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Since there seems to have been an influx of newcomers lately, and their actions and behaviour has started to grate on the regular visitors of this site, once again Anon has risen in /blue/.

So, in order to help inform the newcomers of present and future, this thread will be a place for general board etiquette and other miscellaneous information to help the population as a whole. I apologize if there's any seemingly 'important' information I leave out at first, since I'm typing this off the top of my head.

Important Information

1) Emoticons are discouraged. Be they :(, or >.>, or ^_^, or even the dreaded xD, they are not required, and you will only be scorned and mocked for using them. You are able to post without them (I should hope), so if you absolutely must convey your emotional state, do so with words.

2) This is an imageboard for voting on, discussing and chatting about Touhou and Touhou fanfiction. *Actions* are not required, and are looked down upon. The only implied actions occurring in imageboard posts should be limited solely to story narrative and other creative writing ventures. Like emoticons, you will be mocked.

3) Posts made in the story boards, and in story threads, should try to stay on topic. Discussion related to events of the story are fine, and chatter about various other facets of related material to the story is acceptable as per author's judgment. Prolonged shitstorms over things not related to the story at all are naturally not acceptable, and will result in post deletions at best, and temp bans at worst. No one wants to see posts between two or more anons bitching at each other over nothing.

3a) Sometimes, arguments over various actions within the story context can spark up due to conflicts in personal interests and how votes made to cater to a particular taste might oppose others. While they can be unavoidable, it's preferred to keep them at a minimum. Everyone has their own tastes, and surely they can clash at times when opposing groups have two differing views on what should happen, and these prolonged arguments can derail threads, and even cause the writers to lose interest in the story in lieu of wanting to avoid more 'fan-faction' in-fighting.

4) Errant meme-spewing is discouraged. Invoking a meme can be humourous if done or timed well, but overuse of them gets tired and contributes little. You will very likely get called out if you post almost exclusively in memes, or use them at any opportunity. Needless to say, a story overloaded with memes will not likely last to autosage.

5) 'Namefagging' is preferably avoided if you're not a writer or otherwise contribute to the site in some kind of meaningful way. While this is slightly less important of a guideline than the others, using a name when you're not a writer will just call that much more attention to you and make you more of a target for harassment.

Getting Along

1) Spelling and grammar are both held in fairly high regard, and English is more or less the standard language of the site. Now understandably, there might be some users to whom English is a second, or even third language, so in such cases it's understandable that they might make some mistakes with the language and grammar. However, if English is your primary language, there is no excuse aside from laziness. You are likely not in any particular rush while posting, so take your time and make sure your posts are written correctly. Bad grammar, poor spelling, shorthand and other lazy typing will just get you mocked more often than not. It goes without saying as well that if you are an aspiring writer and you suffer these problems, you should probably reconsider your typing habits first before starting.

2) Do not needlessly pick 'fights' with other users over nothing. This kind of pointless antagonism will just start shitstorms and gets on people's nerves. The site is at it's best when everyone gets along, and if everyone follows the guidelines presented here, that will be a good step in the right direction.

For Newcoming Writers

There is a rather set standard of quality on this site, and the user base does a fairly good job of self-moderating stories that come along. While I can't currently give a definite list of tips to ensure your story is of quality, no doubt remains that the regulars will point out 'bad writers' when they appear. If you get a lot of negative comments on your story, it's best to take them to heart and attempt to improve. Disregarding these comments will just make things worse in the long run, while taking heed and working to improve will only serve to help you and the site grow.

On reporting

To be noted, reporting posts for frivolous reasons can lead to bans. It's best to report posts that can be seen as excessive breaches of the guidelines above, or other rules of the site. If possible, try to consider the context of a given post before reporting it, it could just be that you are misinterpreting what they're saying. As well, it's best to report posts that occur from now on, rather than backtracking to older posts and tagging them. Any course of action made from moderating potentially problematic posts is best made after a relatively new post, where it has more chance of being remembered by the poster. As well, only report a post if you suspect it to be from the same person that continues to ignore the advice of this thread. The best course of action to deal with someone is to courteously link them to this thread, and if they insist on continuing with how they were, report only one of their posts. This would avoid a potentially large amount of reports for one person that would all likely be seen anyway, and reduces clutter.

