Archive for June, 2010

Emerald over

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Congratulations to Shana for winning the Emerald Necklace; she becomes the second Contestant to win a Necklace in two consecutive Periods (Haruhi was first in 2008 with the Ruby and Diamond Necklaces). Her total Necklace count is 4.

Ruby Period begins next week. We are nearing the end of the regular season; thanks to everyone for voting and staying with us.

Delayed Start to E6

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Voting for Emerald 6 began 90 minutes late today because of technical issues (timers not executing properly). Therefore voting will end 90 minutes “late,” too, in order to have the voting page available a full 24 hours. Emerald 6 will be open until 1630 GMT tomorrow.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Added Note: Results will still be available on the correct time at 0300 GMT Friday (10.5 hours after voting ends).

Hiatus on space maps

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Our artist for the space opera maps has been (and still is) on travel, so we apologize for their unavailability since Sapphire 4. We should not be dropping the project, so they will be completed when he returns.

For those who don’t know, the space opera project is a fun visualization of ISML match results and rankings. Archived maps can be found in each Period’s respective pages (this is Aquamarine‘s, for example). They contain no new information by themselves, so you can still follow everybody’s vote totals and rankings by reading the regular tables.

Thanks for your support, and enjoy Emerald Period!

Sapphire over

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Congratulations to Shana for winning the Sapphire Necklace; she is the first Contestant to have defended a Necklace in consecutive years, also winning it in 2009.

We move on to Emerald Period next week. The usual preview will be available on Friday, but if you can’t wait, you can visit the full schedule page to look at the rest of the matchups.

International Contributions

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Thanks to the community at CHISML, a Chinese-language forum dedicated to ISML, we now have properly translated biographies in Chinese (简体中文) for our 50 Contestants.

This was a completely volunteer effort by the members of CHISML, and we greatly appreciate it. It motivates our staff to know that independent communities devoted to ISML are appearing throughout the world and helping out our mission. We’d like to know about more non-English sites and forums!

Thanks to Vv4474, Sanfour, CK, shinz_zhu, and other translators.

Visit CHISML at (国际「最萌」大会中文论坛 |萌战|世萌|Moe爱聚集)

New favicon

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

We’ve been experimenting with a new icon to represent ISML in your browser. The “Fate” one was meant to be temporary, though it was appropriate during 2009 to show the winner of ISML 2008.

It should update for your browser over the next day or so; we went with a star/flower pattern with 7 petals, each colored to represent the seven Periods that make up the ISML Regular Season.

And it is a Contestant’s cumulative performance over all seven Periods that determines qualification for the Double Elimination rounds in the Postseason. The Tiara is the grand prize, but unfortunately a Tiara shrunk down to 16×16 pixels doesn’t show up well, so we went with the next closest symbol.