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Addition to Message System

MrWolf_UK

For the first time in a while, I've gone into the Author/Editor section of the website and noticed the section View Editing Requests.
It seems that someone sent me a request a while ago, but I never noticed it before now, so would it be possible to have these requests go through the new Messaging System so that we're notified when new requests come in?

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@MrWolf_UK

It seems that someone sent me a request a while ago, but I never noticed it before now,


The editor requests in that area are not messages directed at you personally, so they shouldn't be sent to your inbox. Those are general requests, basically an author asking any editor willing for help.

I'm working on changing the volunteer editors list to use the new messaging system though. So when somebody clicks your link to send you a message it will end up in your inbox on the site.

MrWolf_UK
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What about using the Story Tags instead of the Squicks section, so that authors can use the potential tags of their stories to filter Editors who match their theme and who are available?

Also, not sure how feasible is it, but how about the authors using the website like a wiki? They upload their story, it gets sent to matching editors who review it and make changes online, and when the author is happy it gets pushed to the submission queue. That way it's already formatted for submission?

It's quite a large undertaking, but it keeps everything within the site, including changes and submission approval?

Edit for typo

Replies:   Lumpy  REP
Lumpy

@MrWolf_UK

I'm not sure if that would be practical for authors. I have editors send me a doc with suggested corrections. 95% I go with, but some I don't use since they change the sentiment of a statement or don't fit with what I am looking for.

I also end up in a back and forth with my editors a lot, as they look for clarification or point out possible plot problems or inconsistencies. Both of those require actual re-writing, which isn't what an editor does.

That might work for proofreading, but actual editing? Also, many authors put their works elsewhere as well, or complete their story before they start posting it up, which would be problematic with what you're talking about.

or at least, problematic for how I work.

REP

@MrWolf_UK

it gets sent to matching editors who review it and make changes


That can be a problem. Most authors who use editors have people they like to work with. They are familiar with the editor's background and credentials. Getting a story sent to just any editor is problem; some editors are better than others. Fixing that problem puts we authors back to where we are now with the author working with the editors we like.

The only advantage might be doing it on-line on the SOL site, but that would be a problem for the site.

Let's just leave it the way it is. It has worked fine so far to my knowledge.

MrWolf_UK

@REP & Lumpy
I wasn't saying that's how it HAD to be done, I was just offering a suggestion on aligning Editors to Authors, then a way of streamlining submissions through editors.
I'll slink back under my rock now, sorry for disturbing your weekend.

Replies:   REP  Crumbly Writer
REP

@MrWolf_UK

I'll slink back under my rock now, sorry for disturbing your weekend.


Not disturbed and well-intended suggestions are always welcome. I was just pointing out a few difficulties an Author might have with the suggestion.

Crumbly Writer

@MrWolf_UK

I wasn't saying that's how it HAD to be done, I was just offering a suggestion on aligning Editors to Authors, then a way of streamlining submissions through editors.
I'll slink back under my rock now, sorry for disturbing your weekend.

The suggestion wasn't bad, it just wasn't practical for those authors who've already found an editor. Your idea about tying story tags to authors/editors makes sense though, which is why I always advice authors to add the story description and tags when they ask for editors, so editors will know whether they'll be inclined to enjoying the story/work.

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