Anonymous asked: Are there any additional rules and regulations for shipping foursomes or threesomes, ect?

The Teams section of the HSWC Rules Wiki just about covers it! If you have a more specific question about OT3s and OT4s, let us know.

Yo. Feast your eyes on these all-caps, they’re important.

DO NOT CREATE A THEMED TEAM WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING THE MODS AT WORLDCUPMODS@GMAIL.COM. WE WILL ASSIGN YOU A TEAM NAME TO SIGN UP WITH IF YOUR THEME IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE HSWC.

We don’t like to delete teams and make people sign up again, but that’s what we have to do when you do this!

We have been notifying members of unapproved theme teams and giving them 24 hours notice to change, but we have been seeing a LOT of unapproved theme teams today and we are now reserving the right to delete those teams without notice.

I repeat: DO NOT CREATE A THEMED TEAM WITHOUT CONTACTING THE MODS FIRST. THEMED TEAMS WITHOUT PRE-APPROVAL WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE ROSTER. Tell your friends.

As of this posting, the approved theme teams are as follows:

auspisticism
moirallegiance
ancestors
kismesissitude

robots
tricksters
guardians
denizens
palepitch

Anything else is going to be disappearing. If you are on a themed team that is not on this list, please take the initiative and re-submit your signup with a valid team ASAP.

We’re thrilled with how many people have signed up already and with the wonderful variety of ships we’re getting! Keep ‘em coming!

However, this is a reminder that your team name MUST have standard ship formatting. You can see our guidelines for standard ship formatting here.

Variants and inconsistent naming create a confusing mess and we want to keep everything streamlined and running smoothly so everyone knows exactly which team to sign up for. If you would like to start a Themed Team rather than a pairing team, please email the mods at worldcupmods@gmail.com. We’ll let you know if your theme is appropriate and we will assign you a specific team name if so.

Members of teams with incorrect names will be contacted to resubmit their signups with the correct team name. 24 hours after those requests are sent, the incorrectly-named team will be removed from the roster. That sounds like a big deal, but it really isn’t—remember that you can join or change to any team with open slots at any time during the signup period by re-submitting your signup here.

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ALSO: PLEASE VERIFY YOUR DREAMWIDTH USERNAMES AND SET YOUR ACCOUNT TO RECEIVE PRIVATE MESSAGES. We’ve already had some reports of new team members who can’t contact their teammates or friendleader through PM.

Verify your DW account: http://www.dreamwidth.org/register

Set your “DW Private Messages” preference to “Registered Accounts”: http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/settings/?cat=privacy

Thanks!

HSWC 2014 Official Chat Room

hswc-announce:

Greetings, shippers! There has been some interest in having a central social chat room for the Homestuck Shipping World Cup, especially in light of the success of similar chat rooms for other fandom events. As such, we’ve decided to provide a space for HSWC participants to congregate, chat, proselytize for their ships, and otherwise spread the excitement and build community!

Before we get to the instructions on how to join the chat room, here are some important things to keep in mind:

- All HSWC rules are in effect in the chat room. Please review the Participant Agreement and other relevant sections of the HSWC rules wiki.

- The official chat room must stay PG-13 at all times. HSWC is an all-ages event, so adult topics should not be discussed here. Please take all discussions of such topics to private messages or conduct them elsewhere.

- The chat room is not to be used as an alternative to official channels of mod contact. If you have an issue that needs mod attention, you must use the preferred channels outlined in the rules wiki.

And now, on to the fun stuff! We’ve set up the chat room through Mibbit, which is a web platform for internet relay chat (IRC). To use the web version, simply do the following:

- Go to the Mibbit chat page
- Make sure that you’re connecting to the “Mibbit [webirc]” server
- Enter your username in the Nick field
- Enter “#hswc2014” in the Channel field

You should see something like this:

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Click Connect, and start chatting!

Alternatively, you can use your preferred IRC client of choice by connecting to the server irc.mibbit.com and joining channel #hswc2014.

Mibbit has a fairly comprehensive wiki where you can learn more about how to use Mibbit and IRC, although you do not need to know anything fancy just to chat! The one thing you may be interested in is their section on how to register your Nickname so that no one can use it but you.

Anonymous asked: What will we do if our team doesn't get enough people? I know that before you could switch to another team that you wanted, but that doesn't seem to be the case this year and I don't want to have to jump ship or anything without knowing what's gonna happen

You can switch to another team any time you want to! All you have to do to switch teams is submit another sign up form with your new team name on it.

In addition to that, after signups close, teams without five members will be disbanded and members of those teams will be able to switch teams just like last year. Here’s the scoop from our wiki:

"If your team does not reach five members before the sign up period closes, your team will not qualify to participate in the HSWC.

