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Round Two: Signup Instructions

Happy Saturday, everyone!

At midnight EST tonight, the signup form will go live on AO3 and will remain open until midnight EST on 9/13. Below are the instructions for signing up for round two of TW Holidays. If you have any questions regarding signups or need a code to create an account on AO3, please contact the mods ASAP!

REQUESTS: THE BASICS

+You are required to fill out one (1) request, and you are allowed to fill out a total of two (2). One of these requests MUST be under fandom Teen Wolf (TV); the other should be used for Teen Wolf RPF requests, if you have any, or left blank.

+Your request(s) must include the following information:

FANDOM: must be Teen Wolf (TV) or Teen Wolf RPF, depending on the nature of your request.

CHARACTERS: you may enter up to fifteen (15) characters you would like your writer to focus on.*

RELATIONSHIPS (a.k.a. pairings): you may enter up to fifteen (15) relationships you would like the writer assigned to you to choose from.*

ADDITIONAL TAGS (e.g. Found Family, Angst, Crack, etc.): you may enter up to fifteen (15) additional tags you might like to see in your gift.

CATEGORIES (i.e. m/m, f/f, gen, etc.): you may choose any/all/none of these.

RATINGS: you may choose any/all/none of these.

LETTER TO WRITER: in this field, please leave a link to a LiveJournal or tumblr post where you have written a letter to the person who will be writing for you. In this letter, you should include the following: specific prompts for your writer, a list of things you absolutely would NOT like them to write for you**, and possibly a contact person for your writer to get in touch with should they have questions regarding your likes/dislikes/etc.

DESCRIPTION: you may use this field to specify any plot and/or relationship and/or genre details you would like the writer assigned to you to consider while they write the story. For example, you could use this field to tell them how much you want an AU where Scott and Stiles are jaeger pilots fighting the kaiju, or how awesome it would be if they wrote you a futurefic where Allison and Lydia travel around the world and have adventures together. You can also use this field to specify things you DON'T like to see in stories**.

Recipients, take note! While we are not requiring the writers to follow your requests to the letter, we WILL be looking over all of the submissions for any glaring issues, including blatant disregard of your likes/dislikes, etc. If we find that you have been gifted with something completely contrary to what you requested, we will work with the writer to fix the issue.

*We will be matching writers/recipients based on ONE character and ONE relationship in the request.

**There is no special field to designate squicks and dislikes on the AO3 gift exchange form, unfortunately. In order to avoid your writer including things you dislike or hate, please consider describing these things in detail either in your Letter to Writer post or in the description section of your requests. AUTHORS: if you are ever in doubt about including a certain trope or characterization or side pairing, please feel free to contact any of the mods for advice on how to proceed!

OFFERS: THE BASICS

+You only need to make one (1) offer.

+You will need to fill out most of the information listed above (fandom(s), characters, relationships, additional tags, categories, ratings). This information should cover everything you are willing to write for your recipient and exclude anything you are NOT willing to write.

+As stated previously, there is no place to specify things you will not write. We will do our best to make sure the AO3 system has matched you with someone whose likes/wants are in line with your offer, but we are matching based on a character and/or a relationship and cannot guarantee a perfect match every single time. If you are absolutely unable to write anything that you are assigned based on the request form and the Letter to Writer, contact the mods as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Writers, take note! You are NOT required to fulfill your recipient's requests exactly as they have laid them out, but we do ask that you at least be conscientious of their likes/dislikes and create a story that features the relationship(s) and/or character(s) they requested. If we see that you have ignored this, we will ask you to edit your story. If you refuse to edit your story per our concerns, your story AND the gift written for you will be removed from the collection, and we will ban you from participating in future Teen Wolf Holidays events.

Got all that? If so, SIGN UP HERE! EDIT: Apologies, friends, the signup form is now live and ready. And that's it for signups! Assignments will go out sometime on September 20th. Thanks for participating!

Again, if there's any further clarification needed, please comment here or email the mods at twholsmod@gmail.com. We will do our best to make this process as painless as possible.

Comments

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fluffyllama
Sep. 1st, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Are signups open? It says closed when I click on the link, am I just missing something obvious?

