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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] gensplosion2013-05-22 09:25 pm
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rules and guidelines


We mean a story of any length or genre, in which the focus is not on a romantic or sexual relationship. Fics may acknowledge romance/relationships/sex, but these things should not - at all - be the focus of the story.

Instead, we request that you rec fics that focus more on family, friendship, plot, character exploration, adventure, whatever! So long as the primary focus is not a romantic or sexual relationship, you're good! If you have any questions, ask!


Gen can be a bit blurred with other genres sometimes. We get it! If the fic you want to rec really is open to interpretation, we won't stop you recommending it. But we ask that you think very carefully about it. There are plenty of places to recommend and find shippy fic. This is not one of them, so please think carefully about each rec and, if you're in doubt, perhaps hold off for a bit and try to find something more fitting to the genre we're really looking for.


At this stage we won't be allowing self-recs.


Please use this handy template! (Note that you will need to use the HTML updater, not rich text.)



There's nothing complicated there. It's all just copy and paste. But if you're not sure how to pretty your links up so it displays as the fic title, or you're not sure how to code somebody's user name, Dreamwidth has some handy instructions!

DW FAQ: How to code usernames.

(Or you can copy and paste from these text boxes) -

Dreamwidth username or community:

Username on another website, like AO3 or livejournal:

To display a link as the fic's title:


As many as you want! But please don't take to spamming our flists! If you want to put your recs in separate posts, that's fine, but please limit it to two recs per day. If you're going to combine your recs into one post, we'll allow two recs outside of a cut - but the rest should go beneath. (If you're not sure how to create a cut, the dreamwidth FAQ has a great guide.)


We're pretty informal around here! Just tag your post with - fandom name, and then you can add a few fun/squeeful/whatever tags to go with it! If the tag you want to add can apply to more than one fandom, that's great! But don't worry if it doesn't. If your fandom has pet nicknames for brOTPs, families, or friendships, use them! If the fic you're reccing has a list of tropes, tag them! The only mandatory tag is the fandom tag, and even if you miss that, one of the mods will add it for you. (We'll also merge any similar tags, purely for searching purposes - similar tags just split the searching into too many little threads. But if you've noticed one of your tags has disappeared and you really want to keep it, just say so!) The point is, don't stress about the tags! Feel free to have a bit of fun with them.

That said, however, one tag does have a restriction on it, and that is the 'gensploder' tag. This tag needs to be earned through the GENSPLODER OF THE MONTH challenge before you get one of your own.


Ask away! One of the mods will answer you as soon as we can, but please give us a day or so to get back to you, due to time zones and such. Your mods are [personal profile] isabelquinn and [personal profile] ozqueen.

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[personal profile] akamine_chan 2013-05-30 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
The promo I followed here said any and all fandoms, but for some people, that means any and all fandoms except RPF. I would love clarification on that before I join the community. Thanks!
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[personal profile] akamine_chan 2013-05-30 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome! And thanks for the quick response.
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[personal profile] akamine_chan 2013-05-30 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
I tried to tag my post with - fandom: bandom, - frandom: mcr rpf and podfic available but DW told me I didn't have permission to create tags... :(

Also, the style for comment boxes is really hard to read - very light grey text on a light grey/off-white background. A higher contrast would be nice for those of use with visual issues.
Edited 2013-05-30 06:33 (UTC)
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[personal profile] akamine_chan 2013-05-31 02:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome! Thanks so much!
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[personal profile] omnicat 2013-05-30 04:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Uh, guys, the grey-on-grey text in this post is almost impossible read. ^^;
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[personal profile] isabelquinn 2013-05-31 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Are you talking about the text boxes? If so, those have been fixed :) (Unless there's something else we missed? In which case, oops, let us know what's still wrong and we'll get our awesomesauce coder to do her ~thing.)
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[personal profile] omnicat 2013-06-01 11:00 am (UTC)(link)
I mean that it still looks like this to me right now. O.O
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[personal profile] omnicat 2013-06-01 11:11 am (UTC)(link)
The user info has the same problem, yeah. None of the other posts in the comm do, though.

Code, wut are you doing? @_@
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[personal profile] lucida 2013-06-01 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Coder here. ;) The code on this post hasn't been changed yet because [personal profile] ozqueen will have to edit it in when she's around, but I've updated the user info if you want to check that out and let me know if it's working for you yet!
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[personal profile] omnicat 2013-06-01 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
The profile page looks fine now. :D
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[personal profile] lucida 2013-06-01 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! The code in this post is the same as the user info, so it should look better as well once it's swapped out. Let me know if you come across any other issues. :)
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[personal profile] omnicat 2013-06-01 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Will do. :) Glad to have helped.
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2014-02-21 11:01 am (UTC)(link)
Request/suggestion: might it be possible to change to code so that the fanwork link is at the bottom of the post? I often check my rlist on my phone, and this way I always have to scroll back up if the description/rec sounds appealing. It's a minor thing, obviously, so I don't mind if you decide not to change it! Just thought maybe it annoys other people, too, so I might as well suggest it. ^^
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[personal profile] isabelquinn 2014-02-23 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Hi [personal profile] sylvaine :) We road tested a few different templates before the comm went live, and since your comment we've tried some of them out again. We realise this decision is way subjective, but we just can't figure out a link-at-the-bottom template that sits right with both of us. Sorry to be annoying :( but if it becomes a consistent problem among more people, we're happy to revisit the issue!
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2014-02-23 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Alright, no problem. Thanks for trying it again! ^^
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[personal profile] john_egbert 2014-07-04 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Hello! Sorry if this is written somewhere and I just missed it, but: is there a standard header format for when you're reccing multiple fics in one post?
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[personal profile] john_egbert 2014-07-08 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
No problem at all!

And thanks, that's good to know! I'll make it work as best I can.

(The reason I ask is that ridiculously long titles are kind of a thing in a few of my favorite fandoms. The standard header works for two fics with reasonable-length titles, it's not really long enough for How Karkat Vantas Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Con Air and While Recognizing the Importance of Luck in Certain Situations, Eve Genoard Continues to Disapprove of Gambling, haha.)
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[personal profile] intrigueing 2014-07-13 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
Hi. I would love to recommend a fic that I'm 99% sure qualifies as gen but I'd like to be sure -- the main plot focuses on the fact that one of the main characters was sexually abused years ago at the age of thirteen by an Original Character. However, the central relationship in the fic, and the support system as the character comes to terms with his abuse, is a very close platonic friendship with his best friend.

I thought that as the goal of this community is to focus on non-shippy fics, and this fic's sexual content is definitely not remotely shippy, it would qualify as gen. But I just wanted to ask just in case.
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2014-08-28 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Apologies if you've answered this question elsewhere and I haven't seen it, but what is the comm's stance on WIPs and on abandoned works?
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[personal profile] espresso_addict 2014-09-06 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
Not a mod but the posting header includes 'WIP?', so I assume it's ok to post both ongoing & abandoned WiPs as long as they're noted as such in the header. The mods MMV, of course!
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2014-09-11 08:41 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, good point; I'd managed to overlook that. Thanks!
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2014-09-11 09:24 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome, thanks! And I'll remember to do that next time I have a question. :D

[personal profile] mythicmistress 2016-04-18 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Bit of a stupid thing to ask, but the rec post I made doesn't look like the rest, so I'm wondering what I did wrong (please forgive me, I'm still learning how to code HTML).

[personal profile] mythicmistress 2016-05-02 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
Just a heads up for my fellow reccers-You cannot link to a username that uses spaces, for example "red blue". It needs to have an underscore (_) or a hyphen (-). (I figured this would be the best place to post this)