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After every round, we like to hear from our participants - how did we do? Did you have fun, did you enjoy your assignment, did you like your gift? We consider all the feedback we get and work through the off-season on the overarching question: how can we tweak our process next year to make things even more awesome?

We'd appreciate it if you took a couple minutes to tell us how you felt about DOINK! 2014. The poll is completely anonymous and confidential, so please be honest. However, remember also to be kind — we won't listen to feedback paired with anonymous abuse. The poll will be open for three weeks — we'll give you a reminder before we close it. Thanks!

Take the DOINK! 2014 Exit Poll

Thanks so much for an awesome round. We'll see you soon with information on the 2014 round of Chocobo Racing. Until then, check out all the amazing work in our DOINK! 2014 AO3 Collection.
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Hello, everyone! We hope you enjoyed the 2014 round of DOINK! Final Fantasy Exchange. Dear all rogue chocobos: please remember to thank your gifter with a comment. We are a very small exchange, and so everyone's dedication to recognizing effort and contributions is important to retaining creators who will participate in the future and keep DOINK! going strong for years to come.
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48 hours are up, and creators are unveiled! Creators, you are now free to post about your work, crosspost to Tumblr (see our post on how to get your work featured with us!), respond to comments, and celebrate! \o/ Recipients, please remember to thank your gifter ASAP!

DOINK! 2014 is almost a wrap. Coming up soon will be our exit poll, so stay tuned for details!. We encourage everyone to respond to the poll so we can continue assessing changes and making improvements. :)
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Welcome to the reveal, everyone! We made it! *\o/* Congratulations to our fan creators, artists and writers and betas and pinch hitters and everyone that promoted DOINK! this round, and made it a success. Gift notifications should be going out now.

​Please remember to leave feedback, especially for the person who created your main exchange gift! AO3 also boasts kudos, which you can also choose to leave as well (but please, comment on your specific gift!). If you signed up for the exchange, you received something, even if you had to default, so please take the time to go by and say hello and thank your gifter. ♥

DOINK! 2014 Collection | DOINK! Moogle Fluff 2014 (For Now) Collection


Remember that all creators are still anonymous, and will be revealed in 48 hours, on Saturday, May 26, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. Creators, while your work is anonymous, comments you post will also be listed anonymously, so you can reply to comments. But otherwise, mum's the word — please don't post about your work (including posting it to Tumblr) for just a little bit longer.

Have fun!
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The final pinch hit upload deadline is approaching soon: pinch hitters working on the Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:00 UTC deadline, please remember to click the link for the time in your area and get 'em in while you can! Pinch-hit list, stay alert! We may need your super fast creation services. :)

All collections will be revealed around Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 23:00 UTC.
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It's Moogle Fluff time once more!

Moogle Fluff are small, quick gifts that anyone can make, and is our way of:
  • giving a little extra to the folks whose prompts went out over the pinch hit list (whose gifter didn't have the same amount of time to create something as other gifters did);
  • rewarding betas who worked to help make gifts awesome; and
  • inviting anyone at all to create for the exchange and contribute awesome Final Fantasy works to the ever-expanding fannish canon!
Yes, even if you weren't involved as a participant, a beta, or a pinch hitter, you can create fanwork for this period!

Moogle Fluff can be any word count, a simple sketch, tidbits of things, a drabble! Just like for the regular collection, our offer of file hosting still stands with our image upload form. We're spending a lot of time in our inbox, so don't be afraid to poke us for whatever you need! We'll be happy to upload for you if you're having trouble; just email us your image/file at ff.exchange@gmail.com.

Last year, we began putting Moogle Fluff in our Chocobo Down 2014 collection, which will also be the collection for the Chocobo Races later this year. If you're posting from the regular Post New page, don't forget to put chocobodown2014 in the Collections/Challenges area under Associations so it will be hidden and include the name of the recipient (if you choose to use one).

The following prompts are available for Moogle Fluff:

1) Any prompt sent out over the pinch hit list: if the prompts went out over the list, they are fair game for Moogle Fluff. All the list archives are available to list members, so you can join the mailing list to see them as well as the recipient they belong to.

