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The Writer's Showcase is a forum for authors to draw attention to their finished stories once they're posted on the wiki. Self-promotion can often be difficult to do tastefully, and the Showcase is intended as an easy way to bring more attention to your work. Anyone can post their stories to the showcase once they are on the main site.

The three most recent stories from the Showcase are automatically featured on the front page, and as such, it is a valuable avenue for increasing visibility. However, this also makes it a candidate for abuse, and as such, there are a number of rules dictating how you may promote your stories on the Showcase.

Rules for Authors

  • We highly recommend that you run your story through our Writers' Workshop before adding it to the main site. Here, you can get feedback on your story to help improve it and ensure it meets the minimum quality standards.
  • This may seem obvious but since people have done this before it bears mentioning here: this board is not a place to post your whole story.
  • To reiterate, this board is only for finished stories that have been posted to the article namespace. If you have an offsite story you would like to promote, make a post about it on the Off-Topic board or create a Blog instead.
  • You may "bump" your story (i.e: add another post to the thread so it is moved to the top) once per month for three consecutive months. This will make your story appear on the front page again, until other threads are created/bumped. After this, you'll need to wait for at least three more months before you can bump again. Please be considerate when bumping; if your story is already receiving attention, the showcase has served its purpose, and it's not necessary to take the place of another story which may still have not gotten a look over.
  • To bump your story, go to the bottom of the post in source mode where it says <!-- Bump 0 --> and replace the 0 with the current number of bumps (i.e. "Bump 1" if this is your first time bumping the post, "Bump 2" if it is the second bump, etc.)
  • Only bump your own stories. It's up to individual authors how they choose to promote their work.
  • Please only post one story per thread. You can create separate threads for each story. If you have a series you wish to promote, you may do this by linking to the first story in the series in the WS template, and then providing links to any sequels in the story description.
  • Your story (not the Showcase thread) must include the {{By-user}} template in order to credit you. If you have a user category, your story should also include this.
  • If your story is deleted, your thread in the Showcase will be removed too.
  • Please only promote one story in Showcase every 24 hours, and only use the board (including bumping) up to three times in a given week (no, we are not going to use a calculator to make sure you are only making three Showcase actions exactly every 168 hours, but try to follow this guideline as closely as is reasonable.)
  • In general, be considerate towards other users when posting your stories to the Showcase. It's impossible to list every possible way people could abuse this forum, so apply some common sense in your activity. If you've got a huge back-catalogue of stories, you should stagger posting them over the course of a couple of months, rather than posting them all at once, for example. We actively monitor the Showcase more than other boards, and issues such as this will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • We prefer that you do not solicit feedback for your story on the Showcase post. Showcasing your story on this board already implies that you desire for people to read and leave feedback, so including statements like "let me know what you guys think of it" is redundant. If you must ask for feedback in your post, you must make it clear that all feedback should be left on the story itself in the comments rather than as replies on your Showcase post.

Rules for Readers

Please do not respond to threads on the Writer's Showcase directly. Adding a response to the thread will bump the post unnecessarily. Instead, respond in the comments of the story in question. This also helps to centralize feedback for the author.

Do not bump someone else's showcase post. It is up to them if they want to bump their posts. Do not edit anyone else's showcase posts except to correct obvious errors, as this will bump a post unnecessarily and may be considered vandalism.

If you have any suggestions for these rules, or have noticed any issues with this board, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page or message an admin.

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