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2016 Yule Fic Exchange: Questions post

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Please post any questions about the exchange to THIS post, as comments are screened on the sign-up post


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Nov. 3rd, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
Could I ask what the due date for the fics is, and also that this due date be explicitly stated in the rules post? I asked about the due date last year and never got an answer, and then I still had mods PMing me because my fic wasn't up by the deadline I was never told about . . . It just seems to me it would be a lot easier to give everyone the essential info in advance, in an easy-to-find place. Thanks!
Nov. 4th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
The stories go live on Dec. 31, so I guess the deadline is the day before. But we do have check-in dates to make sure everyone is on track, since there are usually a few who wait till the last second to write their story. (I know that's not you, since you are experienced with our exchanges.)

But you are right, I should mention that in the rules, and so I will.
Nov. 4th, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Nov. 4th, 2016 06:31 am (UTC)
Whoops, I have another date clarification question. The sign-up post says:

"All comments will be screened. Sign-ups will remain open until Wednesday, November 18.

When the sign-up period is ended, a new post will be made; only the requests will be posted. You will then post a comment to the request you wish to write, as well as for your second choice. State clearly which is first or second choice. Sign-ups will be open until Saturday, November 12."

There seems to be a slight mix-up in the dates. :) (Also, November 18th is a Friday.) Could we just get a quick clarification on when requests have to be submitted by and when the claim period ends? Thanks!
Nov. 6th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to seem impatient, but could we at least get a clarification on when this stage of sign-ups ends (Nov. 12, Wednesday Nov. 16, or Nov. 18)? Thanks!
Nov. 6th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
November 21st; it was a typo.

I was signed out of the mods account, and then had to work today. I will edit the original post soon.
Nov. 6th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I just fixed it, Dreamflower.

(This is Dawn, btw. :)
Nov. 6th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dawn! Though I wonder now if the original post was supposed to say that this stage of sign-ups ends on the 18th and claiming runs from the 18th to the 21st?

It's a little confusing because the close of sign-ups is used to mean two different things in the entry (if you look at the paragraphs that I quoted above). Both sentences now say the 21st.

(I don't mind either way, as long as it's clear. Unless there are further corrections, I'll assume that stage one ends on the 21st as it now says, and that prompt claiming will happen sometime after that.)
Nov. 6th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
You're right! Ack! I wondered why the close of sign-ups were listed in two consecutive sentences. Reading is fundamental!

Dreamflower, can you just go check my work? I'm going to go fix the post. Again. *sighs at self*

Thanks, L'Ignota!
Nov. 6th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Okay! I think I'm finally clear on this now. Thanks again.
Nov. 17th, 2016 03:28 am (UTC)
Dawn or Dreamflower, hi. This is what the post still says:
All comments will be screened. Sign-ups will remain open until
Friday, November 18.

When the sign-up period is ended, a new post will be made; only the requests will be posted. You will then post a comment to the request you wish to write, as well as for your second choice. State clearly which is first or second choice. Sign-ups will be open until Monday, November 21.

I am confused as according to this thread the post was fixed? When do sign ups close? Friday? Or are these two separate things and I'm missing the point? (would not be the first time)

Edited at 2016-11-17 03:29 am (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
I've extended sign-ups to the 21, and then claiming sign-ups will begin, ending on Sunday 27.

I hope this is all right now. Originally claiming sign-ups would begin on the 21st and prompt sign-ups end on the 18th.

I did think I'd changed it back when I said. I guess I forgot to hit "save changes". *sigh*
Nov. 17th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ahhh. Yes, that one little word 'claiming' makes all the difference, lol. That works fine. I thought it might be what was meant but it seemed an unusually short time for claims so I wasn't sure. (I take a special interest in when claiming begins because with a seven hour time difference, I either stay up late or get up very early otherwise half the choices are gone before I find the list)
Nov. 4th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
Two questions:

1. I'm not clear on when the prompt claiming will occur-- Nov. 18? A day later?

2. Would it be possible to have a link to a Dear Author Letter listed in the email to our recipient?
Nov. 4th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
Some times you have one of those days where dates are mixed up, we will get back at this as soon when we have the time table sorted out.

The Dear Letter request: what purpose would it serve to you. We try to keep the requests as general as possible, as stated here:

Suggestions for your requests

While you certainly want to request the sort of story you want to read, try to be as general as possible. A request that reads more like a story summary is less likely to be chosen:

"I want a Fellowship story in which they are attacked by ruffians and the hobbits are trapped in a tree by wargs and Gimli is injured." may be too specific, and people may feel trapped by the request.

Being more general is better. Indicate the tone of story you would like. For instance:
"I would like an exciting Quest adventure with the Fellowship; Gimli hurt/comfort would be welcome."

"I would like dwarves. The story can have drama but needs an up-beat ending."

"I would like an angsty hurt/comfort story about Maglor."

What you would like to receive should be in the request itself. A 'dear author' could defeat the purpose of not limiting a writer and we do want to avoid that.

Edited at 2016-11-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
The rules for the exchange say: "[After receiving your recipient's name] You may then check your recipient's own stories and so forth to get an idea of what she likes."

Dear Author letters put that information in one location so there is no guessing or detective work involved. They list likes and dislikes that are too extensive to put in a prompt. (Letters for exchanges that are matched based on characters and/or relationships often list prompts. This isn't needed for this exchange and expanding on the prompt given would be rude at best given the rules.) Most people-- I can't generalize, of course-- want to write something that will make their recipient happy and avoid things they dislike. Having something easily available for the writer of what things to avoid is, in my experience, extremely helpful.
Nov. 4th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
People can always check the archive(s) where the assigned author posts at to see what she likes or writes. At MPTT you can check both the story list of an author and reviews to see what they like. You can't call that detective work to be honest. A quick look t the archive will already be quite telling. What makes this exchange so great is that people will claim prompts: not knowing who is behind it initially. That is very different from exchanges where pairings and genre writing should be matched to an author. Also usually those preferences are already required in the request people can write for, in single fandoms Dear author posts are hardly used in that respect.

Also making listings of likes and dislikes in a 'dear author post' will limit some authors, pointing them to such entries can work disencouraging to them. We hope that you can understand that as well: others need that freedom and free reign, others can always check an author profile to see what they love to write and read about.
Nov. 4th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm moving this over to email so I can quote some things discussed via email earlier this year.

Two things specific to this comment first, though: I've participated in single-fandom, book-based exchanges before, both Tolkien and non. Letters in such cases are useful for pointing what parts of canon someone loves (themes, characters, etc.) and things in canon to avoid that may not be obvious at a glance through someone's profile and story listing.

That is very different from exchanges where pairings and genre writing should be matched to an author.

I honestly don't see a difference between the Yule exchange and other exchanges save that the person picks out a prompt versus choosing to write a specific character or relationship. Fix exchanges are in my experience universally blind matching; people don't know who they're writing for until the assignments are emailed out.
Nov. 6th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the Dear Author letter post. Seeing it made my morning.
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