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Signing up for an account.
Submitting a story.
Definition of what constitutes an underage relationship.
Marking a story as complete.
Reviews.
Editing your personal information, and changing the look of the site.
Other questions.

Signing up for an account

You can sign up for an account by clicking on the link that says Log in. Once there, you'll find that there are user name and password boxes to log in and underneath that is a link that says Register. Click on this link and you'll be able to sign up for an account.

Once you have signed up, you will receive an e-mail with a randomly assigned password. Only you will know this. The archivists will not. However, if you do not receive an e-mail, as sometimes authors' ISPs mistakenly identify these automatic e-mails as spam, please contact one of the archivists via their profiles and they will arrange to generate another password, and send this on to you manually.

Once you have received a password, you can change it to something easier to remember via the 'Account Info' option, and then going to 'Edit Bio'. There you'll be able to change your password as well as information in your bio.

If you only want to edit your bio and not change your password, make sure that the password boxes are empty. As a default, the site puts your current password in there, ready for you to change it, and if you don't delete this, you'll get a message saying the site hadn't been able to change your password when you save any changes. The changes save fine and no changes will be made to your password, but it can be a little irritating to see that message :)

Submitting a Story

Once you've created an account, you can upload stories by doing the following:

1. Log in.

2. Go to Account Info.

3. Click on Add New Story.

4. Follow the instructions, ensuring that you complete all boxes.

Before submitting anything to the site, ensure that you have read the submission rules. When submitting a story you need to remember the following:

1. Ensure that you've selected the correct category or categories for the story to be posted in. Stories may be posted in more than one category, but please make sure that they're not mutually exclusive.

2. Stories may be uploaded as either plain text or html, although some html tags are not permitted by the software. See the information next to the submission box on the submission page for details.

Where stories are uploaded as text files, they should be uploaded as text files without line breaks. If text files contain line breaks, then this screws up the formatting of your story, making it look odd at different screen resolutions.

3. Stories should be formatted to have a double space between paragraphs, for ease of reading. If you are using html, it's better to use two break tags [br][br] rather than a paragraph tag [p] to mark paragraphs, as the software used on this site occasionally does funny things with paragraph tags. If you are uploading a text file, the software automatically inputs a break [br] tag wherever you have used a carriage return. Therefore, in order to ensure that you have a double space between paragraphs, you should use two hard returns (hitting the enter key twice) rather than using all of the fancy formatting options in Word or similar, and then save your document as a plain text file without line breaks.

4. Please put any notes, such as those thanking your beta, in either the 'story notes' or 'chapter notes' boxes. There is no need to put the same information in both.

5. Please do not put hypertext links, italics or bold tags in the summary. This screws up the formatting on the front page. If you wish to link to your own homepage, you do this through your user profile rather than on individual stories. If you wish to link to, say, the challenge that inspired this story, please include the links in the notes, as mentioned in point number 4.

6. All stories need the chapter number completing, even if it is only one part. In that case, put something like Part 1 of 1 in this box, so that people will know the story is complete. You will also need to change the story completion status from 'no' (the default) to 'yes' if the story is only in one part and complete. You can do this either on the story submission page when you are submitting or at any time after that through Account Info and then editing the story - click on 'no' under the Complete heading, and it will change to 'yes'.

7. Where the story is a WIP, post additional parts as additional chapters not as new stories. Again, this can be done through Account Info and selecting Add New Chapter rather than Add New Story from the list of options.

8. Where the story is a WIP, and the story changes over time so that it no longer fits very well into the first category you put it into, you can transfer it between categories by going to 'Account Info', selecting the story to edit and then selecting the correct category from the dropdown list.

9. Long stories may also be posted in 'chapters'. There may well be an upper limit to the size of each part (we haven't found it yet, but we're using 75k per part as a guideline), so check before you add stories that all of the story is showing in the preview, and it hasn't been cut off. Also, the longer the story part, the more difficult it is for those on dial up to download the entire page, so you may want to bear this in mind when deciding how long to make each chapter.

10. The archive is set up so that all new submissions need to be validated by the archivist before they show up on the site. This step is unfortunately necessary to prevent spamming of the site and to make sure that all stories meet our rules. It shouldn't take long so please be patient. If you have submitted an e-mail address with your author profile, you should receive notification once the story has been approved. If you have any concerns about delays, please feel free to contact one of the archivists, which you can do through the contact button on their profiles, but we would ask you to wait a reasonable amount of time before you do so. We suggest a week, because while some archivists find it easier to visit the site each day, some may only get a chance to validate stories once or twice a week, or at weekends.

Definition of what constitutes an underage relationship

The lower age of consent for both heterosexual and homosexual sex in many states of the US (those states where it's legal) is 16, and we've used that the age of consent as a guideline for stories archived here. However, the US also has legislation covering sexual relationships between minors (those over the age of consent but who have not reached the age of majority) and adults (those over the age of majority). Breach of these laws is commonly referred to as 'statutory rape'.

In light of that fact, and the fact that all of the CSI shows currently are set in the States, the guidelines that apply to the site are:

- we will not archive stories about relationships where participants are under 16 years of age

- if one participant is between 16 and 18, the age of the other should ideally be between 16 and 18 as well, or very close to it. Stories with large age gaps between the parties in a relationship (any of the characters at their current age with someone of 16 to 18) will not be archived. It does not matter whether the relationship in question is between same or opposite sexes.

We do take a common sense approach to things as we know that real life is seldom as neat and tidy as legislation would have us believe, and a number of people do lose their virginity before they reach the age of consent. In addition, the CSIs often have to deal with cases involving illegal behaviour, including underage sex or sex crimes against minors. So, for example, a story that includes a brief reference to Warrick losing his virginity at say 15 would be acceptable. A story about a 15-year-old Warrick losing his virginity, particularly one featuring explicit content, is not, nor is a story set in the present that features Warrick in a relationship with someone under the age of 18.

If you have any further questions on the matter, or would like clarification on whether your story would be acceptable, please feel free to contact one of the archivists.

Marking a story as complete

Once you have posted all parts of a story, you will also need to change the story completion status from 'no' (the default) to 'yes'. You can do this either when posting the last chapter by ticking the box that says 'Complete' on the story submission page or at any time through Account Info:

- choose 'Manage stories'

- go to the story in the list. Next to the name of each story is 'Completed: no'

- click on 'no' and it will change to 'yes'.

Reviews

You may leave a review for any story either anonymously or by name if you log into your account. You can manage your reviews by logging into your account and selecting Reviews You Have Received from the list of options under Account Info. You can also respond to individual reviews using this option.

Editing Personal Information and Changing the Look of the Site

There are a number of things you can do by editing your personal information, including changing your bio, setting it up so that you receive e-mail notifications of reviews you receive, carrying information across between chapters so that you don't have to input it again and changing the look of the site. To access these options, Log in and then, under Account Info, choose either the option that says Edit Bio, which will let you change the information that you show on the site and manage your password, or the one that says Edit Preferences, which will let you change the way you interact with the site, including changing your default skin.

Other Questions

If you have any questions about any of these points, please do not hesitate to contact one of the archivists. You can do so via the 'contact' option on their individual profiles. Please remember to be polite - no matter how frustrated you are that you can't figure something out, you always get further if you remember that there's a real person at the other end of your mail, one who is giving up his or her free time to help you out.

Thank you.