[sticky entry] Sticky: Welcome

Nov. 17th, 2011 09:37 pm
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[personal profile] cesy
Just to clarify, since apparently there's recently been some confusion: This is an entirely unofficial community for chat about Yuletide. Official communities can be found at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin (or here at [syndicated profile] yuletide_admin_feed) and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide (or here at [syndicated profile] yuletide_feed). We love Yuletide and wanted a space to chat about it and rec fics on Dreamwidth.

If you'd like to help mod, just let us know. [personal profile] astolat or [personal profile] elynross, if you see this and would like ownership of the comm, just let us know and we'll happily hand it over. Thank you for creating a brilliant challenge!


Nov. 4th, 2014 12:34 pm
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[personal profile] existence
Yuleswaps are open for sign up! Over here!
graycardinal: Yuletide warning flag (Yuletide Crossing)
[personal profile] graycardinal

DISCLAIMER: I Am Not A Mod™, so the following should not be construed as official advice; all opinions expressed are entirely my own. I posted the original version of this guide last year, and had meant to get this up a bit earlier this time around.  All comments and suggestions are very welcome, and will be considered when next year's iteration is drafted.

The first thing to remember is that the Signup Summary is mostly accurate, but not entirely accurate.  Specifically, the code that generates the Signup Summary doesn't see (and therefore doesn't tally) fandoms included in the Optional Tags section of a "bucket list" offer. It does see all requests, and sees all offers included in the main Fandom field of an offer slot, whether that slot is used for a "bucket list" or not.

[NOTE: A bucket list is an offer slot featuring multiple fandoms in which you've offered "Any" characters; you add the extra fandoms to the Optional Tags section. Details about this process are documented elsewhere.]

It's important to note that the "bucket list bug" is an AO3 code issue, and is not a matter over which the Yuletide mods have control. Any challenge or exchange that produces a Signup Summary will experience the same issue. It does NOT affect the actual matching process. The code that does the matching sees all and knows all; it recognizes and accounts for bucket list offers.

What this means, generally:

If a fandom is listed in the Signup Summary, its actual number of offers may be higher than that listed. Specifically, a fandom listed with 0 offers may in fact have 1 or more offers in bucket lists. OTOH, the listing may also be correct as reported.

Essentially, the result is that all those (x/0) fandoms that look unmatchable may actually have a potential match or matches lurking in the bucket lists, and many (x/1) fandoms may be more matchable than they look....but there's no way for most participants to tell for sure.

Suggestions for building or editing bucket lists:

Use a bucket list only if you're actually offering more than ten (10) fandoms.  This ensures that the lowest possible number of offered fandoms is affected by the bucket list bug.

If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to include in a bucket list, consider choosing fandoms with the fewest characters nominated.  Fandoms with larger character sets may benefit more from being visible.

If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to move into or out of a bucket list, check the Signup Summary first.  Fandoms with many other offers will suffer least from having one offer moved into a bucket list, while fandoms with few or no offers will benefit most from having an offer moved out of a bucket list.

If you made a bucket list offer:

With respect to the fandoms in your own signup, you have a slight advantage in reading the Signup Summary. For example:

If you offered Agents of H.Y.D.R.A. in your bucket list, and it's showing up as (3/0) -- that is, three requests, no offers -- in the Signup Summary, you know that there are requests out there for it and that you can be matched to at least two of them (or all three, if none of the requests is yours).

If Agents of H.Y.D.R.A.is sitting at (1/1) in the SS and you know (a) the request was yours, and (b) you made a bucket list offer for it, you are also slightly ahead of the game. Because you know that the offer reported in the SS isn't actually yours, you know it's a potential match.

By contrast, someone who requested and offered Agents of Y.U.L.E.T.I.D.E. -- but didn't use a bucket list -- will look at its (1/1) Signup Summary listing and think "unmatchable", not knowing that you also offered Agents of Y.U.L.E.T.I.D.E.in your bucket list.

Should you edit your signup as we approach the last-minute stage?

That depends.

Three things you should NOT do:

• Don't simply delete a bucket list offer. The matching process needs those offers.
• Don't delete a request you want desperately, just because it looks unmatchable in the SS.
• Don't blame the mods for this problem; as noted above, it's an AO3 coding issue.

