Welcome to Paradise Berry Westwood: A stamping/rating community based on the many works of Ai Yazawa.
Olivia, the comm's head maintainer, was inspired due to the sudden abandonment of the older Yazawa-based rating comm nana_mirror. Stamping communities have been facing a rise in popularity, and not wanting to wait another six months for two or three applications to be processed for one particular series, the idea was born. With luck, this particular comm won't share the same fate -- it offering not only process-free applications, but a certain degree of activity. (Like hell this is going under, basically -- the comm is updated at least once a week.)
In short: Read through the rules (though they may seem a handful at first,
You remember those quick little quizilla applets you'd look up to determine whether or not you were closer to a fire or earth elemental, or what Naruto cup size you were supposed to be? And do you remember those long-as-all-hell surveys you took on various sites to divulge all your personal information, house address and dreams to strangers you just met five seconds ago or not at all? It's a bit of a cross between the two.
You do the information divulging, and random people determine what your personality or looks are closest to for any given series, or anything assigned. Characters, class, random household objects. You are then stamped with what was voted the most of you.
Remember, kids: It's fun to tell strangers what your favorite color is -- and only you can prevent forest fires.
♥♥ Your app must follow the following guidelines to qualify for a stamp:
1. Has a majority vote of at least 5 for a certain character
(or 4-6 each of two different characters)
2. Has at least 3 listed links to other applications said user has voted on.
3. Said vote links are of legitimate reasoning.
4. Has the word seven somewhere in the subject line
(or model, if the app is for Paradise Kiss)
5. Uses an LJ-cut.
♥♥ To elaborate:
1 :: When an app gains at least five votes of the same character, this counts as a majority vote, and likely the best candidate for stamping. If said app instead gains at least four votes each of two different characters, it is possible for there to be two majority votes, and thus, two stamps instead of one. NOTE: A list of characters you can be stamped as is given here. The actual stamps themselves can be seen here.
2 :: The community, unfortunately, wouldn't run if all of us posted our apps and never voted on any others -- were this the case, there'd be a huge pile of profiling that nobody would want to sort through. Make sure you vote on at least three other apps within a month of submitting your own application, listing a link to each vote. If left alone without all links for a month, your app will be deleted. (Fortunately, this comm is bound to go through some dry patches and said deletion is only a technicality. Olivia will sooner contact you personally than delete an app ... But please get those links in as soon as you can.)
3 :: Voting in a nutshell:
DOING IT WRONG: "I think you're a lot like Character."
DOING IT RIGHT: "I think you're a lot like Character, because [there are many reasons I find in your app that can be listed within my comment on it, and I can take five minutes out of my day to sort through and see why you best fit the character I listed.]"
Honestly, not every vote has to follow that layout. The main point here is just to give the applicant a fair evaluation -- The keyword here being because. Don't just say that they remind you of Misato or Ren or whatever. Tell them why. We aren't asking you to write up an essay, either. (Though, the more elaboration, the better.)
4 :: This is, again, a technicality, and tells us that you've read the rules, or at the very least skimmed them. NANA applications will require you to use the word seven somewhere in the subject line of your app, while Paradise Kiss will require the word model.
5 :: An LJ cut is very useful for hiding long posts, so as not to flood a person's flist. Using this is more out of consideration for the comm's other members, but this doesn't make it any less mandatory. (They're kind of tricky to use, actually, since LJ's HTML likes to go wonky. We've found that if you just edit your entire app on the HTML half as opposed to rich text and save it that way, results are typically better -- and a lot less buggy.)
Copy and paste only one of these into your entry. If you are applying for both, please use only one app per entry.
Please take your time filling your respective survey out, and feel free to be as open and honest as you'd like. There's no real point in lying about who you are to get a certain character (as that kind of defeats the purpose) -- the more you reveal, the more accurate your stamp will be.
♥:. The Paradise Kiss survey .:♥
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