I am sure that the 'rules' are stated up in the announcement thread up there, but I shall restate them here for clarity
1. Shared Topics are at the moment decided by myself. Simply, I decide based upon how many shared topics that person has had approved previously, the amount of interest that this could generate in the community, the availability of shared topics, and how long a shared topic has been up for.
Currently, most every Shared Topic up there will get a go at some point, simply because there are not enough ideas for Shared Topics being put forward by the community. Every week I have a small panic before I check, hoping against hope that I will actually have options to choose from. As you can see, this is not often the case.
2. When a Shared Topic is announced, a date is put before the topic. This is the Monday that the topic STARTS. Each topic has a week duration. The post is also made a sticky so it can't get buried under suggestions.
3. Ideally, people who suggest Shared Topics will write a blog post on said topic. However, this is NOT a requirement - if you want to wait and see if your topic is going to be chosen before you write about it, that is perfectly fine. At this point I am not going to put restrictions on suggesting a Shared Topic, since I do not get enough ideas put forward as it is!
4. As I did this week, I will occasionally 'edit' a topic - I know that a similar topic to this was covered about 6 months ago. If I think a topic will be more successful after editing, then I will go ahead and do so.
At the end of the day, the success of the Shared Topic comes down to you guys, the bloggers, participating. Don't interpret this as forced participation: I personally only answer one Shared Topic a month unless the muse seizes me, and there is nothing to say that anyone HAS to do these. It's more about fostering a community and encouraging link sharing.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have (I am pretty easy to get in contact with, thanks to AIM, the forum, and various other methods). And please, please, PLEASE feel free to suggest topics!!
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