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29 April 2013 @ 12:53 am
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Welcome to Universe, The!

The idea behind this community is to combine the best things about land comms with some other fun things about fandom and being on the internet. Think land comm on a larger scale, a comm with more diversity of possibilities. The inspiration comes from land comms (d'uh), Hogwarts is Home (despite my limited knowledge of it) and numerous other communities.

All sorts of fandoms are welcome, movies, tv, books, comics... Some challenges will be focused on a specific type but more often than not the choice is yours.

Originally, our basis of operation was going to be on dreamwidth - centeroftheuniverse@DW is the comm that was the start of the idea. And everything was going to be happening in both places but I still haven't worked out the logistics and I got tired of waiting for the epiphany to come. I've been having some naming issues as well and having the same comm names here and there is proving difficult. And so Universe comma The was born!

(If there is interest or if LJ makes another bad change there will be a DW counterpart for sure.)

THE BASICS:

What will I see here?
Lots of graphic and fic challenges, games, bingo, puzzles... Your typical land comm stuff. And then some. Reviews, recs, graphic and fic battles, watchalongs, memes, stamping... There will be more opportunities for socializing while earning points.
None of these will be obligatory for everyone, of course.

How do I sign up?
In order to become a resident of Universe, The you need to fill out a short form here and be accepted. That form includes stating your team preference. As your application is approved, you will be assigned to a team. I will try to give you your first choice team but sometimes that will not be possible or at least you will have to wait if you have only one team you're interested in being on.

Hold on, what is this land comm you keep talking about?
Land comms are either fandom-specific or more general communities in which members join teams and do challenges earning points for their teams. While each phase (anywhere between a few weeks and a few months long) has an official winner - the team with most points - it's really more about enjoying your fandom(s) with people who enjoy it/them as much as you do and getting to know people of LJ(/DW at a later point).

How will these activities and challenges work?
Each new activity/challenge will have its rules explained in its entry. Submissions not following the rules will not be accepted. Deadlines for specific activities will also be clearly stated in their entries. Manners of submissions will wary depending on the type of activity but directions will always be present. If you're unsure about an activity, the questions thread for that activity is the place for you.

Do I have to do everything? How do points work?
Most definitely not. You can choose the activities you wish to do. The more things you do, the more points you and your team get but no one expects you to do everything. That said, trying new things can be tons of fun so if you never tried something, don't be scared or worried, go for it! You will not be cut from the community for inactivity but around the 25th of each month everyone who hasn't entered anything during that month will get the inactive status. This status is voided as soon as you enter something. Inactive members will not be counted towards the total number of members for averaging challenge points.

Are there any specific rules regarding my behavior aside from rules for entering challenges?
Several easy ones.
- Treat all the members of the community and myself with respect.
- Don't bash anyone. People here, actors, directors, producers, writers, artists, musicians, characters, ANYONE. Just don't.
- Put all spoilers behind a cut. Two weeks after an episode has aired, 3 months after a movie has opened in the theaters, and always warn for major spoilers like character deaths or big reveals, even for older shows/movies.
- Always use warnings. NSFW, ratings, potential triggers, etc.

PAGE THE MOD
All you inquires go here. Comments are screened but if you prefer keeping your questions private and/or you're worried about me unscreening them to reply and someone reading them you can always PM me. I have outernet obligations, too, but I will always try to get back to you within a day at most.

And finally, who am I and why the need for an account solely for this purpose?
I've been on livejournal for many, many years now. I've been in land comms and I have friends who've been in land comms and I have friends I've met through land comms. I love my life here on lj and the community of people in land comm circles. But I prefer keeping my el-jay persona separate from this mod persona. And as I'm hoping this community will expand it seems fitting to name myself just what I am, only the founder of this universe.
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Nicole: Sterek - looking like they're about to kblue_icy_rose on May 19th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Just so I can be sure and be clear on it - is RPF/RPS going to be allowed? Like if we want to write about the actors on a show or in a movie or musicians, will that be allowed as well? And can we also do crossovers between fandoms?
founder_the: Founderfounder_the on May 19th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Crossovers will definitely be allowed. RPF/RPS will be allowed for most non-voting challenges, it just needs to be tagged as such so that people can avoid it if they wish.
(no subject) - blue_icy_rose on May 20th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jakie: [dw] ten donnaladygj on May 21st, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I get the inactive status... Does it mean that we don't get cut if we don't participate every (enter a number here) week?
founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on May 21st, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's what it means - instead of getting cut you become inactive, aka you're not included in the number of members of your team until you enter something at which point you get 'reinstated'.
(no subject) - ladygj on May 21st, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Lara / larmay --- (llarmay @ my personal journal): Stock_01larmay on June 10th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
All sorts of fandoms are welcome, movies, tv, books, comics...

