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Old 03-15-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Discard Room Clean Up

This is for all authors who have content in the discard room, or anyone who has been considering adopting anything from the discard room. In one week, there is going to be a clean up of the discard room. Everything over two years old is going to be deleted, and then everything less than two years old is going to be reviewed and depending on the quality of the story, it may or may not be deleted. This is a one week advanced notice for anyone so if you have anything in there you may want to keep, you should save it now. Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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Why? I'm not an author, just curious.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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The Library has a new team of moderators - and as you all will know from many walks of life, new brooms like to scrub things up a little.

It's our goal to make the Library a bit more streamlined, easier to navigate and thus more user friendly. That includes things like shifting stories between the different forums to try to improve logic in finding them, merging threads that contain different parts of one story and the like.

The 'Discard Room' has been the equivalent of the basement to the Library: Things have been thrown in - and most of them have been forgotten.

Many of the story fragments there are re-posts from anonymous authors, so we can't even trace who originally wrote them. Continuing the analogy to the basement: If you put something in there that isn't finished and don't deal with it for 4,5, or even 8 years, experience shows that in 99% of all cases, nobody ever will.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thats exactly it too, there are lots of stories there that are in shambles. Not well written, only had one chapter made, and lots of other issues.
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Hello all-

Is there any chance of the discard room getting some new discards? I rather enjoy picking through and finding a gem or two that just needs a bit of polish, unfortunately, with the exception of Sandee's Workday, there isn't much that has attracted me.

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Good point - this is something we should look into as team of Library moderators.

Over the past year, we've changed policies in so far that we've actively been discouraging the posting of story beginnings or snippets of such.

There are several contributors here who have posted multiple (up to 10) initial story beginnings to never get to a second chapter.
In our opinion this doesn't lead anywhere - after all, you don't find individual pages out of books in a library either.

In the past, there also seem to have been diverging policies on what ends up in the discard room. Whether only stories where the author explicitly discarded them - or those which were simply unfinished and there was no further activity from the poster over a longer period of time.

That said, there is a host of unfinished stories in all other Archive Forums. My subjective guess would be that especially among the longer BBW-stories around 50% are actually unfinished. Some have progressed so far that you can leave them as they are open-ended - others clearly break off at a random point and appear discarded.

So there is a considerable amount of material on here that would have the potential for adoption and completion.

We'll discuss what to do about this question amongst the moderators and see what we can come up with.
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