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Yuletide question
Can anyone explain that freeform bit?

And when they say details, is that the part about what kind of story you'd like or what?

I find it very very badly explained, even in the vid they linked to.
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lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: November 14th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
The Freeform tag is optional - it lets you tell the person who writes for you something additional that you might like in this fandom. For example, I might like "threesomes" in one of my fandoms, so I would input that. You don't have to input anything if there's no particular kind of fic you want there. It's mostly concepts like that - "AU", "Crossover" "Genderswap".

Optional details are where you write a little bit about what you would like in a fic. For example, I put for one of my fandoms, "So ridiculous, so seriously heroic. My favourite characters are Faiza (Excalibur), Jacqueline (Spitfire) and Meggan (did Gloriana stick?) but I love the whole damn lot of them. Even Captain Midlands. I would love a fic about their adventures, or their downtime, or sniping at each other when they're meant to be working."

But you can just leave it blank if you want, too, or just put that part in a Dear Yuletide Author letter, if you have a lot to say. It's just to give your author more options or inspiration.

liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: November 14th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I was almost slamming my head to my desk, with that sign up sheet, still am, that character thing sucks, it keeps trying to mess things up.
(yes, it's probably just me, but it's driving me insane at the moment)
htbthomas From: htbthomas Date: November 14th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Everyone is having trouble with the sign up form - don't feel alone!

With your own requests, you should be able to only pick 2-4 characters to fill in. Do you mean offers? Offers is a little different. Select "any" if you don't mind writing any characters in the fandom. Write in 2-8 characters if you only feel comfortable writing certain characters.

It was the (optional) bucket list offer that was the most time-consuming for me. Filling in 30+ fandoms in the "optional details" section and waiting for the auto-complete took forever. But I bet most people won't do that - I just love having my assignment be a mystery. :)
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: November 14th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even dare try and sign up for a bucket list. You're a lot braver than me :-)
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: November 14th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Just wondering, but is there a reason the fricking thing is giving me trouble over pressing both 'any' and specific chars.

I picked any in two of my requests and picked specific chars in other requests. Is it an either, you pick chars for all requests or you pick any for all requests and or offers, thing?
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: November 14th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That shouldn't give you any trouble - you should be able to pick specific characters in one request and any in another. The form is running quite slowly at the moment. Check that the character names are exactly the ones on the list, including any special characters. I know someone else had the same problem, and that solved it.
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: November 14th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I finally managed it. God to say, if it was this hard for me, and I actually waited a day before I signed up, then I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for someone who tried to sign up right away :-)
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