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Posted: 01.22.2003
Little hellions, kids feeling rebellious
Controversy
Controversy
I can't understand human curiosity

Controversy
Was it good for you?
Was I what you wanted me to be?

Controversy...

Listen, people call me rude
I wish we were all nude
I wish there was no black and white
I wish there were no rules
-Prince


Oh what a tangled (world wide) web we weave. Did they? Didn't they? Well here's a little more from the trenches. You can make your own calls:

"the main problem? it's rigged. the numbers are grossly skewed. i like nikolai as a person and i know that his intentions are good, but there is just no objective, scientific way for ballots to be cast. this is not even nikolai's fault. he's a nice enough person to trust other people to be nice too. unfortunately, they just aren't...

...i also know that the email padding and nomination committee conspiracy is absolutely true.

for those of you with great weblogs and awesome designs that thought you might be nominated, you didn't have a chance. you really didn't, so don't take it personally...

...i think we need to clarify that nikolai asked people to help him and only a handful responded. of that handful, 75% are of a group that agreed together in advance on how they would vote, actual ballots be damned. they were proud of it, bragged about it and had a good laugh at the fact that they figured out how to beat the system. a system designed by a teenager who was just trying to have some fun. it is misleading to say you only voted once when that vote carried so much weight."
It's a shame so many good, deserving sites are being caught in the crossfire right now. Because quite honestly, even though I donated prizes this year, I don't even know if I want my name attached to any of it now -- this year or last year as a nominee -- without a lot of official explanation. But I don't need to add any more on the matter myself (too many others out there are saying it better anyway, look around) -- other than if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, well it's probably also quacking "AFLAC" under the covers.


UPDATE: Didn't think any of this was real or legit? Well Michele felt everything flying around today had enough merit and weight that she's withdrawing her nominations. Something to think about... I admire your courage, convictions and strength in speaking out, Michele!



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Is it just me, or does this just seem very "Prom Queen"-ish? I mean, it's like high school, when everybody voted for the popular girl, whether she deserved it or not. The really sad thing is that a lot of people were weighing their own worth on how they were nominated, etc... I hope those people will throw that out, and value themselves, and their blogs, for their own personal value, not what anyone else thinks.

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 01.22.03 at 09:56 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Like I was just saying somewhere else: it amazes me how much power people give a college kid, esp. who's css only works in IE (on a Mac). But , like most political entities, the power isn't really with the figurehead, it's the folks that rally around him. So I guess one can choose not to care, and remove oneself from the rallying, or keep watching just to bone up on the mechanics and techniques of self promotion. And there really is something to that, I'm starting to think. Sigh.

I was a panelist last year, and wished I hadn't been after watching my nominated pals go into hyperfrenzied me me bloggies meeee mode. This year I told them all to leave me out of it, I wasn't participating, but I nominated plenty anyway 'cause sheesh, I like to see deserving folks get recognition, absolutely, and there weren't enough spaces for my nominees, dammit. But still: it is a kid, in college, who put together a form and called it the Bloggies and that's it... until it's reified by the masses. Heck, 10 years ago SXSW was just a walk down 6th St.

I had a point... Oh yeah: it's not that big a deal, except it is totally life or death because everyone decided to care, and these sort of sui generis political things freak me out. (But if I'd been nominated I totally would have put that in my "be my agent or buy my novel" resume.)

¤ ¤ credit: Jessica | 01.22.03 at 10:45 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

WOW. I just wrote about this based on a phone call I got (from one of the "conspiring judges") and all the pain that has happened today. I read 3 sites, and wrote. Then I discovered Michele was withdrawing. Then I found Solonor's post on it (gotta love trackback) and then I found yours. I haven't even had my "daily reads" today, explaining why it took me so long to get here.

All I can say is ... dayuhmmmmm...

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 01.23.03 at 12:45 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

With all the people screaming... "this is a popularity contests!!!"... I'm stuck on this part.

The ones who get the most votes wins.
Uh... hello? Car 54, where are you? This IS a popularity contest! What exactly is the misconception here????? Didn't we do that whole "Breakfast Club" discussion, and the need for some to pick on "the popular kids" a while back???

