10086Re: 2009 nominations closed
- Jul 1, 2009Thanks to all of you that worked so hard - including you Marta since you don't pat yourself on the back. =)
I'm assuming that since they are not all finalized yet, the categories we'll be competing in haven't been set yet? Or have they?
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Marta <marta.fandom@...> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> *rushes in, out of breath*
> If you have been to the MEFA website in the last two hours you ay have
> noticed that your links to nominate stories are gone. While North/South
> Americans, Australians, Asians, and the like may still have the calendar
> turned to June 30, according to GMT we have passed into July 1, which
> means the end of nominations.
> *throws confetti*
> Great work, guys! As of right now there are exactly 750 nominations, 528
> of which are 100% ready to compete. (The status "nomination finalized"
> in MEFA parlance.) Over the next week, hopefully we will see a lot of
> those finalized. Those nominations that aren't finalized will be
> withdrawn so by about July 7, you can be reasonably sure that every
> piece on our website will be competing in the awards.
> But you don't have to wait until next week. The MEFA website tells you
> how much progress an author has made toward accepting the nomination. Go
> to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2009/ and click the "Stories" link at the top
> of the page. Now look on the right side of your screen - you will see
> things like "Nomination Finalized," "Email sent to Author," etc. Any
> story with the status "Nomination Finalized" is 100% ready to go and
> will compete in this year's awards. Why don't you try to review one
> "Nomination Finalized" story this week?
> I want to take the opportunity to thank some very special volunteers who
> helped out during nominations.
> * Tanaqui, our technical support volunteer, not only developed many
> useful features that made nominations easier, she also handled errors
> people came up with. Aranel Took pitched in admirably as well whenever
> she was needed.
> * Elliska has set up member accounts, putting in the legwork to make
> sure members don't already have an account on the website. This is the
> one area of the awards that I really take for granted, because Elliska
> does such a great job making it run smoothly. And this year was far from
> an exception.
> * PipMer is our one-woman welcome wagon. As welcome manager she contacts
> every new member and answers any questions they have. That's a lot of
> emails, and I think it helps a lot.
> * Speaking of lots of emails and questions, I really can't thank all the
> liaisons enough. This year the liaisons are Agape4gondor,
> Aranelgoldenflower, Brindlemom2, Cathleen, Dreamflower, Dwimordene,
> Elea24, Elliska, Fiondil, Foxrafer, Inkling, Linaewen, and Nancy Brooke.
> They each worked (and are still working) with nominated authors to get
> their nominations ready for the competition. This is an incredibly time-
> and energy-intensive way of helping out, but they did it admirably.
> * Nieriel Raina has taken on the job of organizing this year's banners.
> And there are some beauties! Check out www.photobucket.com/mefa09n (pwd:
> celebrimbor), even if you aren't a nominated author, just to check out
> all the shinies our banner artists have created. Thanks to Cactuskim,
> Elea24, Elena Tiriel, Elleth, Nath, Nieriel Raina, red lasbelin, and Viv
> for making banners and buttons.
> * This year's rating panel is comprised of Annmarwalk, Oshun, Sulriel,
> and Raksha. They have read many stories, quickly, and gave their opinion
> on what rating was appropriate -- even when the material was not their
> cup of Earl Grey.
> * Dawn Felagund and Larner have taken on the task of making MEFA
> announcements every week, telling you how to use site features. There
> have been some very informative posts so far, and more is yet to come.
> * Our promoters have talked up the awards across the intarwebz. Hats off
> to Agape4gondor, Alassante, Annmarwalk, Aranel Took, Branwyn,
> Brindlemom2, Cathleen, Dawn Felagund, Dreamflower, Dwimordene, Ellie,
> Inkling, Larner, Nancy Brooke, Nieriel Raina and Obsidianj.
> And I'm sure I'm leaving some people off. Obviously lots of people have
> worked very hard to make the MEFAs happen. Thanks, one and all for all
> your hard work.
> And thank *you*, everyone who nominated a story or accepted a nomination
> for one of their own stories. We wouldn't be here without you. :-)
> (MEFA Admin.)
> PS - Promoters, please hold off on forwarding this message. I'm going to
> write up a special announcement for you to pass along.
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