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Thread: Ask a Moderator - Part IX

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    Ask a Moderator - Part IX

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    [The more people ask the same question, the more pages there are, which cause more people to not take the time to read it, causing them to post the same question and the vicious cycle continues]

    Please, allow MODERATORS ONLY to answer the questions in this thread.

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    Snape's Talon
    Two main questions.

    When lifting a few lines directly from any HP book, is it necessary to footnote the exact page or will book title, chapter, edition (US/UK), year published and author suffice? What if the little segments are from several pages within a chapter? Would it then become necessary to actually put in the little (1) or (3) number annotations within the body of the story and follow up with the corresponding page number in the footnotes?

    Edit: I mention edition mostly because there are minor differences between UK and US books. Might be important to the Mods if one is directly quoting.

    And second, how flexible are the Mods when submissions come in that were originally part of assignments from Hogwarts? Case in point, the drabble I co-wrote features both Lucius and Narcissa filling out dating ads. This is quite OOC, especially as Lucius did his while in Azkaban. However, it worked well within the criteria set forth by the Professor.

    Thanks for your time and patience!

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    No one answered in the last thread before it was locked so I'll just post it here again.

    After a couple days ago, which was daylight savings, we had the message DST Settings Updated pop up when we visit the site. But everytime when I log on, that message pops up. Does it happen to everyone and if not, is it supposed to be happening to me everytime I log on. Just curious.

    On a side note, you modlies are doing an excellent job. Really. I appreciate everything you do for the site.


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    Snape's Talon, for me, it would be okay if you just include the book title and chapter title and edition (though I think the chapter titles are all the same in each edition, but I'll have to check my books at home). I think it can be assumed that almost everyone reading stories on MNFF knows that JK Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series, so you only have to include if you really want to.

    As for the issues of turning assignments from Hogwarts into submission on the main site, I think as long as it fits the criteria for validation it should be fine. For the piece you mentioned, I think it might fit in Humor as long as Lucius and Narcissa are essentially themselves, even when filling out the dating ad, and not completely unrecognizable.

    sayiansirius, I'm not getting any message like the one you're talking about when I log in. PM me with the details if it is still happening and I'll see what I can find out.

    Edit: Look at Potterphile12's post if you have problems with a pop-up when you sign in.

    Thanks for the additional info, Anasuya! *hugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by songbook99
    sayiansirius, I'm not getting any message like the one you're talking about when I log in. PM me with the details if it is still happening and I'll see what I can find out.
    Actually, I was getting the same message when I signed in, but I cleared my cookies, history and my temp internet files and the message stopped. Sometimes that's all it takes. Try that and if it persists, PM Karin.

    Sorry, Karin. I know you already answered this one.

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    I have to stop using arrows to indicate my embarressment.

    Would one of you lovely ladies or gents be able to delete a review for me so I can start fresh?

    I hate peas.

    And for future referrance (and hopefully correct spelling) is there someone I should PM straight away, instead of clogging up this thread? I've been out of the action for a little while

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    Steph, I've taken care of the review. For future reference, you can contact any of the mods about deletion of reviews. I recommend contacting the person who mods that particular category.

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    Hey, I am probably sounding like an idiot, but I am quite confused. What exactly is SBBC? I am sorry if this has already been answered, but I didn't see it when I looked.

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    Fifth Year Ravenclaw
    Looking for Nicholas Flamel

    Join Date
    May 2006
    bowing down to disillusion
    The SBBC is Susan Bones Book Club - a group for reading and discussing fanfiction. I believe that you have to be sorted to see the forum, but I could very well be wrong.

    GORGEOUS banner by Kat/Mistletoe! Thank you so much!
    Icon by me [disillusion_row on livejournal].

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    Snape's Talon
    I know I probably won't earn any House points for doing this but ...

    Is there any possibility of getting a consensus from the Mods regarding proper citations and whether lines directly lifted from HP books (or any other source) need to be annotated within the body of the text like back in college. You know, those annoying little (x) right smack dab in the middle of the text.

    I realize at the end of the chapter, references should be properly cited (title, author, chapter, page, edition, date published). And yes, I know that there are legal ramifications. No one wants to be sued, much less over something most folks consider a hobby (or an obsession).

    I ask this as both an author and beta since I've received different opinions. Let's be honest, I'd rather not have to make a list of what each Mod will and will not accept.


    I know I just cheesed off someone with that question. Mods, feel free to bite my head off.

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