I'll preface this by saying I had hoped to have a bigger build-up leading into this year's awards, and I still may have a retrospective lookback at our history to build-up to the actual announcements, but right now my personal mood has taken a dip and I haven't found the time to hype this up the way it should be. So, hopefully, you
will help me by taking the initiative, sharing this around, participating and maybe seeking out old members through Facebook and other avenues to peek back in and celebrate another year ending, and a new one beginning, here at The Center!!!
With that said.....
Following the success of 2012's Awards
), and 2013's
) and surprisingly enough 2014's
) comes The 2015 Center Awards Nominations!!!
This annual tradition is intended as a fun, positive look back on the year we have created. I think all of us, from those here at the grand opening, the ones who joined at our DBZ and Naruto peaks, every newbie who has jumped on board in v6, and especially the dozen or so of us who were grinding it out in the dark days of 2011, truly appreciate the fact that not only are we still here one more year later, but we are still active, still engaged, still forming new friendships and keeping old ones going strong.
I know I personally speak to some of you on messenger and txting every day, I've met up with Slyph, S18, Jane, Woofie, Lucy and Slix at various points this year, and will hopefully be visiting some more of you next year too! We are more than an online community, more than just acquaintances, in a lot of ways many of us consider this a family.... and that's not even mentioning the wives, husbands and kids popping up left, right and Center!
With that mush aside for a moment, there are a couple of "rules" to this for those who haven't taken part before.....
- EVERY. BODY. TAKE. PART.
It doesn't matter if you have posted once or 10,000 times this year, it doesn't matter if you're old school, new school, or never went to school. Post exclusively in General Insanity? Take part! Only come here for the IRC? Take part! Read and catalogue every single post ever made.... take part!
- Say it with me now.... Positivity! Positivity!! Positivity!!!
You will notice there are no Least Favourite awards, but you will notice that top nominations get as much of a mention as the overall winners. This isn't a contest, nor is it a forum to air your grievances, this is just a celebration of us and a chance to shine a spotlight on some of our members.
Although a simple list of names is more than okay (even if you don't vote in all categories), I would truly appreciate it if you could share a few words about who you are voting for and why :) as much as I love waxing lyrical about all y'all, it makes my write-ups a lot easier and I think a bit more personal to hear some quotes from the people who voted you.
Now the real nitty gritty - I want as much participation in this as possible, so while nominations are officially now open
I am shooting for a longer nomination period this year to take into account the holidays and the fact a lot of us are afk a lot of the time. I'm going to provisionally call Thursday 7th January 2016
as the closing day for noms - that is a full four weeks to get your butts in gear, get members over here, think about who you want to select and even write up a little bit about why.
For each of the following categories, as with last year simply PM me
anywhere between zero
How you define "Best" is up to you!
How you define "Best" is up to you!
Anyone who signed up for the first time since 1st November 2014
[You can check by going to the Members List, click "More Search Options" and filter by join date!]
Any of our current Staff are eligible, as is anyone who was Staff on or after 1st November 2014
Most Valuable Member:
This is for the non-Staff
member who continues to improve The Center, providing a high level of maturity, good conduct and interactions with the community.
Anyone who has grown on you or matured since the start of the year!
That one person who puts their all into every post, showing their passion, humour, etc
Any member, Staff or non-Staff, whose contributions you feel go unnoticed in general - give them their dues here.
The member who no-one ever has a bad word to say about.
The one who always makes you :rotfl:
This one was actually well-received last year, so is making a comeback. We have a healthy dose of trolling and sarcasm - who does it best while still making you smile more than cry? :P
The Anelle Award For Creativity:
- Previously Most Creative, this is for your favourite poet, GFX artist, writer ( ;) ), carpenter, etc.
This award goes to whoever you consider you have had the best Screename, Avatar, Signature, or combination, throughout the course of the year.
[Note - Please specify what you are voting them for, and including pictures in your PM will help a lot!]
The MIA Award:
That one member of yesteryear who has yet to sign up to v6, or even someone who simply isn't posting as much as they previously were. All members from day one onwards are eligible.
Most Likely To Still Be Posting In 15 Years:
Who here has proven in the past three years that they will never leave!
Most Likely To Be Famous In 9 Years:
It's been three years since the first one, so time's a-ticking.
Your favourite place to post at The Center.
Your favourite topic of the past 12 months.
[Mafia Games are not eligible. Topic must have been created after 1st November 2014
to qualify this year.]
Favourite Mafia Game:
I will accept anything as far back as Insane Asylum 2&3.
Surprise Of The Year:
This is entirely subjective - what shocked you the most in 2015?
Moment Of The Year:
The final award is open to you - what has been your favourite part of The Center 2015?
You have a week to cause a major outcry. If at least ten members commit to voting for these categories by the 17th, I will re-instate some or all of them, but as of right now I think it is time we say goodbye to :crying: Favourite DTGS Article Or Podcast; Most Controversial Post; Favourite Image; Favourite Gathering Memory; Favourite Post.