Hello, and welcome to the next generation of the Reviews Lounge! Read on to learn the history, mantras, and rules of the Reviews Lounge, Too, affectionately known as the RLt. If you are new, we ask that you read this thread in its entirety.
What are we? We are a forum that, foremost, promotes and reviews quality, under-reviewed stories. Along the way, we seem to get into all sorts of fun and randomness, but this forum is primarily about graduating under-reviewed stories in the archive and spreading the review love across this site without the promise of getting a review in return. We believe in reviewing every story, no matter what, with honest and well-meaning compliments or concrit.
There's lots of good work on fanfic that deserve reviews. So many stories, in fact, that it's hard to give all the attention they deserve. The Reviews Lounge, Too, chooses to focus on a few stories on a time and give them enough reviews that they're no longer "underreviewed." We pool our resources as a group to give quality stories (and authors!) the attention and kindness they deserve without expecting anything in return. It's about the group effort and the impact our reviews as a whole can have on one story at a time, often ones written by non-members in what you could think of as a random act of kindness.
The stories we focus on are those that belong to our three archives: one-shots and two-shots, WIPs, and M-rated. These archives are populated with stories chosen by our mods and staffers from member recommendations and from their own favorite stories that they come across while browsing the site. As our forum has grown, we've expanded into other areas as well, such as our reviewing- and writing-based events and our writing threads and games, but the archives have always remained our primary focus and resource. If you're looking to find well-written stories and show them some unconditional review love, then this is the forum for you!
Table of Contents
---A. Forum Rules
-------i. General Etiquette
-------ii. Conflict Resolution
---B. Community Rules
-------i. Submitting to the archive
II.The RLt Team
---A. The RLt Team System
---B. Meet the RLt Team
---C. RLt Team Rules
III. A History of the RL
---A. The Reviews Revolution Pledge
---B. Previous versions
---C. Our past
IV. What's What?
---A. Interesting/Helpful Threads
---B. Story of the Week Feature!
V. Traditions and Jokes
---A. The Moosen and Moose
---B. Running Gags
---C. Old Jokes5/2/2011 . Edited by Madam'zelleGiry, 4/27 #1
We ask that you please adhere to these rules whenever you post on our threads. Failure to do so will result in a warning (see below).
1.) Please respect everyone. You don't have to be best friends with someone - or even like them - but we do ask that you treat them with respect. Take personal problems elsewhere. This applies to newbies, as well. We are a forum that prides itself on embracing change. Just because someone is new doesn't mean they deserve your scorn.
2.) Please use correct spelling and grammar. A mistake every now and then is fine. talkin lyk tis iz not OkAy.
3.) Please don't double post (or triple post or so on, for that matter). Instead, click the silver gear icon at the bottom right of your post, then click Edit, and edit your original post to add what you'd like to say to it.
4.) Keep it PG-13. The filters are currently OFF; therefore, while you may curse, keep in mind that we do have younger members.
5.) Post in the appropriate topics. Don't recommend your story for our archive in Randomness when we already have a special thread for that. Any posts that do so will be deleted.
6.) No trash-talking other forums or members.
7.) Keep your troll!fics out of our rec threads. They're never funny and will result in a ban.
8.) Please, no self-promoting posts. You can request help on a story in the Beta thread or ask if someone might read over something for you in Much Adu, but self-promoting posts are, themselves prohibited and will be deleted. Repeated instances of self-pimping could lead to warnings and a possible ban from the forums.
Here at RLt, we ask that you please treat every member here with the same amount of respect you'd like to be given. However, sometimes that just doesn't happen. If you have a problem with another poster, please first try to resolve your problem other places than our forum. If you feel someone is treating you with disrespect and doesn't want to work it out, you may come to any forum moderator for "Conflict-Resolution." Please be aware that such an action can end in compromises, restrictions, or even temporary banning.
We work on a "three strikes" basis, with some exceptions. The first time you break our rules, you will receive a warning from a forum moderator. Three warnings result in a temporary banning. At our discretion, we reserve the right to forgo the three warnings or ban members permanently. Three temporary bannings results in permanent blocking from our forum.
If you feel you deserved to be unbanned, you must talk to the moderator who banned you. If the two of you can not reach an agreement, please PM Wendy Brune, and the moderators will hold a vote to determine whether you deserve to be unbanned or not. Please note that we will almost always side with the moderator who banned you.
