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Author has written 9 stories for Pokémon, Mario, Legend of Zelda, Breaking Bad, and Seinfeld.
Correction: Author has written 8 stories.
Giving honest critiques and nothing but honest critiques, so help us all since 2011. No cash needed.
Greetings and welcome to my temple. I am Mach the Cynic, your local constructive critic. I enjoy playing video games and watching anime.
Avatar: That is Neji, and he's the the property of Masashi Kishimoto. Neji is quite the cynic, as am I. Heck, I'm more cynical than Diogenes.
Racism is wrong, no matter the circumstance. If you believe racism is wrong no matter what, copy and paste this in your profile.
Likes: family, friends, eating, sleeping, video games, anime, sudoku, reading, basketball, 80s music (especially metal; it gets my adrenaline rushing)
Dislikes: racism, incest, drugs, alcohol, rapists, child abusers, pedophiles, homophobia, the government, plagiarism, spam, politicians, and the Jonas Brothers
Occupation: aerospace/mechanical engineer (GO GATORS! GO AZTECS!)
Favorite Naruto Pairings: NaruHina (Narusaku is a close second) and LeeSaku (I dislike Sasuke)
Favorite Pokemon Pairings: AbilityShipping and LuckShipping
Pluto was declared no longer a planet on August 27, 2006, because it was "too small" and "off its orbit" for some scientists' likings. If you think Pluto should still be a planet, copy and paste this to your profile. LONG LIVE PLUTO!
Rising crime-rate: Older people complain about the loss of morality in society today... Heres the thing, back when these people were young, half the crimes committed weren't even crimes to begin with! We haven't lost morality! there are just more laws to break!
A message for those who discontinue fics: You started it. You finish it. If you have to put it on hiatus indefinitely because you're time-poor, then that's fine. Just finish it, even if it takes you 20 years. Please don't leave us hanging.
I don't support Eliminator or what they do, and I'm not responsible for your favorite fic or author quitting or losing their story. I'd tell you this myself, and I'd gladly laugh at them with you, but you haven't left a name, so that kills that. But it's really sad to see you hate me for the wrong reasons. If, however, you want to flame me and hate me for my writing/personality/religion/race/favorite stories/other absurd reasons/just because, go ahead, if that will make you happy. Be honest though.
I don't flame stories no matter how poorly written they are. Instead, I provide constructive criticism and advice. If I critique your story harshly (which I occasionally do), take it as a sign that your story has great potential, not as a flame. Harsh critiques indicate that I am a fan of your story and that I am willing to help you improve. I have nothing against you and I mean no harm; heck, I may be cynical, but I want you to succeed. Good is not enough. I want you to be great.
I'm by and large opposed to reporting violations to the guidelines given most violations are minor and that I don't always agree with the rules (though I do respect them). For the record, I was one of the most vocal opponents of the May 2012 purge.
That said, I draw the line at the following infractions and poor manners.
Spam: This site is for stories, not to sell products. Please upload your spam somewhere else, and don't forget to serve eggs with it. I won't report you, but someone else will. ;3
Racist/sexist slurs: Whether you flame me or not, don't use racist/sexist slurs please. Thank you very much.
Posting personal information: As the site guidelines say, privacy is limited.
Rape: I won't flame or report you, but I will kindly suggest that you make all sex consensual.
Arrogance: "My story is the greatest since sliced bread! U noobs are just jealous of my talent. Leet Swag!" Kindly remove the 7-foot pole from your rear before you scare us all off.
Flamers who attack the user instead of the story: There's a fine line between a flamer and an internet tough guy. If you feel the need to insult someone do it in person. This does not apply to thieves. For more information look down.
Blatant Plagiarism: If you really want to piss me off, plagiarize a story or any type of published literature, comics, video games, films, anime, etc. Your lust for attention is NOT an excuse to steal. Say what you want about offenders who use real people or post author's notes as chapters, but they are choir children compared to plagiarists. If you are going to borrow work from someone else, credit that person AND ask for permission at all costs! No exceptions! If you're too lazy to ask permission or credit an author, then please don't upload anything until you learn some decency.
It's official. Trolls love to steal stories. Plagiarism will sink FFN's ship if you ask me. I won't just report if you steal fics without asking or giving credit; I will also encourage others to report you as well. Consider yourself lucky I won't flame you even though you deserve to be flamed for theft.
White Knights who defend flagrant plagiarists: Why do people have to defend theft?
Excuses and Questions Conjured By Plagiarists:
1. You don't have any stories!
Me: Nice try. I have 9 stories, and I wrote 8 of them myself. I received written permission from another author to continue his story and gave him credit. My blood, sweat, and tears went into them all to varied extents. You may have more stories than me, but you didn't write any of them.
2. This is a free country! I can write anything I want!
Me: Go ahead and write anything you want, as long as you write what you want on your own. Plagiarism is not writing what you want. It's stealing.
