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We have one month to go until voting closes in this year's CoA awards which is plenty of time for you to enjoy reading some of the nominees that have made it into the second round that maybe you missed when they were first posted.

A reminder to all those who've voted in the first round: you can now vote in the Best Crossover Story category, and can also vote again in any of the categories where your chosen nominee didn't make the cut.

Click here to cast your votes
Posted 30 Sep 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
We appear to have some hardware problems with one of the server hard disks at the moment. At some point in the next few days, the site will go down for a few hours while the disk is replaced.

If the main site is unavailable check for updates.
Posted 23 Sep 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
The first round of voting is complete and the nominees in each category have now been trimmed down to the top 5 (or 6 in the case of a tie for 5th place). Well done to all the authors that made it. 1242 people voted in round 1 casting a total of 20471 votes - that's an average of 445 per category. Here's how round 2 works:
  • If the nominee you voted for in round 1 made the cut, your existing vote is kept. If you change it, it will be as if you never voted for the original nominee and supported the new one from the outset.
  • If the nominee you voted for in round 1 didn't make it to round 2, you can now make a second vote in the same category and your original vote will also be kept in the final scores.
  • If you didn't vote in round 1, you can still vote in round 2

Click here to cast your votes
Posted 30 Aug 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
You'll be pleased to hear that you can now search the site by character name. You can either add a specific filter on other searches using the prefix "character:" or just search normally with the character name as a keyword, and the site will now use the character field to help rank the results so that stories where that character has a significant role now appear near the top of the results list.

Also, when browsing categories you can choose to filter the list of stories by the most popular characters within that category.

To provide the data for this feature, the site will now scan each story shortly after it is uploaded and attempt to a) find which words in the story are names of characters and b) determine which of them has the most 'screen time'. It does this by analysing each paragraph of the story and trying to spot who is the primary subject, and then assigning the entire paragraph to that character.

You can see how a particular story has been classified by referring to the new pie chart on the Statistics tab, which shows the top 15 characters that were identified (as long as the accounted for at least 1% of the story). Note, there may up-to a one hour delay between a story being added/updated and the character data being analysed.

This also allows us to answer another long debated question of whether Buffy, Willow or Xander is the most popular character:
you can now see the Top 30 characters accross the whole site on the Miscellanous Site Statistics page.


There is also an author-specific version of this chart on the Profile page that shows the leading characters in an author's stories.
Posted 22 Aug 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
Voting is now open in the Crossing Over Awards. We have extended the voting period this year to give you time to properly read the nominees. The first round of voting runs until 18th September. On that date we will cut the nominees in each category down to the top 5. Then during the second round you can vote from those top 5 nominees and for your Best Crossover Story.

Remember unlike during the nomination round, you can vote for your own stories. You can also change your vote as many times as you wish during the voting period.

Click here to vote
Posted 16 Aug 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
All CoA nominations have now been approved or rejected by the moderators. Thanks to Ava, Demona, Kiwikatipo & LisaF for the hours they spent checking them.

Those authors who are waiting to see if they get any more nominations before responding may now do so.

UPDATE: I have just discovered a bug in the code that meant approval emails for Best Crossover Series were not sent at the time they were approved. I have resent them now.
Posted 10 Aug 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit • Comments
Firstly, we are steadily processing the CoA nominations; there are about 80 left to go. All remaining nominees should be notified in the next few days.

Secondly, I accidentally uploaded the wrong background image for the nomination banner resulting in some unreadable mess being generated. If you have already downloaded a banner, please do so again. Also note, there is no need to manually insert the nomination banner into your story / author profile on this site; it will be added automatically before voting begins.
Posted 4 Aug 10 • (Moderator)jrabbit
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