Try to avoid reporting one off posts of bad grammar, poor spelling, etc. Everyone has some bad posts now and again. If there are a number of poorly written posts in a thread though, that would be fine.

So far, this is a general set of guidelines, important information and what could be considered 'unwritten rules' of the site that will help newcomers avoid getting singled out and drawing ire for any unwelcome behavioural tendencies. The faithful regulars of this site hold themselves to a standard of quality, and those that fall outside of it are sure to be let known about their sexual preferences by those that take issue with their behaviour. For the enjoyment of all visitors, these guidelines can be your best bet to a peaceful, harmonious site.

If you absolutely cannot help yourself when it comes to how you act and type, for whatever reason, then it's likely for the best to stick solely to voting on stories and keeping silent otherwise. It'd be in your best interest to avoid the complaints and moderation you'd get for disregarding the behavioural standards and making a scene be refusing to adhere to the guidelines. While you won't be banned for a single breach of the guidelines, continuous and blatant disregard for the standard will lead to moderation.

Somehow I expect this to backfire on me now.
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>> No. 8606
I'm pretty sure the archive gets updated around once a month. Not sure though.
>> No. 8799
I'm curious about adjusting the popular advice on checking old stories as I feel newbies get the strong impression from the advice alone and neglect current stories and trends.
>> No. 9093
If someone is banned for frivolous report or something like that, it just makes him unable to post, right? He can still read the threads?
>> No. 9287
I double posted because of the out of memory error, and I didn't think the first post went through. I've never actually had this happen, and to this day I still haven't bothered to read about how to delete posts because I've never needed to do it before. If a mod could delete >>/th/156141, I'd be enternally grateful.
>> No. 9323
There's a delete post button in the bottom of every page. Unless you specified a password, simply checking the box on your post and clicking the delete button should work.
>> No. 9324
For writers, is it acceptable to start out anonymous and then give yourself a name or trip as your story gets better/more popular? Or should you just get one when you begin writing?
>> No. 9326
This has happened several times, but why would you wait to adopt a name?

If you press the back button the password field in the post box is cleared, which gives you a new random password. If you don't manually type in a password each time you won't be able to delete the duplicate posts, only the very last one.
>> No. 9328
You should get one when you start writing, as Cthulhu's story downloader is based on OP's nickname. And I use it quite often.
>> No. 9331
That doesn't seem to ever work for me, and it always gives me the "incorrect password" page. I assume it has something to do with having a dyamic IP that changes every once in a while.
>> No. 9338
Nope. It's related to your password. The page will create one automatically, but you have to write your own if you want to be able to erase the post later.
>> No. 10014
Is there a way to get an email notification when a story updates or a thread gets bumped? It's quite a chore visiting this site every 15 minutes just to see if anyone has posted in a certain thread that holds your interest.
>> No. 10015
It's possible to create a "watched thread" list, but it's just a cookie, and it doesn't work if you leave the website. And beside, it's telling you if the thread was bumped, not if the writefag updated the story.
>> No. 10016
Nevermind, I just found out the solution to that.

Download that Firefox add-on that lets you monitor webpages for updates. It can check every 5 minutes so it's quite convenient.

Ah, Firefox and its addons. What would I do without you?
>> No. 10017
Link please?
>> No. 10018
>> No. 10019
And here's a chrome equivalent, Page Monitor.
>> No. 10020
>> No. 10067
One more thing. That program has a tendency to check for your cache instead of the real, updated page.

So, make sure to set your browser to check for a newer version of a webpage every time you visit it. This is very important, especially for Firefox users since the default is to reload from the cache instead of checking for the newer version. The program won't work exactly how you want it to with that setting.

I'll just give a link for the explanation.


