The Vault User Guide


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Registration
My Profile & Preferences
Finding Stories & Poetry
Reading Stories & Poetry
Posting Stories & Poetry
Using the Search Facility
Finding Other Members





Registration


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Do I need to register for an account?
What do I do if my display name on The Authors Haunt Community and my Penname in The Vault don’t match?
I’ve changed my email address. Do I need to update it in The Vault?
What do I do if I’ve forgotten the password I registered with?




Do I need to register for an account?

Not necessarily. If you are just here to read stories and poetry then not only do you not need to register for an account, but there is also no benefit in registering. Unless you intend to publish a story or poem, registering for membership in The Vault does not give you access to any additional features.

If you are an author and you want to publish your stories or poetry here then you must register for an account. Your account username should also be the same as your display name on The Authors Haunt Community, if you are a member there (it is highly recommended that you become a Community member in order to benefit from all the resources this site has to offer).

In order to register, you can either follow the “Register” link at the top of this page or click here. Once you arrive on the registration page, fill in your Penname (your Community display name), your real name (optional), a valid email address, a biography (optional), your contact information (optional) and a password. You should then be registered as a Vault member and able to upload stories and poetry.

Please note: While you will be able to upload your work as soon as you've registered, that work will not appear until your account has been validated by an Administrator. Once you submit work to The Vault, we will review it. Provided your submission does not violate our submission rules, your account will be approved and you will be free to upload work whenever you want.

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What do I do if my display name on The Authors Haunt Community and my Penname in The Vault don’t match?

If you change your display name on The Authors Haunt Community or register under a different name on The Vault there are certain things you can do in order to ensure you do not violate our rules:

1. You can change your display name on The Authors Haunt Community. If, for whatever reason, your Community member name and your Vault username don’t match, you can change your display name on The Community. If you want to do this, but are unable to change your display name, please email/PM Rob and he will change your display name for you.

2. You can have your Penname on The Vault changed. You can’t change your Penname yourself, but if you email/PM Rob and tell him that you want your Penname on The Vault changed then he will do it for you (be sure to tell him what your Penname is and what it needs to be changed to!)

3. You can register the different names with the Site Administrator. Simply email/PM Rob to let him know that you are writing under a different penname from the name you use on The Community. He will contact you, normally within 72 hours, to confirm that the names have been registered.

This is important for a number of reasons, so please ensure that your Vault and Forum names match, or let us know if they don't.

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I’ve changed my email address. Do I need to update it in The Vault?

If you have registered for an account in The Vault then you need to ensure that you keep your email information up to date. The Administrator will not be sending out any information via the email system in The Vault – all information will be sent out via or posted in The Authors Haunt Community – but if you forget your password then you’ll need a valid email address attached to your account in order to retrieve the password.

To update your email address, click on the “Account Info” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the page. Next, click on the “Edit Bio” Option in the list that appears. You can change your email address by editing the appropriate field. No confirmation is sent out, so after clicking on “Submit” please return to the “Edit Bio” page to check that the correct address is there.

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What do I do if I’ve forgotten the password I registered with?

Just click here and enter your registered email address and your password will be emailed to you. If you’ve changed your email address but haven’t updated your profile then this method will not work for you. Please email Rob and he will reset your password for you. Do not, under any circumstances, register for a new account. Duplicate accounts will be deleted.

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My Profile & Preferences


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Do I need to set up a profile in The Vault?
How do I set up my profile?
What about the Edit Preferences section? Do I need to do anything there?




Do I need to set up a profile in The Vault?

If you are a reader who has registered for an account here, you do not need to set up a profile for yourself. You will find the profiles on The Authors Haunt Community much more extensive and you’ll certainly meet more people if you set up a profile there, but establishing a profile in The Vault is unlikely to attract much attention.

If you are an author then we recommend that you do use the profile feature here in The Vault. It is likely that there will be some people who will want to read stories here without registering for an account in The Community. Although non-members can view your Community profile without registering there, using The Vault’s profile facilities will make it easier for those people to contact you should they wish to give you feedback about your work.

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How do I set up my profile?

