Sorry, it is a little harsh, but surely taking ideas from a dead thread is more of a salvaging than of a stealing? It’s like condemning the people who finished Mozart’s last piece of music for him. I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but I’ve seen many excellent ideas die on these forums. Surely, it would be better to twist the storyline, continue the life of the story, than to just let it die?
Maybe we could have some rule that says if the writer doesn’t update or post for a year, the continuation of the story goes to whoever volunteers first? I agree that a masterpiece, like everything I have seen on the forums, cannot be truly completed by anyone but the author. But would it be better to let the spark of inspiration fizzle out, or let it grow into a smaller reminder of the fire it could have been?
I, myself, believe that a good idea should never go to waste. Surely, if someone continued an idea of Shakespeare’s, it wouldn’t be as good as what he could have written. But it would still be there. People can still see and understand what might have been. Which is why I am starting this thread.
I know that it might sound shocking, but it is my point of view. I’m sorry if I have offended anyone in posting this. From what I have heard so far, most people don’t like my idea. I don’t really like it much either, but I just believe it is a better alternative, and the lesser evil when compared to letting an idea go to waste.
Mod Edit: The breakdown is this: Legally to continue an author’s work you have to contact them. If you don’t, they may be able to a) sue you to stop posting what you’ve done, even if they’ve made no money off their work and b) if they have sold their work, they may be able to sue you for any loss your ‘copy’ may have caused. If you wish to contact an author, go check their page, see if they have an email listed and/or send them a private message. The mods do not have any more personal information than what is listed on their page already, so there is no point in asking us to contact people. If you are found to be continuing someone else’s work without the mods will treat it as plagiarism.