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reminder about mefa-discussion
nitwit
telperion1
As we get geared up for 2012, I wanted to remind everyone about the Yahoo group "mefa-discussion."

The MEFAwards Yahoo group and the mefas LJ community and primarily for announcements, and for members to get help if they have questions about the awards. The Yahoo group mefa-discussion, on the other hand, is more for the nuts-and-bolts aspect of the award. As the post-mortem winds down, there are a few topics I want additional opinions on. Mostly these are little things, like what to name new subgenres. When a question comes up and I need more opinions I ask it there.

Also, as Aranel gets the 2012 site ready, she'll use that group to beta-test it. So if either of these things sounds interesting, please join there. To join up:

--- (1) Send an email to mefa-discussion-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, or
--- (2) Click the "Join This Group!" link at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mefa-discussion/

Unfortunately, I believe Yahoo membership is required to participate. If you cannot join for that reason email me privately (mefasupportATgmailDOTcom) and I'll try to find another way for you to participate in those discussions.
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2011 MEFAs - final loose ends
nitwit
telperion1
Hey guys,

Just a few last ends about the 2011 MEFAs.

1. BANNERS

If you won an award, you may use one of the ones that already have subcategory/award information, or you may request that a banner be customized for you. If you'd like to have a banner customized for you, please ask at

http://mefa-banners.livejournal.com/11253.html

Remember, you have until January 15 (Sunday) to get your requests in, so please go ahead and work on that. And if you have questions, please email me at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.

2. POST-MORTEM

As always, we try to improve the MEFAs every year. If you have general topics you'd like to discuss, please feel free to email me at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom. If you have specific suggestions you can make them at

http://mefas.livejournal.com/266431.html

Ideally I'd like to start discussing them next week. So if at all possible, please try to get them to me by January 15 (Sunday). If you really don't have time to write them out by then I'll accept suggestions through the following weekend, January 22. We gladly take suggestions both on how the site functions but also on our policies and other things you think could be improved on.

3. 2011 STATS

For all you MEFA-wonks out there, Aranel has tracked down some statistics for this year's awards. These are also available at our website.

TOTAL # OF NOMINATIONS: 538
TOTAL # OF REVIEWS - 3,540
TOTAL REVIEW POINTS - 17,448
TOTAL # OF REVIEW CHARACTERS - 1,814,549

AVG. REVIEW SCORE - 5
AVG. # OF REVIEW CHARACTERS - 513
AVG. TOTAL POINTS PER NOMINATION - 32
AVG. TOTAL CHARACTERS PER NOMINATION - 3,364

LONGEST REVIEW - 3,364
REVIEWS >2,000 CHARS - 18
MAX PTS FOR SINGLE NOMINATION - 117
MAX # CHARACTERS FOR SINGLE NOMINATION - 18,324
MAX # OF REVIEWS FOR SINGLE NOMINATION - 101

# OF REVIEWERS - 101
# OF AUTHORS - 131
# OF NOMINATORS - 76
# OF PARTICIPANTS - 179

You can compare this to previous years:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/10807
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/10316
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/9676
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8605
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/7767

Thank you, one and all!

Marta

[ADMIN] And the Winners Are...
mefa
telperion1
Hey guys,

As promised, here's the results of the 2011 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards.

explanation of awardsCollapse )
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P.S. – The results are also available at the MEFA website. Go to http://www.mefawards.org/, and just click on "The 2011 MEFAs are over. See the results." From there you can find links to the nominations, summaries and other information, and read peoples' reviews by clicking the "Info" link beside each nomination.

The website version is the "official" results, and this listing is provided for your convenience. If you notice any omissions or mistakes, email me privately (marta.fandomATgmailDOTcom) and I will look into it, and edit the LJ version of this post if needed.

[ADMIN] a big THANK YOU to the 2011 Volunteers
mefa
telperion1
Hey guys,

Voting for the Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards ended a few days ago, and I've told all the competing authors who received awards, what awards they received. You may have already seen blog posts or other notes from authors sharing their results. I'll be announcing the full results later tonight, but before we get there I did want to thank our many volunteers. People often thank me at the end of these awards, since I'm the one making the announcements and handing out good news to authors. But the MEFAs are really and truly a team effort, and I want to give a HEAR, HEAR! (hear what?) to some of our most invaluable volunteers.

