And yet again, I've gotten off my ass long enough to actually do my job as the head mod! (And I say this like I should get a biscuit.)
Anyway. I'm actually working on getting through the memories again, filing away questions in their appropriate categories so that we'll actually, eventually have large areas of reference on several broad subjects that people can look up. It'll cut down on some more common questions, and if nothing else some of them are just interesting to read. I've also added a handful of new categories--including one, Community Info, which is going to have THIS post in it. Because it's occurred to me that people ought to know what, exactly, goes into each category, because the names are pretty general.
So, for reference, here are the categories and what gets sorted into them:
Community Info - Exactly what it sounds like. Probably won't have much in it besides this post, and the occasional mod note about comm changes.
Darwin's Grab Bag - This is the category that posts with a bunch of unrelated, but still useful, questions and answers go into. If you ask about Japanese baths, airplane food, and the price of tea in Switzerland, here's where the post winds up.
Drug Questions - Another one that's exactly what it sounds like. Any question about prescription, over-the-counter, or highly illegal substance goes here.
Language Questions - A bigger category than you'd think(keeping in mind how horribly behind I am on getting things filed into it). Lots of questions and answers about accents, language use, grammar rules of [insert language here], or [insert language here] names.
Legal Questions - Another category that's bigger than you'd think. Questions about courts, legal procedure, etcetera.
Mechanical Questions - Machinery questions--from guns to cars to train wrecks--go here.
Medical Questions - This is going to be a HUGE category once I'm caught up, I can already tell. Injuries, illness, traumas and disorders abound.
Physical Questions - Slightly different from Medical Questions in a hard-to-define way, usually because the questions don't involve anyone having to go to the hospital. Things like breast-binding, hair growth, height/weight questions, things like that.
Porny Questions - Do I really need to explain? If it's sex-related, it goes here.
Regional Questions - Any questions about how this or that works in a certain part of the world: politics, government, technology, health care systems, accents(some things get cross-memoried between this and Language Questions in that respect).
Religious Questions - Anything pertaining to a religion, obviously. Cults and weird subsects of humanity that sort of resemble religion included.
Resource Links - Posts from helpful people who provide links that can help people find answers our members can't provide. Some are already on the community info page, but here they are again.
Technological Questions - Again, this differs slightly from Mechanical Questions in a hard-to-define way. Usually it deals with questions about very sophisticated technology, like computers, or 'what sort of technology would [place/time period] have access to?' questions. (These categories are why I felt it necessary to explain what goes where, incidentally.)
More categories may be added as I find the need for them, but for now that's all we've got. Now I'm going back to the backlog, of which there's about a metric ton--but hopefully it'll be worth it in the end.
Oh--on an unrelated but still modly note, I've been receiving the occasional complaint that we're getting a lot of questions about "how should I write this situation?" or "what can I do in my story to make this happen?". These are valid questions, ones every writer asks themselves, but they're not what the community is for. We tell you how to get the details right in your story when you don't know them yourself--we don't tell you how to actually WRITE your story, or how to get past a difficult place in your plot. Personally, I'd be happy to help you brainstorm over AIM if you like...but not on the community. Asking these questions isn't a banning offense--half the time we won't even complain, at least beyond a post telling you your post is being deleted for being off-topic--but don't be surprised if a question like that gets deleted by one of us. (And DON'T abuse the mod who does it to you, because that CAN be a banning offense depending on the level of abuse. I like my mods and I can forget my genial self when people start bitching at them.)
Okay, that takes care of everything. Off I go.
EDIT: My mistake! One more detail. A lot of you are great about this already, and it's not a big deal either way, but topic-specific post titles make the baby Jesus crap rainbows of happiness. >D It also makes my job a hell of a lot easier, because every post that goes into memories gets a title so people know where to look, and if I don't have to make one myself that's a couple seconds saved for me.