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
hapaxlegomenon: (Default)

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[personal profile] hapaxlegomenon 2016-08-28 02:48 am (UTC)(link)
I'm going to offer a response specifically to the mods on competing teams thing. As background info -- last year I had the same thought. This year, was captain of a team with several of the mods.

I obviously can't speak for the entire mod group, but the ones who were on my team were very good at maintaining separation and professionalism. I was impressed. They never gave away any "insider" information (no matter how much I whined at them about wanting to know if our MR1 entry had done well or not), and none of them were assigned as our team referee or acted as advisers to me or our teammates in an official capacity -- I always asked the mod team separately about any issues I had and the mods on my team never brought it up in any group or individual chats or told me who was answering my questions. I had the impression that they tried to stay very conscious of keeping their roles as moderators and participants separate, and from my perspective they did a good job.

I am aware that my opinion could be interpreted as being biased, and maybe it is and I'm unaware, but in my experience from this year I truly don't think that mods participating in the event itself is an issue anymore.
kazuyaloveseijun: (Default)

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[personal profile] kazuyaloveseijun 2016-08-28 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
I'm glad to hear that, thanks!