Final Results of the January 2020 Best Post Contest February 3, 2020 11:16 AM   Subscribe

It's been Fun, it's been Fabulous, it's been Fascinating, and, of course it's been Fantastic, but now it's also Final: the Best Post as formally voted by the Fellows of the Metafilter Academy follows ...

The number one best post for the month by fantastic flags was:

🌟🌟🌟🥇How much of us is just... random? by clawsoon 🥇🌟🌟🌟

and the runner-up was:

🌠These are the largest things on the planet by theory 🌠

The most fantastic post from a first or second time poster for the month was:

✨💫The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of by Mr. Pokeylope 💫✨

Congratulations big January winners, you are all officially Super Mega-Fantastic! Thank you so much for the great posts.

But wait, there's more!

The top posts from last week were ... a rare three-way tie:

🎆 Making a Seat at the Table by jedicus 🎆

🎆The best way to say “hello” to modern classical music is to listen to it by the man of twists and turns 🎆

🎆Emma Willard: 'mapping time' in the way that cartography mapped space by filthy light thief 🎆

Other top voter getters from last week:

How to design AI that eliminates disability bias by tonycpsu

Generative art, built from genetic code of artificial events by filthy light thief

Military Maps, 1532-1815 by carter

But what really kept the tale going was the wax by mwhybark

Formerly enslaved queer freedom fighter William Dorsey Swann, the Queen. by bile and syntax

Thank you all for the gifts and the flowers by How the runs scored

Historic Prime-Time TV Show Intros by Going To Maine

Xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in the wake of the Coronavirus by Umami Dearest

Sounds for January 2020 and Beyond by WCityMike

'raffes? Dagg! by clew

100 Days of Art History Jinjins by rebent

That famous cello prelude, deconstructed by tonycpsu

Life in a Cubic Foot of My Lawn by Johnny Wallflower

Cold War era rocket ship playgrounds by growabrain

Moonshine is a party for the music you like, and be free by filthy light thief

Additionally, here are some top Fantastic vote-getters for the month that fell somewhere between the cracks (votes came later, posted at an awkward time to show up in the week's tally, etc.):

Spotted while resting: a ruin by a gentle river by Iridic

"...with time you will accept that I can sing...and you will listen" by nangar

Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them by youarenothere

“My one ambition is to play a hero.” by Fizz

The chicken-or-egg of big gods, morality, and societal complexity by filthy light thief

Wow, what a way to wind up the month! Thank you brilliant posters, and thank you, members, for voting for your faves!

Below we will include the results from the members who sponsored Individual prizes for the month as they come in. If you offered a prize, please mention your winner(s) in the comments, and I will add them here! ...

taz awards the ebook "Circe" (or another choice) to youarenothere for Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them

daisyace awards a regifted Chrismakkuh present to youarenothere for Sabbath-sanctioned Sips

Jessamyn awards maple candy to Bella Donna for Old Norse, mystics and race cars

Cozybee awards youarenothere for Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them and Stunning Seaweed from Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty

Fizz awards internet points to youarenothere for Stunning Seaweed from Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty

Mchelly awards ChuraChura for Digitizing the Paper Brigade

Homo neanderthalensis awards a handmade sign to youarenothere for Cabbages on canvas and beyond

box awards Cozybee for By all measures, this book should be a top checkout
posted by taz to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM (19 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I'm awarding my prize to youarenothere for Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them, which is absolutely delicious. ❤️I love it. For your ebook, I'd like to offer "Circe" by Madeline Miller, if you haven't read it and think you might like to. She's not a very obscure character, I realize, but I think you are maybe interested in people (or perhaps beings, as the case may be? :D), who either choose or embrace or somehow thrive in states of isolation, and a great part of this story is how she survived and discovered and developed her very unusual (even among gods) abilities after banishment to island of Aeaea. One of my personal favorites. If you have read it, or would prefer something different, we can do that!
posted by taz (staff) at 11:58 AM on February 3 [3 favorites]

youarenotthere is ALSO the winner of the ‘extreme connoisseurship’ category, for this post with hundreds of video reviews of kosher wines and spirits. As that same post is also tagged for two other categories, I have a feeling this might not be the end of youarenotthere’s category wins — Congratulations! MeMail me your address for the promised prize (a regifted Chrismakkuh present that failed to exhibit sufficient connoisseurship). Thank you for a post that far surpasses that prize!
posted by daisyace at 3:59 PM on February 3 [1 favorite]

Congrats, everyone!

