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Help – 2021-04-16


Story Submission

Story Content

Engaging with the NAR community

Reporting Spam & Abuse



What are “Right”, “Working”, “Romantic”, “Related”, “Learning”, “Friendly”, “Inspirational”, “Healthy”, “Legal”, Etc?

  • Right: Customer stories
  • Working: Bosses & coworkers
  • Romantic: Couple stories
  • Related: Family stories
  • Learning: School stories
  • Friendly: Friends & strangers stories
  • Inspirational: Feel good stories
  • Healthy: Medical/health stories
  • Legal: Stories involving the law

Why am I seeing political ads?

Sometimes advertisers will post political ads on our platform if they feel our readership is relevant to their target demographic. They are not against advertising guidelines but they do not reflect the views or opinions of Not Always Right; we are politically neutral.

Story Submission

How do I submit a story?

Submit your story by clicking here! Once you see the Submit Story form, you can fill in the scene/setting and location of your story. In the “Please tell us your story here!” field, tell us what happened!

  • Scene/Setting Examples: High School, Home, Office, Evil Laboratory, etc.
  • Location Examples: New York, USA. Toronto, Canada

Who writes the stories that are published on the site?

All of our stories are submitted by readers just like you!

I submitted a story, when will I see it?

As soon as possible! We receive up to a hundred submissions every day. While many are great stories, only a few are able to make it to publication.

My story got published, but it’s slightly different! How come?

Sometimes we will need to edit a story slightly to make it suitable for publication. Scene-setting is great, but extraneous detail may need to be cut down a little. Your submission might explain that this didn’t happen to you but to your friend/sister/uncle, but the audience doesn’t need to know that.

If it isn’t important to the punch-line, we’ll also remove reference to brand names, overly strong language, and overly long sentences.

Don’t worry, we still aim to keep the spirit of the story alive and ensure it remains as hilarious as ever!

Do you have any guidelines for submitting a story?

Yes! Here are a few quick tips:

  • Have a conclusion. The best stories have a strong ending, punchline or a climax.
  • Keep it tight. Provide only necessary + descriptive details to tell the story.
  • Dialogue isn’t required. Most of our stories have dialogue. But we welcome all stories, including those without dialogue!
  • Funny stories are great. So are Inspirational and Instant Karma stories. Our readers love reading these! PS – it’s okay if your stories don’t fit in these tags; these are just suggestions!

Story Content

Is this site suitable for children?

Some situations are not suitable for younger audiences. We do our best to censor profanity and other explicit content, but there are some topics that are best discussed only amongst adults and away from the prying eyes (and ears) of children.

What happened to the Hopeless section?

The “Hopeless” stories are now identified with the “Inspirational” tag so you won’t miss out on ANY of our feel-good stories!

What are ‘Content Warnings’?

While most of our content is lighter fare, some stories may cover topics that could be difficult for some to read. Content Warnings, therefore, warn readers of potentially distressing stories.

Content warning labels are blurred automatically, but can be easily seen by hovering the cursor over them (for desktop users) or tapping on them (for smartphone/tablet users).

They have been blurred to ensure NAR remains a safe and inclusive space for as many readers as possible. Some of our readers are sensitive to the content warnings themselves, so blurring the content warning ensures they can scroll past without being upset by it.

Sometimes the content warnings will need to be more specific and reference potential spoilers in the story, so blurring out the labels for those who do not care about the content warning protects them from this but still provides an opportunity to those who wish to read them to do so.

Are your stories real?

We receive up to a hundred submissions a day. Selecting the few that make it to the site is a long process, but even then the work isn’t done. Every submission that meets our grade is then put through search engines using multiple variations of key text.

In the past we have found submissions that are:

  • Quotes from episodes of sitcoms (Family Guy being a continuous favorite!)
  • Copy and paste tales from stand-up comedians
  • Slightly amended tales from stand-up comedians
  • Textual interpretations of YouTube clips

For obvious reasons, these submissions don’t make it to publication and those that do might have been copied from some other sources that we missed. If you spot something we haven’t, then let us know!