Just found out about this myself. Fixes the problem of pages updating without being picked up by the scanner.
>> No. 10080
One more thing. The pages you're loading in your "update scanner" folder are saved in your bookmarks list. Do NOT erase that folder, or you'll lose your list.
>> No. 10129
How laborious a process is updating the storylist, does/can anyone but Kapow do it, and can it be updated soon? The summer rush of new stories seems to have stopped, and at this point it's been over four months.
>> No. 10165
story list is finally updated
>> No. 10166


Thank you Kapow
>> No. 10171
Anybody here know how "famous" you have to be before it is acceptable to post in not-voting threads with a name?
>> No. 10172
Just don't do it. Not even a lot of writefags do it anymore.
>> No. 10765
First Post? ( hope this works )
>> No. 10766
Here's some stuff to help use IRC/Mibbit better. If you want to join an alternate channel, like say #Eientei, just type "/join #Eientei" And it should take you there.

"/query nickname" to open up a PM window.
>> No. 10767
Welcome, gentlemen. Sit, stay a while.
>> No. 10786
Just wondering wondering, where did the website/image-board architecture come from? What parts are a generic and which were added in later?
>> No. 10787
A person who has more experience with this site can tell you more, but the basics is that the site came from a split with /jp/ back in the day.
>> No. 11825
If you're wondering about the underlying architecture, it's KusabaX and a few additions/changes. Pretty vanilla.
KusabaX is a giant pile of php spaghetti code
>> No. 12979
I have a question.
What's the rule for works you commissioned, but didn't create?
>> No. 12981

In what sense? A little context would be helpful.

Also, you probably would have been better off asking at >>/blue/18124, General Discussion isn't the most active of boards and most people wouldn't notice that someone had bumped a pinned thread unless they're watching the home page at the right time, as people tend to subconsciously ignore them after a long enough period.
>> No. 13729
I was wondering: when will the storylist be updated? Is possible for us to help? Because the last update is from a year ago and I will be glad to give a hand.
>> No. 13751
I've talked to Teruyo on IRC about it and as it is, the storylist can only be updated manually. There's nothing us non-mods can do to contribute at the moment... Unless you have the skills to write a convenient plugin.
>> No. 13785
Well, there's a way to contact a mod? Not that I'm complaining about their work, I'm just worried that the storylist will be left like this for too long.
>> No. 13800
IRC is your best bet. Pick a god and pray.
>> No. 13801
Well, it seems someone have just updated it! Good job.
>> No. 14037
Sorry if this is a dumbass question but is this board only for CYOA's or is linear fiction allowed?
>> No. 14038
Linear fiction is allowed, I'm pretty sure. If it isn't long enough, you could always post it to /shorts/. If you deem it a long story with regular updates, you theoretically could post it to one of the boards, but I don't think you'll be met with active discussion or replies.
>> No. 14039
CYOAs are the tradition here, but as long as a story is of decent quality there is no rule against other formats. Linear stories have been done before, in fact, just in specific places and not quite as often as CYOAs.

TL;DR: Go for it, I'm looking forward to seeing your story join our collection.
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Is there a way to add this option in the reply box? Maybe it will help people to remember sage...
>> No. 14069

Oh, lord how I want that... I can't even remember to remove my own name half the time...
>> No. 14126
Is there any way for the Storylist to be updated? It's been about four months since the last update.

Contemplated sage-ing for irrelevance, but this is kind of important and I don't know where else to put it.
>> No. 14127
The story is updated manually by Kapow. It gets updated whenever we bug him and he has time for it. Thanks for the heads up though! We'll bug him soon.
>> No. 14214
Don't know where to post this, so I'll say it here.
I just found out that (maybe) the threads archived on warosu.org such as the first half of WUiG are unavailable. The website gives a 522 error (connection timed out). Hope it's just a temporary problem.
>> No. 14219
Forget it, it's ok again now.
>> No. 14763
Don't know where else to ask this, but how do I modify text? As in italics, strikethroughs, blackouts and line breaks?
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>> No. 14766
>> No. 15574
The story list hasn't been updated since July... is that normal?
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