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Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:58 pm
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Being a new member of the Young Writers Society is tough. At first, the site seems huge and it seems like everyone already knows everybody else. But everyone here respects those who come to review, and it's very easy to make new friends.

If you have any questions, this FAQ is meant to help you navigate YWS. The best thing to do, though, is just to start posting right away!


FAQ For New Users
1. How do I post my poem / story / article?
2. How do I review another person's piece?
3. What are points and how do I get them?
4. What do the stars mean?
5. How do I get my work featured?
6. How can I get my own avatar?
7. Who owns this site?
8. Who runs this site?
9. Copyright?
10. My questions weren't answered here!


1. How do I post my poem / story / article?
To post your work, go to "Publishing Center" on the navigation bar at the top of every page. You must first create a folder by clicking the "Create a Folder" button. Then, a red "Add a New Work" will show up and direct you to the page to do so. However, before posting something new, we do ask that you please take the time to make at least a few reviews of someone else's work. You should also keep in mind that the more work you review, the more your work will be reviewed.


2. How do I review another person's piece?
To make a review, simply click "Literary" on the navigation bar at the top and look around until you find something that may be interesting to you. After you have read the piece, you can write your reply and post it.


3. What are points and how do I get them?
You earn points by reviewing. For each character in your post, you earn .1 points, up to 100 points per review. Works in the Green Room earn you an extra 50 points, for a total of up to 150 points per review. It costs between 250 and 500 points to post a new work, and you can also use your points to give gifts. To give a gift, go to the Settings Dashboard and look for "Gifts."


4. What do the stars mean?
The more reviews you make, the more stars you get. This does not count posts anywhere else besides the literary forums, and does not count new topics. Also, not all literary comments count as a review. A review must be at least 250 characters long.

Below is a listing of the stars you receive per number of reviews:

For Yellow Stars:
5 Reviews = 1 Star
25 Reviews = 2 Stars
75 Reviews = 3 Stars
150 Reviews = 4 Stars
250 Reviews = 5 Stars

For Blue Stars:
350 Reviews = 1 Blue Star, 4 Yellow Stars
450 Reviews = 2 Blue Stars, 3 Yellow Stars
550 Reviews = 3 Blue Stars, 2 Yellow Stars
And so on and so forth

For Red Stars:
850 Reviews = 1 Red Star, 4 Blue Stars
950 Reviews = 2 Red Stars, 3 Blue Stars
And so on and so forth

You can find the official list here.

5. How do I get my work featured?
On the Literary page, you'll notice featured works on the left hand side. Featured works are literary works that people liked enough to give a gold star. Whenever you read something that you like, give it a gold star to improve its chances of becoming featured.

To get your own work featured, write something that's interesting and use good grammar.


6. How can I get my own avatar?
If you would like to have your own avatar, just go to the front page and look to the right hand side of your avatar in the sidebar. You'll see a link to "Change your avatar."


7. Who owns this site?
This site is owned by Nathaniel Lee Caldwell. He can be reached at nate@youngwriterssociety.com and will try to answer any questions you may have. However, the administrator is not responsible for the opinions of other members on this board.


8. Who runs this site?
Besides Nate, a number of people make this site possible. We have two moderator groups: Junior Moderators, Global Moderators, and administrators. JMs moderate specific sections of the site, while GMs and admins moderate the entire site. However, if you have a question or need help, any moderator can help you. You can view the full list here.


9. Copyright?
Any piece that a member posts on this board remains in total whole their work. No member relinquishes the copyright or any rights derived therefrom in posting their work on the forums of The Young Writers Society. YWS will not reproduce their work without the author's explicit permission to do so. If you are still concerned about copyright, please e-mail support@youngwriterssociety.com .


10. My questions weren't answered here!
Go ahead and check the YWS Apollo FAQ thread, found in The Lounge. If your questions are still unanswered, feel free to PM a Junior Moderator or Global Moderator. They're here for you!

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Edited 11/26/13 ~ Iggy
Last edited by Nate on Sun May 04, 2008 4:48 am, edited 2 times in total.