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Introducing ... THE LOST LIST

Well, I did it. I started yet another Lost comm. Here it is: thelostlist.

ETA: I think I've hit on the solution. Of course, it is after midnight and it may not seem so brilliant in the morning, but here's the general idea.

What I'd like it to be is THE go-to place for Lost fic, an archive of great fics, not just about Jack/Sawyer (which of course, we love) but where readers can quickly find fics by character or theme.

But I'm not sure how we should do this. Have people sign up to be an "expert" on each character and then come up with, say, 5-10 fics on that character? Free-for-all? Master posts where people comment with, say, favorite Driveshaft fics? Or some magical combo? One of the key components that will set it apart from other rec comms is that yes, people will be able to submit their own fics. What do you think?

How should we do this thing? (Check as many as you like):

People volunteer to be experts on a character and compile a comprehensive list of fic
Anyone can submit fic to a master post on that theme
People post as often as they see fit - everything is organized by tags
People can make requests, such as "Genderswap" fic or whatever.
Some other brilliant approach, which I shall explain in comments


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Aug. 21st, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Very nice! You're too good to us.

I think that if people post when they feel like it, it'll just end up like all the other recs comms out there -- neglected. Something more formalized or guided, without being too rigid, is probably the way to go.
Aug. 21st, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Awww! It's cuz I love ya! :)

And I definitely don't want it to be one of those languishing rec comms! I'm thinking of doing a two-pronged approach: Folks sign up to be "Desmond" experts or whatever, then they post with their "master" list, which people can add to via comments. And then if someone wants, say, fics about Margot Shephard, they can ask for those and people will respond with their favorite fics. Which is more or less how mood theme comms work: The same tags are also used for requests.
Aug. 21st, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
How about if each author submits 5 to 10 of their fics, what they think are their best ones..only because you know that if someone says they are an expert there will be someone that says they aren't, plus I fear that some people will have there fics left off the list and then it would seem a little cliquey..which could cause some problems.

Aug. 21st, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Hmm, I certainly don't want it to be cliquey, which is why I wanted people to be able to submit their own fics. I don't know, maybe it's too wide-ranging and ambitious to actually work!
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
It is ambitious but totally and completely worth it, I totally thank you for that.

It's good to have a resource/place to just go through and find some great stories for a character and pairing you like, I swear I only meant cliquey if one person compiled a master list of their own favorites of their favorite authors, not if everyone submitted their own fics, but if one person takes everyones links of their own stories, that's a lot of work and that deserves much MUCH praise..seriously, you'd rock HARD just for that.
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
I think some people are comfortable reccing their own fics and others would rather cut off their arm, and I don't think one's comfort level has anything to do with how good a writer one is. I'd hate to see excellent writers neglected because they won't self-rec. Is there a way to guard against this?

I admit, I still don't really get how it will work. I think I'll just have to wait and see how it works once it's up and running.

Maybe the 'old-timers' could compile fic for, say, the first two seasons, or something.
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought about that... I really don't know. Maybe it's not a workable idea.
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I think it's workable and I think we need some kind of fic archive. There's just some stuff to consider to make sure it works as it's intended to. Of course, you can totally tweak it as you go too, if you find that some aspect isn't functioning as planned.
Aug. 21st, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Okay, scratch the idea of a comprehensive fic archive. That's just not doable (or, at least, not something I want to undertake at this point). Here's my thoughts on how this might work, with some community participation.
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Aug. 21st, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Yay, yes I'm that nuts. But I think the idea of doing a comprehensive archive is just not going to work. Or, at least, not something I'm willing to organize and manage! So I (in the wee hours here) have come up with a way I think it might work.... here.

And thanks so much for your offer of help! I may yet call upon you! :)
Aug. 21st, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Great! I think it would be possible to combine number one and two. Have someone be active in collecting fics per topic and accept submissions. The goal could be to start with maybe the basics - fics for the regular characters which maybe include a division into slash, het and gen. Once there is a foundation, you could always open it up to requests for a specific theme or more minor characters.

Aug. 21st, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yay, you did it! I voted the first two before realizing you made an introductory post so I'll just check on there ;) but go you for starting this!
Aug. 21st, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
you are awesome, my friend!

and look at that, I'm answering things here and at the comm at the same time! lol!

I love the idea, will tell more over there. =D
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
You know, you might do well to take a look at bandom_recs and see how they handle rec themes. Each day of the week has a set "theme day", such as Storytime Sunday, and each month has an assigned person for each theme. It's worked out wonderfully! Not saying you have to do that verbatim or anything, but it might help you figure out some logistics. :)
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I think something a bit different might be called for in Lost fandom as it's much less active and reccing seems to be some kind of exotic activity, LOL. :)
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