Nominations close soon!

  • Feb. 24th, 2017 at 5:12 PM
Nominations are closing in 1 hour and 45 minutes, at 17:00 GMT. Please do any edits to your noms before then.

Nominations clarification

  • Feb. 22nd, 2017 at 9:54 PM
Please read the nominations instructions.

As usual, if you spot tag duplications, typos, or anything in the wrong place, tell us. Nominations end on Friday. (Approximately 43 hours left.)

Tag rewording requests

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worldbuilding: Kirk-era history (TNG) – as stated in the previous post, this is unclear. Do you want history education, conceptions of history, or what?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types: Worldbuilding: Clone bar – please reword, I don't know what you're asking for.

The Chronicles of Riddick Series: Worldbuilding: Riddick keeps Jack with him after leaving the desert planet – this is more of an AU, which is unfortunately outside of the scope of our exchange.

Do these contain space?

Gargoyles (TV)
Transformers (Bay Movies)
ワンパンマン | One-Punch Man

Please read the instructions

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) Jessika Pava
The Martian (2015) Beth Johanssen, Mark Wattney
...please read the nominations instructions

Nominations clarification

  • Feb. 21st, 2017 at 4:26 PM
Read the nominations instructions.

I've separated the noms questions into regular questions, and "please read the instructions" reminders.


Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worldbuilding: Kirk-era history (TNG)
This is a bit unclear; as-is, I'd read this as "what happened during TOS?" If you're looking for history education or public perceptions of or whatever, please reword.

Final Fantasy IV
Does this contain space? Google keeps giving me results on hard drive space, which is not what I meant.


People nominating Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1992 anime), and Transformers (Bay Movies): please note that we will only be matching on ONE tag. If you request multiple single characters, you will only guarantee a gift with one of those characters. If you want to request a gift that focuses on the interaction of two or more characters, please edit your nominations to be Relationship: A/B.

People nominating:
Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies) Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk, Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek - All Media Types), Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Spock (Star Trek)
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) Jessika Pava
The Martian (2015) Mark Watney, Beth Johanssen
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Albel Nox, Cliff Fittir, Fayt Leingod
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Adiane (Gurren Lagann), Kamina (Gurren Lagann), Nia Teppelin, Simon (Gurren Lagann), Viral (Gurren Lagann), Yoko Littner
Warchild Series - Karin Lowachee Cairo Azarcon, Erret Dorr, Estienne (Warchild Series), Evan D'Silva, Jos Musey, Nikolas S'tlian, Yuri Kirov
Xenosaga Albedo (Xenosaga), Canaan (Xenosaga), chaos (Xenosaga), Gaignun Kukai, Jin Uzuki, Jr (Xenosaga), MOMO (Xenosaga), Ziggy (Xenosaga)
...please read the nominations instructions.

Nominations reminder

  • Feb. 19th, 2017 at 4:14 PM
Obey the nominations instructions or your noms won't be approved. See also our previous nominations clarification post for things that still need your input!

So, the nominator(s) of:

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Drax the Destroyer, Gamora (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel), Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Thanos (Marvel), Yondu Udonta

The Chronicles of Riddick
Jack | Kyra, Richard B. Riddick, Vaako

Hidden Figures
Al Harrison, Colonel Jim Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, John Glenn, Karl Zielinski, Katherine Johnson, Levi Jackson, Mary Jackson, Paul Stafford, Vivian Mitchell

The Martian (2015)
Alex Vogel, Annie Montrose, Beth Johanssen, Bruce Ng, Chris Beck, Mark Watney, Melissa Lewis (The Martian), Mindy Park, Mitch Henderson, Rick Martinez (The Martian), Theodore "Teddy" Sanders, Vincent Kapoor

Transformers (IDW Generation One)
Megatron (Transformers), Perceptor (Transformers), Ratchet (Transformers), Rewind (Transformers), Rung (Transformers), Shockwave (Transformers), Springer (Transformers), Ultra Magnus, Whirl (Transformers)

...please read the manual. If you truly wish to nom all those characters separately (and receive something that centers on one and only one of them), prefix Character: to the tag. If you wish to receive a relationship between two or more of them, type Relationship: A/B or Relationship: A & B in the slot. If you wish to receive worldbuilding, type Worldbuilding: Thing in the slot.

Nominations clarification

  • Feb. 18th, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Reminder: You are allowed to nominate relationships and worldbuilding tags! The slot is called "Characters", but that's just due to AO3 limitations. Read the nominations instructions for further information.

Also, AO3 has eaten the fandom associated with Worldbuilding: Alaya-Vijnana System. Where should it go?

