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Msg# 8920

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors Posted by Lily Hawker-Yates June 01, 2008 - 1:28:45 Topic ID# 8810
Agape! that's really nice of you! thanks !
 
*hugs*
 
Lily



"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."
 
             William Butler Yeats
 
 
'For every evil that rises, we are given ways to fight it. Or... in the absence of a fight, we are given each other to weather it. We're a bunch of survivors here, that's what we are. Not quite victorious, but then again, there hadn't really been a war. And yet we were fighting something... maybe ourselves, and the alone-ness that permeated each of us before we somehow found each other, ultimately found ourselves.' - Elrohir, For Every Evil




--- On Sun, 1/6/08, Agape 4Rivendell <agape4rivendell@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Agape 4Rivendell <agape4rivendell@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Hard-to-Reach Authors
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, 1 June, 2008, 4:38 AM






Lily,

I'm not sure where you're trying to contact her, but she is a member of HASA
so I took the liberty of sending her a PM asking her to contact us at
mefawards@yahoogrou ps.com.

She has been active at HASA as late as December 27, 2007. Hopefully, she'll
respond one way or the other. I really hate to lose a tale! I'm anal, sorry!
Hope I haven't stepped on your toes.

Blessings,
Agape

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Lily Hawker-Yates <
aranelgoldenflower@ yahoo.co. uk> wrote:

> Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on 05
> May 2008 - I've tried emailing twice now, and I've had no answer, so unless
> I get a reply by tonight, I'm going to withdraw the nomination.
> &nbsp;
> Lily
>
> "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had
> such friends."
> &nbsp;
> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;
> William Butler Yeats
> &nbsp;
> &nbsp;
> 'For every evil that rises, we are given ways to fight it. Or... in the
> absence of a fight, we are given each other to weather it. We're a bunch of
> survivors here, that's what we are. Not quite victorious, but then again,
> there hadn't really been a war. And yet we were fighting something... maybe
> ourselves, and the alone-ness that permeated each of us before we somehow
> found each other, ultimately found ourselves.' - Elrohir, For Every Evil
>
> --- On Sat, 31/5/08, melayton@gmail. com <melayton%40gmail. com> &lt;
> melayton@gmail. com <melayton%40gmail. com>&gt; wrote:
>
> From: melayton@gmail. com <melayton%40gmail. com> &lt;melayton@gmail. com<melayton%40gmail. com>
> &gt;
> Subject: [MEFAwards] Hard-to-Reach Authors
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com <MEFAwards%40yahoog roups.com>
> Date: Saturday, 31 May, 2008, 4:10 PM
>
>
> Hey guys,
>
> Here is a list of hard-to-reach authors. All of these authors were
> nominated before May 24, and all of them do not have other stories
> they've begun work on.
>
> ************ ********* ******
>
> Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14 May 2008
>
> PeppyPower (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #326: "Not Speak or Whisper" nominated by: Calenlass Greenleaf on 11 May
> 2008
>
> Queen Galadriel (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
> #402: "Call of the Dream" nominated by: Dreamflower on 18 May 2008
>
> Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on 05
> May 2008
>
> Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
> #343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008
>
> Willow-wode (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #132: "Rites of Passage" nominated by: PipMer on 04 May 2008
>
> ************ ********* ******
>
> I hope that we can reach these authors so they can compete. However, it
> has to be said - you guys have done a really awesome job tracking down
> hard-to-reach authors.
>
> REMEMBER:
>
> --- you may nominate a piece until 11:59 PM GMT on June 15.
> --- authors must finalize a nomination by 11:59 PM GMT on June 21, or it
> will not be able to compete.
>
> (For the official time go to any MEFA2008 website. The time that page
> was loaded at will be displayed in the lower left corner, beside "Page
> Served At: ".)
>
> Marta
>
>
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>
>
>

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Msg# 8921

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by Berni Crumb June 01, 2008 - 17:24:24 Topic ID# 8845
Marta,

I need the log in and password for the banner site, please! :)

Thanks!
Berni Crumb
(MEFA name: Rhyselle)

On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 1:13 AM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Alassante,
>
> The reason you can't download it is because you need to be logged in to
> the banner website. (And it requires a special log in - not what you use
> for the rest of the MEFA website.) I have set up a username/password for
> all of the MEFA nominees, which I have encouraged liaisons to give their
> authors on request.
>
> I'll email you the password privately. (We password-protect it so not
> just anyone can download banners - only the people who are actually
> nominated.) If any other nominated author would like to download
> banners, let me know.
>
> Marta
>
> alassante7 wrote:
> >
> >
> > Am I the only one having problems downloading the banners and icons
> > for 2008? The download option doesn't appear to be available.
> >
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


--
Vorondavë ar linalmië,
Rhyselle

Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative
mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and
likeness of a Maker. -- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1939


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 8922

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 01, 2008 - 18:58:58 Topic ID# 8845
Hi Berni,

I have sent you the log in information privately. Let me know if it
doesn't come through!

Marta

Berni Crumb wrote:
>
>
> Marta,
>
> I need the log in and password for the banner site, please! :)
>
> Thanks!
> Berni Crumb
> (MEFA name: Rhyselle)
>

Msg# 8923

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by Berni Crumb June 01, 2008 - 21:18:17 Topic ID# 8845
Thanks, Marta! I got it!

Berni

On Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 7:57 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Berni,
>
> I have sent you the log in information privately. Let me know if it
> doesn't come through!
>
> Marta
>
> Berni Crumb wrote:
> >
> >
> > Marta,
> >
> > I need the log in and password for the banner site, please! :)
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Berni Crumb
> > (MEFA name: Rhyselle)
> >
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


--
Vorondavë ar linalmië,
Rhyselle

Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative
mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and
likeness of a Maker. -- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1939


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 8924

MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by aure\_enteluva June 04, 2008 - 13:56:18 Topic ID# 8924
Hey guys,

As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.

The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
this will quickly become a non-issue – perhaps even before some of you
read this message.

In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
archived at SOA.

VOTERS:

If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.

The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.

NOMINATORS:

I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
posted anywhere else, please email me at
mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
to nominate it before June 15 – less than two weeks from now.

Remember, eligible URLs:

--- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
--- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
is posted on more than one page

AUTHORS:

If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
please send the following information to
mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:

--- story ID # (if known)
--- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
--- new URL.

Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.

Thanks,

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 8925

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell June 04, 2008 - 14:04:21 Topic ID# 8924
Regarding SoA--Nilmandra is trying alternate access addresses to the
Stories of Arda website, and has two of them up. If the hacker
continues causing problems then they will be able hopefully to use one
of the two alternate addresses currently being tested, and it would
take but a global find-and-replace to the database to get the links
fixed. I tried both alternate addresses, and both worked.

Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

I mourn for this nation.

Msg# 8926

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by Lily Hawker-Yates June 04, 2008 - 14:34:07 Topic ID# 8924
Same for me....but it's terrible the amount of work it's causing people *tsk* hacking is so silly, I can't imagine why you'd be selfish enough to do it.....
 
Marta, I replied to you on another email!
 
Lily



"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."
 
             William Butler Yeats
 
 
'For every evil that rises, we are given ways to fight it. Or... in the absence of a fight, we are given each other to weather it. We're a bunch of survivors here, that's what we are. Not quite victorious, but then again, there hadn't really been a war. And yet we were fighting something... maybe ourselves, and the alone-ness that permeated each of us before we somehow found each other, ultimately found ourselves.' - Elrohir, For Every Evil




--- On Wed, 4/6/08, Bonnie L. Sherrell <blslarner@olypen.com> wrote:

From: Bonnie L. Sherrell <blslarner@olypen.com>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com
To: "MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com" <MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, 4 June, 2008, 8:01 PM






Regarding SoA--Nilmandra is trying alternate access addresses to the
Stories of Arda website, and has two of them up. If the hacker
continues causing problems then they will be able hopefully to use one
of the two alternate addresses currently being tested, and it would
take but a global find-and-replace to the database to get the links
fixed. I tried both alternate addresses, and both worked.

Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

I mourn for this nation.
















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Msg# 8927

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by Monica June 04, 2008 - 15:50:39 Topic ID# 8924
Thanks for the update, Marta. I had no idea why I couldn't get onto
SoA today.
If we want to replace the URL in our nominated stories, can we do it
ourselves or do you have to do it? I'd love to save you the trouble if
I can, but since I've submitted my nomination forms already, I don't
know if I can alter them.

thanks,
docmon

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "aure_enteluva" <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
> been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
> and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.
>
> The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
> deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
> our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
> site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
> administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
> hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
> this will quickly become a non-issue � perhaps even before some of you
> read this message.
>
> In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
> for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
> archived at SOA.
>
> VOTERS:
>
> If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
> website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
> is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
> error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
> This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
> be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
> problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
> possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.
>
> The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
> come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
> website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
> put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
> easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
> elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.
>
> NOMINATORS:
>
> I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
> story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
> up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
> another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
> posted anywhere else, please email me at
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
> so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
> to nominate it before June 15 � less than two weeks from now.
>
> Remember, eligible URLs:
>
> --- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
> --- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
> is posted on more than one page
>
> AUTHORS:
>
> If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
> someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
> it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
> please send the following information to
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:
>
> --- story ID # (if known)
> --- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
> --- new URL.
>
> Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
> will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
> Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
> you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>

Msg# 8928

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 04, 2008 - 16:05:29 Topic ID# 8924
Hi, Marta...

it looks like the website is intact, but they had to change the address of the site. The site still looks the same and everything, just a different URL to get there.

I guess that means changing all our URL's at MEFA, right?

-------------- Original message --------------
From: "aure_enteluva" <melayton@gmail.com>
Hey guys,

As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.

The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
this will quickly become a non-issue ı perhaps even before some of you
read this message.

In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
archived at SOA.

VOTERS:

If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.

The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.

NOMINATORS:

I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
posted anywhere else, please email me at
mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
to nominate it before June 15 ı less than two weeks from now.

Remember, eligible URLs:

--- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
--- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
is posted on more than one page

AUTHORS:

If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
please send the following information to
mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:

--- story ID # (if known)
--- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
--- new URL.

Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.

Thanks,

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)




[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 8929

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by Barbara Rich June 04, 2008 - 16:21:42 Topic ID# 8924
Here's the info from the email that Nilmandra just posted at the SoA group:

[*The site may be accessed by going to

**http://storiesofarda.com* <http://storiesofarda.com/>*

or

**http://stories.storiesofarda.com* <http://stories.storiesofarda.com/>
*

Same site, same database, just a slightly different address. You may post
stories, reviews etc without worrying about them disappearing. For now,
update your links for SoA to one of those addresses. The usual home page (*
*http://www.storiesofarda.com* <http://www.storiesofarda.com/>*) will stay
pointing to a dead IP until we decide what to do or if this new address is
our permanent solution. Feel free to let other readers and authors know
how to access the site. As many of you know, I have been quite sick and I
just don't have the patience or energy to deal with updating search engines
and all the other stuff we'd have to do right now. So word of mouth will be
needed to let people know how to access the site for now.

Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us.

If you get an error message, let me know. A lot of very tight code to
prevent hacking has been added recently that could get you a 'You cannot
Pass!' error, and it is possible there might be hard coded pages looking for
the www in the address, which will give you a dead page. Send me a private
email, please, with a screen shot or all the detail you can provide about
what error you received. Screen shots are best, make sure we can see the
URL.

Thanks
Nilmandra]
*
*

* On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 4:05 PM, <debnear@comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi, Marta...
>
> it looks like the website is intact, but they had to change the address of
> the site. The site still looks the same and everything, just a different
> URL to get there.
>
> I guess that means changing all our URL's at MEFA, right?
>
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "aure_enteluva" <melayton@gmail.com>
> Hey guys,
>
> As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
> been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
> and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.
>
> The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
> deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
> our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
> site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
> administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
> hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
> this will quickly become a non-issue ı perhaps even before some of you
> read this message.
>
> In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
> for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
> archived at SOA.
>
> VOTERS:
>
> If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
> website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
> is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
> error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
> This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
> be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
> problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
> possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.
>
> The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
> come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
> website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
> put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
> easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
> elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.
>
> NOMINATORS:
>
> I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
> story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
> up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
> another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
> posted anywhere else, please email me at
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
> so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
> to nominate it before June 15 ı less than two weeks from now.
>
> Remember, eligible URLs:
>
> --- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
> --- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
> is posted on more than one page
>
> AUTHORS:
>
> If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
> someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
> it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
> please send the following information to
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:
>
> --- story ID # (if known)
> --- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
> --- new URL.
>
> Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
> will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
> Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
> you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


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Msg# 8930

Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by Barbara Rich June 04, 2008 - 16:22:43 Topic ID# 8930
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nilmandra <Nilmandra@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 2:59 PM
Subject: [stories_of_arda] Update on the SoA site
To: stories_of_arda@yahoogroups.com


The site may be accessed by going to

http://storiesofarda.com

or

http://stories.storiesofarda.com


Same site, same database, just a slightly different address. You may post
stories, reviews etc without worrying about them disappearing. For
now, update your links for SoA to one of those addresses. The usual home
page (http://www.storiesofarda.com) will stay pointing to a dead IP until we
decide what to do or if this new address is our permanent solution. Feel
free to let other readers and authors know how to access the site. As many
of you know, I have been quite sick and I just don't have the patience or
energy to deal with updating search engines and all the other stuff we'd
have to do right now. So word of mouth will be needed to let people know
how to access the site for now.

Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us.

If you get an error message, let me know. A lot of very tight code to
prevent hacking has been added recently that could get you a 'You cannot
Pass!' error, and it is possible there might be hard coded pages looking for
the www in the address, which will give you a dead page. Send me a private
email, please, with a screen shot or all the detail you can provide about
what error you received. Screen shots are best, make sure we can see the
URL.

Thanks
Nilmandra






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Msg# 8931

Re: Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by spacellamaprincess June 04, 2008 - 16:32:43 Topic ID# 8930
I just tried to review a MEFA-nominated story that is posted on SoA.
At first, the link took me to a dead page, as Marta mentioned might
happen, but, having read Nilmandra's message about the alternate URLs,
I just went up to the URL and deleted "www" and I immediately got to
the story.

I suppose that if SoA isn't fully operational in a few days, somebody
will have to update all those MEFA links, but until then (and
hopefully it won't come to that!), reviewers can still get to stories.

viv

Msg# 8932

Re: Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 04, 2008 - 16:54:14 Topic ID# 8930
Hi Barbara,

Thanks for posting this so everyone is up-to-date.

I have emailed with Nilmandra, and she has suggested we wait a day or
two until things get more settled there before we make changes to our
own site, but we'll correct all the URLs at the MEFA site in a day or
two (as soon as I get the green light from Nilmandra).

In the meantime, if you'd like to review a story at SOA, you should be
able to review it by changing the "http://www.storiesofarda.com" part of
the link to one of the options mentioned below.

And if you'd like to nominate a story at SOA, you should be able to use
one of the SOA addresses Dreamflower gives below.

Marta

Barbara Rich wrote:
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Nilmandra <Nilmandra@comcast.net <mailto:Nilmandra%40comcast.net>>
> Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 2:59 PM
> Subject: [stories_of_arda] Update on the SoA site
> To: stories_of_arda@yahoogroups.com
> <mailto:stories_of_arda%40yahoogroups.com>
>
> The site may be accessed by going to
>
> http://storiesofarda.com <http://storiesofarda.com>
>
> or
>
> http://stories.storiesofarda.com <http://stories.storiesofarda.com>
>
> Same site, same database, just a slightly different address. You may post
> stories, reviews etc without worrying about them disappearing. For
> now, update your links for SoA to one of those addresses. The usual home
> page (http://www.storiesofarda.com <http://www.storiesofarda.com>) will
> stay pointing to a dead IP until we
> decide what to do or if this new address is our permanent solution. Feel
> free to let other readers and authors know how to access the site. As many
> of you know, I have been quite sick and I just don't have the patience or
> energy to deal with updating search engines and all the other stuff we'd
> have to do right now. So word of mouth will be needed to let people know
> how to access the site for now.
>

[snip]

Msg# 8933

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 04, 2008 - 17:08:14 Topic ID# 8924
Hi PipMer,

I'm very glad that the SOA website looks like it is still intact. Quite
aside from MEFA concerns, the SOA is a great site and I'd hate to see
anything happening to it.

Yes, the links will need to be changed - but I have just been informed
by Tanaqui that she can change all the URLs pretty easily. It's kind of
like doing a "replace all" in your word processor, where you tell it to
replace every place a certain string of characters appears with another
string of characters.

So we'll (by which I mean she'll *g*) be able to fix this. You guys
shouldn't have to do anything. Huzzah for talented volunteers!

Marta

debnear@comcast.net wrote:
> Hi, Marta...
>
> it looks like the website is intact, but they had to change the address of the site. The site still looks the same and everything, just a different URL to get there.
>
> I guess that means changing all our URL's at MEFA, right?
>

Msg# 8934

Re: Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 04, 2008 - 17:15:48 Topic ID# 8930
Hi Viv,

Nilmandra and her team have been just wonderful through this whole
incident. They've worked quickly and professionally and put together a
solution in great time. And an easy one - like you say, just trim the
"www" from the URL.

Tanaqui also informs me that she can change the MEFA links easily, too,
so I think she'll be handling that.

Btw, our team has been great, too. Several of our liaisons have been
keeping me up to date on what's happening with SOA and have proposed
solutions and responded quickly to my suggestions. And of course Tanaqui
has come up with some easy ways to fix the situation.

Really, I've been very impressed with both SOA and MEFA volunteers (and
everyone here as well) throughout this whole thing. We have a week and
change left before nominations close. If people had panicked or just not
replied as quickly, we may have had to extend nominations, which would
have made things much more difficult. Thanks, everyone, for keeping a
level head.

Marta

spacellamaprincess wrote:
>
>
> I just tried to review a MEFA-nominated story that is posted on SoA.
> At first, the link took me to a dead page, as Marta mentioned might
> happen, but, having read Nilmandra's message about the alternate URLs,
> I just went up to the URL and deleted "www" and I immediately got to
> the story.
>
> I suppose that if SoA isn't fully operational in a few days, somebody
> will have to update all those MEFA links, but until then (and
> hopefully it won't come to that!), reviewers can still get to stories.
>
> viv
>

Msg# 8935

Re: Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by elliska67 June 04, 2008 - 18:59:17 Topic ID# 8930
And just as a point of clarification, because people get worried about
the term 'hacked' this is something else Nilmandra has posted:

"Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us."

So the SoA site has been hacked--and the changes that have been made
are one of many ways the site is being protected at the moment. An
inconvenience for MEFA links, but a necessary one.

Just so no one worries.

Msg# 8936

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 04, 2008 - 20:16:33 Topic ID# 8924
VERY glad this is taken care of... the culprits should be put in jail.

What a sad state we live in...............

Thanks Marta for letting us know and to our support staff for making the
transition of stories there so easy!

Blessings,
Agape

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 5:21 PM, Barbara Rich <aelfwina@gmail.com> wrote:

> Here's the info from the email that Nilmandra just posted at the SoA group:
>
> [*The site may be accessed by going to
>
> **http://storiesofarda.com* <http://storiesofarda.com/>*
>
> or
>
> **http://stories.storiesofarda.com* <http://stories.storiesofarda.com/>
> *
>
> Same site, same database, just a slightly different address. You may post
> stories, reviews etc without worrying about them disappearing. For now,
> update your links for SoA to one of those addresses. The usual home page
> (*
> *http://www.storiesofarda.com* <http://www.storiesofarda.com/>*) will stay
> pointing to a dead IP until we decide what to do or if this new address is
> our permanent solution. Feel free to let other readers and authors know
> how to access the site. As many of you know, I have been quite sick and I
> just don't have the patience or energy to deal with updating search engines
> and all the other stuff we'd have to do right now. So word of mouth will
> be
> needed to let people know how to access the site for now.
>
> Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
> UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us.
>
> If you get an error message, let me know. A lot of very tight code to
> prevent hacking has been added recently that could get you a 'You cannot
> Pass!' error, and it is possible there might be hard coded pages looking
> for
> the www in the address, which will give you a dead page. Send me a
> private
> email, please, with a screen shot or all the detail you can provide about
> what error you received. Screen shots are best, make sure we can see the
> URL.
>
> Thanks
> Nilmandra]
> *
> *
>
> * On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 4:05 PM, <debnear@comcast.net> wrote:
>
> > Hi, Marta...
> >
> > it looks like the website is intact, but they had to change the address
> of
> > the site. The site still looks the same and everything, just a different
> > URL to get there.
> >
> > I guess that means changing all our URL's at MEFA, right?
> >
> > -------------- Original message --------------
> > From: "aure_enteluva" <melayton@gmail.com>
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
> > been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
> > and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.
> >
> > The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
> > deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
> > our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
> > site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
> > administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
> > hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
> > this will quickly become a non-issue ı perhaps even before some of you
> > read this message.
> >
> > In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
> > for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
> > archived at SOA.
> >
> > VOTERS:
> >
> > If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
> > website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
> > is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
> > error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
> > This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
> > be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
> > problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
> > possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.
> >
> > The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
> > come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
> > website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
> > put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
> > easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
> > elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.
> >
> > NOMINATORS:
> >
> > I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
> > story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
> > up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
> > another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
> > posted anywhere else, please email me at
> > mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
> > so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
> > to nominate it before June 15 ı less than two weeks from now.
> >
> > Remember, eligible URLs:
> >
> > --- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
> > --- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
> > is posted on more than one page
> >
> > AUTHORS:
> >
> > If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
> > someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
> > it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
> > please send the following information to
> > mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:
> >
> > --- story ID # (if known)
> > --- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
> > --- new URL.
> >
> > Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
> > will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
> > Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
> > you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Marta
> > (MEFA Admin.)
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


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Msg# 8937

Re: Fwd: [stories\_of\_arda] Update on the SoA site Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 04, 2008 - 20:21:44 Topic ID# 8930
Hi Elliska,

Thanks for clearing that up - it's a good point to remember, definitely.

