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    Overall Fiction Awards

    Best Pokémon Chaptered Fic
    1st place (5 votes): Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    2nd place (4 votes): A Leash of Foxes by Cutlerine
    3rd place (3 votes): Salvage by Negrek
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Survival Project (PG-13) by diamondpearl876
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    6th-7th place (1 vote): Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    6th-7th place (1 vote): Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett

    Best New Pokémon Chaptered Fic
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): love and other nightmares by diamondpearl876
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): Shatterpoint (R) by Sidewinder
    3rd place (3 votes): Pokémon: Convergence by PhalanxSigil
    4th place (2 votes): Context Switch by Spiteful Murkrow
    5th place (1 vote): Pokemon Generations: Satsumi's Journey by Hakajin

    Best Pokémon One-Shot
    1st place (9 votes): ERROR 1393: Tales from the End of the World (One-shot ... ish, PG-13) by JX Valentine
    2nd place (3 votes): Chromatic by [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]
    3rd place (2 votes): Reflection (oneshot, PG) by Matori
    4th place (0 votes): Caging Destruction (Interpretations Spiritual Successor Oneshot) by Umbramatic

    Best Non-Pokémon Chaptered Fic
    1st place (4 votes): A Dragon in Shining Armour [PG-15] (Digimon) by Griff4815
    2nd place (2 votes): Shinigami Arcade (Highschool of the Dead) [PG-15] by gorgonfish
    3rd place (1 vote): Digimon: The Roots of Yggdrasil (PG-13) by Kamotz

    Best Non-Pokémon One-Shot
    1st place (5 votes): 9:46 pm by ~Demon Maxwell~
    2nd place (3 votes): Silly Slayers Vignettes by Skiyomi

    Other Fic Awards

    Best Plot
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): Salvage by Negrek
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    3rd-4th place (3 votes): Communication by Sike Saner
    3rd-4th place (3 votes): Drowning by starliteevee
    5th-6th place (0 votes): Wandering Storm by Subzero Dragon
    5th-6th place (0 votes): Pokemon Generations: Satsumi's Journey by Hakajin

    Most Original Overall
    1st place (10 votes): A Leash of Foxes by Cutlerine
    2nd place (4 votes): Flying in the Dark by diamondpearl876
    3rd place (3 votes): Humans of Hoenn [Images over 500 KB] by Dramatic Melody
    4th-5th place (1 vote): Context Switch by Spiteful Murkrow
    4th-5th place (1 vote): Salvage by Negrek
    6th place (0 votes): [Interpretations] Built for Risk (unedited) by solovino

    Best Writing Style
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    1st-2nd place (5 votes): Salvage by Negrek
    3rd place (3 votes): Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    4th place (2 votes): Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    5th-7th place (1 vote): The Master Ball Conspiracy (#FFFriday) by Ash_Junior
    5th-7th place (1 vote): Rally Interpretation 2 by The Teller
    5th-7th place (1 vote): The Progression by Praxiteles

    Best Description
    1st place (11 votes): Operation: Saltus Valley by Knightfall
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): The Master Ball Conspiracy (#FFFriday) by Ash_Junior
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Conflagration: The Tale of the Burned Tower by CHeSHiRe-CaT

    Best Setting
    1st place (6 votes): A Leash of Foxes by Cutlerine
    2nd place (5 votes): ERROR 1393: Tales from the End of the World (One-shot ... ish, PG-13) by JX Valentine
    3rd-4th place (2 votes): Fairy Tale by bobandbill
    3rd-4th place (2 votes): The Origin of Storms by Sike Saner
    5th place (1 vote): The Quest for the Legends, now with its ILCOETH revision! by Dragonfree

    Best Expansion of Canon
    1st place (5 votes): Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett
    2nd place (4 votes): Humans of Hoenn [Images over 500 KB] by Dramatic Melody
    3rd-4th place (3 votes): Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    3rd-4th place (3 votes): Fairy Tale by bobandbill
    5th-6th place (1 vote): Drowning by starliteevee
    5th-6th place (1 vote): [Interpretations] Built for Risk (unedited) by solovino
    7th place (0 votes): Rally Interpretation 2 by The Teller

    Best Character Development
    1st place (6 votes): Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett
    2nd place (5 votes): Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    3rd place (3 votes): Brothers' Bond (PG-13) by Sid87
    4th place (1 vote): Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Journal by pokenutter
    5th place (0 votes): Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance by DarkerShining

