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1  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / How do I register for the site on: July 10, 2011, 12:08:19 PM
For instructions on how to register with OpenSketch.com, allowing you to post messages and view ideas boards, click here.
2  About OpenSketch.com / Site News / How to create an OpenSketch.com account on: July 10, 2011, 12:04:51 PM
If you wish to register with the site, please send an email to mrj@opensketch.com containing a short introduction and a preferred username (your display name can be different).
3  General Category / Funny Stuff / Spam is deleted very quickly. It's not worth your time. on: June 10, 2007, 07:15:42 AM
Spam is deleted very quickly. It's not worth your time.
4  About OpenSketch.com / Site News / Logo on: April 21, 2007, 11:27:05 PM
OpenSketch.com laughing bird logo courtesy Danny Yee.
5  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / Submitting country-specific material on: June 23, 2005, 07:20:29 PM
If you're starting a new topic, and you think the material you're posting will only be found funny by people in a certain country (e.g references to things on local TV, dependence on local jargon), then select a country-specifc Message Icon from the drop down box on the composition page.

Contact the administrator if the country you want is not listed.
6  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / How can see and hear the funniest stuff, and rate material I see and hear? on: June 22, 2005, 12:56:54 AM
All topics in all boards in the "Scripts & Ideas" and "Finished opensketch.com Product" categories, as well as topics in the "Funny Stuff" board, can be rated from zero to ten. To rate a topic, select a number in the drop down box labeled "Select a rating" on the far right of the page, just above the first post in the topic, then press "go".  Ratings are averaged to determine the overall topic rating.  When viewing the list of topics for a board you can bring the highest-rated topics to the top or bottom by clicking on the "Rating" column heading.

You can change your rating of a topic at any time by selecting a different 0-10 value, and pressing "go".  You will want to do this if the material in the topic has been improved by replies to or edits of the first post in the topic.

When viewing a board, click the "Notify" button to be e-mailed when new topics are posted.  For the Finished Product boards this means you can be e-mailed when new media of that type is available.
7  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / Where in the world is opensketch.com? on: June 22, 2005, 12:38:46 AM
Everyone everywhere is welcome to contribute material, and to become involved in comedy production.  I, Solace, site administrator, am located in Sydney Australia. I am likely to only participate in production activities in Sydney and its surrounds.
8  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / How can I control use of material I submit? on: June 22, 2005, 12:29:34 AM
All contributors retain copyright in the material they submit.  Anyone wanting to use material posted on opensketch.com outside the opensketch.com site must first seek permission from all authors of that material.  The script and ideas fora can only be seen by registered users, so your material won't be exposed to search engines and casual browsers.

Sure there's a chance that someone will register and use your material without permission, though of course such people run the risk of being publicly shamed if discovered.  But if you're an amateur comedian whose material would not normally see the light of day, does the risk of theft outweigh the chance to have your material evaluated and produced?

If you wish material that is fully or partly owned by you to be removed from the site, email your request and a link to the relevant post(s) to the opensketch.com administrator.

As for ownership of produced video and other media, my preference would be to fairly allocate equity in each item to all who helped in its creation, though to restrict 'voting' rights that determine what is done with that item to significant contributors only.  In this way all effort is rewarded, but material is not unreasonably encumbered by a legion of decision-makers.
9  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / What is the purpose of opensketch.com? on: June 22, 2005, 12:04:49 AM
Ordinary people can come up with some funny stuff, but it rarely gets performed or published because we don't have the time, money, skills, means, motivation, help, or feedback to fully-produce and distribute high-quality material ourselves.

OpenSketch.com allows original funny material to be submitted, rated, and collaboratively improved.  Top-rated material can then be performed and recorded using the acting and producing talents of members of the opensketch.com community, along with community help in securing props, costumes, equipment, and locations.  Completed material will be posted on this site so that all visitors can download or stream.  Registered users will be able to rate what they see and hear.

I think community-created, Web-distributed, comedy will work for two reasons: First, the compact or piecemeal nature of many forms of comedy -- sketches, stand-up, cartoons, and straight jokes -- along with the ability of most people to think of, or come across, at least a few funny things -- makes it feasible for a large Web-connected group of non-professionals to write, produce, and package such material for distribution. Professional comedy must often be written and produced in large saleable amounts, which reduces its average quality, while we can make, and make available, one small piece at a time. Second, quality equipment for video and audio production is significantly cheaper than it once was.

My greatest concern is whether we can find performers that can do justice to the material we create.  I'm sure they're out there.
10  About OpenSketch.com / FAQs / How can I contact the site administrator? on: June 21, 2005, 05:10:26 PM
Email or send a message to Solace, the opensketch.com site adminsitrator.
11  About OpenSketch.com / Site News / opensketch.com goes live June 21, 2005! on: June 21, 2005, 05:05:22 PM
 Cheesy

I've seeded the forum with a few sketch, stand-up, and crazy-definition ideas of my own.  Please rate them, add comments, and suggest improvements.

Got some better stuff? Start posting!

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