4.4 :: I clicked on a link on your site, and it took me to a screen saying 'Access Denied'? How do I get access?
1. Site Related Questions
Q 1.1 :: What does 'Noire Sensus' mean?
A » Noir(e) is french for 'black' which just happens to be our favourite colour. Noir with an 'e' is feminine so we use that since we're both girls... Well, really, it was chosen more for aesthetic reasons. (It looks prettier...) The word 'sensus' is the name of the A.I. Master Computer Network in an original story of ours.
Q 1.2 :: Why did you create the site?
A » Because we wanted a one-stop site for all the Final Fantasy VIII yaoi on the Net. The SFA was created when our interests gradually began to expand.
Q 1.3 :: You've mentioned this 'SFA'. What the hell is it?
A » SFA = Sensus Fanfiction Archive a.k.a the Bookshelf. You can browse it by clicking here.
Q 1.4 :: Where did you get the site name?
A » Refer to 'what does Noire Sensus mean?'.
Q 1.5 :: Who works on the site?
A » In theory, there are seven staff members: Braken, D, Eilis, K, Link, Mage, and Wolfie. In practice - six of us actively work on the site; D maintains the NS forums.
Q 1.6 :: How often can I expect this site to be updated?
A » There's no set schedule, but we do try to update monthly at the least.
Q 1.7 :: Why don't you update more often?
A » Because we have real lives that take priority. Remember, no mulah = no site.
Q 1.8 :: Is this site mirrored anywhere?
A » No. If this server dies, we're in trouble.
Q 1.9 :: What is your site policy?
A » Noire Sensus is a fansite made "by fans for fans" conglomerating quality fanworks (specifically fanfiction) in one easy-access archive. The works contained within this website contain elements (eg. characters) that are the copyright property of their respective companies and have been used without permission. Further, these works were not produced for profit, nor are they to be distributed for profit in the nature of monetary gain. Noire Sensus does not tolerate flagrant abuse or harassment of itself, nor any of its hostees; we encourage a critically constructive and varied environment where all our authors can share their work without fear of discrimination due to elitism or anti-sentiment. No work presented on this site is to be reproduced elsewhere without the express permission of its author(s).
Q 1.10 :: How can I block access to this site from my computer? Conversely, can I ask you to block my computer from accessing this site?
A » Unfortunately, this is not feasible due to the technical nature of internet and computer technology that makes it nigh impossible. Users familiar with dynamic and static TCP/IP technology will be more familiar with the problems we face, but we ask those unfamiliar with this dilemma to understand that we cannot block any one computer access to Noire Sensus. To parents specifically concerned with the adult content and sections of this website, there are some programs available online (Google will find almost anything you need) which can regulate your computer's activities and access on the internet. The entire internet at large does contain content of an adult nature and we ask parents or guardians to practice vigilance and maintain discipline if concerned about the online activities of a younger subject (sibling/charge/child).
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2. Fanfiction Archive Related Questions
Q 2.1 :: What's a 'fandom'?
A » A fandom is the anime, book, tv series, or movie that has developed its own following of fans who write fanfiction and draw fanart based on the characters and storyline of that copyrighted work. e.g. a fandom we host here is "Harry Potter", since we host fanfiction based on the characters created by J.K. Rowling.
Q 2.1.1 :: Then what's 'fanon' and 'canon'?
A » Canon are facts about a fandom that every fan (should) know are true about the original anime, book, tv series, or movie. Basically, all the information we're definitely told in the fandom's original timeline, characters, locations etc.
Fanon are non-canon descriptions of characters, locations, and/or the timeline that are generally accepted by its fans (usually warrants an automatic AU tag here on NS - even if you've only changed the character's age by one year).
Q 2.2 :: Can I get hosted here?
A » Yes. Noire Sensus hosts 'fanworks' (i.e. fanfiction or fanart), but not web sites. The guidelines and procedure for getting your work hosted with Noire Sensus are here.
Q 2.3 :: How do I submit fics?
A » There are three ways to submit fics. All three plus other guidelines and submissions information can be found here.
Q 2.4 :: What is slash?
A » Refer to the glossary - it's alphabetised.
Q 2.5 :: What's the difference between slash and yaoi?
A » 'Slash' is the term used in the Western world. 'Yaoi' derives from some Japanese phrase which we can't remember - ask D if you must know what it's the acronym for. Some people use the two terms to differentiate fics written for a 'Western fandom' (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings which were both created in the West), and those written based on an 'Eastern fandom' (e.g. all anime/manga titles). Noire Sensus follows this convention. For example, the convention is to say Harry Potter slash not Harry Potter yaoi, just like you're more likely to see Gundam Wing (an anime title with a huge yaoi following) homo-erotica categorised as yaoi instead of slash.
It's interesting to note, though, that almost all video game titles are categorised as yaoi instead of slash, regardless of whether it's been created by a western or eastern game developer. Of course, not everyone follows convention, so you're likely to see the two terms interchangebly. It usually depends on the person's background - whether they were introduced to fanfiction based on a Western title or one from the East.
Q 2.6 :: Why do you only host slash?
A » We have a little clause in this - we host two genres: slash and general (though the latter is not commonly known). General means that the plot is not driven by the dynamic of one or more couples getting together ie. romance is not the main focus of the story.
Q 2.6.1 :: Yes, but why?
A » Because we don't make a habit of reading het in the fandoms we tend to host. If you want to read het, go to FF.net.
Q 2.6.2 :: But you have het fics in the archive - I've seen them!
