Community Outreach's Sandbox

Welcome to the super-cute and cool and awesome Community Outreach Contest Sandbox~

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Contest Ideas

  • 72-Hour Writing Jam (ProcyonLotor)
    • don't have a snappy title, but a quick, easy contest- it'll have a small subject, but the time between the subject being announced and entries closing is something small, like between an hour to a day, try to see what quality works can be done on an accelerated timeframe.
    • Of course, for fairness's sake, the time when the subject will be announced will also be announced, and no one who knows it ahead of time can enter
    • not necessarily coldpost because you can technically get critique, but in that spirit
    • we could do different genre fiction stuff - like, 24 hours to write a romance, 24 hours to write a detective story, etc etc
    • And you need an entry in all three (or two of the three). That's pretty rad idea.

TO-DO FOR JAM:
* Prize? Discuss featured slot with Zyn.
* Determine length of contest.
* Determine theme for entries.

Team Contest: DOOMSDAY CONTEST

You and your team will create a new #-Class Scenario and write some articles about it.
Best group of articles wins.
Total votes most likely. There might be judging - probably not though since Procyon can't stand judges
Dead Greenhouse, End-of-World, Dominance Shift… these are all really fucking cool ways to end the world and I wanna let people go as big or small as they want
FK-Class "Ship in a Bottle" scenario would be where Brainiac shrinks the whole Earth like he did the capital city of Krypton
•ARD> "RK-Class Rapture Scenario"
12:39 PM <•ARD> This is awesome and also
12:39 PM <•ARD> Super cool to apply seriously
12:39 PM <•ARD> A scenario in which a god steals away all the people of earth
12:39 PM <•ARD> The Foundation is gonna defy God
12:39 PM <•ARD> Stuff like that

  • Ye Olde Foundation (kaktus)
  • CYOA (Randomini)
  • Halloween: Creepypasta written using an SCP without the context of the Foundationverse
  • Crosstest A-go-go: New SCP that has to include at least two SCP crosstests. Bonus points for using less-popular SCPs. (Drewbear)
  • Pulling from the various challenge threads from over the years: (Drewbear, only using challenges originally posted by Staff)
    • Anomalous Holidays: Write something about a non-real-world holiday that is celebrated in the Foundation!verse. So something like "Cogwheel Day" by the Church of the Broken God, "Moses Is a Righteous Dude Day" for the Horizon Initiative, etc.
    • Reboot: write a SCP as if it was still the days of /x/ before everything became standardized and before any of the Big Name SCPs (other than 173) were written. Make up new classes. Make it a short, mysterious object. Liberally plagiarize pics found online. Use appropriately sourced CC images :-P. These would technically be considered Tales.
      • As an alternative: The contest provides a short list of pictures and each entry has to be based on one and only one of them. The winner for each pic gets to stick around. Downside: non-winning but positively rated SCPs don't get to use the pic they're based on.
    • Humor Me: write something funny that's NOT a -J.
  • Containment Breach: Write a Tale about a containment breach involving a non-top-rated SCP (so no 682 or 076-2 or 096, etc.) (Drewbear)
  • http://www.haskins.yale.edu/SR/SR037/SR037_16.pdf Use testing ideas as seeds for stories (Randomini)
  • Commerce Contest: Everyone on the site gets 100 points that they could use to post objectives for people to complete, like "Write a tale about _" or "Write an SCP with _". Daily goals let staff incentivise good behaviour like "10 Points for writing helpful feedback on the draft forum"; maybe let facebook/reddit/tumblr pick some daily goals to enhance user interaction. Objectives can also be things like "draw a picture of my OC"; inversely, people can offer services, so like "will draw your OC for 50 points". Points can be used to buy things, e.g. "300 Points for your message on the front page for a day", "500 Points to get your work posted on all the official SCP social media outlets", things like that. No winner at the end per se; the rewards are simply whatever people buy with their points.
  • Origins: Write an article based on the origin of at least 2 SCPs. SCPs must not already be crosslinked, not GOI-made, or have an existing origin story to build off of.
  • Collaboration Contest: Write an article that prominently features a collaboration between two GOIs or the Foundation and a GOI, or you can write any article, provided it's co-authored with another person. Go Teamwork!

April Fools Ideas

  • Subscription Content (Premium), purportedly giving you access to the remaining acts of Resurrection and all 300 recorded kaktuskasts, removing all blackboxes and redactions, as well as letting you use SCP numbers outside of the current series range
  • We have decided to rename the SCP wiki to the 173 wiki, as the original author intended for the letters of the code to change with each object, not the numbers
  • SCP Scavenger Hunt, hide small clues in various skips to find a secret page. First to find it and PM a code to go along with it wins a prize.

General Ideas

  • Some sort of weekly/biweekly/monthly staff-lead discussion thread.
    • (I think this could work, and also ties into a PM I got, which I'll elaborate below. ~Decibelle)
  • Do we have a thread for more direct staff feedback?
    • (Not at the moment. ~Decibelle)
  • Contact Staff Rewrite (Wogglebug is handling this, IIRC.)
  • Guide Rewrites (kaktus is handling this, IIRC.)

