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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, '11, 6:54 pm 
Welcome to the second annual Fringes of Algo Community Awards, the Muskies! As part of this year's anniversary celebration, these awards will recognize outstanding members of the community in many areas. Best of all, the winners are selected by you, the community members! It is now time to begin that selection with the nomination process!

When submitting nominations, please keep these rules in mind:
  • Nominations will be accepted only from accounts created on or before March 11, 2011.
  • You may nominate up to five entries for each category. If you submit more than five nominees for a category, only the last five will be counted.
  • You cannot nominate yourself or a work that you created or co-created.
  • To be eligible, the entry you are nominating must have been posted somewhere on the Fringes of Algo website between March 7, 2010 and March 13, 2011. This time frame will be referred to as the "entry period" below.
  • To be eligible, content must be posted somewhere on Fringes of Algo.
  • Artwork must be hosted directly on Fringes. Offsite works, such as those hosted on Photobucket and linked in a topic here, are not eligible.

Also, please note that you are not required to nominate for every category. You are welcome to nominate for as many or few categories as you wish. The same is true for the number of nominations in a category. You can submit up to five, but one or three is equally fine. The more valid nominations we get, the better, but there's also no pressure.

The top nominees in each category will be selected for the ballots. Voting will be available through the poll system on these forums during the week of dates of March 23 - 30. The winners will be officially announced on April 1, when we celebrate the 14th anniversary of Fringes of Algo.

Here are the categories for which you can nominate entries:

  1. Best Single Chapter Fan Fiction
    This award recognizes your top choice of any story posted in the Fan Fiction section that consists of only one chapter.
  2. Best Multiple Chapter Fan Fiction
    This award recognizes your top choice of any story posted in the Fan Fiction section that consists of more than one chapter (or post).
  3. Best Fan Artwork
    This award recognizes your top choice for outstanding fan artwork. Please note this is for an individual piece of artwork, not an artist's body of work as a whole. The Muskies Eligible Fan Artwork Gallery displays all artworks that may be nominated for this award.
  4. Best Original Artwork
    This award recognizes your top choice for outstanding original artwork. Please note this is for an individual piece of artwork, not an artist's body of work as a whole. The Muskies Eligible Original Artwork Gallery displays all artworks that may be nominated for this award.
  5. Best Artist
    This award recognizes your top choice for an artist that has displayed great skill in a visual medium. For this award, please do consider an artist's body of work as a whole. Only the following members are eligible for this award: Atlinsmere, Caged Wolf, chaz360, H-Man, Kaloes, Lucas, meteor9, Solar, vontrapp, Xander
  6. Best Original Character
    This award acknowledges a remarkable original, fan created character. Fan characters have appeared in fan fiction, artwork, games, roleplaying, and other works shared with the community. You can find summaries of some eligible entries in the Original Characters topic. It is not required for an original character to be mentioned in that topic for you to nominate the character.
  7. Best Other Fan Work
    This award recognizes fan creations in the areas of fan games, music remixes, and videos. Eligible items can be found in the Fan Games, Music, & Video forum (in any unlocked topic updated during the entry period).
  8. Best Forum Game
    This award recognizes your choice for the top game active during the entry period in the Forum Games and Roleplay sections.
  9. Best Introduction Topic
    This award recognizes your choice for the top topic created during the entry period in the Introductions section.
  10. Best Avatar
    This award recognizes your choice for the member who has used the most impressive avatar during the entry period.
  11. Best Signature
    This award recognizes your choice for the member who has used the most interesting signature during the entry period.
  12. Most Successful Discussion
    This award recognizes your choice for the best discussion topic on the forums. Non-discussion topics or topics that fit into another award category (such as Forum Games or Fan Fiction topics) are not eligible for this award.
  13. Most Enthusiastic Fringer
    This award recognizes a member of the community who has shown a great enthusiasm for some activity during the last year. Whether it's obsessing about a certain game, posting news stories, entertaining with random skits, or some other activity, this is something the member does often and does well. (Fringes Staff Members - Caged Wolf, Lucas, Silver_Surfer1, and Thoul - are not eligible for this award.)
  14. Fringer of Excellence
    This award recognizes an outstanding member who you feel best illustrates the qualities that the community values. Kindness, sharing knowledge in a productive manner, things like that. You don't have to be a Phantasy Star expert to receive this award - just a great community member. (Fringes Staff Members - Caged Wolf, Lucas, Silver_Surfer1, and Thoul - are not eligible for this award.)


In addition, we also have the following categories. You may not nominate for these categories, but you will be allowed to vote on them later.

  1. Best Original Writing
    This award recognizes your top choice of any work posted in the Original Writings section. There are only five Original Writings posted, so they will all be on the ballot.
  2. Staff Member of the Year
    This award is intended to acknowledge the staff member who you feel is deserving of special honor due to their contributions to the community and its livelihood. Nominations are not excepted for this award. The ballot will consist of Caged Wolf, Lucas, and Silver_Surfer1.

So, that's the basics of it. Please take the time to nominate your favorites so we can have some great voting ballots.

You nominate by sending a private message to a special account dedicated to the Muskies Awards. Please do not post your nominations in this or any thread. You can use this link or the private message link on the post following this one. You can find a blank nomination ballot in that post; using the private message link on that post will automatically copy the ballot to the private message form.

If you have questions or other concerns, please direct them to me by private message using the link on all my posts or profile, or by replying to this thread.

Nominations will be closed on March 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm US Eastern Time.


Last edited by Thoul on Sun Mar 20, '11, 4:21 am, edited 3 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, '11, 6:58 pm 
Here is the ballot you can use for nominations:
Code:
Best Single Chapter Fan Fiction
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Multiple Chapter Fan Fiction
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Fan Artwork
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Original Artwork
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Artist
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Original Character
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Other Fan Work
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Forum Game
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Introduction Topic
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Avatar
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Best Signature
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Most Successful Discussion
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Most Enthusiastic Fringer
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.
Fringer of Excellence
        a.
        b.
        c.
        d.
        e.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, '11, 11:18 pm 
Just a reminder, folks: there are only four days left to get your nominations in!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, '11, 4:23 am 
In the interest of getting more nominations in, I'm extending the nomination period by two days. Nominations will now end at March 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm US Eastern Time. The voting period will also be pushed back accordingly.

If you haven't nominated yet, please take the time to do so! Every nomination improves the final voting ballot.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, '11, 12:28 pm 
I've just been seriously lacking time to consider nominations carefully. Hopefully I'll find the time by the 22nd.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, '11, 1:22 am 
I would like to thank everyone who has sent in nominations so far. We're shaping up to have some great selections.

That said, there is still time for those who have not yet nominated to do so. Nominations are still open for another 22 and a half hours as of this writing. So you last minute folks, get them in quick! :lol:

Caged Wolf wrote:I've just been seriously lacking time to consider nominations carefully. Hopefully I'll find the time by the 22nd.

I can understand that. In some of these fields, there is a lot of material to review and consider. If the community keeps growing at this rate, the Muskies might have to switch to twice a year. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, '11, 12:18 am 
The nomination period is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in a nomination ballot! I will be adding up the totals tonight. Look for the voting topics to be posted tomorrow!


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