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The collection is finally open.

Before I say anything else, I would like to apologize for all the delays. The first was caused by something going awry with my computer, the second by a familial obligation, and the third by...well, my own indecision and lack of exchange-moderating experience. And, of course, I aggravated the situation by accidentally setting the reveal time for today at twelve a.m. instead of 11:59 p.m. (though that was an honest mistake). Worse, for some reason, the fics ended up not being anonymous—I swear to God I did not intend for that to happen; I did check the box next to "[t]his collection is anonymous," just the AO3 FAQ tells you—but all but five of the works have the writers' names attached. What I should have done, I think, was open the collection on the seventh (or the fifteenth) but leave the participants anonymous until the fifteenth (or the twenty-first). My idea was that although people would have to wait longer than they expected to read their gifts, the participants would have more time to edit their work, and I wanted to err on the side of benefiting the writers most. You all must be frustrated with me, and I swear not to do anything like that again.

With some reservations, I do intend to run the exchange next year. While I cannot promise that nothing will go awry, I am seriously considering soliciting a co-moderator, someone who knows how to communicate with people and can counter my flakiness. Is anyone interested? This experience has taught me that while I may have the enthusiasm of an exchange moderator, I was wrong to try to run the entire fest alone. Or maybe I should just do what the originator of the Fandom Growth Exchange did and hand over the reins to someone who knows better what they're doing; I might be best suited to signing up for other people's exchanges instead.

Thank you for your patience and for participating (if you participated), and may you all enjoy your gifts.

I'm deeply sorry.

Date: 2015-08-22 04:37 am (UTC)
batman: From Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name (fragile guides)
From: [personal profile] batman
Hey, it's cool! AO3 has been weirdly buggy of late: I've run into a bug where I had the same person for two exchanges and AO3 kept saying that I had completed both assignments with the one story (when obviously I had not!). It is still a beta project and sometimes really weird bugs happen. Have you done up a report for AO3 support? They might be able to work out what happened with the code so that it doesn't happen for other exchanges! (Which reminds me, I should actually do that for my own bug.)

As for the reveal bug, none of my works are affected but it might just be easier for you as a mod to unselect the anon ticky box in the Challenge Settings page and reveal the last five.

Date: 2015-08-22 05:38 am (UTC)
batman: Jaime Reyes and Batman from Blue Beetle (you'll never know that you're my heeeero)
From: [personal profile] batman
Yeah, definitely let them know! If you're following their instructions to the letter and something as strange as this happens, then there's probably a bug that they'll want to catch before the larger exchanges start to reveal their stories. It'd suck, for example, if Yuletide were caught in it because fifteen hundred support queries may drive them to drink!

Date: 2015-08-22 04:38 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
I'm baffled by the pattern of which stories have authors appearing and which don't. That might be something to check with AO3 Support. It doesn't seem to be related to the date posted or to whether the story is an assignment or treat. I think you might as well make everyone's name visible, since most names are.

I don't think you need to beat yourself up quite so much. Everyone seems to have a gift, which is the main thing. Mine's nice! However, not changing the dates around so much would be strongly recommended, or giving clearer reasons for doing so at the time.

I'm not sure what you mean by "counter your flakiness". Co-mods are effective together if the co-mods can rely on each other and know in what circumstances each person is expected to perform their roles. If not, then having co-mods doesn't help much. Maybe figure out which parts of the moderating you liked best, first? I hope there were several of those.

Thank you for your work - we did get there in the end! And there are exciting works to read.

Date: 2015-08-22 05:10 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Well, as someone who has had many people lose their tempers at me anonymously, I can both understand that that is discouraging, and encourage you not to take it personally. Sometimes people use anonymous spaces to vent feelings that follow the moment. Those feelings change.

(I sometimes vent anonymously, and sometimes vent at my friends, and sometimes poke my tongue out at the screen. Mostly, I ask if I'm doing okay by my own standards. You could have modded a bit more consistently here, but you did try to keep people informed, you got everyone a gift, and you weren't rude to anyone. Good on you for all that.)

Yeah, it could work to have someone else handle the email or journaling side! I recall that when this exchange started, you were not particularly keen on the need for a journal, but you went with it when several people asked for it. Thanks for giving it a go even if it didn't necessarily match your preferred communication style.

And I'm sorry I was part of the crowd suggesting you extend things. I gave into temptation to encourage that, because I wanted to write an extra fic. And hey, I wrote an extra fic. But it might have been wiser for me not to chime in.

Thanks again.

(I have to apologise in advance: I am not likely to sign up next year, for the sole reason that I do too many exchanges at the moment. I need to cut down.)

Date: 2015-08-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ariadnes_string
It's very thoughtful of you to write this note, and I just want to tell you I enjoyed the exchange--enjoyed writing for it, and enjoyed the fic I received. The first time you do something is always a learning curve! thank you for all your work putting this together.

Date: 2015-08-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reeby10
AO3 has occasional bugs, it's a bit annoying but nothing too terrible to stress so much over imo. The schedule changes were confusing more for the fact that I don't check DW very often (maybe an LJ mirror next year?) so it was hard to keep up with. A co-mod would probably help with keeping up with everything and consistent communication. But I got a really wonderful fic and got to stretch my writerly muscles with a new fandom, so I'm very happy :)

Thank you for modding! I look forward to next year.

Date: 2015-08-22 09:17 pm (UTC)
sharpest_asp: Images of Lara Croft, Indy, Marion, Rick, and Evie (Fandom: Archaeology)
From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
Please don't be harsh on yourself. Thank you for taking the time to run it. And if you do choose to run it again next year, I will likely be there.


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