The RLt periodically hosts forum-wide events for members centered on writing and reviewing. Some examples of events held in the past include one-shot collaborations, archive awards, and gift fic exchanges. Rules for events will be specific to the event currently taking place and listed in the first post for the event thread. One additional, global rule also applies: if you fail to follow through with a commitment that you make to another member of the forum during an event, you will be banned from participating in the next event hosted on the RLt. For example, if you commit to writing a one-shot for a collab but fail to submit a story, you won't be penalized, but if you commit to writing a one-shot as a gift to another member during a gift exchange, you will be banned from participating in the RLt's next event.
The RLt is committed to the plight of quality, under-reviewed stories. To belong in one of our archives, a story must be one of the following:
a.) A good, quality one or two-shot with less than 20 reviews. (40 if a two-shot.)
b.) A good, quality multi-chaptered fic with three chapters or more that has less than 10 reviews per chapter.
c.) A story that we have already graduated from our archives.
We have four communities devoted to the cause.The Reviews Lounge, Too C2 hosts under-reviewed one and two-shots. The Reviews Lounge, Too WIPS community holds our collection of under-reviewed multi-chaptered fics. The Reviews Lounge, Too M-Rated Content hosts all M-rated stories, chaptered or not. Finally, The Reviews Lounge, Too Graduates archive is home to the stories that were once in our archives but are no longer under-reviewed. We are very proud of how fast this archive is growing!
We accept any and all fandoms! However, we do not accept stories that are:
a.) Against ff.net rules. (This includes chatroom script, MA content, lists, non-stories, original fiction, etc.)
b.) Relatively still new on the site. Give it some time! You might not be under-reviewed in a few weeks!
----Submitting to the archive
To recommend someone else's story for addition to one of the archives, please do so here. Please fill out every part of the form and remember to adhere to our community guidelines. We are not currently accepting submission of stories written by the recommender themselves.5/2/2011 . Edited by The Real F'n Scorp, 5/17 #2
The RLt Team
The RLt Team System
Our leadership system is compromised of three parts. Want to be involved? Look for announcements regarding applications! Every now and then we realize we need more help and will post applications for jobs we need filling. If applications are not currently up, please do not ask us for a position.
Forum Moderators- Your forum mods watch over the forums to make sure everyone is following the rules and having fun. Serving as moderators on the forum and staffers at the archives, they also are in charge of forum rules, regulations, and other "administrative" business If you have a forum-related problem, don't be afraid to go to them. They're known for being social, friendly, and helpful.
Community Staffers- Your community staffers have a definite eye for good, quality stories. Besides weeding through the recs list, they're also known to add wonderful, under-reviewed stories they find on their own adventures through fanfiction. Need a good reading recommendation? These are the people to come to!
Temp!Mods- Because we all have real lives (or pretend to, anyway), sometimes moderators will go on hiatus. When this occurs, usually a temp!mod will be given moderator powers to help out. These individuals have been hand picked for being awesome regulars with a strong knowledge of the rules, so while you don't have to listen to them when there's no shield beside their name, you'd probably benefit from doing so.
Meet the RLt Team!
TEAM MEMBER HALL OF FAME
(i.e. the people who are no longer helping out but made a HUGE impact)
The RLt Team Rules
Besides following general forum rules, team members also have other rules to comply by.
1.) Do not abuse your power. Follow the consequences system when trouble arises. Abusing responsibilities to meet personal needs WILL result in loss of position.
2.) Please announce any and all hiatuses. If, failing to do so, you are inactive after four months, your position will be cleared for others. Failure to re-appear, or at least update, six months after an announced hiatus may result in a demotion. Each circumstance will be considered on a case by case basis.
3.) If you plan to go on a hiatus that will be a week or longer, please utilize a temp!mod. PM Wendy to help set this up.
4.) Especially when working for the archive, try to meet your duties in a timely fashion. Not only are other team members relying on you, but so are the members of this forum.
Additional rules for staffers apply:
1.) Please remember to ONLY add under-reviewed stories, as defined above, to the archives.
2.) We operate on a one story per author per fandom per archive rule. Simply put, Author A can have a Harry Potter and a Disney story in the one shot archive, as well as one Harry Potter and one Disney story in the WIP archive. However, they could not have two Harry Potter stories in the one shot archive.
3.) Staffers, moderators, and anyone else with access to the archive MAY NOT add their own stories. Someone else may add your story if they deem it worthy, but please never add it yourself. This is to maintain the integrity and quality of our archive.
4.) If you plan to go on a hiatus longer than a week, please be sure to PM Giry so that the rest of the team can be informed.
5.) Any questions, comments, concerns about the rec threads should be PM'd to Giry, who will take them to the mods if necessary.
