FAQ

Index of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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A) HISTORY AND OPERATION OF FICTIONMANIA

  1. A Brief History Of FictionMania.
  2. How Does FictionMania Operate?
  3. Why Does FictionMania Exist?
  4. Who Are "The Fearless Volunteers"?
  5. Who Makes Up The Task Force?
  6. Who Is In Charge Of New Story Postings and Who Is The Site Administrator?
  7. What Are The Costs Involved In FM?
  8. Is it Fictionmania or FictionMania?

B) NAVIGATION OF FICTIONMANIA

  1. Basic Navigation.
  2. How Do You Search For Stories, When You Don't Know What To Search For?
  3. Other Search Hints.
  4. More Detailed Search Methods.
  5. Searches For Stories With Images
  6. Searches By Name and File Name
  7. Searches By "Length Of A Story", By "Authors Who Have Written The Most Stories" and By "Authors Who Have Written The Most Words (measured in kilobytes)" on The Site.
  8. Author Biographies
  9. Universes
  10. Message Boards

C) THE STORIES ON FICTIONMANIA (FOR READERS)

  1. What Kinds Of Stories Will I Find On FictionMania?
  2. I Want To Read A Story From A List One Of The Searches Gave Me. Now What?
  3. Where Can I Find Guidelines About The Sexual Content Of Stories? For Example, What Does "R" Mean On FM?
  4. Where Can I Find Definitions For Category Words and Key Words?
  5. What Are Random Title Images?
  6. Why Are There Stories On FM That Aren't Finished?
  7. What Are The Reviews?
  8. I Have An Idea, But I Can't Write. I Need To Contact An Author. Should I?
  9. Where Are The Rules For Readers And Other Visitors To This Site?
  10. How Many New Stories Are Added Each Month?
  11. I have a complaint about a story, what should I do?
  12. What is 'this date in Fictionmania'?

D) WRITING A STORY FOR FICTIONMANIA

  1. Can Anyone Donate A New Story?
  2. I Think It Would Be Fun To Try And Write A Story But I Need Help. Is It Available?
  3. How Do I Submit A Story?
  4. What Is FTP, How Do I Do It, What Software Do I Need and Should I Use It?
  5. When I Submit A Story What Happens To It?
  6. What Is Edited and Do I Get To Approve The Edited Version? My Story Was 175k In My Word Processor But Shows Up As Only 154k. Was Something Taken Out?
  7. There Are Unfinished Stories On The Site. I Read One I Liked and Would Like To Try To Finish It.
  8. Are All The Stories That Are Sent In, Posted On The Site?
  9. How Long Does It Take To Post (Put On The Web For People To Read) A Donated Story?
  10. What Are "Universes"? May I Write A Story In A Universe I Like?
  11. How Do I Add Images (photographs or artwork) To My Story? (SWI)
  12. If A Reader Leaves A Comment About My Story, Should I Write Them A Thank You?
  13. Who Owns My Story After It's Posted On FM?
  14. May I Delete My Story From FM At A Future Date?
  15. Can I Fix Or Change My Story After It's Posted?
  16. My Story Is Incomplete And I Want To Add To My Existing Story, What Should I Do?
  17. There Is A Story Using The Same Title That I Want To Use, What Should I Do?
  18. There Is An Author Using The Name That I Have Always Used, What Can I Do?
  19. What Is The Best Format And Form To Use When I Submit My Story?
  20. How exclusive is FM? Can I post my story to another site? Do you accept stories from another site?
  21. I don't like a review given to my story, can I have it removed?
  22. Can I use the SWI format for my imageless story?

E) MISCELLANEOUS

  1. What Do All The Initials Used On FictionMania Mean?
  2. I May Be Able To Volunteer In Some Way. Is Help Needed? What Qualifications Do I Have To Have? Who Do I Contact and How?
  3. I Have A Suggestion. Should I Put It On The Hyperboard Or Send It To Someone?
  4. Finally...

We are always looking to improve this document, any suggestions should be sent to taskforce@fiction-mania.org



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RJMcD provided most of the work, with input from the Fictionmania Category Committee:

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A) HISTORY AND OPERATION OF FICTIONMANIA

A1.   A Brief History Of FictionMania.

