Just a few rules to Lost & Found by.
BE CAUTIOUS WHEN MENTIONING AUTHOR ALIASES
Many authors guard their various identities (real and online) very carefully. Please respect their preference by refraining from mentioning authors' aliases on the board until you are confident they are willing to share them.
KEEP YOUR POSTS AS FANFIC-FOCUSED AS POSSIBLE
Discuss it, recommend it, ask for it, even request links to it - anything connected to fanfic is considered on-topic. This is not to say that off-topic posts are forbidden. On the contrary, the Lost & Found visitors are very friendly, intelligent, resourceful people. So if you have something off-topic to share, you're welcome to do so. Labeling your post OT (off-topic), however, is a common courtesy for those visitors who come only for the fanfic.
In the same vein, if you're requesting actorfic (fanfic about the actors, not the characters), please put the word "actorfic" somewhere in the subject. We allow posts about actorfic on the board, but many in the X-Files fandom view it as distinct from fanfiction. It requires, therefore, its own version of an off-topic warning.
RESPECT ONE ANOTHER'S OPINION EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE
Many of the Lost & Found visitors are passionate about fanfic and have just as passionate opinions about it. They also vary a great deal in these opinions. This makes for a great resource, but it can also lead to occasional tension.
So feel free to voice any of your opinions and join any discussions, but I ask that you refrain from attacking either an author or a poster. Criticize an author's fic or attack the content of a poster's message, but once you've ventured into personal attack, I reserve the right to end the discussion.
Remember, too, that everyone at the Lost & Found presents themselves solely with words. Without facial expression, tone of voice, and gesture, it's easy to misconstrue a poster's intention.
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