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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Rating / Content Advisories FAQ Reply with quote

How does FAC's ratings and advisories system work?

FAC's ratings and advisory system is in place to help warn users of potentially offensive content in artwork. All categories and artist galleris have filtering options allowing members and visitors to exclude types of material which they do not wish to encounter while browsing. But in order for this system to work properly, it is critical that you understand how this system works, and use it to give accurate information about your picture. Failure to assign appropriate advisories to your submission can be grounds for moderation or removal of that picture from FAC by site staff.

What should I assign to my picture when submitting it?

Please read our (semi)-Official Ratings Guidelines for instructions on how the system works, and which labels to apply to a given submission.

What happens if I didn't choose the right rating for my picture? Can I go back and fix it?

If, for some reason, you submitted a picture without giving it an appropriate rating, the picture will either be rejected by FAC's Approval Panel, or you may receive a warning (in comment or e-mail form) about the picture's rating from either FAC site staff or the general FAC community. If this happens, locate the picture in your FAC gallery page, click the "edit" link next to the picture, and update/fix your picture's rating. Do so quickly, otherwise the picture may end up deleted by FAC site staff for not complying with the ratings system.




I'm not quite sure about my picture's content. Can I be conservative, and give it a harsher advisory just to play safe?

Yes ... to a point, that is. It's not always easy to define, for example, at what point "mild" nudity becomes "moderate" or "high", especially if it appears in conjunction with other advisories, so you may choose a higher advisory than normal if you are unsure. But don't just goof off, either -- meaning, do not issue an advisory at all unless you need to do so. For example, if there is no profanity or rough language in the picture, don't issue a Language advisory for the submission (not even a 'Mild' advisory). Our content advisory system is in place for a purpose, and knowingly over-rating a picture can be just as much an abuse of this system as is not rating it strong enough to begin with. Violations may be subject to moderation and/or removal with or without prior warning.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question about the violence and blood rating. Does any amount of blood call for an R rating? How about a picture of a person with a bleeding lip or nose?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt it. Those appear to be just little things; when Strata mentioned blood, I think he was more thinking in areas of gore and blood all over the place type thing. For a bleeding lip or something, I'd probably give it PG-13 to be on the safe side; it's not as if a kid hasn't had a bloody nose before. *shrug*
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Profanity help Reply with quote

i have a question. why idn't the profanity level working? Question
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to commend you people for this. Thank you so much for putting something like this on here. It's my main reason for signing up.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For comparison, I located this rating system page after surfing on Wikipedia for some time -- the RSACi system.
http://wp.netscape.com/comprod/products/communicator/netwatch/b_rsaci.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:24 am    Post subject: Question Reply with quote

I submitted a pick, a rather naughty pic, but two-three weeks later, i got an e-mail about age approval or something like that, what's that about?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That means that FAC staff did not believe you assigned the correct content advisories to your pic. Go re-read the first post in this topic, then try again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a question about the 'Racism' rating. Does this also apply to racist acts/violence concerning non-human subjects (such as Anthros, for instance), or does it solely pertain to human racism?

I asked a friend about this, but she didn't know either... so I am asking here, for I do not want to under-rate my upcoming story, which contains quite a lot of Human/Anthro racial conflict (I'm fairly sure it warrants an advisory, but I need to ask FAC's staff anyway, just to be safe...)

If anyone knows anything about this, please tell me. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'Racism' advisory is intended for themes of real-world racism. We have not evaluated whether or not it should also apply to fictional (e.g. "interspecies") racism.

As far as my own opinion on this subject... Fictional racism may be used as a symbol or metaphor for real-life racism. Because it's merely a symbol, it's not on the same level as potential offense to the viewer as the real thing. You probably will not need an advisory unless it directly echoes or resembles a real-life type of racism, and even then, perhaps nothing more than a mild advisory.

After all, if you are going to include differing species in the same story, then unlike different colors of humans, differing species have fundamental, core differences between each other. Would you call it racist for a flock of sheep to shun and despise a pack of wolves?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a similar opinion... and the more I think of it, there really isn't any racism between human ethnic groups in said story; it's mainly just the human/anthro disputes. *shrug* I thought there was more, but I reviewed it and didn't find anything between the humans. I mean, events such as war and whatnot are basically just political decisions, not actual racist acts (unless specified by the occasional hidden motive).
I just assumed since the human/anthro conflict is more of a battle for genetic superiority than anything else, I may need to issue an advisory, but I wasn't sure.... after all, I usually do not have a normal person's view of what should and should not receive a high rating, so for me it's always safer to ask. ^^;

I thank you for your time and advice, Strata. *bows* I shall be going now.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as profanity goes, should a raised middle finger be rated for mild, moderate or not at all?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:01 pm    Post subject: ummm...................................... Reply with quote

hi. i made a few boo-boos in mine warning thing. Embarassed i didn't see this when i upload it. i fixed it now, though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:52 pm    Post subject: wait, Reply with quote

isn't lord of the rings and star wars have a few gory things? like in the 3rd espsoide, i didn't see it, but i heard that darth vader killed a megiraty of the jedi force. and tlotr has a few gory things in it as well. jw(just wondering).
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord of the Rings and Star Wars had a lot of violence, yes -- but you didn't have internal organs falling out and blood spraying all over the place like in, say, Kill Bill. It's because it didn't cross that threshold of gore that they received a PG13 rating and not an R.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: My image was rejected-and i don't think the reason was right Reply with quote

Ok, I know I'm new so I don't exactly know the ropes. But I submitted a small picture of a girl's head, with a banadana on, and it got rejected as a "sprite" when I thought it was just a head, and seeing as I drew it... but yeah, if you could, give me a hand? Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In FAC submission context, a "sprite" is a small pixelated character graphic used in a videogame. Because such sprites are copyrighted material, they cannot be used in an FAC submission.

Can you link the image you tried to submit?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/Migglemiggle/Pirateytypegirl.jpg

It's on doodle paper- thats what the other stuff around it is.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LoL, the Explict Violence usually involves high blood and dismemberment? that rlz!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Filters available? Reply with quote

I kinda got a rude surprise today when I followed an emailed link to a Favorite Artist whose pic was a lot more sexually racy than I bargained for. Definitely not work-safe. There used to be a customizable filter that would screen that stuff out. But I can't find it now. Does one still exist that can be active whenever I log in, or is it gallery-specific?
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