ETA: Person/people nominating
Star Trek: Enterprise
Worldbuilding: Male Andorian/Male Vulcan Relationship
Worldbuilding: Male Vulcan/Male Vulcan Relationship

Star Wars Original Trilogy
Worldbuilding: Male-looking Droid/Male Human Relationship

Do you want a thing explaining the worldbuilding implications of, say, Vulcan homosexuality (Worldbuilding: Vulcan Male Homosexuality) or a thing focused on the relationship between two Vulcans (Relationship: Male Vulcan/Male Vulcan)? Please edit your noms to be clearer.

And: Person nominating Chronicles of Riddick, please read the nominations instructions. DO NOT USE CANONICALS. Please edit your nominations to comply with the instructions.

Nominations Instructions

  • Feb. 17th, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Noms are open!

Tags that do not conform to these instructions will not be approved.

Please disregard everything AO3 says on the "nominate" page. Do NOT choose the canonical versions of whatever tag you're nominating. Tags are NOT restricted to characters only. Thank you. (AO3 doesn't let mods adjust what's on the nominations page.) If you have questions, please ask!

Please check what was agreed for your fandom on the franchise wrangling post. Write the fandom's name based on what was decided there. If your fandom has not been discussed on the franchise wrangling post, use the AO3 canonical. Please avoid using "- All Media Types" tags. If you're nominating a character who's found in many canons, or a relationship with such a character, please add the fandom name in (brackets) after the name(s).

instructions )

Franchise Wrangling

  • Feb. 10th, 2017 at 4:18 PM
Or: how do you want to subcategorize large franchises?

All Media Types? Into subfandoms? By time period? By location?

Make a thread for your canon (unless there is one already), and then argue out in the subcomments.

The end result of the threads on the 17th at 17:00 GMT (when nominations open) will be used to decide how nominations are approved.

Fandom recruitment post

  • Feb. 6th, 2017 at 12:39 AM
Apologies for the delay, some rather unexpected travel happened to me. (I'm safe and sound on the way home now!)

Anyway, here's the fandom pimping post. Tell us why your canon is the best! Here's a nice format you can use to make it easier for people to find stuff: (copypasteable below)

The canon: The canon's name
What: The medium – TV, book, anime, RPF, 5-minute (posters/music video/etc), ... – some idea of the length would also be good, is it one book/season/movie, or is it longer?
Where: where it can be found – is there a legal free download, is it on Netflix, an Amazon link, etc
Quick pitch: Give us a brief tagline! "Sentient ants get a space program", "Space Opera detectives chasing a priceless alien artwork", "Gritty asteroid mining RPG", ...
In-depth: Tell us all the reasons why it's awesome! (If you don't know where to start: Some indication on subgenre, outlook on the universe, scale of the plot, personality of the main characters, your favorite feature, or some interesting worldbuilding detail.)

Now, go forth and advertise and read the most space-y recs list this side of the galactic core!

Official Schedule Post

  • Feb. 2nd, 2017 at 6:02 PM
Also in the sticky. The rules update will be finalized during Monday.

Fandom pimping post: Fri 3. Feb
Franchise wrangling post: Fri 10. Feb
Nominations: Fri 17.2. - Fri 24.2.
Sign-ups: Sun 26.2. - Sun 5.3.
Assignments out by: Fri 10. Mar
Fics due: Mon 24. Apr
Reveals: Mon 1. May
Author reveals: Mon 8. May

some explanations of what the things are )


The New Rules – thoughts?

  • Feb. 1st, 2017 at 4:18 PM
Here's our modifications to the rules! Previous version in the sticky. Please tell us if anything is poorly or unclearly phrased. Precise number values for nominations and sign-ups are not finalized.

Read more... )


Rules update, more stuff

  • Jan. 18th, 2017 at 6:51 PM
Consensus seems to be that we'll be going forward with character-relationship-worldbuilding tag matching and allowing original works, as detailed in the previous post, but we'll only lock things in at the end of the month, so please contribute! (We also made the dates more America-friendly. The exchange gets going in February.)

One question, however, didn't get any attention, so I'm reposting it:

How many fanwork types? We'll have fanfic and fanart, and perhaps fanvid and podfic, but is there anything else you would like to request or make? How should multimedia stuff be counted?
That is, we will have fanfic and fanart as requestable fanwork types. Should we have anything else? Fanvid? Podfic? (Where podfic would be either podfic an extant 1k+ fic that fits the specifications, or write and then pod a 500+ word original fic that fits the specifications.) Should we have meta as its own category?