In the early 1990's, when the Internet was still a new and very small operation, with a limited number of institutions connected together, there existed electronic bulletin boards. These were individual computers with a single modem. People with computers who had modems could call a number (usually long distance) and if no one else was connected at the moment they could connect and either upload TG (Transgender) stories or download them from that computer.

FM Volunteer Carol Collins recalls that one free bulletin board was the legendary Sierra Bulletin Board owned and operated by Mindy Rich.

By the mid-1990s newsgroups began to flourish and some of the general public discovered the Internet. The newsgroups, such as alt.sex.stories.tg became the place to find TG fiction. There still weren't a lot of stories, but instead of dozens there were now a few hundred.

Then spam worked its way on to the newsgroups. To avoid the spam, many groups banded together to form a list serve or e-list. (A list serve allowed a subscription base to automatically receive stories posted by other members of the service. Messages were also exchanged in this "broadcast" format.)

One of these was the TSA, the Transformation Stories Archive. Any story involving a transformation was welcome.

One of the members of this community was Sapphire. She created the first actual TG website, Sapphire's Place (www.sapphireplace.com), which is still active. She encouraged and promoted various authors at her site, most of who are among the better known authors here.

To join in on the fun, in 1996 Mindy founded a list serve called Maniapages. She expanded the gender transformation story concept to include all types of TG stories. Many of the users of TSA who were interested mainly in gender stories, went to this group. When that happened, the number of new TG stories on TSA declined.

In late 1997 Mindy Rich bought servers and programmed software, launching www.fictionmania.com in February of 1998. She read and formatted all of the stories herself, figuring that she would get maybe two or three a month. Soon there weren't hundreds of TG stories available for free, but thousands.

By December of 1999, Mindy was overworked at FM, which was affecting her health. A temporary illness, combined with some controversy at the time on the hyperboards, was wearing her down. She shut FM down and a month later, shut her list serve down as well.

A group of authors asked if they could run the server for her. After getting reassurances that the operation would remain the same, she decided to let FM continue. The Taskforce (think board of directors) was born. Mindy let the Taskforce operate the server until a new home was found.

Sue took charge as webmaster and began adding new stories. She recruited Anne-Mal as a helper. These two added stories for the first months of the Taskforce's running of Fictionmania. When they discovered the enormous task that Mindy was doing, it was made clear that more help was needed. Because of real life needs, Sue has had to drastically cut down on the number of stories she could upload

Talea is now the head volunteer and uploads almost all stories.

Glamour Boutique pays the network provider fee and as a token of our appreciation they receive the small banner at the bottom of your screen. They have a very good reputation of service to the TG community; the banner and your patronage of Glamour Boutique, keeps the stories free.

While preparing and posting the stories is obviously important to FM, that work isn't all that goes on here. The Taskforce has spread around the work, hoping to avoid the overwork that plagued Mindy. Other volunteers, who do not work on stories, have been gathered to help with FM, the FAQ is a result of one of these groups. While some are known more publicly than others, everyone involved has worked hard to put FM together for the good of all.

Taskforce member Carol Collins, who provided most of this history, said, "The newbies coming on the Internet and finding FM simply do not realize how lucky they are. It used to be very difficult to find TG stories. Here, we have thousands available for free. I would call FM a national treasure except that FM belongs to the world. The world wide web to be more specific."

All in all, FM is the result of altruism. No one gets paid. The authors, the Volunteers and the Task Force all volunteer their services. We do it simply to enjoy the stories.

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A2.   How Does FictionMania Operate?

Amazingly, FM was cobbled together by Mindy as she was teaching herself how to use the Internet. Set up as a one-person operation, she adapted and self programmed the final site.

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A3.   Why Does FictionMania Exist?

It's what we like to call Mindy's dream. FM was set up as a place where anyone who wishes to contribute stories was free to do so, while retaining full ownership of their stories. We seek to archive the stories for both current and future generations, as we explore the meaning of gender.

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A4.   Who Are "The Fearless Volunteers"?

A group of writers and readers, who volunteer their free time to spell check, format and edit for clarity the stories sent to FM to archive on the site. Their motto is "To Make the Authors Look Good."

Current members of the Fearless Ones are:

(Currently there are no volunteers. Stories are managed by Talea)

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A5.   Who Makes Up The Task Force?

