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Terms found on the search engine and upload pages,
definied for clarity. Please note that these definitions, as with all things
fannish, are somewhat fluid. We've done our best, but we're not going to
split hairs. If you feel that a definition is very wrong or incomplete,
please e-mail the archivist.
||Fiction in which there are no romantic relationships,
with the possible exception of relationships established in canon.
Note: Some overlap with het and slash may occur, depending
on the perception of definitons by the author.
||Fiction in which a heterosexual relationship is an important component
of the story. Note: Some overlap with gen may occur, depending
on the focus of the story.
||Fiction in which a homosexual (either male/male or female/female)
relationship is an important component of the story. Note:
Some overlap with gen may occur, depending on the focus of the story.
||Fiction in which there exists the desire for or anticipation of
a homosexual relationship. For the purposes of this archive, if there
is a kiss, then the story is not pre-slash. A kiss qualifies
as a beginning of a relationship, and the story should be categorized
as a slash first time.
||Fiction in which a physically active, non-romantic plot is an important
||Fiction in which the author deviates from the canon of the source
material as it existed at the time the story was written.
This means that a story which is later rendered AU by new canon does
not need to be recategorize. Please note that this category will include
both canon-related AUs (i.e., what if a patient we see on the show
had died instead of lived) and AUs that are much further afield (i.e.,
what if the characters existed in the Victorian era, or on a space
||A story written in response to a challenge made on an LJ community,
message board, mailing list, or similar site.
||A story which combines two fictional universes. (i.e., House meets
||Fiction in which an emotional or characterization-related plot is
an important component.
||Fiction based on episodes we have seen. The category includes missing
scenes and tag scenes.
||Fiction in which two characters are already involved in a romantic
relationship. This category applies to both slash and het pairings.
Note: If a story includes a first time for the characters,
but then moves beyond that first time, it may be listed as both
first time and established relationship.
||Fiction in which two characters first initial a romantic relationship.
This category applies to both slash and het pairings. Note:
If a story includes a first time for the characters, but then moves
beyond that first time, it may be listed as both first time
and established relationship.
||A story centered around a holiday of some type. (i.e., Valentine's
Day, Christmas, Yom Kippur, etc.)
||A story intended to be funny.
||Fiction in which one character is hurt, either emotionally or physically,
and the other character comforts them.
||An abbreviation for "Plot? What plot?" Used to refer to
stories written soley or primarily for the purposes of including a
||Um. Not sure. I may try taking this category out on the next update
of the archive settings.
||Fiction in which the primary plot line focuses on the romantic relationship
between two characters. Applies to both het and slash.
||Used to indicated that the story is a part of a larger group of
||Content rating. Everything up to and including sexual innuendo and/or
|Over 13 Years
||Content rating. Actual kissing/groping; moderate physical violence.
||Content rating. Non-graphic sex scenes; graphic violence; all
rape/non-con (unless completely "off screen").
||Graphic sex scenes; extreme violence. Please check warnings to distinguish
the rating for sex--most common--from that for violence.
||An abbreviation referring to the sexual practices of bondage, dominance,
sadism, and masochism. Also includes dominance/submission (sometimes
||When one of "our heroes" intentionally leads another into
a negative situation, or kills another of "our heroes".
Does not include canon events.
||Fiction in which a regular character dies. Includes canon deaths
of regular characters. Does not include canon deaths of guest
(i.e., patient) characters.
||A warning for violent content (i.e., murder, assault, torture).
Does not include description of medical procedures.
||A warning for violent content beyond the norm. Examples: decapitation,
||A warning for sexual activity in which all participants are not
fully consenting. Note: Many people have different boundaries
regarding questionable consent, ability to give consent, and so on.
Please, please, please include this warning if you believe
it applies, but also please understand when someone's boundaries differ
from yours--and they tell you so.
|Unusual Sexual Situation
||A blanket term intended to cover all sexual activity that may be
considered "kinky" but which doesn't fit into BDSM. We all
have different definitions of "kinky", so here's the kind
of thing I'd expect to see in this category: scat, golden showers,
felching, cross-dressing, more than three participants in the sex,
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