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Story Forums Etiquette (The Rules)
« on: June 15, 2016, 10:07:30 PM »
Story Forums Etiquette (The Rules)

Readers Do:
•   Fap
•   Rep
•   Rate story threads (stars system)
•   Reply with a comment (no matter the age of the last post)
•   Guests, please join the site if a story “speaks to you” so you may gain the above privileges
•   Writers need your responses to encourage them to continue
•   Report stories that may violate board rules (no under 18, no bestiality)

Readers Do NOT:
•   Hotlink stories from RC on other sites
•   Repost Stories from RC on other sites
•   Writers want to control the distribution of their work and remain aware of where it appears

Authors Do:
•   Use the tag system
•   Place your work in the most appropriate forum (Rape Fantasy, BDSMExtreme)
•   Indicate in the title or body if the story is a serial or has a continuation
•   Fap and Rep great replies
•   Reply politely and (if possible) promptly to reader comments
•   Respondents need encouragement too

Authors Do NOT:
•   Violate board rules by posting under 18 sex or bestiality
•   Hotlink your stories from RC on other sites (we could get accused of traffic leaching)
•   Hotlink your stories from other sites on RC (we we don't want to send our traffic to competitors)
•   Delete the story content and leave a blank or garbage post in its place (see below for having your stories removed)
•   Disrupt the story threads of other Authors by promoting your stories in their story threads


Bumping Your Own Story Threads:
This is poor forum etiquette and will not be allowed. Intentional bumps that are not replies to comments will be deleted. This can be applied by Moderators and Admins at any time and is retroactively allowed in case of bumps prior to the date of posting for this thread or even if comments have come after from readers to naturally bump your thread. Repeated violations of this may face additional penalties including removal of the story thread – in which case you lose all Faps, Replies and Ratings. You may only post the story again after 30 days’ time from removal. The only time you should bump your own thread is in response to comments or to place an important notation.

Necro Threads:
Readers are welcomed and encouraged to bump old threads by commenting on the story. Authors may not resurrect their own story threads. It is obviously a violation of the above… Normally necro threads are bad forum etiquette, but in the case of stories it may be considered desirable.

Hotlinking Your Stories Around RC:
You may hotlink to your stories in other threads around RC if doing so is “organic” and fits the discussion or game reply you are making. If it is deemed off topic or is in excessive amounts (as determined by a Moderator or Admin) the post(s) will be removed. You may hotlink from within one story thread to another if there is a demonstrable connection such as a continuation or creative link between plot/character/theme/etc. Again, abusing this privilege may have additional penalties beyond removal of posts and/or links.

Who Owns the Stories:
This is usually very poorly defined on forums. Let’s address this important topic. Authors own their stories. The very act of setting it in form creates rights for that author. By posting it on RapeCage an author grants the website the right to display, ipso facto. This is why we ask that you not ever post the work of another here (No Reprints). If you are not the author you cannot convey the right to display and you are violating the actual copyright holder. By not removing the story, RapeCage acknowledges and exercises its right to display. RapeCage at no time assumes any ownership of stories posted here. RapeCage at no time asserts any right to stories apart from a non-exclusive right to display. The author may display the story elsewhere as they choose. RapeCage accepts the right to display from the author without offering any compensation in return.

Either party, the author or RapeCage, may terminate the right to display at any time. RapeCage reserves the discretionary right to NOT display works when they deem it inadvisable to do so and may remove any works as they see fit without notice, compensation or recourse of the copyright owner. Copyright owners may revoke the right to display at their discretion. RapeCage requires mandatory notice in writing and a 30 day period in which to comply. Requests for story removal from authors should be sent in writing either by the board’s Private Message (PM) system to an Admin of active status or by using the email link appearing at the bottom of every page of this site (rcadmin@roadrunner.com)

RapeCage honors removal request of demonstrably proven infringements via DMCA removal request. A good sample form letter and basic discussion appears here. The request should be emailed to rcadmin@roadrunner.com and must include:
  • a complete and executable link to the location of the infringing material on RapeCage.com
  • a complete and executable link to a location showing the copyright holder’s proof of ownership appearing on another website which predates the first appearance of the material on RapeCage.com
  • a clearly worded request that the material be removed
  • complete and accurate contact information for the copyright holder or their assigned agent
RapeCage.com requires a 30 day time period from notification to investigate the claim of infringement and enact removal if the claim is proven to the satisfaction of the assigned RapeCage.com Administrator.

A summary reporting of DMCA (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998) rights and responsibilities is here.

Note that the right of display is the only right RapeCage assumes. All other rights, responsibilities and liabilities reside with the copyright holder.

Special Note:
Revocation of right of display is only in case of original creative works. RapeCage may choose to not remove discussion and game posts upon request. Such requests might be considered only under very exacting and extreme circumstances. Posts are the lifeblood of a forum and its means of relevance. Most forums claim ownership of all posts made on the site and RapeCage includes itself among that class. Exception is made only for original creative works as defined and regulated by the DMCA. Please see this thread for more information.
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