2) Beta prompts! If a beta provided prompts as part of offering their services through our official beta volunteer system, and were requested at least once, their prompts are available for Moogle Fluff! This year, we had several beta summons, but only one of those betas submitted prompts. Many thanks to all our betas! Here are this year's beta prompts:
AO3 Username: FireEye

Prompt 1:
FFV. Faris & Butz are my favorite dynamic (platonic or romantic) duo in the game, so any hijinks involving their lovable tomfoolery would be most welcome.

Prompt 2:
FFVI. Terra & Celes. I view them as deeply intertwined counterparts, and enjoy any and all interaction I can get. (Bonus! I ship it! Triples! Just add Locke for an instant OT3!)
All betas who didn't get any work but submitted prompts, don't worry! Your prompts will be available on the Chocobo Down lists post round. :)

3) Any past unfilled prompt used in the exchange: during the Moogle Fluff period, our Chocobo Down prompts from previous rounds are offered up as potential Moogle Fluff prompts. If you see a prompt you like, grab it and write a short piece or a make quick sketch and upload it to the chocobodown2014 collection. Although AO3 names are attached, we do not require you use them, as these prompts are from past rounds and some people may not be taking part this year. We leave the choice up to the creator: you can address your gift to the owner of the prompt if you're comfortable doing so, but if you're not, no recipient is required to post to the Moogle Fluff collection.

Moogle Fluff posting will be open for work until Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 22:55 UTC.

Both the 2014 collection and the Moogle Fluff works, posted in the Chocobo Down 2014 collection, will be revealed at the same time. :)

Remember that this year we're doing a two-step reveal, so although works will be revealed, creators will still be anonymous. Creators will be revealed 48 hours after the collections are opened; we'll post here when it happens!
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The upload deadline has passed! Moderators are currently scurrying behind the scenes and organizing our notes. Pinch hits will be going to the list in about an hour or so, so if you haven't joined the list yet and want to be available to help out, feel free! Remember, first come first served!

As soon as all the pinch hits have been sent, we will open a collection for posting Moogle Fluff — this year, like last year, we're posting all works that aren't official exchange gifts in the Chocobo Down 2014 collection. We'll be posting a refresher and guide in the Moogle Fluff post, so stay tuned!
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Hello to all our participants! Gifts are due on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. Please be sure to click the link for the time in your area. :)

If you're ready to post, check out our posting tutorial for information on where and how to do that.

Remember our motto...well, maybe not an official motto, but the mod team's personal mantra when it comes to DOINK!

if it's not rough it isn't fun!


Good luck, creators! We're rooting for you. \o/
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The deadline for uploading exchange gifts (not pinch hits) is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC — that's only 3 days away! If you're planning on working down to the wire, please be sure to click the link and check what time the upload deadline is in your time zone — it may be earlier in the day than you expect depending on your timezone, so please just be aware of the timing. Once the deadline hits, we'll be sending unfilled assignments out to the pinch hit team.

And just a reminder: if you've finished your gift and are looking to offer some more fandom love, you can always sign up to be a pinch hitter. The pinch hit list never closes :)

At this point we hope everyone's getting excited about gifts! The easiest way to see if you, as a regular exchange participant, have a gift is to check your My Gifts section on AO3 and see if you have a Mystery Work in the DOINK! 2014 collection. On your profile, look to the left and find "My Gifts". If you want to check and see if you have a gift, feel free! :D
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The upload deadline is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC for regular participants! That's in 7 DAYS. Commence flailing!

Please remember to post your gift to the ff_exchange2014 collection so it won't be revealed ahead of time, and to put the prompt you used in the Notes field. :) If you need a posting tutorial, check ours out here, and remember that we have our handy upload tool available if you need file hosting!

If you are pinch hitting, check your pinch hit confirmation email for the due date for the pinch hit assignment. If you are both pinch hitting and creating a regular gift, the regular gift is still due May 19, so budget your time wisely!

Any recipient without a gift after the regular deadline passes will have all their prompts sent to the pinch hit list. Please remember that there are no extensions — but if you don't think you'll make it please let us know! If you don't contact us and have submitted no gift, then you will receive a ban and 10,000 needles moderator tears. If you do contact us, you will only have a small penalty. :)

Good luck, everyone!
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That's it for beta requests for this round! Thanks so much to all of our betas for volunteering and helping out, and for providing such a needed service. We love you all!