Marta

elliska67 wrote:
>
>
> And just as a point of clarification, because people get worried about
> the term 'hacked' this is something else Nilmandra has posted:
>
> "Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
> UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us."
>
> So the SoA site has been hacked--and the changes that have been made
> are one of many ways the site is being protected at the moment. An
> inconvenience for MEFA links, but a necessary one.
>
> Just so no one worries.
>

Msg# 8938

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 04, 2008 - 20:23:57 Topic ID# 8924
Hi Docmon,

> Thanks for the update, Marta. I had no idea why I couldn't get onto
> SoA today.
> If we want to replace the URL in our nominated stories, can we do it
> ourselves or do you have to do it? I'd love to save you the trouble if
> I can, but since I've submitted my nomination forms already, I don't
> know if I can alter them.
>

It really depends on the "stage" of completion of the story. If you can
still edit the story form you filled out about your nomination, you
can go in and change the form yourself. Just replace the "Story URL"
with whatever you want the website to point to.

However, there comes a point where authors can't edit those forms
anymore. I think it's when they select "Author satisfied with form" as
the status of their nomination. If you can't edit the links, then your
liaison or me myself can edit the information for you.

Marta

Msg# 8939

Re: MEFA nominations hosted at StoriesofArda.com Posted by KAT702H@aol.com June 05, 2008 - 15:44:38 Topic ID# 8924
Thanks to all for your hard work in getting SOA back. I can't believe
someone would do something so despicable, but I know they do. It's a real shame
people don't have better things to do with their time.

TariElfLady


In a message dated 6/4/2008 5:22:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
aelfwina@gmail.com writes:

Here's the info from the email that Nilmandra just posted at the SoA group:

[*The site may be accessed by going to

**http://storiesofarda.com* <http://storiesofarda.com/>*

or

**http://stories.storiesofarda.com* <http://stories.storiesofarda.com/>
*

Same site, same database, just a slightly different address. You may post
stories, reviews etc without worrying about them disappearing. For now,
update your links for SoA to one of those addresses. The usual home page (*
*http://www.storiesofarda.com* <http://www.storiesofarda.com/>*) will stay
pointing to a dead IP until we decide what to do or if this new address is
our permanent solution. Feel free to let other readers and authors know
how to access the site. As many of you know, I have been quite sick and I
just don't have the patience or energy to deal with updating search engines
and all the other stuff we'd have to do right now. So word of mouth will be
needed to let people know how to access the site for now.

Just FYI - the site has been under attack, but they have been 100%
UN-successful. They're just annoying the heck out of us.

If you get an error message, let me know. A lot of very tight code to
prevent hacking has been added recently that could get you a 'You cannot
Pass!' error, and it is possible there might be hard coded pages looking for
the www in the address, which will give you a dead page. Send me a private
email, please, with a screen shot or all the detail you can provide about
what error you received. Screen shots are best, make sure we can see the
URL.

Thanks
Nilmandra]
*
*

* On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 4:05 PM, <debnear@comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi, Marta...
>
> it looks like the website is intact, but they had to change the address of
> the site. The site still looks the same and everything, just a different
> URL to get there.
>
> I guess that means changing all our URL's at MEFA, right?
>
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "aure_enteluva" <melayton@gmail.com>
> Hey guys,
>
> As some of you may have already heard, the StoriesofArda website has
> been hit by hackers. Our thoughts (and gratitude!) are with Nilmandra
> and the other SOA admins as they deal with this attack.
>
> The other MEFA volunteers and myself have been discussing how best to
> deal with this situation, from the MEFA perspective. Obviously many of
> our nominations are hosted at StoriesofArda; it's a large and popular
> site! The StoriesofArda website has been taken down while that site's
> administrators deal with the situation. I know that they're working
> hard to get the site back up as quickly as possible, and hope that
> this will quickly become a non-issue  perhaps even before some of you
> read this message.
>
> In the mean time, this may affect those of you already voting (good
> for you!), and also those of you who'd like to nominate stories
> archived at SOA.
>
> VOTERS:
>
> If you click on a link to a story posted at StoriesofArda, the MEFA
> website will treat this like any other link; but since the SOA website
> is down, the website won't be able to display the story. You'll get an
> error message saying the site is unavailable or something like that.
> This really isn't a situation the MEFAs can fix, so it doesn't need to
> be reported to our technical support people. SOA knows about the
> problem and they're doing everything they can to fix it as soon as
> possible, so you don't need to report it to them either.
>
> The best solution here is patience. If this happens to you, you can
> come back in a few days and read it at SOA then, when hopefully that
> website will be back up. Remember, the wish list is your friend! Just
> put the story on your wish list and you'll be able to find it more
> easily later. Alternately, if you know where the story is posted
> elsewhere, you can read it there and review that story.
>
> NOMINATORS:
>
> I know that you guys are facing a deadline and may want to nominate a
> story posted at SOA by our June 15 deadline. I hope SOA will be back
> up in a few days. In the mean time, you can nominate the story using
> another eligible URL where the story is posted. If the story is not
> posted anywhere else, please email me at
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss the situation. But do
> so ASAP, as we'll need to get things straightened out in time for you
> to nominate it before June 15  less than two weeks from now.
>
> Remember, eligible URLs:
>
> --- do not require you to log in in order to read the story
> --- provide a clear way to get from one page to the other if the story
> is posted on more than one page
>
> AUTHORS:
>
> If you would like, you can change the URL our website points to when
> someone wants to read your piece, we can do that. We can even change
> it back to SOA when that website is up. If you'd like to do that,
> please send the following information to
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net:
>
> --- story ID # (if known)
> --- your name and story title (if ID # not known)
> --- new URL.
>
> Please don't include any other information; I don't need it, and it
> will make it more difficult for me to find the information I do need.
> Just make a list of this information, and I'll make the changes for
> you, and will notify you when the changes have been made.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


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Msg# 8941

Re: Missing Authors Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 16:36:37 Topic ID# 8941
Hiya Nancy,

When you say they disappeared do you mean they are no longer displaying
on the website, or that you haven't heard from them in a while?

I know Meril and can give her a poke if you like. I don't know AprilKat
but will mention her on my hard-to-find list tomorrow.

Marta

Nancy Brooke wrote:
>
>
> I have two Authors that seem to have disappeared: AprilKat and Meril.
>
> I got initial acceptance responses from AprilKat, and then nothing,
> while Meril completed one nomination, and began the form on another two.
>
> I last heard from Meril 5/28, and Aprilkat 5/26 to no response. Any
> idea what to do next?
>

Msg# 8942

ADMIN - Categories and SubCategories Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 18:21:04 Topic ID# 8942
Hey guys,

[Sorry this is a day late; I completely forgot to do my weekly
educational post yesterday.]

This week I want to talk about one of the topics that tends to confuse
people the most: how we sort stories into categories and subcategories.
With many awards programs stories are nominated specifically for some
grouping - Best Vignette, Best Slash, Best Ft. Aragorn, whatever. The
person nominating the story nominates it for one of these categories,
and then the nominated stories receive votes and are ranked within those
categories.

That's not quite how it works with the MEFAs. The nominator only tells
us the title, author, and a link where the story can be found. The
author supplies all the rest of the information. You're not telling us
that this is one of the best stories of a certain type, but rather that
it's one of the best story (period!) that you've read, at least since
the last year's awards.

The author then provides the information we use to sort the nominations
into manageable categories and subcategories. They give us three
important pieces of information:

1. Three main category choices.

2. The "type" of the story - that it's either a fixed-length ficlet;
poem; work-in-progress; or full-length, finished story.

3. Some basic information about the story that we can use to divide
larger categories into sub-categories: the characters involved, the
story's setting, pertinent canonical events/time periods, and any
sub-genres it fits.

Now, you may be wondering how we take these three pieces of information
and use it to assign stories to categories and subcategories. We start
by placing each piece into its first-choice main category. We then
divide each main category into the four types mentioned above: story,
FLF, WIP, and poetry. We look to see if there are enough pieces of each
type in a certain main category for those stories to compete together in
that main category.

If there are enough pieces, we have a sub-category. For instance, if
there are seven WIPs who all chose "Races: Men" as their first category
choice, then they'll compete in the subcategory "Races: Men:
Incomplete." If there *aren't* enough pieces for that subcategory to be
big enough (in MEFA terminology: viable), then we'll look at moving
stories around.

If there are nearly enough pieces, we may move pieces into that category
to try to make the subcategory viable. If there's only one or two pieces
of a certain type in a main category at this point, we'll likely move
them to their second or third choice category.

Maybe an example will make things clearer. Say that instead of the seven
WIPs with Men as their first-choice category, there were only four.
That's not quite enough for a viable "Races: Men: Incomplete"
subcategory, but it's enough to make me think that we could maybe make
the subcategory work with a little elbow grease. At this point I would
look for other main categories that either had a lot of
works-in-progress, or had so few I knew it would be nearly impossible to
set up an "Incomplete" subcategory for that category. I'd look to see if
any of those nominations had "Races: Men" as a second choice, and if so,
I'd move them into the "Races: Men" category. That way I could collect
enough stories so we could have a "Races: Men: Incomplete" subcategory.

Eventually we would sort things so that each nomination was in one of
its three category choices where there were enough other pieces of the
same type so that that could compete together. In other words, each
nomination is in a subcategory that's not too small. But some of them
may be too big! Last year there were twenty-nine fixed-length ficlets
that ended up in the "Races: Men" main category, and only nine in
"Races: Hobbits." This is probably just because there happened to be
more Men FLF than Hobbits FLF nominated that year. Or maybe authors of
hobbit-centric FLF chose other main categories as their first choice,
like Genres: Humor or Times: Late Third Age. For whatever reason, there
were over three times as many fixed-length ficlets in Races: Men than
there were in Races: Hobbits. Which means that (if we'd let this
situation stand) there would have been a lot fiercer competition in
Races: Men than there were in Races: Hobbits.

This is where that third type of information I mentioned earlier comes
in: the characters, settings, and so on. If there are a lot of
nominations of a certain story type (FLF, story, WIP, or poetry) in the
same main category, we'll divide them up based on character. Or
subgenre, or setting, or something along those lines. This means that
for each story type, some main categories will only have one main
category, where all of the (for instance) WIPs in that main category
compete together. But sometimes there will be enough that there will be
more than one subcategory for the same type of story, and we'll use some
other factor to divy up the stories. In the Races: Men example, they
were split into Gondor Drabbles, General Drabbles, and Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets (for longer FLFs and FLF series). By doing this, we
were able to come up with some subcategories for those Races: Men
fixed-length ficlets that were about the same size as the sub-category
in Races: Hobbits, even though there were a lot more FLFs in the Races:
Men main category than in the Races: Hobbits one.

So... that's how categories and subcategories work. If you have any
questions now's a good time to ask them!

PS - For "extra reading," here are some good FAQs to check out:

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQcategories

1. "What are main categories?"
3. "What main categories are available?"
7. "Can my story be moved to a different subcategory?"
8. "Do you give awards for winners of a whole main category?"



Marta
(MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 8943

NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 18:57:46 Topic ID# 8943
Hey guys,

Tanaqui has just posted to new FAQs that I want everyone to look at. One
is about a new feature that will be available in a few weeks, and
another is about a MEFA rule people tend to forget about.

A few comments about these FAQs....

**********************

"Someone left me a review, and I'd like to reply to it. How do I do this?"

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvoting&lang=english#vot_20

This FAQ relates to a new feature that will be available in a few weeks,
when votes start showing up. Due to popular demand, we're going to give
authors a way to reply to their reviews this year.

(Please note, this function isn't available yet as reviews won't be
displayed for a few more weeks; I'm just telling you about it now so
you're prepared.)

Authors, when you are logged in, you will see a link beside your reviews
to "Reply to Reviewer." Clicking that link will open up a pop-up window
that will give you instructions how to reply to reviews. Essentially you
will write up a review and email it to me (using a special subject line
the site generates for you so I know exactly where to send it). I'll
skim the review to make sure it's not a spam or a flame, and if
everything's kosher I'll forward it on to the reviewer.

When you do this the reviewer will get your email address, so they can
reply back (if they choose to do so). I won't tell you a reviewer's
email address because I take member privacy seriously, but if they
choose to reply back, obviously you'll get their email address from them.

I hope you find this feature useful.

********************

"Can I encourage people to vote for a specific story?"

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvoting&lang=english#vot_19

It is natural when you are first nominated to want to tell people. This
is fine. However, to keep the awards fair, it is against the rules to
actually ask people to vote for you - what we call vote solicitation. If
you ask current members to vote for a story (yours or someone else's),
or if you ask people to join the awards specifically to vote for a
certain story, that's vote solicitation.

The first time this happens we'll give you a warning. It really is
tempting to do, and you may not even be aware of the rule when you first
join the awards. If you're contacted by a MEFA volunteer asking you to
remove a comment, please do so.

There are penalties if you continue to do this, or if you refuse to take
down an inappropriate comment when asked to do so. These include having
your story withdrawn and/or losing your voting/nominating privileges. If
you're unsure of whether a comment would be crossing the line, feel free
to email mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss it.

***************************

If you have questions about either of these issues, please let me know.

Marta

Msg# 8944

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com June 06, 2008 - 19:03:37 Topic ID# 8943
In a message dated 6/6/2008 6:58:01 PM Eastern Standard Time,
melayton@gmail.com writes:

There are penalties if you continue to do this, or if you refuse to take
down an inappropriate comment when asked to do so. These include having
your story withdrawn and/or losing your voting/nominating privileges. If
you're unsure of whether a comment would be crossing the line, feel free
to email mefasupport(to email meto email mefasupport(
I am just curious as to how that differs from posting those Nomination
Banners?

I do understand that recommending fics on one's website is a no-no (although
I wish it were not, since I'm big on expressing my opinion. As everyone who
knows me knows.) But putting a big splashy banner on all one's nominated
stories seems to be a plea for a vote at least the same or more so to me (except
you can only recommend your own that way and not those of others).








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Msg# 8945

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 19:11:39 Topic ID# 8943
Hi Oshun,

That's actually a good question; I'm glad you asked.

A banner (or just telling people that you've been nominated) is kind of
like a personal squee. It's an author being excited --and rightly so--
that they've been nominated. It may draw attention to a story, but it
doesn't actually tell people to go vote for it. And there's the difference.

Actually asking people to go vote for you... that feels more coercive
somehow. Even if the author doesn't intend it that way (and I'm sure
most don't), it asks the author's friends to go vote for a particular
story. It's a bit of a fine line, I know. But one is just an author
being proud that she's been nominated, the other is actually asking
people to go vote for you or for a specific someone else's stories.

The bottom line?


* Saying you've been nominated = good.
* Congratulating other nominated authors = good.
* Telling people to go vote for those stories = bad.

Marta


> I am just curious as to how that differs from posting those Nomination
> Banners?
>
> I do understand that recommending fics on one's website is a no-no
> (although
> I wish it were not, since I'm big on expressing my opinion. As everyone who
> knows me knows.) But putting a big splashy banner on all one's nominated
> stories seems to be a plea for a vote at least the same or more so to me
> (except
> you can only recommend your own that way and not those of others).
>

Msg# 8946

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com June 06, 2008 - 19:24:29 Topic ID# 8943
In a message dated 6/6/2008 7:11:49 PM Eastern Standard Time,
melayton@gmail.com writes:

* Saying you've been nominated = good.
* Congratulating other nominated authors = good.
* Telling people to go vote for those stories = bad.



OK. Well, at least the rules are clear. I guess the motivation seems murky
or grey to me. But nevermind! LOL It's not like any of us can take out an ad in
the New York Times or threaten anyone!



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Msg# 8947

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 19:36:29 Topic ID# 8943
Hi Oshun,

After I sent my last email I thought of something else. You say that
"recommending fics on one's website is a no-no" - which may be where
some of the confusion comes in.

Not every recommendation you write up would be against the rules. You
know that I fairly regularly write up fic recommendations in my blog. It
also shouldn't surprise you that most of my fanfic reading during the
half-year or so that the MEFAs are going on is devoted to stories
nominated in the MEFAs. (Not all, but most.) So it shouldn't surprise
you that many of the stories I rec in my blog happen to be nominated in
that year's MEFAs - not because I'm trying to get them more votes, but
because I (like you) like to share my opinion, and because those are the
stories I'm doing the most time reading.

I'm careful not to suggest that people run over and vote for those
stories. I don't even mention that they're in the MEFAs. (And not every
story I rec is a MEFA story, since I *do* make time for some non-MEFA
reading.) I actually discussed with the volunteers whether it was okay
to do this because I wanted to make sure I wasn't breaking the rule
without meaning to. And the decision was pretty much unanimous: as long
as I didn't ask people to vote for the stories, it wasn't vote
solicitation. Ergo, it was fine for me to write those reviews.

Remember what I said earlier:

"* Telling people to go vote for those stories = bad."

If you aren't asking anyone to go vote for a specific story, you're
probably okay. If you want to be sure, I'm happy to look at whatever
you'd like to post and tell you if it's okay or not. But really, so long
as you stay away from asking for votes, it's probably not vote solicitation.

So go ahead and share your opinion! I don't want to suck the fun out of
the awards - I just want to keep them as fair as possible, while letting
people get excited at the same time.

Marta
heartofoshun@aol.com wrote:
>
>
> I do understand that recommending fics on one's website is a no-no
> (although
> I wish it were not, since I'm big on expressing my opinion. As everyone who
> knows me knows.) But putting a big splashy banner on all one's nominated
> stories seems to be a plea for a vote at least the same or more so to me
> (except
> you can only recommend your own that way and not those of others).
>

Msg# 8948

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com June 06, 2008 - 19:40:12 Topic ID# 8943
In a message dated 6/6/2008 7:36:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
melayton@gmail.com writes:

"recommending fics on one's website is a no-no" - which may be where
some of the confusion comes in.



That definitely was a confusion for me. I thought I could only do that in
the off-season and was planning on trying to put up some recs of my current
newly-discovered favorites before the nominations started and I missed my
personal deadline.



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Msg# 8949

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 19:44:29 Topic ID# 8943
heartofoshun@aol.com wrote:
>
>
>
> In a message dated 6/6/2008 7:36:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> melayton@gmail.com <mailto:melayton%40gmail.com> writes:
>
> "recommending fics on one's website is a no-no" - which may be where
> some of the confusion comes in.
>
> That definitely was a confusion for me. I thought I could only do that in
> the off-season and was planning on trying to put up some recs of my current
> newly-discovered favorites before the nominations started and I missed my
> personal deadline.
>

Sorry you were confused! Just to be clear: as long as you don't actually
tell people to go vote in the MEFAs for those stories, you should be
fine to rec them. Go spread the joy, whenever you get around to it.

Marta

Msg# 8950

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com June 06, 2008 - 19:46:27 Topic ID# 8943
In a message dated 6/6/2008 7:44:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
melayton@gmail.com writes:

Go spread the joy, whenever you get around to it.




LOL. Exactly: whenever I get around to it! I only had half a year already.
But thanks for the explanation. Now if I don't get around to it, I have nobody
to blame but myself.



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Msg# 8951

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 06, 2008 - 21:43:35 Topic ID# 8943
I have a question relating to the recent episode at Stories of Arda.

I see that the links to this year's nominated stories have all been replaced... kudos to whoever did that, and so quickly! My question is... what about the archived stories? Is there a way for them to be replaced as well?

Thank you!

-------------- Original message --------------
From: "melayton@gmail.com" <melayton@gmail.com>
Hey guys,

Tanaqui has just posted to new FAQs that I want everyone to look at. One
is about a new feature that will be available in a few weeks, and
another is about a MEFA rule people tend to forget about.

A few comments about these FAQs....

**********************

"Someone left me a review, and I'd like to reply to it. How do I do this?"

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvoting&lang=english#vot_20

This FAQ relates to a new feature that will be available in a few weeks,
when votes start showing up. Due to popular demand, we're going to give
authors a way to reply to their reviews this year.

(Please note, this function isn't available yet as reviews won't be
displayed for a few more weeks; I'm just telling you about it now so
you're prepared.)

Authors, when you are logged in, you will see a link beside your reviews
to "Reply to Reviewer." Clicking that link will open up a pop-up window
that will give you instructions how to reply to reviews. Essentially you
will write up a review and email it to me (using a special subject line
the site generates for you so I know exactly where to send it). I'll
skim the review to make sure it's not a spam or a flame, and if
everything's kosher I'll forward it on to the reviewer.

When you do this the reviewer will get your email address, so they can
reply back (if they choose to do so). I won't tell you a reviewer's
email address because I take member privacy seriously, but if they
choose to reply back, obviously you'll get their email address from them.

I hope you find this feature useful.

********************

"Can I encourage people to vote for a specific story?"

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvoting&lang=english#vot_19

It is natural when you are first nominated to want to tell people. This
is fine. However, to keep the awards fair, it is against the rules to
actually ask people to vote for you - what we call vote solicitation. If
you ask current members to vote for a story (yours or someone else's),
or if you ask people to join the awards specifically to vote for a
certain story, that's vote solicitation.

The first time this happens we'll give you a warning. It really is
tempting to do, and you may not even be aware of the rule when you first
join the awards. If you're contacted by a MEFA volunteer asking you to
remove a comment, please do so.

There are penalties if you continue to do this, or if you refuse to take
down an inappropriate comment when asked to do so. These include having
your story withdrawn and/or losing your voting/nominating privileges. If
you're unsure of whether a comment would be crossing the line, feel free
to email mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net to discuss it.

***************************

If you have questions about either of these issues, please let me know.

Marta



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Msg# 8952

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 06, 2008 - 22:02:40 Topic ID# 8943
Hiya PipMer,

That's a good suggestion. I don't think any of us thought of that, but
it would be a good change to make.

I've brought this suggestion to the attention of Tanaqui and Aranel, and
hopefully one of them will make the change in the next few days.

Marta

debnear@comcast.net wrote:
>
>
> I have a question relating to the recent episode at Stories of Arda.
>
> I see that the links to this year's nominated stories have all been
> replaced... kudos to whoever did that, and so quickly! My question is...
> what about the archived stories? Is there a way for them to be replaced
> as well?
>
> Thank you!
>

Msg# 8953

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by Monica June 06, 2008 - 22:04:47 Topic ID# 8845
Sorry to bring up this old topic again. I don't get to the group website
often!