    Best Characterization in a Short Story
    1st place (10 votes): Chromatic by [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]
    2nd place (3 votes): [Interpretations] Built for Risk (unedited) by solovino

    Best Romantic Relationship
    1st place (12 votes): Lona and Ted, Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett

    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction
    1st place (5 votes): Dorian and Shelton, Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Matt/Nekou, Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Adam/Bill, Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Jake and Jade, Wandering Storm by Subzero Dragon
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Henry and Michael, Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett
    6th-7th place (1 vote): Sammy and Tommy, Brothers' Bond (PG-13) by Sid87
    6th-7th place (1 vote): (the great) Nathaniel Morgan and the Child, Salvage by Negrek

    Most Suspenseful Fic
    1st place (8 votes): Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): Salvage by Negrek
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    4th place (1 vote): Earth, Air, Water, Fire by Bulba the Great!

    Most Heartbreaking Fic
    1st-2nd place (4 votes): Heart Like A Stone (Flare spoilers, minor gore, minor PerfectWorldshipping) by Blackjack Gabbiani
    1st-2nd place (4 votes): Brothers' Bond (PG-13) by Sid87
    3rd place (2 votes): Felix by Brutaka

    Pokémon Genre Awards

    Best Trainer Fic
    1st-3rd place (3 votes): Brothers' Bond (PG-13) by Sid87
    1st-3rd place (3 votes): Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett
    1st-3rd place (3 votes): Hero's Bond [PG 13] by Shadow Lucario
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Indigo by gorgonfish
    4th-5th place (2 votes): The Quest for the Legends, now with its ILCOETH revision! by Dragonfree
    6th place (1 vote): in (and around) old gyms by Quackerdrill
    7th place (0 votes): The Progression by Praxiteles


    Best Comedy Fic
    1st place (10 votes): Fairy Tale by bobandbill
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): But Thou Must! by VoltTacklingPika
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Deep Space by yugoslavia

    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fic
    1st place (7 votes): Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    2nd place (5 votes): Operation: Saltus Valley by Knightfall
    3rd place (3 votes): Destiny's Forge by Agent Tectonic

    Best Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Fic
    1st place (4 votes): Operation: Saltus Valley by Knightfall
    2nd place (3 votes): re: A Vulpix Tail by Brutaka
    3rd-5th place (2 votes): Pokémon: Convergence by PhalanxSigil
    3rd-5th place (2 votes): Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Broken Ideals by SableVulpi
    3rd-5th place (2 votes): Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    6th-7th place (1 vote): Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Journal by pokenutter
    6th-7th place (1 vote): I'm Cold and I Want to Go Home by Keysmash
    8th place (0 votes): Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance by DarkerShining

    Best Pokémon-Centric
    1st place (5 votes): The Origin of Storms by Sike Saner
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Monsters Among Us: A Pokemon AU (R) by GingerDixie
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Survival Project (PG-13) by diamondpearl876
    4th-6th place (2 votes): Communication by Sike Saner
    4th-6th place (2 votes): Carry On, Blissey (PG-13) by ChloboShoka
    4th-6th place (2 votes): Tales From The PokeDex by Sid87
    7th place (0 votes): Boundary by Riarra

    Best Canon Character-Centric
    1st-2nd place (4 votes): Reflection (oneshot, PG) by Matori
    1st-2nd place (4 votes): Indigo by gorgonfish
    3rd place (3 votes): Heart Like A Stone (Flare spoilers, minor gore, minor PerfectWorldshipping) by Blackjack Gabbiani

    Character Awards

    Best Human Main Character
    1st place (5 votes): Calem, But Thou Must! by VoltTacklingPika
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): Bill, Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): Dorian, Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    4th place (3 votes): Loretta, Chromatic by [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]
    5th place (2 votes): Nekou, Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler
    6th place (0 votes): Mark, The Quest for the Legends, now with its ILCOETH revision! by Dragonfree

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    Best Non-Human Main Character
    1st-3rd place (5 votes): Child, Salvage by Negrek
    1st-3rd place (5 votes): Esaax Evergray, The Origin of Storms by Sike Saner
    1st-3rd place (5 votes): Matron Blissey, Carry On, Blissey (PG-13) by ChloboShoka
    4th place (2 votes): April, re: Through the Thunder and the Lightning by Brutaka

