January 3rd, 2010


Podfic Critical Feedback Exchange

Now that podbang has been released, there's been a lot of discussion about podfic in general and feedback specifically. Getting detailed feedback for fanworks is hard, but it's nearly non-existent in the podfic community. I think it's time to change that. So I bring you:

What is it?
Podficers can sign up one of their podfics to be reviewed by other participants in a more in depth way then we normally receive. In return the podficer agrees to review 2 other podfics.

Not a podficer? Or don't want critical feedback of your existing podfic? Well you can still sign up to give feedback.

I'm hoping that all podfics submitted will receive 2 pieces of critical feedback.

Note: this is a critical feedback exchange so the reviewers are encourage bring forward things that didn't work for them as well as things that did. While everything should be presented in a respectful manner, it may not all be positive (although we all hope for a balance of negative and positive reviews).

Because critical feedback can be such a personal matter, while I encourage people to publicly post their reviews, people can also opt to give and/or receive their feedback privately (although I ask that any feedback also be copied to myself, so that I can check mark those that are done, or arrange a pinch hit if someone can't come through).

Since hopefully there will be more reviewers than people submitting things to be reviewed, I'm hoping that if someone receives a podbang length fic that they will only need to review one. That said even though this is on the heels of podbang, any podfic can be submitted. I'm actually encouraging people to post some of their shorter fics since it might be a bit hard for reviewers to listen to 2 6 hour podfics.

People will submit freeform concrit. However since this kind of thing is new to podficing, and since we haven't really developed a common language to deal with this newer (in popularity at least) form of fanart, with people's assignments I'll also post some suggested topics to consider when reviewing. These suggestions are just that, suggestions. There's no format to follow, and you'll find some suggestions don't apply, or would be better smushed into one point. That's A-OK. I just want to give people a place to start from.

Now-Jan 13 Sign ups.
Jan 13-Jan 20 Mad matching of podfics to reviewers (I'm hoping it won't take me that long, but I'd rather give myself extra time than be late).
Jan 20-Feb 3 People review. Reviews can be posted/sent as soon as they're done, there's no specific posting date. Private ones will be emailed (with myself copied) and public ones can be posted in the reviewers journal with a link emailed to the podficer and myself.
Jan 30 I'll send out a gentle reminder to anyone who hasn't posted yet, and arrange for pinch hitters if necessary.
Feb 3-17 Pinch hits and extensions to be posted.
Feb 18 Master list of public reviews to be posted.

Sign ups
To sign up, just fill out the appropriate information below as a comment (comments screened)

Podfic & Review Sign Ups

Review Only Sign Ups

If you are signing up to review only, and would rather review a single podfic instead of two, please leave a comment to that effect in the "I'd be Willing to Review More/Pinch Hit if Needed" section.

To everyone, if you'd be willing to pinch hit or think you could swing doing an extra review depending on your time and lengths of assignments please let me know in that section as well (or via email later if you change your mind). Nothing in that section will be considered a commitment, I just fear doing 50 last minute reviews myself *wibble*

For each question, if you're iffy about something, feel free to expand on your answer. For example, with regards to public reviews, you can say you'd *prefer* something be private/public but are willing to bend.

Any Questions?
Feel free to email me at paraka at livejournal dot com or leave a comment.

ETA: If your podfic has any strong warnings (ie. non-con, underage sex, character death) can you please warn for it.
Similarly if you have issues listening to podfics with such themes, please add that to your sign up.