- Dear all,
Sorry for the late announcement of this. I was holding off making a
final decision until MidCon.
I will not be running the Zine Poll this year. Someone else may take
over and if they do I can forward them Keith Thomasson's Excel
spreadsheet, which proved invaluable in totting up the numbers in
previous years; these days, probably all you'd need is fingers, thumbs
and maybe the toes of one foot.
If there are any editors reading this, please publicise my decision.
Feel free to castigate me for the late announcement.
I'm sure there are others out there who could say more on this but anyway...
I haven't been around the zine scene that long but would like to thank John for arranging, organising and counting the Zine Poll over the last few years.
Imho, I think the time is right to stop the poll, as it seems there are fewer zines around - and so it is likely the ones with the highest readership will be the ones scoring best.
I guess the same is true for MfG too, so thanks again to John for keeping up (as best he could) with all the zines starting and folding while trying to write something about the zines to try and attract new subbers!
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- Bruce Edwards wrote:
> I haven't been around the zine scene that long but would like to thankTo me, the main reason to stop the Zine Poll is simply the lack of
> John for arranging, organising and counting the Zine Poll over the
> last few years.
> Imho, I think the time is right to stop the poll, as it seems there
> are fewer zines around - and so it is likely the ones with the highest
> readership will be the ones scoring best.
voters, rather than lack of zeens. Anyone who does want to put a case
forward for keeping it going needs, IMHO, to suggest how to address that
> I guess the same is true for MfG too, so thanks again to John forI'm not so sure the case for stopping Mission from God is as strong.
> keeping up (as best he could) with all the zines starting and folding
> while trying to write something about the zines to try and attract new
Firstly, it doesn't have such a need for "critical mass" as the poll -
really just a keen editor plus a few hangers-on to contribute outside
reviews is all it takes to keep it going. And it's a useful resource,
even if not for as many people as it used to be. Regardless of new
blood, I can see it being of interest for returnees - of which there may
be increasing numbers as the old guard of the 1970s come up to
retirement (early or otherwise) and idly enter "postal diplomacy" into a
web search engine one day...
Peter Sullivan <peter@...>