Bad Bang IV: The World's Worst Exchange

A multifandom exchange for deliberately bad fanfiction accompanied by equally terrible fanart.

(Closed, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)

About Bad Bang IV: The World's Worst Exchange (BadBang4)

Active since:
2015-02-03
Maintainers:
Contact:
adaptationdecay@gmail.com
Tag Set:
Assignments Due:
Sat 28 Mar 2015 12:00AM GMT
Signed up:
40
  • proleptic_fancy,
  • elephunk,
  • Tarash,
  • Big_Rock,
  • mrs_mozzie,
  • Healy,
  • Oroburos69,
  • havisham,
  • evelyn_b,
  • Liviania,
  • rubiconjane,
  • Thor_The_PopTart_Slut,
  • hazuki_15,
  • saiditallbefore,
  • ashka,
  • fireinthedark,
  • gregorianpeas,
  • kef,
  • Naraht,
  • PinkCoffeeMosquitoJelly
  • HannaM,
  • twizzle,
  • certs_up,
  • ishiphappy,
  • debirlfan,
  • corcou,
  • aljan,
  • ImogenAlpacaday,
  • jessalae,
  • badficromance,
  • MarsDragon,
  • dante_gabriel_renesmee,
  • VioletVerbosity,
  • Eye_Of_Argonia,
  • OriginalMaleDog,
  • Andian,
  • Allekha,
  • ViolentFlowers,
  • littlestpumpkin,
  • Morbane

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Intro:

This is an exchange for deliberately bad fanfic and fanart.

If you're not planning to read the FAQ, please ensure you have at least read the rules or your signup may be rejected.

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FAQ:

When will Bad Bang IV take place?
Who is running Bad Bang?
Where should I go for up to date info on Bad Bang IV?
What fandoms are eligible for Bad Bang?
What are vetos?
How do Dear Badger letters work?
How many requests and offers do I get?
How does matching work for Bad Bang IV?
Do I have to submit both fic and art?
How big a role should the requested character play?
Can I include other fandoms and characters?
Is there a length requirement?
Do I need a beta?
How do I post art to AO3?
What if I need to default?
How does treating work?
How does pinch hitting work?
Are comments a requirement?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When will Bad Bang IV take place?

  • Nominations open: Monday 2 March 2015
  • Nominations close: Sunday 8 March 2015
  • Letter post goes up: Monday 9 March 2015
  • Signups open: Wednesday 11 March 2015
  • Signups close: Wednesday 18 March 2015
  • Assignments sent out no later than: Friday 20 March 2015
  • Assignments due: Friday 27 March 2015
  • Full request list goes live: Saturday 28 March 2015
  • Archive opens for reading: Wednesday 1 April 2015
  • Author reveal: Wednesday 8 April 2015

 
 
Who is running Bad Bang IV?

Your mod is AdaptationDecay or AD. She can be reached on adaptationdecay@gmail.com. On FFA she will sign her posts as Bang!Mod

 

 

Who is participating in Bad Bang IV?

The exchange is open to anybody. In previous rounds of Bad Bang the participants have mostly been from FFA.

 

 

Where should I go for up to date info on Bad Bang IV?

General information will always be posted here at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/badbang4/profile.
The nominations form is here http://archiveofourown.org/tag_sets/620/nominations/new.
The letters post will be made on AD's Dreamwidth with anonymous commenting enabled.
Pinch hits will be distributed via an email list that you can sign up for here.
Additional discussion will take place on FFA in the Fests, Bangs and Exchanges thread.

 

 

What fandoms are eligible for Bad Bang?

Any fandom can be nominated for the challenge using the nominations form, including things like RPF, anthropomorfic and original fiction.

After the nominations period is over and the tag set has been finalised, you can only request the characters and fandoms from the tagset in your signup. (Although you are free to mention other fandoms and characters in your optional details.)

 

 

What are vetos?

In this exchange it's important that we have a way to differentiate jokey Do-Not-Wants like "Omg & if u write Sterek bottoming 4 Johnlock it is RONG and GROS and I will be TRIGGERED!!!!1" from serious Do-Not-Wants like "I know this is a jokey badfic exchange, but I seriously cannot read non-con, even parody non-con. If you include it then I won't be able to read your gift to me."

The way we are going to differentiate that is by referring to the serious Do-Not-Wants as "vetos". In your signup, you must include a list of clearly stated vetos on a separate line at the bottom of your optional details, like this.

TEH ONLEY THING I WANT 4 THIZ EXZCHANGE IS A COFEESHOP AU WHERE STEREK IS A WEREPONY.

VETOS: Non-con, dub-con, character death.

 
If you don't have anything you need to veto, then you need to include a clear line saying so, like this.

TEH ONLEY THING I WANT 4 THIZ EXZCHANGE IS A COFEESHOP AU WHERE STEREK IS A WEREPONY.

VETOS: None.

 

 

 

How do Dear Badger letters work?

