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Use the following headings in your proposal. Again: This is like writing a grant. Use the following headings and follow the requests or expect your proposal returned unread.

Alternative Fashion Wiki

Wiki URL:

Executive description
(Write this description last, after you've written the rest of the proposal.) The exec description is an overall description of the project: In two well-formed sentences (no more, and no less): What are you going to do, why, and how does the writing space you're going to use (blog or wiki) help you do it?


I chose a wiki for this project because I will be compiling information, and hopefully collaborating with others as well. With my Alternative Fashion wiki, I intend to provide information about alternative fashion, specifically the Steampunk, Lolita, Gothic Victorian, and Mori aesthetics. I would also like to grow the wiki beyond fashion to include all aspects of these alternative lifestyles, such as literature and music, and may include wiki pages about those topics as well. In creating this wiki, I would like to achieve having an extensive collection of information about these aspects of alternative fashion. I would like to find out whether others will share in growing the wiki and, if so, I would like to know the kind of information others would add and hopefully expand my current knowledge on the subject.

As I will be discussing four distinct and yet at times related fashion styles, I will cover one type each week. For the first week, I will cover the Mori aesthetic. First, I will provide an overview of the style and discuss what makes "Mori" and what does not. Next, I will provide examples of the style through photos. Then, I will compile a list of links to outside resources, such as relevant blogs and online stores. The second week will be Steampunk, the third week will be Victorian, the fourth week will be Lolita, and each will cover the same information as the first week. The fifth week of this project will be spent adding pages to all topics including compiling lists of music and literature relevant to those engaging in one of these alternative lifestyles, as well as expanding on the existing information. I would prefer to organize my project this way because it feels more organized than creating all pages at once. I expect that this will help to keep my wiki organized, which will be visually appealing as well as more inviting to any audience.
While searching the internet, I have only found a - Steampunk wiki covering all things Steampunk. I have not yet found a wiki for Gothic Victorian, Lolita, or Mori fashion or lifestyles. I will be looking in the Links section of the Steampunk wiki I have found and borrow any I feel would be relevant to my wiki. I will also link back to the Steampunk wiki. I will do a few things differently than this Steampunk wiki, for example I will not be focusing on modern media, such as television shows, games, comics, or any other such things, at least not for the purposes of this project.
I expect to organize my wiki by topic. The home page will provide a link to each starting page, such as Mori, Steampunk, Gothic Victorian, and Lolita. Each starting page will lead to the other pages within those categories. This means, for example, that the Steampunk page will link to a Steampunk Accessories page, the Lolita page will link to Lolita Accessories, and so on.
I will write about the various fashion styles, including information on tops, jackets, skirts, pants, pajamas, jewelry, hats, and other accessories such as parasols. I will also provide images to help provide more information, as well as links to outside resources where readers can go for more information.
With this project, I intend to achieve a compilation of at least basic information on these subjects, providing information for others or myself to expand upon or use. Since I have only found a Steampunk wiki and not yet found wikis for Mori, Gothic Victorian, or Lolita fashion, I hope to grow my wiki, even beyond this project, to provide that information for others who are interested.

In the last paragraph of this section, mention how you envision your project report: Will it be a wiki essay or something on your blog? What will you deal with in this report - as specifically as you can imagine it now. You can change your mind on this one, but start thinking about it now. You'll be making a brief in-class presentation along with your report.

Grad Students: Readings Your project report (at the end of the project) should include background reading or theory based on readings for the course and your own reading. So, include a section on outside reading you'll be doing for your project. The reading can be web-based or print; and can be in great part looking at other blogs and / or wikis. A preliminary bibliography is best, but you can also list or talk about the kinds of readings / sites you're thinking of looking at and how you see them tying in with what you're doing in the project. You might start with readings and sites on the BlogReadingsForCourse, WikiReadingsForCourse, or HypertextReadingsForCourse, as appropriate.

Weekly Reports
Give the address where you will post your weekly reports: blog URL or wiki URL.

Contract for Grade
The project counts for 50% of your final grade. In this section of your proposal, detail the extent of your project in measurable terms: numbers. Think in terms of numbers of blog entries or wiki nodes, length, and frequency of posting.

For instance, if you plan on keeping a blog, how often will you post? How long do you expect those posts to be? If you're working with others on a collective blog, how will you distribute the tasks? What will each person contribute? Who will be responsible for what?

Or if you're building a wiki, about how many nodes do you expect it to grow to? How often will you add material?

Use good estimates because you'll be held to them.

Set your contract. Here are some guidelines.
100 pts (about a C) for keeping a general, non-topic specific blog three or four times a week, with entires of about 200 - 500 words/day. For a wiki, sort of a freeform, general notebook or collaboration of the same frequency and length.
150 pts (B) for a focused blog, including searching for subjects to blog on (online or off), with links to online material when appropriate, 3 - 4 times a week, about 500 words or so a day. For a wiki, focused, well-linked.
250 pts (A) for a focused, extensive blog. Not just blogging 3 - 4 times a week, but some entries becoming 500 - 750 - 1000 word essays... For a wiki, focused, well-linked, but more developed, more richly linked, more organized than the 150 points.

Contracts are set for the number of points: 100 / 150 / 250.

You can earn more points than you contract for if you end up going beyond what you originally planned on. On the other hand, if you fall short on the contract, you may receive fewer points. (I'm hoping for the former.)

The points accumulate by week. A late or missing means no points for that week. Your final write-up adds up to 50 points to the mix.
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