11308Re: [MEFAwards] Announcement from Aranel: Cancellation of MEFAs
- Jul 3, 2012Aranel, 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
> I ask that you please respect my decision and not try to persuade me to
> change my mind on anything I've said.
> Aranel Took
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