Call For Reviews

This stems from something the Rewrite Team has done for a while, stopping a couple years back. I wanna revive it, and after getting the following PMs from Zmax, I feel more certain about it:

A little while ago I had an idea for a thread, where low-rated Series 1 and 2 SCPs would be brought up for people to discuss what could possibly be done, under the likely circumstance that they need a rewrite. I messaged Zyn about putting the thread up on the Ideas and Brainstorming, and she told me to come around to you, as head of the Rewrite Team.

I think that such a thread would be a positive addition to the site. Not only would it help good articles be better recognized as such and bring bad ones more attention, but I believe it would also get the community more excited about rewrites, and encourage rewriting failing articles. I understand that Roget had a series of daily SCP review threads going a few years back, and while I'm not sure how successful those were, I think that limiting the number of SCPs to weekly/bi-weekly, and keeping discussion in threads would encourage said discussion.

If you thought it could help, I would gladly run such a thread, but also abdicate judgement or responsibility to staff. If you are against it, I'll leave it be, but I think that, at the very least, bringing attention to older and less appreciated articles is something that should be tried.

After replying that this was an interesting proposal and that I was planning on bringing back call for reviews:

Okay. I'm glad that overlooked articles are going to get some attention, and I hope that those plans go smoothly. I think that, if article reviews are coming back, it wouldn't hurt to concentrate fire as it were. That is, keep the number of articles up for review low, and maintaining a focus on discussion and dialogue. I think that, by this point, most articles have their flaws pretty much open to see, especially considering what all new articles get on release, with exceptions in Series I and early II. That's why I think that keeping up discussion on rewrites should be a priority.

Like, at this point, thrice-daily posts with a bunch of articles in the +twenties aren't really going to do much, I think. Even if every day twenty people read an SCP and collectively down-voted it, dividing that would just mean three articles in the +tens, that probably weren't awful to begin with. If the community were aimed in one direction and given some time, then there would be more time and people for discussion, suggestion, and progress towards rewrites, which we probably agree are a positive thing for the site. Plus, people would be galvanized for a rewrite. At least, that's what I think could work if the goal is to move bad, surviving articles into a rewrite, which I'd say they should be.

What do you guys think? ~Decibelle


The SCP Foundation is no stranger to the end of the world - it's caused, fixed, and then caused them more times than you can count. The XK-Class End-of-World Scenario, the ZK-Class Reality Failure Scenario, the CK-Class Restructuring Scenario, and so much more promise a swift end to life as we know it.

But why stop there?

What about a DC-Class Megalomania Scenario, where the Foundation must put together a crack team to stop a cackling supervillain bent on world domination? Or a an RK-Class Rapture Scenario, where the Foundation must defy the will of God Himself? Get as big or small, as wide-spread or intimate, and as broad or one-off as you want with it. Just be creative! After all…

Doomsday is coming.

The Contest

You and your team will create a new #-Class Scenario, with a unique Class Name, Scenario Type, and method of ending the world. The documents you write must include at least one of each:

  • SCPs
  • GoI Formats
  • Tales

All told, your team must produce at least four documents, so you'll have at least two of one type. You can not combine documents into one, but you may dovetail entries (an SCP, the GoI version of it, the recovery document for it, and tale that explore the before, during, and/or after of the scenario— as an example) as thoroughly as you wish.

Additionally, to round out or buff up your collection, you may edit documents created by your team members (and only by your team members) to include your new End-of-World Scenario, where appropriate. Only articles created for the contest will count, so maybe think twice before linking your really popular +150 article.

Add anything you've edited for this purpose to your contest hub.

Your Team

Your team should consist of three to four people. You'll work together on the collection. Everyone must contribute significantly to the final product. It is expected that at least one work will be written primarily by a single author.

It's always a good idea to have four people, just in case someone has something happen and can't write. Once the postings have been opened, you will not be allowed to add team members! Choose wisely.

After picking a team, decide on a cool name and edit this page. At the bottom, you'll find a simple form which you can use to include your new team on the page.

Being Classy

There are multiple ways to approach this project. You can get together with some of your friends, write stuff, and have lots of fun doing it—regardless of winning or losing. Or, you can write, get angry at your friends for not performing the way you want them to. You can complain about them, the rules, the contest, the judges, and hate your life.

Try to be a bit more classy. This is supposed to be a fun opportunity to add more to the site rather than make yourself upset, frustrated, or angry. People have quit over contests. You're better than that.