Also, somewhat relatedly, what are your opinions on the minimum creation requirements? Ficwise, we'll keep it at 1k; do you feel that the other mediums' requirements are equivalent?

Space Swap 2017 edition, let's discuss

  • Jan. 3rd, 2017 at 12:50 PM
Hello spacers! Just like last year, we'll have a Space Swap. With more experience under the belt and last year's criticisms taken to heart, we are dedicating January to rules discussion and making this round better for you.

Draft schedule:
Fandom pimping post: Fri 3. Feb
Franchise wrangling post Fri 10. Feb
Noms Fri 17.2. - Fri 24.2.
Sign-ups Sun 26.2. - Sun 5.3.
Assignments out by Fri 10. Mar
Fics due: Mon 24. Apr
Reveals: Mon 1. May
Author reveals: Mon 8. May

Rules discussion
some things might change, others will stay the same )


Space Feedback!

  • Jun. 4th, 2016 at 9:52 PM
While the exchange was successful (everyone got a gift!), we'd still like to get input to make it even better next year. We-the-mods have discussed it amongst ourselves, and here's a list of things where we'd like your feedback, should you have any. Of course, we may have missed something, so feel free to tell us any other improvements you might want.
  • How was the stuff creation time (8 weeks)? How about the other time intervals?
  • What did you enjoy? What did you think could be improved?
  • Any feedback on the (final) sign-up sheet?
  • How do you feel about DW vs LJ? (We had two LJ mods and one DW mod, and almost all the questions came in via DW. Is there a reason for this fundamental imbalance?)
  • Would a franchise wrangling post pre-nominations be good so that large megafranchises could be chopped up into sensible fandoms, rather than some subfandoms and then All Media Types? (*cough* Star Wars *cough*)
  • Should ExtraPenguin, long-term horse icon user, use a picture of the horsehead nebula as hir Space Mod icon, rather than the current picture of Earth?
Love, the mod team.


Author reveals!

  • Jun. 4th, 2016 at 9:40 PM
The collection is closed and authors have been revealed! (Sorry about the delay, I misscheduled feeding myself.)

There'll be a feedback post up soon.


Collection = live!

  • May. 28th, 2016 at 9:38 PM
Woohoo! Thank you to all our wonderful pinch hitters. The collection is here. Remember to give your creator a nice comment!

Treats can be added to the collection during the anon period, either by pressing the "Post to Collection" button on the collection's page, or by following this link.

Author reveals will be in one week, at 18:00 GMT.


Collection goes live in ~15 min!

  • May. 28th, 2016 at 9:13 PM
The collection will open at 18:30 GMT!

Treats can be added to the collection during the anon period, either by pressing the "Post to Collection" button on the collection's page, or by following this link.

Author reveals will be in one week, at 18:00 GMT.

Pinch Hits of the Apocalypse, #9-10

  • May. 28th, 2016 at 11:23 AM
Due ASAP. Please, if you have time, try to make something for these participants. The collection will open when both of them have a gift.
EDIT: Both have official pinch hitters, though it would ease the mod's mind if there were treat-writers in the wings. :)

#9: CLAIMED – Dune, Dragonriders of Pern, Star Wars )

#10: CLAIMED – DCU, Star Trek: Voyager, The Next Generation, Enterprise, Smallville )


Post-deadline Pinch Hits #7 & 8

  • May. 24th, 2016 at 11:12 PM
A re-post. Deadline for this one is 26th of May, 18:00 GMT, or really, as ASAP as you can make it.
EDIT: Mod should learn to look at the right window.
EDIT: Thanks to our pinch hitters! That should be everyone, so now it's time to catch those typos, obsess over the title, and maybe contribute a treat. (Treats don't have to fulfil the minimum gift requirements.)




Post-deadline Pinch Hits #3-6

  • May. 21st, 2016 at 9:03 PM
The deadline for fics has come and gone. Some of you have been granted extensions, but there are four juicy pinch hits for any takers. (None anymore – thanks to all pinch hitters!) They're due on the 24th, at 18:00 GMT, but preferrably ASAP. To claim, comment with the number for the pinch hit you'd like to claim and your AO3. We'll reply to your comment should you have gotten it.

Pinch Hit #3

Pinch hit #4

Pinch hit #5

Pinch hit #6


24h remaining

  • May. 20th, 2016 at 9:00 PM
The deadline is in 24 hours, at 18:00 GMT on the 21st of May. Some of you have already been granted extensions. If you feel like you, too, would need an extension, now is your final chance.