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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life (at Boostle) [Aug. 4th, 2009|09:02 pm]
All Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, all the time!


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Hiya, folks! It's your friendly neighborhood Spider-Beetle-Mod, with some updates on general community stuff:

1. Tags. According to the poll I ran a while back, people seem to be interested in more specific tags for fanfic/fanart/what have you. So I've gone into the community tags and created a bunch more options:

- Character tags look like this: "character: [character name]," like "character: booster gold" or "character: guy gardner." I tried to include people I knew showed up in posts here a lot, but please comment on this post if you would like me to add another character tag. You can use these tags on any post - fic and art, of course, but also meta, news, scans, etc.

- Ratings tags look like this: "rating: [rating]" and go from G to NC-17 (although let's be honest, we only really want to be able to search for NC-17, amirite? *obnoxious elbow nudge*). Please use them on all fic and art.

- Creator tags were not on the poll, but that seemed to me to perhaps be the best way of searching for specific fic. They look like this: "creator: [lj name]"; for example, "creator: poisonivory." These can be used for fic, art, icons or other graphics, or fanmixes. They should not be used for all posts you make; do not tag yourself if you're just posting about a new Dan Jurgens interview. These tags are for creative endeavors. Please comment on this post if you would like me to add a creator tag for you.

Don't forget, we also have tags for news and merchandise, so please use them when you are announcing a new creative team or action figure or the new Official Booster Gold Slip 'n' Slide (oh, how I wish) or whatever. You can see a full list of tags here.

I am working my way through the community from the beginning, retagging all of the entries and adding character and creator tags when needed, but we just passed our fourth anniversary (happy birthday, us!) and it'll take me a while. If you know where your old posts are, please go back and tag them. It would make my life magical.

2. Memories. Misty watercolor memories...of the way we...*cough* You can also search by memories, people! This is why I am going to request once again that you title all of your entries, especially fic, art, and scans. If your fic post is titled: "Fanfic: The Adventures of Ted and His Magical Pony (Ted/Booster)" it will be a lot easier for people to find it and leave you comments telling you how wonderful you are. Those are always nice!

I am also updating the memories as I go through the community archives. I am not, however, going to give us more specific categories right now (with one exception, which I will get to in a minute), because, like, I have to go to work and sleep and stuff and can't re-memory all of our entries as well as re-tagging them. I am also going through the scans tag and cleaning out anything from scans_daily, which brings me to...

3. Scans. Since the death of scans_daily I've been waiting for the dust to settle before deciding on an official policy for posting scans here at boostle. They don't seem to be cracking down on any more communities, so here it is: All scans posted to the community must be friendslocked. Do not post more than one third of any given issue. Warn for spoilers if the comic is less than three months old. The usual rules about lj-cutting large images still apply, and don't talk about Fight Club. Use character tags. Once I've gotten through all of our archives, we should have a nice organized system for scans in the memories.

"Gee, Jess," you may be saying, if you know my first name and are given to saying things like "gee," "that sure sounds like a lot of work! How can I help?" I'm glad you asked! You can help, of course, by titling your posts and tagging your entries. But if you would like to help even more, and if you hang out at the new Scans Daily at IJ, you can also help by rounding up links to Beetle- and/or Booster-related scans and making a linkspam post of them. Please do not post linking to just one entry there! A general roundup, however, would be exceedingly helpful as a stopgap measure for those going through scans withdrawal. If you would like to do this, please comment here just to keep a bunch of people from all working on the same post.

4. That was boring. So as a reward for getting through all of that, I'm kicking off a new challenge (which I always mean to make a monthly thing, but you know how it goes). Because I don't have air conditioning in my apartment and it makes me sad, your challenge for August is the dog days of summer. The challenges are really just inspirational suggestions, so if that one gets your motor running, feel free to post fic, art, or what have you riffing on the theme!

In conclusion: If you need another character tag, comment here. If you need a creator tag, comment here. If you would like to volunteer to round up scans from IJ, comment here. If you have any questions or concerns, comment here. And if you want to do something for the challenge, for God's sake, what are you waiting for? Go!

From: grabmygoblin
2009-08-05 02:36 am (UTC)
great job, and thanks for saving me future hours lost to fic search!
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[User Picture]From: parsimonia
2009-08-05 02:52 am (UTC)
I can probably do the s_d link round-up. Mind you, if one were to do a round up of all posts pertaining to Booster and Beetles made so far, it would perpetually be out of date as more posts are made there. Would it make more sense to just link to their tags there?

(Jaime, Ted, Booster)
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[User Picture]From: bienegold
2009-08-05 03:49 am (UTC)
And there have been woefully few Booster and Beetles posts thusfar. Woe.
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[User Picture]From: parsimonia
2009-08-05 03:51 am (UTC)
Arg. I keep meaning to post Booster and Beetle stuff. My list of posts I want to do on s_d just keeps getting bigger and bigger...
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[User Picture]From: poisonivory
2009-09-13 12:37 am (UTC)
That...would make a lot more sense than my stupid plan, yes. *facepalm*
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[User Picture]From: kihanna
2009-08-05 03:11 am (UTC)
Woohoo! New policy on scans is helpful! :D Wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: madripoor_rose
2009-08-05 03:59 am (UTC)
Good gad this is going to be a major project.

You can add a creator tag for me, and I'll try to tag my own entries in the next few days.
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[User Picture]From: poisonivory
2009-09-13 12:39 am (UTC)
Your tag has been created!
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[User Picture]From: bienegold
2009-08-05 04:17 am (UTC)
If I get really bored (which is inevitable) I'll go through the archives and start tagging fic ratings, especially since there are too many entries in the fic tag to go all the way back.
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[User Picture]From: perrypadfoot
2009-08-13 02:48 am (UTC)
Creator tag please, kay, thanks. I will be post a ton soon, as soon as I get is together.

Also, about monthly challenges...? I HAVE A TON OF IDEAS, GUYS. Would it be alright for me to challeng boostle-goers monthly and offer prizes (out of my own pocket/head) for the winners or something? I might be confusing "challenge" with "contest" again, so maybe alternate between challenge and contest months?

If all of that is drivel, just ignore me, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: poisonivory
2009-09-13 12:44 am (UTC)
You have a creator tag now!

The challenges are just me coming up with a theme and people making stuff based on the theme. There's no winner or obligation or anything, and I'm not very good at keeping to a monthly schedule.

If you want to run contests, I think that should be okay...I'm just concerned about it getting out of hand, competition-wise. I'd rather keep the community a big happy group than people going up against each other. How about if we do one and see how it goes, and then possibly do them more frequently?
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[User Picture]From: perrypadfoot
2009-08-13 03:05 am (UTC)
Also? I really think we need "series" "oneshot" etc tags.

Or we could (and by "we" I mean "somebody not me because I don't know how") mem everything in a series in one mem together or make a materlist post (which I could do, and keep updated if you need me to) so newcomers or anybody and their mum could find what they're looking for in a jiff!

This may or may not be made obsolete by creator tags, though.
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