morbane: woman sprawled on bed next to vinyl record, text "jukebox" (headphones)
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Hello! It is not quite Jukebox time again, but nearly!

Schedule
This is what I'm thinking for Jukebox's 2016 schedule.

Brainstorming post: before 15 March
Nominations: 18-26 March
Sign-ups: 28 March to 6 April
Assignments due: Sat 28 May
Works go live: Sat 4 June
Creators are revealed: Wed 8 June

Unless people point out significant problems with these dates, I don't plan to adjust any of them by more than a day in the final schedule. (For example, I may make go-live 3 June rather than 4 June.) These dates are mostly geared to my public holiday schedule, allowing me to put together the table of songs over Easter weekend, and to read works over Queen's Birthday Weekend. I realise that some periods of participant activity overlap religious dates - please let me know if you think that the overlap isn't workable.

Structure of requests & types of media
Art and podfic seemed to go pretty well last year, and did not cause any additional difficulty for pinch hits. Because of this, I am inclined to relax the rules about media in your offers and requests. You can request or offer whatever combination you want. If you want to request only podfic, you can. If you want to request only art, you can. I suspect that many participants willl want to continue asking for & offering fic only. That's fine too.

I don't plan to include vids.

More about podfic
My rules for podfic were complicated last year. Hagar_972, in particular, persuaded me that instead of my previous system, which went:

-Sign up offering (or requesting) "No Fandom"
-Create (or request) a podfic out of the existing pool of song-based fic with appropriate permissions, possibly to a theme suggested by the recipient

it would make more sense for a podfic gift to consist of 1 new story, in both written and podficced form, so that you would request and offer it as follows:

-Sign up offering songs or music videos from the tag set, and the freeform tag "podfic"
-Create (either by yourself or as part of a team) a story for that song or music video, with a minimum of 500 words, both written and recorded. (The minimum length for a fic-only gift would still be 1,000 words.)
-A writing/podficcing team counts as one participant, in the sense that such a team would receive one gift, not one per person.

Would you all prefer that? AND, if we switched to that, for podfic, should I keep the no-fandom version from last year's rules? I'm inclined to ditch it - for matching, anyway; you could still indicate in your prompts/letter that you'd be open to a podfic of an existing story as a gift.

Visibility of requests
More and more exchanges are making requests visible from the moment you sign up. I am tempted to do this for Jukebox - especially since it could be very useful to know which media people are requesting for their songs & music videos. How do people feel about that?



Please let me know any thoughts you have, or just let me know if what I have written isn't clear. You don't have to have participated before to have a say - though of course I'm very glad to hear from previous participants.
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
[personal profile] morbane
Hi!

Since you have had your assignment for a week, it is faintly possible a post about posting to the collection is relevant. (I meant to write this post earlier, but got distracted by another exchange.)

To post a story to the collection, go to http://archiveofourown.org/collections/Jukebox2014 and click the Post to Collection button just under the title. If the story is your assignment, you can tick the box under Associations that says, "Does this fulfil a challenge assignment?" where your assignment(s) should be listed. Otherwise, you can enter the name of your recipient manually in the box underneath that says "Gift this work to: ______" A failsafe way to do this is to copy it from the list of names in the collection profile.

If you are fulfilling your assignment, there are several other ways to post your fic correctly. You can go to the collection, click on "My Assignment" on the left menu, and then click "Fulfil" at the top of that screen. Or you can click to "Fulfil" it through the "My Assignments" area of your personal page on AO3.

Treats and main assignments all go in the same collection. Your main assignment must be 1,000 words or longer. Treats can be any length. You can tag your treats "treat" if you want, or not if you don't want to. If you post a treat for someone, and the original writer defaults, I will check to make sure you're OK with your treat becoming your recipient's main gift.


Another housekeeping point: most exchanges have a default and banning policy, so here's mine. (There was none last year. No one was banned.) You cannot participate in Jukebox 2015 if you have failed to complete both of the following two criteria: posting a fic by the deadline, and commenting on the gift you receive. So if something chaotic happens to you around deadline - but you manage to come back and comment on your gift in the intervening year - then you're welcome to participate again, with no questions asked. If you complete a work but don't comment on what you received - well, I don't think it's very good manners, but I've never seen anyone successfully enforce commenting on gifts, so I'm not going to try either. Hope that's clear. I'll post a more concise version in the FAQ.

I will not grant any extensions. If your assignment is not complete at deadline, it goes to pinch hit. However, you're still welcome to post your work before the collection goes live. If your recipient gets two gifts that way, yay for them.

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