I have to say that I am appalled to hear of the personal attacks happening
to you, Marta, and the other individuals you mentioned.
It certainly never crossed my mind that the MEFA team was being
obstructionist in any way by asking that the debate on the issue at hand be
temporarily postponed until the team's workload during the nomination
season eased to give them enough time to be able to give the issue the
close attention it deserves.
I come to this discussion late due to a malfunctioning computer, but after
reading the correspondence on the yahoo list, I want to cry. The anger and
nastiness that has spilled over the community has distressed me greatly.
I will not bother saying what my opinion of the rating policy is. It
appears to be a moot point now.
To the entire MEFA team, I thank you for the hundreds of hours that you
have devoted to the awards over the years. The awards were what got me into
LOTR Fanfiction as a writer. I'm so terribly sad to see them go.
A fellowship has been broken.
On Jul 2, 2012 7:41 PM, "Marta" <marta.fandom@...> wrote:
> Hi Kaylee,
> I'm glad you enjoyed the MEFAs in what time you've known about it. It's a
> great program and we've had a good run over the years. I'll definitely be
> in touch if we need anything for the 2012 awards, if that's what the group
> decides they want. (And of course I'll let you and everyone know this
> weekend what the majority chose.)
> I said it above but I'll repeat it :-) - if you like finding new authors, I
> really encourage you to take a look at our archive and try someone new.
> It's not the same as when it's through an awards, but it can really be
> quite rewarding. I know I've discovered several authors through reading
> MEFA-nominated stories I never quite got around to during the awards.
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM, Kaylee Arafinwiel
> > **
> > I remember how proud and happy I was when I had stories nominated in 2010
> > and 2011, and when I actually placed in my first ever MEFA with the most
> > unlikely story I would never have expected to be nominated. I was proud,
> > too, of the honourable mention one of my stories got last year. I was
> > looking forward to this year, even if I wasn't nominated myself, to
> > nominations starting tomorrow and giving the stories and authors I've
> > the recognition they deserve, as well as finding new authors and stories
> > love and enjoy.
> > MEFA has been, for the few years I've known about it, a way to show my
> > appreciation for those authors and stories I know, and to find new ones,
> > widen my perspective on what fandom is and what's out there, and to meet
> > new people. I am really, really disheartened to see the MEFAs go, though
> > understand that all of you have real lives which are more important than
> > fandom, and all this bashing has got to be a blow difficult to recover
> > from. It's not fair, and it's not right. :( I hope 2012 can continue as
> > planned, and I guess 13's not a lucky number even for 2013. :( I feel
> > such a newcomer to the fandom still, and I know nothing about running an
> > awards contest, but I'd like to learn how to help, if I could.
> > With heartfelt wishes for the awards to continue this year, and then to
> > continue on somehow afterwards,
> > Kaylee Arafinwiel
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