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Amy R. ([personal profile] brightknightie) wrote2017-03-27 08:27 am

Would algorithm-matching (Yuletide rules) be better?

Yes, I'm afraid that many of the [community profile] fkficfest matches are challenging this year. I'm truly very sorry. If any players would like a swap, I'll facilitate!

Perhaps we should switch to machine-matching, like Yuletide?

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[personal profile] sholio 2017-03-27 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
You know, having just done the matching for SSR Confidential, and especially with FK being such a small fandom with such dedicated factions, I'm really not sure if algorithm-matching would be an improvement. I ended up hand-matching SSR Confidential both years, and I know mods of other small fests often do likewise. Most of the fests that use AO3's matching also use Yuletide-style rules, where participants know that they are going to be matched on a character or pairing, but that's the only guarantee -- the prompts are optional. I don't know if that would make it easier in FK or simply be a disaster.
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-03-29 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
I should have phrased the question differently: Would players prefer a different set of expectations?

Ahhhh, I see! Yeah, it's hard to say. FK is a somewhat unusual fandom, I think, even in these ship-war-ish days, that it has so many factions with such radically different takes on the characters.

I do feel as if most people at least TRY to make their recipients happy, even if their recipient's take on the show is different from their own. Even in "optional details are optional" exchanges, most people try to write the details anyway.

Such a difficult situation.

You are an excellent mod, though, and I know you work very hard to try to get the best possible matches.
Edited 2017-03-29 07:28 (UTC)
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-04-03 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I've heard people in fandom say that we're each watching our own version of any show, and sometimes you can't even figure out how people got from your show to theirs!
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[personal profile] greerwatson 2017-03-28 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
I've never modded; but everything [personal profile] sholio says is my reaction, too. Computers are pretty dumb.

A good mod (and you've always been a good mod, [personal profile] brightknightie) possesses the intuition and flexibility that matching surely needs when numbers are small. I rate hand-matching over any mere algorithm.
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[personal profile] havocthecat 2017-03-30 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
It's a very diverse fandom and has a lot of characters, so people will surely understand that not everyone likes the same thing as they do.