A group of volunteer writers and readers, who serve as a Policy and Administration Board for FM. Current Taskforce members are:

Task Force members:

Retired Taskforce members:

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A6.   Who Is In Charge Of New Story Postings and Who Is The Site Administrator?

Talea posts the stories to the site. The other Taskforce members split the other duties on the site. All important decisions are made by the group as a whole.

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A7.   What Are The Costs Involved In FM?

There is no charge to read stories from FM's library, no membership or registration is required and there is no charge to donate a story to FM and have it posted on the site.

The servers were purchased by the founder of FM, Mindy Rich, who donated them to FictionMania. All of the initial costs to set up FM were fielded by Mindy. Since we are now independent of Mindy, we do not ask her to bear any of the current costs.

The monthly web site costs are mostly paid for by Glamour Boutique, whose banner you will see at various places on FM (We encourage you to visit their site and explore the possibilities).

Software maintenance is done by Mindy Rich and Talea on a voluntary basis.

Extraordinary one-time costs are met by donations, mainly from board members and special fund-raisers, such as the eBay story auction.

A method of accepting donations has been set up, but due to the modest costs at this time, has not been made public. As we decide to add features, we may then need to ask for support.

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A8.   Is it Fictionmania or FictionMania?

Either one is acceptable. Each person has their own preference.

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B. NAVIGATION OF FICTIONMANIA

B1.   Basic Navigation.

FM contains thousands of stories, dealing with explorations on all aspects of gender. The site is set up so that you can come here, explore to your heart's content, read as many stories as you like and leave with no one here ever knowing you visited (aside from a tick on the visitor counter).

To make it easier for readers to find a story that appeals to them, the stories have been classified by their authors and these classifications and descriptive terms have been grouped together, in a way that is searchable.

At the top of most pages there is a group of links, that will take you to the main sections of this website including pages that define the classifications of the stories and tell you how to find stories that match those descriptive terms. Many of these pages have additional links to subsections. The following FAQs have more detail.

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B2.   How Do You Search For Stories, When You Don't Know What To Search For?

There are many ways to search for stories. A good place to start is the standard, repeated, group of links at the top of most pages. Stories are sorted by a number of attributes, including Categories, Key Words, Age of Characters, Author Names, etc. Clicking on any of those items in the links at the top of the page, will take you to a page that will give you definitions of the terms within that field. Click "Category", for example and you'll be shown a list of story categories, each with a definition. Clinking on one of them, will take you to a list of stories that belong in that category.

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B3.   Other Search Hints.

If you're new to FM, you may want to try one of the broader searches in the standard group of links at the top of each page. These include "New Today", "New Last 2 Days", "New Last 3 Days", "New Last 7 Days", one of the two "Grab Bag" links, or "Stories Added This Date In FictionMania History". These all bring up a selection of stories.

If you aren't sure which "Categories" or "Key Words" appeal to you, or would simply like to explore different stories, these are good places to do that.

These search topics and others, can be found at fiction-mania.org/search/mainsearch.html

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B4.   More Detailed Search Methods.

FM offers more complex, though easy to use, search functions, too. For example, you may search multiple Key Words or Categories or Character Ages in a single search and combinations of Key Words and Categories and Character Ages.

You can even exclude stories that contain certain Categories or Key Words. See fiction-mania.org/search/andormultisearch.html

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B5.   Searches For Stories With Images

Some authors include one or more graphic images (drawings or photographs), with their stories and, in the shorthand of the site, these are called SWI (Stories With Images). The search function that will cull those stories from the herd is: fiction-mania.org/searchdisplay/swidisplay.html

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B6.   Searches By Name and File Name

One of the most common requests Mindy received, in the days of the Sierra Connection BBS, was for help in finding a specific story. She started an off-line database, adding information that turned into the present day search options. The ability of a reader to access these search functions, was incorporated into the design of FictionMania.

The "Name" option allows a person to search for a story by the story's title (name).

The "File Name" is something of a holdover from the early days, but for those using older browsers or operating systems that don't allow spaces in file names, it can be a useful way to search

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B7.   Searches By "Length Of A Story", By "Authors Who Have Written The Most Stories" and By "Authors Who Have Written The Most Words (measured in kilobytes)" on The Site.

