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TAFF 2011: Update

Talk about going from one extreme to the other. This morning, we had one candidate for the 2011 westward TAFF race to the Reno Worldcon; as of midnight, we have three, plus a possible fourth. Those who have publically thrown their hats into the ring are John Coxon (johncoxon), Paul Treadaway (unwholesome_fen) and Graham Charnock; I'll hold off announcing the other name until it becomes public knowledge. If all of them go ahead, it would be the first four-way race since 2008 and the first such featuring European candidates since 1993.

Edit: As of 3:15am, both John and Graham had all five nominations in place, whilst Paul had two of his (with the offer of a third).


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Dec. 16th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh, yay, I'm so glad to hear that -- sounds like the makings of an excellent race!
Dec. 17th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Sure hope so.
Dec. 16th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Dec. 17th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
There was briefly a fifth candidate, but he decided to support one of the others instead, plus an alternative second who decided to pull out because she preferred the TAFF race not to go ahead (thus lowering fandom's carbon footprint). It's all been rather hectic.
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
I must be tired; I read that as heretic :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wait, are we supposed to be reading *HERE*?
Is there an official URL where TAFF announcements are made, with links to the various other places TAFF info keeps being scattered by one admin after the next, and links back?

I was under the impression this was it: http://taff.org.uk

I'm overlooking a set of links there to all the *other* places announcements are apparently being made, which also seem to lack crosslinks, but I'm doubtless being too hasty.

Neither do I mean to imply any failure on anyone's part if it turns out that things are simply scattershot. That happens, and is utterly understandable. It's just a question, which might or might wind up with a suggestion, or possibly a bit of useful discussion.

If I'm supposed to be bookmarking and reading *this* page, though, that would be quite useful information I was not previously aware of, and if it's the case, would find it useful to know. And bookmark and act accordingly.

Dec. 17th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
This is simply a forum for discussion about TAFF, including general questions and solicitations for nominators.

Official announcements will still be made first using the TAFF website, only the next official statement isn't due until Sunday.

Much the same information appears on TAFF's Facebook page.
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
"This morning, we had one candidate for the 2011 westward TAFF race to the Reno Worldcon; as of midnight, we have three, plus a possible fourth."

This is an unsolicited opinion, but am I the only person who, in the context of knowing a considerable amount about every race until a few years ago (obviously rather less on those before I was alive, but nonetheless), thinks that going from "[t]his morning, we had one candidate for the 2011 westward TAFF race to the Reno Worldcon; as of midnight, we have three, plus a possible fourth" within 24 hours of the deadline is not a sign of health for TAFF?

I could elaborate upon what strikes me as problematic about this, but it's perhaps just me, in which case not.
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: extremes
If none of the new candidates had indicated any interest prior to this sudden rush, possibly, but the impending deadline appears to have galvanised a couple of people into making formal declarations. I'd be more concerned if TAFF had just one candidate, in which case I'd be talking to Brian and Anne about (a) moving the deadline, or (b) cancelling the race. If the latter, we'd have to decide whether 2012 was going to be another westward race (meaning we'd all serve three-year terms) or an eastward race (meaning they'd serve the usual two and I'd serve four).
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: extremes
As nominator of one of those candidates freshly declared, I don't see any harm in confirming that the possibility of him standing was discussed (and my offer to nominate was first made) several months ago. There's nothing like a deadline to make people push it.
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