All About Spike

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

General questions
Can I archive some of the stories that are on this site?
Can you beta read my story?
Can I link to this site?
Will you link to my site?
How do I get my fiction on this site?
My story doesn't fit your guidelines exactly. Should I bother submitting it?
Why don't you have [a certain story] on this site?
I submitted a story to this site and never got a response. Do you hate me?/Are you ignoring me?/What did I do wrong?
Can I copy the code/design from this site?

Questions about this site's content
What does [insert term here] mean?
Why are some stories so short?
What's slash? Why don't you have a separate section for it?
Why do you archive slash? Spike's not gay.
I don't understand the use of the term "Alternate Universe" on this site; what does it mean, exactly?
Why was my review deleted?
How do I know what's appropriate to post in a review?
I found a mistake on this site. What should I do?
The pages are too wide for my screen; what do I do?
Is there an easy way to see all the sections of the site?
How can I help support this site?

Information for authors who are already archived here
I'm an author. How do I get an email alert when reviews are posted?
I'm an author. What's the appropriate way to respond to reviews?
I'm already archived here; should I let you know when I post a new story?
What information do you need in order to archive a story?
How should I send a story to you?
Can I make changes to a story after you've archived it?
What features come with stories on this site?
My story is hosted in several different places, but I'd like to keep all of my reviews in one place. Can I link to your review page from another location where my story is archived?

Please contact me if you have a question that isn't answered here.

General questions:

Can I archive some of the stories that are on this site?

I can't give you that permission. You must ask the original author. Do not archive any story unless the author has given you explicit permission!

Can you beta read my story?

No. I'm an archivist, not a beta reader. Check out the BTVS Writers' Guild for useful information on finding a beta.

Can I link to this site?

Of course! No need to ask. I've even got banners and buttons if you'd like to use one of those.

Will you link to my site?

You're welcome to send me a link to your site, but there's no guarantee that I'll link to it.

How do I get my fiction on this site?

This is an invitation-only archive. You may recommend your own fiction and I will consider it, but there are no guarantees. If you're looking for a more general archive, there are many available.

If you want to recommend your work to me, please use the form. (If you're an author I've already archived, I strongly encourage you to use this form when you post a new story, so that I can keep up with your work.)

My story doesn't fit your guidelines exactly. Should I bother submitting it?

The guidelines are just that: guidelines. They're meant to give readers a general idea of what to expect here. However, I judge each individual story on its own merits, and have archived plenty of good stories that don't fit certain guidelines. I strongly urge you to submit your work anyway. (And for heaven's sake, don't ask in advance. Since I judge each story on its individual merits, I'm not going to know until I actually read it.)

Why don't you have [a certain story] on this site?

Maybe I haven't read it yet, maybe the author hasn't given me permission to archive it, maybe I read it and didn't think it fit the site. If you think a certain story should be here, please recommend it to me.

I submitted a story to this site and never got a response. Do you hate me?/Are you ignoring me?/What did I do wrong?

I try my best to sort through stories as quickly as possible. However, it takes a very long time, I'm very busy, and most of the stories I archive don't come through recommendations anyway. It can takes weeks, months, or even years for me to respond to you. However, if you asked for a response, I will send it when I decide about your story. All you can do until then is wait. Again, I'm sorry, but I'm only one person and there's only 24 hours in a day.

Can I copy the code/design from this site?

I'd prefer that you don't, but if you really want to, you may copy code that is publicly available--as long as you give me credit (with a link back to allaboutspike.com) somewhere visible to the public on your site.



Questions about the content of this site:

What does [insert term here] mean?

See the glossary.

Why are some stories so short?

I consider short stories to be as valid a form of writing as longer stories. It takes quite a bit of skill to create a well-written and insightful story using minimal words.

If you're not interested, don't read them.

What's slash? Why don't you have a separate section for it?

Slash is fiction that contains sexual or romantic relationships between characters of the same gender. (It's arguable that slash may signify only non-canonical same-gender relationships, or that slash may signify any relationship in which a character's canonical sexual orientation changes).

This site is about the character Spike. Who he has sex with is relevant only in terms of what it reveals about his character within the story. If you're interested in a particular dynamic, you can search by specific pairing. The slash/het distinction is irrelevant here.

Why do you archive slash? Spike's not gay.

