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Just a quick reminder that it's roughly five days until Round 4: Night of the Lawn Chairs' entry deadline! I hope that everyone's having fun working on their entry.

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on August 15th, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

If you'd like to help spread the word or just want a cool graphic to stick in your journal, don't forget our three banners.

Community Promotion: Copy and paste from the text boxes to get your banner of choice for your journal! )

I hope everyone's enjoying their summer (or conversely, their winter)!
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It's time for the fourth round of Government Controlled Cats!

The Prompts:

Undulate: Freckles have been banned and the government controls non-compostable dinnerware.

Sneak: Bookbinding has been banned and the government controls baked goods.

Drag: Teenagers have been banned and the government controls fireworks.

Fear: The name Steve has been banned and the government controls magic.

Tweak: Oranges have been banned and the government controls lawn chairs.


Please note, the format has changed from the previous round. All rounds will have different formats.


The Format: A newspaper article
The Format's Length: 1-500 words of original fiction. Please note that entries are not required to use the words from their prompt's title and summary.

A Quick Reminder of How to Enter and Entry Rules )

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on August 15th, 2011 August 25th, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

Have fun!

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I've looked at the poll results, and it seems like a majority of respondents would like more time to work on prompts.

So, I'm going to bump the prompt entry period up from one week and overall expand the length of each round to roughly one month.

In the interests of keeping scheduling simple, I'm going to work the rounds around dates, such as the 'the first of the month' rather than 'the first Tuesday each month'.

So, here's the new proposed round schedule:

1st of each month: Prompts are posted
15th of each month: Entry submission closes
16th of each month: Voting post goes up.
20th of each month: Voting closes.
21st of each month: Winners go up.

1st of next month: New round starts!

There are three more entry rounds of Government Cats planned, as well as the final death match (which will be on a slightly abbreviated schedule, as there are no new entries for that round).

That's the plan for now, if you have any comments or queries, please drop a comment on this post! :D
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Government Cats, there were three excellent entries for Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny, and the votes have been tallied! If I may have a drumroll, please.

And our winners are... )

That's all for Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny, but don't despair! I'll be making an announcement tomorrow as to the results of the Feedback and Suggestions Poll and the future direction of the community. Today's the last day to get your votes in on the Feedback and Suggestions Poll, so get your votes in if you want to help shape the direction of [community profile] governmentcontrolledcats!

Congratulations to our Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny winners and thank you to everyone who entered and voted!

Graphic Credits )
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It's the last day to vote for your favorite entry! Check out the voting post for Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny and cast your vote before time runs out!

Remember, anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers. Feel free to spread the word and help get more votes in for this round. :)

Also, if you have a minute, please take the Government Controlled Cats Feedback Poll! It'll help me figure out what's best for the future of this community.

Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, July 11th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Government Cats, I've noticed that participation is going down, down, down for both voting and entering. However, I'm really not sure why. So, instead of guessing wildly, I'd love it if you could take the time to fill out a poll or drop a comment on this entry!

It would be very much appreciated, so that I can determine either a) what changes I should make or b) if interest is so low that [community profile] governmentcontrolledcats should end earlier than expected. Right now I'm not sure which is the case, so please let me know through the poll or a comment!

Poll #7470 Government Controlled Cats Feedback
This poll is closed.
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 8

What's your stance on Government Cats?

I've participated and want to continue doing so.
5 (62.5%)

I want to participate, but haven't done so yet.
1 (12.5%)

I almost participated a few times, but things came up.
1 (12.5%)

I don't want to participate, I just want to watch the com.
2 (25.0%)

How do you feel about the quality of the prompts?

The prompts are fine.
6 (75.0%)

The prompts are great.
2 (25.0%)

The prompts are terrible.
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about the number of prompts?

Too few!
1 (14.3%)

Too many!
1 (14.3%)

Just right!
5 (71.4%)

How do you feel about the time alotted for entering? (One week)

It's fine. Keep it at one week.
3 (37.5%)

It's too long. Make it three days.
0 (0.0%)

It's too short. Make it two weeks.
4 (50.0%)

It's too short. Make it two and a half weeks.
1 (12.5%)

It's too short. I'll specify in a comment the length I'd like.
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about the use of a different specified format for each round?