First and foremost is Aranel Took. She wrote this year's website from scratch. She also handles a hundred routine technical things, helps members who have a hard time with the awards, and on top of that helps me sort through policy issues and generally keeps me sane. That last point alone is more than enough of a contribution to these awards *g*. I would be offering her miruvor and choco-lembas right about now if such things existed, but as reality is, my heartfelt thanks will have to suffice.

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calling all procrastinators: the end of the 2011 MEFAs is approaching
nitwit
telperion1
Hey guys,

As of this writing, there are 19 hours, 24 minutes, 12 seconds left in this year's MEFAs. That's time to get a few more reviews in, if you're so inclined. And don't forget to give your draft reviews either a hidden or final status if you'd like them counted.

See everyone on the other side!

Marta

reminder - voting ends this Saturday
nitwit
telperion1
Hey guys,

Just a quick reminder that voting ends at 11:59 PM (GMT) on SATURDAY DECEMBER 31. Please make sure you enter your votes and change any draft ones over to hidden or final, if you want them counted.

Please note, this is GMT/UST, not your local time zone. You can see how much time you have left before the end of the awards by visiting www.mefawards.org and checking out the countdown clock in the upper-right corner.

Hopefully now that you have survived Christmas and perhaps have some time off work for the holidays, you will have the time to review a few MEFA stories. Consider it a pre-New Year's resolution to review a few stories this upcoming week. It's really not too late to get involved. :-)

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Also, I am always looking for a few good artists who want to make banners for MEFA winners. I'll be sending out an email to the current banner-makers (and yes, Ellynn, answering your email as well! - I haven't forgotten). This year's banners are available at

http://mefa-banners.livejournal.com/

and I will be setting up appropriate tags over the next few days. But in the meantime you can make banners and share them as a post to that LJ community. Banners for MEFA winners need to include the phrases "MEFA" (or "Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards"); "2011"; and need to either be tailored to a specific place and subcategory, or else have space where that can be entered. They can either use movie screencaps, your own fanart, art by other artists if you have the original artists' permission; or also use stock images like scenic ruins, landscapes, old books, or whatever.

We need people to make banners that can be customized as well as banners that are ready to be used. Also, don't forget we have the new awards, Smaug's Treasures. So don't forget about banners for that, either.

Marta

P.S.: mrowe asked for a list of categories. Here you go:

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ADMIN - the end (of 2011 voting) is near
mefa
telperion1
Hey guys,

With the end of the 2011 awards just three weeks off, I wanted to remind everyone of two things:

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VOTING ENDS ON DECEMBER 31

The last day you can vote for the MEFAs is Saturday, December 31. If you want to enter any reviews, you must enter them by 11:59 PM on that day.

Remember: The MEFA time zone is based on GMT/UT (Greenwich Mean Time). This is *not* your local time zone. To figure out when voting ends in your deadline, simply check the countdown box in the upper right of the MEFA site.

Better yet, go ahead and enter your reviews now rather than waiting until the last minute. That way you don't have to worry about time zones. You also don't have to worry about the site getting bogged down by everyone trying to use it at once. It's better for all involved if you make sure to enter any reviews you have a day or two early.

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CHANGE OVER YOUR DRAFT REVIEWS

If you have entered a draft review, you must change it to a hidden or final review by the end of voting. Otherwise it will not be counted.

To review:

1. FINAL reviews are displayed and counted immediately, and cannot be edited after you submit them.
2. HIDDEN reviews are automatically converted to final reviews at the end of the awards. They will be displayed and counted at that point. They can be edited up until then.
3. DRAFT reviews are never counted or displayed, unless they are changed to some other type.

Only final and hidden reviews count toward your reviewing goal, if you set one.

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And that's it! Happy reviewing, and I'll see you all on the other side.

Marta
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Admin - MEFA review goals
mefa
telperion1
Hey guys,

I hope everyone is enjoying reviewing for the MEFAs. Now that we have moved away from nominating and categorizing, it may seem that not much is going on with the awards. In fact, there *is* a good bit of activity going on behind the scenes - mostly by members reviewing the nominated stories. It just usually does not recall much in the way of announcements and public discussion.

