If there are no takers, I'm fine with simply archiving the community as-is. However, if someone's interested, I'm also happy to pass the community along.
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
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 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!
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.
I want to participate, but haven't done so yet.
I almost participated a few times, but things came up.
I don't want to participate, I just want to watch the com.
How do you feel about the quality of the prompts?
The prompts are fine.
The prompts are great.
The prompts are terrible.
How do you feel about the number of prompts?
How do you feel about the time alotted for entering? (One week)
It's fine. Keep it at one week.
It's too long. Make it three days.
It's too short. Make it two weeks.
It's too short. Make it two and a half weeks.
It's too short. I'll specify in a comment the length I'd like.
How do you feel about the use of a different specified format for each round?
I like it. Keep it the way it is.
I like the idea, but I don't like the execution. (Please specify in a comment)
I don't like it at all. I'd prefer it just be 500 words of any format we wish
I only liked the first format, which was 'an excerpt from the novel'.
How do you feel about the time alotted for voting?
It's fine. Keep it at five days.
It's too short. Make it one week.
It's too long. Make it three days.
It's too _____. (I've specified in a comment)
Should Government Cats Continue?
Yes, but not without some changes.
Yes, but not without significant changes.
No, I think the com has run its course.
No, I think that the format is too broken to fix.
Is this a mod problem?
No, but you need to be more timely in posting things.
Yes, I think someone else should mod.
Yes (Other reason specified in a comment below).
How do you feel about the length of the rounds (Two weeks for entering and voting)?
It's fine, keep it as is.
It's too long. Make them one week long.
It's too short. Each round should be one month long.
It's too ________. (Specified in a comment below).
The Participants: Anyone can participate. People using Dreamwidth, Livejournal, openIDs, or anonymous posting are welcome to participate. You can participate by writing entries or reading entries or commenting on entries or voting on entries or all four!
( The Prompts )
( Structure of Entries Excepting the Death Match )
( The Death Match )
( The Winners )
( The Rounds )
( Contacting the Mod )
( Community Guidelines )
We aim to be a friendly, inclusive community. We will exercise the ban and deletion hammer if needed (although we hope it won't). To steal from Dreamwidth's diversity statement:
“We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, and political opinion.” - Dreamwidth
Submissions that violate the spirit of the community will be disregarded or deleted if needed.
If you have a question or an issue with a submission, please contact our mod (aka me!) by commenting on this post. All comments on this post are screened.
Government Controlled Cats: A Dystopia Parody Flashfiction Challenge
Click the Invite to Join, Write, Vote & Win!
Here is my current concept draft for governmentcontrolledcats. Feedback is greatly desired, so please chime in if you have a way to make this better or have spotted something you think is guaranteed to fail!
The Time Period: June 1st to August 31st
The Participants: Anyone can participate. People using DW, LJ, openIDs, or anonymous posting are welcome to participate.
The Rounds: Seven Rounds; Six two-week rounds and one 'death match' between the victors during the last week of August.
The Winners: Three winners per round. Winners will be determined by cumulative number of votes in the format of 'pick your three favorites.' Voting will be done by a ticky-box poll. Ties are allowed. Awesome banners will be awarded!
A Sample Two Week Schedule:
Wednesday June 1st – Wednesday June 8th is the submission period.
Thursday June 9th – Monday June 13th is the voting period
Tuesday June 14th winners are posted
Wednesday June 15th a new two-week round starts.
Structure of Each Round (except the Death Match): Five prompts (such as Shut: Llamas have been banned and the government controls accordians.) will be posted from the generator; One format will be specified. Each entry must be in the specified format and be in the form of a comment to the original prompt post, as well as include (in quotes) the selected prompt from the generator. Entries should be between 1 and 500 words long.
Things I Am Not Sure About: 1) How many times should someone be able to enter per round? I'm thinking three, but I'm not sure. 2) Should entries be screened or unscreened? Right now I'm debating between two options: 1) Have them all unscreened or 2) Have three screened rounds and three unscreened rounds in alternating order.
( Two Polls for Government Controlled Cats )
Thoughts, questions, suggestions? Also, check out the banners and let me know if you spot any spelling mistakes! :D
( The three banners: Copy and paste from the text boxes to get something for your journal! )
Find us on Twitter at governmentcats. We also have a Feed account.
Balance: Anger has been banned and the government controls Pokémon.
Glow: Coeduation has been banned and the government controls books.
Shut: Llamas have been banned and the government controls accordians.
Then you are in luck, because governmentcontrolledcats will be an EPIC summer-long YA Dystopian Future Original Flashfiction Challenge. With prompts from telophase's YA Dystopian Story Generator, governmentcontrolledcats will have six rounds! Three winners per round! Culminates in one death match between six rounds of victors! Coming Summer 2011!
You can find us on Twitter at governmentcats. We also have a Feed account.