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Rules of Heavy Meta 
16th-May-2006 09:23 am

Okay, because I'm realizing I didn't make a few things clear, I thought I'd post a set of rules here, and then post it on the info page. Should have done this to begin with... *is stupid*

Rules of Heavy Meta

  1. The first rule of Heavy Meta: Do talk about heavy meta! This community was, in part, founded for the production and dissemination of meta about the TV series Supernatural. Feel free to link to metas in your journal, or to rebut or discuss or praise metas in other people's journals. (I generally feel that it's nice to ask people before you link to their metas, but that's me.) Posting metas here directly is encouraged.

  2. The second goal of this community is to produce a bible of sorts for the show--a place to which writers and metaers can go to get information on all the minutiae of the show, like how often Dean calls Sam "Sammy," and such like. There is a regimented plan for this:
    • Bible Entries: Each episode will have a bible entry which details the production information, minute details of the episode, music used in the episode, and information about the urban legends they cover. If you'd like to do a bible entry, please go to the Heavy Meta Adoption Grid and comment with the bible entry you'd like to do. For the first season, each member is allowed to adopt two bible entries until such time as all episodes are covered. The html text for the bible entry template is here, and bible entries should be posted on the due date listed in the grid. The schedule is one episode every Tuesday throughout the summer, which should bring us up to the premiere of season two pretty nicely.
    • Official Heavy Metas: Each episode has three official heavy metas*: one for Dean, one for Sam, and one for Papa (even when he doesn't appear in the episode). Again, each member is given an allowance of two Heavy Metas until the season's quota is filled. Metas should restrict themselves to the episode and may include details from any episode that came before it--no bringing up "Devil's Trap" in a Dean meta for "Faith," for instance, though bringing up "Skin" or the pilot is acceptable.
    • Other metas from the peanut gallery: Just because a Heavy Meta has been claimed, that doesn't mean you can't meta on an episode if it so moves you. In fact, that's completely encouraged and loved. Meta away!

  3. If you have adopted a meta or bible entry and you cannot fulfill the adoption, please email me (at the name@livejournal email) and I'll find a replacement for you. While bible entries have due dates, metas do not, but should ideally be posted within a week of the bible entry for that episode (though, of course, you can post the meta much earlier if you wish).

  4. The memories function will be kept up-to-date by me (barring lack of internet access occasionally), and each episode will eventually have its own memory section.

  5. Please lj-cut! Metas tend to be long, and the bible entries by their very nature are huge, so please be kind to other people's friendslists and put your meta/bible entry behind a cut. This also prevents people from being spoiled about episodes they may not have seen yet. Your ljfriends will thank you!

  6. Heavy Meta is for meta only. If you are doing a meta and want to link to a fic or vid that illustrates what you're talking about, that's cool, but please, no pure fic or vid pimping. There are great places out there for that, notably supernatural_nb, which is a notice board for all things Supernatural and will ensure that your fic or vid is posted as a link on the spnnewsletter.

*A meta is here defined as a discussion of a character's motivations and emotional state, as well as speculation on where those motivations and emotions might take him in later episodes.

Okay, all, that's about it from me for now. As we need more clarification on things, and as the community matures, I'll be updating this post. Please feel free to comment here if you think I left anything out.


29th-Jun-2007 07:17 pm (UTC)

I'm in the process of starting a new comm, spn_resource, and we're looking for someone to head up our meta section. We were wondering if we could be allowed to advertise the position here, since it is the home of many fabulous and talented writers of meta.

The goal of the comm is to post essays and information in seven different categories (Monsters, Folklore & Myths, Meta, Writing, Locations, Religion, and Miscellaneous), one per day of the week, for the education and enlightenment of the Supernatural fen.

Also (and man this comment is getting long), we were wondering if maybe you'd like to affiliate?

Anyway, lemme know. Thanks so much!
29th-Jun-2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
What a great idea!

Please do post a job description and advert here--I'll go right now and make a tag called "jobs for hire" for you to tag your entry. You'll obviously have to join the comm to do so.

Also, I think affiliating spn_heavymeta with another resource group is a great idea! We provide meta and episode guides, but we don't really cover much else, so it'd be nice to have people be able to jump over to your place for information to help them broaden their bases.

Count us in!
29th-Jun-2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

And no need to worry about joining, I'm already a member... In fact, I'm pretty sure I owe you a meta! x.x *grin*
5th-Oct-2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Hi, I've just joined and I have a possibly weird question--what's the policy on tags? I see that anyone who joins can add an already-existing tag to any post because that's how LJ is set up, but is that actually ok? And more specifically, if I read a meta for "Croatoan" and there are some strong tie-ins to, I don't know, "In My Time of Dying," can I add the tag for IMToD? (Again, strong tie-ins, not just a passing mention.) Along the same lines, can we add tags for "peanut gallery" metas? Or is it totally bad form to add a tag to someone else's entry? I'm asking because right now, I'm seeing on the front page, a meta for "Simon Says," but if I click on the tag, that entry doesn't show up, and I love to read as many thoughts as possible about each episode.

Hope I made sense!
5th-Oct-2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Ok...never mind...I see that there are tags on those "Simon Says" metas now...but I swear they weren't there when I started this comment!

But I guess my question still stands about adding a tag to someone else's entry if they forgot or if I think it really helps to understand another episode.
5th-Oct-2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'm actually going to ask that you comment in the post and ask the writer to retag, and if the poster doesn't reply, let me know and I'll retag myself. It cuts down on possible flak around here. Metaers are known for our flak-throwing.
5th-Oct-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! Thanks for the quick reply. ^_^
5th-Oct-2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Hi there.

I have a question... what's your policy on spoilers? Including episode titles outside of cuts?
5th-Oct-2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'd prefer if episode titles stay under lj-cut tags until the week the show runs. As to spoilers, they need to be under tags, clearly marked. As a rule, I'm a big fan of lj-cuts in general. I pretty much ask that people put most metas under cuts to save people's friendslists. But please do clearly mark all spoilers. We have a lot of heavies who live in countries where they may not be able to get the episode for more than a week after it shows in the states.

Oh, and if you're doing a speculative post about the rest of the season, and it includes no actual spoilers, just stuff you think might happen, please mark it that way. I don't like to read spoilers, but I love reading speculation!
10th-Oct-2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Sorry, another question about tags. (Sorry, I just love tags. They make it so easy to find groups of posts!) Is there any way you could make tags for the Winchesters themselves? You know, "Sam," "Dean," and "John"? Maybe Bobby, too, if you wanted? We have a general meta tag, but it would great to be able to tag a meta specifically for characters.

Thanks for being so patient!
15th-Oct-2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
This, I can do, but it'll take a while. My life is a little bit crazy just now. I'll try to have that all up and working by the end of October or so.

Thanks for the idea!

16th-Oct-2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
No worries! I appreciate you indulging me! ^_^
11th-Nov-2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Hi! Is it okay to post a link to a meta in a non-LJ blog, like Blogger, or would y'all prefer to keep it around here where discussion is easier?
11th-Nov-2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Sure, link away! Any meta is a good meta. Unless it's a bad meta... but even that's still good. *g*

Forgive me. It's 7:00 am on a Sunday and I'm headed out to see Jared and Jensen. Bit fried and tired. But the answer is: yes. You can post links to anywhere, as long as they're meta.
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