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Posting for the lulz
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Real Life and Serious Business (not wiki-related)
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- Go to IRC.
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Your own works and worlds
- There are two entire fora for World Building and Writers needing help. A more detailed guide to the Writer's Block forum is here.
- For short, simple questions for World Building and writing use this and this thread, respectively.
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edited 6th Feb '16 5:26:27 AM by SeptimusHeap
- This is an attempt to create a guide to the fora, if anything's wrong you are free to say so.
- The staff may edit this OP as they see fit, as long as it stays usable.
- If it's good enough, please pin it.
The statement above is false.
edited 9th Feb '12 6:26:08 AM by robster2001
edited 11th Feb '12 6:47:25 AM by SeptimusHeap
edited 17th Feb '12 9:21:29 AM by Willbyr
edited 18th Nov '14 1:51:21 PM by Deadbeatloser22
edited 4th Aug '15 7:24:05 AM by SeptimusHeap
You need to Get Known to get one of those.