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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Help Wanted!

Hey guys, as I mentioned earlier, John Murphy has retired from the Hall of Merit in terms of day-to-day (or even year-to-year) support.

Anyone interested in picking up the torch?

Tasks include, but are not limited to: Posting threads (new eligibles, discussion, ballot, results, individuals of note - am I missing any others?); typing in the compiled results (which is a nightmare); maintaining the list of links.

Regarding the HoM Plaque Room, a curator is needed for it.

Also, most pressing, OCF, Ron W. and John did the ballot tallying. OCF is definitely still involved, I’m not sure if Ron is doing that. But per OCF there are always errors, which is why three people double check each other.

I tend to vote late, so I’m not a great candidate, as they do this tallying continuously during the week(s) of the election; we’ve said in the past voters shouldn’t tally until after they’ve voted, to avoid the temptation of strategic voting.

So if anyone is willing to help out, with any or all of the above, please volunteer! I’ll try to keep up in the meantime, but it’s tough right now - I have a 15-month old daughter, and we just built a new house in October (well, I paid someone to build it, I don’t have those skills), and we are still settling in, the baby is awesome, but she slows things down :-) I also travel cross-country for work a week or two every month which kills a lot of time with the long days. So please help if you can!



JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 06, 2012 at 01:58 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM (#4318381)
Sorry OCF for not getting this posted earlier. Things have been crazy. We had a mouse in the house for a few days, so I went OCD from Saturday through Monday night, literally re-organizing my entire pantry Saturday all day and cleaning and organizing the garage from 9 p.m. - 6 a.m. Monday night. 8 mouse traps caught nothing; then the new electronic zapper killed all three of them overnight Monday and ended our captivity.

When I finally came up for air Tuesday my dad came from 6 hours away with our Christmas tree, and we had furniture come in and we're still unpacking and spending time with my dad. All of this while working too. Hopefully the worst has passed, I would have never guessed just finding time to post (let alone read) would be so nearly impossible. I guess this is what being a grown up is? Had to happen eventually.
   2. Shock Posted: December 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM (#4318385)
I would still be interested in perhaps building some sort of automated solution, if anyone is interested in that. I could set up an online ballot, and have it automatically compile results.

I think the domain still points to my host...somewhere, haha. I think it's pointed at my old host. Some of you remember I did start on something a while ago and, Jesus! That was three years ago?? My goodness. I am in the middle of moving as well but, I could definitely put some time into something if anyone is interested in moving to that...just mentioning since Joe says the compiling is a "nightmare." Anything I can do to develop something that might lift that burden...I would definitely love to help out and would be open to ideas.

If there is any interest in this, just let me know. Toss some ideas at me.
   3. Rob_Wood Posted: December 06, 2012 at 02:31 AM (#4318388)
I would be happy to help out. Alas my limited skill set may make helping compile votes the only thing that I can productively help with. Let me know if my services are desired.
   4. rawagman Posted: December 06, 2012 at 08:04 AM (#4318416)
I already do ballot tallying. Just tell me who to send it to when it's all over.
   5. DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2012 at 09:51 AM (#4318485)
I can post player and discussion threads. Not a big deal, I post MMP threads regularly. Looks like we have enough ballot counters already.
   6. fra paolo Posted: December 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4318795)
Was a results' thread ever posted for last year's election? I can't find one.
   7. DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4318822)
Should be here:

But it isn't.
   8. Rob_Wood Posted: December 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4319106)

   9. fra paolo Posted: December 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4319116)
Thanks, Rob Wood.

This is an elect-four year, I believe, based on reading that thread.
   10. ronw Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4319133)
I'm still tallying.
   11. bjhanke Posted: December 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4319240)
The only job I have the knowledge to do right now is tabulating results. However, if you told me what is involved in typing up the results - what's so hard about it - it's possible that I can do that without massive strain. I've self-published, edited, copy edited, and proofread, the last three for money, so complex typing is something I've dealt with before. If formatting the results to make them thread-friendly is the problem, well, I'd need to learn how to do that, but I think I could probably learn it. - Brock Hanke
   12. fra paolo Posted: December 07, 2012 at 08:36 AM (#4319305)
If formatting the results to make them thread-friendly is the problem, well, I'd need to learn how to do that, but I think I could probably learn it.

If we keep John's helpful and extensive style of table, it will be the worst part of the job, and may be best left to whomever posts the thread. Whoever that is needs to check that all the alignments are right.
   13. DL from MN Posted: December 07, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4319350)
Yeah, I hate posting results. The other threads are pretty simple.
   14. OCF Posted: December 09, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4320345)
Yeah, I hate posting results. The other threads are pretty simple.

But someone has to do it.

Also: as soon as we wrap this up, we should post the annual all-BBTF Hall of Fame vote thread.
   15. DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4320441)
I can post the Hall of Fame vote thread Monday. We'll run it concurrent with the MMP vote. I think the horse left the barn for the VC vote.
   16. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4320539)
Thanks everyone for the offers to help. I definitely would like to take you all up on it. I can do the posting of results. I am anal/detail-oriented enough to do it, make sure everything lines up, double check it, etc..

Shock, definitely on the website. I know we always get ambitious this time of year, but I really would like to do something, especially with the plaque room.

Setting up an online ballot would be great, but would that be an additional step for the voters? Voters, would you be OK with that extra work if needed? Also, we would need to secure it (I'm an information security guy by trade), to make sure no one was able to hack into it, vote multiple times, etc. to alter or manipulate the results.
   17. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4320540)
Last year's results are stickied (2nd after this year's ballot) at the top of the Hall of Merit home link too.
   18. DL from MN Posted: December 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4322223)
Hall of Fame thread posted. I don't plan on doing the tallies or posting results.
   19. theorioleway Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4323488)
Last year I wrote the biographical entries for the past 2 HOM inductees...would be willing to do it again this year as well. I don't think the ones I wrote ever got put on the plaque room though...I assume that is something only Joe or DL can do, but if I am mistaken let me know.
   20. rawagman Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4323505)
I was counting ballots until this morning, but when I got home from work this evening, I found that my laptop - in which I was storing this data - had died.
   21. OCF Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4323506)
That's OK. So far ronw and I are agreeing on the count and I think we have it under control.
   22. DL from MN Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4323512)
fra paulo can edit also. If you want to take care of the plaque room we can add you as an editor.
   23. theorioleway Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM (#4323589)
DL I am game for whatever. In theory, the plaque room only needs to be updated once a year, so I don't know if it is worth it or not to add me as an editor or if it makes more sense for you or Joe or fra paulo to add as appropriate. You all can decide.
   24. rawagman Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM (#4324453)
I had helped John by editing the plaques since I joined the project around 40 "years" ago and am happy to continue to do so.
   25. DL from MN Posted: January 03, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4338064)
theorioleway - if you want to create plaques for 2013 and send to rawagman that will work for now
   26. theorioleway Posted: January 03, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4338464)
Hey DL, sorry for the lack in communication. I've sent them to rawagman and Joe and rawagman has made edits. I've asked Joe if he will post or if I should ask around on the site for someone to do it who is able.

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