For those of you who are new or are still confused on how to make a post to spnstoryfinders, please take a look at all the rules and guidelines below before posting.
This post is not where you make searches, please go to the profile and click "post". All comments coming in as a search on this post will be screened and ignored.
I've made a visual aid that should be pretty straight forward and to help you expedite the approval of your search. Please take a minute to look at it and familiarize yourself.
★ A subject is required. Please put what you're looking for in the subject line; J2 college fic, kidnapped!Dean, death!fic, non au fic, something quick and descriptive. Basically something that has to do with your search. It can be as little as a pairing or a character or persons name or a genre. Not 'please help' or 'I'm going crazy looking' or "looking for...' or 'hey y'all', those kind of subjects don't help us or anyone who is browsing the comm. Also please refrain from using 'fic search' or anything like that as a subject it's a given, that's why you're here. Your post will be rejected if it does not have this.
★ Tag(s) are required. Your post will be rejected if it does not have this.
Every post should have a 'character' or 'pairing' or 'person' tag, no matter what you're searching for. If you're searching for specific pairings, there is no need to use the character or person tag for that pairing unless your talking about secondary characters. If you don't use one of those, it's up to the mod who views it to either reject it or approve it, so I suggest you use it. Genre tags are not character/pairing/person tags i.e. hurt!jared or powers!sam. Character tags have the word character before it, ex: character: dean. Pairing tags have the word pairing before them, ex: pairing: dean/sam, 'wincest' is not a pairing tag. Person tags have the word person before them, ex: person: jensen ackles.
For non supernatural "person" tags, please see this post for rules and restrictions.
If we remove tags from your post do not add them back, same goes for if we add tags to your post do not remove them.
Do Not abuse tags. If you're not specifically asking for it in your request do not use that tag.
To edit or add tags after a post is made click the tag icon and add the appropriate tags.
If you can't find the tag your looking for or think there should be a specific tag for your post, you can mention that in your post when you search for something, i.e. "Mods: I couldn't find the tag for the episode I'm looking for." And we'll see what we can do to help.
Concerning Deleted Stories and PDF's, please see this post: here.
New rule 10/11/12
The new rule is that you have to wait 24 hours before you can ask for anything having to do with a new episode. Any posts coming into the queue asking for fic or anything else within a 24 period pertaining to an episode that just aired will be rejected.
From now on requests submitted on mobile devices that say "mods I can't tag this because I'm on my phone/ipod touch etc" will be rejected.
If you are submitting a request using a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android powered devices etc) you can not just select tags. It will not go through when you hit the submit (post) button. You have to manually type them out in the tagging area and separate them with commas. This is a big thing, they need to be separated or else they come in as one huge tag. AND they need to be all lower case, that means no capital letters. There's no excuse on this. Most of the time I'm on my phone (Android) approving and rejecting posts, and posts that need one or two more tags (or more) or the person needs help tagging, I have to manually type them in. If you're unsure about the tags, take a look at them before you start and type them in before you hit the submit button.
Another thing. When a mod leaves a comment on your post for you to fix something, whether it be your subject line, tags, LJ cut etc, you will now have 48 hours to fix whatever is wrong with your post. If it's not done by then your post will be deleted without further notice. If you need help with anything don't hesitate to ask. That is what I and the other mods are here for.
Please check the existing tags. We all work hard on them to make sure people can find what they're looking for. Submissions that contain subjects easily found using tags will not be posted. ie. wincest - :D
Use google or delicious: Many fan fics are easily found on Google and/or Delicious by title and/or author. Google and Delicious is your friend. Use it.
If you know the title of the story you're searching for use google and/or delicious first. I find it helps to put a character/person's name after the title if it pulls up too many results, i.e. Jared or Dean. If I (or another mod) can find what you're asking for on either of those sites with the title that you posted, your request will be rejected.
Also for google you can type in the search bar: site:http://spnstoryfinders.livejournal.c
and it should pull up relevant searches.
There is also the LJseek tool on the profile and in the sidebar, I've set it to only search the comm and it looks a little different than the normal ones cause I changed it.
Check the comm for at least the last three months: If you are looking for it - someone else probably is. If there's a search just like the one you're searching for in the last three months, it may be rejected.
Please try to compose a clear request. Correct punctuation, spelling etc is always helpful!
Posts that come into the queue that have weird colors or changes in the font style or size (other than the default) will be rejected. There's just too many problems with posts that come in formatted. And some people ignore it when the mods ask them to fix it. A lot of the members here read everything - so don't worry about your request getting lost because it doesn't stand out.