Nearly 70 posts are under consideration for the Awesome Women category. Again I'm considering certain posts even if they didn't have the tags I asked for. I'm still making my way through them (it is definitely a job I welcome and find immensely rewarding) and hope to announce winners within the next week or so.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 7:27 PM on February 3

There were six posts that used the "rural" tag this month and I just finished reading all the articles from all of them. You guys, they are all SO GOOD.

- a village in France that was going to be flooded for a reservoir and then... wasn't. by cynacle pinnacle
- The UKs remotest pub, by EllieBOA
- Female folk art from rural Mexico, by MonkeyToes
- Oral history about GLBTQIA+ rural folks in the US by youarenotthere
- Canadian indigenous whale hunts and backlash by charmedimsure

And my favorite, though I loved them all, was probably Maja Daniels and her photography from a remote Swedish village, home to the original Swedish witch hunts. by Bella Donna. Drop me a note and I'll put some candy in the mail for you.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:42 PM on February 3 [5 favorites]

There's no question the winner of the artsy category was user youarenothere, who posted 7 of the 8 entries to that tag over January including my two favorites, Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them and Stunning Seaweed from Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty.

(I only realized it was almost all one user looking over the entries now, so thank you youarenothere for going above and beyond answering my art content cravings!)
posted by Cozybee at 9:34 PM on February 3 [3 favorites]

There's no question the winner of the artsy category was user youarenothere, who posted 7 of the 8 entries to that tag over January including my two favorites, Fantastic beasts and someone to draw them and Stunning Seaweed from Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty.

Indeed! A mighty hurrah and huzzah! You get all my fake internet points for making a post about Victorian Literature, a pleasant distraction on the blue. Cheers!

It's been a fun month and I've enjoyed participating with all of you, cheers.
posted by Fizz at 4:45 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

There were only 3 FPPs for my "post something Jewish" category, which were all awesome:

- Sabbath-sanctioned Sips by youarenothere
- Digitizing the Paper Brigade by ChuraChura
- Back to the Beginning by damayanti

Based on fantastic flags, the winner was ChuraChura's post about digitizing recovered documents from Vilna's lost Jewish community. But I'd like to call out how great all of the posts were, with youarenotthere already winning in another category (yay!), and damayanti's post starting a whole group of MeFites learning daf yomi (wow!). Thanks everyone!
posted by Mchelly at 6:18 AM on February 4 [7 favorites]

Hello people!

What a thrilling month for posts: congrats to all the winners, each as fantastic as the last! Every week's collection of top vote-getters was such an exhilarating mix of voices and links. The promise of a community weblog feels quite beautifully fulfilled.

I made a lot of posts this month! As is being noted! I initially decided to take the the contest as an opportunity to push myself into making more FPPs (a longstanding and clearly important personal goal) and somewhere along the way wanted to see if I could make a post in each category for individual prizes. Not in order, necessarily, to win said prizes, but because I considered it motivating and a nice, semi-passive way of connecting with other members. It was so fun! I really enjoyed tracking down links outside of my usual milieu and poking around some different corners of the web; it felt really exciting to bring my small little finds to the folks here. Hoping to hold on to some of this energy and keep posting more regularly throughout the year.