I was wondering if the rule, or standard I should say, was still one
banner per nominee. Or can you have a banner for each story? [:)]

docmon

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Arthur Boccaccio" <namondil@...>
wrote:
>
> Silmarillion banners (for winners) we have, but I haven't had a chance
to
> upload them. They will be up by the weekend if you want to wait. If
you're
> looking for Silm banners for nominees, we can adapt one of the winners
> banners for that if you let your liaison know which one you want.
>
> Really, I think it is best if people wait until the nomination period
is
> over with before choosing an appropriate banner if they want. We're
doing
> the best we can to get things up but I'm in the middle of revision and
> testing here at my school, so time is a premium. Please be patient.
You
> still have nearly three weeks before the nomination period ends.
>
> Thanks.
> Fiondil
>
> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 12:55 PM, heartofoshun@... wrote:
>
> > Last time I checked there didn't seem to me much in the area of
> > Silmarillion
> > banners. I picked one that was a ship on the sea.
> >
> > **************Get trade secrets for amazing burgers. Watch "Cooking
with
> > Tyler Florence" on AOL Food.
> >
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> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> "What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Námo to an
> Unidentified Elven Fëa giving the Lord of Mandos grief
>
> ****
> Auta i lómë! Utúlie'n aurë! — Battle Cry of the Noldor
at the Dagor Nirnaeth
> Arnediad
>
> Aurë entuluva! — Battle Cry of Húrin at the Dagor Nirnath
Arnediad
>
> Utúlie'n Estel — Hope hath come
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>



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Msg# 8954

Re: NEW FAQs - Vote Solicitation, Replying to Reviews Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 06, 2008 - 23:17:23 Topic ID# 8943
Thanks, Marta!

I"ve been reading some of the previous years' winners, that's why I mentioned it. It's easy enough to search on SoA by title and author, but it's just convenient to be able to click on the link, of course.

-------------- Original message --------------
From: "melayton@gmail.com" <melayton@gmail.com>
Hiya PipMer,

That's a good suggestion. I don't think any of us thought of that, but
it would be a good change to make.

I've brought this suggestion to the attention of Tanaqui and Aranel, and
hopefully one of them will make the change in the next few days.

Marta

debnear@comcast.net wrote:
>
>
> I have a question relating to the recent episode at Stories of Arda.
>
> I see that the links to this year's nominated stories have all been
> replaced... kudos to whoever did that, and so quickly! My question is...
> what about the archived stories? Is there a way for them to be replaced
> as well?
>
> Thank you!
>




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Msg# 8955

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 07, 2008 - 1:16:10 Topic ID# 8845
Hi docmon,

I don't know that we "have" an official standard, but I don't see any
problem with you taking more than one banner if you have more than one
piece nominated. Help yourself!

Marta

Monica wrote:
>
>
> Sorry to bring up this old topic again. I don't get to the group website
> often!
>
> I was wondering if the rule, or standard I should say, was still one
> banner per nominee. Or can you have a banner for each story? [:)]
>
> docmon
>

Msg# 8956

Re: Missing Authors Posted by surgeon\_ruth June 07, 2008 - 9:03:06 Topic ID# 8941
Hi Marta and Nancy,

I sent AprilKat an e-mail just now. You can also try leaving people a
message at their LiveJournal (if they have one) if they've been hard
to reach - I think I included LJ contact info on the stories I
nominated.

Ruth/SurgicalSteel
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hiya Nancy,
>
> When you say they disappeared do you mean they are no longer
displaying
> on the website, or that you haven't heard from them in a while?
>
> I know Meril and can give her a poke if you like. I don't know
AprilKat
> but will mention her on my hard-to-find list tomorrow.
>
> Marta
>
> Nancy Brooke wrote:
> >
> >
> > I have two Authors that seem to have disappeared: AprilKat and
Meril.
> >
> > I got initial acceptance responses from AprilKat, and then
nothing,
> > while Meril completed one nomination, and began the form on
another two.
> >
> > I last heard from Meril 5/28, and Aprilkat 5/26 to no response.
Any
> > idea what to do next?
> >
>

Msg# 8957

Re: Missing Authors Posted by surgeon\_ruth June 07, 2008 - 13:20:12 Topic ID# 8941
Just to follow-up, I heard back from AprilKat. She's been extremely
busy, but said she was hoping to find the time to complete the forms
this weekend.

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hiya Nancy,
>
> When you say they disappeared do you mean they are no longer
displaying
> on the website, or that you haven't heard from them in a while?
>
> I know Meril and can give her a poke if you like. I don't know
AprilKat
> but will mention her on my hard-to-find list tomorrow.
>
> Marta
>
> Nancy Brooke wrote:
> >
> >
> > I have two Authors that seem to have disappeared: AprilKat and
Meril.
> >
> > I got initial acceptance responses from AprilKat, and then
nothing,
> > while Meril completed one nomination, and began the form on
another two.
> >
> > I last heard from Meril 5/28, and Aprilkat 5/26 to no response.
Any
> > idea what to do next?
> >
>

Msg# 8958

Re: Missing Authors Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 07, 2008 - 13:29:51 Topic ID# 8941
Hi Ruth,

Thanks for dropping AprilKat an email. And also, thanks for the
suggestion about LJs. I know I used them a lot when I was a liaison (I
have had to step back from that so I could focus on other things that
need doing), but different volunteers think first to try to contact
authors in different ways. I'll pass along the LJ suggestion in case she
hasn't already tried that.

Thanks,

Marta

surgeon_ruth wrote:
>
>
> Hi Marta and Nancy,
>
> I sent AprilKat an e-mail just now. You can also try leaving people a
> message at their LiveJournal (if they have one) if they've been hard
> to reach - I think I included LJ contact info on the stories I
> nominated.
>
> Ruth/SurgicalSteel

Msg# 8959

Re: Missing Authors Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 07, 2008 - 13:32:03 Topic ID# 8941
Hi Ruth,

I replied to that other email before I saw this one. Thanks for keeping
us up to date! I'll pass this along to her liaison. Have her get in
touch if she runs into problems.

Marta

surgeon_ruth wrote:
>
>
> Just to follow-up, I heard back from AprilKat. She's been extremely
> busy, but said she was hoping to find the time to complete the forms
> this weekend.
>

Msg# 8960

Re: Update to MEFA Archive Posted by Tanaqui June 07, 2008 - 15:14:00 Topic ID# 8943
Hi PipMer

> I have a question relating to the recent episode at Stories of Arda.
>
> I see that the links to this year's nominated stories have all been
> replaced... kudos to whoever did that, and so quickly! My question is...
> what about the archived stories? Is there a way for them to be replaced
> as well?

Thanks for reminding us we needed to do this!

I've now updated the links at the archive so they should point to the
stories again. Let us know if you come across anything weird.

And I'm glad to hear you're finding the archive useful. Aranel did a
wonderful job of putting it together.

Tanaqui

Msg# 8961

Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to nomi Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 07, 2008 - 20:11:55 Topic ID# 8961
Hey guys,

Here it is - the next-to-last list of hard-to-reach author
This will be our second-to-last list, as we're getting to the end of the
nomination period. Remember, you have until May 15 to nominate a story;
authors have until May 21 to accept their nominations and complete the
forms on the nomination.

The liaisons asked me to mention that they are really concerned about
reaching the following authors and are running out of ways to reach them:

Alex_quine
Arien
Karyn Milos
Le Rouret
Nea
Trilliah

If you know these members, please have them get in touch with their
liaison or mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net ASAP.

********

The following authors have had stories nominated before 01 June 2008,
that they have have not contacted their liaison about or begun the form on:

Arien (liaison: Cathleen)
#531: "Home" nominated by: Antane on 30 May 2008

Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
#519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
#520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008

Europanya (liaison: elea24)
#461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
#504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May 2008

Karyn Milos (liaison: Cathleen)
#453: "Too Deeply Hurt: Understanding Frodo's Decision to Depart"
nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
#350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14 May 2008

Le Rouret (liaison: Dreamflower)
#455: "The Green Knight and the Master of Esgaroth" nominated by:
Nieriel Raina on 24 May 2008

Nea (liaison: Cathleen)
#503: "Scars" nominated by: Nieriel Raina on 27 May 2008

Noliel (liaison: Cathleen)
#541: "Thicker Than Water" nominated by: Dawn Felagund on 31 May 2008

PeppyPower (liaison: brindlemom2)
#326: "Not Speak or Whisper" nominated by: Calenlass Greenleaf on 11 May
2008

Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on 05
May 2008

Trilliah (liaison: agape4gondor)
#463: "Hope" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
#343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008

Willow-wode (liaison: brindlemom2)
#132: "Rites of Passage" nominated by: PipMer on 04 May 2008
#462: "Caliban" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008


*****************************************************

In addition, the following authors have at least one story where they
have contacted their liaison, but have not begun the nomination form.
(Their nominations are at least two weeks old.) Some may just need more
time; others may not realize they have something more they need to do.

(Authors: if your name is on this list, it isn't a mark against you; I
just wanted to make sure you realized your nominations weren't finished.)

alex_quine (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
febobe (liaison: brindlemom2)
Galadriel (liaison: elliska)
Lady Elina (liaison: Cathleen)
Tom Fairbairn (liaison: elea24)

***********************************

Finally, the following authors have begun but not finished at least one
of their nomination forms.

Aria (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
Dana (liaison: elea24)
Dana/Lindelea CoAuthors (liaison: elea24)
Dot (liaison: elliska)
fantasyfan (liaison: brindlemom2)
Garnet Took (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
Illwynd (liaison: elliska)
Lindelea (liaison: elliska)
obelia medusa (liaison: elliska)
pipkinsweetgrass (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
PipMer (liaison: elliska)
spookystoy (liaison: elea24)

If you have questions, please email
mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net, and I'll tell you what needs to be
done.

Thanks,

Marta

Msg# 8962

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by Arthur Boccaccio June 07, 2008 - 20:50:04 Topic ID# 8961
Marta,

I think you mean June 15 and June 21. *grin*

I will contact NiRi who is LeRouret's beta and tell her if she doesn't
already know. I did relay a message to PeppyPower but I have no idea if the
message was gotten to her or if she will respond. I will contact her friend
again and see.

Fiondil

On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 6:09 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hey guys,
>
> Here it is - the next-to-last list of hard-to-reach author
> This will be our second-to-last list, as we're getting to the end of the
> nomination period. Remember, you have until May 15 to nominate a story;
> authors have until May 21 to accept their nominations and complete the
> forms on the nomination.
>
> The liaisons asked me to mention that they are really concerned about
> reaching the following authors and are running out of ways to reach them:
>
> Alex_quine
> Arien
> Karyn Milos
> Le Rouret
> Nea
> Trilliah
>
> If you know these members, please have them get in touch with their
> liaison or mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net ASAP.
>
> ********
>
> The following authors have had stories nominated before 01 June 2008,
> that they have have not contacted their liaison about or begun the form on:
>
> Arien (liaison: Cathleen)
> #531: "Home" nominated by: Antane on 30 May 2008
>
> Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
> #519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
> #520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
>
> Europanya (liaison: elea24)
> #461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May 2008
>
> Karyn Milos (liaison: Cathleen)
> #453: "Too Deeply Hurt: Understanding Frodo's Decision to Depart"
> nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14 May 2008
>
> Le Rouret (liaison: Dreamflower)
> #455: "The Green Knight and the Master of Esgaroth" nominated by:
> Nieriel Raina on 24 May 2008
>
> Nea (liaison: Cathleen)
> #503: "Scars" nominated by: Nieriel Raina on 27 May 2008
>
> Noliel (liaison: Cathleen)
> #541: "Thicker Than Water" nominated by: Dawn Felagund on 31 May 2008
>
> PeppyPower (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #326: "Not Speak or Whisper" nominated by: Calenlass Greenleaf on 11 May
> 2008
>
> Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on 05
> May 2008
>
> Trilliah (liaison: agape4gondor)
> #463: "Hope" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
> #343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008
>
> Willow-wode (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #132: "Rites of Passage" nominated by: PipMer on 04 May 2008
> #462: "Caliban" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> *****************************************************
>
> In addition, the following authors have at least one story where they
> have contacted their liaison, but have not begun the nomination form.
> (Their nominations are at least two weeks old.) Some may just need more
> time; others may not realize they have something more they need to do.
>
> (Authors: if your name is on this list, it isn't a mark against you; I
> just wanted to make sure you realized your nominations weren't finished.)
>
> alex_quine (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> febobe (liaison: brindlemom2)
> Galadriel (liaison: elliska)
> Lady Elina (liaison: Cathleen)
> Tom Fairbairn (liaison: elea24)
>
> ***********************************
>
> Finally, the following authors have begun but not finished at least one
> of their nomination forms.
>
> Aria (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> Dana (liaison: elea24)
> Dana/Lindelea CoAuthors (liaison: elea24)
> Dot (liaison: elliska)
> fantasyfan (liaison: brindlemom2)
> Garnet Took (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> Illwynd (liaison: elliska)
> Lindelea (liaison: elliska)
> obelia medusa (liaison: elliska)
> pipkinsweetgrass (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> PipMer (liaison: elliska)
> spookystoy (liaison: elea24)
>
> If you have questions, please email
> mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net, and I'll tell you what needs to be
> done.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta
>
>



--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nımo to an
Unidentified Elven Fıa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lımı! Utılie'n aurı! ı Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor Nirnaeth
Arnediad

Aurı entuluva! ı Battle Cry of Hırin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utılie'n Estel ı Hope hath come


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Msg# 8963

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 07, 2008 - 21:09:06 Topic ID# 8961
Hi Arthur,

> I think you mean June 15 and June 21. *grin*
>

*giggles* It's been a bit of a long day, and I guess my mind was
elsewhere - good catch.

> I will contact NiRi who is LeRouret's beta and tell her if she doesn't
> already know.

FYI: I think it worked! According to a message I just read from her
liaison, Le Rouret has begun her form. Thank you both. :-)

> I did relay a message to PeppyPower but I have no idea if the
> message was gotten to her or if she will respond. I will contact her friend
> again and see.
>

Thank you for trying. I hope she gets in touch.

Marta

Msg# 8964

Re: Missing Authors Posted by Nancy Brooke June 08, 2008 - 8:11:00 Topic ID# 8941
Rockin' Good News.

Thanks, Folks -

(yours in caps) NB

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "surgeon_ruth" <surgsteel@...>
wrote:
>
> Just to follow-up, I heard back from AprilKat. She's been extremely
> busy, but said she was hoping to find the time to complete the
forms
> this weekend.
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@" <melayton@> wrote:
> >
> > Hiya Nancy,
> >
> > When you say they disappeared do you mean they are no longer
> displaying
> > on the website, or that you haven't heard from them in a while?
> >
> > I know Meril and can give her a poke if you like. I don't know
> AprilKat
> > but will mention her on my hard-to-find list tomorrow.
> >
> > Marta
> >
> > Nancy Brooke wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > I have two Authors that seem to have disappeared: AprilKat and
> Meril.
> > >
> > > I got initial acceptance responses from AprilKat, and then
> nothing,
> > > while Meril completed one nomination, and began the form on
> another two.
> > >
> > > I last heard from Meril 5/28, and Aprilkat 5/26 to no response.
> Any
> > > idea what to do next?
> > >
> >
>

Msg# 8965

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by Dawn Felagund June 08, 2008 - 8:11:16 Topic ID# 8961
I'll send Noliel and email asking her to at least let you know if she wants
to compete, and I'll try her LJ too. She's in school, so it's likely that
she's busy with exams and such right now.

Dawn

--
~oOo~
Dawn Felagund
www.silmarillionwritersguild.org


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Msg# 8966

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by nau\_tika June 08, 2008 - 8:33:28 Topic ID# 8961
I'll send Nea an email. It's been awhile since we've exchanged mail,
but I'd hate to see her miss out. I wish Peppy would get that
internet fixed!

nautika

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> Here it is - the next-to-last list of hard-to-reach author
> This will be our second-to-last list, as we're getting to the end
of the
> nomination period. Remember, you have until May 15 to nominate a
story;
> authors have until May 21 to accept their nominations and complete
the
> forms on the nomination.
>
> The liaisons asked me to mention that they are really concerned
about
> reaching the following authors and are running out of ways to reach
them:
>
> Alex_quine
> Arien
> Karyn Milos
> Le Rouret
> Nea
> Trilliah
>
> If you know these members, please have them get in touch with their
> liaison or mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net ASAP.
>

Msg# 8967

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by Arthur Boccaccio June 08, 2008 - 8:59:08 Topic ID# 8961
I talked with NiRi today and she said she would email Nea but a second email
wouldn't hurt.

Fiondil

On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 6:33 AM, nau_tika <nau_tika@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I'll send Nea an email. It's been awhile since we've exchanged mail,
> but I'd hate to see her miss out. I wish Peppy would get that
> internet fixed!
>
> nautika
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>, "melayton@..."
> <melayton@...> wrote:
> >
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > Here it is - the next-to-last list of hard-to-reach author
> > This will be our second-to-last list, as we're getting to the end
> of the
> > nomination period. Remember, you have until May 15 to nominate a
> story;
> > authors have until May 21 to accept their nominations and complete
> the
> > forms on the nomination.
> >
> > The liaisons asked me to mention that they are really concerned
> about
> > reaching the following authors and are running out of ways to reach
> them:
> >
> > Alex_quine
> > Arien
> > Karyn Milos
> > Le Rouret
> > Nea
> > Trilliah
> >
> > If you know these members, please have them get in touch with their
> > liaison or mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net ASAP.
> >
>
>
>



--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nımo to an
Unidentified Elven Fıa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lımı! Utılie'n aurı! ı Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor Nirnaeth
Arnediad

Aurı entuluva! ı Battle Cry of Hırin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utılie'n Estel ı Hope hath come


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Msg# 8968

Re: Hard-to-Reach Authors List #1 - Authors who have not replied to Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 08, 2008 - 16:06:08 Topic ID# 8961
Thanks, Dawn! I'll let her liaison know.

Marta

Dawn Felagund wrote:
>
>
> I'll send Noliel and email asking her to at least let you know if she wants
> to compete, and I'll try her LJ too. She's in school, so it's likely that
> she's busy with exams and such right now.
>
> Dawn
>

Msg# 8969

NEW FAQ - HTML and Links in Reviews Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 09, 2008 - 10:48:53 Topic ID# 8969
Hey guys,

As an FYI, we have added a new FAQ to the website.

www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvoting#vot_21
"Can I use HTML in my review?"

Feel free to check it out.

Marta

Msg# 8970

Re: Update to MEFA Archive Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 09, 2008 - 10:50:49 Topic ID# 8943
Thank you, Tanaqui! Everything seems to be working fine.

Yes, I do find the archive very useful. There are tons of stories there, just waiting to be sampled and enjoyed!

-------------- Original message --------------
From: Tanaqui <tanaqui@blueyonder.co.uk>
Hi PipMer

> I have a question relating to the recent episode at Stories of Arda.
>
> I see that the links to this year's nominated stories have all been
> replaced... kudos to whoever did that, and so quickly! My question is...
> what about the archived stories? Is there a way for them to be replaced
> as well?

Thanks for reminding us we needed to do this!

I've now updated the links at the archive so they should point to the
stories again. Let us know if you come across anything weird.

And I'm glad to hear you're finding the archive useful. Aranel did a
wonderful job of putting it together.

Tanaqui




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Msg# 8971

Stories of Arda Posted by tennesseecree June 09, 2008 - 15:12:01 Topic ID# 8971
Is anyone else having problems getting into the Stories of Arda web site? I haven't been able
to access it for several days now. Does anyone know what's going on?

Msg# 8972

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by Berni Crumb June 09, 2008 - 15:17:12 Topic ID# 8971
the www.storiesofarda.com address was getting attacked by a hacker. The new
url is http://storiesofarda.com or you can also get there by going to
http://stories.storiesofarda.com



Vorondavë ar linalmië,
Rhyselle

Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative
mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and
likeness of a Maker. -- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1939

On 6/9/08, tennesseecree <tncree818@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> Is anyone else having problems getting into the Stories of Arda web site? I
> haven't been able
> to access it for several days now. Does anyone know what's going on?
>
>
>
>
>


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Msg# 8973

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 09, 2008 - 15:17:20 Topic ID# 8971
Hiya tennesseecree,

The SOA website was the subject of a hacker attack. An unsuccessful one,
but to improve the situation that site's maintainers changed their URL
address.

For full details see Nilmandra's LJ post at

http://nilmandra007.livejournal.com/102009.html

The upshot: you can access the SOA website at http://storiesofarda.com/
(notice the lack of "www."). If you have a link to a story at
StoriesofArda, you can access that webpage by changing the
"http://www.storiesofarda.com/" part of the URL to
"http://storiesofarda.com/". Everything else should remain the same.

PS - all MEFA links both in the current awards and the archive should be
corrected.

Marta

tennesseecree wrote:
>
>
> Is anyone else having problems getting into the Stories of Arda web
> site? I haven't been able
> to access it for several days now. Does anyone know what's going on?
>

Msg# 8974

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 09, 2008 - 15:18:18 Topic ID# 8971
YES! - they were attacked by a nasty hacker and they've changed the addy

Here it is http://storiesofarda.com/

PS - all the tales that have been nominated that are from SoA - because of
our excellent Tech staff - have the NEW addy.

Blessings,
Agape


On 6/9/08, tennesseecree <tncree818@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> Is anyone else having problems getting into the Stories of Arda web
> site? I haven't been able
> to access it for several days now. Does anyone know what's going on?
>
>
>



--
Life's been good to me so far!!! Praise God!


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Msg# 8975

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by peniaur June 10, 2008 - 1:04:24 Topic ID# 8971
Thank you all very much - You all are the bomb - I was beginning to have panic attacks; I've
been following all Fiondil stories. Thanks again for all the help. May all the hackers be
hacked 8-)

Msg# 8976

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 10, 2008 - 8:13:27 Topic ID# 8971
Oh! I love that curse! Henceforth, I will use it!

Glad we could help...


