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  • Helel ben Shahaar
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    11:47, November 27, 2018

    Since this proposal has received pretty much unanimous support, I decided to go ahead and create this board.

    What is this?

    Basically, this is a forum for authors to showcase their finished work. In theory, this will give authors a better chance at getting their stories read, give good new pastas more exposure and make it easier for readers to access fresh pasta all in one fell swoop. Let's hope it works that way in practice.

    Writer's Showcase Forum Rules

    • Your story must be on the main site first. To submit a story, go to Special:CreatePage or follow this guide.
    • The thread must contain the following:
      1. A link to the story at the very top of the thread, like this:
        [[Story title]]
        (note: the thread title should also have the story title, minus the brackets).
      2. A section where you introduce yourself as an author and give a brief synopsis of the story.
      3. UPDATE (3/6/15): As of right now, please use {{WS}} instead (see template documentation for instructions).
    • It it highly recommended that you put it through the Writer's Workshop first, although this is not necessarily required.
    • If your story is deleted on the main site, your forum post will also be removed.
    • Unfinished stories will be removed.
    • The story should have the {{by-user}} template (main site ONLY; do not do this in the thread itself).
    • Don't include more than one story in a single thread; one thread = one story.
      Possible exception: If the stories are a part of a series or if your story is broken into multiple pages due to the length.
    • You're allowed to bump your thread once a month for a total of three consecutive months, after which you will have to wait three months before bumping it again. Note that this only applies if you bump it three times in a row. This is to prevent the board from being spammed with shameless self-bumps.

    Feel free to leave any suggestions below.

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    • Should this be linked to in the board description? Once this gets buried in the board, new users might not see it.

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    • Was planning to do that later.

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    • I had an idea with this.

      I could make a JavaScript slider for the main page which populates itself with the newest entries on the board. I will need a small template though that the user fills out so that the script can parse out some info about the page for display.

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    • I can't get to add a page, and I can't change the format off of visual to source editor either. I don't see a place in the upper right-hand corner to switch editors

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    • Shining-Armor wrote:
      I had an idea with this.

      I could make a JavaScript slider for the main page which populates itself with the newest entries on the board. I will need a small template though that the user fills out so that the script can parse out some info about the page for display.

      Good idea. What's the code?

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    • Paranormal Universe wrote:
      I can't get to add a page, and I can't change the format off of visual to source editor either. I don't see a place in the upper right-hand corner to switch editors

      I honestly haven't even used the visual editor since 2013.

      My advice would be to go to your preferences and, under the "Editing" tab, switch your preferred editor to "Source editor".

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    • So this has a similar story submission upload like in Writer's Workshop?  What if we have a story that was already here before the Writer's Workshop?

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    • No, you link to the story and give a synopsis of it in the thread. See rule #2.

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    • LOLSKELETONS wrote:

      Shining-Armor wrote:
      I had an idea with this.

      I could make a JavaScript slider for the main page which populates itself with the newest entries on the board. I will need a small template though that the user fills out so that the script can parse out some info about the page for display.

      Good idea. What's the code?

      I'll be working on it over the course of the weekend.

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    • So, I'm a little confused on how you do this, do I post a link here or somewhere else. Either ways here is the link, I might have miss read and made another page to submit the story by, so ya...

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    • SilverDarkCureXZ wrote: So, I'm a little confused on how you do this, do I post a link here or somewhere else. Either ways here is the link, I might have miss read and made another page to submit the story by, so ya...

      Story---> http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Berserk

      Hello everyone I'm SilverDarkCureXZ, I sometimes come onto here to write stories. I'm hoping to be able to write more stories that are good in the future. This one is called Berserk, it's about dozens of people being trapped in a shopping mall with very few light sources remaining. Most of the building is covered in darkness and these creatures start appearing in that darkness and kill each other and the people that end up roaming around.

      No, you create a thread in the board this is in, adhering to the guidelines above.

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    • SilverDarkCureXZ wrote: So, I'm a little confused on how you do this, do I post a link here or somewhere else. Either ways here is the link, I might have miss read and made another page to submit the story by, so ya...

      Story---> http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Berserk

      Hello everyone I'm SilverDarkCureXZ, I sometimes come onto here to write stories. I'm hoping to be able to write more stories that are good in the future. This one is called Berserk, it's about dozens of people being trapped in a shopping mall with very few light sources remaining. Most of the building is covered in darkness and these creatures start appearing in that darkness and kill each other and the people that end up roaming around.