First, click on the “Account Info” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the page. This will take you to your account area in The Vault. On this page you should see a menu with various options. Your profile can be edited by clicking on the “Edit Bio” option.

Once you are in your profile section you have the ability to record your real name, some information about you and your contact details. If you are under the age of 18 we recommend that you do not give out your IM contact information. You should already have registered with a valid email address and members can contact you there (your email address is not disclosed to members – an email form is used). After you’ve finished entering your information into your profile, you will need to submit it, ensuring that you first enter your Vault password.

Just as on the Community, we expect that anything you say about yourself in The Vault profiles section should be the truth. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself, so there is no excuse for deliberately misleading people. Anyone who is found to be lying in their Vault profile will have their profile deleted and risks being banned from The Vault and Community.

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What about the Edit Preferences section? Do I need to do anything there?

You don’t need to, but if you’ve registered for an account in The Vault you might find it useful to set up your personal preferences. The section allows you to edit the order in which you see stories and bypass the age verification warnings, as well as to activate tinyMCE, which can be very useful if you're publishing work here (see here for more information).

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Finding Stories & Poetry


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Where do I go to find the stories and poetry published in The Vault?
How do I know what stories and poetry are new?
Can I search for specific stories/poems?




Where do I go to find the stories and poetry published in The Vault?

There are multiple places you can go to view the writing published in The Vault. The most common method is via The Vault Homepage. On this page you will see a “Categories” section to the right of the Welcome Message. That section will allow you to select whether you want to read fiction or poetry. Selecting one of those options will take you to the "Genres" page, where you can find stories and poetry organised by genre.

Alternatively, you can click on the “Browse” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the screen. From this page you can not only view stories and poetry by genre, but also by rating and title, giving you more flexibility in the way you view stories.

If you click on the “Search” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the screen, you will find another way to look for stories and poetry. For more information on using this feature, please review this section of the User Guide.

Finally, you can use the “Members” tab to locate authors and read all work by that author. For more information on using this feature, please review this section of the User Guide.

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How do I know what stories and poetry are new?

New stories and poems in The Vault can be found listed on the "Most Recent" page, which can be accessed via the tab beneath the banner at the top of this page.

However, the best way to find out about new stories and poetry published in The Vault is to become a member of The Authors Haunt Community and subscribe to the Vault Announcements forum (or just visit them regularly to check for updates). Announcements are automatically generated in that forum whenever an author adds new work or updates existing work, so it is a good place to keep up to date. Links to those announcements can also be found in the "What's New" section on the site homepage.

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Can I search for specific stories/poems?

Yes. We have a search facility accessible via the “Search” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the screen. This facility allows you to conduct both simple and advanced searches using multiple criteria. For more information on using this feature, please review this section of the User Guide.

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Reading Stories & Poetry


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Do I need to be a registered member of The Vault or The Authors Haunt Community to read the stories and poetry published here?
How do I know if a story is appropriate for me?
How do I know if a story is finished?
How do I leave feedback?
What should I do if I think a story is inappropriately rated or contains material that is against the rules?
I can't find a story/poem in The Vault. I'm sure it used to be here. Where has it gone?




Do I need to be a registered member of The Vault or The Authors Haunt Community to read the stories and poetry published here?

No. If you purely intend to read stories and poetry in The Vault, you can do so without registering for an account and, in fact, there is no benefit in registering. It is up to you whether you choose to join The Authors Haunt Community. You do not have to in order to read the stories and poetry here, but if you do then you will be able to participate in discussions about our authors and their work, as well as other Community activities.

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How do I know if a story/poem is appropriate for me?

At The Authors Haunt we have a number of safeguards designed to ensure our readers do not encounter stories or poetry that is unsuitable for them. Every story and poem submitted to The Vault (and indeed anywhere else on the site) comes with a Rating to enable you to judge whether the story/poem in question is appropriate for you (for more information about our Ratings, please review our Story Codes page.

In addition, any author submitting a story, chapter or poem to The Vault that contains distressing material is required to include a disclaimer at the start of that story, chapter or poem.

