Hello once again everyone. This is quite a heavy, news-y announcement as I am cramming about five announcements into one for space reasons, so please bear with!
Starting off, here are the results/our findings from the survey we did in January
- This may be sad for some, others a relief, but it is going here anyway; we have decided to cut back the Awards from thrice a year to twice. It takes up to two months, sometimes longer, to plan, organise, set up, do the voting, the judging, the posting and creating banners, which tallies up to half our year being spent on these. By cutting it back, we hope to allow more fics to enter in each time as more will have been updated, to allow for things to be not as rushed and to be more fun, and there is the potential for other events to be held in between.
- The truly sad news, and something many of you may have noticed already. After years of loyal service, @Caitlin has decided to step down from her post as a moderator. We respect her decision and must thank her for all the work she has done, including being one of the best and most detailed judges in the Awards. Her insights on matters will be missed but we hope to see her hang around and continue contributing to the forum.
Also, @Soulmaster is taking an undetermined leave of absence due to computer issues and other matters affecting his time on the site. We hope he will return later in the year but currently things are entirely up in the air, so this is currently goodbye for now and we hope to see him around too.
We wish them both the very best and hope to see them around.
- One of the things we will be doing to replace the trimmed down Awards will be resurrecting the Workshop Quiz! It has been rejigged so that it will now be on an entirely first-come, first-served basis in terms of throwing questions in, and the main issue at the moment is sorting out the prizes and such. Expect to see proper news about it soon.
- And while it is still new that Caitlin and Soulmaster have left, we are delighted to announce that @AetherX has joined the team as our new moderator. Many of you will have seen him about as he is a regular in the Written Word, and he has impressed us many times from his help judging the Awards to his brilliant reviewing guide that we highly recommend everyone reads, and I look forward to seeing what he brings to the forum.
So let us congratulate and warmly welcome Aether!