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Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:32:56 PM »
Apologies if this is a historical question : have we considered setting up a board specifically for calls for submissions? These could be posted by the editor or publisher, be BFS calls, or things that users have found elsewhere and want to share with BFS members. I could imagine this would be of interest to some people who don't otherwise use the forums very much. (At the moment someone looking for such calls has to poke around in Promote Your Projects, General Discussion, BFS Announcements/Publications, and maybe other boards to see what has been posted recently.)

What do people think? Does this duplicate something else the BFS keeps elsewhere?
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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 03:51:48 PM »
I think it's a good idea. I had the same thought a little while ago (here), and people seemed keen enough then - I just never got around to talking to Neil about it.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 04:08:48 PM »
Ah, I had a feeling this must have been discussed somewhere before!  8)

Who needs to decide to make this happen, then? As it's a board thing, not a website thing, can board users/mods just make it so?
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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 10:01:02 AM »
Neil Ford's the forum admin, so he'd be the person who could make it happen.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 11:46:58 AM »
Apologies, I rarely read the forums (I worry more about the constant spam attacks), so missed this discussion.

Happy to make this happen. Just need a recommendation from more regular forum users as to where it should be placed in the forum's hierarchy. Suggestion welcome.

I've enable notification of replies, so will keep up with the conversation now. Alternatively email me at the webmaster address to get my attention more immediately.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2017, 02:48:36 PM »
Suggestion (from a not very veteran board user): in "Fantasy", perhaps just after "General Discussion"?

(It would be nice to encourage users to have a blitz at populating this new board when it first opens. And then occasionally remind people that it's there.)
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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2017, 03:49:38 PM »
Yes, that would be fine, or just below Promote Your Projects. Also, might be good to have a stickied admin note at the top to say what it's for (basically what Djibril says in his original post) and to ask people not to duplicate posts from elsewhere on the forum, so we don't end up with everything along those lines posted twice. Thanks, Neil! I think it'll give members a really good reason to regularly check in.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2017, 05:32:18 PM »
Okay, board has been created. Djibril, you have been made a moderator alongside the general board ones. I have used part of your original post as the description. If you want anything changed, please ask.

Feel free to pin a post with more info.

If people would like existing calls already posted moved to the new board, please let me know the details (board and title should be enough, a link to the post a bonus), and I'll take care of it.

Anything else, just shout.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2017, 11:02:51 PM »
Thanks, Neil! This is great.

Stephen, shall we try to draft a sticky post for that at some point?
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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2017, 08:23:19 AM »
Well done, guys. Cool idea.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2017, 05:34:23 PM »
Stephen, shall we try to draft a sticky post for that at some point?

Sure - email me if you like - might be good to say for example that occasional reminders are okay but don't go overboard, and sticking to one thread per project/issue would be nice. Would be good too if people could include the project name and deadline date in the subject of the post. There's a bit of potential for quarrelling over things like publisher ethics and pay rates, etc, but I think that kind of debate can be a good thing, so long as it doesn't become a full-on flame war.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2017, 08:49:38 PM »
Email incoming...
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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2017, 10:50:16 PM »
Hi guys..

I've taken this down for the moment. Didn't come to the comt. list (or to the notice of anyone bar Neil.) and we need to discuss the idea and implimentation there first. At the very least, It needs to be a BFS fronted board else we'll be getting it in the neck for not being fair to all the other publishers, editors et alia.

Leave it with us for a mo.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2017, 03:26:39 PM »
I don't really understand. What part of it wouldn't be fair? Anyone can post their calls for submissions, just like they could and did previously in other parts of the forum. The new board Djibril has suggested and Neil has created will just pull them together in one sensible place, making it easy for members to find places to submit their work.

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Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2017, 04:30:23 PM »
I don't really understand. What part of it wouldn't be fair? Anyone can post their calls for submissions, just like they could and did previously in other parts of the forum. The new board Djibril has suggested and Neil has created will just pull them together in one sensible place, making it easy for members to find places to submit their work.
To be honest, I totally agree with you, Stephen. The fairness of it surely lies with the fact that anyone can post their calls for submissions.