What warnings and/or ratings should I include?
Please note that on the Smallville Slash Archive, there are no required warnings. Warnings are optional and left up to the judgement of the author.
Ratings are required, for the convenience of readers. For Smallville fans abroad, here is a short explanation of the American ratings system. This is not definitive; after all, this ratings system was proposed for the protection of children, and the archivists certainly hope children are not accessing this archive. Please feel free to use this to help you pick what you think would be an appropriate rating for your story.
G -- General Audiences -- No nudity, sex scenes, or scenes of drug use. Violence is minimal.
PG -- Parental Guidance Suggested -- Brief nudity. No explicit sex scenes or scenes of drug use. Horror and violence do not exceed moderate levels.
PG-13 -- Parents Strongly Cautioned -- No rough or persistent violence, or sexually-oriented nudity. Some scenes of drug use may be seen; some use of harsh sexually derived words.
R -- Restricted -- Contains adult material. An R may be assigned for use of language, theme, violence, sex or portrayal of drug use.
NC-17 -- No One Under 17 -- May contain explicit sex scenes, an accumulation of sexually-oriented language, and/or scenes of excessive violence. The NC-17 designation does not signify that the rated film is obscene or pornographic, simply that it addresses these topics.
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