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This is the post for deciding categories. YAY! :D

So comment here, basically, telling us if you want a certain fandom, a certain genre, a certain character... whatever! We'll see what fits and get back to you all.

Looking forwards to seeing you all on the first of December. :)

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51stcenturyfox
Nov. 7th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not too multifandom when it comes to new stuff, but maybe Being Human, Star Trek, True Blood?

cookiesofkarma
Nov. 7th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Foxy, you are a genius! :D These are all great fandoms. :3
werewolfsfan
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Here are some thoughts......I won't even charge a penny. You can value them or not yourself!
I love this idea but I think you should probably enlist some judges (betas) first and see what fandoms their most familiar with for a start. Type beta in the search box and you'll see a long list of sites both fandom specific and general. Perhaps you could advertise there. If you have a panel, they could help to pimp and you'll get nominations.
I alone may give you enough to get started with! I can get carried away in my enthusiasm.......

I'm American and HP is my fandom so perhaps some of this applies only in my corner of the universe but here, November/December is one of the busiest times of the year with personal/work obligations. Add to that that it also seems to be a busy time in fandom with a great many Holiday Fests competing for attention. My idea would be to either begin small or postpone the nominating until January perhaps.

I am primarily knowledgeable about the Potter universe, which is enormous and sometimes gets very cantankerous about pairing. All of the "awards" that I've seen lean towards a specific pairing or certain characters. So you might want to make a narrow focus for the categories to keep from being overwhelmed instead of simply a Supernatural, Dr Who, Torchwood, Harry Potter, under 2000 words. I'm sure your betas would have good ideas about specifics or have a seconding process in place.

You probably should have a banner for pimping. It makes your posts more eye catching and interesting. Look at these examples:

http://wizefics.livejournal.com/285368.html

http://wordsonthewind.us/linkage?size=1#codes



ext_214334
Nov. 14th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Hi! I see you've mentioned Words on the Wind. I was curious as to whether you know anything about who's running it and what their connection to fandom might be?
werewolfsfan
Nov. 14th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
No, I don't know anything about Words on the Wind. I saw WotW mentioned in, I believe, the daily_snitch. I looked around that site and then clicked over here.
I adore short fic and would love to see some recognition but this doesn't seem to be happening. Note there are only two people watching this comm and the admin didn't even respond to my last couple of posts.....
ext_214334
Nov. 14th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for the response.

As for this comm, I saw it was affiliated with WotW, which is how I ended up here. This place does seem a bit dead, though. Maybe the mod has just had a busy week and will do more later?
werewolfsfan
Nov. 14th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I hope that's the case! So many good fan fics, never enough time to read and review all that I want to......
werewolfsfan
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I found a journal here, wordsinthewind, with a few user names attached.
inalasahl
Nov. 17th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
werewolfsfan
Nov. 17th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Very interesting!
cookiesofkarma
Nov. 18th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Many millions of apologies for this very very late response. RL can be a bugger sometimes.

The judges thing is something I've really got to get on top of. I know there are certain people I could go to for certain fandoms, which I guess is why I started it this way, but you're definitely right; it makes more sense to enlist the judges and then follow their fandoms. I've got some pimpers as well, who're happy to post on their journals.

I know exactly what you mean, but nominations should be open until April or so. I think the timings of the awards need to be discussed, because obviously we need to pick a time where voters aren't too busy either. Definitely needs to be sorted...

The same occurs in my fandoms too. I've got some basic sub-categories that I managed to come up with, but I agree, it needs input from the judges especially. I'm hoping that after the first time we run it, we'll find out what works and what doesn't and modify it from there. Practice makes perfect, after all.

I also agree about the banners. I've got some friends I might be able to persuade to make some eye-catching banners, who are far more skilled on PS than I. I love the ones you've linked to. Think I might ask for something similar.

I'm sorry this took so long to respond to. I read it as it came through on my email but didn't manage to reply. My apologies, and your advice has been extraordinarily helpful. :)
werewolfsfan
Nov. 18th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, but you see, I don't think getting nominations will be any problem what so ever! I'm afraid if the selection of fandoms or categories isn't small, you will be overwhelmed.
What has bugged me in some of the "awards" that I've seen is:
A- Stories nominated that are not high quality or don't really meet the criteria or genre requested.
B- Open voting often means, at least in the Potter verse, many people vote by pairing without reading the stories at all.

But if your focus is narrow, say Supernatural Gen, SN Suspense and Supernatural Dean/Sam, rather than just Best Supernatural under 2,000 words. You might control it better.
You could limit the number of stories per category or have the public nominate but they need to be seconded by a judge to avoid the poor quality problems.
cookiesofkarma
Nov. 18th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I agree with the quality comment. I think they'll need to be double-checked before being put up for voting, definitely.

I was thinking if you had a selection of categories, say Gen, Angst, Pairing etc, and applied them to each fandom as appropriate, you could set a minimum entry number of whatever, and a maximum number of whatever, which would help keep things tidy. So if there was only one SN Gen fic, that category wouldn't be continued through to voting. If there were, for example, a hundred SN Gen fics, then only the best 20 would be carried through to voting publically.

Any concrit?
werewolfsfan
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I found it! Perfect Imagination is a big, well respected beta community. Here is a link:
http://www.perfectimagination.co.uk/
cookiesofkarma
Nov. 18th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, checking it out now. :)
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