I would like to politely offer a formal apology for the amount of time that you've waited on this matter, however, it's been five days, the prereader queue is massive, and frankly, you're getting combative over questions and requests that are beyond the scope of the people you're asking. You are effectively, at this point, yelling at a Shoe Carnival employee because your socks don't match your trousers.
I won't hold that against you. Instead, I'd like to explain your fallacy in thinking "vinegar instead of honey" works. See, in your "honey" posts, you requested favors and information beyond that which most prereaders would usually do for any
>What I'm saying is that I'd like help in editing this as little as possible.
Equestria Daily is not in the business of editing submissions. You asked for it as a favor, true, but this basic point still stands.
>I had asked that the explicit version be evaluated for how honestly much it needs to be censored. Do you already have an opinion on that? If not, i would be much obliged if you would mark it as needing such.
Equestria Daily is not in the business of pointing out specifically when, where, and how stories cross the line. It's been answered before, but I'll reiterate: there's no 45 degree rule. If your story is over the line, you should theoretically be able to use good judgement (or other reviewers' good judgment) to find it. However, it seems your own judgment is slightly warped on this piece:
>The fic is not erotic, has no offensive content, has all of one paragraph that is definitely over the line, and that one paragraph is extremely tasteful;
Perhaps I'm of a more conservative mindset, but graphic sex between two underaged characters probably falls under "offensive content." Having read your story for this "one paragraph" (which is really more like 5-9 paragraphs, due to dialogue), it's not really… tasteful, either. Although you seem to think you're safe by not saying "penis" or "vagina," the sex is
fairly explicit. So
, what does this all mean? In short, your "honey" post was asking for far too much from the prereaders in the first place, regardless of the fact that it was being done for a story where it might be downright impossible or impractical to remove the questionable content. What I mean is that you've got a story that builds up to a penultimate sex scene (which, fun fact: that's how a number of erotica pieces work), but without that payoff, the pacing needs adjustment to compensate.
Finally, discounting the "vinegar" that you resorted to, the very fact that you've gone on record saying you've considered "sneaking in" a link to the over-the-line content (see the attached screenshot) makes several prereaders ambivalent towards helping you get your story posted on Equestria Daily. Where's the guarantee that, if we spend the extra time on this story, that we're not going to end up posting graphic sex on the blog? You, and only you, have violated that trust.
Your unabridged story is over the line. It is not Equestria Daily's job to tell you how much needs to be removed in order for it to be posted. Including a link to the unabridged version will disqualify your story for evaluation
for Equestria Daily, let alone posting (meaning, if you even get the content level sorted out, you've still got to get approved).