Thanks posters. Thanks flaggers. Thanks commenters. Thanks favoriters. Thanks mods. This is a good website. I am very much on board with themed months now! cortex, where you at? Double Post Jubilee WHEN????
posted by youarenothere at 9:57 AM on February 4 [9 favorites]

taz: I was initially thinking wait, what, did I make posts about solitude that I don't recall?? but suddenly remembered that I immediately favorite any AskMe that even marginally gestures toward a implied question of Is it possible to run away from everything and become a hermit forever? so, yeah, you are correct, I have a deep interest in beings which thrive in states of isolation. Which is to say: "Circe" sounds awesome! I would be delighted to load it up on my e-reader. I am happy you liked the post! Her drawings are so spellbinding (appropriately enough).

daisyace & Mchelly: That post is the perfect example of something I was able to find for the contest that I would not have stumbled across otherwise and now Yehoshua Werth is one of my internet loves. Thank you both for the category suggestion! MeMail on the way, daisyace; I cannot WAIT to find out what this regift is! (As an aside, I was also amazed at the daf yomi post--thanks for the education on that, damayanti.)

Cozybee: Heck yeah for art! To be fair, there were many art posts over the month; I think I was just one of the few who was ensuring to include the tag. Still, thanks for the shoutout! I'm currently living in a rather unpopulated area and making sure that I encounter engrossing art and artists online in place of the regular gallery crawls of my previous life has been very important for my brain--much gratitude for facilitating that through your contest tag.

Fizz: thank you for the internet points! Perhaps one day they will be convertible to MeFiCoin; I shall bookmark your comment just in case.
posted by youarenothere at 10:27 AM on February 4 [4 favorites]

Fizz: thank you for the internet points! Perhaps one day they will be convertible to MeFiCoin; I shall bookmark your comment just in case.

They're non-transferable. They can only be used to buy Mountain Dew Red.
posted by Fizz at 11:03 AM on February 4

They're non-transferable. They can only be used to buy Mountain Dew Red.

I'm trying to imagine a world where Mountain Dew Red could get me things I want and... it is not a pleasant thought exercise.
posted by bile and syntax at 11:26 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

They're non-transferable. They can only be used to buy Mountain Dew Red.

Hmmmmmm. If they come with a time machine, I may be able to use them to impress my high school boyfriend's LARP buddies fifteen years ago for some much needed clout.
posted by youarenothere at 1:31 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]

There were only a few biters on the Brassica front but I absolutely fell in love with Cabbages on canvas and beyond by youarenothere! Memail me baby- I'm gonna make you a sign!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:28 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]

I wasn't aware of this contest until just now! It's a pleasant surprise and an honor to be the runner-up for something I hadn't known I was in the running for.
posted by theory at 10:28 PM on February 4 [5 favorites]

Hey, a post of mine got a mention in the "fell somewhere between the cracks" portion of the also-rans. No post of mine has ever been mentioned in one of these things in the entire ten years I've been here. It makes me happy that some of you thought it was interesting and voted for it.
posted by nangar at 7:16 AM on February 6 [8 favorites]

Oh man, I am such an inadvertent prize hoarder. Thank you HN! You will also be proud to hear that I got a big batch of fresh kraut bubblin' away on my countertop as we speak. I'll think of you when I eventually scarf down some homemade Reubens next month.
posted by youarenothere at 8:36 AM on February 6 [4 favorites]

The best (okay, my favorite) January post about libraries was Cozybee's post about NYPL top checkouts and Goodnight Moon. They win a prize TBD (Cozybee, if you're reading, check your MeMail).

While I'm sure there were some great posts from librarians and library workers in January, none of them, including the three that I made, used the tag 'librarianpost'--in fact, no one has ever used that tag, so, yeah, let's call that one a failed experiment and try again later.
posted by box at 8:08 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]

Challenge accepted!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:18 AM on February 7 [3 favorites]

Quick update to say I haven't forgotten about the Awesome Women me, Funko Pop Maria Rambeau is here to remind me every day. Some health issues came up - I am okay but am a little behind on the winners announcement and am in the process of catching up. Watch this space, and I will also send MeFiMail to the winners too (if possible). (If all goes well, I may also fulfill some other promises to make a couple of posts!)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:14 AM on February 18

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