On 6/10/08, peniaur <tncree818@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> Thank you all very much - You all are the bomb - I was beginning to have
> panic attacks; I've
> been following all Fiondil stories. Thanks again for all the help. May all
> the hackers be
> hacked 8-)
>
>
>



--
Life's been good to me so far!!! Praise God!


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Msg# 8977

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell June 10, 2008 - 8:45:08 Topic ID# 8971
And just when we thought things had become calmer, we get this:

(and thanks, Dreamflower, for letting some of us know ahead of time.)



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: nilmandra007 <Nilmandra@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM
Subject: [stories_of_arda] New host!
To: stories_of_arda@yahoogroups.com




Rorrah will be migrating Stories of Arda to a new hosting site,
hopefully tonight. The site may need to come down for a short while.
We will post here if that is the case.

The site's address on the web will change. Some ISPs recognize such
changes within minutes, others take up to a day or two. We'll put a
redirect up at the old address to help that along.

Until then, the site remains live and well at http://storiesofarda.com

When it goes to the new site, we will return to
http://www.storiesofarda.com

Thanks to everyone for their patience,
Nilmandra





-------




Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

I mourn for this nation.

Msg# 8978

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by KAT702H@aol.com June 10, 2008 - 12:16:18 Topic ID# 8971
I agree whole heartedly. I was starting to panic myself. I was just
getting caught up with Elf Interrupted, Book Two.

TariElfLady


In a message dated 6/10/2008 2:04:47 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
tncree818@sbcglobal.net writes:




Thank you all very much - You all are the bomb - I was beginning to have
panic attacks; I've
been following all Fiondil stories. Thanks again for all the help. May all
the hackers be
hacked 8-)









**************Vote for your city's best dining and nightlife. City's Best
2008. (http://citysbest.aol.com?ncid=aolacg00050000000102)


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Msg# 8979

Re: Stories of Arda Posted by Barbara Rich June 10, 2008 - 12:51:40 Topic ID# 8971
I hope you have a safe and productive trip!

And thanks for the heads up!

Dreamflower

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM, <KAT702H@aol.com> wrote:

>
> I agree whole heartedly. I was starting to panic myself. I was just
> getting caught up with Elf Interrupted, Book Two.
>
> TariElfLady
>
>
> In a message dated 6/10/2008 2:04:47 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> tncree818@sbcglobal.net <tncree818%40sbcglobal.net> writes:
>
> Thank you all very much - You all are the bomb - I was beginning to have
> panic attacks; I've
> been following all Fiondil stories. Thanks again for all the help. May all
> the hackers be
> hacked 8-)
>
> **************Vote for your city's best dining and nightlife. City's Best
> 2008. (http://citysbest.aol.com?ncid=aolacg00050000000102<http://citysbest.aol.com/?ncid=aolacg00050000000102>)
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>


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Msg# 8980

Nominating new authors Posted by PipMer June 10, 2008 - 22:12:49 Topic ID# 8980
I'm having a hard time adding a new author to the list of nominated
authors. I want to nominate a story by Elderberry Wine, and she's not
on the list. I click on the required spot, and up comes a form to
enter new author information. I enter her nickname, and her email, and
then hit save. It never goes forward from there, but keeps me at that
spot, and never lets me go back to fill in what story I want to
nominate for her.

Can anybody help?

Msg# 8981

Re: Nominating new authors Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 10, 2008 - 22:55:57 Topic ID# 8980
Hi, PipMer

I forwarded this to our Tech Staff.... someone should be contacting you
shortly. Sorry for the bother!

Blessings,
Agape

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:12 PM, PipMer <debnear@comcast.net> wrote:

> I'm having a hard time adding a new author to the list of nominated
> authors. I want to nominate a story by Elderberry Wine, and she's not
> on the list. I click on the required spot, and up comes a form to
> enter new author information. I enter her nickname, and her email, and
> then hit save. It never goes forward from there, but keeps me at that
> spot, and never lets me go back to fill in what story I want to
> nominate for her.
>
> Can anybody help?
>
>
>



--
Life's been good to me so far!!! Praise God!


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Msg# 8982

Re: Nominating new authors Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 10, 2008 - 23:04:37 Topic ID# 8980
Oh, no bother! Thank you!

-------------- Original message --------------
From: "Agape 4Rivendell" <agape4rivendell@gmail.com>
Hi, PipMer

I forwarded this to our Tech Staff.... someone should be contacting you
shortly. Sorry for the bother!

Blessings,
Agape

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:12 PM, PipMer <debnear@comcast.net> wrote:

> I'm having a hard time adding a new author to the list of nominated
> authors. I want to nominate a story by Elderberry Wine, and she's not
> on the list. I click on the required spot, and up comes a form to
> enter new author information. I enter her nickname, and her email, and
> then hit save. It never goes forward from there, but keeps me at that
> spot, and never lets me go back to fill in what story I want to
> nominate for her.
>
> Can anybody help?
>
>
>

--
Life's been good to me so far!!! Praise God!

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Msg# 8983

Re: Nominating new authors Posted by Tanaqui June 11, 2008 - 2:01:12 Topic ID# 8980
Hi PipMer

Sorry about that - there was a conflict between the code on the New
Author Form and the code for Reviewer Recognition/MEFA Junkie. (We
introduced MEFA Junkie last year after Nomination season closed, when
people could no longer see the link to add new authors, hence me not
spotting the issue last year.)

Anyway, it should be fixed, and you should now be able to add Elderberry
Wine as a new author. Let me know if you're still having problems.

Tanaqui

PipMer wrote:
>
>
> I'm having a hard time adding a new author to the list of nominated
> authors. I want to nominate a story by Elderberry Wine, and she's not
> on the list. I click on the required spot, and up comes a form to
> enter new author information. I enter her nickname, and her email, and
> then hit save. It never goes forward from there, but keeps me at that
> spot, and never lets me go back to fill in what story I want to
> nominate for her.
>
> Can anybody help?

Msg# 8984

Links to Stories of Arda at MEFA2008 site and MEFA Archive Posted by Tanaqui June 11, 2008 - 8:51:31 Topic ID# 8984
Hi All

This is just to let you know that, following the successful move of
Stories of Arda to its new host, I've switched all the links at the
MEFA2008 site and MEFA Archive back to pointing at www.storiesofarda.com.

If you can't see the site when you click on the links, your ISP has
probably not picked up the change yet and updated its records - this can
take a day or two. (Editing the www out of the address manually may let
you still see the site.)

Well done to Nilmandra and Rorrah for getting the site sorted out so
quickly, and here's hoping for an end to the attacks.

Tanaqui

Msg# 8985

Re: Links to Stories of Arda at MEFA2008 site and MEFA Archive Posted by Arthur Boccaccio June 11, 2008 - 9:11:41 Topic ID# 8984
If none of that works you can also try a Google search. That's how I got
back in initially.

Fiondil

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 6:46 AM, Tanaqui <tanaqui@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi All
>
> This is just to let you know that, following the successful move of
> Stories of Arda to its new host, I've switched all the links at the
> MEFA2008 site and MEFA Archive back to pointing at www.storiesofarda.com.
>
> If you can't see the site when you click on the links, your ISP has
> probably not picked up the change yet and updated its records - this can
> take a day or two. (Editing the www out of the address manually may let
> you still see the site.)
>
> Well done to Nilmandra and Rorrah for getting the site sorted out so
> quickly, and here's hoping for an end to the attacks.
>
> Tanaqui
>
>
>



--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nımo to an
Unidentified Elven Fıa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lımı! Utılie'n aurı! ı Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor Nirnaeth
Arnediad

Aurı entuluva! ı Battle Cry of Hırin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utılie'n Estel ı Hope hath come


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Msg# 8986

Re: Nominating new authors Posted by debnear@comcast.net June 11, 2008 - 11:34:50 Topic ID# 8980
Thank you so much, Tanaqui!

After all that, I realized that parts of the story I wanted to nominate were NC-17 rated, so I can't nominate it anyway! Ah well, at least it's fixed if I find another author who's not on the list.

Thank you for such prompt response, Tanaqui.

-------------- Original message --------------
From: Tanaqui <tanaqui@blueyonder.co.uk>
Hi PipMer

Sorry about that - there was a conflict between the code on the New
Author Form and the code for Reviewer Recognition/MEFA Junkie. (We
introduced MEFA Junkie last year after Nomination season closed, when
people could no longer see the link to add new authors, hence me not
spotting the issue last year.)

Anyway, it should be fixed, and you should now be able to add Elderberry
Wine as a new author. Let me know if you're still having problems.

Tanaqui

PipMer wrote:
>
>
> I'm having a hard time adding a new author to the list of nominated
> authors. I want to nominate a story by Elderberry Wine, and she's not
> on the list. I click on the required spot, and up comes a form to
> enter new author information. I enter her nickname, and her email, and
> then hit save. It never goes forward from there, but keeps me at that
> spot, and never lets me go back to fill in what story I want to
> nominate for her.
>
> Can anybody help?




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Msg# 8987

Nominated author Posted by PipMer June 11, 2008 - 16:07:59 Topic ID# 8987
Hello :) I have another question.

I may be jumping the gun, but I thought I would ask now since the end
of the nomination period is fast approaching.

I nominated three stories yesterday, and one of them still
says "nomination submitted by nominator". The other two say "email sent
to author". Just wondering if there's a glitch that is stopping the
other email from going out, or if I'm just being impatient ;)

The author is Shirebound, and the title of the story is "PIppin's
Secret".

Thank you!

Msg# 8988

Re: Nominated author Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 11, 2008 - 17:39:35 Topic ID# 8987
Hi PipMer,

This is a good question, and I'm glad you asked it. When a story is
nominated, the liaison (the volunteer assigned to that author) checks it
for a few things, to make sure it is eligible before they contact the
author. Like, whether the link provided requires a reader to log in, and
whether the story has competed in a previous year - that kind of thing.

The upshot is, an actual person has to sit down at his or her computer
and look over things before the email is sent out. Since our volunteers
live around the globe and have different schedules they do their MEFA
work at different times. And since different authors are assigned to
different authors, those ones that still have the "nomination submitted
by nominator" probably are assigned to a volunteer who just hasn't had a
chance to sort through them.

Since it's only been a day I wouldn't worry too much. :-) But thanks for
asking, as other people might have had a similar question.

Marta

PipMer wrote:
>
>
> Hello :) I have another question.
>
> I may be jumping the gun, but I thought I would ask now since the end
> of the nomination period is fast approaching.
>
> I nominated three stories yesterday, and one of them still
> says "nomination submitted by nominator". The other two say "email sent
> to author". Just wondering if there's a glitch that is stopping the
> other email from going out, or if I'm just being impatient ;)
>
> The author is Shirebound, and the title of the story is "PIppin's
> Secret".
>
> Thank you!
>

Msg# 8989

Membership difficulty thwarts nomination (Two different user identit Posted by The June 11, 2008 - 22:39:53 Topic ID# 8989
mvoltfan has been an (inactive) member of this Yahoo group for several
years.

AuthorThe Lauderdale has been a member of the MEFAwards.net web site
for several days.

We're the same person and we want to nominate a story, but we are
having difficulties because of our clashing identities. What do we do
about this and how do we go about nominating a story?

~ Lauderdale

Msg# 8990

Re: Membership difficulty thwarts nomination (Two different user ide Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 11, 2008 - 23:05:49 Topic ID# 8989
Hi Lauderdale,

You've just done everything you needed to do.

In an ideal world, every different member of this Yahoo group should
have an ID that allows them to vote and nominate stories at the
mefawards.net website. But I think at some point we decided to clear out
the database so we could be sure we had the most up-to-date email
addresses for all our authors; and because of that some of the long-term
MEFAwards members who hadn't been active in a while lost their accounts.

That's why someone was able to create the new "AuthorThe Lauderdale"
account when they wanted to nominate your story. If your "mvoltfan" ID
had been registered with the website, they would have been forced to
nominate you under that account.

No worries, though. What I've done is told the website that "AuthorThe
Lauderdale" is a member of this Yahoo group, and should be allowed to
nominate stories.

Go ahead and log in to

www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/

with the same password you used to handle your stories that were
nominated. You should now see links at the top of the page to nominate a
story (by an author other than yourself), and to self-nominate one of
your own stories. Click on the appropriate link, fill out the form, and
submit it. That will let you nominate pieces by yourself or other authors.

Have fun, and let us know if you need additional help.

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)


The wrote:
>
>
> mvoltfan has been an (inactive) member of this Yahoo group for several
> years.
>
> AuthorThe Lauderdale has been a member of the MEFAwards.net web site
> for several days.
>
> We're the same person and we want to nominate a story, but we are
> having difficulties because of our clashing identities. What do we do
> about this and how do we go about nominating a story?
>
> ~ Lauderdale
>

Msg# 8991

Re: Banners/Icons Posted by Monica June 12, 2008 - 9:48:05 Topic ID# 8845
oops - I really have to check these boards more often <blush>
anyway - Thank you, Marta!

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hi docmon,
>
> I don't know that we "have" an official standard, but I don't see any
> problem with you taking more than one banner if you have more than one
> piece nominated. Help yourself!
>
> Marta
>
> Monica wrote:
> >
> >
> > Sorry to bring up this old topic again. I don't get to the group
website
> > often!
> >
> > I was wondering if the rule, or standard I should say, was still one
> > banner per nominee. Or can you have a banner for each story? [:)]
> >
> > docmon
> >
>

Msg# 8992

(IMPORTANT) Marta will be out of town this weekend Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 12, 2008 - 12:59:19 Topic ID# 8992
Hey guys,

I will be out of town, leaving first thing Saturday morning and not
getting back until Wednesday. I'm taking my laptop, but don't know if
I'll have internet access or the time to do much even if I do.

Obviously the timing could be better because nominations close on
Sunday. If you have any questions or need help, now is the time to do
it. Agape4Rivendell has agreed to keep an eye on this list for any
questions that come up, and she'll get you help in my absence. However,
if you'd like my help you need to ask by tomorrow at the latest, or it
will have to wait until Wednesday when I get back.

Inkling has also agreed to check the "mefasupport" email address. You
can send mail to mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net or to
mefasupport(.at.)gmail(.dot.)com (the first forwards to the second
address), and she will answer any questions you have that you'd like to
ask privately.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Do NOT send email to my private account,
melayton(.at.)gmail(.dot.)com if you need a reply before Wednesday. Only
I will have access to it, and so it likely will not be answered before then.

The other important reminder is of course that nominations close Sunday
June 15 at 11:59 PM GMT. (GMT, not your local time); and authors have
until June 21 to finish up any of their nominations.

Thanks,

Marta

Msg# 8993

Re: (IMPORTANT) Marta will be out of town this weekend Posted by Kathy June 12, 2008 - 14:43:14 Topic ID# 8992
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:

> I will be out of town, leaving first thing Saturday morning and not
> getting back until Wednesday. I'm taking my laptop, but don't know
> if I'll have internet access or the time to do much even if I do.
>
> Obviously the timing could be better because nominations close on
> Sunday. If you have any questions or need help, now is the time to
> do it. Agape4Rivendell has agreed to keep an eye on this list for
> any questions that come up, and she'll get you help in my absence.
> However, if you'd like my help you need to ask by tomorrow at the
> latest, or it will have to wait until Wednesday when I get back.
>
> Inkling has also agreed to check the "mefasupport" email address.
> You can send mail to mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net or to
> mefasupport(.at.)gmail(.dot.)com (the first forwards to the second
> address), and she will answer any questions you have that you'd
> like to ask privately.

Just to add a note to this, I will be away from my computer all day
Saturday, so any emails that come in to mefasupport that day won't be
answered until Sunday. Otherwise I'll check the account several times
a day until Marta's return.

Kathy/Inkling

Msg# 8994

ADMIN - Finishing Up Nominations Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 13, 2008 - 16:34:18 Topic ID# 8994
Hey guys,

As we're nearing the end of our nominations, I wanted to do this week's
informative email on what authors need to do in the next week (if they
haven't already). I know that not everyone here is an author; but if you
nominated someone and know them, perhaps you can point them to this post.

Nominations close on Sunday, June 15, at 11:59 PM GMT. To figure out
what this is in local time, go to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/ and look
in the bottom left corner. Compare the "page served at: " time to your
local time; this will tell you the hours that you are ahead of or behind
GMT, as the timestamp displayed is the current time when that page was
loaded.

Authors have another week after nominations close to give the final
approval for each of their nominations. This includes:

--- completing the form about their nomination and giving it the status
"Author satisfied with form"; and
--- emailing your liaison to say you are satisfied with the form.

If you do not know your liaison's email, send your email saying you're
satisfied to mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net.

Authors often are unsure how to fill out their form. If you do not know
how, this is how you do it:

1. Log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008 using the username and password
sent to you.
2. Click on the "View Your Nominated Stories" link.
3. Click the "Edit Data" link.
4. Fill out the questions on the page.
5. At the bottom of the page select the appropriate status: "Author
satisfied with form" if you are done with it and ready for your liaison
to check over it for you; "author has begun but not finished form" if
you'd like to come back to it later.
6. Click the appropriate button - "Submit completed form" if you're
done, "submit partial form" otherwise.

Now your form is saved. If you're done, go ahead and email your liaison
so she knows to look over your work.

***********************************************

Every year, one of the most confusing things for new members is getting
passwords. Some people receive their passwords, no problem. However, if
you aren't sure what your password is, here are some steps to take:

--- Check your email's spam folder. It may be that the email containing
your password was treated as spam.

--- Go to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/ and click the "Forgotten
password?" link. This will allow you to resend your password to
yourself. (You have to enter the email address which you were nominated
under.)

--- If you still have trouble, post here and someone can look into it
for you.

*************************************************

Once you email your liaison that you are finished with the form, she
will look over the form to see that everything is correct. Your
nomination will then be given the status "Nomination approved by
liaison" and passed on to yours truly. I give all nominations a final
check-over and, assuming there are no problems, finalize the nomination.
If there *are* problems I will send a message to your liaison who will
in turn pass it along to you, letting you know what to fix. In this case
I'll reset the status to "Author has begun but not finished form."

Statuses are important because they show up on the website. If you log
in to the website and click on "Browse all nominated stories," you will
see the status in the right column. It's the italicised text under the
"Enter New Review" link.

To summarize, here are what the usual statuses mean after you've
submitted your form:

--- Author satisfied with form: you have finished the form, but your
liaison has probably not had a chance to look over it. If it stays like
this for a few days you may want to resend your email saying you were
satisfied with the form, in case your liaison didn't receive it.

--- Nomination approved by liaison: The liaison has approved the form
and passed it along to me for final approval.

--- Nomination Finalized: The ultimate goal. This is the status you see
when I've finalized the nomination.

--- Author has begun but not finished form: This status means two
things. Either you have not finished the form; or your liaison or myself
found an error that needs to be fixed before it can be finalized.

*************************************************

Once your story has that "Nomination Finalized" status, you know your
nomination is ready to compete. You don't need to do anything else.

You have a week after nominations close to finish up your forms. I tell
authors to be done by June 21 (the Saturday after nominations close).
This way you don't run into any problems with misunderstanding time
zones, and if there's a small tweak that needs to be made, you can still
do that. Obviously the sooner you are done the more time you have to
make changes, which is a good thing.

*************************************************

Remember, I will be out of town (and possibly without email access) from
tomorrow until Wednesday. Inkling will answer the mefasupport email
address in the mean time, but any nominations you complete the forms for
will not be looked at until that time.

Good luck to all the authors!

Marta

Msg# 8995

Hard-to-Reach Author List Through 6/7/2008 Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 13, 2008 - 23:19:47 Topic ID# 8995
Hey guys,

Here is a hard-to-reach authors list.

(Reminder, I am leaving town tomorrow so probably will not reply; but
Agape4Rivendell should be keeping an eye on the messages if you need
help with anything.)

Marta





NOMINATIONS WHERE THE AUTHOR HAS NOT REPLIED TO THE NOMINATION

Arien (liaison: Cathleen)
#531: "Home" nominated by: Antane on 30 May 2008

Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
#519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
#520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008

Erviniae (liaison: elliska)
#538: "The Wrong Path" nominated by: Tena on 31 May 2008

Europanya (liaison: elea24)
#461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
#504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May 2008

Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
#499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008

Karyn Milos (liaison: Cathleen)
#453: "Too Deeply Hurt: Understanding Frodo's Decision to Depart"
nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
#350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14 May 2008

Nieriel Raina (liaison: elea24)
#553: "As Was Dwarven Tradition" nominated by: Larner on 03 Jun 2008
#560: "The Stranger" nominated by: viv on 04 Jun 2008

Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on 05
May 2008

Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
#343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008

********************************

The following authors have begun completing their nominations but not
completed any of them. *SOME* may need a nudge. (Some may just need more
time; they have until June 21.)

Alassiel (liaison: elliska)
Aria (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
Dana (liaison: elea24)
Dana/Lindelea CoAuthors (liaison: elea24)
fantasyfan (liaison: brindlemom2)
Klose (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
Lady Elina (liaison: Cathleen)
Lindelea (liaison: elliska)
Lithilien Quicksilver (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
Nea (liaison: Cathleen)
spookystoy (liaison: elea24)
Tom Fairbairn (liaison: elea24)

**************************************

And since we're so close to the end of the nomination period, these
stories have been nominated, the author hasn't replied to them, and the
authors are what I consider "new" authors. They may have just been
nominated a day or two ago; I mention them specifically because we
haven't had contact with them, either this year or in a previous year
(that I can remember). If you think they might not hear about the
awards, it might be worth giving them a nudge in a few days to make sure
they were reached.

