A Busy Month!
- - Site Management -
We've had a busy month here at HASA folks are joining or renewing
their membership at a nice pace. Which means they are also asking
questions. It's been a treat and a blessing being able to help
people enjoy the HASA site.
Some of the problems encountered were with adding a new story. There
are tutorials all over the site that can help our members with most
challenges. Every so often, I will go to a page I haven't visited for
awhile and click on the tutorial. I am always amazed at how much
information is on this site, how many fun things there are to do, how
much fun it is going from page to page, or - really having fun by
reading, reading, reading. The authors on this site are incredible.
The researchers are awesome. And the volunteers are beyond belief.
Please keep your requests for help coming as the Site Manager staff
is fairly new still we learn so much just by answering your
questions. Also if you have any comments or suggestions for our
site, they are always most welcome. Feel free to leave a comment here
or in the "Discuss the Weekly Announcement"-forum!
- The New Review Capsules & Criteria -
At the beginning of October 2005 HASA's volunteers started discussing
if it is time to review the review capsules. On March 4 the memberside
discussion of the present system and capsules was opened. From April 1
through April 16 members could vote in two polls ("Reviewing Capsule
Comments 1" and "Reviewing Capsule Comments 2") on how the reviews
system should be constructed and if and how the review capsules should
The results of the poll were clear: the present reviews system should
remain the way it is, but the review capsules should be more specific,
and there should be a wider selection of capsules.
After the results of the polls were in, the capsule revision committee
was formed. Two volunteers and three members started revising the
capsules on May 1 in a HASA workshop called "Capsule Revision
Committee". Although set up as a private workshop, every HASA member
could get reading access to follow the discussions at any time. The
committee used the present capsules as a starting point and
incorporated suggestions and concerns voiced in the memberside
discussion as far as possible.
Thanks to the hard work of the Committee, the revision of capsules and
criteria is finished. The coding is in process and should be live in a
There will be more capsules, and more specific capsules. Organized in
literary, genre and general capsules, there will be 14 capsules to
approve a story and 17 to decline a story, with the additional three
options to decline a story titled with "Please consider revising". You
can take a look at a preview of capsules and criteria here:
* The New Review Criteria - June 2006
If you have any questions about the new capsules or the criteria,
please join the discussion:
* The New Review Capsules & Criteria - Preview
- Holidays and Anniversaries of Middle-earth today at HASA -
The holidays and anniversaries of Middle-earth (converted to our
modern calendar) invite you to remember the history of Middle-earth
and to celebrate special occasions in June! Maybe with a drabble, a
new story or a Challenge?
* June 10 Begin of the War of the Rings (attack on Osgiliath) (3018
of the Third Age)
* June 15 the sapling of the White Tree is found (3019 of the Third Age)
* June 21 1st Lithe; Midummer's eve 2980: Aragorn and Arwen plight
their troth in Lorien.
Have a great week here at HASA, and "may the blessings of elves and
men and all free folk go with you" wherever you go!
HASA admin team
To follow the links in this announcement, please log in at the Henneth
Annûn Story Archive ( http://www.henneth-annun.net/ ) and read the
announcement on the Welcome Page!