Edited at 2013-09-01 10:15 am (UTC)
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Gah, sorry about that! I thought I clicked the ticky box and apparently didn't. They are now open!
kissoffools
Sep. 1st, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
If we sign up and fill out the form now, can we edit it between now and the 13th?
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, you can! You just need to fill in all the required fields with something.
kissoffools
Sep. 1st, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! One more question, if that's cool - I know you said we can request Teen Wolf AND Teen Wolf RPF, but that we only have to offer one. Am I allowed to offer both, if I'd be happy writing either one?
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sure, of course you can offer for both! Just include both in the fandom field in your offer!
kissoffools
Sep. 1st, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :D Oh god, I feel like such a pain. One more thing - I tried to request/offer Daniel Sharman as a character for Teen Wolf RPF and various pairings with him (Daniel/Hoechlin, Daniel/Posey, Daniel/Dylan), and it wouldn't let me because he's apparently "not a canonical tag". It said to mention it to the fest mods, and that tag mods at AO3 might be able to make that a thing?

I just thought I'd mention it. :) If it's too much hassle or not possible to have fixed, it's all good! (I promise, I'm done with questions now, ack!)
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that shouldn't be happening! We don't have the form set up in any special way that would exclude that, so let us look into it, and we'll figure something out. We'll reply here when we have it fixed. Thanks for letting us know!
sandrine
Sep. 1st, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I had that happen to me as well. I listed a certain threesome pairing (not in the RPF section) that hasn't previously been tagged on AO3 and it wouldn't let me request it. I wasn't absolutely set on it, so I just deleted it, but if you found a way to fix the issue, I'd probably put it back in, just to give my writer more choices. :)
kissoffools
Sep. 1st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, that'd be great! If it can't get fixed it's no big deal, but it'd be nice to give my writer more options. :) Thanks!
twholsmod
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Hi there - a very helpful tag wrangler for AO3 just contacted us to let us know that the issue with this has been fixed! Please feel free to edit your request/offer if you like!
kissoffools
Sep. 2nd, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I definitely will, that's awesome. :D (And hopefully someone other than meeeee wants TW RPF, haha!)
write_light
Sep. 7th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
I just now ran into trouble trying to create a non-canonical tag (Versatile Derek, Versatile Stiles) and it held up the request until I removed them. Not a huge deal, but...
shetiger
Sep. 1st, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I had that happen with some of my pairings, and it turns out it didn't like the order of the names. See if choosing them from the drop-down helps.
kissoffools
Sep. 1st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
I tried that! But Daniel Sharman doesn't seem to exist anywhere in the system. :(
lorax
Sep. 1st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Is there a collection for fics done for last year that I missed at the time? And yay round 2!
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
No, we never created a collection for round one. Things got a little hectic for all of us at the end.
shetiger
Sep. 1st, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Hi! Maybe a nitpicky question, but I'm always worried that I'm going to do something wrong on one of these forms and make myself unmatchable. For the ratings and categories form, I don't have a preference, so what's the best thing to do for matching ease: check everything, or check nothing? (I plan on putting a het pairing, a poly ship, and a slash pairing in my requests, and I'm also open to gen, so I don't really want to narrow the categories down.)
twholsmod
Sep. 1st, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
No worries!

I would check everything if you're not picky about ratings and categories. We're not matching by ratings and categories, so they're more a guideline for the person who gets assigned to you. If you check everything off, that'll make it clear to the writer that you're cool with anything.
shetiger
Sep. 1st, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I decided it was better to be safe and ask, even if I was being a bit silly. :)
chosenfire28
Sep. 1st, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Do the characters we request/offer have to match up with all the characters in the pairings we request/offer?

Also, is matching based off just one thing (one character OR one pairing) or is it both one character AND one pairing?
twholsmod
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Nope, your request and offer can be totally different things! Your offer will match someone else's request, and your request will be matched to someone else's offer. :)

Also: it's OR, in this case. We wanted to give people the option to NOT request relationships if they'd prefer a strictly gen gift.