Is stock fanart (flowers, animals, etc.) also allowed?
Also for the graphics battles?
founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on June 10th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I was going to say no because this is a fandom-based community but actually why not, go ahead, I don't see a reason they shouldn't be OK for activities that allow for stock - for general challenges if you can make it fit the theme when there is no voting and for non-voting battles (those that I post, I'm not making it a rule that anyone hosting a battle needs to accept stock) and if you wish to host a stock battle you are welcome to do so.
(no subject) - larmay on June 14th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on June 26th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know! You're always welcome back, of course!
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founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on June 26th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know! You're always welcome back, of course!
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founder_the: stock: bridge sunsetfounder_the on July 3rd, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that but thanks for letting me know! If you change your mind, you're always welcome back!
a universal sigh: YA - Kate - splitnaushika on August 20th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Can I suggest a challenge idea? I really would love some sort of list-based challenge (eg top 20 whatevers) because I have a few ideas I wanted to do. :D
founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on August 20th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
I actually have something like that coming up really soon so your ideas have a perfect timing! :)
(no subject) - naushika on August 20th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on September 8th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that but thanks for letting me know! You're always welcome back!
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founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on September 8th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that but thanks for letting me know! You're always welcome back! And thank you for that last bit. :)
kaitydid33087: Confetti Canonkaitydid33087 on September 12th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
Do I have to post a pimping entry before I join?
founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on September 12th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Nope! You can do it at any time after you join. In that case, just make sure you link your entry at the Pimping Challenge.
Angie: eureka: jo/zaneicequeen3101 on September 15th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I have a question about the pointcap for this phase.
Is it going to be the same as the last phase? Or Higher? Lower?

It's okay if you're still making the decision, I just wasn't sure if it was mentioned somewhere, and I missed it. So I figured asking couldn't hurt :D



Edited at 2013-09-15 09:06 pm (UTC)
founder_the: the avengers: BAMFSfounder_the on September 16th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
The same, I only mentioned it once - that since most people voted it was ok I'm keeping it. There is a slight - but really slight so you or anyone else reading this please don't take it as something I said would happen for sure - chance that it will be a little lower because of how the last two weeks went and some things being late and pushed around, I'm still recalculating but I think it will be fine as is.
(no subject) - icequeen3101 on September 16th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
anassa_anemou: gg-walkanassa_anemou on October 27th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Hi there, I think I need to take a break from the comm and I should have done that before joining the Halloween round, but I thought I would
have the time for it and now I have a job coming up and some problems to solve at college, which means less time for internet and I don't to screw up
my team.
So if possible, remove from the comms? I think I prefer to do it now, instead of waiting for the phase 3 poll.
founder_the: Scary Enoughfounder_the on October 27th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that but job & college things come first, of course. Thanks for letting me know. You're always welcome to reapply!
Jenny: [movie] Man of Steel - Hope whitegennfa on October 29th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
I know I haven't been around much lately but it's just very busy at the moment. So I'd like to take a break from the comm for a while. :) Thanks!
ღ Candy ❀ܓ: savvycandream on November 22nd, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
I won't be online from 20th until 23rd December. :o) I'm back. :o)

Edited at 2013-12-24 07:16 pm (UTC)
philstar22: A Use: needs to be properly caffeinatedphilstar22 on December 6th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Hi. I really, really hate having to do this. But I need to take a break, at least for the next couple of months until this internship ends. It is way more intense than I was expecting, and I just don't have time for much else. It isn't fair to my team. I'm going to finish up the stuff for the fic battle, but after that I need to take some time off. Really sorry.
founder_the: stock: Exactly what You Thinkfounder_the on December 6th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know, good luck with your internship & don't forget to come back! :)