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Amo387Amo387 02 Oct 2014 06:15
in discussion Per Page Discussions / Per page discussions » SCP-318

Yeah, this. Seems the early 300s have a lot of bloodthirsty researchers/agents working with/recovering the items. And I'm downvoting every one of them when the murdering cannot be reasonably explained.

Replace everything in the monastery with cheap duplicates and burn them (so it looks like there are legitimate remains). Same cover story works without needlessly killing monks who are doing no harm. And give them amnestics so they believe it really happened as well. That would be like killing the monks who have been watching over that rope to heaven or whatever. Why? What is accomplished by killing them?

And terminating Foundation employees because a "transfer isn't possible"? Killing researchers for the Foundation's inability to transfer them as part of the containment procedures? No. Just no.

How did this get to triple digits with those glaring issues?

by Amo387Amo387, 02 Oct 2014 06:15

Hi there! Always nice to have a long-time reader join.

It's great that you've got college-level creative writing experience. Definitely consider reading through some of the top rated tales, as well as the writing guides we've got on the site. Clef's How To Be Scary Without Saying Anything and Mann's Conservation Of WTF, or Why Does the Rabbit Need Two Brains? are pretty good reads.

In regards to your request, no one on the site is obligated to pull punches. The best way to ensure that your critiques aren't harsh is to make drafts on a sandbox page, and show them to the IRC chat and/or the drafts forums for feedback prior to a mainsite post. Also, if you're looking to read SCPs for inspiration or know-how, read through some high-rated Series II and III articles (SCPs with numbers from 1000 to 2999), because those best represent what the site is looking for nowadays. Get a good feel for what the community is looking for, and if you're not sure if your draft is ready to be viewed by the masses, it's fine to PM individual members to get their opinions before you let the rest of the forums or chat at it.

I also recommend just hanging out in chat. You can get a feel for the real-time critique given there, and also toss around ideas with others. Furthermore, if you've got any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to PM me or another staff member.

Welcome to the site!

Re: Hello there, everyone! by ZynZyn, 02 Oct 2014 05:56
Re: Hello
ZynZyn 02 Oct 2014 05:49
in discussion New-Hire Orientation / Introductions » Hello

Hey, Grem. Cool to have you here.

For the record, we're not affiliated with any existing games, so keep in mind that the game 'verse is likely different from the Foundation 'verse we've got on the site. If you're looking to read SCPs for inspiration or know-how, I recommend reading the high-rated Series II and III articles (SCPs with numbers from 1000 to 2999), because those better represent what the site is looking for nowadays.

Since you're planning to write for the site, make sure to create a sandbox page for yourself. Any drafts you write up should be placed there and shown to the IRC chat and/or the drafts forums for feedback prior to a mainsite post.

The chat is also a great place to hang out at and meet fellow Foundation personnel. You can get a feel for the real-time critique given there, and also toss around ideas with others.

Furthermore, if you've got any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to PM me or another staff member.

Hope you enjoy your time here. Welcome to the site!

Re: Hello by ZynZyn, 02 Oct 2014 05:49

You certainly have a bunch of ideas. Unfortunately, all of those ideas currently seem really disjointed and awkward, making it difficult to say whether or not it would be any good. Right now it's just sort of a slurry of ideas, and not a particularly tasty looking slurry at that.

As for whether or not you can reference this article, it should be fine. Crossreferencing is not nearly as looked down upon as it once was, so I don't expect that to be a problem. I will stress, however, that you really need to get some feedback on it when you have a draft, or a more coherent idea. The forums are a good place to do that.

Best of luck, author!

Re: SCP-XX by djkaktusdjkaktus, 02 Oct 2014 05:43

My first hunch was that somehow Jacobs wiped records of White from the system so she could escape. The simplest explanation would have the least reality-warping, not that completing deleting personnel records would be a small feat.

But that's probably far too romantic for the typical reader's Foundation canon.

by ensimismadaensimismada, 02 Oct 2014 05:30

Fair enough - as I say, I dropped off for a while and the turnover is fast and furious.

I do have to make a small correction in the spirit of honesty:

One small comment of clarification for the reply to me above: when I said "hasn't been an issue", I mean "staff blocking projects because they don't like the look" hasn't been an issue.

English being an imprecise language, I presume you mean "since then" and not at the time. I definitely recall "We shouldn't do this at all because the proposed changes to the voting system aren't to everyones liking1." I think I recall "And really, we need to not let people who are only here to read have a vote, and if we like the way someone writes, they should have more votes and power because we will make them staff and give them more voting power.2"

My understanding was that she was less than a month from being able to pull the trigger on a new site - raw and bare bones, but with all the articles in place as well as a new forum (no easy way to copy over the 20,000+ forum threads).

Honestly, at the time it looked like we had to or the infrastructure was going to melt down. It's a pity we didn't know then that WikiDot was migrating servers from whatever they had been using to the Amazon cloud service. That's probably what was actually was causing some of the worst data glitches and unscheduled outages (not Amazon, but the way Wikidot was running the migration.) It's also what probably gave them enough data statistics to realize we're bigger than anyone else and triggered the "Youze meybe wanna pay a leetle bit more? Be a shame if we hadda shut ya down…"

That said, I don't think the site would have survived what I think would have happened to the Staff. Not sure the way it would go down, but there would be rage-quits, left side vs right side, secret cabals, and everything would be everyone else's fault but no one would be fixing anything.

