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Welcome to Space Swap!

  • Sep. 3rd, 2013 at 11:28 AM
[community profile] space_swap is a multimedia exchange for space fandoms of all sorts, including television series, movies, and books. The only criterion for a fandom to be eligible is that it somehow be related to SPACE.

We'll be running this along typical exchange lines: participants will sign up with requests and offers, will be matched via AO3, and will receive an assignment. By signing up, participants agree to make a fannish creation for their assigned participant. In turn, someone will make a fannish creation for them.

We'll kick off the swap with a fandom recruitment phase in which everyone can wax poetic about their favourite space fandoms in the hopes of recruiting new fans. Following that we’ll hold nominations to get a set of fandoms and characters for our swap, and then we’ll have sign-ups and be off and running!

Requests, Offers, and Matching

When signing up, you will need to request at least 3 fandoms, and can request up to 6. You'll also need to offer at least 3 fandoms, and can offer up to 10.

For each fandom, you can request up to 4 nominated characters. If you select 0, the person assigned to you may make something with any nominated character or the fandom in general.

For each fandom, you must offer to write 2 to 8 of the nominated characters. You can also offer 'any.'

Requests and offers will also contain media type(s), which will be used in matching people.

There will be more information about prompts and matches when we open sign-ups.

Fannish Creation Requirements

The minimum requirements are:

Fic, podfic, or meta - 1,000 words
Vid - 2 minutes
Art - 1 original illustration or 2 graphic pieces
Other - Something of equivalent effort to the above

You are, of course, welcome to do more and longer.

Interested in making something else? Leave us a comment about it. We'll poll the community and if there's enough interest, we'll add it in.

Schedule & Contact Info

You can see the complete 2014/2015 schedule here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please comment on this post or PM the mods, [personal profile] skieswideopen and [personal profile] colls, and we'll do our best to address them.



sirvalkyrie: (Default)
[personal profile] sirvalkyrie wrote:
Sep. 6th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I would like a few examples for different ways a fandom can be space related and be eligible? Obviously things set in space would be. But for example would something like Sailor Moon be eligible? What about something like War of the Worlds with a threat coming from space? Or characters from another planet? Does just going into space make something eligible? Sorry for all the questions, I am just trying to figure out the boundaries of what is eligible and what isn't.
skieswideopen: The TARDIS, bright blue against a grey wall and green grass (Doctor Who: TARDIS)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Sep. 6th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
We're trying to be as inclusive as possible, without straying entirely outside of the space theme. Our working definition of "in space" is:

Some sort of intelligent beings in space at some point (before, during, or after canon) in a way that's significant to some aspect of the narrative.

At the moment, we're leaving "significant to the narrative" up to participants and trusting people will keep it in mind. But we do want people (of some sort) in space (at some point), and not just objects. So aliens yes; missiles and satellites, no.

Under that definition, I think War of the Worlds would be eligible. I'm afraid I don't know enough about Sailor Moon to render an opinion on that.
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[personal profile] nickelmountain wrote:
Sep. 9th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
This sounds like a fun swap! Would it be okay to make podfic for it?
skieswideopen: Caprica Six half visible behind a wall (BSG: Six)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Sep. 9th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
We're going to do a poll closer to the date to see which media participants are receptive to making and receiving. I'll definitely put podfic on the list, and if the interest is there, we'll make it an option. So I guess we'll have to see?
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[personal profile] colls wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
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[personal profile] laisserais wrote:
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
All fans are allowed to recommend their favorite space fandoms Is it time to do this yet? Do I do that in this comm? Also: yay! I like this idea.
colls: (SG1 DanielVala2)
[personal profile] colls wrote:
Sep. 14th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Coming tomorrow! :)

ETA: Recruitment is up!

Edited 2013-09-14 03:05 pm (UTC)
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taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- ?)
[personal profile] taichara wrote:
Sep. 19th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Since we also specify media types, can/will we use these to differentiate between canons in a fandom? So someone doesn't get an animated canon of a series when they want novels or comics or manga or what-have version(s).

