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Appreciating the Unappreciated
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Because there are more than seven people on the Enterprise, dammit.
This comm was created purely because of a typo in an address that was supposed to say andtimetravel, and I wanted the resulting link to lead somewhere. It is modded by yours truly, captlebubbles.

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Please Note: This journal contains themes of a homosexual nature. (we have gen and het too, though.) If slash is not your cup of tea, or you have some kind of problem with it, then click the back button or some other link, and steer clear of here.

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This comm is dedicated to the minor characters of the Star Trek universe. You know them. They're the guys in the background whose main purpose is to show the watcher that there are more people on the Enterprise than just the main cast. However, since it's better to be consistent, and easier to just hire the same people over and over, these characters managed to develop something resembling a backstory. We love them, and so should you, hence the existence of this comm.

Right. Da Rules and Regulations:

1. Let's be civil. Now, I trust you guys, but it needs to be stated so I can have grounds to yell at you if you aren't nice to each other. So bear in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. If someone thinks Riley is the most annoying character in the entire canon, that is their opinion, and you are not allowed to bash them for it. (It doesn't matter that they're wrong, it is still their opinion.)

2. All fic must include a header with a title, pairing, (if any) series (TOS, TAS, Next Gen, Voyager, DS9, Enterprise, Movieverse, Reboot), warnings* (if any), rating, and approximate length. (word count is preferred, but if you can't be bothered, at least indicate if it's hella long/short. People need to know these things.) Art must have a title, pairing (if any), warning (if any), and rating.

3. All images, fic, icons, and content larger than the box they give you to type in should be put under an lj cut. (A good rule of thumb is that if the scroll bar appears, you need to cut it.) The only exception to this is polls. (I say this because I tend to make polls that eat the cut, and I know I can't possibly be the only one.) With the longer polls, if you can get it behind the cut, do, but if you have the same problem I do, I won't hold it against you. (If you do have that problem, you could post the poll to your own journal and link it at the comm, but that's up to you.)

4. While we do love the main characters of the series, this isn't the place for that love. You are perfectly welcome to have them show up in your fic/art/mix/icons/whatever, however, at least part of the main focus should be on one of the minor characters. (Ex.: A fic that is Riley/Sulu includes Sulu, a main character, but also Riley, a minor character. However, a fic that is Chekov/Sulu features two main characters and no minor characters, and thus doesn't belong here.) There are plenty of comms that focus on the main characters; your work will be welcome there.

5. Use your tags. As soon as I'm done here, I'm going to get on a tagging system. It will be explained in a post, later. Once I've worked it out.


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Your Friendly Neighborhood Modtionary defines a minor character as 'any character not part of the "bridge seven" for any Star Trek series' ("the bridge seven" refers specifically to Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov of TOS, those that fill these roles in later incarnations fall under the same designation despite their number.) As long as a character is not included in this, he or she can be considered a minor character, whether recurring or not. (This means that yes, despite numerous appearances, Q, Guinan, and Lwaxana Troi are included on the list.) Pike, Number One, and the rest of the cast of the original pilot are also on the list, as they had exactly one episode to exist in.

Please note: With the exception of parents, whose existence is fairly a given, a character has to have been credited with at least one name to be considered a minor character (The only exception to this is Cupcake, who though never named in canon, has been named in fanon). If a character has not been named at least once then use of them will be considered an oc. This means you can't just pick some random person that you see in the background and invent a character to fit them. (This does not mean that you can't do that at all, but like with major characters, at least part of the focus of the content must be a minor character.)

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*Warnings: Just to make sure we're all on the same page, the following things should be warned for-

-Spoilers. Yes, I am aware that the show has been out since the 6o's, but there are those among us who have only come to the fandom recently, and have yet to see certain aspects of the series. However, I am aware that after this long, almost everything can be seen as a spoiler, SO, spoiler warnings are only needed if the fic directly pertains to a certain event or episode (this is mostly only for aftermath fic, since knowledge of the episode involved is needed.)

-OC's. While oc's are perfectly welcome here, there are those who don't like reading fic about them. If you're fic/art has strong oc content (ie, they're more than just a 'background character' for the fic), a warning is required.

-Kinky stuff. This includes BDSM, non- and dub-con, bloodplay, etc. If your fic/art features something that is very interest-specific, a warning is required.

Those are the only warnings that are required, if the content calls for it. Everything else, I leave up to your own judgement. Please use it wisely.

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The rules and definitions on this profile are subject to change as the mod gets a better idea of what she's doing. Any assistance will be appreciated; if you have any questions feel free to drop me a pm or comment. I try to get online once a day, at the least, so you should get an answer within 24 hours of asking. Of course, there are no guarantees, so if you don't hear from me, I'm not ignoring you- something unexpected's come up.

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