heroes_alerts is for announcing any and all Heroes stories, vids, and discussion posts; sharing Heroes news; and making Heroes recs. Questions and discussions should be directed to other communities -- this community is solely for announcements.
For more explanation of this subject, please see this post, in which we explain that this comm is like Papa Suresh's map. *g*
Please use the subject line to mark an entry as announcing a "New Story" or "New Vid", a "Rec" post, a "News" post, or a "Discussion" post.
Please use cut tags for long posts (such as extended lists of recs). A good rule of thumb is that anything over two paragraphs should be cut. Also, see the spoiler policy below.
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To make an lj cut, type the following without spaces after and before the brackets:
< lj-cut text="All in a Day's Work, NSFW/NC17" >
[The text to be hidden by the cut.]
< /lj-cut >
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Challenges: Please post an initial announcement of the challenge, and then one follow-up announcement when the challenge is closed and the stories are posted. Please do not post challenges that are a regular part of a community. (EG: weekly icon or story challenges are not also posted here.)
Icons and screencaps: Please keep icon teasers limited to four. For screencaps, please use no more than four sample caps, and place them behind a cut.
WIPs/short-shorts: It's hard to make a single rule for this that would not block a lot of content that people would like to see, so instead, we just ask that you use your best judgment when posting these. If you tend to write a lot of chapters, or many short-short pieces or story outlines, please batch them up and post a single update with a bunch of them, rather than announcing each one separately.
Tangential material: Please don't post any of this at all. This includes things like news stories about genetics, conspiracy theories, or other cool stuff that Jeph Loeb is doing (even though we love him) etc. If you think something is particularly interesting in a Heroes context, do feel free to start a discussion about it and how it relates in your livejournal, and then post a link to the discussion.
Stories, vids, art, recs: Please post away! In fact, if you are doing a story/vid/etc for a smaller community, please especially think about cross-posting the work here also. For one thing, you will make it easier for people to find your stuff, and if you link to the work in the smaller community, that is a good way of promoting the community without adding noise to the noticeboard.
In general, the goal of this community is to be a centralized bulletin board to point Heroes fans in the direction of things that interest them. Please be respectful when posting announcements. When posting, please make sure that you are only linking to publicly-available material.
Please do announce your own work here, don't be shy, and please encourage other Heroes posters to do the same. You can also post to direct people to things that have been posted by others.
Finally, please use the community tags when making posts! It makes it much easier for everyone to find the posts that they want to see when browsing back in time.
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Spoiler Policy: If your post contains any spoilers for any episode or season, regardless of whether or not the episode has already aired in your part of the world, a spoiler warning should be included outside the cut tag, and all spoilers must be hidden below a cut-tag.
Spoilers include cast information ("Milo Ventimiglia (Peter) will father a child next season!"), location information ("I visited the set last week and saw them working on the Japanese office set!"), reactions ("Here's a link to my rant about this episode"), and of course any plot points. Basically, everything other than the episode name is a spoiler. When in doubt, please be courteous and cut-tag.