Unfortunately, we have no way of guaranteeing that every author who submits work to The Vault will read our rules and ensure that their stories/poems come with appropriate ratings and disclaimers. Our staff therefore check new submissions on a regular basis to ensure all stories and poems are rated appropriately and disclaimers are provided where necessary.

If you are particularly concerned about encountering inappropriate material in The Vault we recommend that you avoid reading stories and/or poems that have been added or updated within the past seven days in order to give our staff time to check and correct the stories.

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How do I know if a story is finished?

It doesn’t matter how you find a story or poem in The Vault, before you open that story/poem and begin reading you will see a summary information screen. Somewhere on this screen you will see the word “Complete” and beside it either “Yes” or “No”. If the word to the right of it is “Yes”, the story/poem is complete. If the word to the right of it is “No”, the story/poem is not complete.

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How do I leave feedback?

Many authors, if they are Community members, will include a feedback button at the end of their story, chapter or poem linking directly to The Authors Haunt Writers Discussion forum, or a topic therein, where you can leave feedback.

If you are not a Community member, do not want to leave public feedback or there is no Feedback button at the end of the story/chapter/poem, you can still contact the author by locating their profile and sending them an email. For more information about how to do this, please review this section of the User Guide.

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What should I do if I think a story/poem is inappropriately rated or contains material that is against the rules?

If you feel that a story or poem is inappropriately rated, lacks a disclaimer where there should be one or in some other way violates our rules, you can help us out, and spare other readers from having to encounter that story/poem, by reporting it.

There are two ways you can report a story/poem. The first way is to access its main index entry (the best way is to conduct a search by title to locate the story) and then click on the “Report This” option you’ll see in the bottom bar, to the right of the publication information.

Alternatively, you can simply send an email or PM to Rob, with the name of the story/poem and, ideally, a link to it, and he will review the story/poem as soon as possible.

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I can't find a story/poem in The Vault. I'm sure it used to be here. Where has it gone?

Typically there are three possible explanations for a story or poem disappearing from The Vault:

1. The story/poem has been moved to The Library. This happens either when the author has been promoted to Resident Author status, or when the story was written by a current Resident Author and has been completed in The Vault.

2. The story/poem has been withdrawn by the author. Please do not email us about this. Our authors are free to remove their work at any time (unless it is a collaborative work or part of an anthology or writing project) and if the story/poem was published in The Vault the author is under no obligation to notify us regarding this removal.

3. The story/poem has been deleted by an Administrator/Librarian because it breached our rules. Please do not email us about this. As a matter of policy we do not discuss the details of story/poem deletions with anyone outside the parties directly involved.

If there is any other explanation for the disappearance of work from The Vault, the chances are there has been a technical fault. If so, please visit our Information & Support forum to find out more.

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Posting Stories & Poetry


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Am I allowed to publish my stories/poetry in The Vault?
What should I do before I publish my work here?
How do I publish a new story or poem in The Vault?
How do I add a new chapter to my story? How do I add a new poem to my series?
How do I edit my story/poem? How do I make changes to the Summary/Rating/Genre?
What is tinyMCE?
How do I know what Genre is appropriate for my work?
How do I know what Rating is appropriate for my work?
Does my story/poem need a disclaimer?
Can I include images in my stories/poems?
How do I include story/poem icons?
How do I include a feedback button at the end of my story/poem/chapter?
I have a story site elsewhere. Can I link to it from within my story/poem? Can I include other links in my story/poem?




Am I allowed to publish my stories/poetry in The Vault?

You are allowed to post stories and/or poetry in The Vault unless:

1. You are a Resident Author, in which case you may only publish incomplete work in The Vault, to be moved to the Library or deleted upon completion, or you are participating in a collaborative project with a non-Resident Author and have arranged with Rob to publish the work in The Vault; or,

2. You have been banned or suspended from participating on The Authors Haunt Community. If you have been banned then you are no longer allowed to publish stories or poetry anywhere on the site for any reason. If you have been suspended then you are not permitted to publish stories or poetry on the site for the duration of your suspension; or,

3. You have been specifically instructed by an Administrator not to submit any stories and/or poetry to The Authors Haunt.

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What should I do before I publish my work here?