You can set your parameters and search for stories of certain lengths (longer than 20k, but shorter than 150k, for example). See fiction-mania.org/search/sizesearch.html.

Authors who have written the most stories are listed at fiction-mania.org/searchdisplay/topcount.html

Authors who have written the most words are listed at fiction-mania.org/searchdisplay/topk.html

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B8.   Author Biographies

Information on what TG subjects particular authors write about and why they write, can be found at fiction-mania.org/search/biosearch.html

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B9.   Universes

Some authors have created "Universes", i.e. story concepts and characters that can be used from one story to another. "Star Trek" is a universe, for example. The universes of TG fiction are listed under "Categories". The creators of these universes usually allow other authors to write in the universe they've created. For more information see 10d.

FM designates a universe as a category and adds it to the search function, when multiple authors start to write stories for that universe.

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B10.   Message Boards

There is one message boards on FM, "HyperBoard" which at this time is moderated by Carol Collins. Users may register on the board to have their messages posted immediately, however they still may be moderated. Unregistered users messages will be posted after being moderated.

An unmoderated board called "The Mosh Pit" is a failed experiment that is mentioned once in awhile.

We reserve the right to remove any messages.

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C) THE STORIES ON FICTIONMANIA (FOR READERS)

C1.   What Kinds Of Stories Will I Find On FictionMania?

Fictionmania explores gender. This can be done in many various ways. Within that concept, the variety is endless.

Many stories feature a transformation. A majority of these are a transformation from one sex, into the other.

You can find a sweet, sentimental G-Rated romance, or a down-and-dirty forced feminization, XXX-Rated story. There are stories about married couples who magically switch bodies and stories of husbands and boyfriends wearing panties in secret. There are stories of transformations in many genres, from Science Fiction to fetish. You can find realism and wizards, age transformations with gender transformations and autobiographical tales, comic book super heroes and Anime characters, everyday people and the very kinky. In short, just about anything you can imagine. The only common thread is the presence of gender exploration.

There are stories on FM that are first efforts by beginning writers and stories as slick and professional as you'd find in any commercial book or magazine. You can also pick stories to fit your available time, from a five-minute read, to close to novel length.

Though most people start finding their way around by going to the "Categories", "Key Words", or "New Today" links, at the top of most pages and then clicking on something that sounds appealing, you might also want to drop in on the HyperBoard. From time to time, regular visitors post recommendations of specific stories and there's even an occasional "Best of..." or "Favorites" list posted. If you're looking for something in particular, you can post your own message and ask for suggestions.

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C2.   I Want To Read A Story From A List One Of The Searches Gave Me. Now What?

After clicking on one of the links at the top of the page and doing one of the various searches, you were presented with either a short or long list of stories. The newest stories almost always appear at the top of the list. To go to a story on that list, simply click the story name. It's underlined and in blue, which means it's a live link that will take you to the page indicated.

Each story has information with it. Most choices, such as the story title, author's name, story synopsis, a link to reviews of the story, etc., are self-explanatory. They are underlined links in blue. Additional information found with a story listing, includes: the number of stories written by that author (in parenthesis after the author's name), whether or not the story is complete, whether or not it has illustrations or photographs (images) with it and a file size stated in kilobytes.

Some stories are posted in parts, over time and that's indicated by "Complete: No". Story length is stated in kilobytes (i.e. 55.6K), rather than number of pages, or number of words. After you've read one story and noted its length, you'll have a feel for the relative length of other stories you may decide to read. Stories with illustrations of some sort, are designated with "SWI" (Story With Images). To see the version with the images, you must click on the underlined, blue "SWI".

For more information on the rest, click "User Help/Info" in the group of links at the top of the page. Once there, click on "How To Read Stories-Help Page".

All the items presented in blue type and underlined, indicate links to "more of this". "Categories", for example, are underlined and by clicking on a particular category, you'll be presented with a list of other stories that also fall in that category. Click on the author's name and you'll get a list of all the stories by that author.

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C3.   Where Can I Find Guidelines About The Sexual Content Of Stories? For Example, What Does "R" Mean On FM?

See fiction-mania.org/search/ratingsearch.html

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C4.   Where Can I Find Definitions For Category Words and Key Words?

