Archive for January, 2011

Schedule shift

Monday, January 24th, 2011

All voting rounds this year will take place on a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday schedule like they did during ISML 2010.

I apologize for the multiple changes; at the start of the year we thought Mon-Wed-Fri would best fit our working schedule, but it has recently come to our attention that it will not be so. Fortunately we have not started any voting rounds, and with plenty of time to spare before March, I hope that this announcement does not inconvenience anyone when planning for the upcoming season.

Nominations are unaffected by this shift; they will still begin on 6 February at 00:00 GMT.

You can view the updated calendar on the Rules/FAQ page. Basically every voting date has shifted left and will occur one day sooner than on the older schedule. All times remain the same (15:00 GMT start).

Thank you for your patience.

New PV for 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011

KholdStare has completed the PV for 2011. We always appreciate his work making videos for ISML in past seasons. It is now on the main site. I also see that Youtube has new embedding code using an HTML iframe instead of the old ’embed’ and ‘object’ tags. They claim it’s better (like it should eventually work with mobile phones, for example), so I’ll try it out. Let me know, though, if it’s causing you trouble if you have older browsers.

Edit: As an early notice, the voting-day schedule this year may remain as the Sun/Tues/Thurs patten as it operated in 2010. Right now our calendar has a Mon/Wed/Fri pattern, which is what occured in 2009. This schedule is primarily based on staff availability, and we should have a finalized answer by next week.

Nomination form preview

Monday, January 17th, 2011

A preview of the nomination form is now available on the voting page. The form will open on 6 February and stay open for one week.

Same rules apply as last year. Please take note the table of characters who are auto-qualified to the Preliminary Period. You need not nominate these characters.

The language translation buttons work, but some text areas are not yet completely translated; character names and series will not translate just yet. I will patch that in soon.

Exhibition results

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who took our survey. Results are available on the main page along with results from our 2v2 exhibition matches. As a reminder, these matches have no bearing on nominations or preliminaries. Some of them may be auto-qualified to preliminaries already anyway; I will get a list of those names out soon before the Nomination Period begins.

Gokō Ruri’s name will have “Kuroneko” attached from this point on for clarity. We received feedback from the community with concerns that some voters might not know her identity without her nickname (as is the case with Kasuga “Ōsaka” Ayumu from ISML 2009) as her real name was not stated in the anime.

Survey closing soon

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

As a reminder, the survey will be closing in 15 hours from the time of this post, at 15:00 GMT January 8.

We should be able to stick to our usual “voting results in 12 hours” pattern and have the winners of the exhibition out by 3:00 GMT January 9.

Thanks for participating! We’ve had a lot of responses so far.

2011 Voter Survey

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy New Year! It’s now 2011 and the next ISML tournament draws ever closer. Nominations are in February this year to allow characters from this winter season to be eligible; we hope to see a lot of new faces join the League this year.

On our voting page is a voter survey we hope you will take for us. After three years, we are still collecting as much data as we can in order to maximize the tournament’s excitement for everyone. This survey asks a few demographic- and interest-related questions. You are not required to respond, and your submissions will be anonymous (however we will check IPs as normal for security purposes).

As an incentive for answering our survey, we have set up special 2-vs-2 exhibition matches on the voting page. After you have answered our 16 questions, you may vote on the exhibition matches before submitting the form.

The survey will be left open for one full week, so please help me inform all of our ISML voting community of the event. :) Results of the exhibition matches will be released soon after the survey closes. Thank you, and let’s all look forward to a great 2011 season!

P.S. – The website has just shifted over to 2011 data; some pages may still be buggy as I work out the kinks.