Mefites' Choice 2013 winners, Final Week
January 3, 2014 9:57 AM   Subscribe

Thanks for your patience as we do all the complicated calculations to determine the week's three winners as well as the month's twenty-one(ish) overall category winners.

This was a challenging week of fierce competition since many highly scoring posts were by people who had won in previous weeks and some categories didn't have any entries at all. The top three posts from Week Four, Dec 22-31, with prizes from the wiki.

Happy birthday capricorn! She offered a prize for "most fantasticked post on my birthday" That honor goes to reenum for the list-assemblage Best Longform of 2013 (check the thread for some other favorite longform wrap-ups from MeFites). Get started early on populating your instapaper feed with stuff that might get you actually looking at your instapaper feed!

Runner-up prize, offered by Kat Allison goes to JHarris's Happy Zelda Day megapost. Beep Boop! I have now added the phrase "tool-assisted speedrun" to my lexicon.

Thanks to a confluence of fantastic flags and what is probably shameless pandering, the most fantasticked post of the week is also a close runner up for my themed prize of the month: jetlagaddict for Remember, if approached by a librarian, keep still. Do not run away an amazing collection of library tumblrblogs, sure to keep you warm and happy over the coming winter (or excellent beach reading for our antipodal members)

Category Posts

Members offering these posts were given the choice to pick their own winner or have us pick it using our complex pb-enhanced scoring matrix and rubric. Most chose the latter. Here are the winners, in order, for these categories. Please consult the wiki for more details.
  1. library themed post: A lot of public domain images by jiawen (prize by me!)
  2. history-themed post: A Sonic Time Machine by davidjmcgee (prize by Miko)
  3. multi-link retrogaming post: i dont care what you say this video game character is my boyfriend by emmtee (prize by griphus)
  4. most-fantastic'd slyt of cute animals doing cute things: Meatball! by griphus (prize by phunniemee)
  5. most-fantastic'd candy-themed post: Many recipes for candy by aniola (prize by ApathyGirl)
  6. best fandom/fan fiction-related post Yuletide 2013 by capricorn (prize by Sokka shot first)
  7. best post about video games or gaming culture: Video Game Foliage by kmz prize by Narrative Priorities)
  8. best post about small press and independent comics; Witchling by Kitteh (prize also by Narrative Priorities)
  9. best post about music: Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume by Sara C. (prize by filthy light thief)
  10. best (local) food post: The UK's first social supermarket by MuffinMan (prize also by filthy light thief)
  11. the post which was deemed to have warmed the mods' hearts the most: I liked you better deaf by Soliloquy (runner up: Don't Sweat the Technique by jason's_planet) (prize by greenish)
  12. best science fiction-related post in celebration of the birth of his son quark: Superego & Thrilling Adventure Hour present "The War Of Two Worlds" by Room 641-A (prize by the quidnunc kid)
  13. best post about crafts or crafting: Plane Jane Modest Dress and the Modern Woman by MonkeyToes (prize by sophie1)
  14. best post about theatre: Maria, what is it you cannot face? by roomthreeseventeen (prize by ThePinkSuperhero)
  15. best gay-themed post. Christmastime in the Trailer Park by 1f2frfbf (prize by psoas)
  16. the best FPP about something the OP didn't previously know before randomly walking through Sans Protovision by gilrain (prize by not_on_display)
  17. best post about art or art-related subject: What do you get when you mix red and blue paint? by Quilford (prize by LobsterMitten and woodblock100)
  18. best post on urban planning: Healthy cities: public health and urban planning by gingerbeer (prize by aniola)
  19. best post by someone who joined MetaFilter in calendar 2013: At least Roger Corman didn't have a preoccupation with ping pong balls. by AlonzoMosleyFBI (prize by shothotbot)
  20. the best non-superhero comics post: Mikenesses by GregNog (prize by MartinWisse)
There were no posts tagged sustainability in December so travelwithcats will double up on prizes during the next contest. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and Happy New Year to everyone.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM (56 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

As I predicted, roomthreeseventeen won my category! Congrats, please email/MeMail me for your prize.

Thanks to the mods for all the hard work on this! It was a lot of fun.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:03 AM on January 3

Flagged as fantastic.
posted by Melismata at 10:03 AM on January 3

Hooray for everyone! This was fun and apparently a not insignificant amount of work for the mods so thanks mods!

emmtee watch your MeMail and phunniemee I'd like a sketch of Apple as a queen regnant.
posted by griphus at 10:16 AM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Hooray and huzzah! MeMails sent to winners.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:29 AM on January 3

Woot! Monkeytoes - Pear butter, grapefruit marmalade or loquat jam?
posted by Sophie1 at 10:31 AM on January 3

Monkeytoes - Pear butter, grapefruit marmalade or loquat jam

One of these things is not like the other.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:42 AM on January 3

I've only seen three of these posts (and judge the wins well-deserved, MonkeyToes, griphus, and Soliloquy), so I've got some catching up to do. Congratulations to everyone (particularly the winners, prize-givers, and judges/modly contest enablers) on a great December!
posted by EvaDestruction at 10:47 AM on January 3

KMZ, I see that you don't have memail enabled. Pop me an email via the mods -- or directly to hello [at] -- at your convenience and I'll mail you your book!

