referees: (saso 2016)
SASO Referees ([personal profile] referees) wrote in [community profile] sportsanime2016-08-27 04:44 pm
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SASO 2016: Talkback


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The mods still plan to reply to the topics listed at the bottom of the post.


This is not the final wrap-up results/etc. post—that's coming in a couple of days. But while the mods tabulate final scores and create prize graphics, now's a good time to look back and reflect on your SASO 2016 experience.

Please leave comments giving us feedback on the event this year! What did you like? What did you dislike or find frustrating? What can we improve for next year, and how can we improve it? What was your favorite part of the event? Least favorite? Would you participate next year or not? Why? If you could mention your team when making your comment, we'd appreciate it.

If you would prefer to submit your comments in private, you can e-mail us at or send us a Dreamwidth PM. We would prefer it if you'd put "Talkback" in the subject line.

Here's what the mod team plans to improve for next year:
  • Voting program reliability. We'd like to apologize again for all of the server dowtnime, and definitely plan to make it much more stable for next year. The voting system in general, though, will remain the same.

  • Bonus round program reliability. We think we got most of the kinks out during this year, but want to keep it stable for next year too.

  • Dreamwidth capability for NSFW cross-posting. We didn't have time to implement it this year, but next year it should be ready to go.

  • Clarifying the rules, especially on what "popular culture media" is acceptable to include in SASO work.
We also wanted to thank you again for being patient with us this year. We had a lot of technical hiccups, and you were all so kind while our heroic codermods worked out the kinks. We really appreciated your support.


Mod Replies: (updated 12:55PM EDT 8/28/16)

Please note that inclusion of a topic on this list indicates that we're going to address it, not that we've made any decisions on judging/implementing or not implementing it.

The preliminary vote system
Triggers in a participant's assigned vote pool
Juried panel (having the mods decide which entries were the best)
Voting mechanics
Bonus Rounds:
Promptless rounds
One day break between bonus rounds
Bonus round prompt and fill tracking/filtering
Recs round work count
Image size limit
Remix round
Remix/rec round timing
Rec round
Quality control (both prompts and fills)
What is allowed as a fill (tags and ratings)
Unscreening bonus rounds
Fairness to small teams
Comment screening
Main Rounds:
The anonymity policy
Twitter tone
What information gets posted where
Considering a dreamwidth announcement community
Mod participation in the event
adamantine: (miwa shirow girl)

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[personal profile] adamantine 2016-08-27 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
(team matsuoka rin/nanase haruka)

Yeah, so my big issues with preliminary voting is getting entries with triggers I'm not touching. I think we should be allowed to request not getting entries with certain tags beforehand for our ten random entries, please ;___;

ETA: Half of my fun with bonus rounds was making prompts since I like ships that aren't popular. Once we didn't have prompts anymore I kind of lost interest in everything everyone else was doing for the bonus rounds and was only focused on myself, kind of making it a lonely round (and I loved the theme of the round!). So yeah, not a fan of promptless rounds.

I also understand the idea of not letting us remix teammates work but. I'd rather not do a remix round at all then and instead do something else.
Edited 2016-08-27 23:35 (UTC)
catlarks: (SASO: Cards)

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[personal profile] catlarks 2016-08-28 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
Chimes in to add, I think having two promptless rounds in a ROW was hard. I actually loved the theme of mythology and love remixes, but having them back to back was really rough and did feel really isolated for me, too.
horchata: (Default)

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[personal profile] horchata 2016-08-28 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
Agreeing, here. Spacing those two out would have been great. One promptless BR for each MR cycle makes sense to me, too.
yusukesjeans: (Default)

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[personal profile] yusukesjeans 2016-08-28 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
I agree with this as well. It coincided with me just being busy towards the end of the summer -- but not having prompts for inspiration/the feeling of Gifting Someone Something Nice That They Want really contributed to me losing steam at the end.