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Sedgistan
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Issues Contest: Third Time Lucky?

Postby Sedgistan » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:06 am

Yes, it's another Issues Contest!

We currently have a great Issues team, which is working hard to add to and improve NationStates daily issues. However, some of our Editors have found themselves busy with RL, and we're also focusing on a number of improvements we're making to the game - including such things as wondrous new Industries and freshly-funded Government departments. We're therefore looking to add a small number of Issues Editors to the team, to allow us to keep adding new issues to the game at a regular pace.

We've run a couple of Issues Contests before, and while they're a lot of work, they've been worth it for the Editors we've unearthed. This is a contest with the potential for multiple winners (or none at all; it depends how good the entrants are).

How do I enter?
Pretty simple: Write a new, original daily issue according to the official guidelines and email it to sedgistan@nationstates.net .

There is a limit of one entry per contestant. Please include your nation name with your submission.

What happens then?
If your submission shows promise, I will send you an e-mail and go over your issue, raising points, giving advice, et cetera. If we decide to take things further, you will get the chance to edit some issues - initially over email, under my guidance. Should this work out, then you will get the chance to become a fully-fledged Issues Editor.

If your submission doesn't show promise to me, then I'll send you an e-mail telling you that you have been declined.

What's in it for me?
Winners will get their submission put into the game. They'll also have the glory (infamy?) of being credited on every issue they edit, and a delightful sludge-coloured badge on your nation page:

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If I win, what will I be expected to do exactly?
Issues Editors work on player-submitted issues, editing them so they're up to the required standard to be in the game. There's no need to worry about deadlines, you're free to complete them at your own pace (after all, nobody holds the rest of us to a deadline!) Hopefully you'll find the experience and skill-developing involved its own reward.

How long do I have to submit my issue?
Given how long issues can take to write and tweak to perfection, plus accounting for real life, the deadline for the contest is December 31st, 2014. Given that there is no set number of Editors that we are looking for, submissions may receive a response then. However, there is no need to rush, so feel free to send your submission right up to the deadline.

How do I write a good issue?
The best place to start is the list of existing issues helpfully maintained by Andacantra. It'll give you an idea of what a NationStates issue should look like, and will help you avoid duplicating an existing issue.

It's recommended all aspiring issue writers check out Sirocco's How To Write An Issue thread as well.

Common misteaks are to make basic spelling/grammar errors, fail to format the issue according to the guidelines, or duplicate existing issues. Take care to avoid these.


Feel free to post any questions or comments.

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Postby Idzequitch » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:28 pm

Should I include statistical effects in my submission? (Political freedoms decrease, economic freedoms increase, etc.)
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Postby Lenyo » Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:35 pm

Idzequitch wrote:Should I include statistical effects in my submission? (Political freedoms decrease, economic freedoms increase, etc.)

Sure, but it's the text that decides the quality of an issue draft. A well-written issue without stats is always preferable to a correctly formatted draft lacking substance and humor.
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Postby Idzequitch » Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:29 pm

Lenyo wrote:
Idzequitch wrote:Should I include statistical effects in my submission? (Political freedoms decrease, economic freedoms increase, etc.)

Sure, but it's the text that decides the quality of an issue draft. A well-written issue without stats is always preferable to a correctly formatted draft lacking substance and humor.

Certainly. I was just wondering if the stats were part of the contest, since the winner is going to be dealing with that kind of thing.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:47 pm

Idzequitch wrote:the winner is going to be dealing with that kind of thing.

The winner is going to deal with a whole lot more accurate stats than are presented to the public. Familiary with the concept is good, but the winner's conceptual knowledge will do a sea change when they see the actual mechanics. It's a lot more complicated than most people think.

So yeah, do your best.

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Postby Namayapata » Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:34 pm

Sounds interesting, will be having a go :)
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Postby Scepez » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:36 pm

Is it alright if I make it like sort of a tribute of something (in this case some people) from the real world?
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Postby Avaerilon » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:57 pm

Definitely giving this a shot!
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Postby Zunkwentania » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:58 pm

This sounds nice! I'll try my hand at writing one.

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Postby Schiltzberg » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:12 pm

Sounds fun. Is there a limit on how many issues you can send in? I have a few written up, but I am not sure if you are looking for more than one per person.
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Postby Sedgistan » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:12 pm

Scepez wrote:Is it alright if I make it like sort of a tribute of something (in this case some people) from the real world?

Depends how it's done. Plenty of issues take inspiration from real-world events, and have characters similar to real-world people. You have to avoid actually referencing the real world, of course, and to make sure that the issue isn't just a re-hash of actual events, and instead fits into the style of NS issues.

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Postby Sedgistan » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:12 pm

Schiltzberg wrote:Sounds fun. Is there a limit on how many issues you can send in? I have a few written up, but I am not sure if you are looking for more than one per person.

See:
Sedgistan wrote:There is a limit of one entry per contestant.

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Postby Schiltzberg » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:14 pm

Oh, okay; I missed that, thanks
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Postby Schiltzberg » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:19 pm

Another question; do you need to know how to code to be an editor, or is the job strictly editing?
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Postby Sedgistan » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:24 pm

Schiltzberg wrote:Another question; do you need to know how to code to be an editor, or is the job strictly editing?

No coding knowledge is required.

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Postby Divergia » Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:09 pm

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Postby Anonymouslands » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:37 pm

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Postby Luna Amore » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:39 pm

Anonymouslands wrote:Is there only going to be 1 winner?

Answered in the OP.
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Postby Coia » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:40 pm

Anonymouslands wrote:Is there only going to be 1 winner?

Yes there will only be 1 winner
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Postby Luna Amore » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:44 pm

Coia wrote:
Anonymouslands wrote:Is there only going to be 1 winner?

Yes there will only be 1 winner

I have to wonder if you guys stopped reading at "Issues Contest".

From the very short yet informative OP:
This is a contest with the potential for multiple winners (or none at all; it depends how good the entrants are).
Last edited by Luna Amore on Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Max: The code changelog says, "Added 'butthole' by mod request"
Lenyo: This dilemma needs an option that Luna would support in RL.

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Postby TurtleShroom » Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:11 pm

I already had an Issue that was successfully submitted, but some idiot inserted curse words into it. I hope I can get a chance to win. 8)
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Postby Sedgistan » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:17 am

TurtleShroom wrote:I already had an Issue that was successfully submitted, but some idiot inserted curse words into it. I hope I can get a chance to win. 8)

*** Warned for flaming. ***

Unlikely, since we'd expect new Editors to be able to work alongside that "idiot".

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Postby Sau Island » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:08 am

I have a question: Should i email the issue directly?
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Postby Sedgistan » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:17 am

Yep.

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