Hey, folks — just to clear this up right off the bat: we’re not mad. This is not a mad mod post. This is more of a, “both of the mods have noticed a trend that is both frustrating and exhausting and we’d like to nip it in the bud.”
So, most all of you who’ve gotten back to us about your assignments already are really excited about them and jazzed up to get working on them — and this is great! We’re excited that you’re excited about things and after all the work that mod!Astrid and I put into matching people up (especially mod!Astrid; I really can’t overstate how much work she did on matching for this round), we’re super relieved that most of you seem to like your assignments!
…but a lot of the questions that we’ve gotten in the past 24-36ish hours (both via email and in the ask box here) are things that we’ve already answered in the assignment email, the rules, the FAQ, the “all of the assignments are out” post, or in the asks tag because someone else asked it already.
so with that in mind we’re just going to beg you all to please, please, PLEASE read those links over again before you ask us a question.
We generally don’t mind answering your questions, and we really want to be available to you guys for anything we can help with! But there’s almost 140 of you and only two of us, and when you ask us things that we covered in other posts, you’re taking time that we could spend on doing other, bigger things (like passing on correspondence between gift-makers who needed us to ask their recipients questions, trying to find trades for people who need them as quickly as possible, and so on).
If you want a reason why checking the rules, faq, etc. is better for you: if we’ve actually answered your question somewhere else, you’ll get your answer faster if you take a few minutes to go read those links out again than you would if you have to wait an hour or more to get a response from us (which, in a lot of cases, has been a couple sentences and a link to the FAQ).
Again, we’re glad that you’re all excited and we do want to be here for you guys if you have questions. We’re your mods and even when we’re playing tough mod, we’re here to help you and we want to make your experience with the exchange as enjoyable as possible! But right now, in this case? We really need you all to meet us halfway here and at least read the rules and FAQ first.
In mod!Astrid’s words: “Don’t make us implement a ‘we respond to questions already answered in the rules and faq with a Gerard Argent pic and a link’ policy’” — but in closing, and in the hopes of using some more positive motivation, here is a Very Important Gif About Derek Hale:
Thanks in advance, folks — you’re all great, we’re looking forward to seeing what you all create, and again, this isn’t a mad mod post. We’d just really appreciate you guys doing this thing, and it’d ultimately make everything easier for both of us and for you.
~ mod!Kassie (amorremanet).
As we said a few hours ago, in this post, there’s going to be a post of that nature going up sometime this weekend.
I (mod!Kassie) thought that it was already up but I couldn’t find it earlier today and I couldn’t find the AIM log of mine and mod!Astrid’s where we worked all of this out — this was our bad for working out the more immediate issues surrounding signups and so on, and forgetting to make that post.
However, we’re going to get that fixed for you guys as soon as possible… which means this weekend because mod!Astrid has pulled serious overtime and gone way above and beyond in the past week or so, trying to get everyone all matched up and then trying to get assignments sent out, and she’s taking a few very well-earned days off from mod stuff.
Hi, hi, nonny, and sorry to keep you waiting on an answer here, especially when this is pretty important. Mod!Astrid and I had to debate it back and forth a bit before coming up with the potential answers here. ♥
That said, our answer and the short-form gist of this post is this: in general? no, we’ve sent out all of the assignments and we’re not going to accept any further changes to the signup forms or requests now.
The only exception to this flat ban on edits is for new triggers or changes to triggers — literally, this is the only exception that we’re making — and because I (mod!Kassie) am unable to shut up to save my life, all of our rationale is underneath the read more, along with a more detailed explanation of how getting triggers added to your signups now is going to work.
anon #2 asked: A few questions: Are we allowed to make more than one gift for our assignment? And do we wait until the deadline to post our gifts or…?
As explained in the rules and the FAQ, and followed up on in various other mod posts:
Hope this helped clear things up for you!
All assignments have now been sent out. Please check your email and reply to let us know you’ve received it (and if you HAVEN’T received an assignment and you should have, let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE).
Thank you all for being so patient with the slight delay in getting assignments out. We greatly appreciate it.
Some points, just to clarify:
Thanks bbs! You’ve all been wonderful so far, and we hope you like your assignments. <3
We’re in the process of sending out the assignments, and we’re glad to say that we’re almost done with getting them out to everyone! However, because both of us on the mod squad are total space cadets today (but understandably on mod!Astrid’s part - she pulled an all-nighter finishing matches), a few emails may have missed an important clarification.
