Explaination of Archive Ratings and Warnings

What is the rating system used on the site?

We use the ratings system from fictionratings.com. Here they are (with their MPAA rating equivalent).

What are the warnings used on the site?

Non-Sexual Warnings

Sexual Warnings

In general, stories that only depict kissing do not need a Sexual Content warning. Stories that have characters discussing sex but don't depict any sexual acts also generally don't need a Sexual Content warning (but may need an Adult Language or Other Adult Themes warning.)

We have three levels of sexual content warning, Mild, Moderate, Explicit, and it can be a little difficult to pin down where the line is between the three, or even where the line is between needing and not needing a sexual content warning. If you are unsure where the sexual content in your story falls, we've included a link to a short story that we feel epitomizes it's warning.

The rating Dubious Consent is a difficult concept to define in fanfic (as well as controversial) and means different things to different readers and fandoms. Possible scenarios where the Dubious Consent warning may apply:

* with the prevalence of the "drunken hook-up" trope in fanfic, this warning certainly does not need to be applied to every one, use your best judgement to determine if the consent in your story is in any way "dubious"

MTT does not allow stories with detailed descriptions of non-consensual* sexual acts (rape), including the following:

* an instance of unwanted or forced kissing or groping is allowed to be depicted but should carry warnings (we'll leave it to the author to determine what's appropriate). The story should also not portray a sense that it's condoning or promoting unwanted contact.

Some more guidelines and tips on ratings and warnings:

If you have any questions or want any further clarification, please contact us or email us at MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com