I *do* like to write an occasional how-to post. This is partly to remind you that the awards are going on, and perhaps encourage you to write a review or two if you want to but had not gotten around to it. That happens to all of us, myself included. But most importantly, I want to help answer questions you might have about how the awards work.

This week, I'd like to talk about review goals. Anyone can write any number of MEFA votes that they want to; there's no minimum or anything. However, many reviewers *do* like to set a goal for themselves, to give themselves something to aim for. The MEFA site lets you enter such a goal and we even recognize the members who reach their goals, both at our website and by giving you an icon you can display. The real purpose of this function, however, is to help you set a target that you can work for. Many people find that motivating.

WHAT GOAL SHOULD I SET?

This is really a personal question, having to do with how much time you have to spend on reading for the MEFAs, how long of stories you prefer to read, and what proportion of stories you read you end up voting for. The goal should be the number of reviews you intend to write. So if you predict you'll review roughly two-thirds of the stories you read and you set a goal of twenty, that means you will probably need to read around thirty stories to write that many reviews. It may be reasonable to read thirty short stories but not thirty novels - only you know what you can handle.

WHAT REVIEWS COUNT TOWARD THE REVIEW GOAL?

Only final and hidden reviews count toward your goal. If you write a draft review and later change it over to a hidden/final review, then AT THAT POINT it will start counting toward your goal.

If the nomination is withdrawn, reviews you wrote for it do NOT count. However, you can re-enter the vote if the story is competing under a different nomination (i.e., if you nominated + voted for the story, and your nomination was withdrawn but the story is still competing where someone else nominated it). You do need to re-enter that review if you want it counted.

IS THIS A *LIMIT* TO HOW MANY REVIEWS I CAN WRITE?

Your review goal is just a goal. If you set a goal of 25 and when you meet it you're just hitting your stride, keep on reviewing. Likewise, if you set a goal but realize you can't meet it, you're not obligated to write the full twenty-five stories. You'll be publicly recognized on our site if you meet your goal, but if you don't, you're the only person who will know you didn't write as many reviews as you intended to.

HOW DO I SET/CHANGE MY REVIEW GOAL?

Just log in to www.mefawards.org and click "Your MEFA Account Details" from the "Members" menu. Then click "Set or change your review goal" and enter your review goal. The process for changing your review goal is the same.

*IMPORTANT*: The deadline to set or change a review goal is fast approaching. Please set your goal by September 5. (That's one month after check ballots ended.) After that point you can't enter a new review goal, and you also can't change one you already entered.

Happy reviewing, whether or not you decide to enter a review through our website.

final hard-to-reach authors list
mefa
telperion1
Hey guys,

As you probably know, nominations for the 2011 MEFAs. We currently have around 550 nominations, not counting the withdrawn ones - not too shabby! Thanks to everyone who nominated.

In just under a week we'll start work on categorization. To do that we need authors to complete their story forms, and everyone else needs to know whether stories will be competing or not anyway. So after July 7 I will withdraw those nominations where the nomination isn't 100% ready to compete. In practical terms, I encourage authors to try to finish their forms by July 5 or 6, to give their liaison some time to work out any errors that might need fixing.

To that end: here are some authors who *may* not know they've been nominated, or *may* not know they still have to do something in order to compete. Read more...Collapse )

ADMIN - end of nominations approaching
nitwit
telperion1
Hey guys,

Just a friendly reminder: if you want to nominate a story for the 2011 MEFAs, you need to get it in soon.

--- Nominators: You MUST submit your nomination by June 30.
--- Authors: You MUST finish the form for your story by July 6. Preferably a few days earlier, in case there are any errors that need working out.

And remember, all deadlines are based on Greenwich Mean Time, not your local time. For instance, I live on the US east coast, which means I'm four hours behind GMT. So the MEFA day ends, not when my clock says 11:59 PM, but when it says 7:59 PM. You can see exactly how much time you have left by going to http://www.mefawards.org/ and checking out the countdown in the top-right corner.

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)