One week until the deadline! We can do it! *\o/*
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Hello, everyone! The uploading deadline is on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC — click that link for the time in your area! How's everyone doing with that dim light wavering in the distance, drawing ever closer...?

As the big day approaches, we have opened up the DOINK! 2014 collection. On that page, you can follow the links at the top and Post to the DOINK! 2014 Collection. When posting, please remember to:
  • Check that ff_exchange2014 is filled in in the Collections/Challenges area under Associations. If you forget this, your work will be revealed too soon and be public for everyone!

  • Specify your recipient — this is what makes sure they can find your awesome gift!

  • Please put the prompt you used in the notes section at the top. This makes it easier for us to track filled prompts. This will also help us get the Chocobo Down lists out faster. :)

If you're not sure how to do any of these things or need a little help, we have just the thing:

A short posting tutorial! )

If you are a multimedia participant and need file hosting, please check out our image upload tool. Our file storage offer is for everything, at any time: regular round, Moogle Fluff, and Chocobo Down. :D


Other things you can do!
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The last day to summon a beta is Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you need a beta, now's the time to browse over and check out the awesome folks who volunteered to help out. Sooner rather than later is better! Summon a beta while you still can!

Read more about how beta summoning works, and keep an eye on the schedule!
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The no-penalty default date has passed — but don't worry if you think you might not make it; this just means that beyond this point, if you need to default, you will receive a penalty of one piece of Chocobo Down. You can still e-mail us or use the default page if you need to! Remember, if you need to default, do it sooner rather than later to give pinch hitters more time to work.

A default is not official until we have responded with a confirmation! So, if you have sent us a default notice and have not heard back from us, please e-mail us immediately so we can process your default.

Please continue to check the schedule for other important dates. Remember, the final upload deadline is Monday, May 19, 2014, 23:00 UTC.
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As the 2014 round of DOINK! rolls along, we hope everyone's having a great time! We know sometimes things happen though, and for that, we have our No-Penalty Default Date. If you default before this date, you're in the clear — just remember to thank your gifter, as you'll still be receiving a gift!

Remember, the defaulting process is super easy. Just e-mail us, or go to the default page on our site and follow the directions. We'll receive your request, and will confirm your default with you through e-mail. It's not official until we confirm it, so make sure you get that confirmation e-mail from us, otherwise you may be marked as defaulting with no notice. You will not need to reply or additionally communicate with us if you are not comfortable doing so.

If you receive no reply within 24 hours, feel free to go use the default page again. It's important that you receive confirmation of your default from us.

The no-penalty default date for this round is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 23:00 UTC If you default after this date, you'll owe a Chocobo Down penalty. So if you just don't think gifting is working out this year, please don't hesitate to use it — plus, defaulting early gives the pinch hitters more time to work.

Check the schedule for other important dates. You still have a few weeks left to complete your gift!
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As much as we may wish for a completely smooth and hassle-free exchange for all, sometimes life just happens! And for just such occasions, there's another really important way to help make the exchange a success: pinch hitting!

Pinch Hitting for DOINK! 2014

To get ready to pinch hit, simply join the DOINK! pinch hitters mailing list. The subscriber list is protected and you can leave/join as you wish.

You don't need to be a DOINK! participant — regular or beta volunteer — to be a pinch hitter, but you do need an AO3 account (just send us an e-mail and ask for an invite, or join the queue).

Mods will send pinch-hit requests to the list, and anyone is free to claim them on a first-come, first served basis — just reply to claim! Confirmation will be sent to the volunteer who was the quickest draw, and an alert will be sent to the list itself letting everyone know the hit has been claimed. Pinch hits often go fast, so be on your toes!

Accepting a pinch hit is a commitment: it means you agree to our basic guideline policy for fanwork, which you can find on our Walkthrough. You will also be assigned an upload deadline specific to you.

Pinch hits can come through at any point in the exchange — but we expect to see the most traffic around April 30 (the No-Penalty Default Deadline) and May 19 (the official Uploading Deadline). In the case of the latter, especially, our need is great. If you really want to pinch hit, those are good times to be by your Inbox!

We absolutely appreciate all the awesome folks who help us out with pinch hitting, especially at the end of the round when time is tight. Thanks to everyone already signed up and to any future volunteers! ♥

Defaulting

Apr. 21st, 2014 08:25 pm
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As always, we hope nothing gets in the way of everyone having a blast, but we understand if you have to bow out. We want to make it as painless as possible.