Alexajohnson (liaison: Inkling)
#598: "An Afternoon Incognito" nominated by: Linda hoyland on 10 Jun 2008

Ang (liaison: Dreamflower)
#613: "New Love" nominated by: Tena on 10 Jun 2008

anorienbean (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#605: "Beginnings" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008

Archet (liaison: Cathleen)
#606: "Nothing Less" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008

Ashinae (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#588: "Between the Lines" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008

Brigantine (liaison: elliska)
#587: "Best Three Falls, No Gouging" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008

draylon (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
#626: "Captain of Mordor" nominated by: The Lauderdale on 12 Jun 2008

Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
#519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
#520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008

Eresse (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
#648: "The Sons of Elrond Series" nominated by: Tena on 13 Jun 2008

Europanya (liaison: elea24)
#461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008

Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
#504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May 2008

Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
#497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
#499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008

Ithiliana (liaison: elliska)
#637: "Sam's Song" nominated by: Dreamflower on 13 Jun 2008

Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
#350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14 May 2008

Savageseraph (liaison: brindlemom2)
#583: "Galadriel Remembers" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
#584: "The Strength of Men" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008

Msg# 8996

Re: Hard-to-Reach Author List Through 6/7/2008 Posted by Kathy June 13, 2008 - 23:30:24 Topic ID# 8995
Alexajohnson is OOT but knows about the nomination and the deadline
and told her liaison she accepts. Hopefully she'll return in time to
complete it. BTW, they're not on the list but Empy and StarLight are
also OOT and have yet to do their forms, but have been in touch with
me.

Elanor Gardener has competed in the MEFAs before...I nominated a
story of hers last year (asking her in advance) and she accepted. Has
her liaison asked her nominator if she's spoken to Elanor about the
nomination?

Kathy/Inkling

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@..." <melayton@...> wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> Here is a hard-to-reach authors list.
>
> (Reminder, I am leaving town tomorrow so probably will not reply;
but
> Agape4Rivendell should be keeping an eye on the messages if you
need
> help with anything.)
>
> Marta
>
>
>
>
>
> NOMINATIONS WHERE THE AUTHOR HAS NOT REPLIED TO THE NOMINATION
>
> Arien (liaison: Cathleen)
> #531: "Home" nominated by: Antane on 30 May 2008
>
> Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
> #519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
> #520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
>
> Erviniae (liaison: elliska)
> #538: "The Wrong Path" nominated by: Tena on 31 May 2008
>
> Europanya (liaison: elea24)
> #461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May
2008
>
> Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
> #499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May
2008
>
> Karyn Milos (liaison: Cathleen)
> #453: "Too Deeply Hurt: Understanding Frodo's Decision to Depart"
> nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14
May 2008
>
> Nieriel Raina (liaison: elea24)
> #553: "As Was Dwarven Tradition" nominated by: Larner on 03 Jun 2008
> #560: "The Stranger" nominated by: viv on 04 Jun 2008
>
> Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower on
05
> May 2008
>
> Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
> #343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008
>
> ********************************
>
> The following authors have begun completing their nominations but
not
> completed any of them. *SOME* may need a nudge. (Some may just need
more
> time; they have until June 21.)
>
> Alassiel (liaison: elliska)
> Aria (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> Dana (liaison: elea24)
> Dana/Lindelea CoAuthors (liaison: elea24)
> fantasyfan (liaison: brindlemom2)
> Klose (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
> Lady Elina (liaison: Cathleen)
> Lindelea (liaison: elliska)
> Lithilien Quicksilver (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> Nea (liaison: Cathleen)
> spookystoy (liaison: elea24)
> Tom Fairbairn (liaison: elea24)
>
> **************************************
>
> And since we're so close to the end of the nomination period, these
> stories have been nominated, the author hasn't replied to them, and
the
> authors are what I consider "new" authors. They may have just been
> nominated a day or two ago; I mention them specifically because we
> haven't had contact with them, either this year or in a previous
year
> (that I can remember). If you think they might not hear about the
> awards, it might be worth giving them a nudge in a few days to make
sure
> they were reached.
>
> Alexajohnson (liaison: Inkling)
> #598: "An Afternoon Incognito" nominated by: Linda hoyland on 10
Jun 2008
>
> Ang (liaison: Dreamflower)
> #613: "New Love" nominated by: Tena on 10 Jun 2008
>
> anorienbean (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #605: "Beginnings" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008
>
> Archet (liaison: Cathleen)
> #606: "Nothing Less" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008
>
> Ashinae (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #588: "Between the Lines" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
>
> Brigantine (liaison: elliska)
> #587: "Best Three Falls, No Gouging" nominated by: Galadriel on 09
Jun 2008
>
> draylon (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
> #626: "Captain of Mordor" nominated by: The Lauderdale on 12 Jun
2008
>
> Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
> #519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
> #520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
>
> Eresse (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> #648: "The Sons of Elrond Series" nominated by: Tena on 13 Jun 2008
>
> Europanya (liaison: elea24)
> #461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
>
> Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May
2008
>
> Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> #497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
> #499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May
2008
>
> Ithiliana (liaison: elliska)
> #637: "Sam's Song" nominated by: Dreamflower on 13 Jun 2008
>
> Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14
May 2008
>
> Savageseraph (liaison: brindlemom2)
> #583: "Galadriel Remembers" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
> #584: "The Strength of Men" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
>

Msg# 8997

Correction Posted by Kathy June 13, 2008 - 23:32:21 Topic ID# 8995
Oops, meant to say Alexa "told her *nominator* she accepts"...I'm her
liaison! :)

Kathy

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Kathy" <inkling-tcbs@...> wrote:
>
> Alexajohnson is OOT but knows about the nomination and the deadline
> and told her liaison she accepts. Hopefully she'll return in time
to
> complete it. BTW, they're not on the list but Empy and StarLight
are
> also OOT and have yet to do their forms, but have been in touch
with
> me.
>
> Elanor Gardener has competed in the MEFAs before...I nominated a
> story of hers last year (asking her in advance) and she accepted.
Has
> her liaison asked her nominator if she's spoken to Elanor about the
> nomination?
>
> Kathy/Inkling
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "melayton@" <melayton@> wrote:
> >
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > Here is a hard-to-reach authors list.
> >
> > (Reminder, I am leaving town tomorrow so probably will not reply;
> but
> > Agape4Rivendell should be keeping an eye on the messages if you
> need
> > help with anything.)
> >
> > Marta
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > NOMINATIONS WHERE THE AUTHOR HAS NOT REPLIED TO THE NOMINATION
> >
> > Arien (liaison: Cathleen)
> > #531: "Home" nominated by: Antane on 30 May 2008
> >
> > Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
> > #519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
> > #520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May
2008
> >
> > Erviniae (liaison: elliska)
> > #538: "The Wrong Path" nominated by: Tena on 31 May 2008
> >
> > Europanya (liaison: elea24)
> > #461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May
2008
> >
> > Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
> > #504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May
> 2008
> >
> > Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> > #497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
> > #499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May
> 2008
> >
> > Karyn Milos (liaison: Cathleen)
> > #453: "Too Deeply Hurt: Understanding Frodo's Decision to Depart"
> > nominated by: Antane on 24 May 2008
> >
> > Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> > #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14
> May 2008
> >
> > Nieriel Raina (liaison: elea24)
> > #553: "As Was Dwarven Tradition" nominated by: Larner on 03 Jun
2008
> > #560: "The Stranger" nominated by: viv on 04 Jun 2008
> >
> > Regina (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> > #166: "The finest of Vintages" nominated by: aranelgoldenflower
on
> 05
> > May 2008
> >
> > Vana Tuivana (liaison: elliska)
> > #343: "The Night's Eye" nominated by: Dwimordene on 12 May 2008
> >
> > ********************************
> >
> > The following authors have begun completing their nominations but
> not
> > completed any of them. *SOME* may need a nudge. (Some may just
need
> more
> > time; they have until June 21.)
> >
> > Alassiel (liaison: elliska)
> > Aria (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> > Dana (liaison: elea24)
> > Dana/Lindelea CoAuthors (liaison: elea24)
> > fantasyfan (liaison: brindlemom2)
> > Klose (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
> > Lady Elina (liaison: Cathleen)
> > Lindelea (liaison: elliska)
> > Lithilien Quicksilver (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> > Nea (liaison: Cathleen)
> > spookystoy (liaison: elea24)
> > Tom Fairbairn (liaison: elea24)
> >
> > **************************************
> >
> > And since we're so close to the end of the nomination period,
these
> > stories have been nominated, the author hasn't replied to them,
and
> the
> > authors are what I consider "new" authors. They may have just
been
> > nominated a day or two ago; I mention them specifically because
we
> > haven't had contact with them, either this year or in a previous
> year
> > (that I can remember). If you think they might not hear about the
> > awards, it might be worth giving them a nudge in a few days to
make
> sure
> > they were reached.
> >
> > Alexajohnson (liaison: Inkling)
> > #598: "An Afternoon Incognito" nominated by: Linda hoyland on 10
> Jun 2008
> >
> > Ang (liaison: Dreamflower)
> > #613: "New Love" nominated by: Tena on 10 Jun 2008
> >
> > anorienbean (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> > #605: "Beginnings" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008
> >
> > Archet (liaison: Cathleen)
> > #606: "Nothing Less" nominated by: Galadriel on 10 Jun 2008
> >
> > Ashinae (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> > #588: "Between the Lines" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
> >
> > Brigantine (liaison: elliska)
> > #587: "Best Three Falls, No Gouging" nominated by: Galadriel on
09
> Jun 2008
> >
> > draylon (liaison: Nancy Brooke)
> > #626: "Captain of Mordor" nominated by: The Lauderdale on 12 Jun
> 2008
> >
> > Elanor Gardner (liaison: Dreamflower)
> > #519: "Sam's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May 2008
> > #520: "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" nominated by: Antane on 29 May
2008
> >
> > Eresse (liaison: foxrafer (csevans8))
> > #648: "The Sons of Elrond Series" nominated by: Tena on 13 Jun
2008
> >
> > Europanya (liaison: elea24)
> > #461: "The Claiming of the Ring" nominated by: Antane on 24 May
2008
> >
> > Eyborg (liaison: brindlemom2)
> > #504: "Tonight We Are Alive" nominated by: Nancy Brooke on 27 May
> 2008
> >
> > Hareatic (liaison: aranelgoldenflower)
> > #497: "Dance With Me" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May 2008
> > #499: "Haldir, Interrupted" nominated by: weepingnaiad on 27 May
> 2008
> >
> > Ithiliana (liaison: elliska)
> > #637: "Sam's Song" nominated by: Dreamflower on 13 Jun 2008
> >
> > Lady Sunrope (liaison: elea24)
> > #350: "A Commotion About a Potion" nominated by: Baranduin on 14
> May 2008
> >
> > Savageseraph (liaison: brindlemom2)
> > #583: "Galadriel Remembers" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
> > #584: "The Strength of Men" nominated by: Galadriel on 09 Jun 2008
> >
>

Msg# 8998

Re: Hard-to-Reach Author List Through 6/7/2008 Posted by Dawn Felagund June 13, 2008 - 23:39:56 Topic ID# 8995
I'm on another group with Niriel Raina. I just sent her an email letting her
know about the nominations and giving the MEFA contact information, in case
she needs it.

Dawn

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www.silmarillionwritersguild.org


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Msg# 8999

liaison? Posted by kimberli leal June 13, 2008 - 23:40:18 Topic ID# 8999
Just curious. Are the liaisons assigned to an author by the MEFA administration, OR are they chosen another way?

Cactuskim


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Msg# 9000

Re: liaison? Posted by Lily Hawker-Yates June 14, 2008 - 3:12:31 Topic ID# 8999
I think it's randomly selected.....seems that way to me anyway!
 
Lily



"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."
 
             William Butler Yeats
 
 
'For every evil that rises, we are given ways to fight it. Or... in the absence of a fight, we are given each other to weather it. We're a bunch of survivors here, that's what we are. Not quite victorious, but then again, there hadn't really been a war. And yet we were fighting something... maybe ourselves, and the alone-ness that permeated each of us before we somehow found each other, ultimately found ourselves.' - Elrohir, For Every Evil




--- On Sat, 14/6/08, kimberli leal <kim@flash.net> wrote:

From: kimberli leal <kim@flash.net>
Subject: [MEFAwards] liaison?
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, 14 June, 2008, 5:40 AM






Just curious. Are the liaisons assigned to an author by the MEFA administration, OR are they chosen another way?

Cactuskim

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Msg# 9001

Story nomination Posted by Tinni June 14, 2008 - 5:22:46 Topic ID# 358
Ok mostly because I can and I still have a day but not enough time or
energy to figure out how I am actually suppose to do this and also
because I vain and narcissistic I am going to nominate my story!

Title: Opus of the tales untold
Author: Me! (Tinni)
Work in progress: Yes
URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4240187/1/Opus_of_the_tales_untold

:)

Msg# 9002

Re: Story nomination Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 14, 2008 - 7:13:36 Topic ID# 358
Hi, Tinni

Many, many authors nominate their own stories. That's one of the neat things
about the MEFA's.

Especially if your works are on a board that are small or not frequented
often, MEFA is the perfect place to highlight your works. We'll gladly
accept your nomination.

Please see Marta's email from yesterday - lots of information - and go to
the site and have a blast!

http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/

Blessings,
Agape

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 6:22 AM, Tinni <TinniC@gmail.com> wrote:

> Ok mostly because I can and I still have a day but not enough time or
> energy to figure out how I am actually suppose to do this and also
> because I vain and narcissistic I am going to nominate my story!
>
> Title: Opus of the tales untold
> Author: Me! (Tinni)
> Work in progress: Yes
> URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4240187/1/Opus_of_the_tales_untold
>
> :)
>
>
>



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Msg# 9003

Re: liaison? Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 14, 2008 - 7:18:57 Topic ID# 8999
Yup - the system kind of works on its own - randomly selected it is.

Agape

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 4:12 AM, Lily Hawker-Yates <
aranelgoldenflower@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> I think it's randomly selected.....seems that way to me anyway!
>
> Lily
>
> "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had
> such friends."
>
> William Butler Yeats
>
>
> 'For every evil that rises, we are given ways to fight it. Or... in the
> absence of a fight, we are given each other to weather it. We're a bunch of
> survivors here, that's what we are. Not quite victorious, but then again,
> there hadn't really been a war. And yet we were fighting something... maybe
> ourselves, and the alone-ness that permeated each of us before we somehow
> found each other, ultimately found ourselves.' - Elrohir, For Every Evil
>
> --- On Sat, 14/6/08, kimberli leal <kim@flash.net <kim%40flash.net>>
> wrote:
>
> From: kimberli leal <kim@flash.net <kim%40flash.net>>
> Subject: [MEFAwards] liaison?
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>
> Date: Saturday, 14 June, 2008, 5:40 AM
>
> Just curious. Are the liaisons assigned to an author by the MEFA
> administration, OR are they chosen another way?
>
> Cactuskim
>
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>
> __________________________________________________________
> Sent from Yahoo! Mail.
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>
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>
>
>



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Msg# 9004

Re: Hard-to-Reach Author List Through 6/7/2008 Posted by NiRi June 14, 2008 - 17:23:09 Topic ID# 8995
I've emailed both my liason and support, so I'm no longer hard to reach!

Thanks,

NiRi

aka Nieriel Raina

Msg# 9005

Re: Hard-to-Reach Author List Through 6/7/2008 Posted by Kathy June 15, 2008 - 3:29:37 Topic ID# 8995
Hi NiRi,

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "NiRi" <equineinclined@...> wrote:
>
> I've emailed both my liason and support, so I'm no longer hard to
> reach!
> Thanks,
>
> NiRi
>
> aka Nieriel Raina

Yep, saw your email at mefasupport...thanks for letting us know

Kathy/Inkling

Msg# 9006

ADMIN - Nominations Now Closed Posted by Tanaqui June 16, 2008 - 8:12:46 Topic ID# 9006
Nominations for the 2008 MEFAs have now closed, and no more stories can
be nominated this year.

All authors are currently being emailed to let them know which of their
stories have been nominated, which nominations have been finalised, and
which they still need to do some work on. I hope to get all of these
emails sent today, but nearly 220 authors have been nominated so it will
take me a while!

Authors have one more week after nominations close to give the final
approval for each of their nominations. This includes:

--- completing the form about their nomination and giving it the status
"Author satisfied with form"; and
--- emailing your liaison to say you are satisfied with the form.

You must do this before the END OF 21 JUNE 2008, or your story will be
withdrawn and will not be able to compete this year.

Full details of how to finalise your nomination can be found in Marta's
post last week at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8994.

Once all nominations have been finalized, we will begin categorising
stories into the award categories in which they will compete. More on
that soon (or check out the FAQs at the MEFA site).

Tanaqui
The MEFA Volunteer Team

Msg# 9007

Error setting reviewer recognition (MEFA Junkie) targets - FIXED Posted by Tanaqui June 16, 2008 - 17:24:17 Topic ID# 9007
Hi All

When I was fixing something else a few days back, I managed to introduce
a new bug into the code for setting reviewer recognition (MEFA Junkie)
targets that was preventing it from saving targets when users entered
them. *facepalm*

Anyway, it's now been fixed! So anyone who would like to set themselves
a reviewer target and get a nice shiny MEFA Junkie banner if they meet
their target number of reviews can now do so!

For more about the reviewer recognition scheme, see the FAQ at:
http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQjunkie.

Tanaqui

Msg# 9008

Re: Error setting reviewer recognition (MEFA Junkie) targets - FIXED Posted by surgeon\_ruth June 16, 2008 - 17:50:35 Topic ID# 9007
I already sent you a private e-mail telling you this, but wanted to
give you public kudos as well for getting the problem fixed so
quickly! That particular function now works perfectly for me. Y'all
do a great job of maintaining the site, and I appreciate it!

Ruth/SurgicalSteel
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@...> wrote:
>
> Hi All
>
> When I was fixing something else a few days back, I managed to
introduce
> a new bug into the code for setting reviewer recognition (MEFA
Junkie)
> targets that was preventing it from saving targets when users
entered
> them. *facepalm*
>
> Anyway, it's now been fixed! So anyone who would like to set
themselves
> a reviewer target and get a nice shiny MEFA Junkie banner if they
meet
> their target number of reviews can now do so!
>
> For more about the reviewer recognition scheme, see the FAQ at:
> http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQjunkie.
>
> Tanaqui
>

Msg# 9009

Problems accessing banner site Posted by Tanaqui June 17, 2008 - 4:51:11 Topic ID# 9009
Hi All

A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner site
with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out yesterday.

Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so I'm
afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of days time.

Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this sorted
out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.

Tanaqui
The MEFA Volunteer Team

Msg# 9010

Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by alassante7 June 17, 2008 - 15:03:05 Topic ID# 9009
The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could be
made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you shrink
down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@...> wrote:
>
> Hi All
>
> A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner
site
> with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out yesterday.
>
> Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so I'm
> afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of days
time.
>
> Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this
sorted
> out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.
>
> Tanaqui
> The MEFA Volunteer Team
>

Msg# 9011

Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 17, 2008 - 15:09:58 Topic ID# 9009
I'm forwarding this to the person who is in charge of the banners.
Hopefully, something can be done to 'shrink' them down a bit.

Blessings,
Agape


On 6/17/08, alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could be
> made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you shrink
> down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>, Tanaqui
> <tanaqui@...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi All
> >
> > A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner
> site
> > with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out yesterday.
> >
> > Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so I'm
> > afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of days
> time.
> >
> > Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this
> sorted
> > out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.
> >
> > Tanaqui
> > The MEFA Volunteer Team
> >
>
>
>



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Msg# 9012

Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by Viv June 17, 2008 - 17:17:45 Topic ID# 9009
I can whip up some 110 x 70 ones tonight and send them over to Fiondil. It's probably better to have banners that were made at that size rather than shrunk from a larger size (the type gets especially squashed when you shrink).

viv

http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama

--- On Tue, 6/17/08, alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com>
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 3:03 PM











The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could be

made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you shrink

down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.




















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Msg# 9013

to alassante, Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by kimberli leal June 17, 2008 - 17:23:51 Topic ID# 9013
Hi Alassante,

Is that 110 by 70 px limit on OSA Vertical or horizontal format, Or can it be either way? If you are interested in one of the banners that I have done, I can probably play around with them to fit the new format and still keep them legible by animating the text if that is allowed on OSA ... all I need to know is if OSA will let you post ".gif" format instead of j-peg on that since the animations have to be .gif format to work.

Cactuskim


----- Original Message ----
From: alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:03:03 PM
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site


The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could be
made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you shrink
down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@... > wrote:
>
> Hi All
>
> A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner
site
> with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out yesterday.
>
> Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so I'm
> afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of days
time.
>
> Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this
sorted
> out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.
>
> Tanaqui
> The MEFA Volunteer Team
>



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Msg# 9014

Customizing Banners & source art work Posted by kimberli leal June 17, 2008 - 17:42:18 Topic ID# 9014
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let people know that if they see a banner that was made by me (Cactuskim) and you would like it altered to fit a different use (example; turn a winner banner into a review or nomination banner etc...), feel free to contact me, and I can make those changes for you.

Also for those interested, many of the images I used for banners used original art work by myself including some pics which I have not even finished yet. Some of the finished pictures can be seen at this link if you would like to see the originals. Enjoy them to your hearts content and you can even save images to your personal hard drive if you would like, but please do not post them anywhere without asking me first. :D

http://www.aragorn-legolas.5u.com/cactuskim/

Cactuskim


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Msg# 9015

Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 17, 2008 - 20:18:47 Topic ID# 9009
Bless you, viv!

Agape

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 6:17 PM, Viv <spacellamaprincess@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I can whip up some 110 x 70 ones tonight and send them over to Fiondil.
> It's probably better to have banners that were made at that size rather than
> shrunk from a larger size (the type gets especially squashed when you
> shrink).
>
> viv
>
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama
>
> --- On Tue, 6/17/08, alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com<alassante7%40yahoo.com>>
> wrote:
> From: alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com <alassante7%40yahoo.com>>
> Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>
> Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 3:03 PM
>
> The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could be
>
> made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you shrink
>
> down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>



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Msg# 9016

Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by Becky June 17, 2008 - 21:58:58 Topic ID# 9016
I've just read a story nominated this year that I feel should come
with a warning that was not included by the author. How does one go
about addressing this concern? Should I contact the author him/herself
or perhaps the liason assigned to the story?

Msg# 9017

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 18, 2008 - 10:05:10 Topic ID# 9016
Hi Sulriel,

Can you email me at mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net, with the story
information (ID # or author/title), the warning you'd like added, and
why you feel it should be added? For instance, give me a link to the
chapter or describe the situation you feel warrants the rating. I'll
talk with the author and look into getting the warning added ASAP.

