Q: Can I sign up for an account on the website yet?A: If you've taken a look at the website, you probably noticed that it's running on a CMS, and that you can sign up for an account. Yes, you can go ahead and do so if you want, though it doesn't allow you to do much of anything yet. Signing up for an account does NOT mean you are signed up to participate. It just means you have an account on our website, that's all. However, we'll be sure to send an e-mail out to all the registered users to let them know once we get close to doing fandom nominations and participant sign-ups. So, if you're not going to be following the LJ comms, registering an account is a good way to make sure you stay in the loop.
Just FYI, expect your account username to be your participant username, but it does NOT have to be the same as your AO3 username (if you have one) or one of your pseuds.
Q: What kind of things are going to be on the site?A: If you check out the post here, you'll see that stories are going to be on the AO3, but I am not yet completely decided as to whether sign-ups are going to be on the site or on AO3. Aside from that, however, as I mentioned before, I want us to have a central hub and information repository that's a little more useful than the Yuletide site is now.
Here are some cool things on the site already:
- You can register for an account, independent from signing up to participate in the exchange, and all your user information is stored in a database. WHAT THIS MEANS is that unlike on the old Yuletide site, when you had to e-mail one of the admins every time you want to change your e-mail address or website address and they had to do it for you, you can now make those changes yourself.
- There's the beginnings of an FAQ, which, because it has a CMS as a back-end, is a lot easier to update and organize.
- There's a calendar with the important dates that's very visible on every page, and it automatically includes a countdown to the next important date, translated into your timezone if you're a registered user and logged in.
- It integrates all recent updates from our official Twitter.
- Important announcements posted to the front page of the site are cross-posted to tanabata_admin, and have their own RSS feed.
- Users can e-mail support questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and all those e-mails are downloaded into a support ticketing system. This will allow the admins and mods to easily keep track of which e-mails have already been responded to, and assign e-mails to each other to respond to based on levels of expertise concerning the query. This is almost done, just working out a few kinks.
- Registered users can add their Twitter account when they edit their profile, and the official Tanabata Twitter account will auto-follow your account.
- If we do sign-ups on the site, we'll store all submissions in a MySQL database. Among other things, that'll make it possible to edit your sign-up stuff without redoing the entire thing.
- If we do sign-ups on the site, there will be a question asking you to post the link to your Dear Writer post, and a checkbox saying "Make my requests and Dear Writer link visible before Madness". Everyone who checks that box will have their requests posted on the site, organized by fandom, and linking to their Dear Writer letter if they have one, kind of similar to Yuletide Madness. The benefit of this is that it'll eliminate the need for this and this and such large and somewhat unwieldy projects.
- Every fandom will have its own page where participants can compile lists of websites and Youtube links etc. that might be helpful for someone picking up a new fandom or needing to refresh themselves on the canon.
- Related to the above, a 'Random Fandom' feature, mostly for people who are bored over the summer and interested in picking up something new.
If you think of other things that would be useful to have on the site, please don't hesitate to let us know.