There was a user recently who had been exploring the site and had joined our new Discord channel. During the course of our discourse, we found out he (or she) didn't know how to join in the collaborations or competitions, so I wanted to make a quick post for any newcomers out there who might face the same confusion.
There is no formal process for getting approved or joining in any of the fun activities we tackle here. For the most part, we jostle the idea around, and when we can settle on a date or dates, we throw up a sign up list. Everyone is welcome at any time to take part no matter if it's at the beginning or somewhere in the middle. If you feel like trying something out, feel free, and welcome! We'll help where and when we can.
That being said, there has been some discussion of creating a more official list of dates for these things. That's something I'd personally like to see, so maybe we can make that happen starting in 2017. In a very general sense, I'd say that we do 4-6 competitions, and 4-6 collaborations in a given year. The time frames have been kind of loose and friendly due to our separate time zones and scheduling. Perhaps setting an official schedule will even that out some.
Take care all!
"May the mercy of His Divine Shadow fall upon you." - Stanley H. Tweedle, Security Guard class IV, The League of 20,000 planets