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Now that the word count challenge is over for 2019, we wanted to ask for some feedback from those of you who participated (and even those who didn't, if you feel like you can offer any input) so that we can use it to make potential changes next year. We'd greatly appreciate it if everyone who participated in the challenge throughout the last six months could take a few minutes to respond to some questions we have. You can do so by either copying and pasting and responding in this post, or you can do it in by responding to them in this Google docs form.

If you would like to respond in this post, please copy and paste the following into a reply and answer the questions!

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1. If you participated, what is your general, overall feedback regarding the challenge?
2. We are considering shortening the challenge to three months for 2020. Would you still be interested in the challenge? If so, which three months would you prefer?

3. Do you have any suggestions for next year's challenge?
4. Was there anything confusing about the rules, or how the challenge was run?
5. Would you be open to having the challenge be self-moderated next year, with members putting their totals into the tracking sheet themselves?

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Feel free to add any additional comments about the challenge that you may have so we can maybe have a discussion about it!

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1. If you participated, what is your general, overall feedback regarding the challenge?

Uhm...hmm...well, it was kind of like a low pressure NaNo for six months in a row for me.  All the mutual support and commiserating was really nice.
2. We are considering shortening the challenge to three months for 2020. Would you still be interested in the challenge? If so, which three months would you prefer?  I would still definitely be interested in participating, though I fully support keeping it to six months, maybe even extending it, though that might detract from the Event like appeal of it.  No preference on which months.
3. Do you have any suggestions for next year's challenge?   I'm sorry, no.  I really liked it though.
4. Was there anything confusing about the rules, or how the challenge was run?  Nope, nothing I can recall.
5. Would you be open to having the challenge be self-moderated next year, with members putting their totals into the tracking sheet themselves?  I think that would be a great idea and help take some pressure off our super busy admins and mods.

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5 hours ago, Tangwystle said:

1. If you participated, what is your general, overall feedback regarding the challenge?

Uhm...hmm...well, it was kind of like a low pressure NaNo for six months in a row for me.  All the mutual support and commiserating was really nice.
2. We are considering shortening the challenge to three months for 2020. Would you still be interested in the challenge? If so, which three months would you prefer?  I would still definitely be interested in participating, though I fully support keeping it to six months, maybe even extending it, though that might detract from the Event like appeal of it.  No preference on which months.
3. Do you have any suggestions for next year's challenge?   I'm sorry, no.  I really liked it though.
4. Was there anything confusing about the rules, or how the challenge was run?  Nope, nothing I can recall.
5. Would you be open to having the challenge be self-moderated next year, with members putting their totals into the tracking sheet themselves?  I think that would be a great idea and help take some pressure off our super busy admins and mods.

THANK YOU for responding to this, Tang!

Honestly, I can't imagine trying to turn this challenge into a year 'round challenge - six months was hard enough for Penguin and I to do and keep on top of. It's way too much work, and II, at least, definitely got burnt out a bit by having to keep track of the word counts, and it got confusing A LOT of the time. I think if Worldsmyths was designed to focus on that kind of challenge, that would be totally different - there's a forum I know of that does a year 'round version of it called WriYear, and it's specifically designed for it. I don't even know if it still exists or not.

Taking the pressure off of us is definitely one of the reasons we want to try 1. three months instead of six months 2. having it self-moderated. I'm not sure how much of a disaster letting it be self-moderated might be, but honestly after this year's challenge...it's worth it to see if it works out. I liked the idea of doing six months because it kind of made us unique from Camp NaNo, but...honestly, I think it's worth it to try three months instead of six.

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