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"What fandoms will/won't be eligible for Tanabata?"

When we were first discussing foundtranslated, we were discussing how we want the criteria for fandom eligibility to be a little different from yuletide's.

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.
Basically, we're getting rid of Yuletide's franchise rule because some very small fandoms (eg. Final Fantasy Tactics) have gotten disqualified because of it. Unlike Yuletide, whose baseline rule is 500 fanfics on FFnet (according to their FAQ), we'll be increasing that to 1000 fics. (If you have concerns, just look at the fandoms in the 500-1000 fic range; most of them are older fandoms and many were actually part of Yuletide this year.) And, perhaps most importantly, we'll reevaluate fandoms that are more than 10 years old, because I think part of the reason why this discussion started was because Yuletide disqualified some fandoms that we felt hadn't been active in years.

If you want to see some specific names...

In the Anime/Manga category, these fandoms would be ineligible

Fandoms possibly eligible for the 10-year amnesty rule are italicized

Naruto
Inuyasha
Yu-Gi-Oh
Gundam Wing/AC
Bleach
Digimon
Dragon Ball Z (if you don't count Dragon Ball Kai)
Sailor Moon
Fullmetal Alchemist
Card Captor Sakura
Yu Yu Hakusho
Death Note
Beyblade
Prince of Tennis
Rurouni Kenshin
Fruits Basket
Ranma
Ouran High School Host Club
Shaman King
D.Gray-Man
One Piece
Saint Seiya
Gravitation
Weiss Kreuz
Gakuen Alice
Saiyuki
Gundam Seed
Evangelion
Hetalia - Axis Powers
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Hellsing
Fushigi Yuugi
Tsubasa Chronicle
Vampire Knight
Slayers
D N Angel
Yu-Gi-Oh GX
Tokyo Mew Mew
Shugo Chara!
Escaflowne
Detective Conan/Case Closed
Slam Dunk
Yami no Matsuei
Trigun
Cowboy Bebop
Kyou Kara Maou
Code Geass
Tenchi Muyo
Ronin Warriors
Mai HiME
X/1999
Loveless
Zoids
Get Backers
Love Hina
Soul Eater
xxxHOLiC
.hack//SIGN
Wolf's Rain
Eyeshield 21
Spirited Away
Magic Knight Rayearth
Hunter X Hunter
Hikaru no Go
Utena
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Chrno Crusade
Hamtaro
Blood+
Witch Hunter Robin
Kuroshitsuji
Flame of Recca
Haruhi Suzumiya series
Junjou Romantica


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.
Tags: ! mod post, fandom eligibility, faq
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