Minimum Site Standards for Storygames
There is no automatic mechanism that will prevent a user from publishing their storygame on the website, however, publishing on this website is a privilege and not a right. Published storygames should be finished products and should be proofread and revised for quality. We understand that this is a hobby website and that not everyone can produce professional work and we're not expecting perfection, but storygames without care will be deleted from the website. It is perfectly possible for users of almost all ages to produce a storygame which will meet minimum site standards, so long as they put in a real effort and take care in revising their work.
After much deliberation, the chooseyourstory community has come up with a list of ways that a published storygame can earn deletion:
- After receiving at least 7 ratings and being published for at least 1 week, the storygame is rated 1/8
- After receiving at least 7 ratings and being published for at least 1 week, the storygame is rated 2/8 and its length is 1/8
- The storygame has all of the following characteristics:
- Grammar and style poor enough that it cannot be ignored
- A plot which is poor or nonexistent
- Poor pacing (usually characterized by frequent and unpredictable end game links)
- A lack of important decisions
- Unbelievable or overly cliched dialogue (if dialogue is present in the story)
- The storygame has "dead" pages- pages with no links or way to proceed.
- The storygame's central concept is pornographic in nature
- The storygame is not a storygame and is instead intended to fulfill a goal such as communicating with another member (including all inside jokes) or advertising a product.
- The storygame uses site members as characters without their express permission.
- The storygame is explicitly described by the author as a "troll" game, or intentionally poor quality.
- Any unfinished story rated 4 or less which has been published for over six months.
What qualifies a story as "unfinished?"
1. Specifically stating in the description/text of the game that it is a "demo."
2. Ending abruptly with a notice that it will be continued later.
Games that say they are the first in a series are not automatically considered "unfinished." As long as the game itself is complete, even if the author never returned to write a sequel, it is not up for unpublishing.
If any of the above conditions are met, and the storygame is reported, it will be deleted.
In the past, storygames were unpublished rather than deleted, but in too many cases, the author proceeded to republish the storygame without fixing the cause of the problem. Due to this fact, and because republished storygames do not go back onto the new games list, they were able to successfully sneak the storygame back onto the site. For this reason, storygames are now deleted and not unpublished when they do not meet minimum site standards.