being flamed. Pointing out the flaws in the writing is not cyberbullying nor is pointing out things that worry us about the Suethor's behavior that crop up because of material that is very much public to us.
Rule 4: Handle reviews with care.
Let me make it clear here what I don't mean first. There happens to be a certain group of people who believe that you shouldn't ever leave a review that will hurt the writers feelings. Problem is many of us have seen writers go ballistic over being corrected for formatting and grammar issues which means many people have gotten to the point they choose not to say anything just because they don't want to hurt peoples feelings.
Instead people should review the way they review best. That's why each minion reviews the stories they do, they happen to review certain stories better then they do others. What I do mean by handle with care is this.
- First... not everyone needs to go and review the story. If you see a review ask yourself if another review is needed as well as how long it has been since it has been reviewed.
- Second... if we suspect the writer is young of mind either because of their physical age or because of a disability review as if the person is young of mind to the best of your ability.
Note here that I don't say that there should be adjustment made for new writers with their first stories. They should be treated equal to their peers who have moved beyond their first stories.
Rule 5: Feel free to send in stories as well as link of the days.
There is nothing wrong with sending these in, though this Pottersues is more likely to use the PM system on the journal over the actual e-mail accounts. Always be on the look out for things we don't have much of. Do though run the entry through a search engine to see if it had already been featured or not. There are over three-thousand entries on this blog. That also said stories that have been featured before can be used as link of the days.
Rule 6: Feel free to comment on the older entries.
That, and the forth Pottersues is having to do a bit of clean up from the previous Pottersues which is why some things like the Sorting Hat good put on hold. There are over five hundred entries not archived and quite a few entries with no tags. Then there is the fact that some of the older entries don't have some of the newer tags or they're missing tags. Feel free to suggest new tags as well.
Rule 7: Have Fun!
Pottersues is meant to be a fun place to discuss our beloved Mary Sues. No, a Mary Sue isn't good writing but they can still be enjoyable and bring back a lot of nostalgia from when we ourselves wrote our own Mary Sues. Some of us write Mary Sues for fun... there is even a yearly contest that's about writing your own Mary Sue.
It's honestly not really a place for the writers. Sure... the writers are more then welcome to join in the fun but as I've said many are still learning to take critique. It is also takes a lot of courage to realize you've made a mistake and be willing to pull apart your own work. This is the ultimate goal we have for all the Suethors featured here, but most of the time we simply hope to see the writers grow as... well, writers.