Two things you probably should do:

If you made a bucket list offer, but still have available offer slots (remember, you have as many as 10), you should consider moving as many offers as you can out of the bucket list and into those available slots. This will make the Signup Summary more accurate.

If you have available offer slots, bucket or otherwise, take a few minutes to cruise the long list of (x/0) and (x/1) fandoms in the Signup Summary. Invisible bucket offers notwithstanding, many of those listings are most likely accurate, and if there's a fandom among them you can offer, making that offer will (a) help the matching process, and (b) give someone a better chance of receiving a story they really, really want.

Three things you might consider as the clock ticks toward the last minute:

If all of your fandoms look unmatchable on the Signup Summary as the signup deadline nears, you might want to modify your requests (and/or offers). Remember that you have as many as 6 requests and 10 offers, so you may be able to add one or two without deleting existing entries.

If you've made offers for fandoms not on the Signup Summary -- that is, for entirely unrequested fandoms -- you might consider deleting those offers. This is very much a judgment call. The mods have indicated that offers for unrequested fandoms tend to slow the matching process; OTOH, it's entirely possible for a last-minute signup to include unrequested fandoms, so that the offer you thought wasn't matchable might actually "go live" just as signups end.

If you have time and interest in doing so, consider sending a polite note to AO3's Support team, encouraging them to address the bucket list bug as they continue to improve the archive's underlying code engine.  (The squeakiest wheels are the ones that tend to be greased soonest...but the cyber-elves tend to do their best work for the customers that feed them cookies as opposed to the ones that just shout the loudest.)

This has been your Muppet News Reporter, now signing off....
existence: from twb-webcomic.com: "dear santa, I am glad to report that no one was killed outright this year..." (to the 40-watt lightbulb in the manger)
[personal profile] existence
Hey! We're startin' up Candy/Book/Drink Swap sometime soon! Don't want anyone to miss it who wants to participate! Post explaining the current details here!

Exclamation point!
nikkiscarlet: A man stands looking at the sky.  Directly above his head, two clouds form a perfect question mark. (?)
[personal profile] nikkiscarlet
I love Yuletide and am planning to participate again this year, but a lot of my favourite small fandoms have begun to edge into too-big-for-Yuletide territory. Do any of you know of any small-to-medium-sized fandom fic exchanges that happen around the same time as Yuletide? I'd love to participate in both simultaneously, if something like that exists. :3 I've done some googling, and have also checked the alt challenges tag on the LJ comm, but everything I saw there was either very specific to particular kinds of fandoms, or wasn't running during the Yuletide season, or both. Work and school demands over the past few years have kept me a little more out of touch with fandom than I'd like, so I'm not really up on the popular challenges and exchanges that are available. Any suggestions would be wonderful! <3
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter
Over on LJ someone started a brainstorming post for "what we like about the ficathon/what could be improved." The idea is that we get the rules and procedures ironed out ahead of time so that the mods don't have to be making controversial rulings on the fly and under the gun.

Today is July 1st. Summer (I think it's summer for most of us) tends to fly past. It will be Yuletide before before we know it. Maybe it's a good time to sort out the real problems from the perceived problems, and to figure out what worked and what didn't work last year?
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[personal profile] bobcatmoran
I haven't checked LJ in ages, so I didn't know about this until now, but apparently the stories on the old Yuletide archive are FINALLY, for really, going to be transferred to AO3. Check out [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin for details. Of special note is that if you already manually transferred your old stories, and you want to keep the comments from the old archive, you'll have to get in touch with Open Doors.
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[personal profile] jjhunter
I've gotten somewhat confused about where yay recs and where nay recs this time around. Clarification much appreciated!
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My assigned person requested a character that has no fic on the archive (and as far as I can tell no fic anywhere).  Awesome!  That's what Yuletide's for.  My question is one of technicalities.  S/he spelled the name wrong.  Do I contact the tag mods and ask them to change it?  Do I ignore it, and tag the character correctly when I post my fic? 
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[personal profile] cathalin
After massive last minute dithering, I've updated my Dear Yuletide Writer post, as I ended up not being able to stand leaving out the video I kept trying to decide whether to nominate, the music video for Give Me Love.

My newly-revised very lengthy letter is HERE if anyone is interested.

