Best Post Contest FINALE: winner, category winners, 1st & 2nd timers February 4, 2019 5:47 PM   Subscribe

The posts were bested! This month's contest has had some really great posts, including a ton of single-linkers, obscure subjects, the weird and the wonderful. In here we announce the overall winner, the first- and second-time posters, and Mefites announce their category winners. If you have a underappreciated post you'd like to highlight, feel free to bring it in here too -- there's chips and dip and sparkling beverages for everyone!

The Mefite's Choice Overall Best Post Winner was.....

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"Oh hello", about an experienced hiker who saw footprints leading off trail, in a mountain snowstorm

by bondcliff!
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(Spoiler alert - - for folks who want a content warning - -
that post has suicide-related content.)

For process nerds - Because it was posted right at the end of the week, this post was *not* one of our weekly winners or even honorable mentions. And yet it was the top vote-getter for the month by a solid margin! As things worked out, no other posts were affected by the timing in this way, so it's a happy accident that we get to specially acknowledge this one.

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Rounding out the Overall Best dais (the next top 5 highest vote getters over the month):

The Chemical Table: An open dialogue between visualization and design (evolution of the periodic table) by filthy light thief
Wherever you go, there they are: a short history of portable toilets by MonkeyToes
February is International Correspondence Writing Month by needlegrrl
Silk Stockings and Socialism (1920s Philadelphia labor history) by sepviva
Minorcan Food of Florida by saladin


Congratulations to all, and thank you for the excellent month of posts!

The weekly roundup posts have a lot of great stuff too:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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Sing hey for First Time Posters!

Top posts by first time posters, as voted by the community:

Silk Stockings and Socialism by sepviva
Well of course you do, you rambunctious little pumpkin - exploring light music from the 1940s and '50s, and more, by mubba
(Media Watch, the Australian media-critique show entering its 30th year by Merus, honorary first-poster)
Panorama of the Thames made from un-displayed artworks by YoungStencil - not yet highlighted in any weekly roundup!

and let's have a round of applause for all the first-time posters:

A stop-motion crocheted animal love story by yours in calendrical heresy
Donkey Kong 64 marathon playthrough, funding a charity for trans kids by Is It Over Yet? (This was a great thread to read along with!)
Polish mayor assassinated by M. (Somber thread but several comments from local Mefites)
Elizabeth Anderson on inequality and private government by TinyChicken
Just be likeable, by Alexandra Petri by HotToddy
The music of Deerhoof by sjswitzer
Interviews on race with Claudia Rankine, Krista Tippett, Eula Biss by platitudipus
This Land is Mine, a song about race in America by Gary Clarke Jr by the primroses were over
History of wall games by always_implicated
Celebrating the weirdest C programs by silentbicycle
Apple pulls Facebook's certificate after more bad behavior by Making You Bored for Science
Obit for guitarist Phil Durr by outfielder
Captain Marvel trailer by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead
AI advances in playing Starcraft by Laura Palmer's Cold Dead Kiss

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Huzzah for Second Time Posters!

Top posts by second time posters, as voted by the community:

February is International Correspondence Writing Month by needlegrrl
Performance by up-and-coming bluegrass players by Pickman's Next Top Model

and let's give a hand for all the second-time posters:

The disappearance of the painting Salvator Mundi by majorsteel
Composers as biscuits by RhysPenbras
Fan site for the IROC-Z sports car by nikaspark
Animal Hot Tub, a cute game of running an animal spa by batter_my_heart
Sunless Skies, part rogue-lite game and part interactive fiction by OnTheLastCastle
The Missing, a gory game about queer identity by the Contender
Age discrimination at work after 50 by Altomentis
After lengthy impasse, Sweden gets a government again by St. Oops
"Live" tv musical Rent aired a tape after actor broke his ankle by wellred
The music of Grandaddy by sjswitzer

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Hip hip hooray for Category Winners!

These are the categories with offered awards:
LobsterMitten - history
Eyebrows McGee - engages my kids
hippybear - non-US-centric
Wordshore - poop
rangefinder1.4 - (non famous, underrepresented) women doing awesome things
filthy light thief - keepmefiweird
filthy light thief - local history
Etrigan - gaming
EmpressCallipygos - butts
Meatbomb - phoned it in
capricorn - taciturn (single link)

(We'll add them here as people name them in the thread, and folks can feel free to add new ones too)
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaFilter-Related at 5:47 PM (24 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Process nerds, in my MetaFilter?

Congrats, Bondcliff, that was a truly amazing and profoundly moving post.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:16 PM on February 4 [5 favorites]


Good work everyone! Thanks so much for putting this together, LobsterMitten, what a great collection of posts to dig into.
posted by lalex at 6:22 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]


Right on, first- and second-time posters!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:54 PM on February 4 [3 favorites]


EmpressCallipygos - butts

It appears that only two people took up the mantle of this challenge, so I am declaring you both winners:

A post from a fiendish thingy about how hockey players with well-developed butt areas have trouble finding pants.

and

A post from duffell about attempts to recreate the instruments used in Hieronymous Bosch paintings, including a flute that was to be played with the butt.

As a prize, the best thing I can think to offer is a butt-related beauty care product. Fiendish Thingy and Duffell, memail me and I can give you details for what I've got in mind; if it doesn't appeal, we can negotiate an alternative.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:47 PM on February 4 [6 favorites]


Help me mods how do I delete poop?
posted by loquacious at 11:31 PM on February 4


bondcliff, I am so happy for you! Congrats!

For process nerds

LobsterMitten, reading that was maybe example 5,623 of me thinking here, "Yes, I am in the right place."

