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EDIT: Thank you! This pinch has been taken care of!
Hi everybody! A few pinch hits are coming out shortly, so start watching your inboxes. Thought I'd take this time to offer a few reminders as we start nearing the deadlines!1) Treats!As prozacpark posted, here is a list of every request for this year. There's also a wonderful spreadsheet of letters if you want to shop around. Treats can be any length, so if you find yourself with inspiration or time to spare, get writing!2) Reviewing the revised deadlinesJust to reiterate:April 25: Last date to drop without penalty; drops after this date subject to potential banning in 2015May 4: Stories due to AO3May 10 (or early May, depending on any pinch hit issues): Stories and authors revealed; authors may share their (and others') work via linkMay 17 (or a week after the archive opens): Stories may be cross-posted to other places.All right! See you in the pinches!
Treats: You can now view all requests that were made for the challenge here (you can even filter them by fandom!). You can also access a spreadsheet with all the letters and their requested fandoms here (thanks to somehowunbroken, who put the spreadsheet together again this year) for all your treating needs.As with last year, treating is not only welcomed, but desperately encouraged. The main goal of this ficathon was always to generate more fanfic about overlooked female characters, and treats certainly help with that. We're leaving all requests visible, so you are free to write as many fics of any length as you like. You do not have to be an official participant in order to write treats, so feel free to link the spreadsheet and requests around, if you think other people might be interested in writing you (or others) treats. [Here's a tumblr post you can reblog for that purpose.] Stories will be revealed on May 10th, so all treats should be uploaded by then.Letters: If your writer hasn't yet updated their placeholder or there are other concerns about letters, please, drop me a message through an LJ PM, and I will try my best to get in touch with them. Likewise, if you have additional questions for your recipients, I can also ask those.Please, also remember that letters are recommended, but not required, so your recipient may very well never put one up. In that case, assume that they don't have any strong squicks or dislikes that they wish for you to avoid rather than assuming that they'll hate it. Write a story that will cause you the least amount of stress. :)
So there are remix challenges happening, which is always exciting, because I love remix!But remix often comes with issues of not having the ability to specify that you aren't a big fan of slash or mostly write women. While that can sometimes be part of the fun, it's also really frustrating when you've got a bunch of awesome stories about women and one not-as-awesome story about men and that one not-as-awesome story is the one that gets remixed because your author doesn't write women.So are you into stories about women? Have you written stories about women? Would you like to read and write more of them? Would you like to read and write stories based on other people's stories? Yes? Motherfucking yes? Well then, I want to hear about it!In short, tielan and theladyscribe are trying to gauge possible interest in a female-centric remix.
Okay, matching is all done, and assignments have gone out. There should be four assignments going out to the pinch hit list soon, so if you’re signed up for that, keep an eye out for them.Only about five people had to be double assigned a recipient (which was done using a random number generator, like last year.) All in all, the matching was much easier (if incredibly slow) than predicted given the sign-up summary results.As requested, our deadlines have all been moved by a week to reflect the time lost in AO3 matching issues. Your assignment letter should reflect the new due date for the stories.Remember to link your letters to this post, if you’re planning on posting one.Here are the new deadlines:April 25: Last date to drop without penalty; drops after this date subject to potential banning in 2015May 4: Stories due to AO3May 10 (or early May, depending on any pinch hit issues): Stories and authors revealed; authors may share their (and others') work via linkMay 17 (or a week after the archive opens): Stories may be cross-posted to other places.
Matching is still running. We have gotten in touch with AO3, and they're working with us to try and resolve the issue. I will be editing this post with updates instead of spamming the community, so just keep checking here. ETA: Okay, matching is done, except for a few people we have to manually match. I’m working on it now so the assignments (with the new deadline) should be out soon. I’ll make a proper update to the community once that’s done.
Just a quick update since I know that most of you are expecting your assignments soonish. We're mostly just waiting for AO3 to finish auto-matching, which is taking very, very long. We have heard back from everyone with additional offers, but unfortunately, AO3 seemed to be experiencing some downtime the last couple of days. I was up most of last night waiting for it to come back up so I could modify the sign-ups and start the matching before going to bed. I set the system to generate matches right around 5am, and was really hoping that it would be done by the time I got back home, if not by the time I got up. I am not sure why it's taking so long.Once all the possible matches have been generated, the mods will still have to play around with the results a bit to make sure that the maxium number of people have matches, assign recipients to those without one, and determine what needs to be sent out for pinches, etc. Thank you for all of your patience, and just keep your fingers crossed that the matching finishes soon.
Signups are, and have been, closed.We have been waiting on response from a few users who did not match on anyone to write for. If you are those users, please get your expanded offers to us as soon as possible (respond to prozac's email). If we still have matching issues, we will offer the matchless for pinch hits and manually assign. As it stands (with matching running about 12-20 hours before generating), assignments should be out... soon.Thank you for your patience!
Sign ups close SOON!. Check the second link to see how long you have... but don't wait til the last minute! We'll make another post about an hour before we shut it down.Then... start watching your inboxes!
Signed up yet? *waits while you go do that*Okay, good! Now, how to expend your energy while we wait for assignments?Would you like to pinch hit? (You don't have to participate otherwise!) Click here and follow the instructions!Would you like to potentially offer your betaing services to a needy author? (You don't have to participate otherwise!) Click here and follow the instructions!Pinch hit and beta requests go out via email, and participation on any is totally opt-in. [Note: for those with a keen eye, the Sign-Up Summary *has* been down, but is now working again and should update once an hour. Thanks to greycardinal for following up on this!]