Ack, it's too hard to know what fandoms to request and offer! <3

and EEEEEE now the waiting for an assignment begins...
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[personal profile] jjhunter
As people finalize their requests and offers, please feel encouraged to use the comments here to signal boost fandoms that may otherwise be overlooked. (You can see the current summary of offers & requests here, and the tagset of possible (i.e. nominated) fandoms here; information about how & where to sign up here.)
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[personal profile] velvetmouse
This is your 23.5 hour warning for signups, which will close at 6pm EDT on Monday 14th Oct. (What time is that for me? and a countdown.)

You can signup on the Yuletide 2013 collection page.

You can view the current signup summary HERE. But please remember that bucket lists (the signups of more than 10 that people offer, which get listed all in one offer slot) do NOT show up on this summary (sadly, it's a function of the way the code is). So some of the things that are currently showing up with requests but no offers, might actually have offers.

However, if none of your OFFERS are showing up on the page, it is because no one has requested them. As we get closer to the deadline, please keep an eye on this - you can't be matched if no one is requesting what you are offering...
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[personal profile] velvetmouse

Please make sure to check the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin post (linked above) for more details about sign-ups, including some fandom specific information.

Sign-ups will be open until 14th October, 6pm (18:00) (What time is that for me? And here is a countdown.)

There is also now a Yuletide tumblr, which will repost/link Yuletide-Admin comm major announcements.
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[personal profile] graycardinal
A brief flurry of activity from the new mods over at both [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, with a new schedule and a (now in flux) new set of nomination protocols in admin, and a new fandom-promotion post in the member comm.

FWIW, I am not particularly up in arms over the now-in-review (and I suspect almost certain to be dropped) proposal to require seconding of nominations; I think this was a classic example of getting so excited by the perceived technical advantages that the philosophical implications were totally overlooked. [I am also mildly amused, because I more or less predicted the 'tag bloat" phenomenon two years ago when the nomination process was first tightened....]
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[personal profile] velvetmouse
For those who don't regularly follow the LJ [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin comm, there is a new post up that you might want to take a look at. [personal profile] elynross, in a fit of sanity, is stepping back from the day-to-day modding of Yuletide. Taking over for her, and working with astolat, will be an awesome team of folks.

Is it Yuletide yet?? :D
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[personal profile] evil_plotbunny
A Kids' and YA Book Fic Exchange

The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels. The FAQ can be found on the fic_corner on Dreamwidth or fic_corner on LiveJournal comms. Information will also be posted to Fic-corner on tumblr

The Exchange at Fic Corner 2013 Schedule
July 6th - Comm Opens for Brainstorming
July 12th - 21th - Nominations
July 22nd - 29th - Sign-Ups
July 31st - Assignments Sent Out
September 22nd - Deadline for Stories
September 29th - Collection Goes Live
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Run-off round for the top two titles and a few I liked from the comments. This second poll will last until Tuesday morning when I will make a decision and a Comm.
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It's early days yet but I'm planning on running a kids'/YA book fic exchange this August and I've got a poll up on my Dreamwidth to gauge interest and hopefully choose a name.

The current plan involves nominations in mid-July, assignments by the beginning of August and reveal in early September. It will be open to all books or stories published for children or Young Adults (including republished adult titles and audio only books & stories), with no limits on original language or popularity.

Expect a pretty banner and comm links once this thing has a name.
velvetmouse: (yuletide yet)
[personal profile] velvetmouse
short version, #yuletide is moving to irc.slashnet.org

long version can be found in Elyn's post to the yuletide admin comm on LJ.
velvetmouse: (yuletide yet)
[personal profile] velvetmouse
for those who hang about in #yuletide, we learned today that sff.net is closing down their IRC servers for good on June 15th.

There's a post here on the LJ YT comm about it. More info will be posted here when a new home is decided upon...
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[personal profile] amaresu
A number of people mentioned in the previous post that one of the reasons they don't write New Year Resolutions is because they are unsure if anyone wants to read that fic anymore. Which is fair. So, in the comments to this post share your favorite unused prompt. The prompt you saw while going through Yulegoat letters and was terribly sad to never see written.

Put the fandom name in the subject line and the prompt in the body of the text with the name of the person who requested it. Feel free to add reasons why you like this prompt. Feel free to submit multiple prompts in separate comments. Then go through and see if anyone was desperately wanting something you want to write.

Prompts can be found at the AO3 or one long list here.
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