Ratings As you all know, TalkCSI is a PG-13 site, meaning that material, and links to material, rated R or NC-17 may not appear on the boards: There is, occasionally, some confusion as to what is above PG-13 and what is not. The purpose of this post is to clear up any confusion and make it easier for all posters who visit this forum. Fan Fiction Ratings As far as we can tell, there are three main systems for rating Fan Fiction material – and this is where a lot of the confusion takes place. G / PG –This rating is known as B, K or K+ on ff.net, or FRC (Fan Rated Suitable For Children) according to the Fan Rated System The definition of this rating, according to the Fan Rated System is: PG-13 – This rating is known as T on ff.net, or FRT (Fan Rated Suitable For Teenagers) according to the Fan Rated System The definition of this rating, according to the Fan Rated System is: (please note this information was taken from a site devoted predominantly to BtVS fanfiction, but the principles are the same for CSI) R-Rated – This is known as M on ff.net or FRM (Fan Rated Suitable For Mature Persons) by the Fan Rated System The definition of this rating, according to the Fan Rated System is: Due to the nature of TalkCSI, links to stories rated R/M/FRM may not be given from the boards. If you wish to share stories with this rating with older teens/adults, you may do so via PM, email or messenger. NC-17 – Known as MA on [/i]ff.net[/b] or FRAO (Fan Rated Suitable For Adults Only) by the Fan Rated System The definition of this rating, according to the Fan Rated System is: As with R-Rated material, such stories MAY NOT be linked to directly from the board, but links may be PMed/emailed to those over the age of 17. For more details about ff.net rating system, check out http://www.fictionratings.com/guide.php Ratings for Pictures With regard to what pictures you can post in the threads, there is no cut and dry rating system that I can find. However, here are a few points to abide by when posting images. 1) Graphically violent images should not be posted. Images that have appeared on the CSI television show are fine, but if they could be considered disturbing to others, post them as links and place a warning on them so that people can avoid them if they wish. 2) Suggested nudity is fine – a naked back or shoulders for example. However, any full-frontal nudity, pictures of naked breasts or naked butts, etc, should not be posted. Contents of Posts There is often worry over what people can and cannot say within a post. Shipper Central, in particular, is a place where relationships are discussed, so obviously sex is going to come up in conversation. Here are some points to remember: 1) “Fade to black sexuality and frank discussion of sexual concepts are fine here” – you can discuss sex and sexual concepts, but you may not go into great or graphic detail. For example: The term UTT is fine within the threads, as is an explanation that it means “Under the Table” if anyone asks. However, going into detail as to what is going on ‘under the table’ would not be suitable in this environment. Most of us already know what is going on anyway, and those who don’t are too young to know. In relation to this, discussion of your own sex-life really isn't appropriate in this (or any) UBB forum. Using real life analogies to make a point regarding a ship you are discussing may be appropriate from time to time, but other discussions are best left to the private chat rooms or messenger. 2) Swearing – mild swearing is okay, as long as it isn’t incessant – lets face it, there isn’t a great deal of need to swear in this environment and most of us don’t really want to read posts with a lot of swearing it them. The “F” word and “C” word shouldn’t appear here at all. If you have any question with regard to the Rating system and what can and cannont be posted here at TalkCSI, please do not hesitate to ask a question in this thread. If you prefer you can PM either 1CSIMfan, Kimmychu, or HoratioAndMe.