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11120Re: [MEFAwards] the 2012 MEFAs are coming - and we want your help

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  • Sulriel of Menegroth
    Jun 16, 2012
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      I'll be happy to be on the ratings panel again.

      Becky Burkheart*
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      On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Marta <marta.fandom@...> wrote:

      > Hey guys,
      > Over the last few months I've been discussing with several MEFA
      > volunteers how we can improve the awards for the upcoming year. And
      > we've finally gotten through all that. I'll make another announcement
      > later tonight about the changes, but the big thing to know is that the
      > 2012 MEFAs are coming, and soon! Specifically, here�s the schedule for
      > the 2012 awards:
      > --- (1) July 1-31: Nominations season
      > (After this, new pieces cannot be nominated for the awards.)
      > --- (2) August 7: Deadline for authors to finalize any nominations
      > (After this, any nominations that are not finalized will be withdrawn
      > from the awards and will need to be renominated in future years.)
      > --- (3) August 23-31: Check ballot season
      > (After this, pieces usually aren�t moved to new categories or
      > subcategories. The only exception is if the author finishes a WIP
      > story.)
      > --- (4) September 1: First reviews are displayed at the mefawards.orgwebsite.
      > (After this, all final reviews will be displayed at the website and
      > cannot be edited. Reviewers should use the �hidden� or �notes�
      > [previously draft] status if they need to edit reviews.)
      > --- (5) October 1: Deadline to enter a reviewing goal.
      > --- (6) January 31 (2013): Last day of voting.
      > (After this, no new votes can be entered. Any reviews with the notes
      > status will not be counted unless they are given a final or hidden
      > status before this date.)
      > The most important thing is this: the MEFAs will start accepting
      > nominations in just under two weeks. And that�s coming quickly.
      > *********************
      > So just what can you do to help out?
      > NOMINATORS: Now is the time to work out just what you want to
      > nominate. Basically, you can edit anything that hasn�t competed in the
      > past (or that was a WIP at the end of the awards in which it
      > competed), provided it meets our eligibility requirement, is at a
      > publicly-available link, and meets other eligibility requirements. You
      > can find the pieces nominated in 2011 at http://www.mefawards.org/,
      > and past years� nominations are listed at
      > http://archive.mefawards.org/ . You�ll need the title, author�s name,
      > author�s email address, and link where the piece is available.
      > AUTHORS: You can help us out most by keeping an eye on whatever email
      > address you use for fandom websites and listservs. If you�ve changed
      > this in the last year, you should make sure your MEFA account is up to
      > date at www.mefawards.org. (If you need help doing that you can email
      > me at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.) Also, if you decide you don�t want to
      > compete this year, you should email me and let me know so I can put
      > you on our don�t-nominate list.
      > Then there are more formal volunteers, the members who help me doing
      > specific work behind the scenes. Specifically:
      > LIAISIONS: We need volunteers to help guide authors through the
      > process of getting their stories ready to compete. This involves
      > contacting authors and answering any questions they have about the
      > MEFAs (you can ask me if you don�t know the answer), and making sure
      > forms describing the stories are filled out correctly. You need to be
      > around regularly (ideally, at least once a day) between July 1 and
      > August 7. It also helps to have participated in the awards for at
      > least a year, and to have a generally positive and helpful attitude.
      > PROMOTERS: Want to help spread the word about the MEFAs? Promoters
      > post announcements at other Tolkien-centric websites, forums, and
      > listservs. You also need to keep an eye on those forums for MEFA
      > questions and relay them back to me if any seem to need an official
      > answer. The main thing is you need to know a place that would welcome
      > our announcements, where you can promote the MEFAs. You also need to
      > check your email regularly, between now and January 31. (Even if
      > someone promoted there last time, please feel free to volunteer;
      > there�s always a chance that person might not volunteer again.)
      > BANNER-MAKERS: Have an interest in graphic design? We�re always
      > looking for people to make banners and icons to recognize nominated
      > stories, people who meet their reviewing goals, and of course the
      > eventual winners. This can take as much or as little time as you are
      > willing to give to it, but obviously
      > RATINGS PANEL: Often authors aren�t sure what rating to give a story,
      > or readers will question whether the rating listed is appropriate.
      > When that happens I rely on the ratings panel, a group of MEFA members
      > who read the stories involved and tell me what rating they think the
      > story should have. I�ll give them official guidelines for what each
      > rating should cover. They will then read the stories and decide which
      > rating is more appropriate. You need to be able to read stories fairly
      > quickly and see where they fit in our guidelines. Most of the work is
      > July 1-August 15, but occasionally I also need your help later in the
      > awards as well.)
      > (Actually, the use of �rating� is inappropriate. The MEFAs is moving
      > to something called content advisories � which is basically one rating
      > for sex, another for violence, and a third for other mature themes.
      > I�ll say more about this when I post the PM results later tonight, but
      > the goal is to give more information to readers who might have no
      > problem with any kind of sexual content but prefer to avoid violence �
      > or vice versa. In any event the ratings panel will be looking at
      > whether those content advisories are appropriate.)
      > So: if any of those sound like your cup of Earl Grey, please send me
      > an email at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom. Even if you�re not sure you can
      > handle it, drop me a line and I�ll be glad to tell you more about what
      > we need.
      > *****************
      > One other way to help is with your wallet. The MEFA website relies on
      > having a website, and the company that provides it does like to be
      > paid occasionally. This costs around $10 a month and is our only
      > expense; the rest of the awards run on our volunteer�s talents and
      > elbow grease. I realize that money can be tight these days, and you
      > are certainly free to participate without contributing $$$ toward that
      > particular bill, but we certainly appreciate every donation � if only
      > because every contribution means it�s that much longer before I have
      > to be here again with my hand out. :-)
      > You can donate at http://bit.ly/KR1EsU. I also accept checks and cash
      > if you can�t use PayPal for some point; email me at
      > mefasupportATgmailDOTcom and I�ll email you my postal address.
      > Looking forward to working (and playing) with you all in the 2012 MEFAs.
      > Marta
      > (MEFA Admin.)
      > ------------------------------------
      > Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2009/
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