So, what would I do to improve the loop-threads?
This is legitimately tough. A part of me just wants to go “Ok, I’d criticize them, but let them be as long as they don’t have inappropriate content.” Another part of me just wants to impose better rules.
Rules like the Familiar of Zero ones, designed to turn a previously spammy fandom substantive. The problem is that FoZ is a specific setting, and the Loops aren’t.
So, if I was in charge of policing the Loops on Spacebattles, here’s what I’d do.
-Inactive loop threads are unceremoniously closed. For active ones, I’d give the authors a short time to write a finish, and then close them as well.
-Canon is flushed-the entire Yggdrasil excuse setup is gone.
-Snippets have to be very long.
-No one-liners, no dare/suggestions.
-The writer should ideally set out an endstate.
This is an disproportionately large burden, but the loops are disproportionately vulnerable to the worst excesses of goofy fandom. I’d feel reluctant in some ways, but consider it necessary in others.