Thanks,

Marta

Becky wrote:
>
>
> I've just read a story nominated this year that I feel should come
> with a warning that was not included by the author. How does one go
> about addressing this concern? Should I contact the author him/herself
> or perhaps the liason assigned to the story?
>

Msg# 9018

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by Súlriel of Menegroth June 18, 2008 - 10:31:04 Topic ID# 9016
... wrong Becky. :) That was from Nueme.

Sulriel

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Sulriel,
>
> Can you email me at mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net, with the story
> information (ID # or author/title), the warning you'd like added, and
> why you feel it should be added? For instance, give me a link to the
> chapter or describe the situation you feel warrants the rating. I'll
> talk with the author and look into getting the warning added ASAP.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta
>
> Becky wrote:
>>
>>
>> I've just read a story nominated this year that I feel should come
>> with a warning that was not included by the author. How does one go
>> about addressing this concern? Should I contact the author him/herself
>> or perhaps the liason assigned to the story?
>>
>

Msg# 9019

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 18, 2008 - 10:48:32 Topic ID# 9016
Hi Sulriel,

Hee! Sorry about that... coming back from several days without
computers, and wading through a sea of emails that rivals Belegaer, so I
guess my brain isn't quite in top gear. :-)

The "other" Becky (i.e. Neume), if you could please do what I mistakenly
asked Sulriel to do, I'll look into the situation.

Thanks,

Marta

Súlriel of Menegroth wrote:
>
>
> ... wrong Becky. :) That was from Nueme.
>
> Sulriel
>
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM, melayton@gmail.com
> <mailto:melayton%40gmail.com> <melayton@gmail.com
> <mailto:melayton%40gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Hi Sulriel,
> >
> > Can you email me at mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net, with the story
> > information (ID # or author/title), the warning you'd like added, and
> > why you feel it should be added? For instance, give me a link to the
> > chapter or describe the situation you feel warrants the rating. I'll
> > talk with the author and look into getting the warning added ASAP.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Marta
> >
> > Becky wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> I've just read a story nominated this year that I feel should come
> >> with a warning that was not included by the author. How does one go
> >> about addressing this concern? Should I contact the author him/herself
> >> or perhaps the liason assigned to the story?
> >>
> >
>

Msg# 9020

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by Súlriel of Menegroth June 18, 2008 - 11:13:07 Topic ID# 9016
No problem; :) it's bound to happen with some of us have so many
names. I hope you had a good trip.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Sulriel,
>
> Hee! Sorry about that... coming back from several days without
> computers, and wading through a sea of emails that rivals Belegaer, so I
> guess my brain isn't quite in top gear. :-)
>
> The "other" Becky (i.e. Neume), if you could please do what I mistakenly
> asked Sulriel to do, I'll look into the situation.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marta

Msg# 9021

Re: Customizing Banners & source art work Posted by KAT702H@aol.com June 18, 2008 - 12:13:28 Topic ID# 9014
While I haven't been able to find the banners, I did find your images. I
have two words for them; awesome and amazing. Where can I find your stories
and those of Cassia and Siobhan?

TariElfLady


In a message dated 6/17/2008 6:42:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
kim@flash.net writes:




Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let people know that if they see a banner that was made by
me (Cactuskim) and you would like it altered to fit a different use (example;
turn a winner banner into a review or nomination banner etc...), feel free
to contact me, and I can make those changes for you.

Also for those interested, many of the images I used for banners used
original art work by myself including some pics which I have not even finished yet.
Some of the finished pictures can be seen at this link if you would like to
see the originals. Enjoy them to your hearts content and you can even save
images to your personal hard drive if you would like, but please do not post
them anywhere without asking me first. :D

_http://www.aragorn-http://www.http://www.ara_
(http://www.aragorn-legolas.5u.com/cactuskim/)

Cactuskim

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Msg# 9022

to alassante, Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by alassante7 June 18, 2008 - 13:59:21 Topic ID# 9013
110 horizontally but I'm not sure if they mind about jpg or gif. =0)

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, kimberli leal <kim@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Alassante,
>
> Is that 110 by 70 px limit on OSA Vertical or horizontal format,
Or can it be either way? If you are interested in one of the
banners that I have done, I can probably play around with them to
fit the new format and still keep them legible by animating the text
if that is allowed on OSA ... all I need to know is if OSA will let
you post ".gif" format instead of j-peg on that since the animations
have to be .gif format to work.
>
> Cactuskim
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: alassante7 <alassante7@...>
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:03:03 PM
> Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site
>
>
> The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could
be
> made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you
shrink
> down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@ > wrote:
> >
> > Hi All
> >
> > A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner
> site
> > with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out
yesterday.
> >
> > Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so
I'm
> > afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of
days
> time.
> >
> > Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this
> sorted
> > out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.
> >
> > Tanaqui
> > The MEFA Volunteer Team
> >
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>

Msg# 9023

Re: to alassante, Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site Posted by kimberli leal June 18, 2008 - 14:14:29 Topic ID# 9013
Thank you Alassante


----- Original Message ----
From: alassante7 <alassante7@yahoo.com>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:59:18 AM
Subject: to alassante, Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site


110 horizontally but I'm not sure if they mind about jpg or gif. =0)

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com, kimberli leal <kim@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Alassante,
>
> Is that 110 by 70 px limit on OSA Vertical or horizontal format,
Or can it be either way? If you are interested in one of the
banners that I have done, I can probably play around with them to
fit the new format and still keep them legible by animating the text
if that is allowed on OSA ... all I need to know is if OSA will let
you post ".gif" format instead of j-peg on that since the animations
have to be .gif format to work.
>
> Cactuskim
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: alassante7 <alassante7@ ...>
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com
> Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:03:03 PM
> Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Problems accessing banner site
>
>
> The banners are really beautiful but I was wondering if some could
be
> made that were smaller. The ones on OSA are 110 x 70 and if you
shrink
> down some of the banners that much you cannot read them.
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogrou ps.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@ > wrote:
> >
> > Hi All
> >
> > A number of people have reported problems logging into the banner
> site
> > with the details provided in the reminder emails sent out
yesterday.
> >
> > Unfortunately, only Marta has admin access to the banner site, so
I'm
> > afraid we can't sort this out until she returns in a couple of
days
> time.
> >
> > Thanks for your patience, and hopefully we'll be able to get this
> sorted
> > out quickly once Marta has a chance to deal with it.
> >
> > Tanaqui
> > The MEFA Volunteer Team
> >
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>



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Msg# 9024

reviews Posted by eledhwen913 June 18, 2008 - 14:16:30 Topic ID# 9024
Do the reviews that you made before setting your reviewer target count
or not? I hope so.

Alqua

Msg# 9025

Re: reviews Posted by Tanaqui June 18, 2008 - 14:32:41 Topic ID# 9024
Hi Alqua

> Do the reviews that you made before setting your reviewer target count
> or not? I hope so.

Yes, they count. *g*

Any hidden and final (but not draft) reviews that you enter at /any/
point during the 2008 MEFAs will count towards your reviewer target.

Tanaqui

Msg# 9026

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by Neume Indil June 18, 2008 - 15:12:16 Topic ID# 9016
No problem. Will do so now, and thanks for the quick reply. (I don't think
that's the first time Sulriel and I have gotten crossed up anyway, so don't
feel bad. :) )

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Súlriel of Menegroth <sulriel@gmail.com>
wrote:

> No problem; :) it's bound to happen with some of us have so many
> names. I hope you had a good trip.
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM, melayton@gmail.com<melayton%40gmail.com><
> melayton@gmail.com <melayton%40gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Hi Sulriel,
> >
> > Hee! Sorry about that... coming back from several days without
> > computers, and wading through a sea of emails that rivals Belegaer, so I
> > guess my brain isn't quite in top gear. :-)
> >
> > The "other" Becky (i.e. Neume), if you could please do what I mistakenly
> > asked Sulriel to do, I'll look into the situation.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Marta
>
>


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Msg# 9027

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 18, 2008 - 15:20:40 Topic ID# 9016
Good. :-) And I'm glad it's not an uncommon mistake - I always hate it
when someone gets my name wrong, or confuses me with someone else. *winks*

I'll look forward to your email whenever you get it sent off.

Marta

Neume Indil wrote:
>
>
> No problem. Will do so now, and thanks for the quick reply. (I don't think
> that's the first time Sulriel and I have gotten crossed up anyway, so don't
> feel bad. :) )
>

Msg# 9028

Re: Question re: ratings of stories. Posted by Neume Indil June 18, 2008 - 15:23:10 Topic ID# 9016
Just sent. :) Thanks again.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 4:17 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Good. :-) And I'm glad it's not an uncommon mistake - I always hate it
> when someone gets my name wrong, or confuses me with someone else. *winks*
>
> I'll look forward to your email whenever you get it sent off.
>
> Marta
>
>
> Neume Indil wrote:
> >
> >
> > No problem. Will do so now, and thanks for the quick reply. (I don't
> think
> > that's the first time Sulriel and I have gotten crossed up anyway, so
> don't
> > feel bad. :) )
> >
>
>
>


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Msg# 9029

To TariElfLady, Re: [MEFAwards] Customizing Banners & source art wor Posted by kimberli leal June 18, 2008 - 17:15:20 Topic ID# 9029
Hi TariElfLady,

Thank you so much, I'm so delighted that you enjoyed my art work so much. ;D

Here is the link to where all the MEFA banners can be found.

http://www.mefawards.net/fanart/

My Banners are mixed in with all of the other wonderful banners that everyone has made. To find out who made a specific banner, just click on the individual banner and you will get more info including the artist etc.... I think that my banners start on about page 10 for the winner banners, and about page 3 for the nominee banners.

I will send you the links to my stories and Cassia and Siobhan's stories off list since I have been told that story links are a bit of a No-No on this list *Waves at Marta... I be good this time* ;p.

Cactuskim





----- Original Message ----
From: "KAT702H@aol.com" <KAT702H@aol.com>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:13:23 AM
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Customizing Banners & source art work



While I haven't been able to find the banners, I did find your images. I
have two words for them; awesome and amazing. Where can I find your stories
and those of Cassia and Siobhan?

TariElfLady


In a message dated 6/17/2008 6:42:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
kim@flash.net writes:

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let people know that if they see a banner that was made by
me (Cactuskim) and you would like it altered to fit a different use (example;
turn a winner banner into a review or nomination banner etc...), feel free
to contact me, and I can make those changes for you.

Also for those interested, many of the images I used for banners used
original art work by myself including some pics which I have not even finished yet.
Some of the finished pictures can be seen at this link if you would like to
see the originals. Enjoy them to your hearts content and you can even save
images to your personal hard drive if you would like, but please do not post
them anywhere without asking me first. :D

_http://www.aragorn- http://www. http://www. ara_
(http://www.aragorn- legolas.5u. com/cactuskim/)

Cactuskim

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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Msg# 9030

Re: Customizing Banners & source art work Posted by nau\_tika June 18, 2008 - 19:50:19 Topic ID# 9014
Here's the link to the Mellon Chronicles:
http://www.aragorn-legolas.5u.com/intro2.html
<http://www.aragorn-legolas.5u.com/intro2.html>

Lots of good fics there, especially for Aragorn and Legolas fans.

nautika

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, KAT702H@... wrote:
>
>
> While I haven't been able to find the banners, I did find your images.
I
> have two words for them; awesome and amazing. Where can I find your
stories
> and those of Cassia and Siobhan?
>
> TariElfLady
>
>
> In a message dated 6/17/2008 6:42:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> kim@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I just wanted to let people know that if they see a banner that was
made by
> me (Cactuskim) and you would like it altered to fit a different use
(example;
> turn a winner banner into a review or nomination banner etc...), feel
free
> to contact me, and I can make those changes for you.
>
> Also for those interested, many of the images I used for banners used
> original art work by myself including some pics which I have not even
finished yet.
> Some of the finished pictures can be seen at this link if you would
like to
> see the originals. Enjoy them to your hearts content and you can even
save
> images to your personal hard drive if you would like, but please do
not post
> them anywhere without asking me first. :D
>
> _http://www.aragorn-http://www.http://www.ara_
> (http://www.aragorn-legolas.5u.com/cactuskim/)
>
> Cactuskim
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> **************Gas prices getting you down? Search AOL Autos for
> fuel-efficient used cars.
(http://autos.aol.com/used?ncid=aolaut00050000000007)
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>




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Msg# 9031

Re: reviews Posted by eledhwen913 June 19, 2008 - 0:35:59 Topic ID# 9024
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Tanaqui <tanaqui@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Alqua
>
> > Do the reviews that you made before setting your reviewer target
count
> > or not? I hope so.
>
> Yes, they count. *g*
>
> Any hidden and final (but not draft) reviews that you enter at /any/
> point during the 2008 MEFAs will count towards your reviewer target.
>
> Tanaqui
>

I'm glad. Thanks for answering Tanaqui!

Alqua

Msg# 9032

can reviews bee seen? Posted by kimberli leal June 20, 2008 - 23:32:03 Topic ID# 9032
Quick question;

I haven't had a chance to really look thru the nominated stories and start reading yet, and just glancing thru the first few pages today, I noticed that for reviews all of them had "N/A" so far which made me curious. I probably just have not looked at enough of them yet and this is most likely a silly question, but I was wondering; can the reviews for the nominated stories be seen by other people who are logged in before awards end?

Cactuskim


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Msg# 9033

Re: can reviews bee seen? Posted by kimberli leal June 20, 2008 - 23:33:13 Topic ID# 9032
*Doh!* stupid spelling typo in the title... I hate it when I do that. Sorry.

Cactuskim


----- Original Message ----
From: kimberli leal <kim@flash.net>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 9:32:00 PM
Subject: [MEFAwards] can reviews bee seen?


Quick question;

I haven't had a chance to really look thru the nominated stories and start reading yet, and just glancing thru the first few pages today, I noticed that for reviews all of them had "N/A" so far which made me curious. I probably just have not looked at enough of them yet and this is most likely a silly question, but I was wondering; can the reviews for the nominated stories be seen by other people who are logged in before awards end?

Cactuskim

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Msg# 9034

Re: can reviews bee seen? Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 21, 2008 - 0:22:04 Topic ID# 9032
Hi Cactuskim,

*Some* reviews can be seen before the end of the awards, but not all of
them, and not yet.

Final reviews will begin to be visible sometime in July - I think it's
right about the time the categories and subcategories are set in stone,
though I can't remember when the exact date is. Hopefully another
volunteer with better memory than mine can be more precise on that
front. At that point, you won't be able to edit your final reviews. So
you want to only use Final status for reviews you're really satisfied with.

Hidden reviews stay (as their name suggests!) hidden until the end of
the awards, but at the end of the awards those reviews will be displayed
to all members. Whatever you have entered at the end of the awards,
that's what will be counted for scoring purposes.

Draft reviews are never displayed and never counted. They're a good way
to keep track of notes as you're reading, but be careful with this
because if you write an actual review as "draft" and forget to change it
over to hidden or final, it won't be counted.

So yeah, to answer your question, some reviews will be displayed while
the awards are going on. They aren't yet, though. When they become
visible you will see links when you log in to read all of the available
reviews.

HTH,

Marta

kimberli leal wrote:
>
>
> Quick question;
>
> I haven't had a chance to really look thru the nominated stories and
> start reading yet, and just glancing thru the first few pages today, I
> noticed that for reviews all of them had "N/A" so far which made me
> curious. I probably just have not looked at enough of them yet and this
> is most likely a silly question, but I was wondering; can the reviews
> for the nominated stories be seen by other people who are logged in
> before awards end?
>
> Cactuskim
>

Msg# 9035

Re: can reviews bee seen? Posted by kimberli leal June 21, 2008 - 2:17:34 Topic ID# 9032
Hi Marta,

Glad to know that I am not just being blind ;p. thank you for the explanation... very helpful.

Cactuskim


----- Original Message ----
From: "melayton@gmail.com" <melayton@gmail.com>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 10:19:40 PM
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] can reviews bee seen?


Hi Cactuskim,

*Some* reviews can be seen before the end of the awards, but not all of
them, and not yet.

Final reviews will begin to be visible sometime in July - I think it's
right about the time the categories and subcategories are set in stone,
though I can't remember when the exact date is. Hopefully another
volunteer with better memory than mine can be more precise on that
front. At that point, you won't be able to edit your final reviews. So
you want to only use Final status for reviews you're really satisfied with.

Hidden reviews stay (as their name suggests!) hidden until the end of
the awards, but at the end of the awards those reviews will be displayed
to all members. Whatever you have entered at the end of the awards,
that's what will be counted for scoring purposes.

Draft reviews are never displayed and never counted. They're a good way
to keep track of notes as you're reading, but be careful with this
because if you write an actual review as "draft" and forget to change it
over to hidden or final, it won't be counted.

So yeah, to answer your question, some reviews will be displayed while
the awards are going on. They aren't yet, though. When they become
visible you will see links when you log in to read all of the available
reviews.

HTH,

Marta

kimberli leal wrote:
>
>
> Quick question;
>
> I haven't had a chance to really look thru the nominated stories and
> start reading yet, and just glancing thru the first few pages today, I
> noticed that for reviews all of them had "N/A" so far which made me
> curious. I probably just have not looked at enough of them yet and this
> is most likely a silly question, but I was wondering; can the reviews
> for the nominated stories be seen by other people who are logged in
> before awards end?
>
> Cactuskim
>



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Msg# 9036

Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 22, 2008 - 14:34:29 Topic ID# 9036
Hey guys,

Our founder, Ainaechoiriel, used to refer to volunteers as participants
who were insufficiently reluctnat. And as we're coming to the end of
nominations, I want to recognize a few groups that have really gone
above and beyond the call of duty.

BANNER MAKERS

We have several very talented artists who have created (and are still
creating) banners for these awards. There are to date 114 banners for
nominated authors, 39 for people who meet their reviewing goal, and 338
for story winners. And as I said, they are still working on the latter
two types of banners and buttons. These banners were created by

--- Baranduin
--- Cactuskim
--- Eleanor (Elea)
--- Nau_tika

In addition, Beruthiel's Cat and Fiondil have really helped to organize
this portion of the awards. My thanks to all of you.

****************************

AUTHOR LIAISONS

If you had a story nominated, you were assigned a liaison that worked
with you. They answered your questions and also looked over your form to
see if they were filled out correctly. The liaisons are

--- agape4gondor
--- aranelgoldenflower (Lily)
--- brindlemom2
--- Cathleen
--- Dreamflower
--- elea24
--- Elliska
--- Foxrafer (csevans8)
--- Inkling
--- Nancy Brooke

*********************************

PROMOTERS

Throughout the awards, these members periodically make announcements at
groups where they are members. They provide an invaluable service in
getting the word out much better than I ever could. This year's
promoters are

--- agape4gondor @ LOTRFellowship
--- annmarwalk @ tolkien_weekly
--- Branwyn @ Middle-earth News
--- brindlemom2 @ Elrond-Lord of Imladris
--- Cathleen @ LOTR_Community_Gfic; LOTR_Community;
the_community_burrow, Community_Reading_LOTR_v2, and PippinHealers
--- Dawn Felagund @ Silmarillion Writers Guild (site, LJ, and Yahoo group)
--- Dwimordene at Henneth_Annun and Henneth Annun Story Archive
--- Ellie @ Julie_Fianna_Archive, HaldirLovers
--- Inkling @ Stories_of_Arda
--- Larner @ CouncilofElrond, blind-sf, reading4theBlind, blindhorse,
blind-chit-chat, bigtomes
--- Nancy Brooke @ Open Scrolls (site and Yahoo group)
--- Obsidianj @ AragornAngst
--- Tari @ Prim's board

(PS - If you see a group not represented and would like to make
announcements there, drop me a line.)

*********************************

RATINGS PANEL

When there was a concern about what a story should be rated or whether a
warning was appropriate, the ratings panel was the team that looked at
the story and gave me their opinion. Their time commitment and their
willingness to read stuff that might not generally appeal to them allows
us to implement our ratings policies in a fair manner. The ratings panel
included

--- Oshun
--- Raksha the Demon
--- Sulriel

(with annmarwalk willing to serve as an alternate if needed)

*********************************

TECH SUPPORT

Our two very talented and devoted webmasters have put in a serious
amount of effort into improvements to this year's website (some of which
you haven't even seen yet! But they're coming). They've also helped fix
site problems and have served as technical advisors to the liaison team
as we used the site. This is in addition to helping out with special
projects that have come up. The two members of tech support are

--- Aranel Took
--- Tanaqui

*********************************

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Agape4Gondor, Inkling, and Tanaqui really stepped up to the plate when I
was out of town last weekend. Inkling and Agape answered questions at
the support address and this Yahoo group respectively; and Tanaqui sent
out an email to every nominated author.

Elliska processed new memberships - meaning that when you join this
group, she's the one that sets you up an account at the MEFA2008
website. That's a lot of work in itself, but she also investigates
online to try to catch people with more than one name, so they only have
one account. This is on top of also being a liaison with a lot of
authors to help.

Radbooks served as welcome manager this year, which means she answered
questions from new members to the site.

Annmarwalk has agreed to post votes as they become available to this
Yahoo group and to the mefas community.

And for those of you curious as to what I've been doing, I've been
trying to be a jack-of-all trades. I gave nominations a final check-over
before approving them; answered questions that came up; and have been
trying to educate the members about different aspects of the awards
through announcements.

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, though with such a large group of
volunteers I always seem to overlook someone. It is not an intentional
slight against anyone, and I am always very sorry when I do.

In any event - thanks to all of the many volunteers, named and otherwise!

Marta

Msg# 9037

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by Arthur Boccaccio June 22, 2008 - 19:19:56 Topic ID# 9036
Hey Marta,

You forgot to add *Viv *to the list of banner makers even though I sent you
her name.... so I'm going to do it here. And I want to take the moment to
publicly thank all FIVE (or six if we include you Marta *grin*) banner
makers for their excellent work. They have all done a great job at creating
interesting banners for all story types (Silmarillion writers please take
note of the many wonderful Silmarillion-based banners that we have to offer
this year) and being very creative (Kim's animated banners are so cool).

