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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

Last year, we got people expressing the wish that Space Swap would match on relationships. Now, I mentioned my other project, [community profile] coronationceremony, and a matching experiment there. Since incorporating character, relationship, and worldbuilding tags was successful there, we're asking the community: do you want this? The nominations instructions I wrote for CC are here and if you really want to see my pontifications and justifications on the system, well, that's here.
The alternative: character-only AND matching, just like last year.

Is this a space exchange or a space fandoms exchange? That is: should Original Works be in as a fandom to nominate tags to? (Something akin to how [community profile] chocolatebox does 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?

And, to reiterate, we're 100% OK with RPF. (Nom it under Space Traveler RPF.) We're 100% OK with space vehicles. (Nom it under Space Vehicles.) We're 100% OK with "5-minute fandoms" like the NASA Mars Explorers Wanted posters or the NASA Visions of the Future posters or songs about how everybody everybody wants to be a astronaut or how there's a starman floating in the sky, or space-themed music videos, or short films, or, well anything. If there's space, it's a-OK.



(Anonymous) wrote:
Jan. 3rd, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)

I think matching by relationships would be very nice. It could prevent stress of rigging your offers to match to the person who wants your OTP, and also make people more inclined to offer certain characters if you know you'll be able to write the fic the recip wants because you both are coming at the request the same way.


I don't request/offer original fiction personally, but I don't see why it can't be allowed if the characters involve space somehow. Such as "Faster Than Light Technician, Captain of Starship" as possible characters. Maybe not "Renegade Princess" but "Planet Hitchhiking Renegade Princess."

For space exchange vs space fandoms, I was kinda wondering this myself since some fandoms nominated and requested are sometimes not really too big on outer space, but at the same time, I want to spread the fun not restrict the fun if that makes sense. I was wondering if the space aspect is more important than the fantasy/scifi aspect. For instance, the presence of outer space in Star Trek vs Doctor Who. Both qualify but outer space features in very different amounts for both.
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[personal profile] extrapenguin wrote:
Jan. 4th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC)
1. Okay, great! (Note that this doesn't eliminate the "utterly different approach to the character" problem, cf "the protagonist is secretly the big bad!", but it'll ensure that if you're offering Character: A, then you'll get matched to someone who's interested primarily in A and A's life.) What do you think about the Worldbuilding tags?

2. Yeah, that's how we were thinking of doing it.

We're letting in slightly less spacey fandoms, since otherwise it becomes line-in-the-sand wanking where everyone loses, but I have considered making it so that all the characters(/relationships/worldbuilding) has to be of a space era. IIRC we had a problem last year with a fandom that was set over a large time span, where only one of the three nommed characters was from a space era and thus people couldn't offer it should they only want to offer space characters.
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[personal profile] alias_sqbr wrote:
Jan. 3rd, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
Pairing matching sounds good, I vaguely recall avoiding a bunch of favourite characters last year to make sure I didn't get matched with someone who shipped an NOTP involving them.

I'm definitely cool with original works.
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[personal profile] shopfront wrote:
Jan. 4th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
1. Love the extra tag variations. I often would like to offer gen about character A or ship fic about A/B but wouldn't necessarily be good at gen B, or similar issues, so being able to distinguish that sounds great. World building isn't generally really my thing, but just like with character vs relationship tags I like the idea of options and see no reason others shouldn't have options I personally wouldn't much use. I would maybe consider using world building tags more in the future if it's popular and I can get a better feel for it.

2. If I sign up it would be fandom only for me, but ditto again that I see no reason not to allow other people options.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:07 pm (UTC)
I love this exchange and agree with all of the above comments about matching and original fic. My only tiny suggestion (if you're still open to off-the-wall suggestions) would be that the dates on the schedule get written out in word form. Every time I see 3.2 I think it's March 2nd. I know if I read a little further down the list there's a 24 which is obviously not a month, so it tells me you're doing day.month instead of like I'm used to, but I'm afraid many people may only glance at the top of the list to see when things get started and may cruise on by thinking they have another month and then miss the start. I know it's a relatively small thing, but I think it's also relatively easy to just spend another couple seconds to type "Feb 3" rather than 3.2.

Other than that, I'm good! Looking forward to this again this year!
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[personal profile] extrapenguin wrote:
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:21 pm (UTC)
For the official schedule post (should be up soon) we'll write out the month. I've also edited the OP with some month names. Thanks for the feedback!

Edited 2017-01-16 06:22 pm (UTC)