Kitteh, check your memail!

Congrats to all the winners!
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:47 AM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Congratulations to all, and especially my favorite mefite, gingerbeer!

I kind of love these contest announcements a lot, because as much time as I spend here, there's always something cool I've missed. Thanks mods and prize-givers, for making this month ever more neat than usual.
posted by rtha at 10:49 AM on January 3

Aaaah, that explains it. I was wondering, "I won something? Why? What happened?"

Always check MeTa, me, always check MeTa.
posted by Kitteh at 10:54 AM on January 3 [3 favorites]

Woot! Monkeytoes - Pear butter, grapefruit marmalade or loquat jam?

You are a cruel person for making someone choose between those
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:07 AM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Thank you, Sophie1! Grapefruit marmalade sounds amazing. Very kind of you to offer a prize! Thanks, mods, and thanks organizers and prize-givers; your extra work on this is appreciated.

There is so much good stuff to read, and I am looking forward to catching up with the great posts I missed. Thanks, guys, and congratulations!
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:09 AM on January 3

Congratulations to Quilford, and thank you to woodblock100 for arranging the prize!
That site about color theory was fascinating, and a great example of a post that just has one really meaty link.

Great posts this month, and as always some difficult choices. Many people who won once had subsequent terrific posts that were ineligible for further prizes -- so a big cheer for those folks for continuing to post great stuff all month.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:11 AM on January 3

Looks like a bunch of great posts- I look forward to reading through these! Congratulations, all.
posted by Secretariat at 11:18 AM on January 3

You are a cruel person for making someone choose between those

My Quonsee got two of them!
posted by Sophie1 at 11:19 AM on January 3

This contest really has developed into something awesome over the last couple of years. Thanks for the great posts, and also for the place and resources in which to have so much fun. I hope we can keep this up over the years!
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:25 AM on January 3

Man, these are some really good posts! Makes me wish I had the time to look through every single post on the blue. I had a tough time choosing the winner for my category, and there were only six or so qualifiers!

I'll post in this thread when I have completed gilrain's song.
posted by not_on_display at 11:30 AM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Brilliant! Superb posts, every one! :) Congratulations to all the winners!
posted by zarq at 11:36 AM on January 3

Oh wow!! I was really nervous about delving into the world of FPPs for the first time, especially given the contest, but I'm glad this one was so well-received! (I'm also trying to convince my own library to finally go for a tumblr, so perhaps this body of evidence will sway them...) Thanks to everyone for the awesome posts-- I have learned a lot and that's a great thing.
posted by jetlagaddict at 11:37 AM on January 3

jetlagaddict, your other two posts were great, too!

The wiki is updated, though there are a few gaps to fill as some TBDs get D'd.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:03 PM on January 3

Oh wow, thank you so much! It's been a blah day at work but now I'm all aflutter with warm feels. Email incoming!
posted by kmz at 12:08 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]

Yay! JHarris, I e-mailed the address in your profile page, but if that's not working for whatever reason, let me know via MeMail. Congrats to all winners!
posted by Kat Allison at 12:32 PM on January 3

Oh and thank you to all the mods and category awarders-- this looks like an enormous amount of work!
posted by jetlagaddict at 12:58 PM on January 3

Hey, wow! This makes my day. It was just random post of the short-but-hopefully-sweet variety, but I'm so glad you enjoyed it, not_on_display! Thanks!
posted by gilrain at 12:58 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Congratulations to Room 641-A on winning the quark prize! Please check your memail!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:10 PM on January 3

I won! I won! I won!

Okay, I seem to have won a bike bell, which is a little awkward since I don't own a bike, but maybe I can attach it to a cat? Or just carry it around with me and ring it randomly? Put it on my desk and use it to summon underlings (which would work better if I had underlings -- or minions. Is it too late to ask for minions for xmas?)? Either way I will properly cherish it. Thank you!
posted by gingerbeer at 1:42 PM on January 3

gingerbeer: I seem to have won a bike bell

I think aniola has the option to re-distribute those fair-trade and direct-trade chocolate bars as neither the fairtrade nor directtrade tags were used in December, so you could get something tasty.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:47 PM on January 3

added final TBD: history-themed post: A Sonic Time Machine by davidjmcgee.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:59 PM on January 3

the quidnunc kid: "Congratulations to Room 641-A on winning the quark prize! Please check your memail!"

