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Post January 09, 2013, 03:22:28 PM

Best of 2012?

The February issue will feature editors' picks for the Best of 2012 for their respective categories. I, for one, would welcome any nominations Ye Readers might have. (Difficult with the Back Issue Index so far out of date, but if you remember a story WITHOUT being able to read it again to refresh your memory, it MUST be good!)
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Post January 10, 2013, 05:35:10 PM

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Speak to us also of poetry. What resonated with you?
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Post January 10, 2013, 06:26:18 PM

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Wormtongue wrote:Speak to us also of poetry. What resonated with you?

Any and all of Robin Lipinski and some of the later works of Richard Tornello, who has been kicking out some great stuff as of late!

And Iain...why are you not writing more poetry? It would be great to see your work.

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Post January 10, 2013, 06:27:43 PM

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Robert_Moriyama wrote:The February issue will feature editors' picks for the Best of 2012 for their respective categories. I, for one, would welcome any nominations Ye Readers might have. (Difficult with the Back Issue Index so far out of date, but if you remember a story WITHOUT being able to read it again to refresh your memory, it MUST be good!)

How difficult would it be for you to copy and paste the titles and synopsis by month in this thread to help us recall?
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Post January 10, 2013, 09:23:58 PM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:How difficult would it be for you to copy and paste the titles and synopsis by month in this thread to help us recall?

Quite :D
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Post January 11, 2013, 01:30:14 AM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:How difficult would it be for you to copy and paste the titles and synopsis by month in this thread to help us recall?

Quite :D

You know, it would be a good idea to list every story, poem and article in a review list to encourage member participation for nominations. A yearly thing!

Add the synopsis on the index page for each month for stories and articles.
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Post January 11, 2013, 01:40:53 AM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:You know, it would be a good idea to list every story, poem and article in a review list to encourage member participation for nominations. A yearly thing!

Add the synopsis on the index page for each month for stories and articles.

Good idea, Mark . . . if you start now, you can have the list all set to go when next year's nominations come up. :wink: Go as far as you like with it -- tabulate the number of positive and negative comments for each story while you're at it. Whatever you think might be helpful. Publish the results monthly, if that's something you think the readers could use.

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Post January 11, 2013, 01:50:18 AM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:You know, it would be a good idea to list every story, poem and article in a review list to encourage member participation for nominations. A yearly thing!

Add the synopsis on the index page for each month for stories and articles.

Good idea, Mark . . . if you start now, you can have the list all set to go when next year's nominations come up. :wink:

No really, the index pages for each month could be copied, formated and posted in about a half hour, including all categories and yes Lester, give me access to those pages and I WILL be glad to do it.

Much like dealing with the spam, the problems run the site and keep staff trying to keep up, instead of implimenting proactive solutions.

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Post January 11, 2013, 01:52:37 AM

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Lester Curtis wrote:
Mark Edgemon wrote:You know, it would be a good idea to list every story, poem and article in a review list to encourage member participation for nominations. A yearly thing!

Add the synopsis on the index page for each month for stories and articles.

Good idea, Mark . . . if you start now, you can have the list all set to go when next year's nominations come up. :wink: Go as far as you like with it -- tabulate the number of positive and negative comments for each story while you're at it. Whatever you think might be helpful. Publish the results monthly, if that's something you think the readers could use.

Make it so!

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Post January 11, 2013, 02:28:33 AM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:No really, the index pages for each month could be copied, formated and posted in about a half hour, including all categories and yes Lester, give me access to those pages and I WILL be glad to do it.

I wouldn't know where to look -- see Robert's comments in the first post in this thread. So, if you want to do LAST year's list, you'll have some difficulty, I'm afraid.

What I'm suggesting is that you keep the list organized and filed somewhere starting now, while the information is up and easily available. Dead simple: click on one of those menu buttons on the left, and copy and paste that page into a file. If you'd like it enhanced, say with a tabulation of comments, easy-peasy, edit to your heart's content.

The thing is, Mark, YOU asked for this; no one else brought it up. I agree, it's a good idea. Problem is, the editors are telling you that they're swamped. The archives are a mess because no one's had time to catch up with that work. Don't assign them another job.

Leave last year's stuff alone and just start now with a new file for next year's, and people with appreciate it. Give yourself a title if you want. In the meantime, we'll get along as we have.

And no, I wasn't being snide. If YOU want to see this done, YOU should take ownership of it. No one will deny you permission, and I'm sure your efforts will be seen as helpful, but if YOU asked for it, YOU should be willing to do it.
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Post January 11, 2013, 02:43:33 AM

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Mark Edgemon wrote:No really, the index pages for each month could be copied, formated and posted in about a half hour, including all categories and yes Lester, give me access to those pages and I WILL be glad to do it.

I wouldn't know where to look -- see Robert's comments in the first post in this thread. So, if you want to do LAST year's list, you'll have some difficulty, I'm afraid.