I know it's a fairly self-evident thing, I just want to reconfirm for my own benefit of mind.
skieswideopen: Kirk on his bike, over the text "Star Trek" (Star Trek)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Sep. 19th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Absolutely! When we do nominations, we'll ask people to specify media types in the tags.
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kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
[personal profile] kerravonsen wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
In regard to media types, what about craft? I've seen this done in the [ profile] sshg_exchange and its successor, the [ profile] sshg_promptfest, and it's been very creative. I've seen people make amiguri/dolls, collage books, jewellery, even a decorated cake (including marzipan figures of the characters).
Obviously one couldn't put the actual object online, so people took photographs instead.
skieswideopen: (Star Wars: Yoda)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
We can certainly put it in the poll. Whether we include it will depend on how many people are interested in making and receiving crafts (or pictures of crafts).
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[personal profile] paranoidangel wrote:
Nov. 9th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
Would the fic/vic/art you create for this have to also be set in space? Or is it just a case of as long as the fandom is a space fandom you can do anything within it, even if they spend the whole time on Earth/their home planet?
skieswideopen: Martha Jones from Doctor Who (Doctor Who: Martha Jones)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Nov. 9th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
You do not have to set things in space! As long as the fandom is space-related, you can keep the characters planet-bound the entire time.
sirvalkyrie: (Default)
[personal profile] sirvalkyrie wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
What numbering are you using for the later Doctors in Doctor Who?
skieswideopen: The TARDIS floating in space (Doctor Who)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Nov. 25th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I think we'll go with AO3's tagging system, which means Eccleston = Ninth Doctor, Tennant = Tenth Doctor, and Smith = Eleventh Doctor.

The canonical tag on AO3 for John Hurt's doctor is The Doctor (Hurt), so we'll use that for him.

ETA: Here's the list of all of the current canonical tags for different versions of The Doctor in case you want to nominate a different one.

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cantarina: donna noble in a paper crown, looking thoughtful (Default)
[personal profile] cantarina wrote:
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
AO3 matching is ususually by fandom/character/pairing, right? I'm super interested in playing, but I'd really rather podfic. Is there anyway to be sure I'd get a recipient who'd be happy with that? (Assuming, of course, there are relevant sign-ups to match on!)
skieswideopen: Melinda May from Agents of SHIELD (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
We're matching on medium as well, so I think you're okay. If we run into problems getting enough matches, we'll drop character matching before media matching. I guess if it still fails, we'll have to rethink things, but in that case, we'll post to the comm about it. But hopefully it won't come to that!
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sexycazzy: (C Santa Lorne)
[personal profile] sexycazzy wrote:
Jan. 31st, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
Am a little lost in the sign up form, hope you can help me out!

I see that I have to make at least 3 requests and up to 6 requests - clear..I think!

But not sure about the description part - do I put in here - what kind of fanart do I want; spicks/likes etc? Or is that for the Dear John Spacer posts only?

Also can I request extra characters or must be only these characters mentioned in the sign up forms? example: Star Trek - doesn't have Pike :( Stargate Atlantis - doesn't have David Parrish :-( lol

Edited 2014-01-31 12:50 pm (UTC)
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[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Jan. 31st, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
You can write those things (likes, dislikes, prompts, etc.) in the description, in a Dear Spacer letter, or in both! It's up to you. Some people use one, some use the other, some copy and paste the same information in both, and some write shorter prompts in the sign-up form and use the letter to elaborate more, or to include general likes and dislikes that apply to all of their requests. :)

You can only officially request the characters in the tag set. You can definitely mention other characters in your description/letter as an option, but your creator isn't obligated to include them since we can't match on characters not in the tag set, so please don't make it sound like you won't be happy unless you receive those characters. But do mention them if want them!
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[personal profile] czi wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I realise that assignments aren't out just yet, but I've been trolling the Dear Spacer letters that have been posted and have a few ideas for pieces to exchange or have as extras if I don't get that person. My question is, as long as the piece isn't posted before the reveal date, may I use it in another challenge?

(I have just received a card from [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo and the due dates there are after reveals here, so if it fits for both is it okay?)
skieswideopen: Camile Wray from SGU (SG: Camile Wray)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
For extras - absolutely go ahead and do whatever else you'd like for them.

For main assignments - I'm a little worried that recipients might feel like whatever they receive wasn't really created for them if it starts showing up in other challenges, so I'd kind of prefer if they could be kept just for [community profile] space_swap. If it's just a matter of linking something for points, I think that's okay, but otherwise I'd rather not see these things re-used. Does that make sense?

