In case you, like most people who nominate including me, have put off your decisions about nomination until the final few days, I'm going to give you advice if you're considering nominating a work whose length is near a category boundary and you're wondering where to put it. I'll tell you right now that my opinion is not official and I cannot guarantee that the Hugo Administrators this year will interpret things the way I do, but it seems to me to be the most common-sense interpretation of the current situation with the rules. Also, some of this material has been discussed on the SMOFS e-mail list and my reasoning is colored by the discussions there. I can't quote things directly, but I can say what I think in public.( Collapse )
Technically, and by the narrowest reading of the WSFS Constitution
, only the Hugo Administrator can relocate a work from its "proper" category to the adjacent one, assuming the work falls into the inter-category gray zone. I believe that the individual voters have the implicit right to make such relocation as well, and that they should nominate "gray zone" works in the category they think more appropriate for that work even if it appears to technically fall on the other side of the line.( Collapse )
People are concerned that the Administrator will eliminate their nominations if they nominate something in the "wrong" category. I'll admit that the narrowest reading of the constitution, particularly section 3.8.6, suggests that they will do so. But the other side of this is that Administrators are called upon to decide into which category a gray-zone work falls, and the place where more people nominate it is almost certainly going to influence their decision if they have any sense at all and have been paying any attention.( Collapse )( Collapse ) ( Collapse )
There's another side to this question, however, and that could be summed up as Don't Get Cute
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So there you have it. I think the voters have a huge role to play in deciding where gray-zone works belong, and that you should think carefully about what you are nominating and why, and not consider the rules as written to be as firm as they may appear to be on the surface.