>jesus christ all these anons
>so many posts
>can't keep up
Goddammit, I'm trying anyways. Try not to sharpshoot me too much guys, kind of in a rush to correct all the misconceptions here.
The latest story posted was on FIMfiction and doesn't contain pages. That being said and presupposing you tell the truth, stories don't have to be grammatically perfect to enter Equestria Daily; there is a margin of error which is subjectively determined within the overall objective consensus of how correct a story must be to past inspection. (e.g. dialogue punctuation must be correct, commas used properly, etc).
On the other hand, there's a couple PRs who pass things like: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/story-higher-flier-or-my-little.html
Which is an ungodly abomination of basic errors (and it still earned a five star, how 'bout that shit?).
Unfortunately, that item isn't in our spreadsheet, so I can't chew whoever said it was good to post out. It's hard to weed these people out, so send any complaints about stories currently being posted here so I can do the aforementioned chewing out.
>It's frustrating, and actually a little demoralizing to know, since the standards literally change from day to day, hour to hour, and moment to moment.
Not really. Around five pre-readers do the bulk work of rejection with a couple others standing coming in occasionally to do some work about.
Two pre-readers already look at almost every story. A team of pre-readers manages the "slush pile" if we are going to use the publishing term, to determine who gets autorejected, and everyone else acts as acquisition editors.
>I just waited a week in order to get rejected. I'm not mad, however, at the rejection in and of itself. I'm mad at the fact that the same issues that weren't a problem 4 months ago, are now a problem today, due to nothing more nor less than the arbitrary nature of the submission system.
We do not have an obligation to provide you a full list of problems, just the factors that contributed to your rejection.
>Which actually makes Il Duce Stricttorro the problem, since despite the stories reaching the minimum requirements, he's not passing them.
>implying there are minimum requirements
I'll say again that the error margin that breaks reader immersion is dependent on the opinion of the pre-reader; how many commas can be missed before it gets rejected, how many punctuation errors can be made, how many botched phrases can it include, are all up to that particular pre-reader.
>Actually: most pre-readers are only slightly better than most others in matters of grammar and storymaking than other non-prereaders
I'm going to redact this and say: most pre-readers are only slightly better than most people who know fiction grammar decently. "Most others" is a bit of an understatement when considering how universally horrible people are at it.