Hi guys. Nominations are ending very soon, so I want to give everyone an update. Things are going to be a little tight, and I may not be as able to grant last-minute requests as last year or, hopefully, future years, so heads up!
Signups will open on the 16th. Nominations will end when I'm ready to open the signup form. (The exact time of day will depend on my schedule and AO3's performance issues.)Double Checking NominationsThe current tag set can be seen on AO3
. Please double-check that everything/one you're expecting to see is actually there. AFAIK, I've made every correction and addition people have asked for; if something's missing, I've gotten confused, and you should let me know ASAP.
Please also check the media types shown in this list. If your fandom is listed in an unexpected category, I may have misunderstood which version you meant to nominate (live action TV show vs. anime, for example). Let's get it fixed before people are offering the wrong version during signups!
In some cases, I may have added a different form of a character from what you nominated. I have especially done this for ambiguous names (e.g. "Sakura") or names where I thought you might have typoed or used a fanon name for a character who isn't clearly named in canon. These being rare fandoms, though, it's usually pretty hard for me to check. If something looks wrong, let me know. The most important thing is that people using the signup form can easily tell who each character is supposed to be.AO3
AO3 is having performance issues right now due to a massive influx of new people. This has several effects that are relevant to us: The nominations form may be hard to access. It's hard for me to approve nominations. These problems will almost certainly continue with the signup form and quite possibly through the entire timeline of this year's Parallels. I'm hoping the effects on matching aren't too bad, but it's possible I'll need a couple of extra days to generate assignments. Worse yet, archive staff have stopped giving out new invitations to current account holders, and the regular queue goes until something like November.
I do have a few invitations left. If you don't have an AO3 account yet and you'd like to sign up for Parallels, let me know ASAP, and I will do my best to get you one.
Please don't leave signing up until the last minute: AO3 is much busier at some times of day than others. Any time most people in the US have free time is especially bad. The earlier you sign up, the more time you have to wrestle with AO3's performance issues.My personal life
OK, not to be one of those mods who walks around with a hand glued to their brow guilt-tripping the masses, but I'm going to give everyone fair warning that I've got a lot of stuff going on. I will be away at cons or moving across the country during most of our key dates this year (including this weekend). I've also just gotten over being ill for weeks only to promptly injure myself in mysterious and irritating ways. I may be pretty slow to answer e-mails; if you need something, do not leave it till the last minute! ;PCan I pinch hit?
Yes! Some people always have to drop out, and sometimes, it's impossible to match everyone perfectly (though, strangely, we managed it last year). Pinch hitters (people who cover these extra assignments) are very welcome. I'll be announcing what I need in the DW and LJ coms and possibly on tumblr.