      You must create a thread here. Simply copy-paste what you wrote and put it into a new thread.

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    • MrDupin wrote:

      SilverDarkCureXZ wrote: So, I'm a little confused on how you do this, do I post a link here or somewhere else. Either ways here is the link, I might have miss read and made another page to submit the story by, so ya...

      Story---> http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Berserk

      Hello everyone I'm SilverDarkCureXZ, I sometimes come onto here to write stories. I'm hoping to be able to write more stories that are good in the future. This one is called Berserk, it's about dozens of people being trapped in a shopping mall with very few light sources remaining. Most of the building is covered in darkness and these creatures start appearing in that darkness and kill each other and the people that end up roaming around.

      You must create a thread here. Simply copy-paste what you wrote and put it into a new thread.

      Ninja'd!

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    • Thank you both I really appreiate it.

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    • With regards to the By-user thing, should we add it to stories that don't contain it if they're posted here? It seems kinda stupid to remove threads just because the story itself doesn't credit the author.

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    • Underscorre wrote: With regards to the By-user thing, should we add it to stories that don't contain it if they're posted here? It seems kinda stupid to remove threads just because the story itself doesn't credit the author.

      Yeah, I agree.

      Although, if the author hasn't added the template, it means that he hasn't even read the rules of the board. If he can't take 5 minutes of his time to read the rules and fix the issue, why should we take him/her seriously? Maybe I am being too harsh, but still.

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    • Is this forum going to be added to the forum drop down list in the link bar at the top of the page?

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    • Template code:

      <span id="cpw-ws-title">[[{{{title}}}]]</div>
      <span id="cpw-ws-author">[[{{{author}}}]]</div>
      <p id="cpw-ws-description">{{{description}}}</p>
      

      Usage:

      {{WS
      | title = Foo Bar
      | author = Foo
      | description = No more than 256 characters long
      }}
      

      You can style the template anyway you want but it must contain the three elements specified above. This template needs to be used only once per thread and it will automatically be loaded onto the front page.

      Once I am finished with the script I will message one of the Admins with installation instructions. This template needs to be used in order for a story to be showcased. If it is not present then the thread will be skipped.

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    • Underscorre wrote:
      With regards to the By-user thing, should we add it to stories that don't contain it if they're posted here? It seems kinda stupid to remove threads just because the story itself doesn't credit the author.

      Just add it yourself if you don't see it

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    • Shining-Armor wrote: Template code:

      <span id="cpw-ws-title">[[{{{title}}}]]</div>
      <span id="cpw-ws-author">[[{{{author}}}]]</div>
      <p id="cpw-ws-description">{{{description}}}</p>
      

      Usage:

      {{WS
      | title = Foo Bar
      | author = Foo
      | description = No more than 256 characters long
      }}
      

      You can style the template anyway you want but it must contain the three elements specified above. This template needs to be used only once per thread and it will automatically be loaded onto the front page.

      Once I am finished with the script I will message one of the Admins with installation instructions. This template needs to be used in order for a story to be showcased. If it is not present then the thread will be skipped.

      Cool. I'll edit the OP once you're done.

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    • Umbrello wrote:
      Is this forum going to be added to the forum drop down list in the link bar at the top of the page?

      Done.

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    • So, my question is: What if people don't go looking through the showcase? I mean, probably everyone (or darn well nearly) is gonna post their pasta in the showcase. It would practically just be another thing saying, "Here's a new pasta!" which we get with the recent wikia activity.

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    • Forestfleet wrote: So, my question is: What if people don't go looking through the showcase? I mean, probably everyone (or darn well nearly) is gonna post their pasta in the showcase. It would practically just be another thing saying, "Here's a new pasta!" which we get with the recent wikia activity.

      IDK about other people, but I personally have been looking through the showcase quite a bit since it's been set up. It's convenient for readers, since trying to find a good story with the "random pasta" button is often difficult, and it's convenient for authors, since they can get more publicity.

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    • Forestfleet wrote:
      So, my question is: What if people don't go looking through the showcase? I mean, probably everyone (or darn well nearly) is gonna post their pasta in the showcase. It would practically just be another thing saying, "Here's a new pasta!" which we get with the recent wikia activity.

