Blogger, Metafilter and Disturbing Search Requests sweep web awards.
February 1, 2001 3:30 AM   Subscribe

Blogger, Metafilter and Disturbing Search Requests sweep web awards. You go Matt! [More inside]
posted by Neale (19 comments total)
Special mention should go to Zannah, for Weblog of the Year, and to Jish and Tom, who won two awards each. See... I'm not bitter. Really.
posted by Neale at 3:34 AM on February 1, 2001

posted by prolific at 3:44 AM on February 1, 2001

Due to the large backlash by the weblog community, there will be another Weblog Awards™ ceremony next year.

posted by pnevares at 4:45 AM on February 1, 2001

I keep finding ticking packages from prol on my desk. Does anyone have any idea what this means? As best European Queen, I accept my awards with due humility and a big 'screw you' to everyone who I've ever disliked....
posted by barbelith at 5:23 AM on February 1, 2001

Was anyone particularly surprised by the winners?

Forgive me for saying this, but I told you so!
posted by aladfar at 7:14 AM on February 1, 2001

These silly contests are as predictable as the Grammy Awards. An elixir to this madness is in the works.
posted by ed at 7:58 AM on February 1, 2001

I was nominated? Hmmm, perhaps the organizer of this should have notified those nominated. Maybe it would have been a bit more of a success.
posted by camworld at 8:02 AM on February 1, 2001

I think the awards were done in good fun, so I wouldn't get too serious about them. Congrats to Matt for the MetaFilter award, however, my favorite tagline is "The it's okay to like". Heh.
posted by rlef98 at 8:29 AM on February 1, 2001

Some of the winners are terribly overrated.

There. I said it.

posted by norm at 9:29 AM on February 1, 2001

I wasn't nomimated? Hmmmm. Perhaps the organizers of these "bloggies" as they are apparently called, should notify those who weren't nominated, as that was obviously one of the many reasons for their disasterously low amount of recognition and prestige, as my web projects invariably receive.
posted by cell divide at 9:43 AM on February 1, 2001

I'm with norm on this one.

It's a bizarre popularity contest. It seems to follow some strange hierarchy that I can't follow.

I mean, how the hell could not win "best webcam"? How is that humanly possible? Halcyon is the king of the webcam!

Some of the nominees were completely ridiculous, and the "A-List" factor was completely overwhelming here. I should have withdrawn my site from the contest, now that I think of it. The whole thing irks me. At least Nikolai did a good job of presenting it well and maintaining a fair, democratic nomination process.

Oh well. At least Zeldman won a few. He's someone who really deserves them.
posted by Succa at 9:45 AM on February 1, 2001

I was surprised. and if any site deserves an award, it's this one right here. yay mefi.
posted by rabi at 10:10 AM on February 1, 2001

I agree. MeFi also deserves recognition. People knock it, people say it's "unreadable", people say "worst thread EVER!", etc., but MeFi really is an example of a web application carried out to perfection.

I knock web apps all the time, because I don't like them. But MeFi is just perfect. Simple interface, phenomenal functionalty. It's the vanguard of all web applications, IMO. Way to go, Matt, you deserve heaps of praise.
posted by Succa at 10:15 AM on February 1, 2001

I'm personally outraged that "Never Metafilter I didn't Like" -- possibly the best tagline of all time -- didn't even rate a mention.
posted by leo at 10:38 AM on February 1, 2001 [1 favorite]

A quick note to someone that said that these competitions were unbelievably predictable. Well, frankly, I never predicted the outcome of this one. I really didn't. I thought (in order) that of the three categories I was nominated, prol would and should win one, Web Queeries should win another and Metafilter would win the third.

I was sure of this, as were several other people I talked to about it.

You might be able to argue that the nominations were unimaginative, but I'll wager that most of us discovered SOME sites in the process that we hadn't been to before, for better or worse. And voting is an inherently conservative process. That's why it is used to represent 'the majority'.

And while clearly the whole process could have become a bitter, spiteful, competitive and unpleasant process, to my mind IT DIDN'T. Everyone's reacted really well to it all. No one is taking it too seriously, and if it encourages other people to push their personal work above and beyond the high standards of the nominees (and the mediocre efforts of myself), well then good luck to 'em. I'll vote for them next year...

But most importantly - THERE'S ALWAYS THE ANTI-BLOGGIES! I say slap me down - I repeat my call to arms: for MOST BANAL CONTENT... ;o)
[excuse smiley - am sap]
posted by barbelith at 1:19 PM on February 1, 2001

Yay Zannah! Boo hoo to the whiners - now you know what it takes to make a blog that regular people, besides your precious little selves, read and like. Hurray for MeFi.
posted by Lynsey at 6:15 PM on February 1, 2001

my favorite tagline is "The it's okay to like". Heh.

Why, thank you ;)

posted by holgate at 7:32 PM on February 1, 2001

Metafilter won a Grammy???
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 10:55 PM on February 1, 2001

most I voted for won. except for prol. that is sucky. good links there.

I wasn't nominated but I figured as much since no one really knows me outside my little group of friends.
posted by aekastar at 11:18 PM on February 1, 2001

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