Do you ever embellish stories?

One of our main goals is authenticity, so our editors will never embellish or exaggerate the stories we receive, in fact in some instances we aim to tone it down!

We will never:

  • Add punchlines
  • Insert extra jokes or one-liners
  • Amend any text to make it more outrageous or controversial

I found this story offensive, why did you post it?

Stories posted on Not Always Right will sometimes portray views that we don’t agree with. They can be sexist, racist, homophobic, or use derogatory slurs and hateful speech. However, they are opinions of the submitter or antagonist, and are not necessarily reflected by Not Always Right. But we will never advocate or promote the usage of hate speech in any capacity. If you feel a story needs a second look, please feel free to write in. While we read every request sent to us, we cannot guarantee that we will amend or remove the story if it doesn’t go against our guidelines.

What are “Unfiltered” stories?

These are stories that have not been selected for our editorial process. They are unformatted, uncensored, and unedited.

We appreciate every single story we receive and we know you do too. Because of this, we want to get as many stories as we can to you. Unfortunately, not all stories are able to make it past our rigorous editorial processes. However, because we want to recognize the effort that goes into writing each and every one of these stories, we publish them in the “Unfiltered” section.

Do the editors remove details from the stories?

Yes. If there are extraneous details that aren’t relevant to the story then we will remove them to keep the narrative short and punchy, but still make sense. We want our stories to be entertaining first and foremost, so our editing practices reflect this. We don’t always need to know the chicken’s life story before it wanted to cross the road!

Why do you only use he/she pronouns in your stories?

We aim to change as little as necessary in the editing process with our user-submitted stories. When these include the pronouns for the characters, we do not assume to amend these and potentially damage the authenticity of the original story.

When a submitter indicates a character in a story is non-binary, gender-fluid, agender or demi-gendered and provides the appropriate pronouns, we use these just as we would with any other.

Engaging with the NAR community

What is the NAR community?

Not Always Right has an active and vocal readership that over the years has come together as a community. You can be a part of this community by submitting stories, making comments, and engaging in our dedicated Forums!

What are the Forums?

Our Forums are where you can engage the NAR community about anything, from personal experiences and classic NAR stories, to all manner of on- and off-topic discussions.

I created a post in the Forums. Why can’t I see it?

Your post might have been flagged by another user and our moderators are looking into it. Read more about flagging and our guidelines.

What are trust levels?

Forums users will gain more rights over time to ensure it remains a positive place of discourse and discussion. It is super easy to improve your trust level; just post and reply and engage with the community! Aim for the top trust level to earn some very special privileges!

Where should I post comments?

We give you the option to discuss our stories directly in the comments section immediately beneath them. If you want to discuss anything else about the site, like older stories or simply engaging with the community, then our dedicated Forums is the best place for that.

I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?

Your comment may have been automatically flagged by our system. It will appear on the site after we review and deem it appropriate.

What does “Upvoting” on a story mean?

Upvoting a story means that you’re able to appreciate the content itself, while you don’t necessarily agree with the subjects’ actions or the outcome of the story.

Remember that Upvoting stories help us give you better content by letting us know which ones you are more likely to appreciate.

What do “Upvote” & “Downvote” on comments mean?

  • Upvoting: Means that you find the comment relevant for discussion even if you don’t necessarily agree with it.
  • Downvoting: Means that you find the comment irrelevant for discussion even if you don’t necessarily dislike or disagree with it.

Reporting Spam & Abuse

How do I flag & report inappropriate comments?

You are able to flag comments on the main site and posts in our community forums if you feel that they violate our guidelines.

How do I flag & report inappropriate stories?

Every published story on the main NAR site contains a flag icon on the bottom right. This will take you to our contact support page where you can tell us about your issue. Please be specific and provide links if possible.

Why can’t I flag a post in the Forums?

If you’re a new user in the Forums, then you won’t be able to flag a post straight away. Flagging is a privilege earned through making positive contributions to the Forums – but don’t worry, you earn the ability to flag posts very quickly and easily!