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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2013, 02:54:48 PM »
Is it all right to use CC in stories? (Without a link to the site?)

After reading several of the stories here, I'm really looking forward to starting my own... but I tend to use quite a bit of CAS and build CC objects.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #76 on: January 09, 2013, 03:00:24 PM »
Definitely. Plenty of users here use it in their stories with no issues, myself included.



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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #77 on: January 09, 2013, 03:07:55 PM »
Thanks for the swift reply :).

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #78 on: January 20, 2013, 06:05:38 PM »
I want to start a Legacy Story, but I dont know how to put the pictures on there. When I click the "Insert picture" button, it just says random things. Pam, can you please help?
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #79 on: January 20, 2013, 06:59:53 PM »
I want to start a Legacy Story, but I dont know how to put the pictures on there. When I click the "Insert picture" button, it just says random things. Pam, can you please help?

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #80 on: January 20, 2013, 07:10:08 PM »
I want to start a Legacy Story, but I dont know how to put the pictures on there. When I click the "Insert picture" button, it just says random things. Pam, can you please help?

Welcome to the forum!   First thing you need to know about pictures is to upload them to a hosting website like the forum's gallery or photobucket.

Complete instructions for posting using the gallery can be found here :   http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,2881.0.html
Complete instructions for posting using photobucket:   http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=21.0

Let us know if you need any more help.   Also if you want you can always send me a private message and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #81 on: January 20, 2013, 07:17:25 PM »
Thanks for the help! I'll try to use photobucket or the gallery to start my Legacy! Wish me luck! @Ricalynn @fortheloveofcake
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #82 on: February 17, 2013, 10:11:24 PM »
Out of curiosity, how 'adult content' would a story about a sim trying to achieve the 'man-eater' status be?

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #83 on: February 17, 2013, 10:20:53 PM »
Out of curiosity, how 'adult content' would a story about a sim trying to achieve the 'man-eater' status be?

It depends on how you present it.  This might be something that you should explain and get approval from Pam about though. 
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #84 on: February 17, 2013, 10:23:51 PM »
Okay, thanks :)

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #85 on: April 08, 2013, 10:53:24 AM »
Very sorry if I am missing something.  I have an idea for a challenge that I'd like to set myself over several generations.  Do I need to post the rules I've made up somewhere for approval?
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« Reply #86 on: April 08, 2013, 10:55:46 AM »
Very sorry if I am missing something.  I have an idea for a challenge that I'd like to set myself over several generations.  Do I need to post the rules I've made up somewhere for approval?

Is it a personal challenge or just a challenge you're doing for yourself?  If it's just for you, don't need to post the rules if you don't want to and you can put the story under Miscellaneous.    If you want it to be a project that anyone can do, those rules have to be submitted to Metro & Pam for approval and then once approved it would be a part of the Projects board.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #87 on: April 08, 2013, 11:32:37 AM »
Thanks, Rica.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #88 on: April 14, 2013, 04:14:23 PM »
7. All stories must be the author's original content.  No copying or plagiarism of others' plot lines will be allowed.

I have a question about this rule.  I understand the purpose behind this rule, specifically with its function to prevent plagiarism.  However, I am concerned because of how easy it is to accidentally plagiarize someone else's story.  For example, I plan to have most (if not all) of my heirs in my ID have the "couch potato" trait, which is heavily done because of its practicality.  However, I know that the Man dynasty focused on this trait for nearly every generation.  Do I have to ask for the creator's permission to do something similar?  Also, nearly every Dynasty has the same set of supermax skills for heirs. Do we have to ask for permission to do the same supermax skills that someone else used?  I know that we can't avoid accidentally using some of the same set ups, but what exactly is the rule for this?

(An example: a lot of dynasties set in SV have the founder befriending Agnes and getting her to move in right away before moving on to woo-ing Christopher Steele.  Do they ask for permission to do this or is it an accepted set up due to its continued use?)


A second question I have is about Carl's Art Gallery.  I looked into the rules established to use the gallery, and I noticed that it isn't allowed for members with less than ten posts.  I don't have the ten posts, but I have read through many dynasty stories and I'm ready to post my first chapter.  I have pictures to add to my post, but not the necessary post numbers.  Though I understand the rules for the gallery, I really don't want to start spamming the boards in order to get my post count up.  Is the minimum post requirement for the gallery still in place?

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #89 on: April 14, 2013, 04:44:24 PM »
Mald, the plagiarism rule refers specifically to plot lines (ie, copying the content of someone else's story).  We all base our stories on the Sims 3, which has a limited number of traits, skills, etc, so it is inevitable that some of those things will be repeated in the various stories.  You don't need to ask permission to use whatever supermax skills you want.  As for the couch potato trait and your concern that it might be similar to the Man Dynasty, it really depends on how you choose to write the story.  If you write a story that is noticeably based on or taking ideas from someone else's story, that wouldn't be acceptable.  If you write an original story that is clearly your own creation, you're fine.  If you're uncertain, there's nothing wrong with sending a pm to the creator of the original story explaining what you want to do and asking if they have a problem with it. 

I'm not sure about the rule for the Gallery.  I believe it does require a minimum number of posts, simply because we want to be sure that the people signing up are actually members who intend to be part of the forum and aren't just joining the Gallery for other purposes.  It shouldn't take too long for you to reach 10 posts or whatever it is - it's easy to reach that number without feeling you're "spamming" the forum. 
 