If you’re on a team that’s too small, you will have from May 9-11 to switch to another team that has qualified for the event (including Abstrata, a Themed team, or Noir). If you do not select during this time, you will be automatically placed in Team Noir.”

Hope that helped!

HSWC 2014 Official Chat Room

Greetings, shippers! There has been some interest in having a central social chat room for the Homestuck Shipping World Cup, especially in light of the success of similar chat rooms for other fandom events. As such, we’ve decided to provide a space for HSWC participants to congregate, chat, proselytize for their ships, and otherwise spread the excitement and build community!

Before we get to the instructions on how to join the chat room, here are some important things to keep in mind:

- All HSWC rules are in effect in the chat room. Please review the Participant Agreement and other relevant sections of the HSWC rules wiki.

- The official chat room must stay PG-13 at all times. HSWC is an all-ages event, so adult topics should not be discussed here. Please take all discussions of such topics to private messages or conduct them elsewhere.

- The chat room is not to be used as an alternative to official channels of mod contact. If you have an issue that needs mod attention, you must use the preferred channels outlined in the rules wiki.

And now, on to the fun stuff! We’ve set up the chat room through Mibbit, which is a web platform for internet relay chat (IRC). To use the web version, simply do the following:

- Go to the Mibbit chat page
- Make sure that you’re connecting to the “Mibbit [webirc]” server
- Enter your username in the Nick field
- Enter “#hswc2014” in the Channel field

You should see something like this:

Click Connect, and start chatting!

Alternatively, you can use your preferred IRC client of choice by connecting to the server irc.mibbit.com and joining channel #hswc2014.

Mibbit has a fairly comprehensive wiki where you can learn more about how to use Mibbit and IRC, although you do not need to know anything fancy just to chat! The one thing you may be interested in is their section on how to register your Nickname so that no one can use it but you.

Anonymous asked: I was wondering about signing up for ships. Last year we could sign up for five, and if our first choice was filled up we could get filtered into our second and so on. This year it only looks like we can sign up for the one, so what happens if our first choice is all filled up?

If your first choice is full, the signup form won’t accept it as an option and will tell you to try again. That means that you’ll need to choose another team that has fewer than 13 people (or start a new team of your own) and fill out the form to join that team instead. There are lots of teams eager for members! 

Content Tags on the Sign Up Form

We’re sure that (like us) many of you have been watching the HSWC Team Roster fill up with teams and participants. We’re very heartened by the turnout so far! But we wanted to clarify a point on the sign up form that seems to be confusing some people.

This is our content tags list! It’s a reference that participants use when posting main round entries and bonus round fills in order to adequately give notice for the content of their work. A quick skim of the tags list will give you an idea of the kinds of topics that it encompasses.

On the sign up form, there’s a section about the content tags:

a visual example of the content tags area of the sign up form

In this area, you should list things that you’d like to be tagged in the HSWC. The tags you suggest should be topics and subjects in the same vein as the ones already listed in the content tags list. It shouldn’t be notes about your ship, stray copy-and-paste text, conjectures on what tags you will probably use throughout the HSWC, or messages for the mods. Not to mention, of course, that it definitely should not be used to make sarcastic jokes or troll anyone (though thankfully no one has done that, and we’re very pleased about that).

Wading through the suggested content tags took one of our mods a full day of work last year, and that was in part because people used the sign up form incorrectly. Please spare us the workload and write in the content tags area ONLY when you have new subjects and topics that you would like to see tagged in the HSWC. Thank you kindly!

Anonymous asked: How should we format a three way relationship between characters where all the characters are in a relationship? e.g. a ♥ b, b ♦ c, c ♠ a. (I know not to use ascii symbols, I just didn't want Tumblr to eat the ask.)

The example you’ve provided should be formatted as A<3B<>C<3<A. Please keep in mind that a ship can only contain up to four names, and that includes repeats — both instances of A in the example ship count as one name.

HSWC 2014 SIGN UPS ARE NOW OPEN!
LIVE-UPDATING TEAM ROSTER
SIGN UP FORM (for all teams, including Abstrata, Themed Teams, and Noir)
Please use standardized ship format when entering a ship team name, and only enter one team which you’d like to join. If you enter more than one team name in your sign up, the roster will mess it up!
Sign ups will be open for one full month, and will close on May 8, 2014 @ 11:55PM UTC. Click here for a countdown timer, and click here to see what that date is in your own time zone.
Click through to our crosspost on Dreamwidth for a signup mini-FAQ.

HSWC 2014 SIGN UPS ARE NOW OPEN!

Please use standardized ship format when entering a ship team name, and only enter one team which you’d like to join. If you enter more than one team name in your sign up, the roster will mess it up!

Sign ups will be open for one full month, and will close on May 8, 2014 @ 11:55PM UTC. Click here for a countdown timer, and click here to see what that date is in your own time zone.

Click through to our crosspost on Dreamwidth for a signup mini-FAQ.