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16 March 2011 @ 09:29 am
Hello everyone,

This is an official notice to let you know that Perfect Imagination will be closing to new applicants as of March 31st 2011. My real life situation has forced me to make some hard decisions, and this is one of them.

Perfect Imagination will remain open to writers searching for a beta reader and existing beta readers alike, but we will not be taking on any new applicants in the foreseeable future.

I apologise for the short notice, and will be posting a notification on the site in the coming days.

Best wishes,
Asli xxx
 
 
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23 February 2011 @ 10:20 am
Hi guys,

We could do with one or two test markers, as the account's getting full and the current markers are getting busy with real life projects. If you're interested in dedicating some of your time to help out, leave me a comment ;)

What you need:
* Patience
* A sense of humour
* A valid and active PI beta account
* About an hour a week to spare

Thank you in advance to anyone willing to help out!
Asli xxx
 
 
 
30 April 2010 @ 10:47 pm


The most delicious of all Death Eaters shall be celebrated with evil tales, wicked art and naughty crafts on 5th of November 2010 at <lj user=luciusbigbang>.

 

Sign ups for <a href="http://community.livejournal.com/luciusbigbang/4062.html">betas</a> are open until 1st of May!

(But we have now extended the deadline to the 9th due to the bank holiday. Come on over and join the fun! We don’t bite. Although I can’t guarantee the same thing for Lucius...)

 
 
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10 February 2010 @ 08:33 am
Hi everyone,

We're looking for some more volunteers who might be interested in helping us out with some mentoring.

You will need about an hour a week to spare, and the job entails compiling a mentoring email with relevant documentation attached to help people who do not pass the test learn from what they missed. We provide you with all the advice you may need, and you'll be part of a team of up to seven mentors. Some applicants may get back to you asking for more specific help, and you just need to offer them as much assistance as you possibly can. We include practice tests that you can give to the applicants, so it's all about helping people polish their skills in a friendly manner.

The only other criteria is that you are currently an active beta reader at Perfect Imagination who has passed the entry test.

If anyone's interested or wants more information, then please email us at administrator@perfectimagination.co.uk or leave a comment, and I'll get back to you.

Thanks, guys!
Asli xxx
 
 
 
10 August 2009 @ 10:19 am
Hello everyone,

We have an ongoing problem at Perfect Imagination where teenage writers between thirteen and seventeen are submitting stories rated higher than their age would allow them to read. For example, a fifteen year old submitting mature and explicit content (NC-17/M)

Now, our terms of service do forbid this, but it is very time consuming to enforce. Let's face it, writers tend to err on the side of caution when writing and rating, and I will freely admit that I was probably writing NC-17 material before I was eighteen years old.

The law on the situation is very unclear. There is a lot of clarity about what people can read, but not much on what they can create.

We have two viable alternatives to help with this problem, and I wanted your input on what you would prefer.

a) We could implement a check where the writer's date of birth and rating are matched against each other and they are blocked if they are seen to be at odds. However, this would probably result in a higher number of people fiddling their details and breaching other terms of service to try and access a beta.

b) We can leave it up to beta readers whether or not to beta mature content for those under eighteen. At the moment, on the request of the writing community, we do have the option for them to hide their date of birth from you, but we could change the age bracketry to be more specific, so rather than simply under/over 18 we could implement an under fifteen bracket as well, to help you make a more informed decision.

The only situation where we currently really come down on writers is if they're under thirteen, as they shouldn't be using the site anyway.

However, I would greatly appreciate your opinions on the issue and any ideas you might have.

Thank you,

Asli xxx
 
 
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10 July 2009 @ 08:20 pm
Hi everyone,

We have one or two mentoring positions available to anyone who is interested in helping us out.

You will need about an hour a week to spare, and the job entails compiling a mentoring email with relevant documentation attached to help people who do not pass the test learn from what they missed. We provide you with all the advice you may need, and you'll be part of a team of up to seven mentors. Some applicants may get back to you asking for more specific help, and you just need to offer them as much help as you possibly can.

If anyone's interested or wants more information, then please comment and I'll get back to you.

Thanks, guys!
Asli xxx
 
 
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25 June 2009 @ 04:24 pm
This is a general call for betas for the severusbigbang.

Severus Snape turns 50 next January, and a big birthday bash is planned which will involve fic of various lengths, art and craft. Some of the writers who have already signed up are looking for betas. If you are interested, please drop by the community and leave a comment. (This is a cross-ship and gen fest).

Thank you
 
 
 
25 June 2009 @ 12:21 pm
The site is currently having technical difficulties and failing to show content to some users. We're working on this issue and hope to have it repaired sometime today.

Thanks for your patience!

Asli

Edit: The site should now be working - bar a glitch with login. You can still log in successfully, but you may need to hit Ctrl+F5 to get the correct user related navigation. We're working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

If you experience any other bugs, then please leave a comment.
 
 
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28 February 2009 @ 04:11 pm
In response to the previous poll, we now have a new feature on Perfect Imagination. Writers who are unable to find a beta reader are encouraged to post their story details on our "still searching" list, which beta readers can browse. You can find a link to it in your assignment log, and a link will also be included in every preliminary email you receive from the site.

We plan to add an RSS feed at a later date, but this is still in it's BETA phase. Once we work out all the glitches, we'll look at increasing its functionality.

The link is available to writers in declination emails, the writer's tools section and in the "no beta readers found" error message. The list is moderated and we will be checking that writers aren't abusing the system.

Once the list is populated, it will be subdivided into fandoms. By clicking on the story title you can see all the pertinent details, and can either contact the author for more information or accept the project.

We've also added a link to read your reviews in the navigation bar.

Thank you all for your input, and if you have any trouble with the list at any point, then please let me know.

All the best,

Asli
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07 February 2009 @ 08:46 pm
Hello everyone,

I've been looking at the problems and complaints we have from Perfect Imagination, and one of the main issues writers have is that they cannot find a beta reader to either accept a project or stick with it.

As things stand, writers select which betas to contact. This means that, perhaps because the profile didn't appeal, or because someone did not *precisely* match their search criteria, they might be missing out on getting in touch with their perfect beta reader.

What I thought was that, for every fandom, we could have a "still searching" page, where writers who were unable to find a beta reader, or who had not had a beta accept their preliminary, could list the details of their project. That way, any beta reader on the site could browse the list and see if anything caught their fancy.

This also means that, rather than waiting for preliminaries to land in their inbox, a beta reader could actively hunt for a project that took their interest.

The basic premise would be that projects were listed for approximately a month, and it would be possible to see all the details you would get in a preliminary, perhaps with the exception of the author's age. A beta could then either contact the author for more information, or accept the project.

We would probably also list them from oldest to newest, so that those who had been waiting the longest would be seen first.

We would ask writers to contact at least five beta readers before resorting to a "still searching" listing.

Does this sound like a good new feature?

Poll #1345485 stillsearching

Does the "still searching" feature sound like a good addition to Perfect Imagination?

Yes
30(96.8%)
No
1(3.2%)
Other (and I'll comment)
0(0.0%)


With regards the "Beta in the spotlight" feature, it's now in the pipeline. It will take some rather major coding, but it should turn up within the year.

As always, thank you all for your assistance and support.

Asli xxx
 
 
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