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Nikki ([personal profile] shanaqui) wrote in [community profile] relevant_productivity2010-03-30 05:58 pm
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[mod post] Guidelines & FAQs!

What posts are allowed here?

Anything related to writing productivity. Here is a list I made earlier of possible posts:

» Hi, I'm new.
» Help, help, my story sucks and I want to die!
» Here, look at this shiny thing I found.
» This is what I've taken on and the timescale I have to complete it.
» Poke me until I do [x].
» HEE I DID AN AWESOME THING.
» Look! It's finished and posted [here]!
» Heeeere beta beta beta?
» I want a word war!
» Anything else relevant (hee, hee).

How about original work?

Yep, that's welcome! If you have a deadline to hit, we want to help. The language in our posts is primarily aimed at fandom, but all the writing tips and tools are universal.

You said tagging was important.

I'm getting there! We've set up a set of tags for content. Taking the above list, I will list tags I suggest you use in bold.

» Hi, I'm new.
#intro post
» Help, help, my story sucks and I want to die!
content: help, content: argh
» Here, look at this shiny thing I found.
content: tools, #useful links
» This is what I've taken on and the timescale I have to complete it.
content: to do
» Poke me until I do [x].
content: help!, content: argh
» HEE I DID AN AWESOME THING.
content: achievement
» Look! It's finished and posted [here]!
content: promo
» Heeeere beta beta beta?
content: help!, beta: request
» I want a word war!
comm: word war

That should give you an idea of what we were thinking of when we created the tags. Now, posts can cover a lot of ground, so use as many tags as are relevant. You should also use a fandom tag, a tag denoting what kind of member you are (or what hat you've got on today) and what fest you're talking about. There are other tags that may be relevant -- for example, if you want to offer your services as a beta for a particular challenge, then tag your post "members: betas, beta: offer, fest: spn_j2_bigbang, fandom: supernatural".

What about subject lines, then?

You should format them as "[category] Title that is somewhat descriptive of post". So, for example, "[argh] I hate this fic and I want to die".

This is the full list of categories:

[mod post]
[intro]
[help!]
[to do]
[tools]
[achievement]
[promo]
[argh]
[word war]
[suggestions]

If you think we need a new category, let us know. We are definitely open to negotiation.


What should I put in my intro post?

Whatever you think is relevant, but here is an optional form to prompt you a little. First, a fandom-ish one!

Name:
Writing journal: (if you have one)
Main fandoms:
Favourite characters/pairings:
Favourite writing tool:

Now a non-fandom one. You can mix and match the two, too, if that's what you want -- people cross over, or think different things are important. These are suggestions.

Name:
Writing journal: (if you have one)
Genres:
Types: (e.g. novel, play, microfictions)
Favourite writing tool:

You might also tell us about approaching deadlines, what triggered your horrible addiction to signing up to challenges, what you're here for... anything you feel is relevant.

Why do you like the word relevant so much?

This question is irrelevant.

What other awesome things do you offer?

When you've finished a fic commitment, you can put a request in the big pool here. We're not guaranteeing that someone will get to it, but you can't say fairer than something that's free. You may link your comment in your achievement post so people know you've requested something.

We will also run Word Wars, hopefully regularly, but certainly when either of the mods is stepping on a deadline.

What is a word war?

Usually, people set a time, and a time limit, and then try to write as much as possible in that time. There are other ways to set it up, and if you request a word war with other users, you can set it up as you wish.

I totally skimmed all that.

Me, too. Quick run through: each post should have a subject line, formatted with one of the categories listed above. You should tag it based on fandom, content, the fest/s you're involved in, if any, and what kind of member you are.

I want to suggest something for the comm!

That's what the suggestions category and tag are for. Go forth! If you want to make sure we see it, leave a comment here.