Frequently Asked Questions

Where's Net Wolf, and who is Eric Storm?

Net Wolf and Eric Storm are the same person. It is merely a name change that the author felt was necessary for personal reasons. This alteration of his penname does not make any significant difference to the site.

Items and Contributors

You'll notice that the site rarely uses the term "author" or "story" to describe things. The reason for this is that we also support artists, with artwork and imagery. Rather than repeatedly using dual terminology (story / artwork, author / artist), we have chosen to replace those terms altogether.

An "item" is anything that has been posted to the site, whether it is a story, an image... or a recipe!

A "contributor", naturally enough, is someone who contributes an item.

Donations and The Ads

Do you hate looking at the ads? Want them to go away? It can happen. For a minimum $6 donation, the ads will be removed for a period of time equal to 1 month for every $2 of your donation. (Donations that are not multiples of 2 will be divided by 2, and the fractional part discarded, to determine the number of months.) Visit the You Can Help! section and click on Money to find out how to donate.

Removal of the ads is not the only thing you get for donating, however. One of the other things you get is an addition to the types of files you can download for offline reading. Everyone can download HTML files, but donators can also download formatted .txt files, and .pdb (Palm) files.

In addition to that, donators will get priority consideration for feature requests. That's not to say they can buy the site, but we will give a bit more consideration to those giving us money. :)

Also, donators who meet the $6 minimum gain access to Eric's Pre-Release Material. (See the FAQ question related to this if you're not sure of what it is.)

There may be additional privileges for donators, as well. It doesn't cost that much, so why not donate? Eric would definitely be grateful.

The Pub's Item Rating System

The ratings at The Pub were based - very loosely - on the ratings used at movie theaters. Here is how the system is laid out:

For Stories

  • PG - Mainstream, non-erotica: no sexual content, no heavy violence.
  • R - Heavy violence or a small amount of sexual content.
  • X - Erotica: There is significant sex, but far more plot than sex.
  • XX - Porn With Plot: Plot and sex are about equal.
  • XXX - Porn: Overwhelmingly sex. What little plot there is just sets up the sex scenes.

For Images

  • PG - No nudity or violence.
  • R - Heavy violence, or upper-body nudity (male or female).
  • X - Nudity, possible sexual content, without displaying genitalia.
  • XX - Sexual Content, genitalia visible, but no penetration visible.
  • XXX - Porn. Visual depiction of sexual intercourse, including visible penetration.

Please note that, due to space constraints, we have used the story version of these ratings in the help tooltips that appear around the site.

The Pub's Genres List

The genres at The Pub are as follows:

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Action
The story contains a lot of fighting and adventure.
Drama
The story is about life and people's struggles with it.
Fantasy
Something that occurs on a non-Earth world, or that involves mystical, mythical, or magical entities or powers. All stories involving magic or superheroes.
Historical
The story is set in the past, and may or may not use real events.
Horror
The story is intended to scare.
Humor
The story is funny.
Mystery
The story contains a puzzle that is solved by the main character(s)
Non-Fiction
Something that is true or depicting real-life.
Poetry
It's not prose, that's how it goes.
Political Thriller
The story contains political intrigue and/or military action.
Portrait
images only - a picture of something
Romance
The story contains a significant amount of loving emotional content and relationship building between characters.
Science Fiction
Something that falls into a 'real world' scenario, with some form of advanced technology or personal attribute involved. Psionic power falls into the realm of science fiction.

If you forget what a genre means, you can point at it where you see it on the site. A tooltip will pop up reminding you of the definition.

The Pub's Item Codes

At The Pub, the item codes have the following definitions:

