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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. 

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

A video on the staff purge system in The Pun Pony Project.

Part of the new writer training video currently in development.

Part of the new writer training video currently in development.