Welcome to Armchair Slash!
The following is the FAQ list for the Armchair Slash yahoo group.
This information is important to the success of our list so we hope you'll read it and make sure you understand the way things work before you post. Not that we'll kill you if you don't. But we might whine a lot. ;)
Debriefing: hint: this stuff is the VERY LEAST you need to know (please please please read this part):
1) DO NOT POST FICS here, unless it is in response to a list challenge. (There are
certain exceptions to this rule; See below for details.)
2) We request that you keep fic plugging to one fic per month. Please post *only* the link to
the fic and a general summary, and please label the subject line REC:
followed by the name of the fic.
3) We love Off-topic posts. However we
ask that you *always* label them OT in the subject.
4) Chat every Sunday,
noon EST. See you there. Also, we have a website with lots of stuff on it. Check it out.
Please do not cross-post an email to more than one yahoo group. Also, do
6) You can find the
list of and links to all of our past featured authors here.
That's the very least you need to know!! On to the other stuff! :D
How the List Works
Basic List Rules
Additional Things to Note
This list was formed with the aim of discussing
various aspects of Harry/Draco fanfic, while showcasing the works of fabulous
writers who don't get enough attention. The order of the day is SLASH, so,
if you are uncomfortable with ANY aspects of a continuing discussion about many
aspects of gay male relationships, the Armchair may not be for you. In addition,
this list houses Love Under Will and other fanfics by Aja and Maya, so updates,
cookies, and new chapters of LUW, Underwater Light, and other things we write
will be shared here semi-frequently.
This list is
comprised of many members who were originally part of a Yahoo group called
Draco_101, a lovely little list shared between Aja and Frances Potter, author of
Resolution. While the list was still young, Frances decided to combine her
two fic lists into one, so Draco_101 closed, and two new lists were formed.
Frances Potter's fanfic list is now
and Armchair Slash comprises its own discussion list.
How the List Works:
Every month around here, things change. We feature different
authors, some well-known, some less so, including some fairly new to the H/D
pairing, whose works represent aspects of the pairing whose discussion we feel
will lead to greater insights on the pairing itself, and fanfic in general.
While each author or authors are featured for the month we stick primarily to
discussion of their fics, though sometimes we will also have concurrent list fic
Basic List Rules:
1) The big rule around here
is No Fic Posting. Only featured authors of the month may post fics. Don't post
fics unless they fall under the following headings:
may post a fic in response to a featured Armchair fic challenge. When posting
you *must* label your fic "FIC:" in the subject header.
All fics must be Harry/Draco, unless the fic challenge permits
c) You may post a fic that was inspired by or
is in response to a specific list discussion.
d) You may
post a fic that was inspired by or is a fanfic of a hosted or featured fanfic.
You may also link to fanart done for any of our featured
e) Fics by any of our featured authors, past and
present, may be posted in full to the list or uploaded to the files under the
proper folder. (Featured Authors may create their own folder for fics if they
You *can*, however, post short H/D fics and ficlets (under 1500
words) of all kinds to the Ficlets folder under the Files on the yahoo group web
you have a longer fic, consider submitting it at one of the many fandom archive
sites. FictionAlley, The Potter Slash Archive, Pure Magnetism, and The Restricted Section are some
Harry Potter archives you may want to check out.
non-featured H/D fics is acceptable, but in order to prevent list spam, we ask
that list members limit these kinds of post to one plug per month. Also,
cross-posts are generally frowned upon, as many of our members are also on Veela
Inc, Glasses Reflect, or other fiction lists, where the majority of
cross-posting occurs, so please limit those as well to cross-posts that you feel
are *absolutely necessary.*
3) We like Off-topic posting. But there are
a) ALL Off-topic posts MUST be labeled "OT:"
in the beginning of the subject header.
b) An Off-Topic
post is considered to be one that does not directly relate to the current fanfic
discussion, or to discussion of current or past featured authors and
c) All Off-topic posts must be relevant to the
fandom or to fanfic issues in some way. An OT post talking about your brother's
wedding would be unacceptable - Livejournals and other blogs are the best forum
for personal posts. An OT post debating whether Dan or Tom look hotter in their
CoS quidditch gear.... well. We all must gush sometime, right?
Pointless one-liners are SO not cool, yo. Acceptable brief posts are those that
are posted in order to answer a question that was asked on-list, or to give
important information to the list.
5) The rules listed above may change
slightly depending on what the current theme of the month is or according to the
wishes of the current featured authors.
Additional Things to Note:
--The Armchair has a weekly chat every Sunday beginning at Noon U.S.
Eastern time. This Chat is open to the public and can be accessed through the
list main page at yahoo: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Armchair_Slash/chat.
The chat has its own list of guidelines and rules which are detailed in the Chat
FAQ. We encourage everyone to read the FAQ before their first chat.
--Fanart and fics of all kinds may be found in the files link on our
You can find many fics by our featured authors, fics posted by list members, and
lots of fanart. There's a lot of everything there, so be sure to check it
--You can access a number of important fandom and H/D sites on our
The links are divided into general fandom sites, ship archives and mailing
lists, and other things we think you'll like.
--One such site is the Armchair's own website, http://www.armchairslash.org/. We
archive challenge fics there, as well as challenge art, and also have discussion
forums for further exploration of topics related to the Armchair and its
associated fics. Check it out!
--Your list mods are: Aja (bookshop), Erica (Dancing Rain), Maya, Amanda, Eddy, Jess, Merin, Passo, Tracy, Verdant, and Vinagrette. If you need anything, don't
hesitate to ask. One of us is sure to be around and we'd all love to help you
That's it! We're really flexible about discussions and rules in
general around here, so as long as you exercise courtesy (and don't post general
fics) you should be fine. Enjoy your stay here, and feel free to lurk or take
part in, or jump start the discussion as much as you like.
The Armchair Mods
FAQ Version 2.0, 11.23.03