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December 31st, 2012


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das_mervin
09:27 pm - The Sporker FAQs
The Sporker FAQs


I, das_mervin, get a lot of questions. However, sometimes I get questions that aren’t for me, but are rather about the other sporkers here. Well, most of the time, I can’t exactly answer those. As such, I decided to make this post—this is so you can hopefully find a sporker you like and ask them the question specifically! Just go down and find their thread and ask your question to them. If you’re a sporker and want to be available for questions or suggestions, just hit the “Leave a comment” button, make your name the title of your comment, and post away.

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From:ketmakura
Date:January 1st, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)

Ket Makura

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Ask away!
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From:nix501st
Date:January 1st, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)

Re: Ket Makura

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How did you get started sporking and what was your first spork?
Re: Ket Makura - (Anonymous) - Expand
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From:gehayi
Date:January 1st, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)

Gehayi

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You can ask questions here.
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From:cheryl_bites
Date:January 2nd, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Gehayi

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Will you still be sporking when you are 100?
Re: Gehayi - (Anonymous) - Expand
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From:madforbeyond
Date:January 1st, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)

BB

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Wittier rape or rapier wit, ask and ye shall receive an answer each time.
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From:nix501st
Date:January 1st, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)

Nix501st

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Ask away.
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From:chibi_regalli
Date:January 1st, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)

Chibi Regalli

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Ask whatever you want!
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From:insanepurin
Date:January 1st, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
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Ask me questions here. :)
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From:zelda_queen
Date:January 1st, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)

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Ask, and ye shall know! :D
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 2nd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: ZeldaQueen

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What sporkings are you particularly proud of?
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From:raxistaicho
Date:January 1st, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
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Raxis here! :D Ask whatever you like.
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From:ranguvar42
Date:January 1st, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)

Ranguvar42

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Ask and ye shall receive.
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From:beacon80
Date:January 1st, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)

Beacon80

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Questions for Beacon80 can go here.
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From:nix501st
Date:January 10th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Beacon80

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How did you discover sporking?
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From:illyriasacolyte
Date:January 1st, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)

Illyrias_Acolyte

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You know what to do.
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From:riffingacademy
Date:January 1st, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)

Riffing Academy

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Ask me anything! If I don't have an answer for it I'll make up one posthaste.

Edited at 2013-01-01 10:53 pm (UTC)
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From:hoppytoad79
Date:January 3rd, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)

Hoppytoad79

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What do inquiring minds want to know?
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From:ng55snarkings
Date:January 5th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)

NintendoGal55

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Do you have any questions? I'd be happy to take some! :)
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From:sos_sporkers
Date:January 8th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)
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I have a question that I'd like as many people as possible to read, and I thought posting the question under everyone's name would be annoying, so I'll just put it here.

What usually makes you decide to spork a fic? There are literally millions of badfic out there -- what's the element that makes you say, "This is the one."? How much of a fic do you read before you begin to spork it? The whole thing, or just the first chapter, or whenever you can't take it anymore? And has anyone else here begun to automatically snark at everything they read (including restaurant menus) since beginning sporking? Or go through every book they read with a red pen?

Also. What supplies to you need to have while sporking? Food? Drink? Music? A particular movie or show playing in the background? A friend?

Ooh. And, what is the longest continuous sporking session you've done, and with what fic?
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From:beacon80
Date:January 9th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
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What usually makes you decide to spork a fic? There are literally millions of badfic out there -- what's the element that makes you say, "This is the one."?
I haven't put much up yet, but I usually choose a series, then hit up fanfiction.net. I just browse for ones that seem Sueish, and note them down. Then I look through the more promising ones closely until one jumps out at me. After reading sporkings of Ariana Black, Child of Grace, and Shinra High/Soldier I think I'm a little spoiled. I want to find a Sue of epic proportions to spork, everything until then is really just killing time until I find The One.

How much of a fic do you read before you begin to spork it? The whole thing, or just the first chapter, or whenever you can't take it anymore?
So far, I read the entire thing first. I want to make sure the thing stays sporkable. For example, I don't think I could have kept with Lotus Blossom if it had been longer. Too dry. I've also run into a few fics that, while still Sues, manage to turn into something at least decent.
On that note, however, I've realized that when I'm using a fictional co-sporker (Garrus in Lotus Blossom, chapter 2, and I'm using Harry Potter for a sporking currently on the backburner), they are assumed to have not read the fic ahead of time.

And has anyone else here begun to automatically snark at everything they read (including restaurant menus) since beginning sporking? Or go through every book they read with a red pen?
No, although that reminds me of a character for a webcomic I'll never make (since I can't draw). He's editing his friend's writing while walking down the street and absently uses his red pen to correct a woman's shirt. She is not amused.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 13th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
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can I suggest a spork?
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From:inkheartangel
Date:October 11th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
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You can go to the Sporking Suggestions and put it in there.
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From:das_mervin
Date:April 8th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
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No, it is not, I'm afraid.
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From:sweettalkeress
Date:May 4th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)

Sweettalkeress

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Gee, I'm late to the party, aren't I? Feel free to ask me anything.
From:ruin_takada
Date:May 21st, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)

Ruin Takada

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Qui rogat, non errat!

Go ahead and ask.
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From:the_whittler
Date:June 9th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)

The Whittler

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Hello? *pokes the thread* You still alive?
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From:azralibrarian
Date:June 24th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Out of all the Game of Thrones fics Maddie Rose has on her resume, what made Jar of Hearts stand out to you as sporkable?
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From:azralibrarian
Date:June 24th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)

Question for everybody

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When you're sporking a book or a fanfic, do you ever consider if it might be salvageable if only it were better written? Do you think that you could be the one to salvage it?

I mean, a lot of bad stories that've been sporked here have had genuine potential, it was just ruined by poor execution. Not every Sue character is necessarily a lost cause, either. I've considered the question of whether what I'm sporking could be salvaged in the hands of a better writer quite a few times, and I'm only a newbie sporker at the moment.

What do y'all think?
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From:beacon80
Date:June 25th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)

Re: Question for everybody

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I've mentioned in the Outcast sporking, but when I was looking for an Avatar fic, I stumbled across one called the Golden Firebender. The main character, Kai, was quite clearly a Sue (special firebending, Zuko's girlfriend, can't actually win a fight despite being a master martial artist, etc.), but other than the that (and a really ridiculous conclusion) the fic wasn't that bad.

The prose was good, characters actually acted like themselves, and the author had the good sense to leave the main storyline to explore the world instead of tagging along and changing nothing. If she just toned down her character a little and fixed the ending, it would have been good.
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From:azralibrarian
Date:July 11th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)

Ask Azralibrarian Anything

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I'm not counting on getting any questions, but on the off-chance it happens, you know what to do.
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From:yewfelle
Date:August 15th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
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If you have any questions (and because French people love talking about themselves), je suis là.
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From:astra_aurora
Date:January 30th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)

Astra

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*shrug* Ask away, if you want.
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From:enoby_way
Date:February 2nd, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)

Re: A question for all sporkers

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For me, it's always down to the writing of the characters: Is their backstory well thought-out? Do they go through development? Are they three-dimensional? Is the dialogue in-character?

If the characters are done badly, then I hate it. I LOVE My Immortal and legolas by laura because of how BAD they are, but when a fanfic is being SERIOUS, then if the answers to the questions are 'No', then I get really pissed off.

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