Posts Tagged ‘charter’

Nominations open

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Nominations for ISML 2015 are now open! The ballot form is here!

You have two weeks total to enter submissions, so there is plenty of time to prepare. You may only submit one time, so there is no rush at all. You cannot edit your nomination once it is submitted.

We have made another tweak to the nomination rules in the charter. We are allowing 14 slots for the Nova and Stella divisions now instead of 12. Hopefully this helps your decision-making! And the other adjustment is restricting to three anime franchises for the entire ballot. It used to be for both male and female, but we are not requiring that both male and female have nominations. You may pick just one .. or do a little in both.

There is some lightweight checking for nominating too few series, but the form cannot account for misspellings, so please double-check your ballot before submitting!

Translation functions are unavailable right now, but we’ll get them up ASAP. For now the ballot instructions are only in English. But you may fill in the blanks in any language. Our staff will translate your nominations afterwards. So if you are able to fill it out in English, please do so, as it helps us a lot!

The CAPTCHA will now inform you when an incorrect answer is given, so you may try again until you get it right.

Thank you, and good luck to all our Contestants-to-be!

Charter for ISML 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The ISML 2015 Charter is now available. Please read over the updated rules and procedures for the year. We are introducing male characters into their own division and have a new preliminary period.

Nominations are still on March 1 with the Preliminary Period to start in mid-April. The exact date is tentative, as we are still planning around staff availability. A calender graphic will be created once dates are more set in stone.

Thanks for your patience, and we hope you will look forward to this upcoming new tournament year!

Charter update for Necklace Round

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

We’re announcing an update to the 2012 Charter regarding the layout of exhibition matches in the Necklace Round. The previous language was proposed last September in the early planning stages of ISML 2012, but we now have a clearer picture of what will be best for the tournament during this round.

Inter-division matchups will still be featured. Between Contestants, this will be a 7-girl free-for-all much like the Necklace Showdown itself. We will also have 1v1 matchups featuring Candidates from the Preliminary Period, so they will make an appearance again on the ISML stage. The exhibition winners from the Period’s 2v2 matches will appear again in groups of 7, similar to how it was executed in ISML 2011. With more exhibition winners each Period, there will be more matches.

There is a chance of a bonus 2v2 arena in the Necklace Round as well, and this is an opportunity for us to feature new characters from currently airing series. These may be potential competitors in ISML 2013, so we have a lot of excitement planned for you.

Thanks for voting! Tonight will be the results of Aqua6 and then one more round remains before we find out who will be in the first Necklace Showdown of ISML 2012. Will a Nova or Stella Contestant get the first Necklace?

ISML 2011 Charter

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The ISML 2011 Charter is now available online.

We have made changes to this upcoming ISML year. A quick overview of the big ones:
1. No more automatic entries to the regular season (only to preliminaries).
2. A character cannot win more than one Necklace per tournament year.
3. We added a special 8th round to each Period to help decide the Necklace winner.
4. Postseason will be single-elimination, not double.

To accommodate #4, Staff amended the ISML Constitution to change “double elimination” to “elimination-style” in the text. This gives us more flexibility in organizing each year’s tournament. Plus after three years of data collection, we have concluded that a double-elimination tournament is not really effective in saimoe.

On 1 January, the 2010 site will be archived (but still accessible to you), and the 2011 website will begin. Nominations begin on 6 February. We hope these rule changes will bring a much more balanced and exciting year to the League in 2011; we look forward to seeing new faces and crowning new champions.

Thank you for your patience and continued support! Also, all of your donations have successfully paid our server costs for the next year; we appreciate it very much! ISML will continue to be brought to you advertisement-free and with hardly any downtime.

Site updates

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The Aquamarine page is now ready; all results from the Period will be stored in there. Similar pages for future Periods will appear when their time arrives. Cumulative statistics for the whole season are viewable on the main Statistics page.

Some clarifications were needed on the 2010 Charter to reflect the extra seeding matches that occured during the Preliminaries in addition to describing part of the Regular Season tiebreaker process in more detail. Nothing major was affected in this update.

The Rules FAQ has a few statements regarding the Regular Season statistics and how we define Strength of Schedule (SoS) and other indices.