Before you publish any stories or poetry in The Vault, you must read our Submission Guidelines and ensure that your work is appropriate for this site. You must ensure that your submitted work complies with our rules or it will be deleted and you may be prevented from publishing work here in the future.

Of course, you must also register for an account in The Vault as only registered users may publish writing here. You should make sure to use the same name in The Vault as your display name on the Community (see here for more information).

We also recommend that you register to become a Community member, if you have not already done so. As a Community member you can benefit from the resources we offer our authors and also participate in any discussions related to your work.

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How do I publish a new story or poem in The Vault?

The following is a step-by-step guide to publishing a story or poem in The Vault:

1. Ensure you are logged in and then click on the “Account Info” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the page.

2. Click on the “Add New Story” option that appears (it should be at the top of the list).

3. Type the story/poem title into the “Title” field.

4. In the “Summary” field, add an appropriate summary for your story or poem. Story summaries are supposed to give readers an accurate picture of what to expect from your story and, ideally, entice them to read it. If your story summary is too brief or is inappropriate, you will be contacted by a member of staff (an Administrator or Librarian) and asked to change it. If your story summary consists of a phrase such as “Please Read This”, it will be deleted immediately. Poetry summaries do not need to be long – “A Poem About First Love” is acceptable – but the summary still has to give the reader an idea of what to expect from the poem.

5. The “Story Notes” field is optional. If you are writing a story/poem that deals with a distressing subject (rape, abuse, child prostitution, etc) then you must include a disclaimer in this field, as well as in any of the “Chapter Notes” fields where the chapter contains a particularly distressing scene or theme. If you intend to use the Story Notes field for anything else, including acknowledgements, then the disclaimer should be posted first and should be posted in bold text.

6. Assign your story/poem to an appropriate Genre. If you are uncertain what Genre your story belongs in, please refer to our Story Codes page. If you are uncertain what Genre your poem belongs in, please refer to our Poetry Codes page. Please also see this section for more information. PLEASE NOTE: Stories and poems should by added to one genre ONLY. Any work submitted to two or more genres will be edited and may be removed entirely.

7. Assign an appropriate Rating to your story/poem. Please refer to our Story Codes or Poetry Codes pages to see what our Ratings mean. Please also see this section for more information.

8. If your story/poem is a standalone story/poem, tick the box and mark it complete. If it is a multi-chapter story or part of a series of poems you want to keep together, do not mark the box complete.

9. The chapter number for multi-chapter stories is automatically detected and assigned. At present the "Chapter Title" field should read "Chapter 1". You may change this if you want to number your chapters in some other way or if you want to assign a title to your chapter/story/poem. You must use a title in that field.

10. The “Chapter Notes” field is optional. If the story you’re publishing is part of a multi-chapter story, or if you are publishing a series of poems, please use this field to post a disclaimer if the chapter/poem you’re publishing contains any distressing themes or scenes.

11. The “Story Text” field is where you paste the text of your story/poem. You should ensure that the story/poem is properly formatted, either using tinyMCE or with the appropriate coding to separate paragraphs. For assistance with this, please see this section of the User Guide, or,

12. Alternatively you can upload a text or Word document, which will, with varying degrees of success, be formatted automatically and added to The Vault.

13. The “End Notes” field should not be used for any disclaimers. If you want to post a message encouraging people to leave feedback or thanking people for their help, this is the ideal place to do it. You can also encourage people to leave feedback by posting a feedback button within your story/poem – see here for more information.

Once you’ve completed these thirteen steps you should find your first chapter/story/poem published in The Vault. If you encounter any problems, please email or PM Rob. For information about how to publish the second chapter in a multi-chapter story, or a second poem in a series, please see this section.

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How do I add a new chapter to my story? How do I add a new poem to my series?

First of all, this method should only be used for multi-chapter stories or a poetry series – a series of poems written to the same theme and which you want read together.

1. Ensure you are logged in and then click on the “Account Info” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the page.

2. Click on the “Manage Stories” option that appears (it should be the second option on the list).

3. You should now see a list of the stories and/or poems you’ve published in The Vault. Find the story/poem to which you want to add a second chapter/new poem and click on the “Add New Chapter” option. You will then be taken to a condensed version of the page you saw when you published the first chapter/original poem.