So, in case your assignment email was missing it, here it is: the maximum rating from your recipient is just a guideline of how high a rating they’d like to receive; it’s not a hard and fast rule about what you need to make.
What that means is this: you are not REQUIRED to create a gift with a rating as high as your recipient is comfortable with. If it doesn’t fit with your inspiration or comfort level, then you don’t have to go that high. On the other hand, you may not exceed the rating that they stated in their signup form.
That’s all, folks! Everyone should get their assignments in the next few hours, and once you get yours, we would really appreciate it if you got back to us ASAP just to let us know that you got your assignment (and to let us know if you want to try to arrange a swap).
~ mod!Kassie (amorremanet).
Hi, folks! We hate to be the bearers of bad news and we are so, so sorry for this but we just found out about a pretty huge technical issue.
Namely: we just found out that our form provider didn’t send us everything it was supposed to and there were a few signups missing from the mod email. Which means that we had some participants we didn’t know about until ~45 minutes ago. We only found out about this because we were checking something on the form server itself and noticed that the numbers didn’t match.
Unfortunately, what this means for everyone is that there will be a brief delay in getting assignments sent out for round two. The sudden influx of missing sign ups means we have a bit of a mess on our end: we need to find everyone who was missing, get them processed and added to our spreadsheets, and shuffle the matches that we’d already made in order to get everyone fitted in and make sure that everyone taking part in round two gets paired up with requests that they can work with.
There’s really no way around this, sadly: we make all the matches by hand in the hopes of getting the happiest arrangements that we possibly can for everybody. Since we want everyone to have an equal chance at getting an assignment that they’re going to be happy working with, it’s only fair to go through the whole matching process for the signups we found tonight.
We’re both so SO sorry for this, and we’re going to do our best to get this all sorted as quickly as possible so we can get your assignments sent out. At most, it shouldn’t be more than a day or two, and at the very latest, you should all have your assignments by Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014.
IF YOU SIGNED UP AND DID NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION FROM US, PLEASE LET US KNOW. We’ll be double checking all the forms on the server so we should find you anyway, but it will be a lot faster if you do let us know.
~twrarepairexchange mods (Astrid warriorpoodle & Kassie amorremanet).
With 132 sign ups and a grand total of 1316 requests for over 375 different ships, sign ups for round two are now closed!
We’re amazed at the amount of rarepair love you guys are bringing and we’ll have assignments out to you in the next week!
This is just a reminder that signups for round two will end on 13th July, 2014 at midnight UTC-12, which means that there is one hour left to get your signup forms in.
So, if you want to sign up but haven’t yet, head on over to the signup form and fill it out. It’s shaping up to be a really great round, and we’d love to see you there!
We also have a handy signup countdown set up for you all over here, so you can keep track of how much longer you have until signups end.
Please note: the signup form will AUTOMATICALLY stop accepting submissions at midnight UTC-12 on July 14th. Missing that cutoff means missing your chance to participate in round two.
If you have signed up already and want to make any changes to your signup, you can absolutely do so! Any changes you want to make are due by the end of the signups period. After midnight UTC-12, we won’t accept any further edits.
Thanks so much, folks! We can’t wait to get everyone’s signups in and assignments emailed out.
I was excited to see the posts for the Teen Wolf Rarepair Exchange circulating again this year (twrarepairexchange).
Last year I ended up writing 15,000+ words of Sciles Hogwarts AU and making it in just under the deadline. I’m not 100% sure my recipient really liked my fic, but I felt accomplished.
I was all ready to sign up when I found out that the mods have decided that the exchange is only for the rarest of the rare, so no sciles, no allydia, no stydia, no steter and no stisaac.
Now, I definitely ship more than just sterek, sciles, allydia, and stydia, but not having my favorite rarepair ships of sciles and allydia as options makes me really nervous.
The problem with the exchange is that you don’t have just a pairing, but you also have the prompt. In the past, I’ve been both creatively inspired by prompts and completely stymied by them. One of the least “me” fics I ever wrote was under a prompt. It was still almost 30,000 words because I am a masochist, but it never felt right.
What I liked about last year was that I had some good options. I would have struggled to do a hogwarts AU with a lot of pairings, for example, but it fit perfectly for sciles.
I’m obviously perfectly capable of writing a pairing I’m not that into. I mean, just look at the almost 30,000 words of halemore that I managed to come up with. But I got to do that one on a volunteer basis and I picked it based on the prompt. If I hadn’t been able to cherrypick the prompt, there’s no way I could ever write halemore.
