Q: What fandoms will/won't be eligible for Tanabata? What are the criteria?A: The focus of this exchange is still supposed to be on small/obscure fandoms, but I do want to revisit the definition of a "small fandom". I'm still working this out, and I am by no means settled on an exact definition, but here's what I'm thinking so far:
- Anything that has over 1000 fanfics on FanFiction.Net will be ineligible; HOWEVER:
- Amnesty will be granted to fandoms whose official run ended at least 10 years ago (in the country of origin), if it can be proven that there is little significant fandom activity (eg. few active communities and forums) and that the fanfics being produced in that fandom are only drabble-length and/or lack quality, originality and diversity
- Members of a franchise will be considered as separate fandoms as long as they have a significantly different set of characters and/or a widely divergent plot
- There will be no provision of, "We'll allow this fandom for a year because it's new." IMO Glee should not have been eligible for Yuletide, and FFXIII, for example, won't be eligible for Tanabata.
- FanFiction.Net story counts will only be considered as a base guideline, and eligibility/ineligibility will also be determined based on other factors such as active LJ/DW communities and forums.
If you want to see some specific names...
In the Anime/Manga category, these fandoms would be ineligibleFandoms possibly eligible for the 10-year amnesty rule are italicized
Dragon Ball Z (if you don't count Dragon Ball Kai)
Card Captor Sakura
Yu Yu Hakusho
Prince of Tennis
Ouran High School Host Club
Hetalia - Axis Powers
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
D N Angel
Tokyo Mew Mew
Detective Conan/Case Closed
Yami no Matsuei
Kyou Kara Maou
Magic Knight Rayearth
Hunter X Hunter
Hikaru no Go
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Witch Hunter Robin
Flame of Recca
Haruhi Suzumiya series
The video game list is a little more complicated because a lot of the games in FFN's video game category are franchised, when we wouldn't necessarily franchise them unless the majority of their characters overlap.
Without going into too-specific discussions of specific fandoms (I'll set up a post for doing that later), let me know what you think of these rules and whether it's effective in defining small fandoms without precluding those that are old and may be small now. As I said, I am by no means settled on this, and am totally open to a better set of rules.
ETA: I just want to add that the purpose of this particular post is mostly to discuss the definition of 'small' fandoms, separate from 'obscure' fandoms. If there's an fandom that you know is obscure that meets the other criteria of our ficathon (basically, it was created in Japanese, Korean or Chinese, and/or its origins is in East Asia), it will definitely be eligible.