Imagine Kondraki and Fishmonger running the site - that was my vision at the time.

Like I say, O5 seems calmer to the point of "Where's the drama? You used to have the BEST drama in there!" and now it's just "Yep, banned another minor over here until they were old enough, and permabanned someone being a troll in chat over there."

Booooring!


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In conclusion, right now this is boring. There are vague hints of a story, but these hints go nowhere, and make no sense most of the time.

I would recommend the Essays on Style, as well as the other items on the Guide Hub. They are good resources on how to tell a story using the SCP format. You may also want to pop on Chat to brainstorm with the folks there.

Re: Revised Draft by Athena GreyAthena Grey, 02 Oct 2014 04:37

Holy macaroni, this improved a lot.

by TagliafierroTagliafierro, 02 Oct 2014 04:33
Hello
SpreistgremSpreistgrem 02 Oct 2014 04:10
in discussion New-Hire Orientation / Introductions » Hello

I'm spreistgrem, most people just call me Grem. I first heard about SCP from containment breach 197. To be honest I didn't know that there was a website for SCP, let alone that there were over 2000 different cataloged specimens. I've had ideas for my own SCP's and now I can share them with you awesome people.

Hello by SpreistgremSpreistgrem, 02 Oct 2014 04:10

There are grammar errors and tonal errors, and it's way too short. I think the main problem is with the concept itself, though. Writing an SCP object that's essentially a superhero is very hard to do well, as it generally comes off as bland and cliche. What you've written here is an SCP object that makes superheroes that are bland and cliche even within the context of superheroes.

Make sure you take advantage of the forums and chat. They're both great places to get feedback on a draft before you post.

by ZolgamaxZolgamax, 02 Oct 2014 03:54

As several other people have said, this isn't particularly funny. I'm sorry to say that I agree. Here's why: SCP-J articles are supposed to be jokes. There should be a defined punchline of some sort. I'm not entirely sure what the joke here is supposed to be. The formatting is off in a way that doesn't seem intentional, it has rampant grammatical and tonal errors which don't appear to have an in-universe reason to exist, and it ends with a log where researchers basically just retread the first part of the article (as sparse as it is). The fact that the researchers are kind of wacky is not a joke in and of itself. Next time you write a -J (or an SCP article in general), try to have an idea of a specific point that the reader will take away from the article before you start writing. Also, be sure to take advantage of the forums and chat. They're great places to get feedback on an article of any sort.

by ZolgamaxZolgamax, 02 Oct 2014 03:36

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You get a brohoof for this.

by WaterfireWaterfire, 02 Oct 2014 03:28

Definitely a great piece of worldbuilding material. Not only did you show us a glimpse of what DNM's up to, you gave us a look at how the UIU works, as well!

Also, excellent job at designing the materials and interspersing real-world information. It's clear that a lot of time and effort went into creating this piece.

by ZolgamaxZolgamax, 02 Oct 2014 03:28

I believe everything you've posted is correct, Bland, with the exception of the second paragraph, which may still be true (I hope not), but which I've sunk two years into trying to change (my success or failure in that regard aside).

I also agree with your posts downthread, Bland. I agree with your posts which are actually above me, in this subthread.

One small comment of clarification for the reply to me above: when I said "hasn't been an issue", I mean "staff blocking projects because they don't like the look" hasn't been an issue.

Additionally, we've put great amounts of effort into moving far away from just recruiting cool kids or nice, unskilled people, notably including the staff restructuring which took up the end of last year / beginning of this year.

This is just painfully unfunny. Sorry.

by Dr HysteriaDr Hysteria, 02 Oct 2014 03:21

At first, I wondered why, technically, this would be an -001. After all, it's not the first object the Foundation contained. However, this delivers everything I would expect a SCP-001 proposal to deliver. It's certainly very well-written, and I love how much background info it provides. We get an origin story for the O5 council, as well as a less-silly-than-expected origin story for the Chaos Insurgency. The Administrator's absence is addressed. Heck, even that whole "black moon howl" thing" gets a bit of clarification. In the end, it does make sense that this would be SCP-001. Even if it's not the first thing the Foundation had in containment, it's essentially responsible for making the Foundation what it is today.

Great work. +1, of course.

by ZolgamaxZolgamax, 02 Oct 2014 03:20

I already got ideas on that before I started my draft. It could go anywhere from a plain steel door to an elaborate gold gilded one that would be fit for a palace. Won't take me much time at all to write them when I get to that part but yeah I will give a good bit of detail.
What I'm mainly worried about is the containment breach or some similar story it's going to lead into. I keep hearing that a successful skip can't just be an anomalous item, it has to tell some kind of story and I don't even know where to start yet on it. Maybe the doctors breaching protocol go on a power trip with their video copies and go around punching other living skips or something.
Might have to come up with some counter-agent to bring the story to a close but really, how do you counter a punch that turns people into doors anyway?

This must explain all those dragon dildos.

Re: Passing the brain bleach by tapnektapnek, 02 Oct 2014 03:06

I consider this to be the most beautiful article on the site.

by WaterfireWaterfire, 02 Oct 2014 03:06
tapnektapnek 02 Oct 2014 03:00
in discussion Per Page Discussions / Per page discussions » SCP-2088

I'd love to see a tale involving this and SCP-1968.

by tapnektapnek, 02 Oct 2014 03:00
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