Wow, the things are indeed progressing fast, but considering that the prompts and the teams should be determined fast to allow the participants enough time to work on their entries, I guess it is sensible.
I voted here, even if it seems that the more heated discussion is over at the LJ comm. And I even noticed some people voting twice. So far the "One Big Games! Shake it up, and post in June/July, when no one else is!" and the "Artist/Author Collaborations, both teams - assigned partners" options seem to be winning.
I suppose you (the mods) take notice in the preferences of the participants as in the end it would be them and you that would have to play according to the new rules, but I, being a bit curious and needing some time to relax between studying and more studying, made a table of the choices of only the participants in the games. The result there was quite different.
I counted 90 artists and 81 authors overall and they voted as follows:
Winter Games/Summer Games or One Big Games?
Winter/Summer, Author/Artist, as always. It works, who cares about the other fests? - 8 artists/8 authors One Big Games! Shake it up, and post in June/July, when no one else is! - 9 artists/16 authors
If there is One Big Games, I would want:
Artist/Author Collaborations, both teams - assigned partners - 8 artists/12 authors Team Artists Vs Team Authors - 0 artists/1 authors 3 teams: Artists Vs Authors Vs Collabs - 2 artists/0 authors Single entry Relays, no collabs, two teams - 6 artists/12 authors
It turns out that on the collab issue both authors and artists are quite evenly split. I'll be following the votes on both journals and will continue for my own amusement to follow how things unfold as far as the participants are concerned. I am quite intrigued what the result and what your (mods') final decision will be.
On another level, I was thinking how would the voting go, if there's a collab fest. I was thinking that if there's a combination of some incredible fic/art and not so incredible art/fic the voting might prove hard.
Besides, what if the art doesn't really represent the fic well, or the artist didn't have enough time after the fic was ready to provide art for it.
Maybe you might consider (a) poll(s) that rate separately the fic and the art according to the prompt/genre and a poll that determines how well they work together. That's just a thought. I don't intend to teach you how to do your job, for the last two years are a proof you are very good at organising.