Character biographies are steadily being updated this week with current statistics and tournament information. A page archiving all the exhibition competitors is in development.

Today we received a new donation. Thank you, Snape!

Revised Phase III, Aquamarine delayed

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

In addition to the seeding tournament mentioned in the previous news entry, the other changes to the Charter this weekend include a rewrite of Phase III and the resulting delay of the Regular Season by one week.

Some difficulty in programming the original Phase III proposal had arisen (though its organization was perhaps a little confusing or even overly ambitious), so we have devised an alternate plan for the final preliminary phase — one that still retains balance and gives our less fortunate Candidates a few final shots at making it into the Regular Season.

Instead of a free-for-all pool, we will organize the remaining (98) Candidates into groups again for Round 1, but it will be just one match in which you can vote for up to two girls per group/arena. The top 3 winners from each group (total of 42) advance to Round 2 where they are grouped again for a single match. Here is where we decide our final 6 Contestant slots.

The Phase III revision requires two extra days on the Preliminary schedule. And because we still need some preparation time for Regular Season, Aquamarine will be pushed back one week. The Regular Season will start on 21 March instead of 14 March. (Also, the last round of Phase II and the first round of Phase III won’t occur on the same day like on the old plan. Things will be much better separated.)

Thank you, everyone, for your understanding. There’s still a lot more excitement to come.

Phase I concludes; seeding tournament next

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Congratulations to Holo, Nadeko, Mei, Konata, Minatsu, Rika, Ami, Ruiko, and Mikoto for advancing to the Regular Season!

Now they join the rest of the Phase I winners in a game with our 16 auto-qualified Contestants — the seeding tournament is coming up next. We need some pre-ranking data prior to the Regular Season, so this two-day event will help us figure that out. In Round 1, you will see the 30 Contestants split into five groups. Your job is to vote for up to 2 of them. Yes, two.

Round 2 will be the same way but with some of the girls shuffled around — and still two votes maximum per group/arena. The data we get will help us build a fair and balanced Regular Season schedule.

Our charter has been amended to include information about the seeding tournament. There are also extra things to be noted in the next news post.

Charter finished

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The last major addition was to the Schedule portion of the 2010 Charter. A graphical/table version (similar to the one in 2009) will be ready later on, so it will be easier to read. With a few other structural tweaks to the Charter, we’re finished with our first release and are removing the “draft” status.

No changes have been made to nomination rules since the last announcement about eligibility.

The ‘do not nominate’ list has been enhanced to help you recognize the characters. Remember that you don’t have to worry about nominating from this list; they have already qualified to either Prelims or the Regular Season.

Have a happy new year, everyone!

Revisiting Relegations – an apology and new statement

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

As you know, the voting community is ISML’s most valuable asset, because without it and without you there wouldn’t be an ISML at all. We, the Staff, do our job as organizers because your participation and your excitement motivate and inspire us. We want to host the best saimoe tournament we can, and that means representing your voice and your will as we stucture and execute this contest.

About a week ago, we made a decision regarding character eligibility: Restrictions were added such that characters from Touhou Project would not, in their current state, be eligible for the 2010 main event. This particular decision has had no issues, but it caused a conflict regarding the validity of 2009 Relegation, and we had to make another decision.

At the time, we believed the fairest resolution was to void 2009 Relegation in its entirety. We did not want Reimu’s exclusion to have caused regret from voters, who would have otherwise voted for other characters and thus changed the outcome of the tournament. To clear up the potential “what-if” situations, we elected to drop Relegation completely and start fresh.

However, you have voiced your concerns, and we have been listening. Over the last two days the Staff debated the issue again, and our conclusion now is that we were wrong. Rather than Mikoto, Mai, Sayuri, and Ayu having unclear futures as a result of Reimu’s disqualification, you have voiced instead that they are still winners and should advance to the 2010 Preliminaries.

Because our original justification for the first decision was fairness in your best interest, we don’t have any reason to deny this recent concern when your interests are different than we had thought.

In the 2010 Charter**, we have restored Statement I.C. which states that the “Top 5 finalists of the ISML 2009 Relegation Tournament”, pending eligibility (which only prohibits Reimu), will be given automatic entry to the 2010 Prelims. Statement I.E., which was added to void Relegation, is now removed.

