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
mother_herbivore: (Default)

(frozen comment) Team Grandstand

[personal profile] mother_herbivore 2016-08-28 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
this was my first SASO, and i loved it! the mods did an amazing job running everything despite the technical difficulties, and they responded to all my questions in a timely manner. above all, they were approachable, which is really important to me, personally; in other events i've participated in, sometimes the mods have seemed a little intimidating and i hesitated to talk to them, but i didn't have that problem with SASO mods! i truly appreciate their hard work c:

the myth & lore bonus round was a bit rough; i think that the theme was good, but the "no prompts" thing made it really difficult. without prompts to fill, i was just tossing stuff out there with no reaction, which was discouraging. i really like the giving/receiving aspect of the other bonus rounds

i liked the voting system; i've always felt that it's unfair how fandom ignores rarepair content but totally loses it over (sometimes mediocre or even bad) content of popular pairings, and, considering how small some of the fandoms in this event are, i think that the randomized voting system was a good choice. i wasn't familiar with several of the fandoms in the main rounds, and wasn't interested in many of the pairings, but the voting list motivated me to look at the entries and the workmanship in them. it lowers the chances of people just going "THIS ONE IS MY OTP, THIS IS WHAT I SHALL VOTE FOR" and kind of forces them to judge the content. and honestly, if someone wants to let a team know they loved their entry, but didn't get them in their voting list, then they can leave a comment on the entry! i think the teams will remember a nice comment a lot more than a vote.

i also loved the mods on twitter. you all kept it fun, inclusive, and still informative.

i'll definitely be back next year! overall i really enjoyed participating, and i look forward to next year :3
hapaxlegomenon: (Default)

(frozen comment) Re: Team Grandstand

[personal profile] hapaxlegomenon 2016-08-28 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
I'm glad you're planning on coming back, you did a lot of really awesome stuff this year!