(stolen shamelessly from likealight and airbefore)
WHAT IS SHONDA_LAND?
shonda_land is a challenge community inspired by jjverse and concentrated on the television programs created by Shonda Rhimes. There are three teams: Team En Fuego, Team Fab Five and Team McDreamy. The team names only represent who you will be working with, not what characters you love or hate. Once sorted onto a team, you begin competing in different challenges - some art based, fic based, trivia based, luck based, etc.
DO I NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF HER SHOWS TO JOIN?
Not at all! While it may be more fun for you to be into more than one of the shows represented at shonda_land, it is not at all necessary! In fact, you don't even have to know anything about your team's fandom. The team names are just that - team names; they only dictate whom you play with.
I JOINED, NOW WHAT DO I DO?
After applying for a team and accepting the invite to your team's community, take a moment to browse your team's community. Should there be an introduction post, introduce yourself to your team. If you're ready to join in on challenges right away, located in the sidebar you will always find the Open Challenges list to see what challenges are currently running.
While not required, it is a good idea to track shonda_land and/or your team community so you are able to be notified via e-mail when a new post goes up.
HOW DO I ENTER A CHALLENGE?
To enter a challenge, unless otherwise directed (directions are always provided with each challenge), leave a comment with your entry at the Challenge Post. Often, comments are screened so you may not see any other entries.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF ME?
You are encouraged to enter any and all challenges you can. At the bare minimum, though, you should enter at least one challenge every two weeks. Should you be inactive for this period of time (you will receive a PM prior), you will be removed from your team's community. You are more than welcome to re-apply, however, once you have more free time on your hands.
WHAT ARE TAG BANNERS?
Once you're placed on a team, you are encouraged to make a signature banner, or request someone on your team to make one for you. The maximum size is 275x150 and must include your team name as well as your name or username (EXAMPLE).
Tag banners may be used in every challenge unless otherwise stated as you receive an extra point every time you use it. However, it must be posted the first time and not edited in after.
WHAT'S THIS "BINGO" THING?
Bingo is a challenge that takes place anywhere from weekly to monthly, and the times do alternate so make note when viewing the challenge post. You are to pick 12 names from a list and submit your "bingo card". At the designated time, a "bingo hall" is created and the game begins. The interval in which names are called vary anywhere from 5 names every 10 minutes to 10 names every 15 minutes.
You must be present to call your bingo to receive one of the placing points (explained at challenge post). However, should your 12 names have been called before the last update (5th bingo given out), you are still awarded points for "having a bingo", which is why you should make a bingo card even if you know you won't be present.
Additionally, we highly encourage team and community interaction at the bingo posts. This is the best chance to get to know your fellow competitors and socialize. If you're new, feel free to just jump in! Introduce yourself, let us know you're new - we love new blood :)
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A PARTICULAR CHALLENGE?
At the first comment to every challenge, I always leave a Questions thread. Ask any questions there, and I will get back to you within a day. I disable comments at the Challenge posts, so if you ask your question elsewhere in the thread, there is a very good chance I will not see it. If your question is time sensitive, please see the next topic...
HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU IF I HAVE A GENERAL QUESTION/PROBLEM/SUGGESTION/NEED YOUR HELP ASAP?
If you have a General Question or Problem, please leave a comment at the Page-a-Mod post. Your comment will be screened in case your comment is sensitive. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
AM I ALLOWED TO POST AT SHONDA_LAND? HOW ABOUT IN MY TEAM'S COMMUNITY?
The only people who may post at shonda_land is the mod (Hi! Kristine here! So nice to meet you!) However, anyone can post at your team's community - in fact, we welcome it! If you feel like a reminder should go up, or if you have fandom-related news, or if you want to share something, etc., go right ahead!
I AM NOT THE BEST WRITER / GRAPHICS PERSON. DOES THAT MATTER?
Not at all! While there is occasionally voting, participation is what's most important! It's the effort that counts most, so jump right in! You'll find most people here are just "winging it" :)
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE TO LEAVE THE COMPETITION?
Should you have to leave the competition for any reason please head over to the Opt Out post and drop a line. You are free to re-join again at any time.
WHAT'S THE ON CALL ROOM?
theoncallroom is a social community that was made up for the members of shonda_land. Members are able to mingle with each other, be it through watch-a-longs or when Shonda/Grey's/Private Practice-related news is posted. Occasionally there may be challenges in which you are to post your entries as a new post to that community versus via comments as is usual. Membership is open, you do not need to wait for an invitation to join theoncallroom.