4. The chapter number for multi-chapter stories is automatically detected and assigned. You may change this if you want to number your chapters in some other way or if you want to assign a title to your chapter/story/poem. You must use a title in that field.

5. The “Chapter Notes” field is optional. If the story you’re publishing is part of a multi-chapter story, or if you are publishing a series of poems, please use this field to post a disclaimer if the chapter/poem you’re publishing contains any distressing themes or scenes.

6. The “Story Text” field is where you paste the text of your story/poem. You should ensure that the story/poem is properly formatted, either using tinyMCE or with the appropriate coding to separate paragraphs. For assistance with this, please see this section of the User Guide, or,

7. Alternatively you can upload a text or Word document, which will, with varying degrees of success, be formatted automatically and added to The Vault.

8. The “End Notes” field should not be used for any disclaimers. If you want to post a message encouraging people to leave feedback or thanking people for their help, this is the ideal place to do it. You can also encourage people to leave feedback by posting a feedback button within your story/poem – see here for more information.

9. Once you’ve submitted the new chapter/poem, you should consider whether the Rating you previously assigned to the story/collection is still accurate. If it is, the process is complete. If it isn’t, please review this section of the User Guide to find out how to change it.

If you encounter any problems, please email or PM Rob.

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How do I edit my story/poem? How do I make changes to the Summary/Rating/Genre?

To edit your story/poem, or the information associated with your story/poem, click on the “Account Info” tab beneath the main banner at the top of the screen, then click on the “Manage Stories” option. In the table that appears, you should see one column entitled “Options”. Find the “Edit” option and click on it.

On the page you should now be on, you will have the option to edit the story/poem information – the title, summary, story notes, genre, rating and status. Please remember that if you are changing the genre of your story you must first remove the current genre – submitting a story to multiple genres is strictly forbidden.

To edit the text of your story/poem, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and there you will see a list of all your chapters/poems. To edit one, click on the “Edit” option beside the chapter number/name. Editing a story/poem/chapter with a feedback button in the “End Notes” section can disrupt the coding for that button. Please replace the coding using the procedure as indicated here.

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What is tinyMCE?

In layman’s terms, tinyMCE is a script which, when activated in the “Edit Preferences” section of your “Account Info”, enables text formatting software to allow you to more easily upload and process your story/poetry text.

Without tinyMCE activated, you would have to use coding to make text bold or italic, to change the font size or to insert images or links. With tinyMCE activated, this coding is unnecessary as you can format your stories/poetry in a simple WYSIWYG editor.

By default, tinyMCE is set to be activated in your account, so you need only go to your “Edit Preferences” section if you prefer not to use it.

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How do I know what Genre is appropriate for my work?

For many stories and poems, the genre should be pretty obvious. If you need help understanding the genres we use at The Authors Haunt, please review our Story Codes or Poetry Codes page, as appropriate. However, in some cases it may not be so straight forward.

Let's face it, some stories and poems cross genre boundaries and no matter how flexible we make our genres there are always going to be pieces that could easily fit into two different genres. If there are two possible genres that seem equally appropriate, we invite authors to decide for themselves which genre is appropriate. Provided your story/poem isn't completely inappropriate in that genre, we will respect your decision.

That said, our Librarians review submitted stories on a regular basis and if they feel that your story has been submitted to the wrong genre they will contact you, either by PM, if you are a Community member, or by email, to request that you change the genre associated with your story. You are expected to abide by this request and make the change as quickly as possible.

If you disagree with the decision of our Librarians to change the genre of your story, please email or PM Rob, The Authors Haunt’s Administrator, informing him of the situation and telling him why you think your story belongs in a different genre.

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How do I know what Rating is appropriate for my work?

The first thing you need to do is to go to our Story Codes or Poetry Codes page, as appropriate, and scroll down to the “Rating” section of that page. There you will find our four Ratings and their accompanying definitions.