What I'm suggesting is that you keep the list organized and filed somewhere starting now, while the information is up and easily available. Dead simple: click on one of those menu buttons on the left, and copy and paste that page into a file. If you'd like it enhanced, say with a tabulation of comments, easy-peasy, edit to your heart's content.

The thing is, Mark, YOU asked for this; no one else brought it up. I agree, it's a good idea. Problem is, the editors are telling you that they're swamped. The archives are a mess because no one's had time to catch up with that work. Don't assign them another job.

Leave last year's stuff alone and just start now with a new file for next year's, and people with appreciate it. Give yourself a title if you want. In the meantime, we'll get along as we have.

And no, I wasn't being snide. If YOU want to see this done, YOU should take ownership of it. No one will deny you permission, and I'm sure your efforts will be seen as helpful, but if YOU asked for it, YOU should be willing to do it.

Two things, the index pages must be somewhere for the 11 issues of 2012. I'm sure they were not deleted. The info on those pages can be highlighted, copied and pasted into a thread. Easy. I will do it if given a link to them or access to them.

Those index pages has the needed information.

You are swamped because of the spam. Many solutions are on the table including administrator control of sign ups. However, those in authority would rather spend countless hours deleting crap instead of preventing it.

Step back for a minute...do you realize how crazy this is...deleting hundreds of spam ads a month, instead of denying them access by having a membership director do the sign ups for the few who are added to the membership each month.

Another answer is to take more of the willing members and put them to work, me included, but that would mean delegating more authority.

"Getting along as we have" means that we must "remember" who wrote what. There are so few people now commenting, because of this kind of attitude of "getting along as we have".

We use to have hearty commenting and discussions a few years ago by intelligent writers who knew their stuff.

Where are they?

They don't want to be here. Who wants to wade through unnecessary spam ads? There is only a handful left. How long can you hold out and hang in there putting great time into doing a job, caused by an easily preventable problem?

So, assign new people to carry the workload. Give me access to the index pages of 2012 tomorrow (Friday) and watch me keep my word.
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Post January 11, 2013, 05:35:39 PM

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I have said in the past and will state it again, it's the editors job to pick.

If it were "THE READERS CHOICE BEST OF", then that would be a different story.

my 2 cents.

I'll get back to you all on the spam stuff. Yes Mark it is a pain to see all that crap when I open the page. And yes, I do wait for Lester to take it down and sometimes I wade through it. But it is discouraging.

I assume for someone new it would be an immediate turn off.

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Post January 11, 2013, 08:14:47 PM

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Rick --
I have said in the past and will state it again, it's the editors job to pick.
Yep. But two of them asked for nominations.

And the spam --
I assume for someone new it would be an immediate turn off.
I nearly go into shock if I see spam at ANY website -- other than this one.
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Post January 11, 2013, 09:08:13 PM

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Lester:

Re request for nominations, I think they're just being nice.

I really don't care if they asked, I truly believe that they should be the ones to decide on this one.

RE spam, I have to deal with it everyday in my business. I know there are tools out there to combat it but I'm not NSA or the CIA and I do not have an army of cyber warriors to counter punch.

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Post January 12, 2013, 10:03:59 AM

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Wormtongue wrote:
Mark Edgemon wrote:How difficult would it be for you to copy and paste the titles and synopsis by month in this thread to help us recall?

Quite :D

You know, it would be a good idea to list every story, poem and article in a review list to encourage member participation for nominations. A yearly thing!

Add the synopsis on the index page for each month for stories and articles.


If I pick up steam with my "Dots", you'd just have to peruse the forum board to get this effect! I initially did this for short stories (and serials) only, per a local meme circa October, but I might be able to expand it to the full 'zine contents each month.
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Post February 05, 2013, 10:02:58 AM

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Now that the Back Issue index will let you refresh your memories of past stories ("short" and "long") and poetry, you can make "Best of 2012" nominations without data mining (as opposed to "Data, Miming", Brent Spiner's new one-man tribute to Marcel Marceau). You don't want to leave the selection process up to MY tastes, do you?
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Post February 05, 2013, 12:18:11 PM

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(as opposed to "Data, Miming", Brent Spiner's new one-man tribute to Marcel Marceau)
Wow . . . he's a natural . . .
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Post February 05, 2013, 12:40:55 PM

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Lester Curtis wrote:
(as opposed to "Data, Miming", Brent Spiner's new one-man tribute to Marcel Marceau)
Wow . . . he's a natural . . .

I always found Brent Spiner's performance of Lt. Data. . .a little robotic.
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Post February 06, 2013, 02:42:43 AM

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Discovered that the Back Issues for 2012 had some formatting glitches -- missed a "/" in the closing "</h3>" and a "</center>" , so everything after the "Serials and Long Fiction" header was centered and in large, bold text. Fixed the problem -- you can read the indices without sunglasses now. I have made a pass through to pick one or two stories from each month (from February through December / January), but I'm still open to suggestions...
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