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #90 on: April 14, 2013, 05:36:06 PM »
Thanks for the clarification, Schipperke.  I was a little worried about the whole "couch potato has already been used in the Man Dynasty" issue, especially since I'm not planning it for the same reasons as in the Man Dynasty.  Also, I've read so many of the dynasties that I can't remember all of the stories that gave me little ideas to use for mine.  I'm not planning to "steal" anyone's original content, but it's not that easy to avoid copying similar content (especially since it's a norm to get at least one utility sim).

I understand the purpose behind the limitations for the gallery site, and I agree behind it.  Having been an avid fan of online forums for over a decade (am I really that old already?), I know it doesn't take long to get the post count up.  I am just one of those people who reads the forums and gets to know its unique qualities before posting anything myself.  I've been known to spend months reading different topic boards before posting anything myself in order to ensure that I follow forum rules precisely.  However, I love the purpose behind online forums, and I passed that on to my college students by having them learn the purpose behind research projects by focusing on how community works and utilizing online forums to prove their points on community.

I do feel more at ease about the ten posts rule.  Though I have the idea for my first ID challenge chapter and the beginning of my ID story, I still need to draft it and work a little more on it.  However, while waiting on a response (which was fast, btw, so thanks!), I did find another topic that I just can't wait to respond on.  I'm really excited to get involved in this community.  I've been a member of the EA forum for TS3 for years, but it's not really great for discussing the different aspects of TS3.  I have found that I rarely post on the TS3 site unless it's to follow up on a tech discussion or to post a tech issue such as a glitch or a severe issue (like the fact that the recent simpoints glitch just drained 240 from my bank account temporarily...but that's another topic for another area).  I've never added friends on the ts3 forum simply because I never saw the need.  At least, not until the "send gift to a friend" option popped up on the in-game mailbox or until I got Showtime and the SimPort option.  Now, I regret not adding more friends.

But out of all the ts3 sites I've encountered, this is by far my favorite and has been bookmarked on my browser.  I even have it saved as a bookmark on my Samsung Galaxy and I have been known to read completed ID stories at work via my phone during slow times.  I'm starting to love the forum, too!

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #91 on: April 15, 2013, 02:53:01 AM »
As far as Dynasties are concerned I think there is a difference between strategy and storyline. For example say you had a sim with the exact same traits and Lifetime Want - I doubt anyone would mind that. Yet if you give that sim the exact same backstory and theme, for example the most unique stories I can think of immediately are Hazelnut's Life State's Dynasty for the amazing backstory and also Ricalynn's Grim Dynasty for the plot of the Reapers and the Dolls against each other etc. Also anything that's EA is basically free-for-all, nobody can claim an EA Sim etc. as their own idea. If you are ever in doubt that someone might complain you can ask them first or take the idea to someone else and ask if they think it is too similar or not.

But out of all the ts3 sites I've encountered, this is by far my favorite and has been bookmarked on my browser.  I even have it saved as a bookmark on my Samsung Galaxy and I have been known to read completed ID stories at work via my phone during slow times.  I'm starting to love the forum, too!

Have you seen this thread? If you share your username in that thread then people will know you belong to our forum as well and most likely accept you - send me a friend request and I'll be happy to share any gifts etc. My username is the same there as here.  :)
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #92 on: April 15, 2013, 04:30:02 AM »
Welcome to our Forum, mald1983.

I'll make an exception for you regarding the Gallery.  Go ahead and register and I'll approve it.  :)
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« Reply #93 on: April 15, 2013, 04:43:05 AM »
Have you seen this thread? If you share your username in that thread then people will know you belong to our forum as well and most likely accept you - send me a friend request and I'll be happy to share any gifts etc. My username is the same there as here.  :)

You seem to be missing something in your post. ;)

The thread Samoht is talking about is here. :)

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« Reply #94 on: April 15, 2013, 11:03:43 AM »
You seem to be missing something in your post. ;)

The thread Samoht is talking about is here. :)

Lol, was in a rush this morning and I was distracted by something else so must have forgotten the link! :P Thanks Seabody!
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #95 on: April 16, 2013, 09:22:14 AM »
Welcome to our Forum, mald1983.

I'll make an exception for you regarding the Gallery.  Go ahead and register and I'll approve it.  :)

Thanks, Pam!  I'll register right away!

As my username, it is the same on the other site, but I'll head to the thread and check it out.  Thanks everyone!

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« Reply #96 on: May 07, 2013, 05:44:18 PM »
Quick question. In regards to rule number three: would having a sim go through gender-identity issues break this rule? Such as realizing that, 'hey, maybe I'm not a really odd woman. I'm a gay man in a woman's body' type of thing. Character development. Wanna know this BEFORE I get a personality down for this particular sim. xD

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« Reply #97 on: May 08, 2013, 12:54:23 AM »
Quick question. In regards to rule number three: would having a sim go through gender-identity issues break this rule? Such as realizing that, 'hey, maybe I'm not a really odd woman. I'm a gay man in a woman's body' type of thing. Character development. Wanna know this BEFORE I get a personality down for this particular sim. xD

My advice would be to stay away from such a story line.  Thank you for asking first.  :)
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« Reply #98 on: May 08, 2013, 04:42:46 PM »
Could you use something like death in a back story if you basically skirt how it happens, or tell it in a round about way?
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« Reply #99 on: May 08, 2013, 04:50:59 PM »
It depends on the type of death.
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