Annual MeFi Awards May 16, 2001 7:50 PM   Subscribe

I think there should be an annual Mefi Awards, with categories and all that. Best thread. Best member name. Best proposed feature. Worst Proposed Feature. Worst thread, and so on. And I think the first order of business should be to vote on the categories.
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 7:50 PM (7 comments total)

Worst Pun. I'm a shoo-in. Maybe.
posted by hijinx at 8:40 PM on May 16, 2001

Amen. Please. Yes please.

It's time.
posted by y6y6y6 at 9:45 PM on May 16, 2001

A few thoughts:

Would they be called "The Miffys?" (you try and make up a nickname from MeFi)

There's already a scholarship and magazine coming down the pipe, do you think adding self-congratulatory awards is spreading the MeFi juice a little thin?

I'd condone this if I didn't have to do much work (who wants to write their first ColdFusion app? C'mon, I know someone wants to!).

My first suggestion would be making the categories focus on good things (drop worst thread or worst participant), it'd be a nice way to spread out the work of finding the best stuff on the site.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:03 PM on May 16, 2001

...adding self-congratulatory awards is spreading the MeFi juice a little thin?

Actually, Matt, MeFi Juice is a fine idea! The sweet sweet taste of the cocoa nut tree mixed with a delicious fruit juice. Mmmm! Now you can drink your favorite blog!

In complete seriousness though, I think the idea is fine but I wonder how necessary it is. If it honored "real" things such as Most Thoughtful Thread, Most Linkworthy Post, etc., it could foster the type of discussion MeFi might want to have around. The "worst" stuff would be thin ice, methinks, if we did things like "Worst Thread" (I fear that there wouldn't be a consensus.) So things like "Worst Pun", "Worst Use of a TITLE Attribute", "Worst Enhancement of Matt's Cover of Content", etc. would be smooth.
posted by hijinx at 4:45 AM on May 17, 2001

Thankfully, this tread is short. I posed this idea 50% for its merit and 50% because I thought just hearing the category suggestions would be entertaining.
posted by ParisParamus at 10:29 PM on May 20, 2001

You know, if you still think it's a cool idea, there's nothing to stop you from doing it yourself. Matt doesn't have time to do everything and he didn't seem to object to the idea of the mefi-projects mailing list or the cash giveaway for "the coolest item you can find on the Web," both of which were more or less spontaneous inventions of individual members. You'd probably want to make it clear the award wasn't officially affiliated with MeFi, but it could be fun nonetheless. Matt might even be willing to help you out with a sideblog link, as he did for my mailing list. I didn't even have to beg.
posted by kindall at 1:14 AM on May 21, 2001

You know, I've been looking for something worthwhile and fun to do to expand my server-side coding skills and reckon I could have a good crack at this project. So, if the consensus is that this is a good idea, consider this an offer to volunteer.

I've barely toyed with Cold Fusion, though. I'm an ASP/VBScript guy, mainly. But this would be a good excuse to get up to speed with CF, if Matt wants to host it. Otherwise, I'm happy to cover hosting elsewhere.

I wouldn't want to take up too much of Matt's time, nor would I want to be totally responsible for the concept of the awards, however. So if folks want to go ahead with this, we'll need to collectively define the requirements first. I don't see any rush, anyhow. Might be something fun to have running over the holiday period towards the end of the year?
posted by normy at 1:20 PM on May 27, 2001

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