Hello, everyone! Now that posting is approaching, I thought I'd talk about something that was just brought to my attention.
There's an ao3 bug that reveals works in a posted collection before the reveal date. The good news is, there's a workaround! Each individual participant must do this - if a work is posted and the bug reveals it, there's nothing we mods can do.
Steps to avoid the "reveals bug"
1. Login to AO3, select My Assignments from the pull-down menu at the top of the page, choose "fulfill assignment," and create a draft of your fanwork. Make sure you select collection SGA Secret Santa 2018!
2. Don't Post yet! Instead, select "Preview" at the bottom of the page.
3. After checking the Preview of your work, select "Save Without Posting" at the bottom of the screen -- instead of "Post Work."
4. 3 messages should appear at the top of your newly Saved Without Posting work
A. You must see the 3rd and last message, which says:
"This work is part of an ongoing collection and will be revealed soon! You can find details here..."
If you see that 3rd message, you can "Post Work" as in the next step (#5
B. If you do NOT see the "This work is part of an ongoing collection" message, AO3's "reveals bug" got you.
Please do not do "Post Work" -- leave your fanwork as a draft, and email sgasecretsantamod(at)gmail.com to let us know. We'll take a look at it.
5. Those who got the 3rd message ("This work is part of an ongoing...") in Step 4.A. can now Post Work. (Edit your fanwork one more time, and instead of choosing "Save Without Posting," this time choose "Post Without Previewing.")
A gentle reminder: please make sure all fanworks are beta-ed before posting them.
If you would like detailed instructions with pictures for avoiding the AO3 reveal bug, they are at Once Upon a Fic Exchange
Any questions/problems/concerns, please email sgasecretsantamod(at)gmail.com.