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Make the Yuletide Gay 2015 Reveal

Make the Yuletide Gay 2015 Santas' names have now been revealed!

pensnest and I would like to say a great big sparkly thank you to all the Santas, to the beta-readers, to our awesome pinch-hitters and to everyone who sent feedback for the stories. Hopefully we'll see you all back again later in the year for Make the Yuletide Gay 2016.

Three days to the reveal!

The Make the Yuletide Gay reveal happens on the 6th January, which means that you have only three days left in which to give the festive gift of feedback via the MtYG feedback system. Every feedback mail is much appreciated by the Santas, and we hope that you'll be able to find the time to send as many as you can.

Remember that even if you didn't participate in the challenge this year, you can still send feedback to the anonymous Santas by signing up for a reader account.

There's also a post here if you like to make recs or guess Santa identities.

Happy feedbacking!

Reactions!

*taps* Is this thing on?

I'm starting up a new post to remind you that there isn't much time left for author guesses, recs and comments while the stories are still anonymous (The Reveal is on 6th Jan).

I don't think I ought to guess, given that I beta'd two stories and have knowledge of two other authors, which is a heck of an — but is anyone going to make any guesses as to who wrote what?

Make the Yuletide Gay 2015 is live!

Make the Yuletide Gay 2015 stories are now live!

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up and worked hard to deliver stories for their recipients. Without Santas, there can be no SeSa. While no one, eventually, dropped out this year, we'd still like to give enormous thanks to the pinch-hitters for volunteering. You guys are the safety net that make MtYG possible. And thanks to everyone else, too, the beta-readers, cheerleaders and senders of feedback, who all do their bit to help us Make the Yuletide Gay.


Remember that even if you aren't a Santa you can still sign up for a reader account, allowing you to send feedback during the anonymous phase. Details can be found in the previous post in the comm.

If you spot any problems with the story you posted or received, please contact us ASAP and we'll do our best to fix it.

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you, and enjoy the stories!

MtYG - Reader Accounts etc

The Make the Yuletide Gay 2015 will be going live very, very soon! Before it does, here is the annual overview of the feedback system and other general reminders.


Recs, reviews and author guesses

We very much encourage people to share their recs, comments and discussions about the stories via this community. You can either post directly here, or link to posts in your own journal, blog, rec site, etc. If you post here, please cut-tag for spoilers, and don't post flames or extremely negative comments. Thank you!

Author guessing is always encouraged! But please, would authors and betas be careful not to give writer identities away before the reveal.


Reader Accounts

Reader accounts allow anyone who didn't take part in the challenge as a writer to give the gift of feedback while the writers are still anonymous. (Challenge authors can send feedback by logging in with their usual name and password -- there's no need to sign up for a second account.)

Once the stories are live, anyone can get a reader account by going to the Make the Yuletide Gay site and following the link on the front page. There's also a link on each story page.

Please note: in order to use the feedback system, you must provide a valid e-mail address, to allow the authors to reply to feedback after the reveal. Until you have validated your e-mail address by clicking on the link in the sign-up confirmation mail, you will not be able to log in and send feedback.

If you had a reader account last year, or were previously signed up as a Santa, you'll be able to use that account again. You'll need to go through the sign-up process again (using the same username and password), and click on the confirmation link in the sign-up mail to reactivate the account.


Reveal

Reveal will once again be on the 6th of January.

Call for MtYG pinch-hitters

We're looking for more volunteers who would have time between now and the 24th to help out with writing any last-minute pinch-hits we might need for Make the Yuletide Gay. I'm afraid there are no rewards beyond a warm glow of festive satisfaction and the undying gratitude of Pen and I. :-)

If you're already a Santa this year and would also like to volunteer to pinch-hit, please elfmail us.

If you aren't signed up for MtYG this year, but still want to be a pinch-hitter, you can e-mail us at at santa@maketheyuletidegay.org. If you signed up to MtYG in previous years, we can reactivate your old account. If you didn't sign up in 2007-2014, we will need to create an account for you, so please also include the following:

Name
Website
E-mail
A password that you don't mind the Admins knowing (please do not use your LJ/DW password or other valuable password.)

Mail issues

Our email is currently down, because of a problem with our domain registrar. We don't know when it will be back up, as their entire site is down -- last time this happened, also a weekend, it was back on Monday.

Mail is back!

Our old registrar has been increasingly unreliable, so to try to ensure that Elfmail and story feedback work smoothly when MtYG goes live, I'm going to change the registrar for both maketheyuletidegay.org and our home mail domain (we'd planned to wait until after this MtYG reveal). This might mean that at some point there may be a few hours when DNS isn't working, or mail doesn't get though, but it should all be sorted out well before the 24th.

MtYG: Pinch-hit sign-ups

For those of you who are new to SeSas, pinch-hitters are the back-up writers who step in when, for whatever reason, a Santa can't fulfil their assignment. They're the fabulous folks who help us ensure that everyone who takes part in MtYG receives a story.

Unlike regular MtYG authors, pitch-hitting authors will be able to see the request (and pairing) before they commit to writing it.

You don't need to be participating in the current challenge to be a pitch-hit author, but some experience writing popslash is required. You will also need to have some free time around December 18-23, as that's when we anticipate the most need for your help.

If you're already a Santa this year and would also like to volunteer to be a back-up author, please elfmail us to let us know. Please include the pairings you are willing to write (so we can get a rough idea if we've got reasonable coverage).

If you aren't signed up for MtYG this year, but still want to be a pinch-hitter, you can e-mail us at at santa@maketheyuletidegay.org. If you signed up to MtYG in previous years, we can reactivate your old account. If you didn't sign up in 2007-2014, we will need to create an account for you, so please also include the following:

Name
Website
E-mail
A password that you don't mind the Admins knowing (please do not use your LJ/DW password or other valuable password.)

Thank you!

Submissions open!

Submissions are now open for Make the Yuletide Gay 2015. You can submit your story by going to the MtYG site and clicking the submissions link on the front page. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully, especially the parts about HTML tags, which are the most common reason for failed submissions.

If you have any trouble submitting, please contact us via Elfmail.

Remember that stories must be submitted by 11:59pm PST December 20th. If you think that you won't be able to make the deadline, please contact the admins as soon as possible.

Good luck, Santas!

Popslash Canon Resources

This is a list of popslash canon resources you might find helpful. If you have any other links to suggest, leave a comment and we'll add them to the post.

pop_reference - the best place to ask specific canon questions. (But please, if you do want to post a question, ask someone else to do it for you to preserve sesa anonymity.)

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