Hugo Awards: What's "Professional?"
The Hugo Awards Ballot
doesn't have room to include the entire WSFS constitution, or all of Article 3, and therefore there are times when it might not be completely obvious what the terms on the ballot mean. I got tripped up by this myself when answering a query about what "professional" means, specifically when hearing discussion on The Coode Street Podcast
about eligibility for Semiprozine. They thought that Locus
wasn't eligible, but the list of qualifications for Semiprozine, read in isolation, suggested that it was.( Technical chatter about the WSFS Constitution and the Hugo Award definitionsCollapse )
You can't fit the entire WSFS Constitution into the ballot. I do think, however, that it's possible that future Hugo Administrators might have to do some thinking about more explicitly referencing people to the full constitution from the ballot, because otherwise there's a very good chance that people will interpret each category in isolation without any consideration of the rest of the rules that apply to the ballot. Current Mood: thoughtful