The good part of a week has passed since I announced the launch of rov_regular
, so now I would like to welcome all you wonderful new members and ask you to go crazy with activity. As already said, the first icon challenge
has been moved into position and at the end of this month, a post will go up reminding people to post their submissions in due time.
The newsletter has also been kicked into action, although only in the form of "The OLD Newsletter"
so far. Please don't hesitate in sharing all your links to old fan material in the comments to that post - whether they're from LiveJournal sources or sites outside LJ. The NEW newsletter will see the light of day for the first time on the 1st of May - and we already have a scout to be on the look-out for cosplay entries!
Nevertheless, we still need scouts in the following categories: fanfic, fanart and icons/graphics. No worries, signing up to be a scout
doesn't require any experience whatsoever and really isn't high maintainance. You only have to check category related sites (fanfiction.net for fanfic, deviantart.com for fanart and the beru_bara
community for icons, for example) every now and then throughout the month and - if and when finding fandom goodies - save links to the relevant material. We, the mods, will do everything we can to assist the scouts, of course; either in introducing them to the work methods, in case of doubt, or to evaluate the material they find, should they be uncertain of the relevance. So, everyone, please consider it! It's not a big job to undertake, but it makes the moderation of the newsletter so much easier for ois3au_vivant
& myself. :)
May will also be the month where we post the first fanfiction challenge to the community. If you have any prompts you would like to see used for future fanfiction challenges, you can post them here
. All comments are screened, to ensure the moment of surprise. Prompts can be anything from a word, an image or a concept to a sentence, lyrics or a music video. It's entirely up to you!
Speaking of which, the rules for the fanfiction challenge have been posted in the above-mentioned entry too - in good time for people to prepare for the upcoming monthly event. Members are asked to make themselves familiar with all community rules, especially in regards to activities they are participating in.
In the wake of the fanfiction challenge next month, we will also begin running our bi-weekly meta discussions which will take place as following:
- the mods post an entry where the subject of the discussion is announced
- all members are free to discuss the announced subject in the comments
- commenters are asked, within reason, to stay on track
- if anyone feels like writing more elaborate meta posts on the subject,
they are welcome to post it in its own entry to beru_bara
or their private journal (not friends-locked) and link to it in the comments
- in thus case, the proper use of LJ-cuts is enforced
- all users are asked to maintain a polite and respectful tone
- if the required netiquette isn't met,
the mods will delete comments and/or ban members from participating
in accordance to a three-strike-out approach
When April draws nearer to its end, one of the mods will put up an entry, where a collection of characters, canon and historical contexts will be listed to show community members what subjects will be up for discussion in the future. If any of you have suggestions to additional subject matters, you can comment to that post. Thank you! :)
Once the first icon challenge has ended, ois3au_vivant
and I will make and post tutorials for GIMP
(an image editing software like Photoshop, but free of charge), so that people who might be interested in making icons, but don't quite know where to start or who don't have Photoshop to work with have something to guide them through the basics. Like that, we hope to see many more graphic-makers participating in the RoV fandom! Because we all like nice, sparkling icons, right?
Last but not least, I would like everybody to advertise this community everywhere! On your personal journals, in communities where there are people who might be interested in joining, in memes and places like fandomsecrets
, etc. Just spread the word. The more people are made aware of the fandom, the more people might find an interest in learning more about the canon. And RoV needs all the love it can get. ♥