Friday, February 20, 2009

Submission requirements

Hopefully you are nearly done with your week one submission. (Some of you may be already way ahead.) Here's what you should do:

•Gather up your files. The minimum requirement is your compiled z-code, though it would be nice if you also included your source code, and a text file with any notes or disclaimers you'd like to make. Especially for later assignments, including your source may help others learn by example, or it may help you by allowing other people to view and correct your mistakes.

Please note that I will be posting these on the internet, and they will be publicly available so don't send me anything for which this would be a problem.

If you do include your source, you may want to add a comment at the top of the file, placing the code under one of the Creative Commons licenses (from To use the popular Attribution license — which allows other people to reuse your work for any purpose as long as they give you credit — use the following sentence: "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License." (This will vary if you are not in the US; check the CC website for further instructions.)

•Name your files with your name/handle, the week number, and which file it is. For example, my submissions this week will be: lea_1_story.z5, lea_1_source.inf, and lea_1_about.txt.

•Send these files to if.month[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you're still working on your first story, note that there is an easy way to view your story online (and show it to us or even your non-IF-writing friends) by uploading it to a server and viewing it using Parchment. We have a server you can use; check out this forum thread for details.


  1. I'm not sure what deadline we're working toward -- which is good, as I'll be sending my files later today ;).

  2. Ah, the deadline is loosely defined as "a week after I posted the assignment," or around 3AM EST tonight. I don't plan on checking my email between around midnight and after I've had a leisurely brunch tomorrow, though.