bd
Bondage / Discipline - Someone gets tied up and/or whipped
beast
Beastiality - A non-human is involved in a sex act. Morphs may or may not qualify, it is up to the author.
caution
Reader is Cautioned - read the authors' notes before you read the story.
coer
Coercion - One of the characters is being forced non-violently into a sex act
ds
Dominance / Submission - A master / slave relationship in the story.
first
First Time Sex - Someone is losing their virginity
inc
Incest - Family members having sex. This includes step-family, adopted family, and as far out as first cousin.
inter
Interracial - The participants in sex are of different races
mc
Mind Control - This also includes hypnotism
nc
Non-consensual - The sex is not willing, but is not violent
pedo
Pedophilia - An adult has coerced a child below the age of 13 into a sex act
rape
Rape - Violent non-consensual sex
reluc
Reluctant - The sex starts out unwilling, but at or before penetration, all participants are cooperating
rom
Romantic - There is a significant amount of loving emotion in the sex act
scat
Scat - There is feces involved in a sex act
sm
Sado-Masochism - There is intentional pain involved in the sex act
snuff
Snuff - There is a death involved in the sex act
solo
Solo Play - Masturbation. Mutual masturbation would fall under a sexual pairing
teen
Teen Sex - The major players in the sex act are at least 13 but not yet 20.
toys
Sex Toys - There are sex toys involved in a sex act
ts
Time Stop - Time is controlled by a character in the story, by any means
viol
Violence - Non-sexual violence occurs in the story
voy
Voyeurism - Someone is watching others involved in a sex act
ws
Water Sports - There is urine involved in a sex act
young
Young Sex - Someone under the age of 13 is involved in a willing sex act.

Like the genres and the rating, the item codes will display a tooltip if you point at them, in case you forget what one means.

The Pub's Pairing Codes System

For stories or images involving sex, the pairing codes use the following system:

All pairing codes consist of two letters, with the exception of the code "3+", which will be described in a minute. The letters of the codes have the following meanings:

  • b - A male, below the age of 13.
  • g - A female, below the age of 13.
  • m - A male, at least 13, but not yet 20.
  • f - A female, at least 13, but not yet 20.
  • M - A male at least 20 years old.
  • F - A female at least 20 years old.
  • A - A non-humanoid. Note that human-looking non-humans are not included in this category. If a story contains a shapeshifter who is often humanoid, but is not humanoid in the sex scene, it is left to the author to make the determination. In images, if the character is in non-humanoid form, the "A" code should be used.

The "3+" code indicates a sexual event with more than two people. The preferred method for listing such a thing is as follows: Assume that one adult male, one teen female and one adult female are all having sex. The codes that should be used are: fM, MF, fF, 3+. The author or artist may choose to eliminate one of these codes to indicate that, for instance, the teen female and adult female are not actually having sex with each other, but are merely each having sex with the male at the same time. This would eliminate the fF code.

Pairing codes do not have tooltips on the site.

The Pub's Item Status Codes System

For multi-chapter stories, or multi-image series, there is a four-part status code system here at the site.

  • Completed - This item is finished. There will be no additional updates to it.
  • In Progress - This item is currently being worked on, and new units will be added as they are ready.
  • Inactive - This item is not currently being worked on, but it will be at some point in the future.
  • Abandoned - This item is not currently being worked on, and almost certainly will never be worked on again.

Status codes do not have tooltips on the site.

Submitting to The Pub

First, let us say thank you for your interest in supporting the site by providing content.

If you are an already-established author, with a group of fans established, the easiest way for you to become a contributor here is to have your fans ask us to make you a contributor. They can do this using the "Recommend a Contributor" utility, which is available on the main menu, and from the main page.

If you are a new author who hasn't posted anywhere else before, you can still become a contributor here. From the main menu, choose the "Prospective Authors" section to add a new story, or to add a chapter to an existing story. For details on how the Prospective Authors system works, click here.

Problem Staying Logged In

This problem is almost always caused by your browser not accepting cookies, or your browser getting "stuck". Make sure that your browser accepts cookies.

You can also try clearing your cache. In IE, this is done under "Tools > Internet Options > Temporary Internet Files > Delete Files". In Firefox, it is found under "Tools > Clear Private Data".

Eric Storm, EWP, and The Pub

Eric didn't take back control of EWP because, very simply, it's not his site to take control of anymore. The domain name, the site code, and the database all belong to someone else at this point.

Also, EWP was not exactly what Eric wanted, so the new site is an opportunity to create something closer to his vision for a site to share creative expression.

To learn more about why Eric left EWP at the end of October, 2006, go to the "About the Pub" page and follow the link there.

Numeric Rating Systems

The short answer is, The Pub will never contain a numeric rating system. The reason for this is that they simply do not work.