Still going through candidates to narrow down winners for the awesomewomen category - please bear with me for about another week or so. There's so much good content! I will announce the winners here as soon as I'm able to read/click through more of the links in the posts.

Also want to apologize to capricorn for not making a taciturn MeFi post as I'd hoped. As penance, I promise to make one in the future even though the contest is over.

If I can just take a moment to say -- personally it's been difficult getting through some points over the past few weeks, and one thing that's really brought me joy is the anticipation of this contest and seeing so many fantastic posts all month. So I'd like to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to: the mods for organizing the contest for January and rounding up all the votes; all of the people who participated in the contest by posting, commenting, and voting; all the folks who also sponsored a category; all the people who kept posting while not having any idea they might win something; all the people who posted about awesome women; all the past winners who posted again, whose usernames I now recognize and sort of think of as MeFi Best Contest friends...even if it's just in my own head... And all first- and second-time posters who took that leap to make a post.

Does the Best Post Contest make me irrationally happy? Maybe? I don't mind if it does -- I'll take it. Huzzah, everyone!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 1:49 AM on February 5 [4 favorites]


Hey wow. Thanks! This is a total surprise.

I almost didn't post it because of the content and also because hiking posts don't often do too well. I'm glad I did and I'm glad people got something from it.

So when do I get to be mod for a day? I got some folks I want to ban and some comments I want to delete. Also the fonts around this place could use more flair.
posted by bondcliff at 6:18 AM on February 5 [7 favorites]


Help me mods how do I delete poop?

How many times do we have to say this.... use the flush handle.
posted by terrapin at 7:08 AM on February 5 [2 favorites]


That hockey butt post is terrific.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:37 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]


rangefinder1.4 - (non famous, underrepresented) women doing awesome things

Can I give an honorary shout-out to rangefinder1.4 for her wonderful tribute to MovableBookLady? This was a fantastic post about one of our own community, and in terms of "women doing awesome things" meets the bar for both poster and postee I think. *Technically* she could send a prize to herself...but I'll donate something as soon as I can think of an appropriate reward.
posted by billiebee at 8:50 AM on February 5 [20 favorites]


Can I just say thanks for doing the contest? It served as a great mcguffin for me to get out there and do more FPPs. I've been here for almost 12 years and before January, had done 20 posts in that time. And hey, that's fine, there's no "acceptable minimum" and however much or little you wanna post is cool. But I was able to double that number in the month of January and once I got in the habit of doing it, I really came to enjoy making new FPPs. I expect to be doing that more often in the future!
posted by duffell at 9:00 AM on February 5 [5 favorites]


Congratulations to the winners and to all the new posters! That was a FPP great story, bondcliff, and like all best-of-the-web posts, it drew out terrific comments on the topic from the MeFi community.
posted by Doktor Zed at 9:56 AM on February 5 [2 favorites]


I was so sad that bondcliff’s post hadn’t won the weekly contest, or even gotten an honorable mention. I’m so glad it won! (And thank you for the explanation. Makes total sense.)
posted by Weeping_angel at 3:15 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]


✷TACITURN AWARD✷

You all made so many amazing single-link posts in January that I can't even begin to link them all. I could not possibly narrow down the winners to one, so (in no particular order) these three winners will all be receiving a MeMail from me! In addition to winning, Etrigan was also by far the #1 user of the singlelink tag in January. So thank you, Etrigan, for your enthusiastic participation in the Taciturn Awards!

Some other favorites include Console Variations, Graciela Iturbide's magical photographs, Afrofuturist dance, weird animal noises, animated VHS covers, millennials and burnout, Fourier transforms, Men's Fiction, A Tuna Called Justice, Soviet control rooms, and The Embroidered Computer. Y'all rule. This ruled.
posted by capricorn at 5:14 PM on February 5 [3 favorites]


rangefinder 1.4: "Also want to apologize to capricorn for not making a taciturn MeFi post as I'd hoped. As penance, I promise to make one in the future even though the contest is over."

I can't wait to see it!!!
posted by capricorn at 5:15 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]


The best post on gaming was all about breaking games: Fizz'z Hoo-ray, about a gamer who has dedicated himself to beating Mario games weirdly.
posted by Etrigan at 6:41 PM on February 5 [3 favorites]


I feel honored that my second post was on...the...iroc-z...
posted by nikaspark at 8:20 PM on February 5 [3 favorites]


We talked about it on the podcast!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:32 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]


The best post on gaming was all about breaking games: Fizz'z Hoo-ray,

“A WINNER IS YOU!”
posted by Fizz at 8:00 AM on February 6 [1 favorite]


(I'll be along in a day or so with the history winner but you guys make it so hard to choose, every time it's like this, gah)
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:33 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]


So, catching up here and...billiebee! What the heck, friend -- your comment caught me off guard. I don't know what to say, except...thank you. That is really kind of you, and the thoughtfulness behind your comment is a gift by itself.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:15 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately, while I was away with others building a wickerman and doing other fun projects, the butler put the poop competition results in the wrong thread (in fairness my instructions weren't great). So here they are. Ambrosen: check your MefiMail!
posted by Wordshore at 1:44 PM on February 7


I am super late with my contest results and am going to be even a bit later. My apologies, but I'll get them announced as soon as I can!
posted by hippybear at 10:51 PM on February 10


awesomewomen category update:

The good news is that I have over 80 posts that technically qualify for my category!

The bad news is that I have to narrow it down from 80. Honestly this may be the highest number of candidates out of all the previous times I've sponsored the category. It's been a treat going through all of them, and I do want to give everyone a fair shake. Give me a few more days and I'll post the winners. Trying to narrow down that to about 10. It may take me a few more days to post all the honorable mentions.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:47 AM on February 12 [2 favorites]


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