I also want to thank Beruthiel's Cat for helping me out when I needed it
most. Without her, most of these banners would still not be up.

And that's all I'm going to say about it. *grin*

Fiondil
On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hey guys,
>
> Our founder, Ainaechoiriel, used to refer to volunteers as participants
> who were insufficiently reluctnat. And as we're coming to the end of
> nominations, I want to recognize a few groups that have really gone
> above and beyond the call of duty.
>
> BANNER MAKERS
>
> We have several very talented artists who have created (and are still
> creating) banners for these awards. There are to date 114 banners for
> nominated authors, 39 for people who meet their reviewing goal, and 338
> for story winners. And as I said, they are still working on the latter
> two types of banners and buttons. These banners were created by
>
> --- Baranduin
> --- Cactuskim
> --- Eleanor (Elea)
> --- Nau_tika
>
> In addition, Beruthiel's Cat and Fiondil have really helped to organize
> this portion of the awards. My thanks to all of you.
>
> ****************************
>
> AUTHOR LIAISONS
>
> If you had a story nominated, you were assigned a liaison that worked
> with you. They answered your questions and also looked over your form to
> see if they were filled out correctly. The liaisons are
>
> --- agape4gondor
> --- aranelgoldenflower (Lily)
> --- brindlemom2
> --- Cathleen
> --- Dreamflower
> --- elea24
> --- Elliska
> --- Foxrafer (csevans8)
> --- Inkling
> --- Nancy Brooke
>
> *********************************
>
> PROMOTERS
>
> Throughout the awards, these members periodically make announcements at
> groups where they are members. They provide an invaluable service in
> getting the word out much better than I ever could. This year's
> promoters are
>
> --- agape4gondor @ LOTRFellowship
> --- annmarwalk @ tolkien_weekly
> --- Branwyn @ Middle-earth News
> --- brindlemom2 @ Elrond-Lord of Imladris
> --- Cathleen @ LOTR_Community_Gfic; LOTR_Community;
> the_community_burrow, Community_Reading_LOTR_v2, and PippinHealers
> --- Dawn Felagund @ Silmarillion Writers Guild (site, LJ, and Yahoo group)
> --- Dwimordene at Henneth_Annun and Henneth Annun Story Archive
> --- Ellie @ Julie_Fianna_Archive, HaldirLovers
> --- Inkling @ Stories_of_Arda
> --- Larner @ CouncilofElrond, blind-sf, reading4theBlind, blindhorse,
> blind-chit-chat, bigtomes
> --- Nancy Brooke @ Open Scrolls (site and Yahoo group)
> --- Obsidianj @ AragornAngst
> --- Tari @ Prim's board
>
> (PS - If you see a group not represented and would like to make
> announcements there, drop me a line.)
>
> *********************************
>
> RATINGS PANEL
>
> When there was a concern about what a story should be rated or whether a
> warning was appropriate, the ratings panel was the team that looked at
> the story and gave me their opinion. Their time commitment and their
> willingness to read stuff that might not generally appeal to them allows
> us to implement our ratings policies in a fair manner. The ratings panel
> included
>
> --- Oshun
> --- Raksha the Demon
> --- Sulriel
>
> (with annmarwalk willing to serve as an alternate if needed)
>
> *********************************
>
> TECH SUPPORT
>
> Our two very talented and devoted webmasters have put in a serious
> amount of effort into improvements to this year's website (some of which
> you haven't even seen yet! But they're coming). They've also helped fix
> site problems and have served as technical advisors to the liaison team
> as we used the site. This is in addition to helping out with special
> projects that have come up. The two members of tech support are
>
> --- Aranel Took
> --- Tanaqui
>
> *********************************
>
> SPECIAL PROJECTS
>
> Agape4Gondor, Inkling, and Tanaqui really stepped up to the plate when I
> was out of town last weekend. Inkling and Agape answered questions at
> the support address and this Yahoo group respectively; and Tanaqui sent
> out an email to every nominated author.
>
> Elliska processed new memberships - meaning that when you join this
> group, she's the one that sets you up an account at the MEFA2008
> website. That's a lot of work in itself, but she also investigates
> online to try to catch people with more than one name, so they only have
> one account. This is on top of also being a liaison with a lot of
> authors to help.
>
> Radbooks served as welcome manager this year, which means she answered
> questions from new members to the site.
>
> Annmarwalk has agreed to post votes as they become available to this
> Yahoo group and to the mefas community.
>
> And for those of you curious as to what I've been doing, I've been
> trying to be a jack-of-all trades. I gave nominations a final check-over
> before approving them; answered questions that came up; and have been
> trying to educate the members about different aspects of the awards
> through announcements.
>
> I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, though with such a large group of
> volunteers I always seem to overlook someone. It is not an intentional
> slight against anyone, and I am always very sorry when I do.
>
> In any event - thanks to all of the many volunteers, named and otherwise!
>
> Marta
>
>



--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nımo to an
Unidentified Elven Fıa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lımı! Utılie'n aurı! ı Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor Nirnaeth
Arnediad

Aurı entuluva! ı Battle Cry of Hırin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utılie'n Estel ı Hope hath come


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Msg# 9038

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 22, 2008 - 21:26:15 Topic ID# 9036
Hi Arthur,

I am very sorry for forgetting to mention Viv. I actually was thinking
to myself: "don't forget Viv, don't forget Viv" because I always seem to
skip over her in my mind for some reason (I'm like that with some
people) - and yet, I *still* forgot her. *le sigh* As I said, I apologize.

Thank you for bringing her up, and for offering the second thanks to
Beruthiel's Cat - having just looked through a lot of the banners, I too
am very thankful for having so many nice pieces available.

Marta

Thank Arthur Boccaccio wrote:
> Hey Marta,
>
> You forgot to add *Viv *to the list of banner makers even though I sent you
> her name.... so I'm going to do it here. And I want to take the moment to
> publicly thank all FIVE (or six if we include you Marta *grin*) banner
> makers for their excellent work. They have all done a great job at creating
> interesting banners for all story types (Silmarillion writers please take
> note of the many wonderful Silmarillion-based banners that we have to offer
> this year) and being very creative (Kim's animated banners are so cool).
>
> I also want to thank Beruthiel's Cat for helping me out when I needed it
> most. Without her, most of these banners would still not be up.
>
> And that's all I'm going to say about it. *grin*
>
> Fiondil
> On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Hey guys,
>>
>> Our founder, Ainaechoiriel, used to refer to volunteers as participants
>> who were insufficiently reluctnat. And as we're coming to the end of
>> nominations, I want to recognize a few groups that have really gone
>> above and beyond the call of duty.
>>
>> BANNER MAKERS
>>
>> We have several very talented artists who have created (and are still
>> creating) banners for these awards. There are to date 114 banners for
>> nominated authors, 39 for people who meet their reviewing goal, and 338
>> for story winners. And as I said, they are still working on the latter
>> two types of banners and buttons. These banners were created by
>>
>> --- Baranduin
>> --- Cactuskim
>> --- Eleanor (Elea)
>> --- Nau_tika
>>
>> In addition, Beruthiel's Cat and Fiondil have really helped to organize
>> this portion of the awards. My thanks to all of you.
>>
>> ****************************
>>
>> AUTHOR LIAISONS
>>
>> If you had a story nominated, you were assigned a liaison that worked
>> with you. They answered your questions and also looked over your form to
>> see if they were filled out correctly. The liaisons are
>>
>> --- agape4gondor
>> --- aranelgoldenflower (Lily)
>> --- brindlemom2
>> --- Cathleen
>> --- Dreamflower
>> --- elea24
>> --- Elliska
>> --- Foxrafer (csevans8)
>> --- Inkling
>> --- Nancy Brooke
>>
>> *********************************
>>
>> PROMOTERS
>>
>> Throughout the awards, these members periodically make announcements at
>> groups where they are members. They provide an invaluable service in
>> getting the word out much better than I ever could. This year's
>> promoters are
>>
>> --- agape4gondor @ LOTRFellowship
>> --- annmarwalk @ tolkien_weekly
>> --- Branwyn @ Middle-earth News
>> --- brindlemom2 @ Elrond-Lord of Imladris
>> --- Cathleen @ LOTR_Community_Gfic; LOTR_Community;
>> the_community_burrow, Community_Reading_LOTR_v2, and PippinHealers
>> --- Dawn Felagund @ Silmarillion Writers Guild (site, LJ, and Yahoo group)
>> --- Dwimordene at Henneth_Annun and Henneth Annun Story Archive
>> --- Ellie @ Julie_Fianna_Archive, HaldirLovers
>> --- Inkling @ Stories_of_Arda
>> --- Larner @ CouncilofElrond, blind-sf, reading4theBlind, blindhorse,
>> blind-chit-chat, bigtomes
>> --- Nancy Brooke @ Open Scrolls (site and Yahoo group)
>> --- Obsidianj @ AragornAngst
>> --- Tari @ Prim's board
>>
>> (PS - If you see a group not represented and would like to make
>> announcements there, drop me a line.)
>>
>> *********************************
>>
>> RATINGS PANEL
>>
>> When there was a concern about what a story should be rated or whether a
>> warning was appropriate, the ratings panel was the team that looked at
>> the story and gave me their opinion. Their time commitment and their
>> willingness to read stuff that might not generally appeal to them allows
>> us to implement our ratings policies in a fair manner. The ratings panel
>> included
>>
>> --- Oshun
>> --- Raksha the Demon
>> --- Sulriel
>>
>> (with annmarwalk willing to serve as an alternate if needed)
>>
>> *********************************
>>
>> TECH SUPPORT
>>
>> Our two very talented and devoted webmasters have put in a serious
>> amount of effort into improvements to this year's website (some of which
>> you haven't even seen yet! But they're coming). They've also helped fix
>> site problems and have served as technical advisors to the liaison team
>> as we used the site. This is in addition to helping out with special
>> projects that have come up. The two members of tech support are
>>
>> --- Aranel Took
>> --- Tanaqui
>>
>> *********************************
>>
>> SPECIAL PROJECTS
>>
>> Agape4Gondor, Inkling, and Tanaqui really stepped up to the plate when I
>> was out of town last weekend. Inkling and Agape answered questions at
>> the support address and this Yahoo group respectively; and Tanaqui sent
>> out an email to every nominated author.
>>
>> Elliska processed new memberships - meaning that when you join this
>> group, she's the one that sets you up an account at the MEFA2008
>> website. That's a lot of work in itself, but she also investigates
>> online to try to catch people with more than one name, so they only have
>> one account. This is on top of also being a liaison with a lot of
>> authors to help.
>>
>> Radbooks served as welcome manager this year, which means she answered
>> questions from new members to the site.
>>
>> Annmarwalk has agreed to post votes as they become available to this
>> Yahoo group and to the mefas community.
>>
>> And for those of you curious as to what I've been doing, I've been
>> trying to be a jack-of-all trades. I gave nominations a final check-over
>> before approving them; answered questions that came up; and have been
>> trying to educate the members about different aspects of the awards
>> through announcements.
>>
>> I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, though with such a large group of
>> volunteers I always seem to overlook someone. It is not an intentional
>> slight against anyone, and I am always very sorry when I do.
>>
>> In any event - thanks to all of the many volunteers, named and otherwise!
>>
>> Marta
>>
>>
>
>
>

Msg# 9039

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by Elena Tiriel June 22, 2008 - 21:38:34 Topic ID# 9036
My thanks to all the volunteers, reluctant or not, mentioned or not. I have
enjoyed the MEFAs since I learned of them several years ago; they improve
each year -- but this year, they seem to have made a quantum leap towards
perfection. Well done and thank you all for your contributions!

- Barbara

On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hey guys,
>
> Our founder, Ainaechoiriel, used to refer to volunteers as participants
> who were insufficiently reluctnat. And as we're coming to the end of
> nominations, I want to recognize a few groups that have really gone
> above and beyond the call of duty.
>
>
>


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9040

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by Viv June 22, 2008 - 22:42:33 Topic ID# 9036
Am forgettable. :)

Seriously. These awards are so slick, I'm happy I can minnow in the school. MEFA has come a long way from hand-tallied spreadsheets. Woot on all y'all who've made that possible.

viv

http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama

--- On Sun, 6/22/08, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:
From: melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 9:23 PM











Hi Arthur,



I am very sorry for forgetting to mention Viv. I actually was thinking

to myself: "don't forget Viv, don't forget Viv" because I always seem to

skip over her in my mind for some reason


















[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9041

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by Marty June 23, 2008 - 2:52:00 Topic ID# 9036
Viv Am Not Forgettable, lol! She made some lovely banners and I very much
enjoyed seeing what she'd done when Fiondil and I were working on them.
Thanks, Viv!
Also many thanks to everyone for allowing me to be part of the process.
Fiondil didn't have to twist my arm *very* hard, *grin*, and am happy he
thought to include me.
Lovely artwork on the banners, great setup on the site...you folks are all
amazing!

Beruthiel's Cat
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viv" <spacellamaprincess@yahoo.com>
To: <MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant


> Am forgettable. :)
>
> Seriously. These awards are so slick, I'm happy I can minnow in the
> school. MEFA has come a long way from hand-tallied spreadsheets. Woot on
> all y'all who've made that possible.
>
> viv
>
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama
>
> --- On Sun, 6/22/08, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 9:23 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Arthur,
>
>
>
> I am very sorry for forgetting to mention Viv. I actually was thinking
>
> to myself: "don't forget Viv, don't forget Viv" because I always seem to
>
> skip over her in my mind for some reason
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> No virus found in this incoming message.
> Checked by AVG.
> Version: 7.5.524 / Virus Database: 270.4.1/1513 - Release Date: 6/22/2008
> 7:52 AM
>
>

Msg# 9042

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by Cathleen June 23, 2008 - 6:47:17 Topic ID# 9036
And didn't Pearl Took and Dawn do something, umm "Mefa for Dummies"??

Cathleen

Marty <martym@skybest.com> wrote:
Viv Am Not Forgettable, lol! She made some lovely banners and I very much
enjoyed seeing what she'd done when Fiondil and I were working on them.
Thanks, Viv!
Also many thanks to everyone for allowing me to be part of the process.
Fiondil didn't have to twist my arm *very* hard, *grin*, and am happy he
thought to include me.
Lovely artwork on the banners, great setup on the site...you folks are all
amazing!

Beruthiel's Cat
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viv" <spacellamaprincess@yahoo.com>
To: <MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant

> Am forgettable. :)
>
> Seriously. These awards are so slick, I'm happy I can minnow in the
> school. MEFA has come a long way from hand-tallied spreadsheets. Woot on
> all y'all who've made that possible.
>
> viv
>
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama
>
> --- On Sun, 6/22/08, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 9:23 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Arthur,
>
>
>
> I am very sorry for forgetting to mention Viv. I actually was thinking
>
> to myself: "don't forget Viv, don't forget Viv" because I always seem to
>
> skip over her in my mind for some reason
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> No virus found in this incoming message.
> Checked by AVG.
> Version: 7.5.524 / Virus Database: 270.4.1/1513 - Release Date: 6/22/2008
> 7:52 AM
>
>






"Beautiful, glorious Scotland, has spoilt me for every other country!"

Mary Todd Lincoln


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9043

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 23, 2008 - 10:45:34 Topic ID# 9036
Hi Barbara,

I feel the need to give Tanaqui and Aranel most of the credit for the
quantum leap. They have made some really awesome changes to the website;
I pretty much have been doing what I've always been doing! But have
perhaps been doing it more affectively because of some tools they gave
me (like a tool that makes it worlds easier to post hard-to-reach
authors' lists).

Fiondil has also done a really spectacular job organizing the banner
makers; I always thought we had such nice banners, but this year hey are
really outdoing themselves.

In any event, thank you! I'm glad you've found the awards so much easier
and better this year.

Marta

Elena Tiriel wrote:
>
>
> My thanks to all the volunteers, reluctant or not, mentioned or not. I have
> enjoyed the MEFAs since I learned of them several years ago; they improve
> each year -- but this year, they seem to have made a quantum leap towards
> perfection. Well done and thank you all for your contributions!
>
> - Barbara
>

Msg# 9044

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 23, 2008 - 10:45:35 Topic ID# 9036
Hi Viv,

Viv wrote:
>
>
> Am forgettable. :)
>

Well... maybe not under ordinary circumstances! But with so many things
going on, it's always inevitable that I'll forget about one thing.

> Seriously. These awards are so slick, I'm happy I can minnow in the
> school. MEFA has come a long way from hand-tallied spreadsheets. Woot on
> all y'all who've made that possible.
>

Excellent! I am glad to give you that opportunity. You are right - we
really have come along way. All of you guys really rocky.

Marta

Msg# 9045

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 23, 2008 - 10:49:06 Topic ID# 9036
Hi Cathleen,

You are right, I forgot to mention that! Pearl and Dawn wrote a "MEFA
New Members' Guide", affectionately called among the volunteers as "MEFA
for Dummies" when we were writing it (*not* because new members are
dummies, but because the style was patterned after the "... for Dummies"
books).

Thanks to both of you for your hard work on this. It really is a nice
resource. For the interested, you can find it at

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=newMembers

or by clicking on "New Members - Start Here" when you log in.

Marta

Cathleen wrote:
>
>
> And didn't Pearl Took and Dawn do something, umm "Mefa for Dummies"??
>
> Cathleen
>

Msg# 9046

Some changes to the MEFA site home page Posted by Tanaqui June 23, 2008 - 14:34:09 Topic ID# 9046
Hi All

I just wanted to let everyone know that I've made some minor updates to
the home page on the MEFA site. so that the features you'll all be using
more now that nomination season is over have been shifted nearer the top
of the page. However, everything that was on there before is still there
- you can now find links to view the stories you've had nominated or
nominated near the bottom of the page .

I've also updated the Volunteers page. These awards rely on a lot of
hard work by a huge number of amazing people, and you can see the full
roll call of the "insufficiently reluctant" at
http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvolunteers.

Tanaqui

Msg# 9047

Admin - MEFA Junkie Status Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 23, 2008 - 15:44:19 Topic ID# 9047
Hey guys,

With all the othr stuff going on this week (tying up loose ends with
nominations + a bit of a busy RL), I completely forgot to post my weekly
educational feature on Thursday. So I'm going to do that now, and will
post another educational post in a few days (what I had scheduled for
this week).

Anyway - I want to talk a little about what is affectionately called
among the volunteers your "junkie" status - as in whether you're a
review junkie or not. :-) Basically, you can tell the website that you
intend to review a certain number of stories, and if you do reach your
goal you get a special graphic to advertise this fact, and are mentioned
on the website.

Some people love this feature (I count myself in this camp), whereas
other people prefer not to use it. Personally, I feel that it's very
helpful in setting goals for myself, but other people may prefer
something less structured. This is not something any reviewer has to do,
and so just because someone is not on the list of commended reviewers
doesn't mean that they have been a bad reviewer; they may have just
opted not to use this feature.

If you *would* like to use this feature, here are some things you may
like to know:

*********************

SETTING YOUR REVIEWING TARGET

The first thing you need to do is decide how many reviews you'd like to
write. You must choose at least 10, but you can choose any number you
like. I think it's good to choose an amount that's a little more than
you did last year, though if you're busier this year than last year you
may choose to select a lower target goal.

Once you've decided on a number, you need to tell the website what you'd
like your goal to be. Just log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/ and you
will see a new option inviting you to enter or change your reviewing
target. Click on the link and enter your review target, and click
"Save." Your target has been saved, though you may need to log out and
back in for the website to display this fact.

For the record, I set the goal of 50 reviews. Last year I think I aimed
for 100, but I'm starting a new doctoral program and so expect to have
less reviewing time in the fall than I did last year.

***********************

WHEN TO SET YOUR TARGET

You can only enter and change your reviewing goal for a few weeks after
nominations closed. This is because the point of the junkie status is to
help you set goals in your reviewing, and it would mean less if anyone
could just lower their target close to the end of the awards. This way
you know that people who display the reviewer button set a goal and met it.

You must set your goal by June 30; and after that time, you will not be
able to edit any goal you set.

***********************

WHAT REVIEWS ARE COUNTED

When determining whether or not you've met your reviewing goal, the
website counts the same reviews that "count" for the authors. Draft
reviews do not give the author points unless their status is changed to
"hidden" or "final"; similarly, they do not count toward your reviewing
goal.

That means that when I said I would review 50 stories, the website
interprets that as me saying I will enter fifty hidden or final reviews.

This is the only thing the website looks at. If you entered votes during
nomination season (before you set your target) and those reviews were
hidden or final, they'll count. The website also doesn't consider the
length of your reviews, how many authors you've reviewed or anything
like that - it only looks at how many hidden + final reviews you've
submitted.

***********************

WHEN YOU REACH YOUR GOAL

A few things will happen when you reach your reviewing goal.

First, you will be sent an email saying you've reached your reviewing
goal. This email will contain the password to download a button for MEFA
junkies - people who have reached their goal.

Also, the website will recognize you as a reviewer who met his or her
goal. In the list of users, there will now be a blue ribbon next to your
name. In addition, there is a list of reviewers who have reached their
goals in the FAQ, at

http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQjunkie#jun_7

(This list will be linked to from the page displaying the story winners
at the end of the awards.)

Incidentally, you can find the banners available to people who meet
their goals at

http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=800

Some serious, some not, all beautiful - and more will be added as they
are created.

*****************

REVIEWING PAST YOUR GOAL

Every year, I am asked what happens when you meet your goal. The
question is usually whether you can review *more* stories than your
goal. And the answer is, most emphatically: YES!!! You can review as
many stories as you'd like, until you run out of nominations or time.
You won't get any more recognition than you get just for meeting your
goal; but you are by all means welcome to review above and beyond your
goal. Like I said, I set 50 as my goal, but I sincerely hope I find the
time to review more than that.

*********************

I think that's it. If you have any questions about the junkie status
please ask!

