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FAQ: How to post a rec

  • May. 3rd, 2009 at 7:23 PM

What is this community all about?

Gen SG-1 fic recs are a rare and wonderful thing. This community is designed to be an opportunity for all SG-1 fans with gen-colored glasses to rec their favorite stories.

I want to post a rec!

It's welcomed and it's easy! You don't even have to be a member of the community to post an entry.

What kind of stories can I rec?

The rules are pretty simple: all fics must be SG-1 related, and they must be gen...

Actually, to some, that's not all that simple! :)

For the purposes of this community, "SG-1 related" is defined as a story that is either easily recognized as being part of the SG-1 universe or that features characters that are part of the SG-1 universe. Crossovers are welcome, as long as the SG-1 characters play a major role in the story.

Gen has multiple meanings, and for the purposes of this community, all these definitions are in use. Stories must not contain any ship between the main characters, or anyone else (including original characters); any canon ship must be peripheral, without explicit romance; and fics should be rated PG-13 or below. If you want to rec a story that is R-rated for other reasons, please ask the mod for clarification before posting. Mod's decisions are final.

Yes, many people in the SG-1 fandom - and other fandoms - have different definitions of gen. And that's fine. But in this rec community, those are the rules.

At this time, stories that include "real people" - for example, Amanda Tapping and Samantha Carter accidentally switching universes - may not be recced.

What do you mean by "canon ship"? Jack/Sam and Daniel/Vala are canon, right?

Not here they aren't. :) "Canon ship" means Jack/Sara, Daniel/Sha're, Sam/Pete, and Teal'c/Drey'auc. Also Teal'c/Shau'nac and Teal'c/Ishta, because our Jaffa is a lucky guy. ;) But any recced fic can only include such ships peripherally. For example, you may rec a pre-series Jack story that includes scenes from his marriage. Bedroom scenes, however, are off-limits, and romance cannot be a main point of the fic.

Can I rec stories about canon AUs that include Jack/Sam or Daniel/Vala ship?

Not at this time, no. If there is sufficient interest, this rule might be reconsidered in the future. If you want to rec a story and you're unsure if it fits the rules, feel free to ask here in the comments or e-mail sg1.fig at gmail.

Can I rec my own fic?

No. This community is not for self-promotion. There are many other communities where authors can submit links to their own stories. Please rec other people's works only.

Can I rec other fanworks besides fics?

No. Vids and meta and artwork and icons are all wonderful, but this community is specifically for reccing gen fic.

What format should I use to post my rec?

Please use the following format:

In the subject line, type: Title, by Author (rating) [example: SG-1 Pwns the Universe, by NumberOneFan (PG)]

<b>Title:</b>
<b>Author's LJ/DWJ:</b>
<b>Categories:</b>
<b>Warnings:</b>
<b>Author's Webpage/Fic list:</b>
<b>Link to story:</b>
<b>Why this should be read:</b>

<cut text="snippet of fic...">

For your convenience, you may copy that directly into your entry in the HTML tab (not the Real Text tab).

[example:
Title: SG-1 Pwns the Universe
Author's LJ: [personal profile] numberonefan
Categories: team, humor, drama, era: season 7, friendship: jack and teal'c, character: walter the chevron guy
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: unknown
Link to story: SG-1 Pwns the Universe

Why this should be read: The team sends Kinsey to jail, all the Goa'uld are zapped into Tok'ra, and Walter becomes President of the United States! What's not to love?]

Warnings are at the reccer's discretion, but if the story you are reccing includes peripheral pairings or is not yet finished, you must mention that in the warning section.

Should I tag my own rec? What tags should I use?

You are welcome to tag your own rec, using the tags already created for the community. If you want a mod to tag your fic for you, that's fine, too; but please make sure that you list every appropriate tag in the categories. If it's not listed in the category section, it won't be tagged.

If there is a tag that you want to include that isn't listed on the comm, please comment here with your request, and the tag will be added as soon as possible.

Can I rec a story that has already been recced in this community?

We'd rather you didn't, because we're greedy and we want more fic! :) You can always comment at a previous rec to add your own approval and enthusiasm. Still, don't feel obligated to scroll through the entire community to check if a fic has already been recced - although a quick glance at the appropriate tags might help you spot it.

Can I rec a story that has already been recced elsewhere?

Certainly! Feel free to post a rec you've made elsewhere, whether it's in your own journal or another reccing community.

Someone recced a fic that doesn't fit the community rules or that I personally think is awful!

If you think a story isn't gen or SG-1-related, e-mail sg1.fig at gmail.com and explain why. Mod's decisions are final.

