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.
2013 November Newsletter
Greetings to the members of The Pun Pony Project. This is the official 2013 November newsletter
First, November is a purge month. This means we are identifying the artists who are no longer interested in the project so that the roster may more accurately reflects the staff of the project. To confirm that you are still interested in the project, please log in to the production queue and edit the text next to your name in the artist listing. If you are no longer interested in the project, please reply with that information. I have prepared a two and a half minute video regarding the purge at http://youtu.be/vEGMzW-Qagw which explains the entire process.
Second, the writing collaboration is now actively functioning, with over 20 writers signed up and more expected in the coming month. Questions that come in to the project now go to the collaboration, which has been highly successful in generating quality scripts. If you wish to also join the writing team, please view the training video at http://youtu.be/SQJ4G2CIbHI .
Third, the next projects in terms of infrastructure development are a new artist recruitment video and website redevelopment. Based on artist feedback, the new data system will focus exclusively on personnel and script management, with legacy data and financial data kept in separate offline trackers. The lack of legacy data requirements will dramatically simplify the new data system and bring its return on investment to a reasonable amount.
If you have any questions or comments about the purge or upcoming developments, please contact the project manager.
- Robert Patrician, Project Manager
Prototype writing collaboration is function
We have created the Subreddit that will be used for the future writing collaboration and tested the functionality. There are three things left to do to get it operational.
1. Develop a system where writers can see all of the existing scripts. This will require the new data system, as granting them access to the Google document would not be feasible (too many access points to monitor) and the scripts are split across two databases currently (pending and completed).
2. Develop the training materials for the new writing staff, which should answer most of their questions about how the process works. One big problem with the last writing staff was people ignoring the training materials because they weren’t easy to read.
3. Recruitment of the new writing staff. This will also involve developing a system for tracking writing staff, to be used by our writing collaboration manager.
Staff listing temporarily offline
Due to how out of date it is, and lacking an effective method to update it until the new data system is operational, I have temporarily removed the “Meet the staff” page on Ask Pun. The page is still there, and the link will be restored once I finish our next purge and data system upgrade.