In the links at the top of most pages.

Category fiction-mania.org/search/categorysearch.html
Keyword fiction-mania.org/search/keywordsearch.html

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C5.   What Are Random Title Images?

A small, randomly selected picture, with a caption, appears on the Welcome page to FictionMania each time you connect to that page. These captioned pictures are from the Random Images Library. Anyone may write a caption for a picture, or pictures, in the available set of pictures, or submit a non-copyrighted picture, with, or without, a caption.

For more information see fiction-mania.org/misc/titleimages.html. For information on how to write Random Images see fiction-mania.org/ywri/index.html

These take a lot of labor to upload and add so, updates may take months to appear.

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C6.   Why Are There Stories On FM That Aren't Finished?

When you see the designation "Complete: No" by a story, you know the listing is for part of a story. Authors sometimes post longer stories in parts, to make them easier to download. Others post parts as they finish them. In some cases, the unfinished story is a trial balloon and the author wants feedback about whether or not to continue writing the story (called SIBC, or Should It Be Continued?) In other cases, the author has posted part of a story and, because of outside circumstances, was not able to finish the story.

See fiction-mania.org/help/complete.html

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C7.   What Are The Reviews?

With each story listing, you'll see a link to "Read Reviews". That will take you to a page of comments, if any, left by previous readers of the story. Most, but not all, stories have received reader reviews. Authors, who post their stories for free, greatly appreciate receiving this feedback. Because they write for free, this is the only "payment" they receive and the only way they can know whether or not their story was well-received.

We reserve the right to remove any review.

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C8.   I Have An Idea, But I Can't Write. I Need To Contact An Author. Should I?

Almost all authors have many more ideas for stories, than they have time to write. They would all encourage you to give writing a shot.

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C9.   Where Are The Rules For Readers And Other Visitors To This Site?

Check out: fiction-mania.org/help/policy.html

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C10.   How Many New Stories Are Added Each Month?

See: fiction-mania.org/stats/allposts.html

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C11.   I have a complaint about a story, what should I do?

All complaints can be sent to taskforce@fiction-mania.org . Complaints about removing a story must have just cause, such as plagiarism and will be reviewed by the Taskforce. The Taskforce does not allow stealing of another's work.

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C12.   What is 'this date in Fictionmania'?

When a visitor arrives at FM, the most common stories read are those that are new to the site. This function, thanks to a user's suggestion, randomly shows stories that were added on this date in previous years.

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D) WRITING A STORY FOR FICTIONMANIA

D1.   Can Anyone Donate A New Story?

Yes, as long as it is an original story within the broad TG field and is a story written by you. You must provide the name that you wish to be credited with as the author (a pseudonym or real name, as you wish) and an e-mail address at which you can be reached. This information is kept strictly private.

For more information see "Author Help/Info" in the standard set of links at the top of most pages. This link will give you guidelines, covers copyright questions and more. "Donate" does not mean that you lose ownership (the copyright) of the story. See Question D13 below.

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D2.   I Think It Would Be Fun To Try And Write A Story But I Need Help. Is It Available?

See fiction-mania.org/help/volsinfo.html

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D3.   How Do I Submit A Story?

You need to fill out a template (the fill in the blanks form), which gives the information that we need to load your story into the FM database. You can send in your story in the body of an e-mail message to submissions@fiction-mania.org or via FTP to ftp.fiction-mania.org. Correctly filling out the template is very important and not doing so will prevent the posting of your story. You may also try to send in the story as an attachment to the e-mail address, however due to where the submissions are archived, it is not guaranteed that we will receive the story.

See fiction-mania.org/author/contribute.html

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D4.   What Is FTP, How Do I Do It, What Software Do I Need and Should I Use It?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, sometimes called File Transfer Process. Many people send stories to FM as an attachment to an e-mail. FTP software is another way of transferring files (stories and stories with images) to this site. Each operating system has it's own FTP software. FTP Explorer, WS_FTP and cuteFTP are products for Windows; Fetch and Interarchy are popular on the Mac and so on. Basic FTP software programs are available as Freeware or Shareware. The advantage in sending a story to FM via FTP is that the story goes directly to our server, rather than through the e-mail program and browser (InternetExplorer. NetscapeNavigator, iCab, Opera, etc.). This is sometimes a faster transfer, as an upload from your end and easier to deal with at FM's download site. It's the preferred method for all stories being sent in to the site, but especially useful for SWI files (Stories With Images) and longer Stories (over 75k).

