2017 Schedule

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:36 pm
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Welcome to the Fourth Annual Crossovering exchange! Nominations begin on July 2.

We've implemented a few changes this year. You can read about those here or you can review the FAQ/rules. (Questions? Email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com or comment here.)

2017 Schedule


Brainstorming: June 20 – July 1 (Go to the post.)
Nominations: July 2 – July 15
Signups: July 18 – July 27
Assignments sent: July 30
Assignments due: September 30
Final pinch hits due: October 6
Archive goes live: October 7
Authors revealed: October 14

Brainstorming

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
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Nominations will run from July 2 through July 15. As a reminder, here's how nominations work and how they affect signups:
  • You may nominate up to 8 fandoms. At least for this year, we do not plan to change this maximum, since we've dropped the 2+ nominations requirement.

  • If a fandom you nominated has been rejected, it's likely because that fandom was nominated with a slightly different title. (More likely to happen with newer fandoms without canonical tags on AO3.) If you feel a fandom has been rejected in error, please let us know.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 requests with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must request at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 offers with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must offer at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.
When nominations begin, we will post more detailed instructions about how to nominate on AO3. (You can also review the FAQ.)

To pass the time until nominations: brainstorming post! Previously, participants used brainstorming posts to plan their nominations around the 2+ nominations requirement. But as of this year, that requirement no longer applies.

So instead, you can use this post to discuss which fandoms you plan to nominate, to share your ideas for crossovers, or to get suggestions for crossovers from other participants. You can also promote fandoms here, if you'd like.

Feedback follow-up

Jun. 18th, 2017 06:11 pm
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We received some great feedback. You can view the results of the poll here. Based on your input, we'll implement the following changes for this year's exchange:
  • Requests will be visible throughout signups.

  • Fandoms no longer need 2+ nominations. We will approve all fandoms, except in cases of duplicates.

  • Although the majority voted to keep the traditional bucket requests/offers system, we're lowering the minimum number of fandoms per request/offer to two (2). You can still request up to six (6) fandoms per request and offer up to ten (10) fandoms per offer.

  • Participants may request and offer art.
    • Requirements for art: Traditional or digital piece created entirely by the artist. Cannot be drawn on lined paper. Minimum size of 500,000 pixels. Must include two (2) or more of the requested fandoms.

    • If an artist's submission fails to meet the guidelines, their recipient will be sent to the pinch hits list.

    • This means that the fic/art field will be required and that we'll match based on it.
  • The crossover/fusion field will now be required. We will match on this field, if we're able to do so.

  • We will include the characters field in signups. It will not be required, but we hope you'll use it to give your author more information about you preferences.
We know that not all of these changes will suit everyone, but we hope that overall they'll improve the exchange. If you have any questions or concerns, you can leave a comment here or you can email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com.

The rules and FAQ will be updated to reflect these changes soon.

Schedule for this year's exchange:
Nominations: July 2 – July 15
Signups: July 18 – July 27
Assignments out: July 30
Assignments due: September 30
Pinch hits due: October 6
Archive live: October 7
Authors revealed: October 14
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Before we set an official schedule for this year's exchange, we wanted to get your feedback on a few subjects.

First, there's been some discussion in the past about changing how we do matching. Previously, we've simply set each request/offer up as bucket requests/offers, and participants have matched on 2+ fandoms. However, we know there's some interest in other approaches.

... unfortunately, AO3's code somewhat limits our options, so these are the options we're considering:
  • Nominations, signups, and matching remain as they've been — except that we will approve all fandoms, rather than impose a 2+ nomination requirement.

  • Participants nominate, request, and offer pairs of fandoms. For example, you might nominate: Wonder Woman (2017) & Xena: Warrior Princess. (We do not yet know what this would mean for the signup form.)

  • For each request or offer, participants would be required to choose 2+ fandoms and 2+ characters. However, this does complicate the matching process, and we might hit a wall with matching. If that happened, we would have to match based ONLY on the 2+ fandoms in each request/offer.

  • Participants nominate, request, and offer crossover relationships. Gen relationships (&) and romantic relationships (/) would both be accepted. For example, you might nominate: Diana Prince (Wonder Woman 2017)/Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess). All relationships would be nominated under Crossover Relationships.

Next, we'd like to talk about Crossovers and Fusions. For the purpose of this exchange, we've defined crossovers and fusions as such:
A crossover is when the characters/worlds of both fandoms interact. For example, Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes solve a case with Kate Beckett and Richard Castle

A fusion is when the characters of one fandom are placed into the world of another fandom. For example, Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes are co-pilots in the world of Pacific Rim, but the characters from Pacific Rim do not need to appear in the fic.
For the last two years, we've included these as additional tags but have not required them. (We also have not matched on them.) We only want to continue to include these if participants find them useful. We also know that some participants like the idea of requiring them — specifically, so that participants prone to leaving their Optional Details blank at least leave some useful info behind. We'd like to know your thoughts on these things.

Last, we've seen multiple request to include art. We've been hesitant to do so in the past, because it can be more difficult to maintain standards for art. However, we're willing to give it a try if a significant number of you would like to see that as an option.

So there's a poll behind the cut! Results are visible to everyone — for transparency's sake — but they're also anonymous. Anonymous commenting is also enabled, for those who can't vote in the poll and/or want to leave additional input.

Crossovering 2017 Poll )

Edit: Oops! I forgot to include the option to remove the Crossover/Fusion element from the signups in the poll. If you'd prefer that, you can say so in question #4 or in the comments! Sorry about that!