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26 January 2014 @ 06:37 pm
MOD POST :We need you!!!!!!  
As our readers may have noticed - hopefully - posts have been few and far between these days. As members of Supernatural fandom have moved onto other pastures, so have our coders and reccers. We are short staffed and in imminent danger of closing our doors - not because fandom is dying - with six pages of sign-ups for  big bang, we don't think Supernatural fandom is going anywhere, anytime soon!

Why rec??? - because you love the output of creativity that fandom creates and want to share it. Have you ever gotten to the comments and thought, "What? this should have pages of comments." This is your chance to help make that happen. Come across something that has no comments since 2009 and think, "Everyone should read this!" Become an Impalaette (what we call our reccers) and you can make sure that creation is recced to thousands of readers. Are you part of the silent majority of fandom that reads and watches and loves, but haven't quite found your way to participate? Reccing gives you a chance to do that!

I'd like to participate, but don't want to rec. We are also in desperate need of coders. This is a pretty simple job. On your day you gather up all the pre-coded recs, paste them into a post, double check links and spelling and press post. Easy peasy!

What makes a good reccer? 1. Read, read and read some more, watch vids, view art, read meta and look at pic!spam!How hard is it! Not hard! When we are at full capacity - twenty plus reccers - which we haven't been for some time - we only ask that you rec at least one fic a week. Even at under capacity that is what we ask for. Our reccers need to be able to rec at least one recent fic every week. You are welcome to rec more! We need people who are reading/viewing what is being created right now. 2. Love sharing your finds with others and be able to tell them why it's a must read. That's all!

How do we find and consider recs? The vast majority of the Impalaettes rec via spnnewsletter. We trawl it every week in our section and try to consume as many creations as possible. We are aware that this is not ideal, as many fics (eg. those not posted to the communities, or posted outside Livejournal altogether) don't make it onto the newsletter, but we are only human and can only read a certain number of fics in a week. If you want to help us make this system more ideal, please volunteer. We encourage those of you regularly reading at other communities such as Dreamwidth, Tumblr & AO3 to apply, as we would love to broaden the representation here at CI to encompass all of this vast fandom!

Who do we rec? Anything and everything we come across that we love! We're all doing the best we can to read everything and look at everything, the editors and reccers are both finding so many brilliant new contributors we never knew existed. To that end we try to make a real effort to promote new creators whenever we can and we all actively seek out creators whose names we don't recognize.

At the same time, it has to be acknowledged that there are creators in fandom who are just consistently good, and whose fics constantly show up on our lists. We do not go straight to those people's journals to find their fics to rec. We are not more likely to click on their names in the newsletter. If people are recced consistently it is because their works are consistently good. We're not going to punish them for that. Several of the Impalaettes are also writers, and there is no internal obligation to rec another Impalaette. Indeed, in the spirit of trying to keep things as fair as possible, we also have a double-(or more)-rec policy for reccing work by one of our team.

How do we rec? We wanted to add several things about how we roll as there is occasionally some confusion about what our hard-working team is here to do. This is very much a group effort. You'll always find a list of the current Impalaettes in our userinfo, and each and every person on that list makes recs, even though you only see the section editor who codes and posts the edition each week. However, the recs do not just come from those seven people alone! The recs in each edition come from several different people, who write up the recs and hand them over to be posted. We try to bring you the most recent, and as wide and varied a selection of the good stuff that we can, but there are only so many hours in the day which is why we are very much focused on teamwork and as wide a group of reccers as we can get our hands on. We don't want anyone to be confused about our policies so we have outlined them here for you as well as provided information about what we are looking for from reccers.

Have a question, concern or some other kind of feedback? You may contact us at crackimpala@gmail.com or PM either of the mods or (to amke sure you get heard) loolookittydee @ gmail.com (Locknkey)

Sign me up! The process is very simple, and the necessary information can be found here

Our spoiler policy can be found here
Thank you all so much for your support and we hope that we can continue to bring you the wonderful work that this fandom provides. We hope that we will be able to continue to be your source for some of the good stuff, and we will continue to work even harder to provide you with even better things!

