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The Ten Fanfic Commandments

Authors anonymous/unknown; compiled by Nancy Brown

Author's Note: I think I saw bits of these posted in various newsgroups. If for some reason someone else actually did write them all down in one place like this, I apologize.

  1. Thou art a fanfic writer, not God. Unless thy name is Roddenberry (or Carter or Weisman) thy stories are not canon, nor are the characters all thine own. Disclaim them as such.
  2. Keep the newsgroup holy; do not repost thine stories each week. That is the purpose of the archive.
  3. Thou shalt not take the First Amendment in vain. Thou dost have the right to express one's opinion. One doth not have the right to do so simply to cause a flame war.
  4. Honor thy spellchecker and thesaurus.
  5. Thou shalt not release a story that another hast not proofread.
  6. Putting thine friends and thy self into thine stories can be vastly entertaining for all. Telling the world all thine fantasies through thy character is a little disturbing. Telling thine fantasies about thine friends through thy character could be grounds for stalking charges. Use thy best judgement.
  7. Thou mayst commit adultery with thine characters as thou might please, but thou shalt post a "Mature Readers Only" warning.
  8. Thou shalt not use another author's characters in thine stories without permission. Ever.
  9. Thou shalt not play in another author's (or authors') universe without permission. Ever.
  10. Feedback is thy greatest friend. Learn to both give and take it constructively, and thou shalt live long and prosper mightily.