    Best Human Supporting Character
    1st place (7 votes): Lona, Roots // PG-13 by Mrs. Lovett
    2nd place (5 votes): Eddie, Chromatic by [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]

    Best Non-Human Supporting Character
    1st place (5 votes): Alakazam, Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Adam, Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    2nd-3rd place (3 votes): Syr, The Origin of Storms by Sike Saner
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Sir, Operation: Saltus Valley by Knightfall
    4th-5th place (2 votes): Kephi, love and other nightmares by diamondpearl876
    6th place (1 vote): Ezrem, Survival Project (PG-13) by diamondpearl876
    7th place (0 votes): Raichu, re: Through the Thunder and the Lightning by Brutaka

    Best Human Villain
    1st place (15 votes): Ethan, Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder

    Best Non-Human Villain
    1st place (7 votes): Ixodida, Anima Ex Machina: REBOOT by JX Valentine
    2nd place (6 votes): The kings, Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder


    Funniest Character
    1st place (7 votes): Whitney, Fairy Tale by bobandbill
    2nd place (4 votes): Celio (dx_clear), Indigo by gorgonfish

    Fic Moments Awards

    Funniest Scene
    1st place (9 votes):     Spoiler:
    Fairy Tale by bobandbill

    2nd place (7 votes):     Spoiler:
    Communication by Sike Saner
    3rd place (2 votes):     Spoiler:
    Deep Space by yugoslavia

    Most Frightening Scene
    1st place (9 votes):     Spoiler:
    Tales From The PokeDex by Sid87

    2nd place (6 votes):     Spoiler:
    Salvage by Negrek

    Most Heartbreaking Scene
    1st place (9 votes):     Spoiler:
    Pokemon Generations: Satsumi's Journey by Hakajin

    2nd place (5 votes):     Spoiler:
    Salvage by Negrek
    3rd place (3 votes):     Spoiler:
    The Broken One [One Shot] by Shurtugal

    Most Heartwarming Scene
    1st-2nd place (6 votes):     Spoiler:
    Chromatic by [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]

    1st-2nd place (6 votes):     Spoiler:
    A Friday [one-shot] by Dramatic Melody

    3rd place (4 votes):     Spoiler:
    Pokedex One-Shots (PG) by Ysavvryl
    4th place (2 votes):     Spoiler:
    Fairy Tale by bobandbill

    Best Action Scene
    1st place (10 votes):     Spoiler:
    Shatterpoint (R) by Sidewinder

    2nd place (7 votes):     Spoiler:
    The Origin of Storms by Sike Saner

    Best Cliffhanger
    1st place (13 votes):     Spoiler:
    Requiem (PG-13) by Sidewinder

    2nd place (4 votes):     Spoiler:
    Salvage by Negrek

    Most Memorable Quote
    1st-2nd place (7 votes):     Spoiler:
    Operation GEAR: The Angel of Reckoning (R) by The Great Butler

    1st-2nd place (7 votes):     Spoiler:
    Operation: Saltus Valley by Knightfall

    3rd place (5 votes):     Spoiler:
    Flying in the Dark by diamondpearl876

    Author Awards

    Best Established Writer
    1st place (9 votes): JX Valentine
    2nd place (6 votes): Cutlerine
    3rd place (3 votes): Sike Saner
    4th place (1 vote): Negrek
    5th place (0 votes): Dragonfree

    Best New Writer
    1st place (10 votes): PhalanxSigil
    2nd place (5 votes): Kukansis

    Most Dedicated Writer
    1st place (7 votes): Cutlerine
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): Dragonfree
    2nd-3rd place (4 votes): The Great Butler
    4th place (2 votes): Griff4815
    5th place (1 vote): FlamingRuby

    Most Improved Writer
    1st place (11 votes): starliteevee
    2nd place (4 votes): Kukansis
    3rd place (3 votes): Bulba the Great!

    Reviewer Awards

    Most Helpful Reviewer
    1st place (9 votes): Creepychu
    2nd place (5 votes): Negrek
    3rd place (4 votes): Dragonfree
    4th place (1 vote): Hakajin

    Most Dedicated Reviewer
    1st place (10 votes): diamondpearl876
    2nd place (5 votes): The Great Butler
    3rd place (3 votes): Hakajin

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    Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

    Now that our first awards using the new site are over with, I'd also like to reiterate that I'd be thrilled to hear any feedback on how the awards site could be improved and made more user-friendly. Next time around I'd like to improve the site's handling of deadlines and cutoffs, for one - it'd be nice to have it start and end the nomination/voting automatically at the appropriate time rather than needing to be manually set, and I have some ideas on automatically enforcing the cutoff dates for nomination eligibility to the greatest degree possible. I'd also like to make it more mobile-friendly so that users can more conveniently nominate or vote from their phones. Finally, the temporary account system created for the voting phase will also be available in the nomination phase, for those users who don't want to register for one reason or another.