You will still have 12 nomination slots for your benefit.

We apologize again for the mistake and the confusion it caused, but we hope that everything is on the right track now as the new year approaches. Just like you, we are very excited about 2010, and we want to make sure it’s done right. Thank you for all your input and feedback.

** The Charter is still in draft status, so we are still making modifications and additions. We promise to complete the entire document by Jan 1, so you are clear from Day 1 of the tournament what all the rules are. And any modifications since that day will come in the form of an amendment.

Eligibility and other site updates

Friday, December 25th, 2009

EDIT (12/29) – This issue has been revisited and updated in this post:

If you’ve been noticing changes on the site throughout the day, I apologize for not reporting about it until now. There was a lot to do, and I’m glad I found the time to address everything, one page at a time. Now it’s time to review what I did.

Our Constitution has been ratified and can be found here. Also, the draft of the 2010 Annual Charter is now available for your preview; a few more tweaks will be needed before we can make it official. I also need to add more series and studios to the list; community members on the forums have been helping me out, and I appreciate it. :)

The biggest update to the Constitution before it became final was the eligibility requirements in Article III. The last version was not clear on characters who had both male and female forms. For characters like Natsuru from Kampfer or Ranma from Ranma 1/2, their female forms will be accepted, and their male halves will simply not exist in ISML. This distinction be important when determining series impact and significance, which is another eligibility requirement.

A clause regarding humanoid appearance and anthropomorphic qualities was added.

After much debate among the entire Staff, we have concluded that eligible characters for the Preliminary Rounds, Regular Season, and Postseason (i.e. Candidates and Contestants) must come from anime produced by a registered studio and distributed on a large commercial scale. What this results in is the removal of characters in the Tōhō Musō Kakyō OVA from Candidate-eligibility consideration in 2010. They are not out of the scene completely, though, because they are still Competitor-eligible, which means they could appear in our Exhibition Matches held throughout the year.

Because of this removal, we also have to void the results of the ISML Relegation Tournament held at the end of the 2009 season. The tournament was an entry point into the 2010 Preliminaries for Contestants who performed below-average in 2009, but Hakurei Reimu’s participation in it causes an inconsistency with our recent ruling. Simply removing her scores (while keeping the others) would not solve the problem either, since we can’t guarantee the final rankings would be the same. And without the time or resources to redo Relegation, we believe and have decided it’s best to drop Relegation altogether. Our Constitution and Charter have been updated to reflect this action and ensure that such an inconsistency will not happen again.

To summarize: Kawasumi Mai, Kurata Sayuri, Tsukimiya Ayu, and Misaka Mikoto must be nominated next week in order for them to have a chance at advancing to the Preliminary Rounds (and then the Regular Season). They no longer have automatic entry.

As for the remaining updates, you can see that new pages have been added to the menu bar at the top of the screen. The Rules page now has an FAQ that will steadily grow throughout the year. We understand that the Constitution and Charter are perhaps 11 pages of combined reading you might not necessarily have time for, so the FAQ will be crafted to explain the most important things in the most concise way when you’re in a hurry. However, please give our full-length documents a chance when you can, as they have been written to ensure that we do things thoroughly, properly, and precisely.

Our Staff page has been updated to make everyone’s assignments known .. and also to give us a chance to remember our good friend mokuhazushi, who did so much for our tournament but then had to leave to fight a battle with cancer, which he unfortunately lost earlier this year in August. We miss him a lot, and we have since been working hard in his memory to keep ISML running.

The voting arena is set up with our nominations page ready to go when New Year’s Day arrives. Thanks to everyone who helped beta-test the form earlier in the month. The form will open up at 0000 GMT, January 1 and last for 7 days. Tell everyone you know to get his or her nominations in!

Finally we were able to add Google Translate to our site. The drop-down menu on the right of the menu bar has a long list of available languages for you to explore our site with. The one obtrusive thing it does is create mouseover highlights on all the text. This would be fine for a light-background site, but instead we’re a dark-background site. I’ll continue investigating the script and try to work around that, but for now you can still enjoy ISML in exotic tongues such as Swahili and Icelandic.

Merry Christmas everyone, and we’re about one week away from the start of ISML 2010. The anticipation is rising. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.