As promised, we've gone through all of the criticisms and critiques and have responses to most of the more broad encompassing ones. This won't include any of the specific people/groups asking about their submissions that we dealt with, but does cover a few over-arching topics:
- How Drawfriend images are accepted
- Comment moderation
- Simple PMV, and PMV in general
- Analysis and review
- Music on EQD
- Audio books
- WHY SO MUCH FLUTTERSHY REACTING TO THINGS?
- Rejection messages and why we haven't done them
- And loads more!
I apologize if I didn't get yours in here. There were so many questions and answers between the two posts, that it would be difficult to fit them all here without pages of words to go through. You can still read the comments on either post for our responses.
These questions were some that were asked in various forms a lot, and I've combined answers on them.
On Submissions to EQD!
Large Text/graphic art on drawings and Giant Obstructive Watermarks (Rarely approved):
We try to avoid these but will make exceptions if the art is amazing.
Q: Why allow multiple drawings from a single person in a post?
There isn't a cap on Drawfriend for number of images, so we don't limit how many pieces someone can send for a post. A person sending 10 things in will never bump someone else out of the running.We do have a limit of 2 weeks on age of an image though, so an artist cant send their entire undiscovered gallery. Drawfriend is all about the new.
Q: Why doesn't EQD do rejection messages?
- Microphone quality is extremely important here. We usually don't take them at all if this isn't high quality. Sometimes a godlike singer will go to the music of the day with an "ok" mic, but again, very rarely.
- Improving on the original song is the biggest plus. Don't just try to mimic it. Male vocals on an originally female song or instrument replacement is probably the lightest we will go, and it has to be excellent.
- Obviously singing talent is required. A trip over to American Idol is a good example of what echo chambers of friends and yourself can make you think you sound like.
- Excellent vocalist, with a different, lighter singing style from the original.
- Extends the original
- Great sound quality
Q: News submissions should be posted ASAP!
News already is posted ASAP! :) It takes priority over everything and is only ever lightly scheduled over other news (Comic synopsis releasing in sets of 3 tend to take over the :30/hour slots of the next hour and a half).
Q: Fanfiction submissions are extremely slow and acceptance times long. Can we fix that?
We are discussing a new system with the pre-readers to turn them into story scouts instead of story filters. Quite a few of them are simply too busy with real life to keep up with the flood of stories, and shifting fanfiction into something more akin to our other categories on the site would allow us to be a lot quicker. An amazing animation is posted immediately. An amazing fic can take 6 months. That's really not how we want to keep going there.
We still want to keep the quality requirements bar high, but a bit more "with the fandom" on this part is good. Again, this is just in discussion phase right now. They don't want to completely remove the review process.
Q: What are you going to do about analysis and review videos?
Analysis and Review Bit by ABagOVicodin:
Analysis is probably one of the most accessible formats, right next to fanfiction. Everyone has an opinion about something which can waver back and forth (between positive and negative) and will always be a victim of subjectivity. A lot of people like to fault me for being too subjective in my editorials, but they forget that there's subjectivity in everything, even analysis. There's no data in what you "feel" about an episode. The most you can quantify is how many people feel a certain way, which is still subjective (inherently).
Quite frankly, analysis has been one of the things that I've had to defend the most when I first joined the team, and I haven't exactly had a lot to stand on as "defense". Much like a lot of other forms of content, there's drama, elitism, and the bar from making an "okay" analysis video into something that deserves a solo post is becoming higher AND also dictated by the fans.
Sometimes, there isn't much to say about an episode. Sometimes, a reviewer (somehow) can just be plain wrong or missing the point. Does that mean we shouldn't post their review? Absolutely not. From what I've seen from most the comments, it's two main problems: "Big" analysis people having their own posts and an overall saturation of the posts.
We have alleviated this by moving the "big" Youtubers along with the others in one "Episode Review" post. There are numerous reviewers that are waiting to be discovered and become the next Silver Quill, and it usually starts by a bunch of people letting us know that this solo reviewer has potential. We've already updated the rules on analysis a little bit ago, and it might be a good idea to toss that in the submit area.
Audiobooks! What happened to them?
Audiobooks have been in a weird area since we opened the doors to them. Our previous rules have left us with not as many audiobooks being submitted because the story that was read had to be EQD approved. Considering the waiting time that some stories could have for their approval, an audiobook could be very old by the time the fic is approved.
The main reason for this was due to the already difficult job of keeping up with submitted fanfiction as a whole. Nothing in the fandom takes longer than a story to review for posting. We have an armada of dedicated pre-readers, each with specific favored fics to review. Even with that, we can't really keep up with how quick you all produce them. This was why we had the requirement of the story being featured on EQD first.
At this point, we aren't getting very many new audio book submissions, so we will be opening up to all of them soon. Some lower quality fics really do benefit from a live reading, taking the mundane to the excellent.
We will be working on an archive for audio books and streamlining the process of getting them through. ABagOfVicodin works closely with the community, so expect some changes on this section soon!
Posting and ideas on improving it
Q: Why so much Fluttershy Reacts?!
Pony reacts in general have grown a lot over the last year. Some people are getting sick of them, but typically (especially in the case of Vanamellon's series) they pop up at 12:00 midnight and take up a slot that would be empty anyway. Why leave it open if we can post something? If something is well done and consistently released, and usually a whopping 10 minutes long, it seems pretty harmless to just toss it up.
They are pretty fun, and this is coming from someone who can't make it 4 minutes into a Gamegumps or general Minecraft react without falling asleep. Dunkey though, that's my dude.
Q: Can we axe Simple PMV posts and start separating the contents out?
I agree that Simple PMV is not the best post idea, (as is Music of the Day). We do need a way to figure out how to not flood the front page with PMVS, but still give more spotlight to less effect-driven videos.
Like most things though, we need to strike a balance between burning people out on them and posting. If we took all the simple PMVS and littered them throughout the day, I don't think many would click PMV posts at all anymore. It's already a struggling section on EQD due to how many we've posted over the years and how similar they all are. There are only so many styles to choose from here.
Q: Why not completely reject "Teenage" or "Flashy Effect" PMV's
I know the traditional video makers dislike them, and I join you in the sentiment, but a good amount of people do want to see them. A warning and strict length requirements are usually what we go by here. Currently the 40 second ones that flood the box are usually rejected, requiring at least 2 minutes. Hell, some of these would probably be alright if they axed half the flashy and just based it on the vectors and animations they use behind the walls of filters. Youtube watchers apparently love that stuff though if their explosive popularity is any indication.
While we don't see that effect here on EQD, we still try to cover all aspects of the fandom, and can't fault one section for liking something some of us don't like.