A » Over ninety-five percent of the het fics sorted in the various pairing archives are actually sub-pairings in a slash story. The rest (mainly in the GCC) were archived back in the first few months when we accepted absolutely anything. The policy has changed since then, and we will only archive het stories that the staff have expressely wanted in the archive. So again, best non-fuss way to get your het story archived - sign up with FF.net.
Q 2.7 :: Why do you have so many fics for pairing A and not pairing B?
A » There are several reasons for this. One is favourtism - we only actively look for fics with pairings we're interested in, and the rest are mainly from submissions. This doesn't mean that we'll dislike or reject arbitrarily based on preference - we care more about plot and character development than anything else. If you can make the pairing believable, that's all that matters to us.
The second reason is a distinct shortage of fics featuring pairing B, C, etc. They simply aren't there - at least, they aren't in english. We are not bilingual!
a.) If you've written something for a pairing you'd like to see on the site, then send it along.
b.) If you know of a fic that you think we should have on the site, drop us a line and refer them to us. We'll try and follow it up when we have the time.
c.) If you get really fed up with us, you can just go somewhere else.
Q 2.8 :: Why only host fanfiction for fandom 'x'? Why not 'y', or 'z'?
A » The answer to this follows along the lines of reasoning above: the SFA has large sub-sites for some fandoms (i.e. FFVIII, Tekken), yet not others. Why? Basically, there are some fandoms we're particularly interested in, so we pursue fiction in that area more actively; subsequently, those fandoms quickly accumulate more fiction than others (Weiss Kreuz etc.), where fiction comes in by submission.
Alternatively, it could simply be that the fiction for the fandom you want is just not out there, or is very rare (e.g. Clover), no matter how hard we look... or the people we're trying to contact don't check their email -_-
Q 2.9 :: Can I recommend author 'x'? Or their story 'y'?
A » Sure, just drop us a line at noiresensus @ hotmail.com and we'll try to follow it up when we have some free time.
Q 2.10 :: Why don't you host RPS (Real Person Slash)?
A » While we know that RPS is intended to be fictional and not actually a real reflection of the people portrayed in the story, we still feel it's a bit too close to defamation for our comfort. Basically, we feel it goes against our moral code (that's not to mean that it's 'evil' to write RPS, you're free to do whatever you like) which at it's most basic is 'it's all right to write about fictional characters, but not people who actually exist and might be hurt by what other people are writing about them'.
So I guess we're a strictly FPS (Fictional Person Slash) archive. Sorry.
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3. Contact Questions
Q 3.1 :: I need to contact [insert staff name], how can I do this?
A » All the staff can be contacted via email, all of which can be found in our respective profiles which can be found in the Information Directory, or on the staff contact page. A link to that page can be found at the bottom of most pages, along with the option to report a broken link.
Q 3.2 :: How do I become an affiliate?
A » The guidelines and procedure for affiliating your site to Noire Sensus are here.
Q 3.3 :: Can I link to Noire Sensus? How?
A » Yes. You can link either by text or by banner, whatever rocks your boat. All information about linkage can be found here.
Q 3.3.1 :: Do I have to tell you if I've linked you from my site?
A » Not necessarily, but we'd appreciate it if you'd drop us a line just to let us know.
Q 3.3.2 :: If I've linked you, do you have to link back to my site?
A » Well, no. Only if you want us to.
Q 3.4 :: I've found a broken link, can you fix it?
A » Sure, report all broken links here. Most of the pages around the SFA have a text link at the bottom to a form that will allow you to report a broken link.
Q 3.5 :: I clicked an email address on your site that looked something like this: someone @ somewhere.com - but I get an error when I try to send the email. Why? Are those spaces supposed to be there?
A » The spaces around the '@' symbol in the email are a deliberate attempt to avoid spambots and spiders that search webpages for emails; remove the spaces on either side of the '@' symbol when you put the address in the 'Send To' field in your email and it should work fine.
Q 3.6 :: I noticed in some of the fics, not all the emails have these 'spaces' around the '@'. Why?
A » This has only been recently adopted, so it won't be found in all sections of the site, such as older fanfics. Where we manage to find an unchanged email, it's been added, but not everywhere.
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4. Other Questions
Q 4.1 :: I'm lost, where can I find the [insert keyword here]?
A » For full details in simple english on what's where on this site, see the Site Overview Sitemap. Other sitemaps specifically created for the various sub-sites can also be accessed through that page.
Q 4.2 :: Do you have a message board?
A » Yep, the NS Forums are maintained by D and are open to all questions and comments if you feel the guestbook isn't enough.
Q 4.2.1 :: How can I use it/post a message?
A » You simply have to sign up for an account/membership first, don't worry, it's free. However, we have a simple Term of Service (rules, people) that we would appreciate all members reading before they go on a posting frenzy.
Q 4.3 :: What is a kiriban?
A » A kiriban is a gift for a browser of the site who hits the nth number on the main site counter. We started kiribans as a sort of 'market ploy', but it spiralled out of control.
Q 4.3.1 :: Why do you do kiribans?
A » Because K is a fool. In fact, it is no longer a feature of this site and K has decided to discontinue the practice because she no longer has the time to work on her own fics, let alone gifts for someone else. She does, however, promise to deliver those kiribans still due and thanks the recipients for visiting NS.
Q 4.4 :: I clicked on a link on your site, and it took me to a screen saying 'Access Denied'? How do I get access?
A » We don't actually have any elitist membership on the site - except in the forums. What 'access denied' actually means is that the file you're trying to access doesn't exist yet. If you look at the 'access denied' screen again, it explains this at the bottom.
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