So, in another thread, there's been some discussion about the problems caused by people abandoning their stories. I wondered whether or not we could start an adopt-a-story for abandoned web fiction to maybe help get rid of some of the stigma that Wildbow pointed out surrounds web fiction. I have no idea if this is a good or a feasible idea, but since abandonment is such a prevalent problem, I just wanted to offer something that could be a solution. Jim Zoetewey brought up some good questions about the logistics of it in the other thread, and my thoughts on it are this:
First, I think once a story got adopted out, the original writer would lose most power over it. So, they could send the adopter their thoughts about the story and the canon (and even where they thought the story would go), but, ultimately, the fate of the story would be in the hands of the new writer.
Second, whoever the adopter is would (obviously) have to be willing to read through the entire story that they are taking on. Ideally, at the beginning, they would also be able to ask the original author any questions about the existing story.
Third, I'm not sure if the readers would be as big an issue since I would imagine a lot of abandoned stories don't have huge readership to begin with, but, if there is a large audience, the readers could also be consulted regarding where they would like the story to go.
I think it could be interesting, and it would be a way to get rid of a huge problem with web fiction. Ideally, the writer abandoning the work would post here and ask if anyone wanted to adopt it.
Again, feel free to tell me if this is the stupidest idea you've ever heard. I just think it might be worth talking about.