All right, consider this your signal that you can officially start pimping out tanzaku
. Sign-ups for the challenge won't be starting until May/June'ish, but I am interested in recruiting people who are interested in helping figure out all of the logistics of the fic exchange beforehand. In a week or so I'll also be announcing some volunteer opportunities to become an official staff member — most likely, 2 other admin positions and at least 3 mod positions will be available.
Before we proceed, let me explain a little bit more about the structure we have here.
Unlike Yuletide, where the site is now really only the place where sign-ups happen (and even that will be disappearing in the future), I really wanted a site that's kind of like a central hub of information. In the past couple of years, some of fandom has moved from LJ to DW or other places, so I want to make sure that everyone has equal access to a place that contains the most important information related to the exchange. It also has some other nifty features
As you can probably guess, this is the Tanabata counterpart of yuletide_admin
; only the admins have posting access, and only the most important announcements will be posted here (and cross-posted to the site). If nothing else, you should add this one to your Watch list, and you'll be kept up-to-date of important happenings.
This is the main LJ community; the Tanabata counterpart of yuletide
. It's the only one of our LJ comms where everyone has posting access. You can engage in discussions, ask questions, organize brainstorming sessions, find the other people in your fandom... whatever. From now until the process is actually going to kick into full gear in mid-April, this is where I'll periodically be posting ideas and things I'd like feedback on as we work out the logistics of the exchange.
Just FYI, if you're wondering what's up with the name — yes, it's a little inconsistent with all the other Tanabata names. Unfortunately tanabata
are both taken. I'm trying to see if I can get in touch with either of those people to see if they'd be willing to give up their usernames, at which point I'd use a rename token to rename this account. (Tanzaku, by the way, are the paper strips hung on trees during Tanabata to make wishes.)
I'm not 100% sure how this will be used yet, because overall an e-mail list is probably still most effective for taking care of pinch hits. However, one of the reasons the Yuletide pinch hit e-mail list is effective is because it's been around for years and has thousands of people signed up for it. I don't know if our list is going to be that big, and therefore whether pinch hits will be able to be filled as fast. As such, we might cross-post both to the comm and the e-mail list. At the very least most likely we'll post announcements there when a big wave of pinch hits is about to go out, along the lines of, "Open your e-mail inbox and get ready. A set of 20 pinch hits is going out in 15 minutes." — so people get a little bit of advance warning.
This is kind of like a hybrid combination of the pinch hit system, the once-yearly beta sign-up post in Yuletide, and the hippo system in Yulechat. There'll be a once-yearly sign-up for general
beta services (spelling, grammar, etc.), and then anonymous calls for fandom-specific betas. This is in part because I don't know if we're going to have a Tanabata chatroom like Yulechat for Yuletide where a hippo system can evolve. (Basically, there has to be a demand for the chatroom and because this is the first year, I have no idea if that demand is going to be there.)
I'm not sure if we're going to use this at all, but it'll be there if we decide we do have a use for it.
We probably won't use this very much until things kick into full gear in April, but once we do use it, we'll be posting announcements there, and reminders of things like "The sign-up deadline is in 1 hour!" etc. We might also use this to answer general support questions.
If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ
, the other posts here in tanzaku
, or comment below.