Guh. Looks like I need to reply to everyone.>>7148>Come up with something new?
>Manage things from the FiMFic group?
Nope. I tried that. If you'll recall, pretty much nobody moved there except for Tactical, and only then after I poked him for a week or two. I told Wanderer D to wait until our infrastructure got set up before advertising. Nobody here wanted to help me, so that project died.
>Close up shop?
Quite possibly. Let's be perfectly honest: Samurai's /fic/ is dead, and it isn't coming back. I don't think it's entirely because of the move; it's quite possibly due to something else that is completely different. (namely, FimFic emerging as a superior publishing name to EqD, the construction of a useable FimFic group infrastructure, etc…)
>Who's still willing to do reviews?
I still do private reviews. I also work for WRITE on FimFic (which I'll bring up later)>>7149>pick one board and stick with it.
That's a start. The problem is, I think, to do with the 'chans themselves. When I got here, the whole front page of /fic/ was covered with review and discussion threads. I remember going into the TG and Umbra's threads before cautiously making my own. Now, there's nobody willing to make a thread, and those that do are standard 'channers. I don't want to work from an environment where "Discussion of Characterization and Motivation" is right above a thread titled "fave past sins fics," "Applerape" (or any greentext chan shit, really), or any number of untitled Anon posts (and I wonder why Roger hasn't deleted them yet).
>The second would be to use the IRC for TTG-esque review requests
Let's go with nope. The IRC is so informal—so cluttered, chaotic, or dead—that there'd by no point. It's not even like Skype, where you can get a backlog of messages or PMs from earlier (PinkiePieBot is too clunky to count; sorry Kinsley). It's literally just, "drop in and start screaming for someone to read your self-insert." Queues are good. Organization is good. Imageboards and forums are great
because they allow for a formalized, time-independent method of reviewing and discussion. Using the IRC for that purpose would be like using the Six Flags Water Park to host Congressional hearings.
Here's where we get into my proposal.
Let's be perfectly honest: /fic/ is dead, and it's not coming back. Vimbert put up his thread, and it died almost instantly. Tactical hasn't gotten more than two fics in the past three weeks, and the only recently-used thread is the TG, which is currently clogged by angsty discussion about the /fic/ board (ahem) and an angry horde of unclaimed 100k-word fanfics that have been here since late 2011.
We can make review threads, but we don't have the people to staff them. We can bring people in to review, but we won't have stories to review. We can invite authors in, but they won't have any idea how to use an imageboard, or if they do, they'll probably be posters who would prefer to make a foalconxAnon greentext than actually work at improving their writing.
As I mentioned earlier, I've recently joined a new group called WRITE (the Writers' and Reviewers' Institute of Technical Excellence). I'm currently reviewing my second fic for them, and I've discovered a few things about their organization that I like.
1.) Everything is professional.
There are two to three admins who receive and administer reviews. That's right. No queues, but you will be assigned fics to read. They'll be based on your interests—you won't be assigned Flash Sentry x Hoity Toity clop if that's not your cup of tea—but you will be required to be a regular contributor if you want to call yourself part of the group. Oh, and by the way? There is a due date. You have limited time to finish a review, once it's been assigned.
2.) They have standards.
One of the problems with /fic/—especially TTG—was that literally anyone could waltz in and start reviewing. Occasionally, that could even produce harmful results, rather than beneficial ones. Hell, they've got an application! Furthermore, authors who clearly don't want to work with their reviewer—or who clearly can't write—can be rejected without much of a fuss (and by "can't write," I mean really
can't write). You're judged on the quality of your work.
3.) They're easy to work with
. The mods are pretty cool guys—I met all of them at Bronycon, and I'm in two Skype chats with 'em—and it's always easy enough to make an adjustment to your reviewing preferences, or to, say, pass off a review to someone else if you don't think you'll have time for it. It's as much of a member-friendly group as it is a user-friendly group, and that's been great for me so far.
Maybe this sounded like a tract for WRITE. Maybe it was. But what's important is that we need someplace to go, and I want to suggest that anyone who still wants to review ponefic heads over there to apply, join up, and start editing again. The board may be dead, but that's no reason for its people to die off as well.
Just my two cents (or, considering the length of this post, my two dollars).
[EDIT] And for any of you people who want a link, have at thee: http://www.fimfiction.net/group/197153/writers-and-reviewers-institute-for-technical-excellence
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