Small news: 1000 posts

Today marks our 1,000th post on Ask Pun. What impresses me about this number is that it just happened as part of the process rather than something we were “building up to.” It indicates that the project processes have become highly streamlined.

Why we don’t do animations

Someone once asked why we don’t do animations like Fluffle Puff, and the response that was written was good enough to share with everyone. Click “read more” to see the list.

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Anonymous asked: Not so much a question as an observation and comment, because responding directly through "Ask Pun Pony" requires an account I don't have: "Karate Pun? Gi, kendo do that? It sounds like a mae-geri topic. You kata lot of work ahead of you with that." -- McClaw

We get a lot of comments like this on the main Tumblr, about three a day on average. Specifically a list of somewhat related puns or wordplay (generally more mispronunciation than wordplay). It falls under the “Anything can be a pun if your pronunciation is bad enough” school of humor. It used to be we simply rejected this kind of letter, but now we direct those individuals to the writing collaboration to put their puns somewhere useful.

One of our policies is that everyone gets a response to their question, even if that response is a form letter of why we can’t use it. This serves multiple purposes

  • People don’t spam the same question thinking we simply “didn’t see” their last one.
  • People can adjust their questions to be more likely to be answered when given feedback
  • It promotes a sense of connection with what is a rather huge project.

Below the “read more” is the standard letter we use for when we get a question we can’t use.

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Amusing adventures in recruitment

A recent experience I’d like to share: when contacting potential artists for the project, many of them apologize for English not being their first language yet their spelling, grammar and punctuation are better than some folks I know for whom English is their only language.

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There is now a countdown timer on the comic page for when the slice of Pun Pony’s adventures will post! We found that nearly 10% of our fans see the comic daily by viewing the comic page rather than the entry in their Tumblr feed, so we hope this will save them from unnecessarily refreshing the page waiting for the next comic.

askpun:

There is now a countdown timer on the comic page for when the slice of Pun Pony’s adventures will post! We found that nearly 10% of our fans see the comic daily by viewing the comic page rather than the entry in their Tumblr feed, so we hope this will save them from unnecessarily refreshing the page waiting for the next comic.

Dropbox no longer needed

Thanks to the efforts of Rainbow Gale, one of the Flying Monkey Squad, the question graphics that were formerly in one big Dropbox folder are now attached individually to the script cards. As a result we no longer need to use Dropbox, which is one less system to monitor and maintain.

This is the new scripts database system for The Pun Pony Project. So far the new system has been a big hit. The primary complaints of the artists were

  • Difficulty accessing the scripts (The document was so large it would crash some browsers)
  • Difficulty finding a good script (Needing to scroll past scripts already reserved)
  • Long wait time loading the document (It took 2-3 minutes on my computer, and my computer could mine Bitcoin)

The new system solves all of these issues. I’m quite excited about it.

A video tutorial on how to crop Tumblr questions to fit comic panels to remove empty space, particularly with short questions.

The new writing collaboration is proceeding rather smoothly. We have 45 people signed up as writers (people who have passed the test), and so far about 7 of them are actively contributing. I suspect there is an issue where folks who didn’t know how to use Reddit before they signed up don’t know they have to check reddit to see their access to the writing collaboration. This is something to address in the next version of the writer training video, which will include a detailed section on how to use Reddit. 

The new writing collaboration is proceeding rather smoothly. We have 45 people signed up as writers (people who have passed the test), and so far about 7 of them are actively contributing. I suspect there is an issue where folks who didn’t know how to use Reddit before they signed up don’t know they have to check reddit to see their access to the writing collaboration. This is something to address in the next version of the writer training video, which will include a detailed section on how to use Reddit. 

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Anonymous asked: This is a huge team for one blog! If I am not rude by asking this, how come?

The artists work without deadlines, because if this project had deadlines then it would be ‘too much work’ for most of the artists. However since they’re able to produce it ‘whenever they feel like it’ then it becomes a fun hobby instead of ‘work.’ However the lack of deadlines means that we need to have a LOT of artists, so that the average production rate of all the artists combined is greater than one comic per day.