3. You have no right to judge me!
Me: Oh really? You have a point in the sense that I don't have the right to judge you, but how about you look in the mirror. You're judging me to be a gullible fool when you steal work from others. Ergo, I'll judge you back for judging me, rights be damned.
4. Plagiarism is fan fiction!
Me: On the contrary, there is a fine line between plagiarism and fanfics. Fanfics are original spin-offs of canon by fans. Plagiarism is theft. Don't give me the different characters excuse. Switching characters does not make it unique.
5. You are wrong! You have no proof!
Me: If I am wrong, then I apologize. Having said that, I always have proof if I am right.
6. Plagiarism isn't against the rules!
FYI, it is very much against the terms of service. Have you read the copyright policy? Besides, plagiarism goes beyond violating site guidelines. Plagiarism violates literary integrity and just about any common code of ethics that a person observes. In other words, plagiarism is beyond pathetic.
7. Screw the guidelines!
I dislike many of the guidelines as much as you do, so we're in the same boat. However, I draw the line at plagiarism because it violates personal and literary integrity, never mind the guidelines. You have to draw the line somewhere right?
8. Everyone else borrows text and plots from one another, so why can't I?
Me: Borrowing text and plots from other authors is acceptable as long as you ask permission and credit the original authors. If (a big IF) you have a sense of decency and do both, then I will let your actions slide. If you want to borrow song lyrics, then you better write a letter to the lyricist(s) and hope you get permission. I don't consider borrowing to be plagiarism as long as (1) you credit the original authors and (2) you ask for permission.
9. I'm sorry! I forgot it belonged to someone else!
Me: Don't apologize to me. Apologize to the author you stole from. In addition, don't give me the lame excuse that you forgot. You had plenty of time to ask permission and credit the original author(s) before you got caught.
10. I couldn't help myself! I wanted attention!
Me: If you want attention, then be original and write your own story. People will appreciate you more that way. You never know, I could end up being your biggest fan if you write an original story.
11. I'm just figuring out how to post stories!
Me: You can do so by writing a trollfic instead. I'll even let spam, one-word entries, and gibberish slide as long as you don't cross the line of theft. Anything but plagiarism!
12. I didn't steal jack squat! (Insert original author) stole my work!
Me: BS!! Now you're a lying plagiarist! Why is your date of upload later than the original author's publishing date of upload? Hmm? If you can find a way to prove me and the site wrong I'll change my mind. I doubt that'll happen because the site is pretty accurate with its dates of publishing/updating. Until then, grow up.
13. It's only a joke!
Me: Plagiarism is not a prank, joke, or thrill. It's a crime. It'll get you thrown out of college. In some places you can be sued and even jailed.
14. You have no life!
Me: Your words aren't sticks and stones, so they can't break my bones. If insulting me makes you happy, then by all means keep at it.
15. Who cares? What are you going to do about it?
Me: Simple. I'll give you 2 days to take your copy down before I report you for plagiarism. :3
16. You're such a tattle-tale! Why don't you shut up and go join Critics United? You'll fit in just fine!
Me: I don't report every violation out there like CU does. I only report plagiarists. Comparing me with CU members is like comparing chocolate and onions. We don't mix. Besides, I don't report plagiarists right away. First I threaten to report, and then I give the plagiarist two days to take copy-pastas down voluntarily.
17. Why 2 days? You're quite patient for someone who takes your stand.
Me: I believe that even plagiarists deserve second chances at redemption, and the two-day window is a second chance that I am giving you. Please make that chance count and remove the stolen fic.
18. Isn't this site about unleashing you imagination?
Me: By plagiarizing stories, you are pilfering someone else's imagination. It takes zero imagination to plagiarize, so DON'T use the motto to defend theft.
19. It's only a parody!
Me: Parodies are NOT directly copied from the original script or story. Watch Spaceballs if you want a clear-cut definition of a parody.
20. The original story is on another site! I'm just sharing it with other readers!
Me: You could always post a link to the original story. If you feel the need to upload the original story word-for-word, then you better get the original author's consent and post a disclaimer. Otherwise, it's still theft buster.
21. The site admins don't give a d*n about plagiarism.
Me: I'll give you a list of users that have been banned from the site for plagiarism. Nice try sucker.
Bottom Line: If you committed plagiarism on accident and it was truly an honest mistake, then do the right thing and come clean. Take your copy down while you're at it. If you come clean, you'll earn my respect. For the record, I will NOT report stories unless they involve blatant plagiarism or excessive and blatant copyright infringement.
Announcement regarding TAPIR: I am NOT a member of TAPIR. Please disregard any claim of membership. Any actions that I commit are of my own accord and do not represent the actions of any forum whatsoever.
If your story has been plagiarized, please contact me via PM.
Note: Unauthorized transcriptions is tantamount to plagiarism. Permission is needed.
Update regarding MegaloRex's Return of Brothers: Chapter 15 is a work-in-progress. I have not given upon on "Return of Brothers" and I will finish what MegaloRex started. I've just been very busy with homework and exams, so I don't have the time to spend an entire day focusing on writing. Please be patient. Thank you.
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