6.) When you're considering whether or not to add a story (particularly if it's not one from the rec threads), please make sure that you are adding it only because of the quality, not because it's written by your friend, someone you beta'd, your sister, etc. Focus only on the story, not the author. It's okay to reject a friend's story because its not up to archive standards. If you're worried about how they might react, PM Giry and she'll help you sort it out.5/2/2011 . Edited by Luna Rapunzel, 4/1 #3
A History of the Reviews Lounge
The Reviews Revolution Pledge
This was a little movement that began before the RL was even dreamt of - (and we take no credit for it) - however, we encourage you all to join! Simply copy and paste this into your profile, and help spread the word! :
I, [insert name here], do solemnly swear to review all the fics I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else.
I have joined the review revolution.
The Reviews Lounge began on April 21, 2007 as a community dedicated to promoting under-reviewed authors and their stories in the Harry Potter fandom. It grew into not only a rather large and very dynamic archive but also a forum by the same name that promoted reviewing and fostered interesting conversations on everything from Harry Potter to a Reviews Lounge island. In its first year, it was the fastest growing Harry Potter forum on ff.net
The Reviews Lounge, affectionately known as the RL, aimed to encourage readers to review every story they read and was formed after the founder, Lexie-H, became particularly alarmed at the strange phenomenon which indicated that many people on this site were too lazy to review. Reviews are a very important aspect of posting a story/poem on ff.net, and the forum encouraged each and every member to review.
In the summer of 2008, Lexie stepped down as head mod, effectively handing the reigns over to Cuba and a kick-butt modding staff. The RL continued to spread the word of reviewing through the archive and forum. Other projects included collaborative pieces, a fic exchange, and numerous challenges and games.
Finally, in January 2010, Cuba retired from the modding, as did the rest of the staff. After realizing that the Harry Potter fandom was beginning to trickle out, a decision was made to expand the Review Lounge to all of fanfiction. Going under the name of The Reviews Lounge, Too, the forum and archive still honors the original mission and hopes to encourage all readers to review.
Under construction. Check back soon!10/23/2011 . Edited 10/24/2011 #4
Interesting and Helpful Threads
Now that you've read through this entire thread, you should be ready (and excited =D) to begin posting on the forum. Not sure where to start or what to do next? See the list below to give you some ideas.
• Make sure you've introduced yourself at the Welcome to the Dark Side thread!
• Check out The Noticeboard for any recent announcements related to the forum or communities.
• The best way to get to know the group is to pop into the current Randomness thread. Don't worry, we don't bite!
• Under-reviewed or not, try joining in at Review Tag to get more reviews and read some of our member's stories.
• We love giving reviews, but we've all had our own share of head scratchers. Share some your more LULzy reivews at the "What the heck?" Review thread.
• Check out Fanfiction Brainstorming and Discussion to discuss your favorite story or get some help on a piece you're writing.
• Squeeing about characters and fandoms your thing? Let's all squee together at the "OMGZ HE GLITTERS" thread.
• Read some of our forum-wide collaborations at The Reviews Lounge, Too profile page!
• Take a peek and see if you're interested in joining the latest event!
Story of the Week
Each week, a mod will post a story from the Reviews Lounge archive that they think is worthy of more reviews. Everyone is encouraged to then review the story and discuss it in the Story of the Week thread. This is the best way to explore our archive, and we strongly suggest you check it out.10/23/2011 . Edited by Luna Rapunzel, 4/1 #5
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Traditions and Jokes
Here at the RLt, we have a lot of inside jokes. Like, a lot. So much so that we probably sound like a bunch of crazy people in Randomness sometimes to those not in on the lingo. So to help explain just what the heck we're talking about, we have complied a list here of many of the biggest and most memorable jokes and traditions that have happened here over the years.
The Moosen and Moose
The moosen is the official mascot of the RLt. See that picture at the top left corner of every page on the forum? Yup, that's a picture of a moosen. Ain't he cute? The moosen is a huge part of the forum and also the source of lots of jokes, so knowing about it is a must for any RLter.
Of course, we do more than sit around and joke about Moosen all day long. Here are just a few of some other huge traditions and gags that everyone should know about.
With the passage of Time, many members come and go from the forum, and the same applies to jokes as well. The following are some older traditions that have become rarely if ever used for various reasons, but still left a huge mark on the RLt and are worth mentioning and including in this list.
(We're still working on this list of course, so more things are sure to be added soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled, yeah?)8/18/2013 . Edited by Madam'zelleGiry, 8/28/2013 #6
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