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Do’s and Dont’s

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  • You have N hours to complete this iteration.
  • You will be able to make one contribution per iteration.
  • Please write around N words for your contribution.
  • Each iteration of this study represents a period of N months elapsed time.
  • Please write each iteration in the past tense, as though you were looking back at events that have already happened, , and you are recounting it to someone else.
  • Please write chronologically as this will make it easier for other contributors to follow the thread of the story. 
  • Detailed descriptions of actors and events will probably be more interesting, readable, and useful than general or abstract descriptions
  • Please avoid science fiction or fantasy.
  • Tell a story, don’t write a report. With identifiable actors and locations, rather than abstract processes and ideas.
  • Your contributions should describe events that could happen next, not necessarily what should happen or what we would like to see happen. Or what is thought to be most likely to happen.
  • Please avoid humour, parody, irony, sarcasm, and satire.
  • Try to avoid outright inconsistencies with events in previous sections of a storyline e.g., actor X is Australian, but in the previous contribution he was Polish. But don’t be prevented from allowing the storyline to change direction, and for new actors to emerge and others to recede
  • Please try to avoid accidentally disclosing to other participants which contributions were written by you, when writing your contribution or when talking to them about what has been written. Anonymity is an important part of the exercise process.