FTP may be new to you, but it's really not a techie thing. Do a search on www.google.com for "FTP software Windows" or "FTP software Macintosh" and go to the sites of the software mentioned above. Download the software, read the text files and you'll be FTPing in no time.

AOL, the most popular service, has a built in FTP ability.

Most browsers won't allow to upload files with FTP, only to download. In this case you need a FTP client - as above mentioned.

The address for FTP is 'ftp.fiction-mania.org'. Use anonymous access. If you are asked for username and password, use:
Username: anonymous
Password: (your email address)

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D5.   When I Submit A Story What Happens To It?

When a new story is donated to FM, it goes into a file. From there Talea checks to see if the author followed the story submission guidelines. They then add the story to a List.

The Fearless Volunteers choose a story to format and prepare for posting. (Since they are all volunteers, no one has a quota of new stories they must finish each week, or each month.) Every one works on this process in their spare time. (Mostly time stolen away from other duties, in their real lives.) Naturally, some people have more time, or are faster, than others. Therefore, some stories get posted sooner than others. Each volunteer picks the stories that they are interested in, not the one that is at the top of the list. Eventually, the donated stories are posted.

At over a thousand new stories posted in the last year, their record speaks for itself. For example, Sue and Mindy have donated many thousands of hours to keep the unseen machinery of fictionmania running. It has required a dedication that most of us do not have. Please be patient. And, the next time you e-mail FM, please let them know how much we appreciate the work that they and the Taskforce do.

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D6.   What Is Edited and Do I Get To Approve The Edited Version? My Story Was 175k In My Word Processor But Shows Up As Only 154k. Was Something Taken Out?

A story sent for posting on FM (which is different from you sending a story to an editor), is formatted, spell checked and edited for clarity. No content editing is done, except that which effects formatting (using our standard font, eliminating characters not in the charset ISO-8859-1, such as some currency symbols, "smart" or "curly" quotation marks, etc., removing italicized letters, indentations)

NOTE: To use quotation marks in your story, change your word processor's preference settings to "straight quotes". In MSWord, for example, this is done by going under Tools >AutoCorrect >AutoFormat >As You Type and clearing (deselecting) the "Straight Quotes with Smart Quotes" box. This page and all pages on FM, uses Straight Quotes.

The change from the file format that your word processing software uses on your computer, to the file format used on the web site (ASCII, also called Plain Text), is the reason for the different sizes of the story file. The plain text format (ASCII) keeps the file size to a minimum by eliminating excess spaces and blank lines and allows more files (stories) to be stored on this website, while speeding the downloading to your machine. It also allows all browsers, no matter how old, to use the site. Also word processors store additional info in the file, sometimes keep deleted parts which are just not visible, so the size difference to the plain text file might be very large.

If you know 'charsets' it is appreciated to use only characters found in ISO-8859-1.

Approval is not asked after the story is submitted. If you do not like the version uploaded, or wish to revise it, see D15, below.

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D7.   There Are Unfinished Stories On The Site. I Read One I Liked and Would Like To Try To Finish It.

Finishing someone else's story is like finishing the landscaping of your neighbor's yard - it's only done with permission of the owner. In unusual cases, where the author is deceased, or the story is very old and the author no longer active and there's no way to contact them, it may be possible to add to, or complete, a story.

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D8.   Are All The Stories That Are Sent In, Posted On The Site?

On very, very rare occasions a story is not posted, usually because it has no content of gender interest. No qualitative judgment is made on stories, however. FictionMania is an archive for TG fiction, not a commercial publishing house and all stories are welcome, whether written by beginners or polished pros. Every story is considered precious.

See fiction-mania.org/help/volsinfo.html

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D9.   How Long Does It Take To Post (Put On The Web For People To Read) A Donated Story?

This can vary, depending on the number of stories received, the number of volunteers available and the number of free hours volunteers have to devote to the job. Over the years, the "lag time" has run between three hours to three months. Correctly filling out the submission form and following submission instructions, speeds the process up considerably.

