Just curious whether anyone here has been involved with starting or running a shared universe project. I was sort of invited to start one. It's mecha themed (with a twist of course) and a closed-but-easy-to-enter shared universe, if anyone wondered. I have enough experience with the editing parts, but I've never been deeply involved in a shared universe project, so I could use the perspectives of anyone who has been. Current plan is to make concept art, put it into a webpage with the info about the universe, and link that to a forum for discussion of the universe and working on specific projects within it. Probably not going to do a private archive, but instead encourage participants to use the ao3 archive for free work and something like create space, lulu, or etsy for for-profit work. There isn't currently a kickstarter planned, but that's an option for specific projects within the universe.
So yeah - share your thoughts on how to run a good shared universe project.