This couldn't be more of a surpsise, thank you! Congratulations on the quidnunc kid kid!

(Voted #1 quidnunc kid!)
posted by Room 641-A at 2:16 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]

best post by someone who joined MetaFilter in calendar 2013: At least Roger Corman didn't have a preoccupation with ping pong balls. by AlonzoMosleyFBI

I like your posts and your user name always makes me happy.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:29 PM on January 3


Thanks for making a post on urban planning!

I can totally send you the bike bell, if you want the bike bell. You can use it to summon your minions, install it on your front door, or even use it as an excuse to get a bicycle.

Alternately, I can send you a fair trade chocolate bar. They're easier for me to wrap. And tastier.

Memail me your mailing address?
posted by aniola at 2:47 PM on January 3

Can somebody send me some minions? TIA
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:48 PM on January 3 [3 favorites]

Chocolate would definitively be put to very good use, I can promise that. To the memail...
posted by gingerbeer at 2:49 PM on January 3

We have cats, but they are pretty terrible minions. I'm sure they think the same of us.
posted by rtha at 2:52 PM on January 3

Extended deadline: If anyone wants to make an awesome post tagged fair trade or direct trade, I will still happily mail you a fair trade chocolate bar. Memail me with the FPP link and your address before I make it to the post office. First person to memail me wins. I'll probably hit the post office some time next week, so call the deadline Monday morning, January 6th.
posted by aniola at 2:55 PM on January 3

Oh my gosh!! Thanks for the fantastic prize, LobsterMitten and woodblock100!
posted by Quilford at 3:22 PM on January 3

Also: THANKS APATHYGIRL! A candy post was a delicious idea.
posted by aniola at 3:52 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Wooooo this is a really nice surprise, huge thanks to griphus and also all the makers of great posts, there's so much good stuff here!
posted by emmtee at 4:04 PM on January 3

aw YES chris ware card prize! Thanks, Martin!
posted by Greg Nog at 4:51 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

I really enjoyed daisyk's post People of Color are Not an Anachronism, but she won for the week earlier on in December. I went with the Sonic Time Machine post because I'm really excited, in general, about web projects that use historic assets in integrated, multimedia ways.

Divabat's perfume post was also a really strong history contender, though more wide in its scope. Another runner-up was A Spectacular Historical Atlas Refashioned for the 21st Century. All of these were interesting finds that went beyond a blog post, showed some of the potential of history projects on the web, and brought something cool about the past to MeFi.

davidjmcgee, I am going to MeMail you with a selection of museum catalogs to choose a prize from - unless you're in the Boston area over the next year, in which case you can get the museum tour too.
posted by Miko at 8:13 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Congrats to all winners!
Thanks for all the good work!
posted by travelwithcats at 3:34 AM on January 4

phunniemee I'd like a sketch of Apple as a queen regnant.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Give me your address and I'll mail it to you!
posted by phunniemee at 8:26 AM on January 5 [5 favorites]

Congratulations to all! Just mailed Soliloquy to arrange prize delivery :)
posted by greenish at 8:33 AM on January 5

phunniemee: such fantastic, many lols, wow
posted by greenish at 8:34 AM on January 5

Thanks, Miko!
posted by davidjmcgee at 4:00 AM on January 6

posted by griphus at 9:31 AM on January 6

I received my prize today, and thanks to the quidnunc kid's generosity I was able to choose a lovely book for myself from The Folio Society as well as a lovely book that I will almost probably gift to a special friend or keep.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:28 AM on January 6

I actually started work on the Zelda Day post late, because I was working on a much larger post that I couldn't finish in December. I'm still working on it though, I hope to get it up by the weekend....
posted by JHarris at 7:59 AM on January 8

And, er, I have to admit that I also asked "What the hell is a geoduck?" Then I looked it up, and I'm greatly relieved that it's not a pokemon.
posted by JHarris at 10:56 AM on January 8

A geoduck is a hairless yeti that lives under the sand in the PNW.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:59 AM on January 8

I beg to differ
posted by emmtee at 12:00 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

sophie1's mailing arrived this afternoon, and I am thrilled to be looking at this lovely, lovely grapefruit marmalade! The sock yarn is giving me thoughts about the loom... Thanks, sophie1!
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:41 PM on January 13 [1 favorite]

marmalade is for eating
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 1:00 PM on January 13

marmalade is for eating

Assuming, of course, that the dog has not eaten the last of the bread while you were out. Damn dog.
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:30 PM on January 13

do you have no spoons or something

my dietary habits may not be the best of precedents to follow
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:01 PM on January 13 [1 favorite]

Boo dog. Time to make biscuits!
posted by Sophie1 at 6:46 AM on January 14

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