    If you have any further ideas for improvements, I'd love to hear them!

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    Oh my goshy gosh goshes. ;w; Between nabbing the award I'd hoped for the most, tying on another with one of my faves, and the fact that I was listening to one of my favorite songs when I stumbled on this thread, I'm having kind of a hard time putting words together right now, heh.

    Hugeass thanks to everyone who voted, everyone who nominated, everyone involved with this whole shebang; equally hugeass congrats to everyone on that big long list!
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    First of all, I looked at the comments on the nomination page, and some of you (whether jokingly or not) said that you doubted I was a new writer. Well, to them, I only have one thing to say!

    ...Common app essays don't count as fictional stories, guys.

    In all seriousness, though, I am beyond humbled. I didn't expect to get any nominations at all because I was gone for so long, let alone three. For writing three chapters in my first ever fiction, only one of which was actually good, in my opinion. And winning one of the categories? That sound you just heard was my mind exploding.

    Thank you to all of those people who voted for me. I'm completely flabbergasted, and even more motivated to bring better stuff to you guys in the future. Also, to everyone else who was even nominated for an award, let alone those who won, congratulations. You all deserved to be on that list, and you should be proud.

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    Congrats to all the winners! And thanks a lot to the people who voted for A Dragon in Shining Armour to win Best Non-Pokémon Chaptered fic. It's kind of like winning Best Documentary at the Academy Awards - I'm happy about it, but nobody's really come to see that category. But seriously, thanks.

    By the way, I'm hearing that there's been some error accessing A Dragon in Shining Armour. Is that for everybody or just one person, because it works fine for me?

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    What a wonderful spread for A Leash of Foxes! I'm so thankful, not only to those who nominated and voted for it, but also to everyone who helped write it -- since it was interactive, I really can't accept all the credit for it. The same goes for 'Most Dedicated Writer'; I don't think I could have sustained that kind of output without such a constant stream of commands, so, again, thank you all.

    More importantly, congratulations to all the other nominees and winners! There's a lot of excellent writing behind all of that, and I'm glad to see it recognised.
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    Wow, I did... SO MUCH better here than I had absolutely any right to do. I can't thank those of you that voted for my humble offerings NEARLY enough. You are all FAR too kind, and I sincerely hope to dedicate more of what little free time I have to getting some works posted here.

    And, of course, congratulations to everyone else, winners and runners-up, alike. There are so many terrific stories and works here, and it's always a joy when I find myself with a chance to read through some of them. I've greatly enjoyed the stories nominated here, and I am noty ashamed to admit that I feel they've helped out my own writing, as well.
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    ... I can't really put what I'm feeling into words now, but getting Most Improved really just makes me so grateful and loving towards everyone here (personally, I voted for someone else in that category since I think they deserved it more, lol). But thank you guys so much! Getting this really makes me believe that I have been going in the right direction and that I ought to keep on going with my fic even with my doubts and stumbles along the way. And thanks to everyone who put this up! This would not be possible without everyone on this forum.

    To answer Dragonfree's request for as to how to better the system, I don't really have anything. I thought everything came along pretty nicely, and I'm happy with how it all turned out.

    Congratulations to everyone who won and was nominated! All of you write works which are a joy to read, and I'm thankful that I get to see and interact with people like you.

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    Whoah... I certainly didn't expect this; coming in first outright or in parallel with other talented authors when I've been doing pretty much nothing on my fics for the last year or so... No excuses now. I need to get my writing in gear again to keep up my presence here. I'm very grateful you all felt my works were worth the votes.

    O: SV was unexpectedly popular on all fronts, it seems, I'll definitely keep that in mind when I'm writing the next chapter.

    Thank you all for voting and congrats to all the others who participated and won awards— you all deserve them for your hard work and dedication. I'll be picking up my slack in a few days once life cools down for me.

    As for the system this year, I felt it was very streamlined. I thought it worked quite well for its intended purpose and would fit nicely for next year's award nominations.