I like it. Keep it the way it is.
6 (75.0%)

I like the idea, but I don't like the execution. (Please specify in a comment)
1 (12.5%)

I don't like it at all. I'd prefer it just be 500 words of any format we wish
1 (12.5%)

I only liked the first format, which was 'an excerpt from the novel'.
1 (12.5%)

How do you feel about the time alotted for voting?

It's fine. Keep it at five days.
3 (37.5%)

It's too short. Make it one week.
3 (37.5%)

It's too long. Make it three days.
2 (25.0%)

It's too _____. (I've specified in a comment)
0 (0.0%)

Should Government Cats Continue?

Yes
6 (75.0%)

Yes, but not without some changes.
2 (25.0%)

Yes, but not without significant changes.
0 (0.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

No, I think the com has run its course.
0 (0.0%)

No, I think that the format is too broken to fix.
0 (0.0%)

Is this a mod problem?

No
8 (100.0%)

No, but you need to be more timely in posting things.
0 (0.0%)

Yes
0 (0.0%)

Yes, I think someone else should mod.
0 (0.0%)

Yes (Other reason specified in a comment below).
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about the length of the rounds (Two weeks for entering and voting)?

It's fine, keep it as is.
2 (28.6%)

It's too long. Make them one week long.
1 (14.3%)

It's too short. Each round should be one month long.
3 (42.9%)

It's too ________. (Specified in a comment below).
1 (14.3%)

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Voting's open for Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny!

Anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers.


The Voting Procedure: There are three winners per round, whereby winners are determined by cumulative number of votes. Voting will be done by an anonymous ticky-box poll. Ties are allowed. Awesome banners will be awarded to the three winners! Since there are only three entries, voting will be done by selecting your most favorite and least favorite. Most favorite gets +1, least favorite gets -1 to their cumulative score, with the cumulative score determining ranking.

The Voting Period: July 7th - July 11th. Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, July 11th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

Note: I would have liked to make the poll open to anonymous voting, but DW apparently does not allow that option. In order to vote, one has to be logged into DW via their journal or openID.

Click to read the entries and vote. )

Government Controlled Cats: Round 3 Voting
Click the Invite to Read & Vote!
Voting ends 11:59PM EST on Monday, July 11th


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Government Cats, things are looking slightly dire! There's less than twelve hours to submit an entry on Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny before the entry deadline and there is only one entry.

One single, lonely, entry.

/cue music of sadness

Look at this cute baby cheetah! He is looking for all the other entries! Help him find them!



If you've thought about entering, this week would be a great time to do it. Seriously, it would. :D


Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on July 6th, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Just a quick reminder that it's less than two days until Round 3: The Overripe Mango of Mutiny's entry deadline! I hope that everyone's having fun working on their entry.

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on July 6th, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

If you'd like to help spread the word or just want a cool graphic to stick in your journal, don't forget our three banners.

Community Promotion: Copy and paste from the text boxes to get your banner of choice for your journal! )

Also, I hope everyone in the United States had a Happy Fourth of July! :D
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It's time for the third round of Government Controlled Cats!

The Prompts:

Throb: Wonder Bread been banned and the government controls beards.

Poke: Trousers have been banned and the government controls decisions.

Reek: Love has been banned and the government controls tic tac toe.

Dimmed: Underwear has been banned and the government controls bringing horses inside a house.

Lunge: Eating with a fork has been banned and the government controls fake moustaches.


Please note, the format has changed from the previous round. All rounds will have different formats.


The Format: The main action sequence of the prompt's novel.
The Format's Length: 1-500 words of original fiction. Please note that entries are not required to use the words from their prompt's title and summary.

A Quick Reminder of How to Enter and Entry Rules )

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on July 6th, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

Have fun!