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 9048

viewing reviews Posted by spacellamaprincess June 24, 2008 - 13:10:53 Topic ID# 9048
Is there any way I can view all the reviews I've written thus far? I
reviewed a drabble, and now when I look at that story's row, it
doesn't indicate that I've reviewed it. Which means I must have
assigned that review to another story in error. Eep! I think that
fixing this would be pretty easy if I could just see my reviews.

However, I know this is a busy part of the season, when you're
finalizing and sorting and stuff. No urgency. I don't suppose the
author of the other story would particularly *mind* getting a review
that makes no sense. :)

viv

Msg# 9049

Re: viewing reviews Posted by Barbara Rich June 24, 2008 - 13:27:09 Topic ID# 9048
You can use the story filter. Just set it to show only stories you've
already reviewed, and if you are sure it's a drabble, you could narrow it
down more, by showing you only FLFs you've already reviewed.

Dreamflower

On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 1:10 PM, spacellamaprincess <
spacellamaprincess@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Is there any way I can view all the reviews I've written thus far? I
> reviewed a drabble, and now when I look at that story's row, it
> doesn't indicate that I've reviewed it. Which means I must have
> assigned that review to another story in error. Eep! I think that
> fixing this would be pretty easy if I could just see my reviews.
>
> However, I know this is a busy part of the season, when you're
> finalizing and sorting and stuff. No urgency. I don't suppose the
> author of the other story would particularly *mind* getting a review
> that makes no sense. :)
>
> viv
>
>
>


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Msg# 9050

Re: viewing reviews Posted by Viv June 24, 2008 - 13:31:42 Topic ID# 9048
Oh nifty! I know it was there all along, but I'm such a total dork and overlooked the whole story filter functionality. Thank you so much!

viv

http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama

--- On Tue, 6/24/08, Barbara Rich <aelfwina@gmail.com> wrote:
From: Barbara Rich <aelfwina@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] viewing reviews
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 1:27 PM











You can use the story filter.



















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Msg# 9051

Re: Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant Posted by kimberli leal June 24, 2008 - 23:29:34 Topic ID# 9036
Thank you Marta.

Hummmm.... didn't think about promoting the MEFA's... just discovered it myself.... but I think I will mention it to some of my other yahoo groups. :D

Cactuskim


----- Original Message ----
From: "melayton@gmail.com" <melayton@gmail.com>
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 12:32:03 PM
Subject: [MEFAwards] Recognizing the Insufficiently Reluctant


Hey guys,

Our founder, Ainaechoiriel, used to refer to volunteers as participants
who were insufficiently reluctnat. And as we're coming to the end of
nominations, I want to recognize a few groups that have really gone
above and beyond the call of duty.

BANNER MAKERS

We have several very talented artists who have created (and are still
creating) banners for these awards. There are to date 114 banners for
nominated authors, 39 for people who meet their reviewing goal, and 338
for story winners. And as I said, they are still working on the latter
two types of banners and buttons. These banners were created by

--- Baranduin
--- Cactuskim
--- Eleanor (Elea)
--- Nau_tika

In addition, Beruthiel's Cat and Fiondil have really helped to organize
this portion of the awards. My thanks to all of you.

************ ********* *******

AUTHOR LIAISONS

If you had a story nominated, you were assigned a liaison that worked
with you. They answered your questions and also looked over your form to
see if they were filled out correctly. The liaisons are

--- agape4gondor
--- aranelgoldenflower (Lily)
--- brindlemom2
--- Cathleen
--- Dreamflower
--- elea24
--- Elliska
--- Foxrafer (csevans8)
--- Inkling
--- Nancy Brooke

************ ********* ********* ***

PROMOTERS

Throughout the awards, these members periodically make announcements at
groups where they are members. They provide an invaluable service in
getting the word out much better than I ever could. This year's
promoters are

--- agape4gondor @ LOTRFellowship
--- annmarwalk @ tolkien_weekly
--- Branwyn @ Middle-earth News
--- brindlemom2 @ Elrond-Lord of Imladris
--- Cathleen @ LOTR_Community_ Gfic; LOTR_Community;
the_community_ burrow, Community_Reading_ LOTR_v2, and PippinHealers
--- Dawn Felagund @ Silmarillion Writers Guild (site, LJ, and Yahoo group)
--- Dwimordene at Henneth_Annun and Henneth Annun Story Archive
--- Ellie @ Julie_Fianna_ Archive, HaldirLovers
--- Inkling @ Stories_of_Arda
--- Larner @ CouncilofElrond, blind-sf, reading4theBlind, blindhorse,
blind-chit-chat, bigtomes
--- Nancy Brooke @ Open Scrolls (site and Yahoo group)
--- Obsidianj @ AragornAngst
--- Tari @ Prim's board

(PS - If you see a group not represented and would like to make
announcements there, drop me a line.)

************ ********* ********* ***

RATINGS PANEL

When there was a concern about what a story should be rated or whether a
warning was appropriate, the ratings panel was the team that looked at
the story and gave me their opinion. Their time commitment and their
willingness to read stuff that might not generally appeal to them allows
us to implement our ratings policies in a fair manner. The ratings panel
included

--- Oshun
--- Raksha the Demon
--- Sulriel

(with annmarwalk willing to serve as an alternate if needed)

************ ********* ********* ***

TECH SUPPORT

Our two very talented and devoted webmasters have put in a serious
amount of effort into improvements to this year's website (some of which
you haven't even seen yet! But they're coming). They've also helped fix
site problems and have served as technical advisors to the liaison team
as we used the site. This is in addition to helping out with special
projects that have come up. The two members of tech support are

--- Aranel Took
--- Tanaqui

************ ********* ********* ***

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Agape4Gondor, Inkling, and Tanaqui really stepped up to the plate when I
was out of town last weekend. Inkling and Agape answered questions at
the support address and this Yahoo group respectively; and Tanaqui sent
out an email to every nominated author.

Elliska processed new memberships - meaning that when you join this
group, she's the one that sets you up an account at the MEFA2008
website. That's a lot of work in itself, but she also investigates
online to try to catch people with more than one name, so they only have
one account. This is on top of also being a liaison with a lot of
authors to help.

Radbooks served as welcome manager this year, which means she answered
questions from new members to the site.

Annmarwalk has agreed to post votes as they become available to this
Yahoo group and to the mefas community.

And for those of you curious as to what I've been doing, I've been
trying to be a jack-of-all trades. I gave nominations a final check-over
before approving them; answered questions that came up; and have been
trying to educate the members about different aspects of the awards
through announcements.

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, though with such a large group of
volunteers I always seem to overlook someone. It is not an intentional
slight against anyone, and I am always very sorry when I do.

In any event - thanks to all of the many volunteers, named and otherwise!

Marta


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Msg# 9052

Reviewing Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 27, 2008 - 22:02:34 Topic ID# 9052
Hi, folks,

Forgive this wee little thought - but as the reviewing process is now in
full stride - I thought I'd share this with you.

I'm cleaning out my computer room and found some tales that I'd printed out.
Upon further investigation, I found they were tales nominated for the 2007
MEFA's. Time had caught up with me, it seems, and I neglected to review
them. I won't even say which stories they are now - suffice it to say that I
am embarrassed and saddened that I did not review them, for they were well
worth a moment's time.

So - I am scolding myself now - and vowing to not let the 'end' of reviewing
time engulf me without endeavoring to review as many as possible. Authors
should be acknowledged when they touch a reader.

Blessings,
Agape


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Msg# 9053

Admin - First Age Stories Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 29, 2008 - 1:49:42 Topic ID# 9053
Hey guys,

For the duration of the awards, my weekly messages will alternate
between informational emails like I have been doing, and emails that
spotlight certain types of stories. This is to help expose you to the
stories participating in this year's awards.

To find out more about these stories, you should visit our voting
website, www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/ . Perhaps the easiest way to look
up an individual story is to do a search for the story ID#. To do this....

1. Log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/
2. Click the "Stories" link at the top of the page.
3. Scroll down to the grey bar, where you will see a search field (a
white box you can type into, followed by a "Search" button.) Click
inside this field.
4. Type in the story ID number followed by the pound sign - for
instance, searching for "255#" will bring up story #255 - "Rekindling"
by Dawn Felagund.
5. Click "search."

You can also pull up all of these stories by selecting "Times: First Age
and Prior" from the "Genre, Race, Time" filter.

Before we get started, some of you may wonder what I mean when I say the
author selected the "Times: First Age and Prior" category. This isn't
the same as saying they'll compete in that category. Every author picks
three main categories they would like their story to compete in, and
volunteers subsequently choose one of those main categories to actually
place the piece in. The stories listed below are the ones where one of
those category choices was "Times: First Age and Prior." That means the
author was okay with the story competing against other First Age
stories, so you can be sure these all have something to do with the
First Age.

Now on to some stories.

With so many stories nominated it's impossible to present them all in
detail. Here are five First Age and Prior stories chosen at random, to
give you a sampling.

#084. "In absntia" by Robinka
SUMMARY: Rescued from Thangorodrim, Maedhros slowly succumbed to pain. A
short take on what might have transpired between him and Fingon when
suffering finally brought Maedhros on the verge of breaking.

#321. "A Smile" by Aria
SUMMARY: "Yet neither bread nor rest would [Orodreth] grant to Celegorm
and Curufin within his realm, and he swore that there would be little
love between Nargothrond and the Sons of Fëanor thereafter. Let it be
so!' Said Celegorm, and there was a light of menace in his eyes; but
Curufin smiled [...] In that time Celebrimbor the son of Curufin
repudiated the deeds of his father, and remained in Nargothrond." A
study of a father and son, with a momentous decision. An attempt to
understand why Curufin smiled.

#352. "The Work of Small Hands" by Dawn Felagund
SUMMARY: Valinor has been plunged into darkness, most of the Noldor have
gone into exile, and the Teleri grieve for those lost in the kinslaying.
The Valar have turned their backs on the remaining Noldor--left without
a king--and chaos rules the streets of Tirion. Can Eärwen, the quiet
wife of a third-born prince, find the courage and strength to save her
husband's people?

#432. "Love at First Sight" by Gwynnyd
SUMMARY: With such a strong personality, love comes early and strong. (

#658. "If I Had One Wish" by Ellie
SUMMARY: Indis reveals her greatest wish.

These are just a few of the nominations that selected the "Times: First
Age and Prior" stories (which should represent at least most of the
pieces set in that time period). I'll now list all of these nominations,
just authors and titles to save on space. If you recognize one, why not
go ahead and enter a review for it? And while you're at the site check
out another piece from this time period to see if you might want to read
it, or if you don't have time add it to your wish list.

*************************************************
* Alassante - (260) Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say!
*
* Angelica - (322) Name Calling: Group Identity and the Other Among
First Age Elves
*
* Aria - (321) A Smile
*
* brindlemom2 - (184) Choices
*
* Dawn Felagund - (32) An Ordinary Woman; (74) Stars of the Lesser;
(107) A Woman in Few Words: The Character of Nerdanel and Her Treatment
in Fanfic; (126) Light of the Westering Sun; (131) Surprise; (140)
Journeys of Vasa; (247) Essecarme; (253) Noldolante; (254) Discretion;
(256) The Scribe and His Heir; (272) The Ghost in the Garden; (323) One
Last Wish; (353) The Work of Small Hands
*
* elfscribe - (539) Wind and Fire
*
* Elitihien - (534) All These Hands
*
* Elleth - (218) Ghost; (399) Return; (736) Five Fires
*
* Ellie - (100) Like Roses Over a Fence; (658) If I Had One Wish
*
* Fiondil - (3) Wars of the Valar; (53) GOBLINS: The Herald's Summons;
(554) NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty
*
* Ford of Bruinen - (661) I Married for Love; (662) Crumbling Walls;
(714) Vodka
*
* GWYNNYD - (432) Love at First Sight
*
* Ignoble Bard - (36) Hearts Like the Sea; (568) I Ain't Got Nobody;
(646) SIlver Blossoms Blown
*
* Imhiriel - (356) The Pillar Perished Is; (366) Moved to Pity; (369)
Forsaken; (375) A Race, to Be Like Me
*
* Istarnie - (659) Nerdanel's Sons
*
* Keiliss - (76) Footsteps; (252) To Be a King; (717) Circle of Silver
*
* Kenaz - (60) Heart of Wood
*
* Klose - (540) And Then There Was Cake, or Begetting Day Horrors
*
* Maeve Riannon - (403) A Fair Trial; (404) The Nightingale
*
* Marta - (99) Kementari
*
* Meril - (219) Burdens; (389) Five Things That Never Happened to Nerdanel
*
* MithLun - (221) Lessons from the Mountain
*
* Moreth - (139) The Revenge of Curufin's Horse; (220) Alqualonde
*
* mrkinch - (603) Black Memory
*
* Noliel - (541) Thicker Than Water
*
* Oshun - (35) A New Day; (49) A Harmony in Autumn; (77) Young Feanaro
Makes a Stone; (79) Early Winter at Himring Hill; (80) Denial; (212)
Full Brothers in Blood
*
* Phyncke - (160) A Sleep Over
*
* Raksha the Demon - (423) Refuge
*
* red lasbelin - (563) Blue
*
* Rhapsody - (82) The Last Stand; (409) The Last Words; (570) Midwinter
Thoughts; (718) Vengeance's Folly
*
* rhyselle - (69) Courage
*
* Robinka - (83) The Sky is Over; (84) In absentia; (657) House of Ransom
*
* Tanaqui - (120) The War of Wrath; (300) Creation Myths; (443) No
Mercy; (449) The Lowest Circle
*
* weepingnaiad - (493) Starcrossed
**********************************

Now for the standard disclaimer: this list of stories was compiled by
yours truly. By hand. Unlike the pope, I am not infallible. :-) If you
were mistakenly left off this list, it's just that (a mistake); and if I
got your story's ID # wrong, I apologize in advance for that, too.
'Twasn't intentional, by any means.

Some of these pieces are WIPs. Some are FLFs (fixed-length ficlets -
drabbles and drabble variants, like double drabbles and drabble series),
and others are full-fledged novels Some are rated teen or mature for
some combination of violence, erotic content, themes, and other content
that may be inappropriate for youngsters. Before you read a story, check
out its story type, rating, reason for rating, romance partner, and
other information to see if it's something you might like.

For full information about these stories free of any mistakes I might
have introduced, please check out our website. If you need help with
your password, email mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net; if you have
general questions on how to find stories at the website, read the FAQs
or post here for help, and someone will gladly address your question.

Happy reading!

Marta

Msg# 9054

Re: Admin - First Age Stories Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell June 29, 2008 - 2:26:53 Topic ID# 9053
Love the list, Marta.

My story "The Craft of the Elven Smith" was left off the list, but then
it was multi-age, ranging from the First to the end of the Third Age.

Am glad I've read at least SOME of these!
Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

I mourn for this nation.

Msg# 9055

Re: Admin - First Age Stories Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 29, 2008 - 11:03:33 Topic ID# 9053
Hi Bonnie,

I hope you find the list helpful! It was actually a lot of fun to dig
through the stories.

The reason your story wasn't on the list was that you had selected
"Times: Multi-Age" as your category choice. Which was absolutely the
right thing to do, because it communicated the fact that your story
isn't *just* set in the First Age; however, because I was using the
filter that relies on category choice selection to generate a quick and
dirty list, it didn't show up. Neither would anyuone else's that was set
in the First Age and some other age, and who selected "Times: Multi-Age."

I could perhaps have come up with my list in another way (stories set in
First Age locations, or involving First Age characters, for instance),
but that would have left off people who didn't select characters or
settings. There's not always a good way to pick up *every* story that is
set in a certain time period. I am sorry for anyone who got left off,
though!

Anyway, I'm glad you mentioned your story because I want other people
who are interested in First Age stories to know of all the stories
available to them. Or at least as many as I can list. :-)

Marta

Bonnie L. Sherrell wrote:
>
>
> Love the list, Marta.
>
> My story "The Craft of the Elven Smith" was left off the list, but then
> it was multi-age, ranging from the First to the end of the Third Age.
>
> Am glad I've read at least SOME of these!
> Bonnie L. Sherrell
> Teacher at Large

Msg# 9056

Re: Admin - First Age Stories Posted by Agape 4Rivendell June 29, 2008 - 11:10:24 Topic ID# 9053
Thanks, Marta! I've already put one on my wish list!

Agape

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Bonnie,
>
> I hope you find the list helpful! It was actually a lot of fun to dig
> through the stories.
>
> The reason your story wasn't on the list was that you had selected
> "Times: Multi-Age" as your category choice. Which was absolutely the
> right thing to do, because it communicated the fact that your story
> isn't *just* set in the First Age; however, because I was using the
> filter that relies on category choice selection to generate a quick and
> dirty list, it didn't show up. Neither would anyuone else's that was set
> in the First Age and some other age, and who selected "Times: Multi-Age."
>
> I could perhaps have come up with my list in another way (stories set in
> First Age locations, or involving First Age characters, for instance),
> but that would have left off people who didn't select characters or
> settings. There's not always a good way to pick up *every* story that is
> set in a certain time period. I am sorry for anyone who got left off,
> though!
>
> Anyway, I'm glad you mentioned your story because I want other people
> who are interested in First Age stories to know of all the stories
> available to them. Or at least as many as I can list. :-)
>
> Marta
>
> Bonnie L. Sherrell wrote:
> >
> >
> > Love the list, Marta.
> >
> > My story "The Craft of the Elven Smith" was left off the list, but then
> > it was multi-age, ranging from the First to the end of the Third Age.
> >
> > Am glad I've read at least SOME of these!
> > Bonnie L. Sherrell
> > Teacher at Large
>
>
>



--
Life's been good to me so far!!! Praise God!


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Msg# 9057

Re: Admin - First Age Stories Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 29, 2008 - 14:50:57 Topic ID# 9053
Hi Agape,

*grins* Glad to help occupy your reading time.

Marta

Agape 4Rivendell wrote:
>
>
> Thanks, Marta! I've already put one on my wish list!
>
> Agape
>

Msg# 9058

Banners and HTML Posted by Sivan Shemesh June 29, 2008 - 15:35:52 Topic ID# 9058
Could someone help with the html code and the banners?
 
*Hugs*
 
Sivan Shemesh




http://www.fanfiction.net/~sivanshemesh%c2%a0- Non-slash
http://www.lotrfanfiction.com/viewuser.php?uid=247%c2%a0All of my LOTR fanfics.
http://sivanshemesh.livejournal.com/profile%c2%a0- My LJ

 




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Msg# 9059

Re: Banners and HTML Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 29, 2008 - 15:46:23 Topic ID# 9058
Hi Sivan,

I'm not sure quite what you're asking - are you asking for the HTML code
you use to get banners to display at your website or blog or wherever?
You can make any image display by entering code of the form

[img src="LINK"]

only replacing [ with <, ] with >, and LINK with the web address where
the banner is available online.

The only other thing you need to do is get the banner posted somewhere
online that you can point to. We don't allow you to point to the banner
at the MEFA website; you need to post it somewhere yourself. I usually
recommend the website http://www.photobucket.com/, though you can use
any site that allows what's known as "hotlinking" - having the image
display on another site.

So basically you need to download the banner(s) you'd like to your
computer, upload them to a website like photobucket, and insert that
[img src="LINK"] HTML wherever you want the picture to display.

I'm not sure what you know how to do and what you don't, but if you'll
ask questions I'll be glad to answer them for you.

Marta

Sivan Shemesh wrote:
>
>
> Could someone help with the html code and the banners?
>
> *Hugs*
>
> Sivan Shemesh
>

Msg# 9060

Re: Banners and HTML Posted by Sivan Shemesh June 29, 2008 - 16:09:37 Topic ID# 9058
Thank you, it did helped.
 
*Hugs*
 
Sivan Shemesh




http://www.fanfiction.net/~sivanshemesh%c2%a0- Non-slash
http://www.lotrfanfiction.com/viewuser.php?uid=247%c2%a0All of my LOTR fanfics.
http://sivanshemesh.livejournal.com/profile%c2%a0- My LJ

 

--- On Sun, 6/29/08, melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com> wrote:

From: melayton@gmail.com <melayton@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Banners and HTML
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2008, 4:43 PM






Hi Sivan,

I'm not sure quite what you're asking - are you asking for the HTML code
you use to get banners to display at your website or blog or wherever?
You can make any image display by entering code of the form

[img src="LINK"]

only replacing [ with <, ] with >, and LINK with the web address where
the banner is available online.

The only other thing you need to do is get the banner posted somewhere
online that you can point to. We don't allow you to point to the banner
at the MEFA website; you need to post it somewhere yourself. I usually
recommend the website http://www.photobuc ket.com/, though you can use
any site that allows what's known as "hotlinking" - having the image
display on another site.

So basically you need to download the banner(s) you'd like to your
computer, upload them to a website like photobucket, and insert that
[img src="LINK"] HTML wherever you want the picture to display.

I'm not sure what you know how to do and what you don't, but if you'll
ask questions I'll be glad to answer them for you.

Marta

Sivan Shemesh wrote:
>
>
> Could someone help with the html code and the banners?
>
> *Hugs*
>
> Sivan Shemesh
>

















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Msg# 9061

MEFA2008 Website Maintenance Posted by melayton@gmail.com June 29, 2008 - 17:50:10 Topic ID# 9061
Hey guys,

A head's up:

If you try to connect to the MEFA website, you may receive the following
error message:

Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Can't connect to
local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2) in
/home/mefaward/public_html/MEFA2008/lib/mysql.dbi on line 18
Error connecting to mysql server: Can't connect to local MySQL server
through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

This is your computer's way of saying it can't find the database our
website pulls information out of.

Tanaqui and Aranel have informed me that this is because of something
our hosting company is doing. They (Tanaqui and Aranel) were sent a
message saying:

"2008-06-29 15:29:20: System Upgrade: To ensure the effective running of
our web servers from time to time we need to upgrade our systems to
ensure their security or stability. This typically takes 30-60 minutes."

Hopefully the website will be back up in an hour or so (if not sooner).
This issue is beyond our control, and so there's nothing any of the MEFA
volunteers can do to speed the process along; but the good news is,
things will right themselves on their own, fairly quickly.

Thanks for your patience!

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)