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How the credit system works on CC

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Credits are the currency that you use to submit stories. You earn credits by critiquing stories from other people.

You usually pay 3 credits for submitting a story, and usually receive 1 credit for giving a critique. Therefore, you will need to submit 3 crits for each story that you submit.

Sometimes a story will cost more to submit and sometimes you will get a different number of credits from your crit. A story that is longer than 5000 words will cost 1 additional credit.

If the crit is under 300 words you always receive 1/2 credits, no matter how long the story is.

If your crit is more than 300 words you most often get 1 credit. However, if the story you are critting is more than 3000 words, you receive 1.5 credit for a crit over 300 words. If the story is 4000 words or longer you get 2 credits for a crit over 300 words. 2 credits is the maximum number that you can receive for a crit unless the story author decides to donate an extra credit from his or her own credit pool for an extra good crit.

Please note that no credits are given for critiques under 150 words.

You can have more than one story in the system at a time, but the more stories you have, the more expensive they become.

Your second concurrent story (with the first one being either 'up for review' or in the 'upcoming' section) will cost 7 credits, your third one 11 credits, etc. This is necessary so the queue doesn't become unduly long.

As soon as you have nothing in the queue (upcoming or up for review), it will cost again just 3 credits to submit a story. New reviewing cycle starts every Wednesdays and lasts for 7 days.

This applies to the public queues, not to the private ones. It doesn't matter how many public queues you submit your stories to; the rule applies across queues.

PLEASE NOTE that paying extra credits (7, 11, etc.) for subsequent stories or chapters does not guarantee that your stories will be up for review back-to-back. Stories are chosen to be 'up for review' in the order that they are subbed into the queue. For the best chance of having chapters reviewed back-to-back, we advise that you sub early to try and secure a slot for the following week.

Here below is more information about how many credits it costs in the public queues to submit more than 1 story upcoming or up for review. The more stories you have in the system at the same time, the more expensive it becomes to submit them.

Standard member (free)

Valid credit cost when submitting more than 1 story in the public queues at the same time (upcoming or up for review).

First story = 3 credits

Second story = 7 credits

Third story = 11 credits

Fourth story = 15 credits


Premium members (subscription) 

Valid credit cost when submitting more than 1 story in the public queues at the same time (upcoming or up for review).

First story = 3 credits

Second story = 6 credits

Third story = 9 credits

Fourth story = 12 credits


Premium Gold members (subscription) 

Valid credit cost when submitting more than 1 story in the public queues at the same time (upcoming or up for review).

First story = 3 credits

Second story = 5 credits

Third story = 7 credits

Fourth story = 9 credits



In private queues, it always costs 3 credits to submit a story in a private credit queue and in a creditless private queue, it costs no credits.

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3 credits.

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If your story has received no critiques you'll always get the credits refunded.

If your story is up for review, you'll need to first 'move to older' before you can delete the story, but your credits will be refunded if it has received no crits.

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Yes, unless the author has hidden or deleted the story.

Each story has its fifteen minutes of fame — the current week it is up for review.

After that, you receive fewer credits for reviewing them — but there is good karma instead.  This is one method to ensure that all stories receive some attention.

You receive half a credit for a full critique of an archived story, no credit for a short critique (less than 300 words).

If you're a day or two late with your critique then you can just contact the admins and we'll give you full credit for it.

Please note that critiques found to be padded with unrelated content will be rejected, and the credits returned.

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No. You cannot share credits between accounts.

Credits are not transferable directly but premium members can give out some of their own credits as a special bonus for their critters. You'll see a menu item on crits you've received giving you the option to "Give extra credit".

The basic idea is that those with a lot of credits can give those less fortunate a little something extra for great crits. Please note you can only donate 1 extra credit from your account per crit.

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The credit system is the main backbone of the site. It was developed after extensive research, and has been tested and refined on our Big Sister site in Iceland. The balance between credits received and the cost to submit is designed to assure members a maximum number of critiques per submission.

Please note that there are no plans to alter the credit system in any way. We believe the system works as it is.

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There are 2 ways of giving extra credits for a crit. In both cases the extra credits are deducted from your personal credit pool and transferred to the person who gave you a crit.

The first option is only possible in private queues. When you submit your story you can choose to give extra credits to everyone who critique the story (you choose how many credits you give).

The second option works both for public and private queues. You can give 1 extra credit (not 0,5) for a crit after you have received it. There is a button you can click on after receiving the critique.

If you would like to advertise you are giving 1 extra credit for critting your story in the public queue, you can put that in the title or in author notes for example.

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