      I've looked through it myself and found a couple of good stories.

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    • Hey guys, there's a little favor I would like to ask. I'm not sure of the new Writer's Showcase so if there is, can I get a sample of a story in the Writer's Showcase or maybe a short step to show me how to get a story in the Showcase? Thank you very much :)

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    • Mr Mirul wrote: Hey guys, there's a little favor I would like to ask. I'm not sure of the new Writer's Showcase so if there is, can I get a sample of a story in the Writer's Showcase or maybe a short step to show me how to get a story in the Showcase? Thank you very much :)

      All the stories in the writers showcase are here. The most recent example of a story that's been posted here is Grasp, by Kieland. To get a story on the Writer's Showcase, you just go to the board & create a thread, adhering to the guidelines in the OP.

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    • LOLSKELETONS wrote:

      Shining-Armor wrote: Template code:

      <span id="cpw-ws-title">[[{{{title}}}]]</div>
      <span id="cpw-ws-author">[[{{{author}}}]]</div>
      <p id="cpw-ws-description">{{{description}}}</p>
      

      Usage:

      {{WS
      | title = Foo Bar
      | author = Foo
      | description = No more than 256 characters long
      }}
      

      You can style the template anyway you want but it must contain the three elements specified above. This template needs to be used only once per thread and it will automatically be loaded onto the front page.

      Once I am finished with the script I will message one of the Admins with installation instructions. This template needs to be used in order for a story to be showcased. If it is not present then the thread will be skipped.

      Cool. I'll edit the OP once you're done.

      Can you edit the OP now? I sorta need there to be testable data present before I can finish up the script.

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    • I will when I can get to my computer. Can you explain what exactly you need to do?

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    • You just need a template with those three elements in it that the author fills out to showcase their story. Without those three elements the script cannot detect the information necessary to showcase the story.

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    • Shining-Armor wrote: Template code:

      <span id="cpw-ws-title">[[{{{title}}}]]</div>
      <span id="cpw-ws-author">[[{{{author}}}]]</div>
      <p id="cpw-ws-description">{{{description}}}</p>
      

      Is the fact that you open span tags and close div tags intentional? Or is that an error?

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    • That would be an error :P

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    • Shining-Armor wrote:
      You just need a template with those three elements in it that the author fills out to showcase their story. Without those three elements the script cannot detect the information necessary to showcase the story.

      Would this be usable?

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    • LOLSKELETONS wrote:

      Shining-Armor wrote:
      You just need a template with those three elements in it that the author fills out to showcase their story. Without those three elements the script cannot detect the information necessary to showcase the story.

      Would this be usable?

      Yes it is. Just on a side not make sure that users are aware that no more than 256 characters will be displayed in their description and that __NODESCRIP__ in the description block will display no description.

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    • ^^^ Updated the OP

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    • nice. One is coming in hot in a day so be ready

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    • Maybe I need to upload a second story showcase to this. My first one got overlooked.

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    • Pratt, I don't think a lot of the casual viewers know the forum is there.  Once they get the script up on the homepage to highlight the forum I'd expect there to be at least a small increase in the traffic...cause right now it's dead lol.

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    • So I'm going to have to wait a bit then?

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    • Mmpratt99 deviantart wrote: So I'm going to have to wait a bit then?

      I don't think that's necessary. You can always bump your thread later.

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    • Yeah, I'm not saying you should or shouldn't post another story.  I just mean that unless someone specifically comes to the Showcase page there's other way they will get to the story, minus the normal routes.  Once they have the script on the homepage enabled it should allow for some more visibility of the showcased stories...I'm not exactly sure how it will work.  What would be neat is if every time you went to the main page it chose one of the stories from the showcase to display at random, rather than simply pulling whichever article was most recently posted.  I could see that turning into a bump war.

      Also, I'll throw this out to any of the admins that want to weigh in: Do we want to cap it at one story at a time per author in the showcase?  If an author wanted to take one down and put another in its place I'm sure myself or one of the other moderators would be happy to facilitate that.  The issue I see is that once this thing actually gets up and running that everyone will simply start posting all of their stories there and it will become as overglutted as the main site.

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    • I'm kind of new on here, does "bump" used above mean delete or something along those lines. I feel like an idiot for asking, but I kind of want to know now for future references.