The other concern is that I even though I ship some other pairings, I don’t necessarily like the others enough to be worth writing a fic I’m not that into.
I mean, I enjoy:
But I don’t love any of those the way I love Sciles or Allydia.
So I guess I’m probably not gonna do it this year. Does anyone think otherwise?
Since you @ noted us in this, we figured you’d like a reply!
Firstly, when we started putting this round together we emailed everyone who participated in round one with a link to a feedback survey. One of the questions we asked was whether or not we should run a ‘rarest of the rare’ round. The response was overwhelmingly positive that yes, we should do the thing, with a large majority of people saying they were strongly in favour of it. Of the rest of the responses, most said they were fine either way, and only a couple of people said they wouldn’t participate if we did this. Our round two sign up numbers are currently higher than round one, so the idea seems to have been a popular one.
We posted about the rarest of the rare round at the start of May. We then proceeded to put together extensive statistics on the status of various ships. We posted this information, which ships we were considering nixing and explained why in detail and asked for feedback multiple times before finalising our list after two weeks of discussion amongst both ourselves and with other participants who responded (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) (bolded links are the posts we made that contain research, stats, and reasonings, others are asks/feedback we responded to (please note that stats were gathered in may and numbers have changed since). About the only feedback on the list that we didn’t end up implementing was the suggestion that Stanny be added, because the stats just didn’t add up for it.
The reason we went with a ‘rarest of the rare’ round is this: there are some rarepairs in the fandom that are only rare when compared to Sterek. When compared to other rarepairs? They’re monoliths. There are whole fandoms that are smaller than the ships we nixed this round. Rarepair fests in other fandoms usually limit to ships with less than 250 works on AO3; meanwhile Skittles, as an example, currently has 998 fics on AO3 AFTER Sterek is excluded from results.
Our goal has always been - and will always be - to help bring more attention and focus to the ships that get overlooked and forgotten. Last round, we found that ships like Skittles and Allydia dominated the other rarepairs - Skittles alone accounted for 16.8% of the gifts made last round. Given that there’s more than 6 or 7 rarepairs (we had requests for over 300 different pairings), this is a massive lions share.
All the ships we nixed this round have over 547 works on AO3 after Sterek is excluded from search results. Most of the rest of the rarepairs? Have less than 250 before Sterek is excluded (Cordia, for example, only has 92 fics once Sterek is excluded, and Erisaac has 62, just to demonstrate the radically different levels of ‘rare’ going on here). They have tags that don’t hit ten new posts a day or even a week or month - hell, some of them don’t even have tags.
We nixed those ships this round to give attention to the ships that are truly forgotten and buried most of the time. We’re sorry that your faves were nixed but take comfort in the fact that your ships are actually doing well! They have fic and content being made for them! There is shippy content available for them for you to read and view and access! Please don’t hold it against us that we’re trying to make sure that’s true for ships other than your faves as well. We’re honestly not hating on them (Kassie and I ship a fair number of them ourselves!), we just feel these other ships are in more dire need of a little extra love, that’s all.
Additionally, we will be holding round 3 in Nov-Feb, same as we held round one end of last year/start of this and it will be ‘anything except Sterek’ again. Since most fests - especially ones as mod heavy as exchanges- only run once a year, just consider round two a bonus round if you feel put out, and there’ll still be another round in 2014.
Again, we’re sorry you’re upset and don’t want to participate in this round, but we have our reasons for running a rarest of the rare round. Skittles, Allydia, Steter, Stisaac, and Stydia are all great ships but they’re not the be all and end all of non-Sterek Teen Wolf and we just want to put a little bit of attention on the ships they usually overshadow. I don’t think that’s unfair, and I don’t think we’re wrong to rule that, for one round, just because a ship is smaller than the monolith that is Sterek, it doesn’t automatically qualify for our exchange.
(And, as the mod doing the matching and who has spent the last three weeks surgically attached to my clipboard with the spreadsheet compiling short lists for each participant, I just want to say that in most cases, we’re getting 2-3 ships in common per person (obviously not in every case, especially when people only requested/offered the minimum) including a minimum of one primary offer, as well as overlap in the likes/dislikes. I also want to remind people that you don’t have to use the provided prompts if they don’t speak to you and can put something together from the likes pile on your own as long as you keep your recipient in mind and try and make something they’ll like. -Mod!Astrid)