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Government Cats, we have our three winners! There were six excellent entries for Round 2: A Clammy Calamity, and three have been selected as the favorites among the crowd! If I may have a drumroll, please.

And our winners are... )

That's all for Round 2: A Clammy Calamity, but don't despair! The second round starts on Wednesday, so get ready to write some more dystopian futures!

Congratulations to our Round 2: A Clammy Calamity winners and thank you to everyone who entered and voted!

Graphic Credits )
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It's the last day to vote for your favorite entries from Round 2! To be precise, there's less than twelve hours left to check out the voting post for Round 2: A Clammy Calamity and cast your vote before time runs out!

Remember, anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers. Feel free to spread the word and help get more votes in for this round.

Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, June 27th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Only two and a half days left to vote for your favorite entries! Check out the voting post for Round 2: A Clammy Calamity and cast your vote before time runs out!

Remember, anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers. Feel free to spread the word and help get more votes in for this round. :)

Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, June 27th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Voting's open for Round 2: A Clammy Calamity! We've got six excellent entries up for inspection.

Anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers.


A Reminder: The Voting Procedure & Criteria )

The Voting Period: June 23rd - June 27th. Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, June 27th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

Note: I would have liked to make the poll open to anonymous voting, but DW apparently does not allow that option. In order to vote, one has to be logged into DW via their journal or openID.

Click to read the entries and vote. )

Help Spread the Word: Government Cats, help spread the dystopian future! Copy and paste from the textbox to get this voting banner for your journal!

Government Controlled Cats: Round 2 Voting
Click the Invite to Read & Vote!
Voting ends 11:59PM EST on Monday, June 27th




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Less than twelve hours until Round 2: A Clammy Calamity's entry deadline! So, keep that deadline in mind if you want to play with this round's prompts! :)

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on June 22nd, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Just a quick reminder that it's less than three days until Round 2: A Clammy Calamity's entry deadline! I hope that everyone's having fun working on their entry.

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on June 22nd, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

If you'd like to help spread the word or just want a cool graphic to stick in your journal, don't forget our three banners.

Community Promotion: Copy and paste from the text boxes to get your banner of choice for your journal! )
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It's time for the second round of Government Controlled Cats!

The Prompts:

Whimper: Crossword puzzles have been banned and the government controls the sun.

Draft: Editing has been banned and the government controls sadness.

Fall: Waking bears has been banned and the government controls eating with a fork.

Vibrate: Volcanoes have been banned and the government controls lace.

Nick: Webinars have been banned and the government controls bathroom tile.


Please note, the format has changed from the previous round. All rounds will have different formats.


The Format: A letter or e-mail from one character to another.
The Format's Length: 1-500 words of original fiction. Please note that entries are not required to use the words from their prompt's title and summary.

A Quick Reminder of How to Enter and Entry Rules )

Submissions are due by 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on June 22nd, 2011. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

Have fun!

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Government Cats, we have our three winners! There were nine excellent entries for Round 1: The Dolphins of Despair, but only three could be crowned as crowd-pleasing favorites. If I may have a drumroll, please.

And our winners are... )

That's all for Round 1: The Dolphins of Despair, but don't despair! The second round starts on Wednesday, so get ready to write some more dystopian futures!

Congratulations to our Round 1 winners and thank you to everyone who entered and voted!

Graphic Credits )
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It's the last day to vote for your favorite entries from Round 1! To be precise, there's less than nine hours left to check out the voting post for Round 1: The Dolphins of Despair and cast your vote before time runs out!

Remember, anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers. Feel free to spread the word and help get more votes in for this round.

Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, June 13th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.
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Only two and a half days left to vote for your favorite entries! Check out the voting post for Round 1: The Dolphins of Despair and cast your vote before time runs out!

Remember, anyone can vote! Voting is not restricted to community members or entry writers. Feel free to spread the word and help get more votes in for this round. :)

Voting closes on 11:59PM United States East Coast Time on Monday, June 13th. If you're not on United States East Coast Time, you may find the World Clock to be handy. Refer to 'New York' for current United States East Coast Time.

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