Laure: I agree with Mira; that?s a great idea! Mira: Awesome!! I?ve added Non-SFF to the list jop: Self-nominations aren?t allowed for any era. While we are, obviously, making our ?era? more geared toward NSWFF, we can?t just change the rules for us. What would be unfair is limiting peoples? choices for what they could nominate. Forcing people to limit the stories they nominate is going to limit their enjoyment and participation, too. There are a lot more fandoms this year than there were last year; chances are that there will still be high representation from the two or three most popular fandoms, but more will be nominated. And the non-ST/HP stories held their own pretty well last year, so I don?t think total domination by any fandom is something we need to worry about. Honestly, the same thing happens in the other eras?in Beyond, for instance, more stories about the Skywalker/Solo clan will get noms than the Rogue/Wraith stories. It just depends on peoples? taste for characters or plots?or, in our case, fandoms. And even so, considering our small numbers and wide variety of interests, stories with 3 or 4 regular readers are stories with lots of readers. The downside of doing awards by popular vote is that not everyone?s stories get in. The best thing you can do is vote for stories you think deserve to be in?because you like them, not because of whether others do or do not read them. But we have to respect everyone?s right to choose what they like in a story, which is completely subjective and individual, even if people favor some fandoms over others. The awards are about having fun and rewarding our friends for their hard work, and thanking them for the enjoyment they?ve provided. Fels: Do you recommend that for all the eras? I admit, I do think the whole process takes a while. Especially since nominations and voting rounds are all 10 days long; they could probably stand to be shortened across the board. Do you have suggestions for particular categories to combine? Raphire: That?s a really interesting idea! There are a few (such as Best Underrated and some of the character awards, among others) that I?d like to see return, but your idea of cutting down the Style awards is good; that set had low noms in several categories last year.