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Oct. 25th, 2006 | 12:30 pm
mood: anxiousanxious
music: There's a Reason These Tables... - Panic! At the Disco
posted by: lizamanynames in auroraawards

In the past, the Farscape Fanfic awards have included two categories that this year are... problematic.

The categories are Sparky's Second Chances (which if we have it this year we would call The Deja Vu Award) and the Best Overall. Traditionally, the 5 nominations for Sparky's Second Chances are taken from fics that didn't make the first round of voting as chosen by the mods, and the winner of Best Overall is chosen by the mods from the winners of all the other categories.

So why's there a problem all of a sudden? It can be summed up very simply: Jeff and Cass do not write fanfic at all, and Kazbaby and BBB both do. There's a chance, however small, that our fics would be nominated and get into the running for one or both awards.

The question is: do you, the voting public of the Sparkys, feel comfortable with this, and if not, how best should we resolve that?

Poll #853052 Category Evaluation

Should we have the Best Overall Award this year?

Yes, as is
2(25.0%)
Yes - but Kazbaby and BBB's fics should be disqualified
0(0.0%)
Yes - but the sponsors should pick it
1(12.5%)
Yes - but a third party volunteer who doesn't write fic should pick
3(37.5%)
No
0(0.0%)
I don't have an opinion
2(25.0%)
I have a complicated opinion I will explain in my comment
0(0.0%)

Should we have an equivalent to the old Sparky's Second Chances Category this year?

Yes, as is
2(25.0%)
Yes, but Kazbaby and BBB's fics should be disqualified
0(0.0%)
Yes, but the sponsors should pick the nominees
2(25.0%)
Yes - but a third party volunteer who doesn't read fic should pick the nominees
2(25.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
I don't have an opinion
2(25.0%)
I have a complecated opinion I will explain in my comment
0(0.0%)

Is a question created soley for the purposes of ticky boxes an undermining of the very serious nature of this poll?

Yes!
0(0.0%)
No!
0(0.0%)
Fish!
1(12.5%)
What was the question, again?
1(12.5%)
TICKYBOX!
2(25.0%)


Your feedback in this matter is very much appreciated.

[EDIT:] The fourth option in question 2 should say 'who doesn't WRITE fic' rather than doesn't read fic. *facepalm*

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OneEye

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from: oneeyethedrd
date: Oct. 25th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Um...shouldn't the fourth answer in question 2 say 'who doesn't write fic' rather than doesn't READ fic?

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Liza

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from: lizamanynames
date: Oct. 26th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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*facepamls*

Yes, yes it should. Sadly, LJ does not let you EDIT polls. XP

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FIA

ok.

from: thehallway
date: Oct. 28th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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...here is me trying to make sense on an early saturday morning.

best overall fic to me implies something special. well-written and somewhat epic. think max's 'ghosts.' it should be something not given to a fic that hasn't been beta'd or is some kind of sappy, mindless fluff. fluff is fine, but isn't the stuff of 'fic of the year.'

nothing mary sue or marty stu. it shouldn't open up deep issues like rape as plot points only to gloss over them dealing with the fallout because the writer wanted to get to the end.

in short, i really think that while a lot of fic are fan favorites, they often aren't written well and often are very self-serving. and that's fine. just not for something like fic of the year.

imho, and i wouldn't dare suggest that that is worth more than anyone else's two cents, there are very few fic that would even qualify in any given year.

i'm just not sure how many readers are discerning enough to pick fic of the year. and of all the awards, i think that one should really mean something about how well written it was.

which is my long winded way of saying i voted for letting someone who understands writing and the writing process as well as elements of plot and characterization make that choice.

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