Because of the volume of submissions, we are not able to respond to requests about the status of stories if your story is in the queue. Being "in the queue" means your story has been received by FM and is somewhere in the processing stage. The current queue (list) of stories received is posted on the Hyperboard if stories have a considerable wait time (over two weeks).

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D10.   What Are "Universes"? May I Write A Story In A Universe I Like?

As mentioned in Question Number 9b, above, they are worlds with characters and/or conditions, rather like "Star Trek" is a universe of its own. A universe may be reserved for its creator/owner, or it may be open for others, who may write stories set in that universe. To be listed as a category a universe must have stories by more than one author. There are rules for each universe, but they are not all in one place. You might start your search for rules by checking the first story by the original author (the oldest posted story in that universe), others who have written stories in that universe, or on the links page at fiction-mania.org/links/index.html

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D11.   How Do I Add Images (photographs or artwork) To My Story? (SWI)

Images are a bit tricky and time-consuming to process, so the directions (See fiction-mania.org/author/addyourimages.html) must be followed to the letter. Very few volunteers can work on SWI's (Stories With Images) and there's a substantial amount of work involved. Images cannot be imbedded in a document, they must be submitted individually.

FM assumes that you have permission to use any images you submit. Stories will be removed that have unauthorized images.

FM has the right to reject any image that it feels is not appropriate for the site.

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D12.   If A Reader Leaves A Comment About My Story, Should I Write Them A Thank You?

Common sense says that you don't want them to feel sorry they commented, by making them feel they have to get into a discussion with the author. However, if the reader leaves an e-mail link with his/her review, it indicates they are open to receiving at least a "Thank you for your review," and perhaps more.

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D13.   Who Owns My Story After It's Posted On FM?

You do. We are only giving you an audience.

See: fiction-mania.org/author/disclaimer.html

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D14.   May I Delete My Story From FM At A Future Date?

Yes. The request must come from the original e-mail address you used to post the story, so we can verify it. It is a time consuming process so it may take awhile to be done.

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D15.   Can I Fix Or Change My Story After It's Posted?

Yes, it's your story.

After we have posted your story you may feel that our version is not what you wish. If you wish to make changes in a posted story re-send the entire story, not just the changed portions. The received version will be considered ready to be uploaded. No spell checking or editing for clarity will be done. We will format it if there are no line breaks (hard returns) within paragraphs. If not, we will load as is.

Re-posting a story takes time and work, however and because of the workload we VERY STRONGLY encourage authors to proof read their stories (and perhaps have an editor look at it and make suggestions) before sending it in, thereby eliminating the need for re-posting a corrected version.

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D16.   My Story Is Incomplete And I Want To Add To My Existing Story, What Should I Do?

FM prefers that you make the addition a separate submission with a title that indicates it is a continuation of your existing story. Use titles such as "The Original Title", "The Original Title II", "The Original Title III", etc. With each new addition we recommend that your synopsis include a summary of what happened in previous installments.

While adding of additional parts to an existing entry is done, it involves a lot of effort and the actual formatting can only be done by very few of the volunteers.

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D17.   There Is A Story Using The Same Title That I Want To Use, What Should I Do?

While you own the stories, you cannot own (copyright) a title. When Mindy ran the site, she would number the stories that used the same titles, even if they had nothing to do with each other. Now stories with the same titles are allowed by different authors, though it may be to your benefit to search the story base and, if you find your title has already been used, choose a new title.

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D18.   There Is An Author Using The Name That I Have Always Used, What Can I Do?

Names are put into the database as stories are added. So names are on a first come, first served basis. You may make arrangements with the original name holder on FM to change, but it is up to them.

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D19.   What Is The Best Format And Form To Use When I Submit My Story?

We prefer to receive stories saved as text with line breaks (hard returns; that is, hitting the Return or Enter key) ONLY at the end of paragraphs, with a space between paragraphs. Use single spacing between words and punctuation.

When sending documents as attachments, save them as .txt, .doc or .rtf (Rich Text File). Stories sent in the main body of the e-mail will ruin the formatting, leaving unwanted line breaks (That is, copied and pasted into the main window of the e-mail message.)

