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11308Re: [MEFAwards] Announcement from Aranel: Cancellation of MEFAs

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  • Barbara Rich
    Jul 3, 2012
      Aranel, I think this year's MEFAs were just dumped on by Murphy's Law--
      perhaps a sign that they have run their course. I have loved and enjoyed
      them ever since they started and would be happy if a sudden miracle came
      along to fix everything. (Where's a fairy godmother when you need one?)

      But realistically it's not going to happen, and you have to do what you
      have to do.

      I hope that people will not go away with their heads hanging down and
      berating themselves; you, Marta, Elliska, Inkling, Tanaqui and others have
      done the heavy lifting of the MEFAs for years. There will be opportunities
      for something new-- I hope that everyone will take a breath and rest up if
      they need to-- but be glad to jump in and lend a hand when they are

      While I am sad that we won't have one last season, I am not at all angry.


      On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Aranel <araneltook@...> wrote:

      > **
      > Hello everyone,
      > I'm sad to be the bearer of bad news, but I am going to have to step in
      > and end the possibility of a 2012 MEFAs.
      > This decision is my own. I informed Marta, Elliska, and Inkling today that
      > I am unable to continue supporting the website. There are still some bugs
      > to be worked out, we've been having database issues with the hosting
      > company, and with everything that's been going on I haven't been able to
      > give the site my full attention to have it totally ready to go. It's become
      > too much stress to deal with and it's negatively affecting my Real Life.
      > Real Life has to take priority.
      > The site is in a condition that it is impossible for someone else to take
      > it over at this point for a 2012 awards. There are still a lot of things to
      > do for updating the post-nominations seasons. There are still bugs from the
      > new updates to work out. I have been the only tech support person for the
      > last year or so, so nobody else is familiar with it. I am also the worst
      > code documenter in the universe (if there was an Olympics for crappy code
      > documentation, I would win the gold!), so it would be no easy task for
      > someone else to take over the updates and bug fixes.
      > I will still host the MEFA Archive and I will finish updating the 2011
      > stories as soon as possible (after a break to de-stress).
      > I know many will be disappointed in me, probably very angry with me, and I
      > am truly sorry. But I know there are others already planning new awards, so
      > I suggest taking your ire with me and focusing that energy on helping them
      > out or starting new awards.
      > I will preemptively address transferring the site code to someone else:
      > Honestly, I'm a bit selfish about it and I'm really not willing to give
      > away the work I've done. I also don't want to have to support the code
      > (see: crappy documentation). And, really, your tech support and your users
      > will be much happier if you decide what you want in your awards and then
      > design your own site from the ground-up to do exactly what you want. It
      > will work much better than trying to adapt someone else's code to fit your
      > plans.
      > I ask that you please respect my decision and not try to persuade me to
      > change my mind on anything I've said.
      > Apologies,
      > Aranel Took

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