In order to protect our readers, it is important that stories and poetry are appropriately rated when they are submitted to The Vault. It is the responsibility of every author to ensure that their stories and poetry have appropriate ratings and, in the case of multi-chapter stories, those ratings are suitably adjusted should the story contain material in a later chapter that would increase the rating.

We don’t expect you to get it right every single time. The rating you may consider appropriate for your story or poem may very well not match the rating we feel is appropriate. It is entirely possible that you might feel a “C” rating is appropriate for your story, while we feel a “D” rating would be more suitable.

If we feel you have applied an incorrect rating to your story or poem, we will correct the rating and contact you to let you know. Regardless of whether you agree with this decision, you are expected to abide by this decision. You may, of course, email or PM Rob to discuss the matter should you feel the need.

Just a word of caution – laziness will not be tolerated when it comes to Ratings. If you give a story an “S” rating when a “D” rating is clearly required, you will be jeopardising your right to publish your work at The Authors Haunt. Similarly, if you give your story an “M” rating when a “C” rating is more appropriate, you could find your work deleted and your account in The Vault suspended. We may not expect perfection, but we do expect you to make a genuine effort to ensure your stories and poetry are appropriately rated.

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Does my story/poem need a disclaimer?

If you write a story or poem that deals with a subject that some readers might find distressing, your story needs a disclaimer. At The Authors Haunt we don’t worry about disclaimers for sexual activity – we let the ratings take care of that – but we do ensure that people are aware if a poem, story or story chapter contains a scene or theme they might find upsetting.

The key thing to remember is that there is a big difference between what you might find distressing and what a reader looking at your work might be upset by. It is a matter of common sense both on the part of you, the author, and your readers.

By that we mean that if you are writing a murder-mystery, you don’t necessarily need a disclaimer to say that your story contains a scene or theme involving murder. It’s common sense and as long as your story summary describes the story as a murder-mystery then a reader can anticipate that there will be a murder in the story. However, if that murder scene takes the form of a vivid description of an elderly lady being beaten to death, that goes beyond what could be naturally anticipated and a disclaimer would therefore be necessary.

When you publish your story, story chapter or poem, think about the themes and scenes contained within your work. Consider whether those themes and scenes could be distressing to someone who has personal experience with those matters. Consider whether your story summary and rating would allow a reader to naturally anticipate that theme/scene within the story/poem.

The purpose of a disclaimer is to ensure that people are not unnecessarily distressed by your work. Evoking an emotional reaction in your readers is certainly a worthy goal, but if your story or poem contains material that could evoke painful memories in some readers then it is your responsibility to ensure that they are suitably warned so that they can make an informed choice whether or not to read your story/poem.

Submissions made without a disclaimer, or without an appropriate disclaimer, where a disclaimer is required will result in that submission being removed and could result in your account in The Vault being suspended.

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Can I include images in my stories/poems?

As a general rule, no. Stories and poetry published in The Vault may not contain any images other than a story/poem icon and a feedback button.

A story/poem icon is an image at the beginning of a story/poem that normally contains the title of that story/poem and some kind of graphic to support the theme of the story/poem. You are allowed to use story/poem icons at the start of that story/poem (and at the start of each chapter in a multi-chapter story) provided that image is no larger than 400x100 pixels in size and no greater than 100kb. For information on how to include a story/poem icon, please see this section of the User Guide.

A feedback button is a button at the end of a story/chapter/poem that links directly to a place where readers can leave feedback or discuss your work. Only our specially designed Vault Feedback Button may be used in The Vault. For information on how to include a feedback button at the end of your story/poem/chapter, please see this section of the User Guide.

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How do I include story/poem icons?

The first thing you need is an image host. Story/poem icons must be uploaded to a valid image host before they can be linked to from your submission. The Authors Haunt is happy to recommend the following image hosts for hosting story/poem icons for The Vault:

forumsigs - free, requires registration

2and2 - free, no registration required
uploadit - free, requires registration
Once you’ve uploaded your story/poem icon to your chosen host, copy the URL of the image. If you have tinyMCE activated, when you come to add a new story, poem or chapter you should see an icon resembling a tree beneath the story text box. Clicking on that icon opens up the image management tool and allows you to paste in the URL of your story/poem icon as well as setting other properties for it.

