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RE: [MEFAwards] Re: IMPORTANT: Changes for 2009 Awards

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  • Raven Scott
    The intent was not to get people to be better reviewers but rather to get the longer length stories on a better footing, so to speak, with the shorter ones.
    Message 1 of 39 , Apr 30, 2009
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      The intent was not to get people to be "better reviewers" but rather to get the longer length stories on a better footing, so to speak, with the shorter ones. It's easy to get someone to read a 500 word story it's not that easy to get them to read a 10,000 word story as it takes much longer. The point was if you're going to vote for longer stories - read more than one, compare longer stories to other longer stories. Don't just read one and then say this is the best ever, read four or five - that way you have something to compare it with.






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      To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
      From: alassante7@...
      Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:12:15 -0700
      Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: IMPORTANT: Changes for 2009 Awards








      I agree that the categories should be split (ficlets/novellas) but I don't agree with the comments someone made to enforcing reviewing requirements of longer length fiction, etc. If you make voting too hard or the rules of voting too restrictive, people won't be bothered to vote. I know that personally I always intend to read more, review more, etc but RL usually prevents that from happening. But I think that any reviews/votes should be welcomed. Even if its only a 2 sentence vote. At least someone took the time to read and vote. Telling people that you have to read a certain number of novellas to be considered a 'good' or fair reviewer/voter isn't really best for the contest IMO. Alot of people vote for stories they already have read so requiring them to read a certain number of stories before they vote on them isn't going to work because they could have read them 6 months ago.


      Posted by: "Raven Scott" ravenswing14337@... ravens_wing14337
      Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:02 pm (PDT)
      I agree with Oshun on this one. It isn't fair to ask someone who has taken the time to create a 10,000+ word story to compete against a ficlet or a drabble...they just shouldn't be in the same category at all. Perhaps a way to solve the problem is to ask reviewers to commit to reading a certain number of longer stories, or a new section/category for "Avid Readers" where the longer stories could be housed. Perhaps something along the lines of what they do with Oscar nominations and voting, where you're required to see all the movies before you can vote. Where you have to read a minimum number of longer stories before you can vote on longer stories. Otherwise, it really does become a ficlet competition.






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    • Marta
      ... *chuckles* Apparently Annatar has been up to some rather weird sorcerery in Eregion. Celebrimbor is most concerned that he ll end up in the opposite
      Message 39 of 39 , May 1, 2009
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        pandemonium_213 wrote:
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        > > Hmm, examples... pandemonium_ 213 actually jumps to mind. His "The
        > > Apprentice" and many of his Eregion fics. Because while there are
        > > undoubtedly drama and humor and action elements, the feature I really
        > > come away from those stories with is world-building, or
        > > character-building.
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        > What a minute! Since when did I become a guy? ;^)
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        *chuckles* Apparently Annatar has been up to some rather weird sorcerery
        in Eregion. Celebrimbor is most concerned that he'll end up in the
        opposite situation, something Galadriel would *definitely* never let him
        hear the end of.

        (Feel free to consider the above as a crackfic!nuzgul tossed firmly in
        your direction...)

        Seriously, I am *awful* with pronouns. The part my brain that stores
        gender-associations (whether someone is male or female) doesn't connect
        with the part that handles pronouns, I think. (Tanaqui can attest to
        this fact, actually, as she's definitely seen me use the wrong pronoun
        before; I'm infamous for it.) It's created some rather "interesting"
        moments with a transgendered friend of mine. Thankfully he has a great
        sense of humor; he understands that it's a language issue more than a
        gender-identity issue and so he's cool with it.

        Anyway, my apologies, and please know that it was the result of a brain
        slightly addled by the end of term. :-)

        Marta
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