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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 10, 2018 01:07:33 PM
Thanks for all of the great comments and feedback, everyone! 

Here's the plan.  We will make the change to a yearly format, and:

--Keep deadlines for some prompts.
--Create a Bonus Points system for prompts that are submitted in the month they are issued.
--Create ways to foster more engagement across Craftster (like Bonus Points for challenges, etc.)
--Place responsibility on the players to submit projects correctly and thoroughly.
--Come up with a tracking system that will work for the new yearly format.
--Reformat the rules section so that it is more clear and less intimidating.
--Plan another CYOA event!

Did I miss anything?  Have other ideas?

When January starts, would we be able to submit things we're making in December?

Yes, definitely! 

For tracking, if you are still using Google sheets, there's some pretty clever stuff you can do to make it easier. Like restricting the texts you can put in a certain column to things from a specific list. I did some of that when I did the tracking, and will be happy to help ease the tracking.
I might even get some crafts done Smiley

Thank you for this offer, Tanath!  Perhaps you can storerboughtcreations can chat to see what she would find helpful in terms of the spreadsheets.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 09, 2018 10:05:09 AM
Thanks, friends!  I am fighting my own personal plague!


I have had an idea for a while, and this delay has really brought it to the forefront of my mind, so I want to run it by everyone and get some feedback.

I would like to change from quarterly Nerd Battles seasons to a yearly Nerd Battles thread, and then have the Summer Nerd Games as more of a standalone special event.  Here are some of the pros/cons.

--Reduce the workload of season change-overs that happen four times a year (new threads, tracking sheets, calculations, pinterest boards, etc.).
--Reduce the likelihood of missing the chance to post projects, or get points because of a season ending.
--Potentially increase activity because it will be easier to post and for people to jump in (a lot of people have noted waiting for a new season to start before joining, and waiting can decrease excitement, or people don't remember to come back).
--Eliminate delays like the current one because there wouldn't be such frequent seasons/threads to set up.
--It keeps the Summer round special, and that will still provide the "season" factor.

--It can feel nice to have consistent "fresh starts."
--There won't be quarterly "winners" (though there will be recognition throughout).
--It's breaking with the format we've had for a long time, and not everyone welcomes change.

It should be fairly easy and seamless to make the change over.  The first thread of this kind could open on January 1, 2019.  In reality, this is more of an administrative change than a change to the mechanics of the Nerd Battles/Games.

Please let me know what you think!  Here are some questions I have for everyone:

--What other pros/cons do you see to this idea?
--Do you want to continue with the current team structure if we transition to this model?
--What other ideas do you have to keep the Nerd Battles/Games fun and relevant?
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 9 (green by 11/16, send by 11/19) on: November 19, 2018 11:02:52 AM
I sent out!  Thank you for organizing this beast of a swap, GatorWrangler!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: October 31, 2018 08:01:33 PM
Happy Halloween! Grin

The November prompts are posted!  We're still celebrating Japanese media favorites.  This month's theme is:  Kaiju/Classic Monsters.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Car accessories on: October 29, 2018 02:39:30 PM
Adorable!  What a good idea!
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 9 (Signups by 10/22, send by 11/19) on: October 22, 2018 01:35:20 PM
I sent my questionnaire!  I'm doing small fused glass trees.  The glass parts are done.  I'll be adding hooks and a ribbon.  There will be three of each kind, with the millefiori glass (the circles), and with the green and red frit glass.

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 (Signups by 10/22, send by 11/19) on: October 08, 2018 08:30:01 PM
Those are beautiful Onyxnox! 

I'm hoping to join again this year.  I need to see if I can budget enough time!  Hope to be back soon with possibilities. Smiley
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #125 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2018, Due Nov 1 - 8 2018 on: October 08, 2018 08:27:24 PM
This is always such a fun challenge!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: October 07, 2018 08:11:33 AM
Glad everything is arriving and people are enjoying.  Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Kitchen Accessories on: October 01, 2018 08:56:00 AM
What a cute and fun set!
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