Community Standards

Ficly is different. We’re not a social network like Facebook. We’re all about fiction, which means we’re all about imagination and creativity. We don’t care who you are in your normal life. In fact, sometimes it’s more fun not to know. We’re all about persona and creating pseudonyms – because we find they let us create more freely and experiment with new things without fear that they’ll come back and bite us later.

Just because we’re creative and encourage creativity doesn’t mean we don’t have rules. We’ve found constraints to be oddly freeing. Here are the Ficly community standards:

  • Be awesome and have fun. We assume that if you’re joining the community, you aspire to awesomeness. You don’t have to think you’re awesome yet, you have to believe that you can be awesome.
  • Be creative. One of the great things about Ficly is that you can help others develop their stories or take them in totally new directions. Write sequels and prequels to other peoples’ stories and help develop a communal narrative. It’s a great way to try out a new style or write something without starting from scratch.
  • Be free, supportive, courteous and constructive with your criticism. We’re all here to become better writers and get feedback on our work. Don’t post a comment on someone else’s story or challenge you wouldn’t want to see on one of yours. Also, the more feedback you give others, the more likely they’ll be to provide feedback on your work. There are also a lot of young writers on the site. Please don’t say anything in your comments on others’ stories that you wouldn’t say in front of a kid or your mom.
  • Respect the Art, Even if You Don’t Like It We’re all here to become better writers. We’re all at different places in our journey. I didn’t think we’d have to spell this out, but remember that there’s a real human being with feelings that may be different from your own. Think about that before posting a comment, especially a critical one. You can be honest without being brutal. You can be critical without being emotionless.
  • No hate. If you can’t create an imaginary group to funnel your hate into, we don’t want it.
  • Please don’t bring the lawyers down on us. That means no using characters copyrighted by someone else. You could easily create a character named Barry Trotter who attends Frogsnorts and tell the same story you would have otherwise.
  • Like Flickr says in their rules… Don’t be creepy. You know the guy. Don’t be that guy.

Ficly has the concept of “mature” stories. If you have any doubts, here are the lines for when you should check the “mature” box:

  • Language: If you wouldn’t hear it on a primetime drama on network TV.
  • Sexuality: If you wouldn’t see it in a PG-13 movie.
  • Violence or Gore: Descriptions of fight scenes are fine. Descriptions of rending flesh and gore? You should probably make it mature.

Now, a couple words for the kids out there. Because we don’t care who you really are, you should do everything you can to protect your real identity. Don’t tell people where you live, how old you are, what your real e-mail address is or your real name, especially if you’re a kid. We really don’t want to show up on the evening news, and we don’t want anyone to get hurt. So, have fun, but be careful.

If you have any questions or concerns about the community standards, please post them over in the support area. This is a community – if the rules don’t work for us, we can change them.