Topic: 2011 Awards

Just an update for everyone, the Awards committee is still in discussion about what awards are going to be given out. With my vacation last month and one of our committee members slammed with RL responsibilities, this has taken longer than I had expected.

My hope is to have the awards given out before the next nomination session begins in the fall. tongue

Watch this thread for updates (when the Awards are finalized, they'll be posted here).

-Jason

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Good work, Jason.

Meanwhile, I'd like to post my GC Award, which Jason and I have decided to call the Friend of Phoenix award. This award is a sort of GC awarded 'Member of the Year', recognising contribution to Phoenix Roleplaying as a community, in balance to the committee awarded 'Player of the Year', which recognises excellence in roleplaying. In future awards cycles, this Friend of Phoenix award will come at the climax of the award giving each year, but as I'm not running for another term in the current GC elections and I obviously do want to bestow on someone Friend of Phoenix status, these are special circumstances.

Before I announce our first Friend of Phoenix, I want to recognise the work of a number of particular individuals who I've considered for this award due to their contribution to the community over my time in office. As this is the first ever Friend of Phoenix award, I am casting my mind back not just over the last year, but over the whole time Phoenix has existed, taking in my elected term and several periods of martial law under my stewardship. This is a time period which encompasses our formal establishment as Phoenix Roleplaying with a forum, an identity, and a vision, the hurdles we've surmounted (and are still surmounting!), the sad loss of several prominent members such as Mike Palmer, Nick Palmer, and Ryan 'miyu' O'Brien, withdrawing for various RL reasons, but also the welcome return to our community of several old friends such as Mike (Topher) Miller, Grant Hall, Jon Stapley, and 'Rangan' Raj, and of course the happy addition of several active new players who have found their ways here down various avenues.

I wish I had the time in RL to re-read all our backposts on our Site and OOC forums and to go through my entire email archive of the thousands of emails I've exchanged with or have been CCd in on by members of the admin team, some group emails to several of our Coordinators and Officers running on for hundreds of emails as we've considered and debated ideas which we've then humbly brought to you, the membership, for review and improvement. I would enjoy re-reading all that history as we have a culture of courtesy and respect in Phoenix which has made even the most significant and momentous of debates a pleasure to dialogue in as well all open-mindedly go forwards in the best interests of our members.

I submit to you an honours list, of sorts, of the select members that I have found regularly giving their all, not simply in their roleplaying in one or two sims, but to our principles and shared endeavour and to our improvement and expansion as a community.

Firstly, Robert 'RLongtin' Longtin has been indispensable as a fellow Coordinator and as an officer, running smooth, transparent, and democratic elections to a standard that UN monitors would be impressed by, and playing a key part in setting out the roles and responsibilities of members of the administration so as to protect against abuses of power. I believe strongly in the benefits of clear, published regulations by which our administration can be held to account by the members, in the interests of fairness and justice. Robert's considered, well-informed, balanced, and always involved input is interwoven throughout everything we've achieved as a community and I struggle to think of anyone who I have appreciated more during my time in office. It is only right that I shortlist him here first.

Likewise, Jason Andersen took to his role as Contender with gusto, sharp insight, and welcome diplomatic criticism since the elections way back in 2010. He's been an active part of almost everything I've done as GC, sometimes supporting me, sometimes gently correcting and improving my intended course, and sometimes identifying and initiating action that we've needed to take. There have been very few of his suggestions which I haven't pursued, and it has been a pleasure having Jason there to call me when I've gone wrong and to affirm the team when we're doing right. And all this while holding numerous other roles, such as Wiki Admin Officer and Awards Officer. Jason, if you weren't on the far side of the Water from me, I'd shake you by the hand, even if you are on the far side of the proverbial 'aisle' as Contender to my GC!

