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Old 10-12-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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The Dimensions Library Forums have been established so that story submissions can be posted here by contributors, either as posts or as attachments. This way they can be enjoyed and commented on right away instead of waiting in a pipeline until they can be posted in the Weight Room as was previously the case. It is hoped that the library forums will facilitate the enjoyment of all the various genres of weight related fiction.

General Statement: No sense beating around the bush. What we have here are, for the most part, heavy duty weight related and especially weight gain stories. Some are not very politically correct and you either love this sort of fiction or you don't. Stories in the Dimensions Weight Room Library have accumulated over the years. A few go way back to bulletin boards before the web. Others were emailed to us. Most recently, authors have been posting stories directly to the Recent Additions Forum in this Dimensions Forum Library as the Weight Room Library is closed to new additions. Contributions are always welcome. Below are some guidelines applicable to all submissions:

Initial contributions: New story contributions may simply be posted as new threads to the "Recent Additions" forum of the Library, either directly or as an attachment file. We prefer direct posting but can usually convert attachments. Additions to existing stories normally should be added to the initial story thread, although exceptions are possible (please consult with one of our editors regarding such exceptions). If you want to use a pen name and remain totally anonymous you can also submit stories directly to our resident WG Story Drone - his email address is weight_tales@hotmail.com. Eligible original artwork (see under photos and artwork, below) does not have the same formatting, editing and classification issues as stories; this type of contribution may be posted directly to the Fine Arts Forum.

Excluded Contributions: Those that are off topic and/or primarily dedicated to other fantasy genres, alternative life styles and art forms (including specifically explicit stand alone pictures and drawings, vore, cannibalism etc.); those that include characters under 18 years of age (i.e., just like in adult magazines all featured models must be over 18, all featured/main characters in stories must be likewise); those that feature or include excessive violence or protagonist abuse; those not in compliance with pertaining laws, including specifically those laws related to incest and illegal drugs.

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Old 10-12-2005, 02:30 PM   #2
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Old 10-12-2005, 09:50 PM   #3
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so if we wanted a story posted, i assume we submit them the same way we always have? or do we just post them ourselves?
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:39 AM   #5
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so if we wanted a story posted, i assume we submit them the same way we always have? or do we just post them ourselves?
Since there are so many stories backlogged in the Weight Room Mail Room, it'd clearly be quicker for writers (like Australian Lord already has - Top Drawer, AL!) to submit 'em theirselves.

We're trying to move those stories that we already have quickly onto the Board, but it'll still take time - particularly if you've just submitted a piece. Unlike the stories in the Archives, these are only being "edited" so they can be broken into small enough chunks of text to fit the posting window; they are not being edited for spelling, grammar, or sudden weight changes that result from the writer inadvertently leaving off a zero. But even with those time-saving tactics, there are still over a hundred submissions to put on this board.

If any writers have already submitted something and have understandably been chafing over the long delay in seeing it posted, why not push to the head of the line and submit it here yourself?
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Old 10-13-2005, 07:48 AM   #6
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...Unlike the stories in the Archives, these are only being "edited" so they can be broken into small enough chunks of text to fit the posting window...
I could set the max post size larger for this forum, but in the case of really long stories this may impact performance. A much better option is to submit long stories simply as attachments.
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At this point, the maximum allowed size for a Word attachment is 19.5 KB (only one of the Weight Room stories posted to date fit that requirement), so I found it easier to simply break the story up in the windows . . .
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At this point, the maximum allowed size for a Word attachment is 19.5 KB (only one of the Weight Room stories posted to date fit that requirement), so I found it easier to simply break the story up in the windows . . .
.zip attachment limit is 100k, and I just bumped the .doc and .txt limits from 20 to 50k.
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Old 10-13-2005, 12:49 PM   #9
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it might be a good idea for people who post stories, to rate it in the subject header (ex: BBW, XWG, etc)

I, for one, have become so accustomed to that system, and it helps one easier find his or her favorite type of story.

just a thought.
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Old 10-13-2005, 02:26 PM   #10
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Good suggestion. For the mailroom stories that are already posted, I've put the ratings in the first line of the intro, so if you hold your cursor over the title, it should immediately tell you the subject matter.
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I could set the max post size larger for this forum, but in the case of really long stories this may impact performance. A much better option is to submit long stories simply as attachments.
Actually, it would impact performance in a positive way -- it's one less result returned from the database and less HTML (fewer posts returned).
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Is this only for WG stories...cause ya know I don't really write just weight gain stories...I do some WG...but my focus is "squashing"...sometimes with WG in there too...so...what shall I do?
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Is this only for WG stories...cause ya know I don't really write just weight gain stories...I do some WG...but my focus is "squashing"...sometimes with WG in there too...so...what shall I do?
Actually, the run of stories here and in the Weight Room Story Archives goes beyond just weight gain (though obviously, from my name, you can tell that's my favorite topic). There are plain romance stories, fairly explicit sexual tales, long and involved descriptions of monumental acts of gluttony, and simple paeans to the glories of plus-size bodies, both female and male. So feel free to submit.
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will post here soon as I can...another question...I have posted only at bbwclubs...would reposting some of my stories from there be alright or no?
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You might wanna check with the clubs' moderators to see if they have any issues with it, but we've posted plenty of stories in the past that have also been posted elsewhere.
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You might wanna check with the clubs' moderators to see if they have any issues with it, but we've posted plenty of stories in the past that have also been posted elsewhere.
Good idea. By and large, it's always been the other way around and the ones we compiled have been copied by others. I mean, who else has 1,300+ stories listed and a story library going back almost ten years (and over 20 if you count the many that appeared in Dimensions Magazine and are also in the library and the Fat Magic section)?
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What about .rar's?
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I asked Conrad about this. His reply:

"There will always be some new file format that may or may not catch on in the mainstream. As of now, .rar is not supported by vBulletin."

My own research indicates that RAR files are a powerful tool for those whose hardware and software are able to handle them, but require special software and handling skills above the level of many. In any event, we won't be doing them for the present time.

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There's a free archive utility, TugZIP, which handles a very large number of archive type files, including .zip and .rar. Worth looking into if you need to create and maintain a lot of archives in different forms.
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Is there any list of definitions for the various abreviations, like SWG and RWG?
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I asked about this, and Observer told me to write some up. I did and never heard back from him.
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Apologies to CW, but I did thank him initially in a PM. His material with credit was used in the presentation (which also included material from other sources) given to the on line writers meeting we had a few weeks ago. The sparse attendance, however, was disappointing.

The need for this has not been forgotten. However, the focus of my time this summer has been on systematically moving the unclassified items from the old Weight Room collection over (which should be completed early next month) and professing new material.
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Speaking of that Writer's Chat thing...that going to happen again? I missed it because I had classes, but the quarter's over until the first week of October, and I am wide open.

Sorry it was a disappointment as far as attendance goes, but I hope that doesn't discourage from trying it again.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are best for me.
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I read the rules, but unless I missed it (I am indeed tired) I didn't see an explicit reference to copyright. I assume authors retain full copyrights when posting a story here, correct? In case I missed something, I apologize
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