    See you all for next year's awards!

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    This is so exciting! After embarrassingly only posting a single one-shot last year, I didn't expect to be nominated for anything, and seeing Chromatic on there five times was a thrill. I didn't win most of them, haha, but looking at the other names on the lists it's hard to object. As for the ones I did win (one of which was a tie with Dramatic Melody, an honor in itself), I couldn't be prouder! I'm not nearly as involved in the community as I should be, and being recognized makes me feel really guilty about it, heh. I'll try to review/post more, and maybe next year all my eggs won't be in one fic-basket. Nothing's better than knowing that someone likes what you wrote, and my username even being on here is awesome.

    Of course, congratulations to all the nominees and winners! It looks like there's a pretty big mix of fics on here, so if you were able to win it was probably against some pretty stiff competition.

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    Eh... I honestly thought I would have fared better in Best Expansion of Canon, considering it's the thing I try to work out the most on the stories I write and that's more or less my shtick. That coupled with once again being the sole "other" contestant in a category where there wasn't... really much of a competition, means I'm not sure what message to take from the scores I got. I'm slightly getting a "drop out of it while you can" vibe, or that perhaps I can only perform moderately well at specialized contests such as Interpretations rather than trying to write for the general audience.

    Other than that, congratulations to the winners I guess, and in particular congratulations to Cutlerine for A Leash of Foxes which I have so far enjoyed. I deciced against voting this year simply because I couldn't hope to catch up on enough stories that weren't part of the Interpretations contest to get enough samples that y voting would be fair. Or at least that's what I felt. It does leave me wondering though, as I feel, looking at the votes, that noticeably fewer people voted this year than in previous ones?

    My personal congratulations to fellow writers and collaborators Spiteful Murkrow, Umbramatic and DarkerShining, as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solovino View Post
    Eh... I honestly thought I would have fared better in Best Expansion of Canon, considering it's the thing I try to work out the most on the stories I write and that's more or less my shtick. That coupled with once again being the sole "other" contestant in a category where there wasn't... really much of a competition, means I'm not sure what message to take from the scores I got. I'm slightly getting a "drop out of it while you can" vibe, or that perhaps I can only perform moderately well at specialized contests such as Interpretations rather than trying to write for the general audience.
    Orrrrrr it could mean that you need more exposure.

    We tend to get a few comments about this kind of thing a year. Not that many, but there are a few, and that's relevant because I can see where y'all are coming from. When you come into the Fan Fic equivalent of the Oscars, you kinda expect your placement in the awards to reflect the quality of your fic, right? Because you're asking the forums who they thought the best fic of the best fics was, yeah? On paper, that's exactly what it'd do, but in practice, because you're asking a bunch of anonymous people for their opinions on which fic out of a whole list of them they liked the best, chances are they'll vote for the fics they've already read.

    See, that's the main difference between these awards and the contests. In the contests, you have a narrow pool of judges who are required to offer detailed reviews in addition to looking over and analyzing every single fic. As a result, your score will actually tell you a lot about how you're metaphorically driving because your judges are literally required to read your stuff and tell you how you did, and you know this because they're also required to reveal their judgment publicly.

    By contrast, the awards don't require voters to read every single fic, and voters don't have to give you a detailed, balanced reason why they voted the way they did. So if they, say, wanted to vote for only a handful of fics because those were the only ones they'd read that year, they could totally do it. I mean, like I said, in an ideal world, everyone would read every story and vote on the one they thought was the best, but that just doesn't happen, and there's really no way to make that happen because we can't control who votes or how they vote (as this would kinda miss the point of having an awards shindig that's open to the public).

    The point is, I'd kinda hate to admit it, but the authors you see around the most and the authors who post the most stuff tend to get the most exposure. The more exposure you get, the more likely you're going to net votes because the more likely your story is going to be read by the vast amount of voters. But most importantly, your rank in the awards doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of your fic. There have always been really well-written fics in this forum that have struggled to net votes or even nominations from year to year. It's just kinda a thing that happens. The best you can do is keep trying. Maybe even push yourself to review more fics and talk to more people. Try to get some exposure in addition to maintaining a certain level of quality in your fics.

    Or in other words, don't get discouraged by these results. I mean, you were picked out of hundreds of fics to have a shot at the awards, and people did vote for you, so that's a step in the right direction! It's just that a lot of people probably didn't vote for you because, well, exposure.

