Well, you mentioned on the previous post that you haven't got many claims. You probably will have a problem with that because of this rule. While people don't mind when they're writing in another person's uni, like BJ Jones' Sylum or the Denuo or Romanology unis, because we're playing the their playgrounds and canon has to mesh and match, this is like a basic challenge. Most people (including me) will balk at being told you have to approve of our story before you'll post it.
Further, you don't tell us what you're going to be approving for. Where's the list of criteria? If it's basic SPaG, then you need to say so. Also, are you going to account for the fact that AE and BE have different SPaG rules and don't mesh? What seems wrong to you may not be wrong to the person writing. If you're doing characterization, etc., then that gets trickier unless you know every fandom. Are there certain things you won't approve regarding kink, underage, etc.?
The vast majority of challenges don't require that a story be approved by someone. Actually, this is the first I've ever seen that requires it. In all honesty, I don't know you, and I don't know you from fandom. I've only seen you recently on the Sylum list. Why should I trust you to know better for my story than I and my betas do? Honestly, I'm not attacking or anything. I'm just honestly curious.
"blushes again" It has to be approved because I set up the community so that any post has to be approved. I know, sorry, but I don't want to try and change it right now. As far as the approval goes, it is really just a formality. I am not going to turn away any finished stories. The real issue is that I feel responsible to my requesters, so I would like to make sure that the story written is actually for that request. As writers I trust your judgement, as well as your betas, so I am not going to make you change anything to get my approval. As I said, it is just a formality, so that I know it fulfills that request.
I did not realize that this was going to cause a big furor. If as I writer, you have a serious issue with the whole approval thing, then don't email the finished story to me and I will approve your post without reading the story.
I actually didn't get this, because you responded to yourself and not to me.
I'm not challenging your right to do it. As I said below, I think you're making more work for yourself, but honestly I'm just trying to understand the logic behind this for a challenge. I'd have to put Joe in a loony bin if she had to read and approve every single Secret Santa fic to make sure people followed the request to the letter.
But if it's what you want to do, then that's fine. I was simply pointing out that there will be some people who will not claim based on this requirement who may have claimed otherwise. Also, you simply said you had to approve it, and not why or what you were approving exactly.
If this is how you wish to run your challenge, then by all means do so. It's your challenge, and you can run it how you wish, just as everyone else runs theirs as they wish.
Honestly, I think you're making far more work for yourself than necessary; people who are going to take difficult challenges like this are going to go according to the challenge. And by requiring you to approve my fic in order to make sure that I've followed the challenge to the letter is saying you don't trust my judgment as a writer to give the best possible fic I can to the requester based on what they've asked for.
I did not realize that this was going to cause a big furor. As I said, I trust the writers and the betas, and I am not going to make you change anything for approval. As for the settings, I am not the most technically skilled person, and I am sorta new to the whole livjournal thing. Give me a few more weeks to get used to it at least, and then you can complain.
Oh, and not to belittle this discussion at all (I can understand your concerns), but I am slightly amused by the fact that so many people are responding to this post and not any of my other posts. I will have to remember that for next time. Post something apparently controversial, and suddenly people respond.
*snickers* This isn't a big furor. You want to see a big furor, go check out the whole LJ debacle over on lj_biz about the clarifications of who they think are child pornographers and who aren't. That's a furor.
I was simply confused by why you were requiring approval and what your criteria was for approval. When it comes to challenges, you have to be clear cut to avoid confusion, or you will get questions.
As stated previously, it's your challenge and you run it how you want. Those who don't want to follow your rules simply won't claim. :)
Sorry, I was having a discussion with some other people over my post, and I was feeling a little attacked.