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[sticky entry] Sticky: 2017 Schedule & FAQ

Sept 1 – Nominations Open

Sept 8 – Nominations Close

Sept 11 – Sign-Ups Open

Sept 18 – Sign-Ups Close

October 24 – Assignments Due

October 31 – Reveals

November 7 – Author Reveals


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269 Cats

269 images of cats will be added to the collection if every participant gets two gifts before author/artist reveals. If you would like to contribute cat images then you can email them to me at halloweenmod@gmail.com and include if you would like to be credited in the notes and if so, under what name.

Edit: Honorary Cats (aka all other pets) are welcome as well.
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All Sign-Ups (aka CSV?)

There is a problem with the CSV for Trick or Treat.  I can't download it.  For those who don't know, AO3 generates a spreadsheet with all the sign-ups that mods can access.  The people waiting to make spreadsheets of the AO3 sign-ups have been waiting for it.  I have been in contact with AO3 support but it sounds like this might not be fixable in time for this exchange.

To help out, and ensure that those that didn't post letters can be easily searched for as well, I made a google doc with all the sign-ups on the AO3 side.  This was done fast and quick.  It does not contain any letter links.  I have allowed commenting so that people can add links to their letters and any others that they know of.  Don't abuse the commenting or I will turn it off.

I am a bit rushed right now, so the livejournal post will go up later.

Feel free to use this in whatever way you want for making any other documents to help participants.

Google Doc Link

EDIT: I have good news and bad news.  So the underlying issue is still unknown.  However, an AO3 database person was able to get me the CSV file and it was emailed to me.  I will be sending it to the people that requested it for working on spreadsheets with the emails and offers removed.  The bad news is that it did some pretty funky stuff to some of the tags.

レ・ミゼラブル 少女コゼット | Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette
文豪ストレイドッグス | Bungou Stray Dogs

It mostly seems to be fandoms with characters not used in English in the tag.
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Pinch Hit List

All pinch hits will be posted to this group.  As well as put in the comments of this post.  You can email me at halloweenmod@gmail.com, comment on this post, PM me, or contact me any other way you can to claim.  Make sure you include your AO3 account name.  You don't need to be signed up to claim.
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Sign-Ups are Clossed

The sign-ups glows white on the computer tonight
Not a pinch hit to be seen.
A kingdom of tags and offers,
and it looks like I'm PumpkinKing
The AO3 is howling cause Yuletide's also running now
Couldn't leave them open;
Heaven knows it's time
Don't leave it open,
don't let them see
Be the good mod you always have to be
Hit close, don't feel,
don't let them know
Well now they know
Close sign-ups, close sign-ups
Can't wait for it anymore
Close sign-ups, close sign-ups
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care
if they're a pinch hit
Let AO3 match them.
Being a pinch hit never bothered me anyway
tldr: Sign-ups are closed

Sign-Ups Closing in one day


Sign-ups close at 23:59 Zulu time on Monday. 

Remember that the optional tags field is only for adding additional character tags that are already in the tagset.  They must be identical to the tags in the tagset to work. 
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Character Matching in Trick or Treat

Character matching does not work in Trick or Treat the same way as it does in Yuletide.  Yuletide is an AND exchange, where the offer has to match every requested character.  Trick or Treat is an OR exchange where the offer only has to match a single requested character.

Visual explanation )
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Sign-ups are now open.

Tagset | Letters | Collection

I have allowed additional tags for those that want to request/offer more than ten characters per fandom. Make sure you copy and paste them exactly from the tagset to insure that you can be matched.

Your Do Not Wants must be in your AO3 sign-up. If they are only in your letter then I cannot enforce them.

Contact me if there are any issues.
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Letters Post

I’m in the process of doing the last few things before opening sign-ups.  AO3 has been extremely slow when working on tagsets since the Jolly Competition opened nominations.  Just be a little more patient.


If you have written a letter for this exchange you can post it on the Dreamwidth or Livejournal versions of this post.


Here is a spreadsheet.  I am not running it.  This is being done by

[personal profile] daken .  If you have any issues with it contact them.  I’m just sharing the link.

Here is a second spreadsheet by [personal profile] mornelithe_falconsbane .


2017 Community Challenge!

For those new to the exchange, every year I post a community challenge. This is a just for fun thing. I like to announce what it is before sign-ups start. This is purely for fun and is not required.

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+1 Extra Character

I have added one more fandom that I have questions about to the previous post.  Everything except the fandoms/characters I have questions about has been processed.

To celebrate, if you comment on this post you can pick one extra character to add to a fandom already in the tagset.  I will add them in as I perform fixes.  This offer is good until I open sign-ups.

While not required, I’d love links to Halloween appropriate music and videos on youtube in the comments.

