The Basics: 1. If you are interested in running a rate and have finalized an idea, please @ or PM @ohnostalgia & @londonrain and you will be added to the queue. Please do not start a rate without waiting your turn! Also, make sure to check the queue/holding room/completed rates list to ensure that your idea hasn't already been taken. Additionally, please be aware that you will have to have participated in at least 1-2 rates before hosting your own, if you are a first time rate-runner. This will hopefully give you a general idea of how much work goes into running a rate. Just as an example, @berserkboi ran two rates, and this was his timeline: And lastly, if you're running a rate for the first time, you'll have to provide the name of a backup host in case it ends up being too much work/you're unable to fully commit. It shouldn't be hard, just ask in this thread and someone will be willing to help you out! 2. I will PM you 1-2 weeks before you are scheduled to start. If you are unable to start your rate at that time, it's more than fine and we can postpone it to later. 3. Rates will be run as follows: Week 1: Rate from List A Week 2: Rate from List B Week 3: Rate from List C Week 4: Rate from either List B or List C 4. Please think it through before confirming the start date for your rate. This is explained more below, but basically, rates are a bigger investment than you probably think they are. Think about your schedule over 2-3 months and make your decision based on that. Your voting period generally lasts 4-6 weeks, and results take about 2-4 weeks. 5. After your voting period has finished, you MUST PM the results to me. I will hound your inbox anyway to make sure this happens! This includes a general leaderboard, a spreadsheet with individual scores, and any documents containing commentary/extras. --- The Ground Rules: 1. Be aware of what you're signing up for - it's not necessarily easy and sometimes it's not always that fun either, but if you sign up to run a rate and get to do it, don't waste everyone's time. Whether six or sixty people participate, it's your responsibility to finish. 2. You're allowed one voting period extension of one week. If you must extend the voting period, make sure it counts and actually hustle to get those extra votes. Don't let the thread languish. Get it up there on the front page! 3. If a rate is inactive for a week with no explanation, then it can officially be taken over by someone who feels more up to the task. A week seems harsh, but any more just allows for piss taking. Especially if you're posting on the forum during said week and not touching the rate. If you provide an explanation, you're given another week to get things started again. After that, no excuses. Either hand over your results to someone who is capable of delivering them, or the rate is forfeited for someone else to start again. If there's something in your life stalling the process for two weeks, then quite frankly I doubt it's magically going to get better on Day 15. We can maybe renegotiate the time limits, but I think they're fair. 4. If you need help, ASK FOR IT. Look, everyone just wants to see these things get complete. If you don't want to run it anymore, or don't think you can, or you think you can but you maybe just need a hand, please ask in the Rate Queue thread or in the actual rate thread. There's never a shortage of people who will want to help out to see things completed. There's not some benchmark to hit for presentation. People just want to talk about the songs and the scores and positions they reach. Everything else is just window dressing. Don't get bogged down by it.