If you wish, you can post a "Dear Bad Bang Badger" letter on your journal/tumblr/website/wherever and link to it from the official letters post. This may increase the chances of people offering your fandoms and it may increase your chances of receiving treats. You can also link to your letter from your signup in case you want to provide more information to your assigned writer than will fit in the Optional Details box. (Picspams, etc.)

If you post a letter, please include your vetos at the bottom so that this information is available to potential treaters.

(Be warned that the mod's tolerance for placeholder letters is extremely low.)

 

 

How many requests and offers do I get?

You can request between 5 and 10 fandoms. For each of these fandoms you can specify between 1 and 20 characters or you can tick the 'Any' box, meaning your gift could potentially be about any character in that fandom.

You can offer between 5 and 10 fandoms. For each of these fandoms you can specify between 1 and 20 characters or you can tick the 'Any' box, meaning you could be asked to create work about any character in that fandom. When you are making offers, there is also an 'Any' button for fandoms. If you choose this, you could be asked to write about any fandom or character in the tagset!

 

 

How does matching work for Bad Bang IV?

You are guaranteed to be matched to an author who offered at least one of the characters you requested in at least one fandom you asked for. Matching is 'OR' not 'AND', so if you asked for Alice and Bob, you aren't guaranteed a writer who can write Alice/Bob.

 

 

Do I have to submit both fic and art?

Yes. Bad Bang has always been about the pairing of bad fanfic with bad illustrations.

 

 

How big a role should the requested character play?

You can kill them off in the first sentence (or send them on a permanent vacation to Timbuktu if the recipient listed character death as a veto). As long as they appear - however briefly - you've fulfilled the requirements.

 

 

Can I include other fandoms and characters?

Yes. Ridiculous crossovers are encouraged except where they conflict with a recipient's vetos. (Don't incorporate Hannibal Lecter if they vetoed Cannibalism. Etc.)

 

 

Is there a length requirement?

No. There are no minimum length or effort requirements in Bad Bang.

 

 

Do I need a beta?

No. If you want help making your fic as terrible as it possibly can be, you can ask on meme, but a beta in the traditional sense is really not necessary for this exchange.

 

 

How do I post art to AO3?

Upload it to a third party image hosting site like Imgur. It will give you a URL for the image that will look like this: http://i.imgur.com/l3tt3r54ndnumb3r5.jpg

To embed it on AO3, simply type <img src="http://i.imgur.com/l3tt3r54ndnumb3r5.jpg"> into the body of your story.

If you want to provide extra information to people who use screenreaders or people who hover over the image, type: <img src="http://i.imgur.com/l3tt3r54ndnumb3r5.jpg" title="Description of the picture" alt="Description of the picture">

 

 

What if I need to default?

Life happens sometimes. It's okay. Just press the default button as soon as you know you're not going to make the deadline.

If you haven't uploaded a fic by the deadline we'll assume you had to default and a pinch hitter will be assigned to your recipient.

If you upload a placeholder so that the mod doesn't know she needs to find a pinch hitter then bad things will happen. Seriously do not do this.

If you default, you still need to acknowledge any gifts you receive.

 

How does treating work?

Treating is writing additional stories for people who aren't your assigned recipient. You don't have to be signed up to the exchange to write treats. Treats have to comply with the rules about including one requested character and respecting vetos.

 

 

How does pinch hitting work?

The official pinch hitter for previous Bad Bangs has been a five year old child.

For the exchange round pinch hits will also be covered by members of the pinch hit mailing list. You can sign up to hear about pinch hits here.

Pinch hits are stories for recipients who were unmatchable or whose writers had to default.

 

 

Are comments/kudos a requirement?

You need to acknowledge your gift on AO3: sincere thanks or fake outrage are equally acceptable for this purpose. If there is a problem with your gift, please email adaptationdecay@gmail.com.

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Rules:

1. Your signup must include your vetos in the required format. This is both essential information for your assigned writer and a test from the moderator to see if you bothered to read the rules. ;o)

2. You must respect your recipient's vetos. If there is any ambiguity regarding your recipient's vetos then either interpret them generously or email adaptationdecay@gmail.com for clarification. Don't fall into the trap of thinking "Weeeell, this skirts a bit close to a veto, but it will proooobably be okay..." That never ends well.

3. You are required to write and illustrate a story for your recipient and submit it to the archive no later than FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2015 AT 11.59PM GMT. (That's British time. Don't let timezones catch you out!)

4. Your assignment must include at least one character requested by your recipient in either the fic or the artwork. If they did not specify characters you have to include at least one of the characters who was nominated for that fandom.

5. Your assignment should be tagged as 'Deliberate Badfic' and 'Deliberately Bad Fanart' as a courtesy to other AO3 users.

6. No placeholders. Ever. Not even as a joke.

7. Please acknowledge your gift by commenting with either sincere thanks or fake wank. If there is a problem with your gift, please email adaptationdecay@gmail.com