How do you know? Have you observed every sexual experience he's had in his 140+ years of existence? Have you not noticed the homoerotic subtext between Spike and numerous male characters (most often Xander or Angel)? (It has been explicitly acknowledged by the writers as well as by legions of fans.)

Spike could engage in sexual acts with both men and women without defining himself as "straight" or "gay," which are modern, culturally constructed terms and identity categories that didn't even exist when he was born. Perhaps he'd be considered "bisexual" in modern terms. We really don't know.

There is plenty of possibility that Spike has or would engage in same-sex relationships; slash fiction explores that possibility. Due to current American sexual attitudes, we're unlikely to see this explored on TV, but there's no reason that it couldn't happen.

I do everything in my power to archive interesting, thoughtful, well-written fiction--and to treat slash and het stories equally when making such judgements.

I don't understand the use of the term "Alternate Universe" on this site; what does it mean, exactly?

The term "Alternate Universe" is used here to indicate stories which intentionally do not fit into series canon. (Stories that originally branch directly from canon, but are later "Jossed" by the series, are not included.) On this site, "Alternate Universe" usually means that the story branches off from an episode but also assumes that significant events occured after the episode but prior to the start of the story.

Why was my review deleted?

Critical reviews are allowed--you are encouraged to leave (polite) constructive criticism. However, reviews that contain racist, sexist, or homophobic comments will be deleted. In addition, reviews that are basically "flames" (rude, insulting, non-constructive comments) will be deleted. Reviews should also respond to the author's execution of the type of story s/he has written instead of demanding that the author write the type of story that the reviewer would prefer.

How do I know what's appropriate to post in a review?

See the review guide

I found a mistake on this site. What should I do?

Tell me! I'll appreciate it.

The pages are too wide for my screen; what do I do?

Either make your screen resolution larger, or view the plain version of the site. This site should work on resolutions of 800x600 and higher.

Is there an easy way to see all the sections of the site?

Yes, that would be the site map.

How can I help support this site?

You can donate via PayPal, or buy something through the store (a percentage of each sale will go to support the site).

All support is greatly appreciated. :)



Information for authors who are already archived here:

I'm an author. How do I get an email alert when reviews are posted?

Just ask me; I'll set it up.

What's the appropriate way to respond to reviews?

There are no hard-and-fast rules, but here are the general guidelines that I've noticed:

1. There's no need to reply to any reviews if you don't want to. It's not required. So don't stress over it; reviewers should post because they want to express an opinion about the story, not because they expect a reply.
2. If you do want to reply to reviews, go for it. (Especially if a reviewer goes above-and-beyond and posts more than your average one or two line review). I recommend doing this through email, assuming the reviewer leaves an email address. You can also do it on the review page, but it's possible that the reviewer may never return to see your response.
3. If someone asks a question, reply on the review board so that anyone who sees the question can also see your response.
4. It's fine for people to use the review board to get into a discussion about the story. Discussion = good. Feel free to join in.
5. If you find an abusive comment, don't reply. Tell me so that I can delete it.

Should I let you know when I post a new story?

I would appreciate it, as it makes it easier for me to keep track of your work. You can email me or use the form.

What information do you need in order to archive a story?

Required: Title, Author, Rating (or "Not Rated"), Pairing (or "No Pairing"/"Surprise or Ambiguous Pairing"). Optional: Summary, Theme (possible themes here). The more information you give me, the better.

How should I send a story to you?

You may send me the URL of its location online, or send it as an HTML attachment, as a text file, or as a MS Word document. All formats are acceptable, although HTML is easiest for me. If you are familiar with HTML, you can make my life easier by stripping all unnecessary coding and leaving only line breaks, bold, and italic, but this is not required. Please email stories to drinkthepoison@hotmail.com

Can I make changes to a story after you've archived it?

Yes. If there are only a few corrections, just send me a list of corrections. If you've revised the entire chapter or the entire story, please send me a URL where it is updated, or send it as an HTML attachment, MS Word file, or text file.

What features come with stories on this site?

All stories include a review page, and all works in progress include an email list to alert readers when a new chapter is posted. All stories keep the headers and author's notes intact. Links are provided to the author's email address and/or website. If you want something more, please ask about it.

My story is hosted in several different places, but I'd like to keep all of my reviews in one place. Can I link to your review page from another location where my story is archived?

Sure, go for it.

Any other questions?

Contact me here.

 
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