Actor Discussion: You are free to discuss why you like or dislike a character, or why you like or dislike how an actor portrays their character, or how the casting decisions complement or diverge from how you pictured the characters based on the books, etc., but please do not engage in personal attacks or speculate about the personal lives of the actors. This is not a gossip forum.
Book Discussion: For a NEWLY PUBLISHED novel, the community host will start an open discussion post for the novel. Please try to keep all general discussion about the newly published work in that thread. For older print material, feel free to start a discussion on any aspect of a given novel or novels.
Episode Discussion: Once a new season starts, the community host will post a weekly open discussion post for every newly aired episode. Please try to keep all general episode discussion/speculations/etc. to those posts. If you want to talk about something larger in scope than just that week's episode, however, please feel free to use a new post.
Fanworks: This is not a fanworks community. For the moment, please do not post icons, artwork, fanfic, etc. here as there are other venues for that sort of material. This may change in the future, but for now, the focus should be on discussing the books and/or series and other Outlander-related matters. Along these same lines, please refrain from replying to posts simply with a gif (animated or not).
Content Warnings: The Outlander series (both books and TV adaptation) deals with mature subject matter, including explicit sexual content and often graphic violence, including sexual violence. It is reasonable to expect that discussions about the show or the books will also contain references to this material, and may do so without warning. If you wish to, you may post a potential trigger warning, but this is not mandatory, since it is practically impossible to know what might be considered a trigger for someone else. It is assumed that anyone familiar with the show and/or books knows that they contain this sort of material.
Spoilers: Given the diversity of the Outlander audience, the issue of what constitutes a spoiler can be tricky, if not downright impossible. Some people have read all of the books and seen all of the episodes. Some might be book-only fans. Some may have seen only the TV show and have no intention of reading any of the books. Some may be reading the books, but do not want to read ahead of the show, etc. For that reason, we're going to keep it as simple as possible, since it will be impossible to cover every possible spoiler. In a nutshell, the onus will be on those who are not up-to-date to avoid threads that may contain information that they might consider to be spoilers.
- BOOKS: when discussing a novel or short story that has been in print for over a year, please begin a post with a general disclaimer along the lines of "This post may contain spoilers for anyone who has not read [title of book(s)] or seen season XX of the Starz series." With regards to a NEWLY PUBLISHED book or short story, begin the post with a general disclaimer warning of spoilers for anyone who has not read that novel (or earlier ones) and put the rest of the first post content behind a cut. Replies to that initial post will not require spoiler tags or cuts, so if you have not read the novel yet, please know that reading the comments will contain spoilers.
- TV SERIES: When discussing a newly-aired episode of a new season, please warn of spoilers in the subject line and start the post with a general disclaimer similar to the one suggested above for books. The rest of the first post should be put behind a cut. If you are NOT UP TO DATE with the current season, please know that reading the episode general discussion threads will contain discussion of events you have not seen yet. The onus will be on those who are not up-to-date and don't want to see any spoilers to not read those threads.
RESPECT: Please respect other people's views. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and views, as long as they are presented in a respectful manner. Some people are actually Team Frank, and that is totally OK. No insults, flaming, bashing allowed.