Edited at 2013-09-02 03:01 am (UTC)
billradish
Sep. 1st, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
LETTER TO WRITER: in this field, please leave a link to a LiveJournal or tumblr post where you have written a letter to the person who will be writing for you.

As a heads up, this isn't so much a 'please' as a 'you are required'. I hate cluttering up my journal with letters and I can fit all the information I need in the description field anyway, but it won't let me submit my signup without a valid URL.
twholsmod
Sep. 2nd, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
Please leave a main link to your journal or public bookmarks in that field and note in the request box that that's where the link goes. Thanks!
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twholsmod
Sep. 2nd, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Question:
Ah, no, that shouldn't have been a required field. Please feel free to edit your signup now if you like!
burntotears
Sep. 4th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
This might be a long shot, but is there any way we could get a copy of what we filled out for the entry last year? I apparently don't have the partial copy you guys sent me in my e-mail anymore and I'd love to use it as a reference since it seemed to work well last year.

It's alright if that's too much work.
twholsmod
Sep. 5th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
That might be possible! Shoot us an email (twholsmod@gmail.com), and we'll look through last year's docs for it. :)
burntotears
Sep. 4th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
And for 'ratings' - do you know why Explicit isn't listed? Will the fillers for this year know if we are okay with NC-17 if it only goes to 'mature'?

And if we are okay with all ratings, should we check them all or leave them unchecked?

Edited at 2013-09-04 10:25 am (UTC)
ziusura
Sep. 4th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry sorry just butting in to say that Explicit is listed you just have to scroll down in the little box with the ratings!
twholsmod
Sep. 5th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
As ziusura mentioned, you just need to scroll down in the box for Explicit! And yes, please check off all ratings if you're okay with any/all of them.
raktajinos
Sep. 6th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
howdi! So ao3 told me to contact the mod so here I am

I want to have 'Allison Argent & Melissa McCall' as a relationship tag but apparently it doesn't exist yet (how terribly tragic is that!) so ao3 said to contact you about getting that put in as a tag.

:D
twholsmod
Sep. 9th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
We've contacted an AO3 tag wrangler to see if they'll be able to add this relationship tag for you and will let you know either way!
raktajinos
Sep. 9th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
oh fabulous! Thanks!

(could it be fixed if I wrote something quick/short about that pairing and uploaded it to the archive.
twholsmod
Sep. 12th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
FYI, you should be able to use that relationship tag now!
raktajinos
Sep. 13th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
fabulous! thanks! and yup added
hirindigonight
Sep. 9th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm trying to sign up but it's telling me both that some of my pairings and some of my tags are not canonical:

These relationship tags in your request are not canonical and cannot be used in this challenge: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski/Sheriff Stilinski, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski/Scott McCall, Isaac Lahey/Sheriff Stilinski/Stiles Stilinski, Sheriff Stilinski/Isaac Lahey.

These freeform tags in your request are not canonical and cannot be used in this challenge: Dominance/submission, Fake Relationship, Accidental soul bonding, Magic!Stiles, Demon!Stiles, werefox!stiles.
twholsmod
Sep. 9th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
We've contacted an AO3 tag wrangler regarding the relationship tags and will hopefully have an answer for you about them soon!

The freeform tags that you list should be available, but they probably appear differently in the auto-fill list. Instead of "dominance/submission," try typing "dom" into the field and "dom/sub" should appear; if you type "fake" into the field, "fake/pretend relationship" should show up as an option, etc. Magic!Stiles probably comes up as "Magical Stiles Stilinski" or something, and you might have to use the "werecreature Stiles" tag and just specify in your Letter to Writer that you want him to be a werefox.

Basically if you play around with the auto-fill suggestions, you will probably be able to find the tags you're looking for. If the form keeps rejecting them, let us know and we'll ask the tag wrangler for help, or just include them as things you'd like to see in your description or Letter to Writer.
twholsmod
Sep. 12th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
FYI, you should be able to use those relationship tags now!
painfullystoic
Sep. 14th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Aww. I missed the deadline by 12 hours!!!! :(

Good Luck everyone who signed up! I hope you have tons of fun!!
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