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State of the Tagset

We currently have 958 accepted fandoms. I have just over 100 left to go through. I have not gone through and done many corrections yet, but if you see something that needs to be fixed then drop a message here.

This post will be edited as I have additional questions.

Unusual Tags - My new strategy for tags that wander even after disambiguation is to use ridiculous disambiguation. So if you see something with like "Moss Covered Unicorn" or "Dear Fishmonger" that was me.

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All nominations except the ones I have questions about have been processed.
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Nominations are closed

Nominations are now closed.
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Nominations are now open!


Some fandoms have specific guidelines.  Check them out here.  For fandoms that are split up I did not list every single possible subcategory for every one of those fandoms. 


You can nominate six fandoms with six characters each.


You may nominate generic original characters such as Original Male Elf, Original Sailor Senshi, Original Tag Wrangler, etc.  We will not be accepting specific original characters.


Do not use any fan nicknames when nominating characters.  Describe the character instead. 


We will not be accepting group or relationship nominations. If there is a character that is a special case in that they could sort of count as one individual or many then leave a comment to explain it to me.


The category of Original Works is allowed.  Crossover Fandoms is not.  All crossovers should be limited to your optional details.


If you participated in EveryWoman and want to know if canon helpers will be used in this exchange the answer is: no.  As long as Trick or Treat matches on just characters I won’t be using canon helpers here.


There are three rules for RPF:

1. For contemporary RPF the individuals must be over the age of 18.

2. Non-famous friends and family are not eligible

3. The person in question can be removed from the tagset at the request of the individual


I will be prioritizing fandoms that are easy for me to accept.  If you want to get your nominations accepted faster then here is how to help:

1.      Check the fandom guidelines to see if your fandom should be done a specific way.

2.       Disambiguate your characters.  It makes it less likely for me to make mistakes and is faster.  Disambiguating never hurts.

3.       Make sure you are spelling the character’s name correctly, especially if the character’s name is spelt differently in different canons. 

4.       Link me info!  If you want to link me to something like the fandom wiki page for each character then that is great!  TVtropes character list page?  That could work.  IMDB? Wikipedia?  If I don’t know a fandom I have to look it up and this will speed things up especially for small fandoms, Transformers, Tolkien, and comics.

Fandom Guidelines

This post is about how specific fandoms will be grouped or separated out.  If a fandom is listed here with the parts being separated out then any All Media Types nomination of that fandom will be rejected.  This is your chance, between now and August 31, to make suggestions on how certain fandoms are handled.  You may make suggestions for fandoms not on this list.  When making suggestions include the realistic pros and cons of your suggestion. 

Another post will go up later with general guidelines.  This post is just for discussing fandoms.



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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!

Chocolate Box and Monster Mash challenges have both been completed.  I will have to do a formal count later today but it looks like the general challenge has also been completed.

Big thank you to Morbane for stepping in and helping out.  She was keeping me informed on what was going on.

Thank you for the well wishes.  The event that caused me to disappear has not been resolved yet and will likely last for several more months, but the situation has improved.  I feel so drained that I don't even want to "joke" about kidnapping Morbane (but seriously did one you have to run a GoFundMe to pay for the exorcism).
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
[personal profile] morbane2016-10-29 08:48 pm
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is this the real fest, is it just fantasy

Hello. The time approaches. I mean... the time of works reveal... draws near.

Please forgive me. I'm a little confused. I'm not sure what I'm doing here. I'm sure everything is fine. There are no new pinch hits to claim. Some pinch hitters are still working. I believe in them. Nothing will go wrong.

Some people posting works are also a little confused. Please don't post to the "parent" collection of the Trick or Treat exchange. The correct exchange to post to is Trick or Treat 2016. Here is a link you can use for posting, though you will also need to add the recipient. And all the other stuff. Titles. Etc.

Here are some people who could use extra gifts, maybe. And the requests are on the next tab. You can search it.

You don't have to use the Post to Collection link on the collection. You can post a new work, copy trickortreatex2016 into the field with the label "Post to Collections / Challenges", then press enter/tab/comma so that trickortreatex2016 is selected. It doesn't have to autocomplete. It's right.

I think it's right.

Is this how you mod? I think so. I can't remember all the time. It's familiar, but not.

When I look in the mirror something seems different... But orange has always been one of my favourite colours. And black goes with everything. It must be all right.

I found a note. I'm not sure if I wrote it, or someone wrote it to me. Or maybe it's neither. It says "Thank you for the good wishes," anyway.
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Notice on Moderation

I have had an emergency in the real world.  Morbane has graciously agreed to help keep an eye on the exchange for a few days so that I can concentrate on it without having to worry about it. 

For the immediate future Morbane may act as a moderator for this exchange.  The halloweenmod@gmail.com account has been set to forward to her personal email.  If you email me then you may get a response from her.