Please remember: story/poem icons must be no larger than 400x100 pixels, less than 100kb in size and must not contain any obscene, pornographic or offensive material.

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How do I include a feedback button at the end of my story/poem/chapter?

All Vault users are encouraged to use feedback buttons in order to promote discussion about your work. In order to include a feedback button at the end of your story/poem/chapter, please do the following:

1. Scroll down to the “End Notes” section and deactivate the tinyMCE for that section by unticking the box beneath it.

2. Enter the following code in the box:

<center><a href="http://authorshaunt.com/community/index.php?showforum=13"><img src="http://authorshaunt.com/graphics/vaultfeedback.gif" width="280" height="110" /></a></center>

3. Submit your story/poem/chapter.

If you have a topic for your story/poem/chapter in The Authors Haunt Guest Author Discussion forum and you would like to link directly to it, you may substitute the forum URL for the URL of the topic. You may not link to anywhere other than The Authors Haunt Guest Author Discussion forum or a topic therein.

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I have a story site elsewhere. Can I link to it from within my story/poem? Can I include other links in my story/poem?

If you are posting a story or poem in The Vault, you may use the feedback buttons to link to The Authors Haunt Guest Author Discussion forum or a topic therein, but you may not link anywhere else, either at The Authors Haunt or elsewhere. This includes email address links.

If you have a story site elsewhere, you may put the address in your Vault Profile, as well as your Community Profile and Signature, but you may not include the link in any story or poem submitted to The Vault. Any links other than those to The Authors Haunt Guest Author Discussion forum or a topic therein will be treated as spam and your account may be suspended or deleted.

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Using the Search Facility


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

Where do I find the Search facility?
How do I conduct a simple search of The Vault?
How do I conduct an advanced search of The Vault?




Where do I find the Search facility?

If you look at the top of the screen, beneath the main banner, the search button is on the right hand side.

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How do I conduct a simple search of The Vault?

It really couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve clicked on the “Search” tab at the top of the screen, you will be taken to the simple search page. To the left of the search box you’ll see a dropdown menu. Begin by selecting an option from this menu – it allows you to search for pennames, titles or words within story summaries. Once you’ve selected the option you want, just type the word or phrase you’re looking for into the search box and click “Submit”. You will then be taken to a page with your search results.

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How do I conduct an advanced search of The Vault?

Once you’ve clicked on the “Search” tab at the top of the screen, you will be taken to the simple search page. Beneath the “Submit” button you should see text that reads “Advanced Search”. Click on that text and you’ll be taken to the advanced search page.

On the advanced search page you can conduct a more specific search, narrowing the parameters by searching in specific categories, ratings, limiting to completed works only, specifying the word count, and entering a specific search term. The facility even allows you to sort your results alphabetically or by date of publication.

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Finding Other Members & Authors


Subsection Quick Find Menu:

How do I find other members and authors?
Can I contact other members and authors via The Vault?




How do I find other members and authors?

Simple – just go to the top of the screen and click on the “Members” tab beneath the main banner. You will then be taken to a page with an alphabetical list of members. You can narrow the list by either using the dropdown menu to restrict the search to all members, authors or Site Admins, or you can use the alphabet feature to find all members with pennames beginning with a certain letter. Once you’ve found the person you want, just click on their name to view their profile.

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Can I contact other members and authors via The Vault?

Once you’ve followed the process above to find a member or author, you will be able to contact them. If they have elected to share their IM information, you are welcome to use that information to get in contact with them. If they have not provided that information, or if you prefer a less direct approach, you should see some purple text that reads “Contact” next to their name on their profile page. Click on it and you’ll be taken to an email form. Simply type in your email address, subject and body text and click “Submit”.

Please remember that the same rules that apply on The Community also apply in The Vault. Using the communications systems to harass, insult or stalk members or authors will not be tolerated. If you have been asked by a member not to contact them again, or a staff member has asked you to cease contact with a specific member, you must comply with the request. Failure to do so will result in your access to The Vault and The Community being revoked.

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If you have any problems using The Vault, or if you feel another user is behaving inappropriately here, please email or PM Rob.