Back in 2006, when I first decided to organize this community, the issue came up regarding whether to accept ALL Oliver-related fanfic (gen, het and slash) or whether this was going to be a slash-specific comm. Now, for me, this was an unusual decision, one that I never had to consider before because in all the years I've been moderating communities, I've never considered setting up a het comm, let alone one that is a basic free for all.
However, I had someone who wanted to co-mod at the time, and she preferred to have the comm accept everything indiscriminately. Against my better judgment, I agreed and set up ollieville
that way. Of course, two weeks later, my co-mod lost interest in this comm and I was...stuck...with a comm that had a topic that I didn't feel like working towards.
I like to "work" with my comms. To the extent possible, I like to do activities and hold contests and set up resources etc. As long as there is interest and I have the time, I've always been willing to devote as much time and resources as was necessary to promote the comm and the character/pairing. However, I found out early on (after the first contest) that I shy away from doing anything with ollieville
, simply because anything I do has to include gen and het provisions, and I have to create a structure and read things that pertain to situations, pairings and characters that I simply...have no time, interest or patience for. I don't want to sponsor a contest here because I, personally, don't want to read Oliver/Chloe or Oliver/Lois -- and I would feel bad if I, as the moderator, didn't read every entry. I don't feel like setting up an archive for the same reason. Really, as far as fandom is concerned, I'm only interested in (and have time for) slash.
Now, I had resigned myself to simply letting this comm sit. Oliver, hot as he is, could only get but so popular in the Smallville fandom because of his limited role (this is besides the fact that the overall enthusiasm for Smallville generally is probably waning). However, as you all likely know by now, Oliver Queen is slated to be a significant part of Season Eight and because there will be more excitement and fodder to work with...I think it's time to make a change -- even if it lessens the overall flow of traffic on this community.Hence, I am changing ollieville to a slash-only community.
This means that the community now accepts fanfic that pairs Oliver with any male on the show or as a crossover, and other types of fanworks and discussion that feature Oliver (or Justin Hartley) alone or in a slash pairing. The comm no longer accepts any het or gen fanfic, or any other fanwork or discussion that is het based.
In practice, this means you can post icons or a fanvid here that features just Ollie, but any fanfic post must contain Ollie in a male/male relationship as the MAIN pairing. This doesn't mean that there can't be some Oliver/Lois as a backdrop to a Oliver/Clark relationship but it can't be Oliver/Chloe with a dab of Oliver/Clark.
I've made all the relevant changes to the ollieville Profile Page.
Please read that page for more information on this policy change.
I apologize for the fact that this topical change will disproportionately impact those community members who are here for the gen or het, and have made valuable contributions to the comm in those area. *sigh* I know it's not fair, but I have to do what works for me regarding my comms, and structure them in a way that I won't feel disinclined to devote my time and attention to something that I'm responsible for.
If you are a het or gen-only fan, I'd like to direct you to the following comms:emerald_arrows
-- Accepts all Ollie-based ficchlollie
-- Oliver/Chloe communitykara_oliver
-- Oliver/Kara community
And, of course, there are numerous Lois and Chloe-specific communities, and Smallville het and gen and all-topic communities for you to choose from.
I'm not really accepting comments or discussions about this change. However, if you feel you really must discuss something with me, please email me off-comm. My email address is on the profile page.While I value members to this comm, if you do not like this change, you can obviously unsub from this comm at your own discretion. However, please refrain from "announcing" your departure or feeling the need to inform me of the reason(s) for your decision. I can infer the reason for your departure quite easily, and am not interested in the particulars.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.