    (Although you are right that there were fewer voters and nominees this year. The forum in general has sort of slowed down, and we are certainly taking suggestions for what you'd like to see that might ramp up activity a little. Or at least I'm taking suggestions. I kinda wrote this entire paragraph without consulting my fellow mods, sooooo...)

    On that note, despite the above, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who voted for AEM and Error 1393, and congrats to the other winners and nominees! All I can say is it's an honor, but really, I'm happy for everyone else because you all worked really hella hard. To the chaptered fics, good luck on keeping it up! We need next year to be even more exciting than this one. And to the one-shot authors, keep your ideas poppin', okay? ;D

    As for Dragonfree's question, I'm in love with this system. It was so much easier from a voter's perspective than it had been previously. Can we keep this?

    I mean, really, the only hiccup was all of those ineligible nominations needing to be taken out, but you're already working on that, looks like.
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    Yeah, this is always a popularity contest to some extent, and skewed by how much you show up on the forums. Heck, I bet I get more people looking at my fic just because of my mod status, regardless of if I am actually good or not. That just happens. Being nominated is a good start at any rate, and with the best expansion of canon category, there's a good strong bunch of people that were deservedly nominated for that category... which maybe isn't surprising given fanfic is generally our takes on canon! (Not saying that because I was also in that category, in part because I'd agree a bunch of other fics expanded canon more than that fic anyways). (Also: what Jax said).

    Can't deny being pleased about winning three of the comedy/funniest ___ categories, especially the best comedy fic category. And it wasn't the Colosseum fic either, so it is actually reassuring that apparently I can write comedy that's liked in more than one story.

    Congrats to the other winners, and here's to another year. As for the system, Dragonfree - it was excellent. I don't have any complaints in how voting, registering, etc worked with this and definitively want this to return next year and onwards.

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    Thank you all, you kind 2 or 3 that people that voted on my anthology! And congrats with everybody else's victories. The current fanfic page should have my entry there on the first page, so you should go check it out. It's soon going to be ready to ascend into the realm of the completed story.

    Again, thanks for even the nomination! I had no idea!

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    I see my fanfic didn't do as well this year, but I'm just glad it's here. Thanks to those who nominated it!

    And congratulations to everyone else who got nominated and to the winners!
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    Quote Originally Posted by solovino View Post
    It does leave me wondering though, as I feel, looking at the votes, that noticeably fewer people voted this year than in previous ones?
    20 different members voted this year, down from 26 last year. In 2009-2012, the number hovered stably between 36-39, but that in turn was a bit down from 46 in 2008. (2008 was when I started hosting the voting on a specialized website, so I don't have any statistics for the years before that.) So yeah, it's been going down, though the bigger loss was last year. As JX Valentine said, the forum's gotten less active in general in recent years, which probably explains most of this change.

    Also echoing her comments about how the awards are not the be-all end-all of the quality of your fic. We'd like everyone to read every nominated story, but inevitably they often don't, and moreover even if they do read them, people are still naturally inclined to vote for the stories they already love and are familiar with rather than something good they just read. And of course, maybe you just had some stiff competition in the relevant categories - people only have one vote, so even if they loved your fic, if they just happen to love some other fic even more you unfortunately won't get their vote. That's just how the awards work - they're a nice way to find the forum's favorite fics for the year, but you should by no means take it as total rejection if you don't get a lot of votes. Excellent fics have always gotten overlooked at the awards.
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    Good points, JX and the others and thanks for the reminder on the big picture. I guess I should have obviously seen it, considering I myself decided not to vote because I couldn't get exposed to other people's works enough. It would be a problem for many other people too.

    Quote Originally Posted by JX Valentine
    The forum in general has sort of slowed down, and we are certainly taking suggestions for what you'd like to see that might ramp up activity a little.
    You're not alone, from what I've seen this year it's like the entirely of the internet has... somehow... all of it, slowed down. Like, even the social media and the ads. Somehow. Yeah, perhaps that Internet thing has just about run its course.

    Oh well if I can come up with any suggestions (that are not ridiculous) I'll be over there where the suggestions are expected to be.

    From what I saw of the voting system it seems to be pretty good. The only issue I ever noticed was that the text size in the popup thingies explaining the fic quotes and other related things was too small, or made it look like the letters were all pushed and crunched together, which made reading information from more than one at a time a PITA - but one key combo later that was fixed, so... Yeah, it's nice to see an automated semiindependent system to assist voting in as much as it can.

