What is this, anyway? Who are you people? Where are my pants?
...Pants?
Why should I archive here instead of Fanfiction.net?
How do I post here?
How long will it take the mods to approve or reject my story?
On what grounds do you reject stories?
How does the reviewing service work?
If I can respond to reviews, what are the forums for?
If I'm not registered at the archive, can I post on the boards? And vice versa?
What are the categories?
If I select more than one category, each character is listed multiple times. Do I have to select all of them?
What do your ratings mean?
Are there any general rules I should adhere to?
Give me some quick site history?
What (and where) are the secret slash exchanges?
I have questions not answered here, what should I do?

What is this, anyway? Who are you people? Where are my pants?
This is an archive for Newsies slash. Newsies is a Disney musical from 1992; slash is fanstories based around it, featuring either male/male or female/female relationships. We, in this case, are the moderators: studentnumber24601, The Second Batgirl, Signpost, theboysgonehome, and Cymbalsim. We don't know where your pants are.

...Pants?
It made me giggle.

Why should I archive here instead of Fanfiction.net?
There are several reasons. For one, unlike FFnet, we're fandom specific so you can sort and search by your favorite characters and pairings, as well as fandom-specific genres. Also, we're a smaller community and it's easier to get to know the other people around, as well as the mods.
And finally, the big one is quality control. This is a moderated archive, which means that all stories are screened before we allow them to be posted, and anything that doesn't meet the mods' minimum standards will be rejected. (The site was created because we got frustrated with digging through all the badfic on FFnet.)
It's worth noting that, due to fics having to be validated by a moderator, there may be a lag of several days between when you submit and when the fic shows up on the site.

How do I post here?
First, you need to register for an account, a totally free process. To do this, go to "Log In" in the links bar, and select "Register." Make sure you read our terms of service. Then it will take you through a short process, and then to a screen where you can log in with your new pen name.
Once you are logged in, it takes you to your user page (which you can also access through the "Your Account" link) and you can choose several options, among them to add a new story. The "Add New Story" link takes you to a page of guidelines, which you'll want to read through, and then has you choose a category. Pick whichever is most appropriate and click "select".
Next, you are asked to provide the title, chapter title, summary, genre, characters and rating. You can choose more than one character by Control clicking (or apple-clicking on Mac). You are also given the option of adding a warning to your story. Please do so if any of the warnings are relevent.
Now you may either choose to upload a file or to paste it into the "story text" box. Unfortunately, our software doesn't allow you to upload .doc files. Instead, you may upload them as .html, which may require writing in your own HTML tags to keep bold and italics.
When finished, click "preview." Your story will now appear, with the same menu as on the previous page below it, where you can make any appropriate changes. Once the story is set to your liking, click "Add Story". This sends the story to the site mods, and we'll read it as soon as we can and get back to you about it.
Please note: there is a bug in the Refuge's script that creates problems with special characters, meaning things like curly quotation marks and dashes (basically anything that Word auto-corrects as you type). To ensure no random symbols show in your fic where apostrophes should be, please replace all special characters with regular ones or with HTML character codes. E-mail me with questions.

How long will it take the mods to approve or reject my story?
That depends on what's going on in the lives of the moderators. We'll try to get back to you as soon as possible, which is usually less than a week. If you haven't heard back in five days, you are welcome to email one of us to make sure your story went through correctly.

On what grounds do you reject stories?
Is this where I'm supposed to answer, "On the grounds of Brooklyn, yer Honor."? Because I'm not going to.
We reject stories that don't follow our rules (which are detailed in the submission page as well as in the forum). We also reject stories that are just plain badly written. The rules specify we require proper grammar/spelling/punctuation, which is a large part of writing well, but stories with poor characterization, poor plotting, and general badfics will be rejected. We will try to tell you why your story didn't make it into the archive, however, again, we have outside lives and we may not always have time to explain. But you are still welcome to email us; we're all quite friendly and willing to chat.
A few other notes about rejections: once we accept your fic, . If the quality decreases, we reserve the right to reject them. In all cases of rejection, you may resubmit the story as many times as you like, so long as significant changes are made. We're always willing to reread and reconsider, but we are not your beta readers and probably won't go into much detail with you. (Though we do recommend you use a beta reader beforehand.)

How does the reviewing service work?
If you would like to review a story, look up at the top, where it has the title, author's name, and then, "[Reviews - #]". Click on "Reviews," and it will show them, and then ask if you would like to leave a review. Click on that link, and it takes you to a box to write in a review and a rating. (The ratings translate to stars on the story page.)
Since the upgrade, fics should now have a box at the end in which you can enter a review as well. Easy peasy.
Authors may also respond to reviews, which we think is a real neato feature. To do so, go to the "Your Account" page and click on "View Reviews." You can then read your reviews, and next to them is the date reviewed, and a link to respond. The response appears in italics after the review.
Because of this feature, we ask that authors not put shout outs in their stories.

