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A Cabin is an optional social feature exclusive to Camp NaNoWriMo.
A Camp Cabin is a private forum, accessible only to the particular members of the cabin. The center of the page hosts a message board which holds messages up to 250 characters apiece, displayed in reverse order with a timestamp (prior to April 2013, the timestamp displayed only the date.) To the side of the message board, it displays the name and avatar of each member, along with their novel title. For April 2013's Camp, each member's wordcount goal and progress was added as well. Camp Cabins also have a separate chart and combined word goal on the Stats page.
Cabins typically consist of four to six members - the number of members was increased to eight for July 2013's Camp. Cabins assignments are assigned starting about a week before the actual event and then once a day. Currently, the sorting is randomized - there is no way to guarantee a requested match, but two people requesting each other within the same time frame increases the chances. The algorithm considers specific requests as well as requests for other Campers writing in the same genre, of a similar activity level, or in the same age range. The algorithm was significantly tweaked in 2013 based on feedback from the Camp participants.
Camp Cabins are closed shortly after the specific event ends. Cabins may also be removed if all the participants opt out of the cabin. The OLL staff has stated they have no intentions of porting the cabin feature over to the main Nanowrimo website at this time.
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