Welcome to Old Mares’ Tales, Ponygoons very own fanfiction forum. Here, stories that meet our thorough approval standards are posted for viewing and comments. I am the moderator in charge of this whole show, the Head Librarian.
So a few guidelines.
1. This forum can be hidden from your view by adding yourself to the “no fanfiction group” in the user control panel, if you so desire.
2. The fanfiction approval process is started by Giving me a private message containing a link to the fanfiction and preferably a description following this format:
Title: The story’s title.
Type: The genre of the story.
Synopsis: A brief hook giving a description of the premise of the story.
Link: The location of the story, through Googledocs, Fanfiction.net, Deviantart, etc.
Author: The person or people who wrote the story.
Submitted by: Generally this will be whoever sends me the PM.
After which at least two prereaders will read the story to make sure it fits our standards. The prereaders are the usergroup the Faithful Librarians. Applications to the group are open and appreciated, applicants just need to be willing to read a lot of fanfic and to be observant of anything that could break the rules. Just contact me over IRC or PM.
3. The standards for approval: Remember the Creepy Rule! Fanfics are under heavier scrutiny than fanart and such. There are bans on anything “shipping” or “grimdark.” The main forum rules define shipping as any noncanon romance between a nonzero number of characters, and we operate under a policy of zero tolerance: even an offhand reference or joke alone might be grounds for rejection. Grimdark means a story has a very dark tone with large amounts of violence and death or other such negative elements not in the show. The grimdark ban can be appealed if the story has very high quality writing and the dark elements are not an ends themselves but a means to tell a story, but such is incredibly uncommon.
"Human in Equestria" fanfics (which are exactly what it says on the tin) are all terrible and you probably haven't found the magical good one. If you somehow have found the magical good one, be absolutely sure it IS the magical good one or I'll feel bad for wasting people's time.
Quality can be an issue, if a story is bad enough it can be rejected despite everything else.
Overall, approval is a very subjective process, which is why two prereaders are mandatory.
Unfinished stories are allowed but only if there is enough there to actually judge. If a fanfic later updates to become awful and smutty then inform me or one of your other helpful moderators and we'll obliterate it. I'm counting on alert civilian operatives such as yourself to tell me if something becomes bad. Be sure to quote relevant passages when reporting.
A submitter won't be punished for having their submission rejected. After all the whole process is, like I said, subjective. A large number of rejections might disqualify a person from submitting anything further, but that's it. Submitting anything that egregiously breaks rules, such as something sexually explicit or excessively violent and gory, may be met with a suspension or ban depending on severity.
4. If you have any complaints about how this is run, send them to me! If you think we’re being too strict, or not strict enough, tell me!