http://saphron-girl.livejournal.com/ ([identity profile] saphron-girl.livejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] resdog_kink2012-09-26 11:26 pm
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September 26th, 2012

Feedback? Questions? Suggestions? Post them here!

The current active mod is: [livejournal.com profile] saphron_girl (additional moderators may be added at a later date)

If your question or comment requires a response, please describe it in the subject line (something simple and descriptive, like "anonymous posting is off" or "prompter forgot warning") so as to make it easier to find.

Thanks!

Feedback

(Anonymous) 2012-10-02 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Let me first start out by saying that I love this meme, quite a lot. I think interest in Reservoir Dogs slash should be renewed and shared, and this is the perfect way to do it, and everything is awesome and nothing hurts.

But I do have some suggestions to make the meme a little better organized, a little easier to navigate and a little less intimidating to post in. I want lots of readers and writers to be able to access this fandom, and it is only in the nature of sharing this fandom with a wider audience that I make these suggestions.

So. Firstly and foremostly; LiveJournal's posting order and general formatting make the meme difficult to navigate. This is not a problem with LJ veterans, but overall it makes a mess of the meme. The rules are way down at the bottom and there are three different posting threads you have to visit just to get a prompt, to answer it, and then to post the finished version.

This seems like a lot of work, both for the mod and for the visitors of the meme.

And, since you can't use a 'sticky thread' without going pro on this account (paying for it), there's a method other memes have used to circumvent the disorder.

Re: Feedback

(Anonymous) 2012-10-02 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I am talking mostly about the DA k!meme (http://dragonage-kink.livejournal.com/), which uses a master link's post in every new thread, though this fandom is huge and the organization was necessary with such large traffic. Obviously, Reservoir Dogs doesn't need all of that in every single post, but the idea remains the same;

*Instead of separating prompts and fills, lets the fills be posted under the prompts themselves. That way, if people want more of the same kind of prompt they'll get to make a new prompt (increasing post traffic).

*Doesn't restrict header/subject line creativity. It's a moot point to enforce, and half the posters will be in violation just because they prefer to call Orange Freddy.

*Because every thread has every link (organized in a template), no matter which thread you click on you can still easily go to the rules or trigger warnings page, or the FAQ or even an earlier prompt thread of the meme. If you are die-hard about keeping prompts and fills separate, this would be useful.

Click around and see if you can get a general feel for what that meme did with its organization.

(Anonymous) 2012-10-02 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
TAGS AND WARNINGS

Like I've said, I like this meme and I see where it's headed in terms of tags and warnings and subject lines. It does a good job protecting the reader from any squicks, but seems like there is far more work involved (for the mod) in doing this than is absolutely necessary.

I'm going to sound like a broken record and please don't take offense, but the DA meme does a wonderful job in letting the prompter and readers take responsibility for their own squicks and triggers. This is a tetchier subject where ResDogs is concerned, because ResDogs can get really ugly really quickly.

Again, the issue boils down to the subject line and how crowded it can get when you have to cram in all those warnings. I agree with putting the pairing in the subject line for easier reader navigation, but why alphabetized? (The usual trope being the first name in a / slash pairing is the pursuing partner.) Warnings at the beginning of a fill ought to suffice, whether they're in the subject line or no.

Re: Feedback

(Anonymous) 2012-10-02 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Though of course, if you want this meme to stand on its own two feet and not resemble any behemoth memes, there are other ways to keep organized.

In journal formatting, there ought to be an option to put custom links in the sidebar, where the calendar and tag list goes. Linking to rules, FAQ, prompt and fill threads will keep it all within reach for the reader/writer no matter what part of the meme they're navigating. (The tags cloud doesn't really cover all the bases for this)

(Anonymous) 2012-10-02 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
INTIMIDATION

To be honest, I don't know what 30% of those mandated trigger warnings even are, and that almost scared me away from the meme altogether.

If this meme works as it stands, it's a lovely machine kept well oiled by high-quality writers who aren't afraid of a little redundant formatting (the title, warning, round number before each entry).

If it doesn't work, it's a dead meme with a lot of scattered ideas gone unanswered or rules completely ignored. This meme forces a writer to jump through quite a few hoops (why does the round number even matter; why is there a separate thread for WIPs?) and can stunt the spark of exchange between prompt and fill.