Without Euan Reid, of course, we wouldn't actually have this forum. It was Euan who got this place open in the first place, who put in all the behind-the-scenes technical leg-work of opening sims, deleting inactive members, and countless other thankless tasks which I've tried and failed to appropriately appreciate him for. He trained me up on using the admin panel in a welcome devolution of his power as TC when real life got full for him, and he has acted on numerous technical requests from members and an innumerable enormous pile of instructions from me as his boss as GC, sometimes despite considerable distractions and contraints in RL, etc. Once again, Euan, thank you for all that you do. You do deserve prominent recognition in this shortlist.

Amanda Bond, Deborah Leighton Plom, Kevin 'Zuzutoo' Diamond, and Nick Buchanan I see as representative of the best of what our community has at its heart. These four saints are always so pleasant to liaise with that I come away feeling blessed and refreshed every time I have the joy of needing to lean on them or sound them out. They're well-liked as players and GMs across our many sims and I found each of them well-worthy of consideration while making my deliberations due to all their OOC contributions. Amanda and Nick have both served as General Chat moderators, for example, Deborah has greatly enhanced the cohesion and thus deepened the verisimilitude of both our Firefly sims and Star Wars sims especially in her capacity as GM Officer, while Kevin has been active in making all players feel welcomed in our community, with his enthusiasm and gregarious demeanour, most recently recognised with an appointment to Member Welcome Officer.

Finally, Mischa Brendel, Aidan Fal, Krista Backman, and Dondi 'dratliff' Ratliff stand out to me as exemplary 'active citizens', participating in admin discussions which concern them, while primarily focussing on what we're really about as a community, which is fun roleplay, and not getting distracted by every new policy idea or the like, generated in one of the Site forums. I admire and respect the way these four keep their focus on the simming alongside occassionally saying exactly what needs to be said in the discussions and sharing of ideas which take place in our Site and OOC forums, sometimes where people like myself have believed that everything that needed to be said had been said, only to be proven wrong by a single timely post from one of these members!

All of the above named 'honours list' factored into my considerations in awarding this the first Friend of Phoenix award for contribution to the site, but in the final analysis there was one member who in my estimation clearly exceded all the criteria I held as essential and desirable for a Friend of Phoenix.

His hand has been with mine on the 'tiller', such as it is, while together as a community we've grown from strength to strength. Much of our community's good external PR has been thanks to this enigmatic man from Essex, England, with many of our banner exchanges, alliance negotiations, blog posts, wiki updates, and mentions on other sites being initiated, negotiated, and brought to fruition by him. Around a quarter of our c.40 sims have been created and led by him, let alone his consistent involvement elsewhere across the site both in a stunning number of sims and in every Site forum in existence. He's improved upon almost every single thought I've shared with him, contributed to almost every decision I've made, and often been the vehicle of actions that I've taken, in his capacity as both my DGC, and my friend.

It is thus with great warmth I call Silent Hunter my brother, and pronounce him Friend of Phoenix.

Ash Leighton Plom
General Coordinator
Phoenix RP

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Er, wow... Thank you very much for this.

Silent

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Well earned Silent. Congratulations!!!!

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~rapturous applause~ Congratulations Silent! Well-earned, and a worthy winner!

-Euan

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Congratulations Silent, you've definitely deserved it!

Also thank you Ash for your warm words.  smile

~Robert

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Here here! Silent totally deserves this, when I've been too busy with things like adding newly given awards to the wiki, he's stepped up and lent a hand. His active promotion of the site is bearing fruit, that alone I think is deserving of the award.

Congrats, Silent!

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Kevin, can you check the awards committee forum? Thanks.

I'll try to poke Amanda too, but I know she is busy in RL. We may have to make the decisions without her. sad

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Congratulations Silent!

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Update: I've sent PMs to Kevin and Amanda. If nothing further happens, I'll simply decide on my own (with perhaps some dice).

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Update to the update: Kevin has now responded, and we've finalized all categories but one. I'm seeking input from Amanda at the moment, expect some news soon!

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Glad to hear it!