Your mods, halfshellvenus & locknkey

ETA: We have had a few people ask if someone has to commit to being available full time? No. if there are weeks you can't post, it is not a worry, but you do need to be able to commit to at least a month. In other words, CI is not set up to let a someone guest rec for a week, but if you can rec only summers or won't be available over finals, those are things we can work around. :)
Blackrabbit42: blackrabbitblackrabbit42 on January 27th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
I already rec for sd_recs, but Id be happy to volunteer as a coder.... I miss crack_impala!!

the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on February 11th, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
We'd love to have you. Can you e-mail me at loolookittydee @ gmail.com
walkoutasone: Cas; Angel of the Lordwalkoutasone on January 27th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
I love your recs and I'd love to help keep the community alive, so in case you're still looking for some coders, I'd be able to do that. I'd like to help with the recs as well but I'm not an avid reader of what is created right now. I still have to catch up with the stuff from the past... that's what you get for getting into the fandom too late :D
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on February 11th, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
We'd love to have you and you can always rec in Blast from the past. Can you e-mail me at loolookittydee @ gmail.com?
I'm Mulder, She's Scully: realrunedgirl on January 28th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
I'm still totally up for reccing, I sort of stopped because it seemed there wasn't much going on. But I'll be happy to start up again - very glad to see this post :)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on January 31st, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
Delighted your still on board! *happy dance*
firefly_124: destiel by blue_diamond01firefly124 on January 28th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in reccing and mostly read on AO3 & Tumblr, but the setup is rather different than what I'm used to, so forgive me if this seems a very basic question: if you sign up to rec, are you signing up for specific themes? For example, I mostly read Destiel, but also stumble across gen and blasts-from-the-past that would be cool to rec as well. Or do the recs get submitted to some central pool and then the coders pick what day they are for?
Maerhys: default → in for the fight of your lifemaerhys on January 29th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
[not a mod] As a reccer you can rec for any theme day - all of them (say if you read gen, het, Destiel, anything with Jensen—what have you), or if you have a pairing that you read exclusively, you just rec for that pairing; and then just place the rec in the appropriate theme post and the coder will code up the day's post.

A coder may not read any fic for the day that she codes for, e.g. I could code for general fic but I really only read Meg/Cas and watch vids with an emphasis on Sam so none of my recs are actually going to be coded and posted by me. [/not a mod]
firefly_124: roranicus kick-arse nurse by mefirefly124 on January 29th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks! That is a bit clearer.
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on February 11th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
If you're still interested, we'd love to have you. Can you e-mail me at loolookittydee @ gmail.com?
firefly_124: roranicus kick-arse nurse by mefirefly124 on February 11th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Looks like you already replied to the one I sent before. :)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on February 17th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
*meep* I have the worst time keeping names/e-mails/LJ names straight.Welcome!!!!
firefly_124: roranicus kick-arse nurse by mefirefly124 on February 17th, 2014 09:39 am (UTC)
No worries, and thanks!
firefly_124: roranicus kick-arse nurse by mefirefly124 on February 17th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of questions that I think I posted in the wrong place, btw (the rules post). Is there a policy on reccing WIPs? What about completed fics that are part of ongoing series? Also, I have several fics bookmarked from the recent Dean/Cas BigBang, which obviously have art that goes with them. Should I do separate recs for the art, or is it all sort of subsumed into one rec? Lastly (for now, I seem to keep coming up with more, sorry), I've seen and been using the AO3 code. How hard is it to do the same thing for Tumblr and/or DeviantArt? Would I just use the same code but need to find appropriate icons to substitute in?
dansunedisco: Rufus & Jaydansunedisco on April 29th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hi! I would love to rec some J2... I've never done any official recs before. Is it still cool to volunteer? :D