A way to avoid your post coming in all funky (lines running all the way across the page and beyond, random blue fonts etc) make sure you check the html tab in the top right corner of the posting box. There a picture below to show you what I'm talking about.
Please use LJ-cuts for any explicit content and spoilers for Season 8. Any post with season 8 content that is not behind a cut will be rejected.
To quote the original community rules "If you wouldn't feel comfortable describing the story you're searching for to your 103 year old grandmother or your three-year-old nephew, put it behind a cut!" If it's especially explicit or offensive please put it behind a cut or it will be rejected.
How to use LJ-cut
Here are some pointers for how to tag posts in this comm:
Choose all the tags that represent the basics of your request (if you have multiple searches in a single post, tag for all of them).
• Every post you make should have a character or pairing or person tag.
• Tag only for what is in your post! Make sure that everything you're searching for in a story (or rec) is actually in your post before you tag.
• Less is more. Don't add tags that repeat a point another more specific tag is already making. If you're looking for a pairing, there's no need to use the 'character' or 'person' tag. Genre tags indicate your willingness to read a broad range of pairings or characters, an episode tag is not necessarily a future!fic, crossovers and fusions are not also AUs, and so on.
• If you're not sure what you're looking for or welcome a wide range of recs, while you're welcome to list examples in your post you should not tag for them! Tag for what you insist on in the recs, not what you're alright with. In other words, if it's not explicitly stated/asked for in your request, don't use that tag.
Remember that you can only add existing tags to a post; you can not delete tags or make up new tags. Only mods can do that.
If I reject a post, I usually leave a note asking you to fix something. Please fix whatever was wrong and resubmit it. Don't just resubmit the same exact post with no changes because it's going to get rejected again. If you don't know how to do something like tags, you can mention that in your post. Something like "mods I tried to tag and it didn't work, help" and we'll most likely approve the post and help you tag it.
If you don't want to go that route you can send one of us a message (kruel_angel, vinylreckoning, cherry916, silverblaze85) just go to the persons profile that you want to send a message and click the link where it says 'send message'.
Or you can comment on any one of the posts tagged !mod-post and ask your question there.
We have a new rule and a few old rules that we wanted to reiterate.
The new rule is we will no longer accept posts that request 'new fics'. Previous posts on this has had little to no responses to the query and we will no longer accept these posts, so we ask that you visit and look through communities where fics are posted daily to fulfill your request. Posts that ask for new fics within X amounts of months will be rejected.
Another new rule that I forgot add when I first posted this is that we will no longer accept posts asking for "the best of the best", "must reads", "fandom classics", or anything to that degree. If you're using the word "epic" in your post please don't use it for quality of the story, it will be rejected. Clarify if you're using it for length. There have been numerous problems with those type of post and from now on they are no longer allowed. Any posts asking for these will be rejected. You are allowed to ask for favorites.
Do not screen comments
When you post a request please don't change the 'comment screening' option to anything but 'journal default'. The comm's default comment settings is 'visible to everyone'. (example) There's no reason why you should change this option at all. If you post a comment on a post and notice that it's immediately 'screened' please let me know.
The only time there should be a screened comment is if it's rude/offensive (which you should take to one of the mods) or it has nothing to do with your request and you don't want it cluttered up. Usually when I post a comment for the OP to correct something I'll screen it 'cause I don't want to single people out. There's no need to reply to it, after you fixed whatever I asked, you can leave the comment alone, unscreen it or delete it, that's your prerogative.
After your request is found, please edit your post to say so. You can put 'found' in the subject line or somewhere in your post or use the status: found tag. A link to what you were searching for somewhere in your post would be great, but all you really need is 'found' somewhere.
(This is mainly for specific fic searches, not general ones)
To edit an entry all you have to do is click the blue pencil icon, .
How to add a link to your post.
Please don't strike your post after finding what you were looking for. Keep in mind that what you're searching for might be interesting to other community members and 'striked' post are hard to read.
I was contacted by an author a while ago to delete a comment that had a download link to her fic that she didn't want shared. So if an author asks or where it states in this post that they don't want their stories shared, please don't search for it. There's nothing we can do about emails and PM's but don't post a download link to it somewhere in a comment.
Also, the 'weather' tag is used for inquiries regarding weather in a fic, not the weather you yourself are experiencing at the time of your post.
I know it seems like a bunch of stuff is repeated in this post, but that just means it's important. Please follow the rules to the best of your ability. And have fun!
All other rules are posted on the community profile page for your convenience.
If you have any questions regarding anything, feel free to ask on this post or send one of the mods a message.