The Forum Awards are run annually as a way of celebrating the forum and the members who contribute to making it the dynamic, interesting and entertaining place that it is.
Forumites used to be able to vote randomly for ANY forumite in a designated category - no small task since we have over 25991 registered members and a core of about 300 very active ones.
The process has been structured, as per guidance since 2007, where there has been decisions taken on nominees, the categories and the criteria.
In order for the awards to be representative of the forum, the moderators, along with Admin, handed this task over to the forum.
As such, we approached a sample of forum members to represent the diverse forum contributors (that's you) whose passion for the online community and our parks helps to make this forum a success. We asked them to form a committee tasked with compiling a short list of nominees that other forum members can then vote for.
Not everyone approached could participate, but the end result is a representative committee of 9 forum members as listed below - a varied bunch
Over the past few months, they have debated and discussed and generally worked extremely hard to shortlist 5 nominees in all categories. I must say that the process was fair and it hasn't been an easy job!About the Awards
Their work is done though and the time has come to hand the awards over to you - the forum. For this we will use the Competition and Awards Forum.
We hope that the awards will encourage and acknowledge positive contributions to the Forums, and not encourage negative competition. The awards should promote and acknowledge the values, rules and ethos of the Forums and SANParks.
Each award category - with definition, criteria and nominees - has been listed as a topic with a poll in the Competition and Awards Forum.
# There are 14 categories in total.
# A poll has been set up for the nominees in each category, listing them in alphabetical order.
# Each poll is a blind poll, and each registered forum member can vote only once in each category.
# There will be no campaigning allowed as this will indeed affect the voting process from being fair and unhindered.
# The winner is simply the nominee with the most votes in each category.
# Nominees were considered based on contributions from 1 October 2012 - 30 Sept 2013 except for the two catergories Trip Reports - these nominees were considered based on contributions from 1 September 2012 - 30 Sept 2013.
Voting closes on 22 November 2013 and the Winners will be announced on the Forum's Birthday, 27 November 2013
Committee members are not eligible for awards (nor are moderators, Admin, Forum Assistants and Gurus), but will be recognised for their contributions as Forum Award Committee 2013 (FAC 2013) members.
If you have any enquiries about the awards or the selection process, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll assist.