On our website, there is a default page. Following the directions on this page will allow you to default from the 2014 round. Please be sure you want to do this! There are no takebacks on us sending your prompts to the pinch hit list.

After receiving your request, we will confirm your default with you through e-mail. It's not official until we confirm it, so make sure you get that confirmation e-mail from us, otherwise you may be marked as defaulting with no notice. You will not need to reply to that email or additionally communicate with us if you are not comfortable doing so. If you receive no reply within 24 hours, feel free to go use the default page again.

The No-Penalty Default Deadline for this round is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. Check the schedule for other important dates.
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Beta Volunteer ranks have been built and signups are closed. You can check them out at Summon A Beta! Here's how the DOINK! beta system works:

  • Each beta lists the medium(s) they can beta, pertinent fandoms, and a short blurb where they talk about their strengths and weaknesses!

  • We asked each beta to include how many pieces they could handle at any one time — the number of fairies corresponds to this count. If a beta's fairies are all gray, they are booked solid, so try to choose a different one.

  • Each request will come to us. We will then connect you with your beta on our end to keep their information from ending up in the hands of spammers; no contact info is displayed on the website.

The last day to submit requests for a beta is Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. After this, if you need editing help, you will have to seek outside assistance. We want to be able to give our betas enough time to handle any sudden influx of work.

We reward our betas who beta a minimum of one fanwork by putting their prompts up during Moogle Fluff so that the community can flood them with fluffy love. All betas who signed up — even those who didn't beta any work this round — have their prompts put on our Chocobo Down list post round, to stay forever and be available for all future rounds of Moogle Fluff, Chocobo Down, and Chocobo Races. \o/

Other things you can do!

You can still sign up to be a pinch hitter! Pinch hit signups never close and we really appreciate all the help. :) If you need an AO3 account, just let us know!

If you've created work for past rounds, before we were on AO3, we would love for you to upload it to our corresponding AO3 collections:

2007

Final Fantasy Exchange 2007 - collection name: ff_exchange2007

Moogle Fluff 2007 - collection name: mooglefluff2007

2009

Final Fantasy Exchange 2009 - collection name: ff_exchange2009

Moogle Fluff 2009 - collection name: mooglefluff2009

We hope everyone is enjoying their prompts. Good luck! :D

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So you got your assignment (if not, let us know!), but you've got a question about a prompt, or about your recipient's general preferences. What do you do?

Use the Mognet, of course! Here at DOINK!, we like to offer our services as intermediaries between creators and their recipients. If you want to know more about a prompt (or all your prompts!) in order to get a better idea of what your recipient wants, we will be happy to help. If you ask us, we will write to your recipient, and send their response back to you. Please go through us — this way, everything stays a surprise!

Don't worry about the surprise being ruined if you ask questions about a specific prompt, either — we will disguise your question among others that we make up for the occasion, one for each prompt. We will only pass on answers to the question(s) you yourself asked.

To make this easier on us, the following things help:

  • Include your recipient's name and the prompt/prompts you're asking about


  • If you know the other fandoms, feel free to make up questions about the other prompts, or ask about multiple prompts at once — this means we have fewer questions to make up. We'll pass on all answers to questions you submitted.


Doing these things helps us get the question out faster, which means you get a response sooner! Sometimes you know more about the fandom and characters and can more successfully disguise the questions than we can, although we will do our best if you're not sure how! :)

If you would like to take advantage of this service, just e-mail us!

Likewise, if you get a Mognet query in your inbox, please respond in a timely manner — someone's waiting on your reply to make your gift even better!

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As of now, our assignment queue is empty, and the world is now full of 184 prompts left by all our participants. We're super excited to see all your creations!

Of course, our Google Overlords sometimes treat us like a spammer, so you might not have received your assignment. We will be watching for any bounced e-mails or outright rejections.

On your end, if you have not received your assignment by Thursday, April 17, 2014 23:00 UTC, please send us an email immediately letting us know. Making the connection with us first usually means we can reply and have better luck. :)

Beta volunteer signups are now closed! Please also remember that the upload deadline for regular exchange sign-ups is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC!

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