Rules

The basic rules of the contest are as follows:

  1. Your team must consist of three to four people, all of whom must be announced. You may only be on one team. Each team will have a captain, but the individual members are responsible for posting their own work. Please pick someone who is actually around to be Captain, as all communication and questions about the contest should go through them to the organizers. Any other responsibilities the team chooses to invest in the captain should be discussed among the members of the team.
  2. The scenario you create should be original - that is, if we do a Google search for the scenario, your entries should be the only ones to come up. Feel free to discard the -K naming system; DK, BM, and Äø are all perfectly fine prefixes.
  3. The tale should be substantive and long enough to show that you've invested some time in them. The SCP and GOI formats should be written in an established style.
  4. You may not delete or edit an article once posted, regardless of performance. Articles that dip to the deletion mark will be subject to normal deletion practices, but they will not be removed until after the contest has ended. This should encourage everyone to work hard with their teams to have a superior product. What's posted is posted. Small corrections are fine, but significant edits are not.
    • Small corrections are defined as: fixing minor sentence wording, correcting grammar usage, changing spacing, etc. Large, substantive changes are not allowed until the contest has passed.
  5. Each entry must be posted by its primary author. Collaborative entries between teammates are encouraged but each author must contribute at least one (1) entry which was mainly written by them. If you rewrote someone’s work entirely, it's not really theirs anymore, and it wouldn't be fair for them to post something you spent four hours revising when they only invested ten minutes writing it. This does mean that one or two people will be writing more than one entry.
  6. Any contestant who takes unusual and/or negative actions to increase their vote total, or decrease that of their competitors, will be disqualified for the involved contest and potentially banned from further contests (and possibly further disciplinary action).
    • Examples of shenanigans include, but are in no way limited to:
      • Downvoting all of your competitors' work within minutes of them being posted
      • Spamming people with PMs about your work
      • Spurring Malicious Upvoting/Downvoting, whether on your work or anyone else's
    • If you're not sure if something counts as shenanigans, then it probably does, but feel free to ask a Community Outreach Member.

When Do We Get Started?

Feel free to go ahead and form your teams right now! Here are the following deadlines to keep in mind, however.

After posting your entries, tag them "Doomsday2018" and link them to your team's hub at the bottom of this page. The winners will have their work featured on the frontpage and possibly other prizes. Runner-ups (2nd & 3rd place) will be rewarded by having an article of theirs (their choice) featured on the front page.

Team Hubs


This contest is being run by ProcyonLotorProcyonLotor. The rules were primarily written by TroyLTroyL, and revised slightly by A Random DayA Random Day. Timers made by DrMagnusDrMagnus and team hub format modified by djkaktusdjkaktus.

Rules

The basic rules of the contest are as follows:

  1. Your team must consist of [RANGE OF] people, all of whom must be announced. You may only be on one team. Each team will have a captain, but the individual members are responsible for posting their own work. Please pick someone who is actually around to be Captain, as all communication and questions about the contest should go through them to the organizers. Any other responsibilities the team chooses to invest in the captain should be discussed among the members of the team.
  2. Ronin Rule: If you have a teammate who drops out - either by saying so explicitly, or by not responding to contact attempts for two weeks - then you may partner up with other people whose teammates have also dropped out. Some restrictions apply:
  3. # You may ONLY solicit other people who were on a team and had teammates that dropped out.
  4. # The number of people on a reforged team may NOT exceed the maximum number of people allowed on a normal team.
  5. You may NOT use drafts that existed before the contest went up. All entries must have been created after the contest page went up1. Any entries found to violate this rule will be subject to Rule 9.
  6. A minimum of [MINIMUM] articles must be written for the contest; there is no maximum number, but only the five highest-rated articles (max 2 of each type) will count towards point total.
  7. SCP supplements such as separate exploration logs, experiment logs, revised versions, etc. will count as extra entries past the main four. For example, if you have one tale, one GoI Format, and two SCPs with two supplements each, the highest-rated of the four supplements will count as the fifth entry for voting purposes.
  8. Teams may create hub pages for their work. However, hub pages will not count for scoring nor for the minimum article requirements. Furthermore, they cannot be put up until your team has posted the minimum required number of articles.
  9. You may not delete or edit an article once posted, regardless of performance. Articles that dip to the deletion mark will be subject to normal deletion practices, but they will not be removed until after the contest has ended. This should encourage everyone to work hard with their teams to have a superior product. What's posted is posted. Small corrections are fine, but significant edits are not.
    • Small corrections are defined as: fixing minor sentence wording, correcting grammar usage, changing spacing, etc. Large, substantive changes are not allowed until the contest has passed.
  10. Each entry must be posted by its primary author. Collaborative entries between teammates are encouraged but each author must contribute at least one (1) entry which was mainly written by them. If you rewrote someone’s work entirely, it's not really theirs anymore, and it wouldn't be fair for them to post something you spent four hours revising when they only invested ten minutes writing it. This does mean that one or two people will be writing more than one entry.
  11. Any contestant who takes unusual and/or negative actions to increase their vote total, or decrease that of their competitors, will be disqualified for the involved contest and potentially banned from further contests (and possibly further disciplinary action).
    • Examples of shenanigans include, but are in no way limited to:
      • Downvoting all of your competitors' work within minutes of them being posted
      • Spamming people with PMs about your work
      • Spurring Malicious Upvoting/Downvoting, whether on your work or anyone else's
    • If you're not sure if something counts as shenanigans, then it probably does, but feel free to ask a Community Outreach Member.