As proof of this, one merely has to look at the ratings system on Stories Online. Not to rag on Lazeez: it's a great site. However, the ratings have inexorably crept toward 10 over the last several years, to the point where 9.5's are common, bland stories that are "worth reading, but not spectacular", and anything below a 9 is considered crap.

Instead, The Pub has instituted a recommendation system. When you read a story or look at artwork, you are asked to give your opinion of it. The system will then take your opinions of the items you've viewed, and make suggestions about other items you might like. We feel this is a far more useful system than a ratings system, and hope that you will find it beneficial.

Please note: though we will be asking for your opinions from the beginning, the system won't be able to actually give recommendations for a few months, until it has gathered enough opinions from users. Please give your opinion of everything you view, so the system can be brought online as quickly as possible, hopefully by the start of 2007.

Median versus Average

Without getting into the mathematical or statistical technicalities, a median is a specific type of average.

In a "normal" average, you add up all the values, and then divide by the number of values you've got, and that gives you your "average". The problem with this is that it can give a false impression if one of your numbers is vastly different from the others. Take, for example, an average of the numbers 1, 50, 4, and 5. The average is 30... but that's not anywhere near ANY of those numbers, so it's misleading.

A median, on the other hand, takes the "middle value". So we first sort our list (we get 1, 4, 5, 50...), and then we take the middle number. In this particular case, we have an even number of items, so there is no "middle" number, and what we do is actually average the two middle numbers. (That is, do the normal average: add them together and divide by 2.) This gives us 4.5. To keep things clean on the site, we have rounded all of these values down, so we'd get 4. You see how much closer 4 is to the majority of the values (it in fact equals one of them...) than 30 was? This is the reason for using a median, rather than an average.

What we were hoping to do is give a better indication of how many people were reading a story or had viewed an image collection, and ignoring the "first unit spike" (that is, the fact that lots of people view the first unit of something, and then aren't interested, so don't continue...), and also to ignore the low download counts of newly-posted units. We hope you find the median count useful.

Pre-Release Material

Pre-Release Material is defined as material that is not available to the public at this time, but will be at some point in the future.

As it relates to The Pub, what this is, is story material written by Eric Storm that is available only to a selected subset of the site's members.

In order to become part of this group, a site member must either make a minimum donation of $6 (which gets them all the same benefits as mentioned elsewhere in addition to getting access to the PRM (Pre-Release Material) section), make a significant contribution to the Forums (as decided by Eric), or find some other way to impress or otherwise please Eric.

The PRM section was initiated because it was seen that a small number of visitors were supporting the site and Eric, while a vast group reaped the full rewards of others' efforts. Thus, Eric decided to reward those who had helped out by giving them early access to his writing. They also are encouraged to give feedback of the stories in PRM, because, unlike stories released in the public area, stories in PRM can be altered if Eric thinks someone has made a good suggestion. This gives the PRM-eligible member some sway - should they choose to assert it - over how Eric's stories turn out.

It must be reiterated that this is not really a "pay" section of the site. There are people in the PRM group who have not made a monetary donation. Also, everything that appears in PRM will, eventually, be posted to the public section of the site, so it is not required that a member pay in order to see this material. If they do not wish to contribute to the site in such a way as to get PRM status, they merely have to wait until the PRM stories make it into the public section. The amount of time that takes is not something that will be discussed publicly, but it may be months.

PRM may occasionally contain work from other authors, if those authors specifically donate some work to be part of the PRM. It is a way for contributors to "donate" when they don't have any money.

  1. What's with the "item" and "contributor" stuff? Why not just call them stories and authors?
  2. How can I get rid of the ads? What else do I get for donating?
  3. How do the item ratings here at The Pub work?
  4. What do the genres on items mean?
  5. What do the item codes mean?
  6. How do the pairing codes work?
  7. How do the item status codes work?
  8. I want to post my work on The Pub. How do I do that?
  9. I try to log in, but the site just keeps logging me back out. How come?
  10. Why didn't Eric just take EWP back, instead of creating a whole new site?
  11. I notice that there is no 1-10 or like ranking system on The Pub. Will there be one in the future?
  12. What in the world is a "median" download count?
  13. What is Pre-Release Material, and how do I get access to it?
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