Of course, you can repost your work wherever you like once everything's revealed!
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[personal profile] ghiaccio wrote:
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Questions for my signup
Hello, I'd like to sign too up but I've just found out this gift exchange, that means that I didn't get to nominate my favorite characters/ships, so I've some concerns and I'd like to ask some of questions before I confirm my signup.

1- What if on the Requests I select for example the nominated character Hoshi Sato (fandom Star Trek Enterprise), then on the description box I ask for a gift about Hoshi/Mayweather/Reed ship. Since Mayweather and Reed aren't nominated characters is it fine? Is it what I'm going to get?

2- I'd like to get a First Time fanfic for my gift. Is that what I'm going to get, or the description box and the tags are just optional? I hope this wasn't a question already answered to, as I read the rules and I don't recall it being already said. Sorry if I missed it.

3- How the matching works? If I use for example "romance" on the tag box on my offers section, does it count more than the characters, or less, or the same?

4- Again about the offers. What if I select Leonard McCoy and Spock for TOS fandom. Is it possible that I get an assignment about for example James Kirk and Leonard McCoy instead? Or none of the offered characters because I get matched to an assignment requesting for a tag I've offered instead?

Right now I'm very engrossed with some fandoms, one in particular, and it's making me really frustrated that there's finally a gift exchange for my top favorite genre, space scifi, and I can't pick my favorite characters (Steve Rogers, Malcolm Reed, Tuvok...) for those fandoms because they weren't nominated. :(

Edited 2014-02-05 01:43 am (UTC)
skieswideopen: Kirk on his bike, over the text "Star Trek" (Star Trek)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: Questions for my signup
Hi! I'm glad to hear you're thinking about signing up. I'm sorry to hear you missed nominations.

Because of the number of fandoms involved, we can't match on more than fandom, media, and (hopefully) character. And we can't run the matching on any characters who aren't in the tagset. What this means is that while you can definitely mention characters who weren't nominated and say that you'd love to see them included (or say that you're okay with works focusing on them instead of the nominated characters), we can't require your creator to focus on them. We'd also prefer that you not tell your creator that you won't be happy unless you receive someone who wasn't nominated.

Specific answers:

1. You can definitely mention a Hoshi/Mayweather/Reed ship as something you'd like to receive, but no, there's no guarantee that's what you'll receive. We're matching on 'or' not 'and,' so even if all three of those characters had been nominated, there's no guarantee you'd receive a creator who had offered all three. And even someone who offered all three might not have been thinking of shipping the three of them, so there'd still be no guarantee of Hoshi/Mayweather/Reed ship. If you do request Enterprise, I would strongly recommend not making that the only thing you ask for. It's generally better on both sides if the creator has a few options to choose from.

2. You can definitely ask for a first time fic, but optional details are optional, so there's no guarantee you'll get one.

3. Matching occurs by fandom, media (fic, art, etc.), and (hopefully) by character. I'm afraid that with the range of fandoms in the tag set, we can't use any more criteria than that without risking our ability to match people. So tags like 'romance' will not be used in matching.

4. We will be matching on 'or,' so yes, you could offer McCoy and Spock, and get matched on someone who wants Kirk and/or Spock. In that case, you'd be allowed to write a fic that focuses just on Spock (since you're only required to include one character). This is why it's important to provide your writer with options--you don't know what they may have offered when they get matched to you!

I completely understand being disappointed that we can't guarantee your favourites and I'm sorry. We'll probably run this again next year, so hopefully you'll get a chance to ask for your favourites then!
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[personal profile] raktajinos wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Hi, I was hoping I could get a teeny extension. I finished my stuff a while ago and I've been tinkering with it. I forgot that the due date was also on Easter so I'm out with family and don't have my computer. I'll be back tomorrow and can post them then.
skieswideopen: Elizabeth Weir from Stargate Atlantis (SG: Weir)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Absolutely! Tomorrow is fine. :)
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[personal profile] abluegirl wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hello there. Are you thinking of running this again this year at all?
skieswideopen: A large, glowing, energy-based alien spaceship glides toward Earth (EFC: Mothership)
[personal profile] skieswideopen wrote:
Jan. 4th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Hi! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I'm not sure yet, but we're talking it over and I'll post something about it in the next couple of days.