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SIYE Time:20:58 on 11th November 2019

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Return of the Silver Trinkets
I am pleased to announce that we are reinstating the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards. SIYE presents these awards to stories that have been chosen by the readers—or in other words, chosen by you. The DSTA was discontinued in March 2008 due to programming problems. One of our new Tech Administrators, Tom (Bear) has been able to rewrite the coding and restore the DSTA to full working order. We are extremely grateful to him.

The rules have changed so as to better ensure that everyone has a fair chance. I will do my best to explain everything to you:

1) Nominations will be opened, typically on the tenth day of odd-numbered months. Anyone who has an SIYE account created before nominations were opened may nominate stories for each category. The catch is that the story has to actually fit into the category—the system automatically regulates this. All stories posted here on SIYE fall into at least one DSTA category. The categories are as follows: Drama, Comedy, Romance, New Story, One-Shot, and Completed. Only stories that have been published or updated (meaning: new chapter) since the last nominations were closed may be nominated. Any author that has their story nominated for a DSTA will be notified by e-mail. This e-mail will only be sent for the first nomination a story receives and does not guarantee that the story will make the voting ballot. Of further note, users may go to their account page and see the stories that have been nominated.

2) The system automatically tallies the nominations, picks the top ten for each category, and creates a voting ballot. Users who registered prior to the opening of nominations may vote for their favorite story from each category. After about ten days of voting, the system reports the results to the Administrator presiding over that round of the DSTA’s. (We note that Admins who have stories on the ballot will automatically be disqualified from functioning in this specific position and the DSTA’s entirely- for that round.) The Admin will check and make sure that the “winners” for each category are in fact qualified to win that category. If they see a problem, with the concurrence of at least five other staffers, they are authorized to reject the winner and accept the next story that is qualified.

3) We will announce the winners and re-open nominations. A story may win in each specific category once a year. If the votes are in favor for them to win a category they’ve already won that year, they will be given “Honourable Mention.” If such a story wins a third time, it won’t be publicly noted. “Honourable Mention” may also be given to second-place winners who haven’t previously won a category. However, if a category-winner has already received “Honourable Mention” and then wins a second time, the fact won’t be publicly noted either.

4) At the end of each year, the winners from each category over the past year will be put on the ballot to win the annual award for each category. The first official annual vote under this system will occur at the end of 2010.

In the meantime, we acknowledge that a lot of great stories have been written and posted since the DSTA was discontinued in 2008. Therefore, effective immediately, nominations are open for all stories posted/updated between 1 April 2008 and 31 December 2009. Voting will be held from 1 January 2010 to 10 January 2010 when winners will be announced. These winners will be acknowledged as the 2008/2009 Annual DSTA winners.

Meanwhile, we hope that you all nominate lots of stories because a major award is at stake. You can find the link to do so on each story page.

If you have any questions or find a bug, please post a comment so we can clear it up for everybody.

On behalf of the SIYE Staff, I express our excitement for the DSTAs, and wish all of our wonderful authors the best of luck.

Robert L. Scott
President, SIYE

--Additional: There was an error that meant authors were receiving emails regarding the Silver Trinket awards, even if they had opted out of receiving emails in their settings: This has now been fixed. Secondly there was also a problem where some stories in the Humor genre were not eligible for the Best Comedy award: This has also been fixed - Tom.
Lord Dreadnault on 2009.11.28 - 05:10PM ()

Comments



tangle elfwand came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.29 - 12:38AM to say:

Ooh how exciting! The DSTAs were quite awesome back in the day, I used to love voting for my favourites! Here's hoping some great stories get the recognition :)



HGRHfan35 came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.29 - 04:21AM to say:

I am so glad that the Trinkets are back. And I, for one, will be sure to vote for the amazing stories on this site because it got me hooked on H&G fanfiction in the first place. Tom, you are amazing! *bows deeply to you*



Kezzabear came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.29 - 05:36AM to say:

*does a happy dance*



ginnyweasley777 came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.29 - 12:18PM to say:

excellent! I'll be sure to vote for some of the stories.



GinnyMarie came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.29 - 09:14PM to say:

When I saw this, I squeeled!!!! :) HAPPY DAY



Professor Scroll came out of the woodwork on 2009.11.30 - 02:10PM to say:

I agree. I am very excited that these awards are back. We have the best staff around. Thanks Tom.



MyGinevra came out of the woodwork on 2009.12.01 - 08:05AM to say:

When do the nominations close? The announcement wasn't clear on that. Thanks.



jennyelf came out of the woodwork on 2009.12.01 - 08:07AM to say:

"Therefore, effective immediately, nominations are open for all stories posted/updated between 1 April 2008 and 31 December 2009. Voting will be held from 1 January 2010 to 10 January 2010 when winners will be announced. These winners will be acknowledged as the 2008/2009 Annual DSTA winners."- I guess this means nominations are through December 31. :)



MyGinevra came out of the woodwork on 2009.12.01 - 01:04PM to say:

Yes, that's what it sounds like.



Lord Dreadnault came out of the woodwork on 2009.12.01 - 04:21PM to say:

MyGinevra: Nominations are due to end at midnight, 31 December 2009. However, closing the nominations is a manual process that must be done by an Admin. Therefore, nominations could still be open on 1 January. The only guarantee we offer is that we won't close them before midnight on the 31st.



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