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    Can't deny being pleased about winning three of the comedy/funniest ___ categories, especially the best comedy fic category. And it wasn't the Colosseum fic either, so it is actually reassuring that apparently I can write comedy that's liked in more than one story.
    Bobandbill, from what I've read you can't not win something about being funny.
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    Beyond honored to share Most Heartwarming Scene with [Imaginative]:[Clockwork]. I was really surprised "A Friday" got nominated, so seeing it win is even more of a shock! Grateful too for the votes for Humans of Hoenn; the winners of the categories it was nominated in are both great writers.

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    With all the reviewing work the other nominee's had put in, I have to admit I did not expect to come out ahead in Most Helpful Reviewer, never mind with such a healthy margin, beneficiary of split votes or no. Big thanks to everyone who voted and especially the people behind those sweet nomination comments. I'll do my best to get more reviews done rather than left drafted in the future. Also, big congratulations to everyone who placed this year; there's a lot of quality stories in the nominees list that haven't gotten half the attention they deserve, so I hope people aren't shying away from clicking those links and seeing what they're all about.

    Once I got around to figuring it out and stopped overlooking glaringly obvious buttons in plain view, I found the voting system quite intuitive and very user-friendly, so no complaints on that score. However, I do think next year's process could be made a lot smoother by setting a clear, unambiguous cut-off date for what stories can be nominated as well as a clear definition for what qualifies as a new story (or a who counts as a new author for that matter) and including those definitions prominently in the first post. There was quite a bit of debate about what does and does not qualify for one thing or the other throughout, which created a lot of extra work and headache for the staff and a bit of delay and frustration for voters. Mutually agreeing on a policy beforehand and putting it out in public for easy reference should hopefully nip that problem right in the bud.

    As a quick addendum to the voting thing, I'd also like to point out that it pays to take a long, honest look at your competition before getting down about coming last in a category. Looked at on its own, your writing might already be great, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to stand out when you put it next to a bunch of other stories that would also be great when looked at on their own, which is the situation it's in when the votes are cast. Rather than treating it as a sign of being out of your league, consider that the people who nominated you and voted for you see it in exactly the opposite way; they thought that your work is good enough to win, and that's why you were in the standings in the first place. That is the main takeaway here in my opinion, and I'd take it as encouragement to keep doing what you do. Trends come and go, but if you're consistently putting out high quality work, it is bound to get acknowledged sooner or later.
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    Oh, hey, I won something? Wow, I'm surprised! I mean, my fic hasn't gotten very far yet, so... Thanks, you guys! I'm happy about what I won, too, because the emotional connection with the characters is the heart of my story. That gives me encouragement as I continue to work on this fic. Third chapter's almost done!

    Eheh, I actually felt kind of guilty that I got nominated for reviewer categories, because I have slacked off on that soooo much. Work, and writing my own stuff... oh, and working on my Japanese has been taking my time. I keep trying to get back to it, but it's kind of piled up... Well, I'll do my best
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    Wow, Salvage did really well this year! It's an honor to win or share an award with some of the other excellent stories on this board. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated or managed to place in this years awards, and a big thank-you to everyone who participated in the nominations and voting; the awards couldn't go on without all of you!

    Also, I thought the new app for the awards was great. I particularly liked how the comments on the nominations were handled. My only feature requests would be to port some of the functionality from the nominations phase over to the voting phase--I would have appreciated a counter that showed how many catergories I'd entered votes for out of how many I needed to vote in to have a valid ballot, as well as the ability to save my votes and return to them later. I could vote immediately in a lot of categories, but there were definitely a few where I had to go out and read some stuff, so I would have appreciated not having to restart my ballot after doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JX Valentine View Post
    I mean, really, the only hiccup was all of those ineligible nominations needing to be taken out, but you're already working on that, looks like.
    Quote Originally Posted by Creepychu View Post
    Once I got around to figuring it out and stopped overlooking glaringly obvious buttons in plain view, I found the voting system quite intuitive and very user-friendly, so no complaints on that score. However, I do think next year's process could be made a lot smoother by setting a clear, unambiguous cut-off date for what stories can be nominated as well as a clear definition for what qualifies as a new story (or a who counts as a new author for that matter) and including those definitions prominently in the first post. There was quite a bit of debate about what does and does not qualify for one thing or the other throughout, which created a lot of extra work and headache for the staff and a bit of delay and frustration for voters. Mutually agreeing on a policy beforehand and putting it out in public for easy reference should hopefully nip that problem right in the bud.
    Yeah, that was definitely the biggest issue. I plan to lay out the rules for this stuff very explicitly in addition to trying to enforce it automatically as far as possible, and furthermore I'd like to make it easier for the staff to monitor all the nominations that come in - this time around we were basically just keeping an eye on the same "All nominations" page you all saw, but it was difficult to keep track of what was new and ensure everything got checked for eligibility in an organized way. Seeing as everyone might be interested in seeing what nominations have been added since they last came there, I'm thinking some sort of general "What's new" feature - probably just a marker next to nominations added or updated since you last visited the page. It would also be useful to have a page for viewing one particular user's nominations and nomination comments and link the usernames of nominators to that, as well as having a new marker next to users who have added or updated their nominations in the list.

