Originally Posted by chrisncate
Yearly forum awards would be fun. The "academy awards" of S/N once a year on a certain date... best poster, worst poster/troll, best thread of the year, worst thread of the year.. the categories are endless..
On the surface, this sounds like a good, fun idea...the reality though.....
I post on a professional sports team fan forum. Many years ago, they decided to do an annual awards thingy....just like you mention above.
The first year, it was fun...some of the awards were questionable, but what the hey...it was all in good fun, right?
The next year....same thing....same people won. No matter who was the legitimate candidate....same people won. Maybe not the exact same categories, but it was the same folks. Accusations of a favorite "inner circle" started, cliques formed, feelings were hurt. The awards had planted a seed of sickness poisoning the forum. It was like a junior high popularity contest.
The third year was nasty. The nominations thread turned ugly, with comments of "why bother", "same folks always win", "unless you're a friend of the mods", "where can I buy my award"....lots of name calling, nastiness, bickering...the nomination thread was eventually locked. When the awards came, again the same people won. It became obvious there was in fact, an "inner circle" clique and this was nothing more than a bunch of douche-bags patting themselves on the back.
This poisoned undercurrent ran throughout the year. The running joke was breaking in and getting an award. Those that received awards started removing the accolades from their titles and signatures. Many squabbles turned down right ugly, and several long time posters left the forums with some spectacular "I'm Leaving" threads.
The fourth year, the nomination thread was locked and deleted after 2 days and the awards were done. No more. Someone had been mad enough to involve the team ownership...and as this is an official team fan forum, the ownership got involved...stopped it...posted in the forums that it will not continue, they love all their fans, nobody is more important than any other, all fans have equal weight...etc....
So Chris...I hear ya with the suggestion....just sharing my actual experience with that sort of thing. I'm not saying this will happen with SN....but it is a dangerous thing....could be great....could be catastrophic.