GC

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Ok, it only took half a year to decide - because believe me all of the nominees were worthy and there were some TOUGH choices to make - but we finally have the outcome of the 2011 Phoenix Awards.

First, I want to thank Kevin "Zuzutoo" Diamond  and Amanda Bond for sitting on the Awards committee and helping me to decide who deserved what. Also thanks to Ash for his support and behind the scenes help during his term as GC.

Without further ado, the results:

Player of the Year goes to Kevin Diamond. His various characters in multiple sims such as Greenleaf, Atlantis, and Fighter Ops are consistently well played.

Sim of the Year goes to The West Star. Quality play and consistent posting have made this the top sim for 2011.

Sim Leader/Assistant SL of the Year goes to Jason Andersen. For keeping our only Star Trek sim going and reviving our Mass Effect sim, but also is ASL for 7 other sims.

GM of the Year goes to Amanda Bond. For being the only GM to create a video to make certain all her players understood the situation, and for her ability to GM a character whose player is on LOA with the same style and mannerisms as the player would.

I'd also like to state a few 'honorable mentions' which made this decision very, very difficult:
Amanda Bond and Jason Andersen were neck and neck for Player of the Year with Kevin.
The Elemental was closely tied with The West Star for Sim of the Year, just being edged out.
Silent was tied closely with Jason for SL of the Year, especially because of his proliferation of quality sims.
Silent was also close to Amanda for GM of the Year, again for the number of sims he runs.

Thanks to everyone who nominated people, and thanks to those nominated for being stellar examples of great players, sim leaders, and game masters (as well as those quality sims that were nominated).

Congratulations to the winners! We are less than 6 months away from the 2012 awards, so keep up the quality play to be considered for this year's awards!

-Jason

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Congratulations to all the winners! And to all the nominees as well, because an award is only worth something if you have some serious competition! smile



-Mischa

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Congratulations! I've posted this on the blog and will add it to the wiki.

Silent

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Congrats to all! And can I just say I find it amusing that the three competing for the PotY award were the award committee? Not just great players, but great site members generally, to take the burden of deciding the awards smile

-Euan

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I thought it was funny too. To start we all listed our top three picks in each category in secret from each other (with the rule that we couldn't put our own names on our own lists). For PotY, each person's list included the other two members. LOL! smile

Next year I (or whoever is running Awards) will attempt to pick people who are NOT nominated to make it easier on the committee (trying to balance being humble about your nomination and honestly answering can be difficult - at least it was for me). The problem with that is usually the best people to be on the committee are great site members and are generally nominated for multiple awards.

-Jason

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Yes - the active participants who contribute a lot to the site tend to make up those with administrative positions, which whilst normally exactly the sort of thing you want is less hot when they're deciding "who was the most awesome", since those are all criteria to consider for said.

I'm hesitant to suggest it, but perhaps make it so those who volunteer to run the awards are electing to remove themselves from eligibility for an award? That way, it's clear up front that the committee can't receive an award, so whilst they may be clearly the right person to receive it, they're discounting themselves ahead of time. It also encourages shifting the committee around, so everyone can have a shot at awards and deciding them.

-Euan

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I agree with Euan on removing themselves from eligibility. Volunteering for the committee is already earning a gold star for being "most awesome" imo.

~Robert

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Euan, that's a good suggestion.

- GC

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Noblesse oblige. :-)

Ash

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I'd be curious to actually know how many people would be willing to discount themselves from an award to serve on the awards committee to decide who else should get the award instead.

Nice in theory, I just don't necessarily feel it's fair to the committee to ask them to exclude themselves (nor to the Awards officer).

I tried to organize a rule that someone in the committee step out for any category they were nominated for, but with purely open nominations that would have made any decision very difficult as most everyone was nominated for many categories.

I'm open to discussing this more, though, or other suggestions people may have. Let me open a new thread for it.

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... and closing this topic. Discussion can continue here.

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