    I might also explicitly add some sort of marker for whether a nomination has been checked for eligibility and force us to actually click a button to set that flag, but it may not be necessary with everything else.

    Quote Originally Posted by solovino View Post
    From what I saw of the voting system it seems to be pretty good. The only issue I ever noticed was that the text size in the popup thingies explaining the fic quotes and other related things was too small, or made it look like the letters were all pushed and crunched together, which made reading information from more than one at a time a PITA - but one key combo later that was fixed, so... Yeah, it's nice to see an automated semiindependent system to assist voting in as much as it can.
    I can definitely enlarge the text - I wanted to keep it small enough so that you wouldn't need to keep scrolling up and down to read nomination comments, but it could stand to be at least a point or two bigger.

    Quote Originally Posted by Negrek View Post
    Also, I thought the new app for the awards was great. I particularly liked how the comments on the nominations were handled. My only feature requests would be to port some of the functionality from the nominations phase over to the voting phase--I would have appreciated a counter that showed how many catergories I'd entered votes for out of how many I needed to vote in to have a valid ballot, as well as the ability to save my votes and return to them later. I could vote immediately in a lot of categories, but there were definitely a few where I had to go out and read some stuff, so I would have appreciated not having to restart my ballot after doing so.
    I can definitely do something that shows you how many categories you've entered a vote in, sure.

    Saving and returning later actually works exactly the same way in the nomination and voting phase: it will stop you unless you submit a valid ballot, but once you do you can return and modify it at any time. Presumably you noticed it as an issue in the voting phase because an incomplete ballot in the voting phase is more likely to also be invalid, whereas you just need four different fics/authors to have a valid nomination ballot.

    I could add a feature for saving incomplete ballots in addition to submitting them for real, but I have a certain worry that that would lead to people forgetting to actually submit their nominations/votes, even when they have perfectly valid ballots. Alternatively, I could make it so that you can save incomplete ballots the same way as complete ones but they're only counted if they're complete, but that also sounds like it could potentially lead to people not realizing (or forgetting) that their ballot is invalid and failing to fix it. Maybe it'd be better to just have a localstorage thing that autosaves whatever you've done with the form in your browser and fills it in for you automatically if you return to the page later, but actually clicking the submit button will always validate that it's complete and reject it if it isn't, the way it does now? Opinions?

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    Welp, I got no votes, but I'm just gonna take what Jax and Dragonfree and Creepychu said to heart and be honored my silly little oneshot got nominated at all. Hopefully I'll have better luck this year, especially since I'm trying to have more of an output. :P
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    Seeing as everyone might be interested in seeing what nominations have been added since they last came there, I'm thinking some sort of general "What's new" feature - probably just a marker next to nominations added or updated since you last visited the page.
    I think having a "what's new" page would be great! There were definitely some nominations that kind of snuck in there that I didn't notice until voting. Being able to see individual users' noms would be cool, too, but the "what's new" is the feature I'd be most excited about out of what you listed.

    Ah, yeah, I pretty much wanted the save option when I hadn't racked up enough votes yet and needed to come back later; once I had enough votes I was pretty much ready to submit. Some kind of autofill sounds like a reasonable solution, maybe with a note in the directions indicating that your votes will be saved if you leave the page and come back, but they don't actually count until you hit the "submit" button.

    btw, are you planning to archive the nominations from previous years on the site, or just reset everything with each new awards cycle?

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