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My recent poll showed some interest in allowing open posting periods.

The way I've decided to try this, is to open rec posting during the last week each month, starting with the regular reccer recruiting post, which I usually post a week before the month ends. There was the suggestion that prompts (like themes, styles, techniques etc.) might help to inspire recs, so I'll give a prompt in that admin post too, however that will be optional for the open recs, just a way to make people think of art they might want to rec. Regular reccers who have claimed a month can of course also continue to post their recs during this period. The first three weeks of each month remain exclusive to those who claimed a month to rec the fandom of their choice, so 3/4 of the time this comm will still follow the Crack Van model.

Recs posted during the open reccing period still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

The setting of the comm will have to change to allow all members to post during all times, because there is no bulk permission editing, so allowing all members to post when they couldn't previously means switching all ticky boxes by hand, and I'm not doing that more than once, certainly not twice a month. However you should still only post if you signed up, or during the open reccing periods.

I'll edit the rules post to reflect this additional option to post recs here shortly. If you have any questions or further feedback, please comment.
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A few people have asked further questions in the sign-up post's comments, and I thought it might be a good idea to have a post collecting these for reference without making the basic intro & rules post overly long and detailed.

questions and anwers )
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This is a community for fanart recommendations. It is intended to be a collective, multifandom rec repository akin to the Crack Van-type communities, only for fanart. It is open for fanart recs from all fandoms (whether books, comics, cartoons, live action, anime, games, RPF...), genres, styles and ratings.

How do I volunteer to rec?

The number and selection of fandoms in any month is not limited or moderated, but a random mix depending on who volunteers to rec, but there will be no more than one reccer per fandom each month. To volunteer to rec fanart for a fandom you comment in the Sign-Up Post with the fandom you want to rec as well the month if you can't just take the next free slot. If you volunteer to rec fanart for a fandom, you agree to post at least four fanart recs during your month.

Once you commented to volunteer, a moderator will reply to confirm, and add you to the list of volunteers that is also kept in the sign-up post to keep track, so everyone can see which fandoms have volunteers, and which don't. You also have to join the community so that you can get posting access during your month.

What can I rec?

The community is open for fanart recs from all fandoms (whether books, comics, cartoons, live action, anime, games, RPF...), genres, styles and ratings. You can rec drawn and painted fanart (whether traditional or digital media), photomanips, sculptures, fiber art etc. Multimedia works that have a significant fanart component are also okay to rec, e.g. fan comics or story illustrations. You cannot rec fanfic, vids, icons, picture macros, costume designs, or fannish music/audio productions.

How do I format and post my recs?

Please post each rec in its own post, and try to space your recs somewhat over the month rather than post all on your first or last day. Please tag your rec with the fandom. (If your fandom doesn't have a tag yet, because you are posting the first rec in it and it hasn't been created in advance, a moderator will tag your post.) Your fanart recs posts should follow this format:

Subject: Title by Artist (Rating)

Fandom: Your Fandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: (no abbreviations, please)
Content Notes/Warnings: (e.g. underage nudity/sex, gore, disturbing imagery, other content the reccer thinks worthy of an advance notice)
Medium: (e.g. pencil drawing, watercolor, digital painting, photomanip, sculpture...)
Artist on DW/LJ: (if applicable)
Artist Website/Gallery: (place where you can most easily find their fanart, whether a website, deviantArt, their LJ/DW...)
Why this piece is awesome: (The reason for your rec.)
Link: (link to the artwork)

Here is the code without explanation parentheses for convenient copying (also without the subject line that you need to include manually):


Further notes on the rec format:
  • If the art has no title, you can use either "Untitled by Artist (Rating)" or something slightly more descriptive like "Character Name Portrait by Artist (Rating)" for your rec post's subject line.
  • If the artist themselves does not use ratings, please still indicate whether the art is "safe for work" (SFW) or "not safe for work" (NSFW) in your estimation, so that viewers have indication whether something will have explicit sex, full nudity or other things they might not want to open on a public computer before following a link.
  • The characters and/or pairing listed should be the full names, not fandom specific smooshes or codes ("Snarry", "K/S", etc.). If the art does not show characters, but an object or landscape (e.g. "Hogwarts") list that.
  • If you aren't sure what the medium is exactly, e.g. whether something is drawn on paper or digitally, just mention what you can tell as description, e.g. "drawn art".


Addition as of January 2013: Open reccing periods

In addition to the regular reccing slots there now exist open reccing periods, currently during the last week each month, starting with the regular reccer recruiting post, which is usually posted a week before the month ends. There is also a prompt given in that admin post (like themes, styles, techniques etc.) to help inspire recs, however that is optional for the open recs, just a way to make people think of art they might want to rec.

Any community member can post fanart recs during the open reccing periods without having to sign up or post a set of at least four in the same fandom. However, if you do want to rec multiple pieces in a fandom, please consider signing up for a regular slot instead. Recs posted during the open reccing period still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here as explained above.

Regular reccers who have claimed a month can of course also continue to post their recs during this period. The first three weeks of each month remain exclusive to those who claimed a month to rec the fandom of their choice, so 3/4 of the time this comm will still follow the Crack Van model.

If you have further questions or concerns, you can check the questions & answers post, that collects previously asked questions, or comment if that didn't help.

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