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We'd like to put things up for discussion we received questions about in the last few days:

1) Do you consider the 250 fics rule (or 5% respectively) a fair way to judge character rarity? Should there be no rule at all and just leave it to the participants to nominate what they consider rare?

Our personal thoughts on this matter are that a set number gives especially us mods an objective way to gauge rarity in a multifandom exchange. People can still advocate for a character that has been rejected due to the numbers in a separate post. On the other hand, we know that the tags on AO3 don't indicate major and minor characters (yet), so the numbers for certain characters might be skewered. With no tangible rule at all however, "rare" becomes a rather subjective matter that could open a lot of dicussion and debate. We'd like to hear whether you think the rule is fair or if it should be abandoned (though we don't know yet if it would affect this round since nominations have already started)

2) Do you think we should accept fandoms that only have one nominated character at the end of the nomination period?

Last time, we deleted those fandoms and directed people to the prompt meme where we have no limits imposed on the numbers of characters, but we are willing to reconsider this practise if that's what you'd prefer.

3) How should we treat characters like 'XYZ's mother'? Should characters whose existence we can just conclude (like parents) be allowed? How should we treat quasi-OCs or 'fanon chracters'?

Naturally, if anyone's existence is confirmed by canon by appearing or otherwise described, they are eligible.
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