Housepets Forum Awards??? (thoughts?)
I wasn't all that sure on where to put this thread, but I settled on Fan projects since it's directly related to the forum. If any mod feels like it would be better placed anywhere else, feel free to move it over.
Lemme start off by saying that this is just an idea I've had in my head for the past couple of days. It's not a big deal, but I thought it was kind of a neat idea so I figured I'd go ahead and share it here and see what other people thought of it. Maybe if it was well received, we could do something like this here. "Testing the waters" so to speak...
Anyway, I'm borrowing this idea from another forum I check-in with semi-regularly that's basically a fan-site for this band I like (I'm not a registered member, but I like to keep up with new information.) Basically, every year they have this "awards event" where forum members submit categories for awards, nominate fellow members for each category, and then vote on a winner. The winners of each category (aside from recognition) get a fancy little signature banner that they can use (if they want) for the rest of the year saying that they won. Some of the categories from last year's awards were like:
Best Graphic Designer
Most Addicting Thread
Most Knowledgeable (in Music)
Most Likely to Become a Mod
Most Likely to Take Over the World
Most Likely to Be a Spy
Most Likely to be Hiding in Your Closet
among other things...
And then there were a couple of categories limited strictly to Moderators (freeing up the other ones to be limited just to regular members) like:
Most Active Mod
Mod Most Likely to Strike Fear into the Hearts of n00bs
I'm mostly just sharing this with you guys because I want some opinions on the subject. How would you feel about doing something like this with these forums? Any questions or concerns about it? I would appreciate any feedback at all about it, whether its positive, negative, or uncertain. If it seems like a lot of people are on board with it and the Mods are okay with it, I would love to do something like this. Obviously, I'd be very much available to help with putting it together, since I'm technically the one pitching the idea. I feel like it'd be kind of fun, myself
If you're curious about how the process of nominating and voting goes, I don't know ALL the details (and obviously we'd be free to do things our own way) but essentially there were two people involved with putting the whole thing together and they start up a thread once they're ready to start a new round of awards. Members send a PM to one of them with some ideas for categories they want to see put in for that year (I assume some of the categories are decided on from the start). Once a final list is put together by the people in charge, members submit possible nominations to start off with in another PM. After sorting through all the submissions, the ones in charge put together a list of FINAL nominations with anywhere from 3-5 users nominated for a single category. From there, users go to some separate site (I assume its some kind of free voting/polling site) where they do the final voting. From there, obviously, winners are chosen and announced.
Like I said, I'm not making a formal suggestion at this point. I'm just throwing this idea out there to see what other people think. If there's a problem with it, or you guys aren't interested, we obviously don't have to do it. But if the response is good, I'd love to give it a try. I imagine it'd be a good way to get people involved with something and a way to "commend" people for their efforts or contributions to the site (even if it's for something silly.) What do you think?