For FTPed Documents, .txt, .doc and .rtf are preferred.

With the wide range of volunteers, we try to accept any type file, but the above choices give your story the best chance of appearing as you mean it to appear. They also make it easier and faster to format for the site, which helps it get posted faster. The file format that gives us the most trouble is .wps.

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D20.   How exclusive is FM? Can I post my story to another site? Do you accept stories from another site?

It is your story; if you wish it to be posted to another site go ahead. In fact we encourage it. We do accept stories that have been posted elsewhere.

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D21.   I don't like a review given to my story, can I have it removed?

Fictionmania has the right to remove any review and they are moderated when they are posted. If you feel a review should be removed, the Taskforce as a whole will look at it and decide if it should be removed. You need to make the complaint to the taskforce@fiction-mania.org address.

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D22.   Can I use the SWI format for my imageless story?

Imageless SWI stories are allowed (at the Fictionmania volunteer's discretion) to preserve special formatting. Most special formatting can be accommodated with the HTML option, so the imageless SWI option is only for those few stories that really need it.
Be sure to note, in you story synopsis, that the story has no images.

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E. MISCELLANEOUS

E1.   What Do All The Initials Used On FictionMania Mean?

Though many are standard web shorthand, such as LOL, there are also common abbreviations used in transgender e-mail and messages. Keep in mind that there are no "official" definitions and that people sometimes use these terms loosely.

TG = Transgender, beyond gender, the catch-all word that includes every type of gender exploration.
AF = Altered Fates. A TG story universe.
BB = Bikini Beach. A TG story universe.
CD = Cross Dressing, dressing in the clothes of the other sex.
F2M or FTM or FtM = Female to Male transitions
Full Time = Shorthand for "living full time as a transgendered person".
GG = Genetic Girl. Someone born female, both physically and mentally.
M2F or MTF or MtF = Male to Female transitions.
MAU = Morphic Adaptation Unit. A TG story universe.
Post Op = A person who has had SRS (see SRS below)
Pre Op = A person who plans or desires SRS (See SRS below)
RL = Real Life
RLT = Real Life Test. Living as a female 24/7, prior to SRS.
She-Male = Persons who get breasts, through implants, hormones or other means and live full time as females, while keeping their male genitalia.
SIBC = Should It Be Continued?
Sissy = Someone who prefers, in real life or in fantasy, to take a very submissive role in a relationship. Almost always a male and frequently associated with the Maid Fantasy.
SRS = Sexual Reassignment Surgery. The medical procedure that reconfigures genitals to those of the other sex.
SRU = Spells 'R' Us, a TG story universe.
SWI = A Story With Images (illustrations or photographs).
T* = Used to indicate all types of transgender behavior, conditions and interests.
T-Girl = A transgendered male.
TS = Transsexual. A person who has had SRS (Sexual Reassignment Surgery)
TV = Transvestite. A person who dresses in the clothes of the other sex.

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E2.   I May Be Able To Volunteer In Some Way. Is Help Needed? What Qualifications Do I Have To Have? Who Do I Contact and How?

Yes, help is always needed and all you need is to have some spare time. Send an e-mail to webmaster

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E3.   I Have A Suggestion. Should I Put It On The Hyperboard Or Send It To Someone?

Though FictionMania is always looking for ways to improve its service to our community, time is tight, the budget is small and not everything is possible. Keep in mind that the site is run by volunteers, so what might seem obvious is not always easy or practical. The main priority is to offer quick and easy access to stories. The site is kept simple, without fancy graphics, to facilitate this. Formatting and posting the stories and keeping the site functioning properly, takes more time than is available. Many good ideas, which seem obvious and simple, are, in fact, difficult, impossible or impractical for various reasons. We encourage suggestions, but can't promise you an e-mail response, especially not right away, simply because e-mail would eat up all our time and nothing else would get done.

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E4.   Finally...

Again, Welcome to FictionMania! Explore and enjoy. After you've read all of this FAQ page and read the links, if you get bogged down or don't know where to turn, go to the HyperBoard (linked in the standard set of links at the top of most pages). Don't be afraid to post a question. You don't have to leave your e-mail address and you can make up a name. In your HyperBoard post, say you're new and you have a question. There will be plenty of people happy to help.

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