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03 January 2010 @ 10:14 am
Mod post and contest poll  

The next bleachness   event is coming up for Valentine's and I've already got a theme ("Breaking Up and Making Up"--now doesn't that sound like fun?) I have had generous offers of prizes already, including LJ accounts and fanarts of your choice to be drawn by gifted artists or fic of your choice to be written by gifted authors but there's also been some interest in having an egalitarian sort of share where people exchange fic. I've seen this latter concept work in Secret Santa memes on other LJ communities or in writing challenges where you sign up by posting a comment (to a general entry describing the event) to say "hi, I write all pairings but x/x and my strength is angst" and the first person to respond to your comment can request a fic. The trick is that if you request a fic you also have to promise to write another for someone in the event. It's a neat way for people to sometimes challenge themselves out of their fic comfort zones if they wish and the lovely part is the community reciprocation but a downside is that I have to get back-up writers in case some people don't meet the deadline for coming through with fics. Actual contests are easier but hmmm, more predictable and we have to have an actual competition and voting, but as always, prizes are nice... and like I say, we have them.

So tell me what you think.


Poll #1506686 Valentine's Bleachness Fic Event

For the Valentine's Bleachness Fic Event, I'd like

A share where people sign up to write one another short pairing fics and drabbles
16(16.7%)
A contest with a theme and groovy prizes
18(18.8%)
I'm not particular
17(17.7%)
Wait--what about FANART!? >.
15(15.6%)


Moderator's note: The maintainers and I are considering getting rid of anonymous comments here on this community. I'd rather not, because by and large most anon posts are innocuous enough. At this point, just note that if you are not a member of the community and you are posting anonymously, any comment you make is more likely to viewed with suspicion by the moderators and deleted than if you were posting as a regular member of the community. There have been instances of obvious wank-baiting in this community and if the bait comes from anon, the comment will be deleted.

Another thing--memes are more suited for personal LJs rather than for a community this big. I've let a few go by now and then when traffic is slow or when the meme is particularly interesting but try to keep long questionnaires to your personal journals.

Also, I'm not available for beta-ing or editing fic at the moment. Thanks to those who ask and who value my opinion but family illnesses continue to keep me away from my own fic writing. I wish I could beta more because I like to do that sort of thing and leave my schoolmarmy concrit all over a manuscript. I hope to be more available in the future; I'll let people know when I am.
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Grenatescarboucle on January 3rd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don't care because either way, I know you'll pull off something awesome for the contest XD
nehalenia: ishida fangirls runnehalenia on January 3rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I've done a few exchanges over in the HP fandom, and artists and writers both participate. They can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a real pain in the butt for whoever is running it, especially when trying to match people up, and the more pairings you're dealing with, the harder that can be. If it's just for drabbles and ficlets, though, that would make it easier. Exchanges can be a lot of fun (tho I still prefer the other option: 'break up/make up' and prizes!!! ;)
Styx667styx_uchiha on January 3rd, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
That's a great theme XD I look forward to it but... Could we request a fic and be requested back for a fanart ? Because, yeah, so far I noticed there were several people like me whose maternal language isn't english so I guess it would be fairer for us to allow such trades.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: snif robinla_kalaka on January 3rd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
I seconded that, my english isn't enough good to create a fic with enough speed to keep up with the people which maternal language is english :D
rabbitinhole on January 3rd, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
oh its been long since the last time I entered a contest, the last one was on BA =)I guess I need to return back to writing...I missed it and a contest is a good motive to start again...
Ananomoreprinces on January 3rd, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
In regards to anon posters, didn't LJ create a setting where you can have anon posts initially set to screened? Or was that DW?
Kylarakarenai on January 3rd, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
That's a setting, but it's not the default mode right now for this community.
Ananomoreprinces on January 3rd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Might be something to consider over banning them outright if the anon posts get too wanky.

The posters who we know don't have LJ accounts can always post via OpenID too.
Kylarakarenai on January 3rd, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll keep that in mind.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 3rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)

OH thank you, I didn't know that was a setting. That's something to consider.
Ananomoreprinces on January 3rd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Glad to help! ^_^
(Anonymous) on January 3rd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like that theme! That sounds like a lot of fun.

You know I'm really fine with anything (I did actually vote for all four, sorry I'm not helpful)... if we don't do a contest, I'm still in favor of randomly distributing a few prizes, almost raffle-like to those who participate.

Oh look! This comment will go anon. XDDDDD
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: omgsqueela_kalaka on January 3rd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
well, I'm not particular about the mode for the contest, I love both ideas 8D

(yeah, i'm not being useful, sorry x_D)
Cairnsycairnsy on January 4th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Just a thought on the first option in the poll - it's something that's really rather difficult to do if the person/people running it don't have a huge amount of time and patience, not to mention a whole lot of pinch hitters stashed away in their back pocket for when the due date comes and a 1/4 of the entries haven't come in yet ^_^. General contests are a lot more low key to run, because if people don't get a fic in on time the only one missing out is the writer.

I think it would be a lot of fun to have a themed contest where different pairings/characters all had equal footing, although when you open it up to all pairings then voting is generally a poor way to select winners because more popular pairings/characters are simply more likely to get read in the first place. I say this as someone who doesn't read pairings outside her own area of interest and therefore totally guilty of this charge!

/random thoughts for the day.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 4th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)

I think it would be a lot of fun to have a themed contest where different pairings/characters all had equal footing, although when you open it up to all pairings then voting is generally a poor way to select winners because more popular pairings/characters are simply more likely to get read in the first place

That's a very good point and one that had already occurred to me. I was thinking if there's a fic contest it may be better to have it judged by a trio of writers and MAYBE also have a popularity poll. I'm still leaning on focusing on fic because of the Love and Food contest we did last summer was all art. Just wanted to give the writers a time up at bat. Although a share contest could very easily involve fanarts and fic both.

Yes.... getting back ups is the one thing I'm worried about over that option... maybe we can save that sort of contest for later in the year....
manonlechat: Ulquiorra_ships_TeamEdwardmanonlechat on January 4th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Just a thought on the first option in the poll - it's something that's really rather difficult to do if the person/people running it don't have a huge amount of time and patience, not to mention a whole lot of pinch hitters stashed away in their back pocket for when the due date comes and a 1/4 of the entries haven't come in yet ^_^.

Seconding this comment.

I love fic exchanges (I've organized a few and participated in many more) but you do have to expect and plan that not everyone will make their commitment (I've been guilty of this myself). Line up your pinch hitters early (I ask for volunteers at the same time as sign ups).
Have Fun Storming the Castle!annieroo2 on January 4th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
You always do the best stuff here I think whatever you decide will be great! :D
amorous seizures: bkeach\\shinji shindigsickletongue on January 5th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I voted. But no matter what goes down here, I'm definitely in. I already owe fic all over town, but I can't help being greedy for more. ;D *excited*
Adam Eppadam_epp on January 7th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I voted for (surprise) having a contest with prizes. Breaking up and making up? That sounds like IchiRuki and I haven't done that in a while. Yet I already have a very incomplete IshiHime (I started about four of those for the last contest and only finished one) that already fits that theme. Having a contest would give me some motivation to finish that one story...and this sort of sounds like I'm bribing you to have a contest, uhh...