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12 July 2011 @ 06:16 am
2011 Bujold Fest: AO3 or LJ?  
Hello fellow Bujold fans!

You all have spoken (or at least some of you have) and are happy with a prompt meme for this year's fest. Hurray!

However, we have something else to decide. lannamichaels has drawn my attention to the fact that AO3 has, just in the last couple of days, rolled out a way to do prompt memes on their site. This is very exciting, and may solve some of the traditional prompt meme problems - among them the fact that it is annoying (though not impossible) to read/post longer fics in comments, since there is a very limited number of characters allowed. AO3 might be a good alternative for us.

I encourage you all to go take a look at the tutorial they posted and see what you think. Then please take a minute to come back and vote in the poll I've posted below.

Please do bear in mind that I'm reasonably certain I could get invite codes for those of you who would need them to participate.

Poll #1761122 2011 Bujold Fest: LJ or AO3

Would you rather we held this year's fest on LJ or AO3?

I'd prefer LJ, but I'll still participate if we do it on AO3.
LJ - if we do it on AO3, I can't/won't participate.
I will need an invite code for AO3 if we do it there.

Please feel free to drop me a comment or a PM if you have any questions or concerns!
shimotsuki: cordeliashimotsuki on July 12th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yay for a Fest, and I think comment-fic is a nice way to keep the organizational agony to a minimum!

One question: If the fest were held on AO3, would we be allowed to post our fics on our personal LJs as well, for archiving purposes?
sahiya on July 12th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, of course! At the moment, the way I'm thinking of doing this is collecting all the prompts on AO3 (which was the real headache last year - organizing 250+ prompts was not a cakewalk, let me tell you) and then telling people to post their fics wherever they want - to the archive or to the comm, it doesn't matter to me. It'd be nice to have them all in one place, but as long as people have access to them it doesn't really matter.
shimotsuki: skellytumshimotsuki on July 12th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification!

It looks like this new AO3 feature will make prompt organization way easier, so, hooray for that.
Glisharaglishara on July 13th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
So, I voted AO3, and really do love AO3, but I did want to comment on it, as well.

AO3 is fantastic and cool and amazing, and the site planners and maintainers are doing a really good job of reading the fanfic community and saying, "What do they want? How can we give it to them?" However, there are a lot of people who are concerned about the fact that so many fic events are happening in a way that excludes people who can't/won't join AO3. I know there was a lot of discussion of this around Yuletide last year, and while I'm not part of the "No AO3" community, I can understand their frustrations, as events they enjoy are being pushed over to a new place.

One of the problems is that AO3, for better or worse, has a real political tinge to it, tied up with the Organization for Transformative Works. Some people don't really like the OTW or their philosophies, and are concerned that by signing up for/posting works on AO3, they seem to be supporting a movement they don't approve of.

While I like AO3 a lot, and use it for all of my works, I'd be hesitant to host an event there that requires membership for exactly that reason.

I will, however, volunteer my time to say that if people want to prompt there without being members, I'd be willing to be a go-between, collecting prompts here and reposting them to AO3. Especially if the posting can be done anywhere, that may open things up so more people can play.
philomythaphilomytha on July 13th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is a good point, and I'm also willing to repost people's prompts to the collection if that will help make this work for everyone.
sahiya on July 13th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you!
sahiya on July 13th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That is indeed how I'm thinking of doing things, but you're right that people need to be members to prompt over there. I appreciate you volunteering to do this - I was going to ask for something similar (and I think I still will, so that if the burden is heavier than I foresee, it's not just you and me doing it).