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FicWad is a multi-fandom fanfiction archive with a unique rating system that allows readers to give positive or negative ratings to stories, as well as reasons for the ratings. It allows for adult material.
The site started with Kemayo and SunTyger as adminstrators and maintainers. Kemayo was responsible for coding the site. By late 2006, SunTyger had stepped back to start her own business, leaving Kemayo as sole maintainer.
According to Quantcast, "This site reaches approximately 14,491 U.S. monthly uniques. The site is popular among a primarily female, younger group.The typical visitor frequents MSN Groups, visits gamefaqs.com, and reads NASA."  According to Quantcast, in December 2007, 37% of the archive's users were male and 63% were female. 
Members must be age 13 or over to join as adult material is allowed on the site.
Readers can set their filters to show only stories with positive numbers, and have a small pool of rating "points" to spend during any given week. One point is used for each rating a reader gives. The points expire, and are refilled, each Sunday evening at 11 p.m. Pacific time. Points are added as other readers decide if a rating is fair or not, adding "karma" and rating points to a member's reserve.
There are fourteen categories that a story can be evaluated on:
- Positive ratings (each has a score of +1)
- Ambiance - Mood and atmosphere are the keys here--the plot and setting wove together to paint a picture so real, you could almost feel it.
- Exciting - Action! Adventure! Suspense! What's going to happen next?
- Funny - The story made you giggle, laugh, or chuckle...in a good way.
- Hot - Smokin' hot and sexy--the stuff great romance is made of. Or smut, if you prefer.
- Insightful - This story was thought-provoking, and gave you a little peek into a world you hadn't seen before.
- Moving - This story evoked an emotional response--it made you want to smile, or cry, or cheer out loud, or move to the Himalayas and contemplate your life.
- Original - This plot/setting/character is interesting and new.
- Negative ratings (each has a score of -1)
- Boring - Nothing seems to actually *happen* in this story.
- Cliche - This has been done a million times before. Cookie-cutter plots and characters abound.
- Illiterate - The author doesn't seem to have a grasp of the English language. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are all fair game here.
- MarySue - You know her, you love her. Or not.
- OOC - The established characters are acting completely out-of-character--you can't imagine them ever saying or doing what they did in this story
- Predictable - You know exactly what's going to happen next--foreshadowing is more like foretelling.
- TrainWreck - It's unspeakably, indescribably awful, but you just can't look away.
- May 29, 2009: "User registration is unusable and the moderators do not respond to site issues posted by registered users in the forum. The forum is not accessable to unregistered users and the moderators do not respond to email. Evidence indicates that this archive may be dying a slow death."
- The FicWad domain was scheduled to expire on March 5, 2010. It was unclear whether or not the owner would renew the domain. Many current users are upset about the possibility of the site closing down.  At least one member was planning on downloading a mirror of the site as a precaution. . The domain was ultimately renewed and the site did not close down.
- On May 14, 2010, Kemayo posted a note on the homepage and in one of the forums saying, "As you may, possibly, have noticed, I've been completely ignoring FicWad for a while now, and some things have gone unfixed." He goes on to explain that the hosting provider had accidently turned off the email account during maintenance. The problem was fixed, and a backlog of emails were in the process of being sent out. 
Plagiarism on site
- December 12, 2006: On Ficwad, Inuyonas began a fic also titled Big Bad Hinata. (Screencap here.) He states here that he got the idea from Naruto Central (where Ten Ten’s version is posted). (Screencap here.) The very first part has similarities, including Hinata waking up in an odd mood, dunking her sister’s head in the toilet, and chocking Neji. However, the dialog is done in the writer’s own words. (Other than the line "Remember Neji you are my bitch!!" being remarkably similar to Kagezuchi’s "Remember, Neji, you’re my bitch." Well, similar minus the proper punctuation.) However, after that, the story appears to go its own direction." 
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