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hold on, I have a screenshot for that ([personal profile] twist_shimmy) wrote in [community profile] peopleofthedas2010-10-14 01:34 am
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The prompt FAQ

I've been talking with you guys and Lenna and reading comments and pondering whether or not this needed to be done at all. But, now that we have extra benefits as a paid community and we're getting ready to launch a kmeme of our very own (maybe this weekend; debating kmeme to comm pimping timing), I think I can give some more structured guidelines for prompts so that everyone knows what to do when one is posted.

I want to post a prompt. What do I do?
Supply as much or as little information as you want! Characters, settings, phrases that must be used, phrases meant to inspire, a specific mood or tone you'd like to see. You may also consider imposing a word count limit ([personal profile] decantate  will love you for this. [personal profile] twist_shimmy  will not.)

What kind of prompts can I post?
This FAQ is meant for drabble/flashfic style prompts, which are generally meant to be postable without serious beta work/graphic cleanup/kiln firing time. Keep it fast, keep it fun. Supply a picture or a song if you're not in the mood for a word prompt. Us visual people will love you for it.

How should I answer a prompt?
This is where the uncertainty has hit, and I'm not surprised, since we gave absolutely no rules for this when we posted our first few prompts. Because we don't want new responses to old prompts to go unnoticed, go ahead and give the prompt response its own post. Link to the prompt in the header info, and if you want, comment on the original post with a link to yours.
  • We've made a community: prompt and community: prompt response tag to help keep stuff clear. I've gone back and retagged our current prompts and responses to make things nice and tidy. (Shimmy loves tags.)
  • That being said.... Look. If it's a really short response that you think doesn't warrant its own post, by all means, put it in the comments. Like all our other guidelines, I want to make it clear that these are YOUR works and YOU know them best and you will not suffer the Wrath of Andraste for doing something different with your drabble.

(Note: This is not how the kmeme will work. This is for general prompts like this, this, and this. Rules for the meme will be simple, brief, and posted in the opening section.)

I found this awesome prompt that's a month old. Can I still use it?
Please do. Unless something is marked as a contest, there's not a time limit on when it can be used. This is the main reason we've decided to encourage prompt responses as their own posts rather than comments on a single thread.

Can I respond in any medium?
Yes. It can be a drabble, a sketch, a quick manip, modified song lyrics, poetry, screenplay, crocheted figures, whatever. If the prompt makes your muse sing, go with it and show us what you have if you dare. We have an excellent balance of visual/word artists in the comm and I want to make sure it stays that way.

Also I suck at visual art and want to live vicariously through you all.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or would like clarification on a point. :D

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[personal profile] scarylady 2010-10-14 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know what your plans are for the kmeme, but can I ask that you consider making that the same with regard to postings: so we can put prompt responses on their own posts with a link?

Even if it means we have to cross link, so we put a comment in the original one linking to the new post also, it's still better than putting our work in comments, which sucks, frankly.
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[personal profile] scarylady 2010-10-14 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Although, having said that, what I'm most likely to do with kmeme stuff, if it's ok, is post them here on the open forum and put a comment link to it on the original kmeme request.
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
At least the comments are 4x longer here than LJ! So if we do decide to go the comment-fic route, it's 1/4 the agony.

(I doubt Shimmy will make us do that, though. She hates posting in comments.)
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Sometimes I try to imagine what they kmeme would have ended up looking like if I hadn't taken RCD to it's own journal after starting with the 8th chapter.

Then I laugh, hard.

400+ page fill, bay-bee. I would have DIED.

1,205,348 characters, posted in ~4,000 character chunks.

That would have been at least 300 comments, and that doesn't include the fact that there would have been short posts for chapter ends and whatnot, nor the discussion generated.

To my knowledge, the longest kmeme fill has been Oswyn-Anons "Heartfelt Gratitude" which was... ~70 comments?
Edited 2010-10-14 17:58 (UTC)
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[personal profile] scarylady 2010-10-14 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
If you had been feeling bloodyminded, perhaps you should have done that in response to the kick-up over socks.

Just to show how daft they were being.
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)

There's a reason I'm an anglophile. Their use of the language is just so much more colorful.
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[personal profile] scarylady 2010-10-14 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Y'know the only thing about dreamwidth that drives me daft? I don't get an email notification about this comment, just cos it's one removed from mine. And I can't find anything in my settings to fix it.

It makes it really difficult to keep track of a discussion.
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 09:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Up at the initial post Shimmy made there should be a "track this" option (if you're in the default page view, it's a little bell icon.) That should tell you whenever anyone replies to Shimmy's initial post.

If you want to track a specific comment thread under Shimmy's initial post, I think you need to have paid membership.
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Ouch. That would have been mean.

I was TRYING to be reasonable. Actually, I'm a bit of a hothead, so I'm rather pleased that I didn't lose my cool until the very last time I replied to the thread. "Cool kids at the good table." Seriously? WTF? "Obnoxious" and "elitist" and "cliquish" I could handle, but when people who are--purportedly--adults start invoking their 7th grade experiences as a reason for censorship? Fuck that shit, man.
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[personal profile] scarylady 2010-10-14 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I never saw the discussion, didn't see what was actually said. By the time I knew it had kicked off, the meme was closed.

But the point they missed was that, if it really was "cool kids at the good table" then the table was infinitely expandable. Patience was only my second prompt, but it was the supposed "cool kids" who gave me the biggest support. It was you and Aro who took the time to respond every single day and spur me on.

There's nothing elitist or cliquey about that.
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[personal profile] elysium_fic 2010-10-14 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I said pretty much the same thing to KinkDemon in a private message, which I subsequently also posted in my journal as well because I wanted to make sure the people following the journal knew exactly where I stood on things. But by then it was too late.

Ah well. No sense rehashing it all here. We have this shiny new community to play in and soon we'll have a kink-meme to go with it!

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[personal profile] zevgirl 2010-11-08 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Why, why, WHY didn't the cut work in the inboxes?? What have I done wrong?
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Re: help

[personal profile] zevgirl 2010-11-08 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm... I think I needed to check "cut in inbox" on my display settings? When I went to my inbox, the entire fill was there without the cut. I assumed that's what everyone sees, no? I'm often clueless about these things it seems.
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Re: help

[personal profile] zevgirl 2010-11-08 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you, shimmy. I stared at this fill for an hour before posting, trying to make sure I did it right. Better get out of my jammies and shower now. :D

Awesome job you're doing, BTW.
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Re: help

[personal profile] scarylady 2010-11-08 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
There's a Cut in Inbox? *rushes off to switch it on*