23 July 2017 @ 06:50 pm
New Mods and 2017 Schedule  
Hello, everyone! [personal profile] shopfront and I are joining [personal profile] samuraiteras co-mods for [community profile] femslashex, and we’re both very excited for this year’s round. The rules and schedule will be going up shortly, but here’s a shortlist of changes from previous rounds:

  • Schedule: The exchange will be running a few weeks earlier this year, with nominations starting July 26

  • Visible Requests: Requests will be visible during sign-ups. This will allow participants to check they are matchable if they want to request and offer only smaller fandoms, and also allow treaters to start writing sooner.

  • Default Penalty: There is a partial new mod amnesty for defaulters. Participants who defaulted after the deadline, defaulted after an extension, or submitted a placeholder in 2016 will continue to have to sit out this round before signing up again. Participants who have defaulted multiple years in a row will have to complete a treat from a previous year’s requests before signing up for this year’s round, or sit out a round, counting from 2016 onwards. That means that if you defaulted last year and it was a second default for you you can still participate this year. Anyone who defaulted last year and also defaults this year will need to complete a treat or sit out a year.

  • Exchange 101 and Tumblr: In last year’s wrap-up post, several people requested an “Exchange 101” post for people new to AO3 exchanges; that will be up within the week. More of a Tumblr presence was also suggested, and we’ll be more active on Tumblr this round. If you have any suggestions for tags to post to or communities to signal-boost Tumblr announcements, please let us know!

  • There was also some interest in adding vids as a medium this round, but as neither I nor [personal profile] shopfront have any vid exchange experience we are currently focusing on getting up to speed with how things currently run. . We’re both very excited to expand the mediums allowed in the exchange and hope to include vids from next year.

    An updated rules post will be up soon. That post will have the schedule as well, but here is the 2017 schedule:
    26 July-10 August: Nomination Period
    13-23 August:: Signups open
    26 August: Assignments will be sent out by this date
    7 October: Fanworks due
    13 October: Archive goes live (or as soon as everyone has a gift)
    21 October: Creators revealed
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gwenfrankenstien[personal profile] gwenfrankenstien on July 24th, 2017 01:23 am (UTC)
Do you have a list of people who defaulted last year/Am I on it? I believe that I did post my assignment but posted it after the deadline by mistake. I understand if I have to sit out this year because of that but I'd like to know if I'm allowed to play before nominations start.

It seems odd to me that people who defaulted twice are allowed back in but people who only defaulted last year are not, unless I'm misunderstanding the new rule.
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gwenfrankenstien[personal profile] gwenfrankenstien on July 24th, 2017 01:33 am (UTC)
On second thought, I may have been thinking of another year or another exchange? It still seems odd to me that people who defaulted last year can't do a treat and get back in, whether or not I'm one of them, though!
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withinadream[personal profile] withinadream on July 24th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC)
You defaulted at-deadline last year, so unfortunately you'll have to sit this round out. We hope to see you back in 2018!
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gwenfrankenstien[personal profile] gwenfrankenstien on July 24th, 2017 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I'll keep my eye out for pinch hits I guess :)
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withinadream[personal profile] withinadream on July 24th, 2017 02:44 am (UTC)
The full rules will hopefully be clearer, but the people with a one-year ban are those who no-show defaulted, i.e. didn't post their fic by the works deadline. Creators who defaulted before the works deadline last year will have no penalty, and the two-defaults penalty is also for creators who defaulted before the deadline.

As for you specifically, I'll check with the co-mods and we'll get back to you very soon! And thank you for asking, so I know what to clarify in the rules.
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sanguinity[personal profile] sanguinity on July 24th, 2017 05:37 am (UTC)
:: and hope to include vids from next year. ::

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x_dark_siren_x: Avengers - Nat; [personal profile] x_dark_siren_x on July 24th, 2017 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm really excited to see this fest again, it is definitely my favourite of the year. (Though I won't lie, last year's schedule suited me a lot better wrt balancing rl. I should still be able take part though - things just might be tighter, especially at deadline time lol - and I'm really looking forward to it. :))

Thanks for taking this fest on, guys!
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brithistorian[personal profile] brithistorian on July 24th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
Hi everyone, and thanks to the new mods for taking over this exchange.

If I could make one small suggestion? Please update the community bio with this year's dates, unstick last year's rules post, and make this post sticky until you get around to writing a new rules post - I almost didn't join because it looked like the community had shut down after the 2016 swap. If I hadn't noticed that the fine print in the profile said the group was updated hours ago, I wouldn't have scrolled down past the sticky note and I would have missed it, and then I'd be like :(
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Lunar: B&tB - [Cat/Tess] all star all girl team[personal profile] shopfront on July 24th, 2017 09:25 am (UTC)
The rules and various odds and ends will be updated over the next few days before nominations open, but thank you for the reminder about the sticky post! I've just un-stickied it, so hopefully it's clearer that this year is underway now until we have completed the other changes.
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brithistorian[personal profile] brithistorian on July 24th, 2017 09:34 am (UTC)
Awesome! I wasn't trying to be obnoxious or rushing you or anything. I just wanted to be sure to say "Hey, as a new member, this is a potential problem that I see!" I can't even imagine how much work it takes to run an exchange, and I'm glad there are people who are willing to do it. Thank you!
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Lunar: RP [JG/JB] - have a happy femslashy day[personal profile] shopfront on July 24th, 2017 09:43 am (UTC)
Oh absolutely, it's definitely not a problem and I didn't take it as rushing (and I'm sure the others wouldn't have either if they'd beat me here). Comments and suggestions will always continue to be welcome, whether that's because we've missed something or not got to it yet while we get up to speed or for some other reason.

Thank you for participating! There's nothing for us to run without you all, and I'm just glad you didn't miss the new round because we're still making changes.
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navaan: DC Wonder Woman[personal profile] navaan on July 24th, 2017 11:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad this exchange will be running again! It's always fun!
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Fangirlosaurus Rex: [ouat] sharp as a blade[personal profile] hibernate on July 24th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
Requests will be visible during sign-ups.

Good change!
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don't look away.: she sees the stars[personal profile] parcequelle on July 24th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
This post is always a welcome one - thanks to new mods for stepping up! I too think the early request visibility is a fantastic change. Looking forward to it! :D
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