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The downside to a moderated archive
Alyse on 08 Sep 2007 03:39 pm (2 Comments)

One of the upsides to a moderated archive is that hopefully the stories that reach the site comply with our rules, which means that things are in the right place, there are no character bashing stories and that all stories archived at least meet some very minimum quality standards.

Of course, one of the downsides is that almost every story that is submitted has to be read by one of the archivists before it can be validated. And as the archive is dependent upon volunteers, that means that the archivists have to do this in their often limited free time.

We've asked in previous news posts that authors wait at least a week before they contact us, chasing up a story that's in the queue. There's a good reason for that - if we're pressed for time, particularly with holidays and real life commitments, then the weekend may be the only free time we have that can be spent on the site, which means that if you submit a story just after we've cleared the queue, it may be a few days before we get a chance to get to it again.

Most of you have been very, very good at recognising that we're all volunteers, and we're very grateful for it. However, there have been a number of occasions in the last couple of weeks where people have contacted us within a matter of hours or a couple of days of stories being submitted, so I thought it would be a good idea to remind you of the 'wait a week' guidelines. Running the site is a hobby for the archivists too - often a thankless one - and as most of us work, raise children or are studying in addition to the time spent on the archive, those things obviously need to take priority.

I'd also like to remind people that the site does record when stories are added. If it didn't, then you wouldn't have anything in the 'most recent additions' part of the site, because without an 'added' or 'updated' date, the software wouldn't be able to tell what is new and what isn't.

Which also means, of course, that there isn't a great deal of point in mailing us and saying, 'My story's been in the queue for more than a week now' when the site shows that it was submitted yesterday :)

If anyone would like to volunteer to help out to speed things up, please see this news post. We're always looking for people who have a strong grasp of the basics of writing and a lot of tact to join the archiving team.

Thank you :)