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    • Ori and Benny wrote: I'm kind of new on here, does "bump" used above mean delete or something along those lines. I feel like an idiot for asking, but I kind of want to know now for future references.

      No, it means to call attention to something. "Bumping" it up in the recent activity feed so it can get more recognition/review.

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    • Oh. Yeah, I feel a bit stupid now. Thank you for explaining that. 

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    • EmpyrealInvective wrote:

      Ori and Benny wrote: I'm kind of new on here, does "bump" used above mean delete or something along those lines. I feel like an idiot for asking, but I kind of want to know now for future references.

      No, it means to call attention to something. "Bumping" it up in the recent activity feed so it can get more recognition/review.

      Just to clarify, to bump something on our forums, you add a new message to the thread. In many cases, when bumping, users will just post a new message to the thread saying "Bump".

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    • I was wondering who is the founder of this wiki? 

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    • Ori and Benny
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    • The forum or the actual Creepypasta wiki site?

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    • What do you mean by that? 

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    • Mr.dead1 wrote: I was wondering who is the founder of this wiki? 

      ClericofMadness

      Ori and Benny wrote: So, they're kind of like egging on a topic? Is that what it's like?

      Kinda, except it does, as Empy said, make it more visible - move it into the wiki activity, put it into active discussions, etc.

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    • Ori and Benny wrote: The forum or the actual Creepypasta wiki site?

      What we've been saying about bumping applies to the forums only. You shouldn't "bump" an article.

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    • Mr.dead1 wrote:
      What do you mean by that? 

      Um, the forum that we're currently talking on "the Writer's Showcase" or the actual creator of the whole Creepypasta Wikia.

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    • When you bump something up on the feed, how exactly do you do that? Do you have to re-erase the original link and start over?

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    • You just add a new comment, saying 'Bump' or something.

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    • Oh, okay.  Thanks.

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    • This looks interesting

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    • How many comments are here?!

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    • MrDupin
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      Not in the right place
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    • To the admins: as a thought to keep the showcase from being as stale, any complaints if the mods start removing stories from the forum older than, let's say arbitrarily, 3 months? That will stop the forum from becoming overloaded and also maybe provide a reason for people to look at it occasionally.

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    • Shadowswimmer77 wrote: To the admins: as a thought to keep the showcase from being as stale, any complaints if the mods start removing stories from the forum older than, let's say arbitrarily, 3 months? That will stop the forum from becoming overloaded and also maybe provide a reason for people to look at it occasionally.

      It really isn't an issue with number as the recently posted tend to take up the front page, it's more that a lot of users don't really visit this thread much and review stories. I tried to in the past, but there are quite a bit and it really isn't a viable method to kindle interest by reviewing each story. I'm not really sure what can increase this thread's popularity, but I know that removing threads will likely cause more issues than resolving.

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    • EmpyrealInvective wrote:

      Shadowswimmer77 wrote: To the admins: as a thought to keep the showcase from being as stale, any complaints if the mods start removing stories from the forum older than, let's say arbitrarily, 3 months? That will stop the forum from becoming overloaded and also maybe provide a reason for people to look at it occasionally.

      It really isn't an issue with number as the recently posted tend to take up the front page, it's more that a lot of users don't really visit this thread much and review stories. I tried to in the past, but there are quite a bit and it really isn't a viable method to kindle interest by reviewing each story. I'm not really sure what can increase this thread's popularity, but I know that removing threads will likely cause more issues than resolving.

      Is it possible that it may be better to take a much different approach? I don't really have anything in mind at the moment, but I know that there is a user who has made what they call a "curation blog." It's a decent idea that could possibly work with some community - and probably administrative - involvement.

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    • There used to be users who did that in the past and brought attention to stories using the new pages section, unfortunately I'm a bit hesitant to rope other admins into doing this reviewing on my way out as everyone has their own things going on in life and may not be able to devote the time necessary to it..

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    • EmpyrealInvective wrote:
      There used to be users who did that in the past and brought attention to stories using the new pages section, unfortunately I'm a bit hesitant to rope other admins into doing this reviewing on my way out as everyone has their own things going on in life and may not be able to devote the time necessary to it..

      Noted.

      Damn. There's got to be a way to go about doing this...

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    • For some reason whenever I try to post a thread on the Writer's Showcase, it gets automatically deleted. I'm also using the WS template like it says in the forum rules.

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