|Name:||Femslash Today - Your Daily Femslash Newsletter|
|Date(s):||2005-11-22 - ongoing|
|Moderator:||ariestess, yetanothermask, thenewhope, quasiradiant, kidmarathon, reinadefuego|
|URL:||http://community.livejournal.com/femslash_today/; archive link|
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Femslash Today is part of the girlwank family of journals on Livejournal. It is maintained by a team of volunteers. While f_t is primarily a newsletter, it also hosts challenges such as the femslash porn battle.
The newsletter is the primary activity on the community. It is compiled by volunteer archivists who sign up for two months at a time and link to all femslash fanworks that are posted/promoted on the feed of girl-reader, f_t's watch journal, or submitted by people commenting on previous newsletters. Though the community is set up to have an update daily, lack of volunteers sometimes means several days' worth of updates are combined into one post.
Challenges and Ficathons
Periodically, the community hosts porn battles and other ficathons. As of 6 April 2011 any fanworks created for these challenges can be uploaded to the Femslash_Today Porn Battles Collection on AO3. The list of past challenges are:
- Love Bites: Valentine's Day Challenge
- Fireworks: Fourth of July Porn Battle Challenge
- Green Beer and Kisses: The (Totally Not) Annual Porn Battle
- Unporn (2006): A prompted not-porn battle. Opened up to porn as well after the initial weekend, but later fills were not rounded up into the masterlist. LJ Masterpost, AO3 Subcollection
- Guns and Microscopes Ficathon (2006): Fic exchange for cop and crime scene investigation -based fandoms. LJ Masterpost
- Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines Ficathon (2006): Fic exchange for space-based fandoms. LJ Masterpost
- Sadie Hawkins Dance Ficathon (2006): Fic exchange for high school-based fandoms. LJ Masterpost
- Celebrate! Good Times (2007): A porn battle in honor of the community passing 1,000 watchers. Prompts/Fills Post Pt. 1, Prompts/Fills Post Pt. 2, AO3 Subcollection
- Cold Snap (2008): Winter prompted porn battle. LJ Prompts/Fills Post, AO3 Subcollection
- Kink Meme (2009): A kink meme in honor of the community's 1,000th post. LJ Post, AO3 Subcollection
In March 2008, thenewhope posted a "State of the Comm" soliciting feedback. Response was overwhelmingly positive, many people praising its scope, the challenges, and the fact that it collects everything neutrally rather than subjectively evaluating fanworks for inclusion. Some people critiqued the lack of a cut-tag when the post is long (cuts have subsequently been instituted), the fact that all fanworks for Joss Whedon properties are posted together (particularly the lack of separation between Buffy+Angel and Firefly), and the lack of coverage of book fandoms. Several people asked that content ratings be added to the newsletter, but others pointed out that this would be difficult as many authors do not include them in their headers. There were also multiple requests that an index by fandom be added, but others pointed out that the existing tags functioned as an index.