Too many rules, not enough encouragement. It sounds shallow at first, but the point of a k!meme is to engage writers in a common fandom with common interests. I laud the effort to keep all this meme's ducks in a row, but the general layout remains raw around the edges and could stand to be simplified.

Re: Feedback

(Anonymous) 2012-10-06 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
That sounds fantastic, and thank you for taking these thoughts into consideration.

WIP question!

(Anonymous) 2012-10-03 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Do we post there only if we're working on a multichapter? I'm working on a self-contained story so I'm not sure if I should comment that I'm filling something atm but can't show it since it's not in "parts".

technical issue!

(Anonymous) 2012-10-04 03:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not sure if it's LJ or maybe this layout specifically but it looks like sometimes brand new comments don't show up right away or they appear then disappear then reappear at times. For example, the fills post shows as having four comments to me, however when I click into the entry I see only three. This was happening to the prompts post too earlier, it fluctuated between 56 and 61 roughly.

Re: technical issue!

(Anonymous) 2012-10-05 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
The problem definitely doesn't happen when I'm logged in, fortunately I still have a paid account laying around to keep up!

marked as spam by community settings

(Anonymous) 2012-10-28 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
I've gotten the spam alert once or twice already, and my last prompt didn't show up at all.

What are the community's requirements to flag something as spam? Maybe if I can avoid it (like if it counts certain HTML as particularly spammy) it'll happen less? Or is there a way to disable that kind of filtering, since inappropriate posts could just be deleted at the mods' discretion?

community location question

(Anonymous) 2012-11-04 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Due to the changes coming to Livejournal I was wondering if you might consider moving the community to a place like Dreamwidth? I haven't seen any issues with anonymous comments not showing up or being delayed there and it has an import function so none of the fills or prompts would be lost. Just wondering, thanks!

Re: community location question

(Anonymous) 2012-11-06 12:51 am (UTC)(link)
To my understanding they're getting rid of paid accounts soon and all features associated with paids (like no ads) will have to be paid for separately...with the exception of ads that will run full time. They want to tailor the experience to Russian-users under Cyrillic Services completely whereas up until now it was optional.

I think the overall gist is that LJ is becoming more social media and less fandom community ;-; A poll would be great!

Re: community location question

(Anonymous) 2012-11-06 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
I wanted to add that customizing front page layouts to be fancy is a pain in Dreamwidth, but on LJ the internal layout you see for comments like we see here has to be coded into the overall layout. On Dreamwidth subject headers and the look of the comment pages are default aspects that you can change later. Here's the Assassin's Creed Kink Meme if you want to see how the layouts and anon comments work there: http://asscreedkinkmeme.dreamwidth.org/

(Anonymous) 2012-12-06 11:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, I noticed that any links on the dreamwidth completed fill pag that take you back to lj just take you to a blank page? Like, the top of the post is there, but no comments show up...?
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[personal profile] saphron_girl 2012-12-08 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Hi! I temporarily disabled comments in the livejournal community after the migration to prevent overlap, but now that a few days have passed I've re-enabled comments (with screening; I'll just reject them if they come through to me).

The old completed fill links should work again. :)

quick question

(Anonymous) 2013-02-21 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Would it be too off topic for me to ask the meme for some inspirational res dog fic writing songs? I, for one, love hearing other people's headcannons and OTP associations. We could maybe even put together a crowd sourced fanmix or something.
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Re: quick question

[personal profile] saphron_girl 2013-02-27 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi! So sorry I didn't see your post before now. That's a good idea, though I don't know where you'd post that question to other members; I'm afraid it would get lost in the prompt post, and wouldn't really fit in with any of the other posts on this community.

Since I'm the only user who has access to authoring new posts, I'd be more than happy to start a "social" post for the purpose of readers/authors/commenters being able to interact and discuss topics that may not fit into any other category. Would you like me to give that a try?
Edited 2013-03-01 03:33 (UTC)

Re: quick question

(Anonymous) 2013-03-01 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
That's sounds fun! Thank you!

(Anonymous) 2013-05-02 11:05 am (UTC)(link)
This is embarrassing. I've never used this site before and tried to comment on someone's fill and just posted the comment right on the prompt page by accident. Can you delete it for me, Mod? Thanks. :)
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[personal profile] saphron_girl 2013-05-03 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
I just moved it to where you'd intended, and deleted it. (No worries!)