If I can respond to reviews, what are the forums for?
The forums are to extend the Refuge community. You can get to know other writers and reviewers beyond just discussing your own story, talk about writing in general, and talk about basically anything else with the people you meet. (You'll want to look at the forum guidelines, though.) The forums also offer you a place to find a beta reader, or volunteer a beta.

If I'm not registered at the archive, can I post on the boards? And vice versa?
Yes, and yes. Though really, you might as well register for both. What makes this place fun is the community, not just the fanfiction.

What are the categories?
Yes indeedy. Okay, the two main categories are pretty self-explanatory; "Popular Pairings" are the pairings that show up in the fandom the most often (Jack/David, Spot/Race, etc, they're all listed if you click on the link) and "Other Pairings" are all of the other pairings.
Our other two categories are, sadly, not as commonly used. Short Fiction is for drabbles (fics of exactly 100 words) and ficlets (fics of 101-500 words). Essays are for non-fiction of the analytical variety.
Some fics may fit more than one category, such as popular pairings and short fiction. You can submit to both by choosing first one, then "back to main categories" and select, then the second. If you have questions about where to list your story, ask one of the admins.

If I select more than one category, each character is listed multiple times. Do I have to select all of them?
Unfortunately, yes. The script that runs the site considers each one to be different; the only way to fix this would be far beyond our technical knowledge, and studentnumber24601 has an unfortunate tendency to destroy the site when she tries to fix it. So, while you don't have to select characters more than once (we recommend you do for popular pairings, at least), it's a good idea to do so.

What do your ratings mean?
Our rating system was created by Poison Ivory, and goes thusly:

Rated L - Les : Suitable for all audiences, even tiny sheltered boys with enormous eyes.
Rated B - Boots : Suitable for almost all audiences - not tiny sheltered boys, but tiny unsheltered boys are A-OK. In other words, some discretion advised. Suggested for ages 9 and up.
Rated J - Jack : May contain some naughty language, mild violence, or suggestive adult themes. Good for streetwise young heroes who've been around but still possess a certain innate innocence. Suggested for ages 13 and up.
Rated S - Spot : Contains sexual situations, coarse language, and/or violence. Suitable for tough, cocky borough leaders who are handy with a slingshot. Suggested for ages 16 and up.
Rated RT - Racetrack : Contains explicit sex, extreme violence, and/or language that would make a sailor blush. For adults only.

(We have this system, rather than the G-PG-etc one people are used to, because the MPAA sued several archives for using their ratings. We preferred to be be creative and fandom specific, rather than use the generic fiction ratings found at sites such as fanfiction.net.)

Are there any general rules I should adhere to?
I'm glad you asked that question. Aside from the fic guidelines that come up when you submit a story, we ask that you behave respectfully to other Refuge users. No flaming, spamming, trolling, etc. Furthermore, we consider this archive to be all-ages; while NC-17 and R rated fics are posted here, warnings come up for each one to remind underage users that they are off limits. We trust you to be mature and read responsibly. And, because this is an all-ages community, please mind your language. (Swearing in fics is okay; swearing in summaries and reviews is not.)
Beyond that, use the rules of common sense.

Give me some quick site history?
Ahem: B (studentnumber24601) and Signpost were best friends in college, and later suite mates. They met and befriended The Second Batgirl (TSB) a couple of years later, still in college. B dragged Signpost into fandom; Signpost dragged TSB; TSB said, "Hey, if we're all here anyway, why don't we create a website to archive the best fiction in the fandom?" B objected: she was the one with the most technical know-how, and oh boy, was it not that technical. But with help from the wonderful Carissa, one of the creators of eFiction, we managed to get this place up and running. The grand opening was May 6, 2004.
Things were fine and dandy for quite awhile. People drifted in and out of fandom for awhile. Then things began to happen to the moderators: specifically, graduation and full time jobs. Eek. However, even when Signpost fled to Japan for the year, we stuck around. B even got it into her head to try and update the site to the newest version of eFiction. In so doing, she almost destroyed the site, but thanks to a wonderful gentleman named Matt, it was rescued, revived, and lived on. But that whole lack of free time thing remained problematic.
Eventually, it got so bad that it took a few months for fics to get validated after submission. Not wanting the site to languish forever, new moderators were enlisted: theboysgonehome and Mxdot. Now they take care of the place, while the original three chime in when they have the time. (More recently, Mx has resigned due to time constraints, alas!)

What (and where) are the secret slash exchanges?
Good question. The Refuge runs two secret slash exchanges a year, one in December and one sometime in the spring. Because these fics are not quality controlled, they aren't part of the official archive, but we keep 'em around anyway. Feel free to read the results:
Secret Slash for the Holidays, 2004
Secret Slash for the Holidays, 2005
Secret Slash for the Holidays, 2006
Secret Slash for the Holidays, 2007
Secret Slash for the Spring, 2005
Secret Slash for the Spring, 2006
Secret Slash for the Summer, 2007
When new exchanges are announced, news is posted on the main page and details are available in the forums.

I have questions not answered here, what should I do?
Contact any of us, or rather, all of us. There's this form to do so. You can also post in the forums, or private message any of the moderators.

The end.