If you don't like a story that was recced, don't read it. There will be no tolerating of flames. If you rec a story and someone comments to your rec with a flame, e-mail sg1.fig at gmail.com immediately. Any such comments will be deleted. Please be aware, however, that courteous discussion of a story's pros and cons is not considered flaming.

I have a question that you haven't covered.

Please comment here or e-mail. Questions and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

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tejas: hot town (persistence)
[personal profile] tejas wrote:
Aug. 13th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Could you add tags for the various themes? I'd love to be able to find say, all the Dangerous Daniel stories that were recced without digging through all the Cross-Dressing Teal'c fics. (Great. Now I find I have the sudden urge to write a cross-dressing Teal'c fic. Gen, of course. Probably pure crack. ;-)
fignewton: (teal&#39;c glee)
[personal profile] fignewton wrote:
Aug. 16th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
There is actually a gen Teal'c genderswap ficlet out there - I wish I had it bookmarked, but I remember laughing so hard the kids wanted to know why. ("She" is taking on all the Marines in the gym... and winning.) ;)

The idea of adding theme tags is a great one, although it will leave out stories that might fit the theme but weren't actually recced during the theme. Frex, I wanted to rec a fantastic AU during Tok'ra week, but I'd already recced it in the two weeks that I was mirroring my regular rec archive here, back at the beginning. So - so I don't know what.

I will probably end up adding the tags - as I said, a very good idea! - but I will have to introduce a caveat somewhere, to explain that stories that fit a certain theme might not nec'ly be included.

Thanks, Tejas!

Oh, and there haven't actually been all that many Dangerous Daniel recs made. Maybe you could add some. :)
tejas: hot town (Default)
[personal profile] tejas wrote:
Aug. 16th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm trying to track down some of the ones that came to me, but it's been a while since I read them.

Then I got sucked into a [livejournal.com profile] theemdash fic...

Oh, and, y'know, there's no reason why people couldn't go back and edit their recs when one was discovered to match a new theme. Not perfect, but it's something.

Edited 2009-08-16 11:03 am (UTC)
samantilles: (SG-1: Daniel Backlit Know-it-all)
[personal profile] samantilles wrote:
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Fig,

Are we reccing ones we like whether or not they've been recced in a category before? or is it a little less structured than stargateficrecs?
fignewton: (daniel shoulderpatch)
[personal profile] fignewton wrote:
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
As it says above:

Can I rec a story that has already been recced in this community?

We'd rather you didn't, because we're greedy and we want more fic! :) You can always comment at a previous rec to add your own approval and enthusiasm. Still, don't feel obligated to scroll through the entire community to check if a fic has already been recced - although a quick glance at the appropriate tags might help you spot it.


Basically, it's best to rec new stories, but don't make yourself crazy checking. :)
pipisafoat: teal&#39;c (tv: stargate sg1) sitting in a room with a lamp (teal&#39;c)
[personal profile] pipisafoat wrote:
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Whoops! On today's rec, I need you to add character: ishta and pairing: teal'c/ishta if you could please! Thanks!
fignewton: (teal&#39;c)
[personal profile] fignewton wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
all done, and thanks! I'm looking forward to reading your recs - some of them are old friends, but others are new to me (YAY)
pipisafoat: a typewriter with a sheet of paper sticking out of it with a large heart on it (Default)
[personal profile] pipisafoat wrote:
May. 14th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Another pip question! How do we feel about fics with OCs as a/the main character? It's definitely gen, and there are a lot of canon characters, but the POV character is original.
fignewton: (Default)
[personal profile] fignewton wrote:
May. 14th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
OCs are definitely welcome! There's an original character tag for starters, and "outside perspective" is on my future themes list.

Also, speaking for myself, Minervacat's Look to the Heaven and Number the Stars, with Claire Carson as the Librarian of the SGC, is on my top-ten best fics list. :)
pipisafoat: a typewriter with a sheet of paper sticking out of it with a large heart on it (Default)
[personal profile] pipisafoat wrote:
May. 14th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ha! That would definitely be the one I was just thinking about reccing. Somehow I didn't see the original character tag when I was looking, but now I see you've already recced it, so my work here is done! Or something. :)
[identity profile] seaboe.livejournal.com wrote:
Jun. 2nd, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Is there a way to determine whether an older fic has been recced? I've looked at the Janet tags and some of the Jack tags and don't see it, but would like to be sure.

Seaboe Muffinchucker.
fignewton: (sam janet fanfic)
[personal profile] fignewton wrote:
Jun. 3rd, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
No, there's no master list of previously recced stories. So if you've checked a few tags and didn't find it, chances are that it wasn't recced yet. And if it was recced already, and it's hard to find, I'd say the story in question deserves to be recced again. :) So go for it!

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