Also... it's the Bloggies.
That and 63 will get me a FREE 44oz refill of coke! A bunch of our friends will get mega hits, we'll have the opportunity to check out some blog we normally wouldn't, and (hopefully) Crazy Tracy will get a rubber chicken from Faith.

Why is this being taken so seriously?
Let's have some fun, people!!!

¤ ¤ credit: -e- | 01.23.03 at 01:58 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Ahhhh, Is there a handbook somewhere on how to shove my head up my ass cause I don't want to think about any of this right now but the more blogs I surf that are writing about it the more I think I *should* think about it and damnit, I want to be a big baby and pretend the world is a smiley happy place.

And maybe it should make me feel better that the people I don't know who are ranting about the whole thing like me, but really that makes me feel dirtier than the few rumors that have penetrated my late night at work induced oblivian fog.

¤ ¤ credit: Cis | 01.23.03 at 02:06 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Cis, the nominees (or at least the great majority of them) didn't do anything, and the personal attacks I've seen insinuating that somehow they did -- or don't deserve to be where they are -- are making me more than livid. It's one thing to question the process (I have here, and I still do) -- quite another to go after those involved in it. I don't even think Nikolai is to blame. I think it's something that outgrew itself without many checks and balances in place, and a quick step-back needs to be taken on how to ensure its legitimacy the more blogging continues to mushroom in the coming months. Because with the secrecy and whispers in the current voting methods, there are bound to be people who don't trust it. That can easily be corrected with a few simple rules, guidelines, public policies, and explanations.

But I'm proud of those of you who were nominated. And I feel sad that Michele felt she learned enough that it wasn't something she could remain a part of. I admire her for the decision (and it's one I would have made myself if in her shoes knowing what she did), but feel badly it was even one she had to make. I said it at Christine's -- it's cliché, but no one "wins" this year the way things are headed.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 01.23.03 at 02:14 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I meant no harm to the nominees.

I'm going back to sticking my head up my ass, now.

¤ ¤ credit: michele | 01.23.03 at 07:23 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Any award has to fall into one of two categories. It's either based on popularity, or judgement. Judgement has it's drawbacks as well. In the Most Humorous Blog category, what if the judges are all Dennis Miller fans? What if they are Carrot Top fans? You would definately get two different winners there.
If it was straight up, most voted for (popular) blog in this category wins, that could be accepted. The problem is that it looks like a rather small group of people decided to manipulate the final outcome by conspiring to a)become the majority of members on the nominating committee b)vote as a block.
For any award to "work", the nominating committee has to be diverse. If most of the committee are LiveJournal users, MT users don't stand a very good chance. If most of the committee are hard core Christians...you get the idea. If anybody is looking for a fix, being more diverse in selecting a nominating committee might be a good place to start.

¤ ¤ credit: a different Bill | 01.23.03 at 08:57 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Ever watch the academy Awards, or the Grammys and see someone win, and go "WTF??? He beat out HIM???".

Well...
I cast my vote, and I'm done with the Bloggies.

I will be honest. I voted only for my friends & people I visit regularly. I didn't even bother to click the other links to see if they are "more worthy". The people I saw, are people that rock my world, I enjoy, and I feel deserve the categories they were nominated for. They were the "best", as far as I'm concerned.

I may be a bastard and unfair. But at least I'm an honest and loyal one.

... and I'm cute and fluffy.

¤ ¤ credit: -e- | 01.23.03 at 03:20 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Maybe you should read this one more carefully.

¤ ¤ credit: just noticed | 01.24.03 at 05:02 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Done, and meaning? Please note that anonymous commenters are always instructed to post with their real identities the second time around. To play in this sandbox, you have to be you.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 01.24.03 at 05:08 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Meaning this anonymous poster has no point except to whore himself this person they don't know out for some more votes....

I skipped GLBT on principle and most Texas blogs (except Deb Smouse because I KNOW she was not involved in the bullshit... plus I want her in the WORST way.)

I'd vote again with a new email address, but people would get pissy....

¤ ¤ credit: -e- | 01.25.03 at 10:30 AM | link--this ¤ ¤




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