Last night, I floated an idea in the Discord about a fun thing that could be done for the season. My main resistance to setting dates and posting a thread is that participation on the site is way down compared to before across the board. The last contest was surprising in how many people actually submitted entries, but it still wasn't on the level of previous ones.
That in mind, I figured we ought to have a thread where we can bat around ideas for things like contests and try to gauge interest/potential engagement before committing. If you have something you'd like to see done on the site, toss it out there.
So, my own proposal is for a 'ghost stories' themed event for the summer.
To be clear, I don't necessarily mean horror stories. I think ghost stories can be spooky, funny, and many other things besides. As long as they're stories that have a clear 'supernatural' element, they fall into that umbrella, in my opinion. That'd be the general theme.
As to the form of such an event, I don't have a real clear idea. I don't think a contest is really warranted, personally. Contests are already sort of old-hat here, and some have even been put off participating by the faux-competitive aspect. Accordingly, it probably should be more of an 'exhibition' than anything. How that should play out from a procedural perspective is the lingering question.
That's where the rest of you come in. I'd really like to see a fair show of support for an event like that before putting in the time and effort to plan it out. And it'd be nice to hear any ideas anyone else might have. The floor's open.
if we were to do an event like this when would we do it?
>>16261 I really like the idea of a ghost stories theme, and making it "more of an exhibition" also appeals to me, its far easier to justify posting something if I don't have to worry about it being explicitly measured against other peoples.
>>16261 >As long as they're stories that have a clear 'supernatural' element, they fall into that umbrella Sort of sounds like Touhou, in general, but I understand what you mean. I think it's an interesting theme with plenty of potential. Not sure if I'd participate as it would depend on getting a workable idea.
>>16263 The previous contests barely measured much of anything. Sure, there was a "winner" but it's not like many people bothered to put much thought into the actual judging part.
>>16263 >when I didn't come in with a particular date or time in mind, since I doubted there'd even be interest, but let's say August or September for the sake of argument. If anyone wants to push for something different, the floor is, as stated, open for discussion.
That said, there'd first need to be more people giving definite affirmatives on participation for that to even become a question to seriously address.
ill give it a honest shot for what it's worth i've had something in mind that falls somewhere in the "spooky" camp and have so far failed every time when i've tried to write it. Third time's the charm?
Sorry for the lack of discussion for some days. I got a bit sidetracked with other projects.
I'm seeing a showing of five people giving reasonably solid affirmatives, so I guess we can call that a fair interest. So, that leaves a more solid date and the actual form of the event to be decided. I tentatively named 'August or September' above, but I'd like to hear some feedback on that.
What works for everyone? What doesn't work? If possible, it'd be nice to catch some stretch when no one expects to be too busy to participate. Weigh in.
I'd be up for a Spooktember event. I just don't really get what OP means by a "ghost story". From the sounds of it, any kind of youkai hijink would fit the bill, and that's not quite what I imagine a spook related theme to be about.
>>16285 >>16295 Here's the thing: As I see it, this isn't a contest, so there's no need to fit some kind of narrow criteria just to 'qualify'. If you think a ghost story is one thing, then go with that. It's not like I'm going to shout "That doesn't count! Disqualified!" or some such.
Really, I avoid setting an explicit definition for the express purpose of the event being able to include anyone's definition of a ghost story; none of us are likely to understand such a term the exact same way.
>>16298 That said, I should also note that I'm not the sole arbiter of how things happen. If you guys want there to be one definition of a ghost story for the event or whatever, then that seems like something to discuss amongst yourselves. For my part, I'm not interested in setting such a limitation, but majority rules.
I mostly just took "ghost story" themed to mean "either tangentially themed after campfire/ghost/horror stories, or involving them in some way" with literally anything being valid for the event, so long as its got some relation to the event theme, which I think is a good idea, keep it open with the stipulation its at least related to the theme in some way, but no limitation on how that's done.
Though if people decide it needs to be more specific, I personally think the best way to narrow it down would be that the story either has to be one, include one, or have one as a plot point/prop.
I already said much of this on the Discord, but I suppose I ought to restate it for, if nothing else, consistency with my 'do things on the site' ethos:
Considering we're getting towards the middle of July already with little in the way of particulars discussed, I believe it would be a good idea for anyone who has any strong feeling at all about the figurative Spooktember to stir up some conversation on how the event should be conducted. Personally, I have no preconceived notion as to what such an even would look like in practical terms, so I'll be no help there.
Which brings me to another big point: Even though I've been the one propping up discussions at this point, it hasn't been because I necessarily want to be the 'leader' of this venture. I don't even have plans to participate in Spooktember should it come to fruition. In general, I feel it'd be better for someone who does plan to participate (or at least has stronger feelings on it than I do) to take the reins. So, y'know, if you feel confident enough in your cat-herding skills, take it away.
>>16307 Contests have been like 1. main thread for the contest talking about the rules and dates in OP 2. separate threads for the actual entries in different categories 3. everybody posts before the end date 4. readers vote in main thread 5. winners announced after voting ends
It's not gonna be a contest so maybe no categories needed? Might not need a different thread for entries too unless it's more like the masks carnival deal, but that would be a bigger thing than OP was talking about I think
Oh actually what are we gonna do if we're not voting for something? Feedback?? That's kinda what we do normally for contests, just no votes along with it in this case
>>16309 this seems like a fairly solid way to go about things honestly, dont see any reason not to still do it like this even if it remains a non-competition, just as you said, skip the votes and categories and just do feedback.
infact screw it, if anyone wants to put their own hat in this ring they can list their own set but i say we just
[X] Do a "competition" with no votes or categories. -stories have their own threads, and are posted from the 1st of September to the 31st.
>>16310 the only thing about updating every day is some people could be doing shorts instead of long stories so that would be a bit different, plus that overlaps kinda with nanowrimo [ are we doing that this year? ]
and about it not being a contest, something was said about others not liking the competition part so it's probably a way of including those people as well
so sort of like others but a slight different idea [x] a non-competition with no votes -maybe categories for shorts versus long stories -sure everything in its own thread, post a link in the contest one to show you're taking part
A non-competition with no votes would kind of defeat the idea of a "contest"-like. I'm thinking doing something similar to the mask carnival event might be a better option to draw more participants in and ease them into the whole anonymity thing that is common in imageboards (there's been several new people on the Discord confused about how it works/why we don't identify ourselves like at a regular forum). People would post their shorts/stories in their respective votes, while we could use a central thread to have general discussions about why this or that story is good and why everybody else should read it.
>>16314 >defeat the idea of a "contest"-like I don't think that was ever the point?? OP suggested an "exhibition" and some people agreed with that. anyway I don't see how what you're suggesting is any different, like it's just people posting stories and others talking about them instead of deciding a "winner" right?
>>16496 Aside from last year for whatever reason, we've tended to have at least a single general writing contest every year. Nothing fancy — just a bunch of blokes submitting short entries and being judged by anon.