May 2nd, 2008

nitwit

ADMIN - Reminders and Policy Changes

Hey guys,

As I mentioned in an email a few days ago, the 2008 MEFAs will begin accepting nominations this Sunday, May 4. Nominations will be open until June 15. So right now seems like a good time to make some announcements about what will change about that part of the awards.

First, I want to explain about this email I'm writing right now. The MEFAs are a complicated awards system and take some getting used to. So to help educate members, every week I'll be making a post at MEFAwards and at the LJ community mefas. These won't be sent out as special notices but they will have a subject starting with "ADMIN." So watch out for these; I hope everyone will take the time to read them. I'll try to be quick, though this post will be longer than most, as there's a lot to talk about.

Second, I want to remind everyone: keep an eye on your spam filters. All MEFA-related emails should be coming from addresses ending in "mefawards.net" after the @. But we're emailing you to let you know you've been nominated for an award, and many spam filters are sensitive to emails like that - so please, before you delete your spam box, check that there aren't any emails from an @mefawards.net email address.

Now, on to the changes about this year's awards.

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I'll end this email with a brief note on time zones. And then I really will be done.

I said that the MEFAs would start on Sunday May 4, but for many of us in America it will actually start Saturday May 3. This is because the MEFAs are based on Greenwich Mean Time. All MEFA days begin at 12:00:01 AM, GMT; and they end at 11:59:59 PM, GMT. I have no head for time zones and so I won't try to explain when exactly that is in various local times. Instead, go to http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2007/, the 2007 website. At the bottom of the page there will be a line like:

Page Served at: 2008-05-02 07:33:20 GMT

This is the official time according to the site clock, at the time you loaded the page. Compare that to your current time, and you'll see when the MEFA day begins and ends. (For reference, when I loaded that page, it was 3:34 AM on May 2, here in the U.S. Eastern time zone.)

Thanks for reading this far! If you have any questions, please reply and I'll do my best to answer them. Otherwise, happy nominating in a few days!

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)