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Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:25 am
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Nate says...



YWS employs a content rating system so as to tell members what to expect in terms of language and content before they start reading. For instance, this topic is rated 'E' since it contains no offensive content whatsoever. Below is an explanation of the content ratings:

E: For everyone, even Ewoks. You could read it to a teddy bear and not have to worry about a thing.

12+: Maybe the topic deals with something serious or contains a couple of low-key curse words.

16+:
The topic has some minor mature content. If it's talking about a mature situation or an act of violence, it should be rated 16+.

18+: A topic should be rated 18+ if it has any of the following elements:
    - Graphic content
    - It is sexually explicit
    - Has strong language

If you have any questions about what rating your literary work needs, err on the safe side and go for the tougher content rating. After you post it, send the name of the work along with a link to any moderator (someone in light or dark green) and ask what it should be rated.
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:47 pm
ThereseCricket says...



@Nate For controversial topics, such as gay marriage, gun control, and abortion, ect...., what would be the ideal ratings on those kind of works?
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:56 pm
niteowl says...



@ThereseCricket, to my knowledge there's no specific rating for controversial topics, but generally I'd say at least 12+ under the "deals with something serious" criterion, possibly higher depending on language and amount of explicit description involved.
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:00 pm
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OK, thanks @niteowl!!!
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:28 pm
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One more question @niteowl....what happens if you don't rate a controversial topic right? Thanks! :D
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Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:35 pm
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niteowl says...



Again, that would depend on the work in question. Usually, if a mod finds a piece that needs a higher rating for any reason, we'll change it and let the author know why we did that. Not a big deal! :)
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