Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dear blogosphere: About these here awards contests ...


*Sigh*. I was hoping to just ignore this tedious series of Bloggie-oriented awards contests, but here comes another one. So, at the risk of pulling rank on my co-bloggers, can you please just leave us out of this?

Seriously, I'm not interested because this particular incarnation of the Canadian Blog Awards has precisely the same fatal flaw as all of the ones before it -- the winners will be decided by the online voting having the shit freeped out of it. And, after a while, that starts to get a mite tiring. But there's actually more to it than just that.

Specifically, the concept of an overall "Best Blog" award just grates on me, for a fairly obvious reason. It pits a number of quality Canadian blogs from the Left against an equal number of lying, hypocritical, piece of shit blogs from the Right. You think I exaggerate? Consider that the nominees for "Best Blog" already include both the stellar "The Galloping Beaver" and the execrable pile of dreck "Small Dead Animals."

Now, I don't know about Dave over at TGB but, personally, given that I take a certain amount of pride in not publishing hideously inaccurate crap, I wouldn't want to share the same nomination page with pathological liar and screech harpy Kate McMillan. And the thought of competing against her along the lines of quality? Pardon my French but, fuck that. There ain't no way I'm having anything to do with any competition in which voters seriously have to choose which of TGB or SDA is a "better" blog.

A trivial solution would be to simply abolish the "Best Blog" category entirely, and make every category more specific. Let lefty blogs compete against each other (as in the recent Lefty Blog Awards), and let the Right fight it out for which of their online cesspools is the least abominable. But really -- to pit those blogs head-to-head against each other? I don't think so. There's just something cosmically wrong about that.

So, y'all have fun, and vote early and vote often, but we here at CC HQ will take a pass on this.

45 comments:

Prole said...

We're pulling out too, with apologies to the people who nominated us. Let the flying monkeys get the freeped faux recognition they crave, we don't need it. Plus I hate begging people to vote. Those are my top two reasons, anyway.

Red Tory said...

Who runs these silly “awards” things anyway? Are there prizes involved? I mean do you win anything? A Future Shop gift card maybe... No? Then what’s the point?

If you’re sufficiently popular to actually “win” one of these dubious contests, then presumably you don’t need the recognition.

Whatever…

Maybe I’ll go nominate people I dislike.

900 ft Jesus said...

I was undecided, but this post, CC, made up my mind. I’m pulling out as well, small as I am. Not having a feminist category and having that partially decided by the outrage of SUZANNE & co. really bugs me, and the freeping makes it pointless. The goddamn cheating, freeping, mindless, no-talent, illiterate, hate-filled extreme right make these awards pointless - you’re right. Maybe more specific blog categories would work, but the freepers would undermine any value to those as well.

The Right is Where its At said...

CC

Let us see if your mental capacity permits you to answer these simple question. But first I have to agree with you that these awards are worthless in my opinion.

Here we go:

1) Why is it that you people are afraid calling yourselves left wing? The dippers have no problems with it Bloc,and Greens don't seem to have a problem with it except you libs. I mean your own leader Mr.S.Dion almost said as much when he said that his platform for which he will run with in the next election will be left leaning not centrist.

2) What is it with you lefties about name calling? Is it part of being a leftest or is some kind of a birth defect?

Zorpheous said...

Well I'm going to stay in it for the Art and Humor Blog catagories. I honestly do not expect to win, but I will not be voting for myself, nor will I be shilling, other than announcing when the voting starts.

As for The Galloping Beaver vs SDA. There is no comparison to be made. TGB is factual, well research, well written and less slanted (not with out slant, just less than SDA) To even have SDA against TGB is an insult to sane people everywhere.

Ya the Awards will be Freeped, SDA will win, the Neo-Clowns will crow how powerful and right they are, but we all know (including them) that they are completely full of shit.

CC said...

Dear TRIWIA:

1) I have no problem with the appelation "Left" and I defy you to find anything in this post that suggests I do since, in fact, I explicitly used that very categorization, as those of my readers who are non-morons can clearly see. I prefer the term "progressive," but I'll go with "left wing" in a pinch.

2) Fuck off, you imbecile.

The Right is Where its At said...

CC

"2) Fuck off, you imbecile."

I see that your mental capacity is hard at work to come up with your number 2 response.It must have been quit stressful for your brain.

David said...

If nominated, I will not stand. If elected, I will not serve.

And TRIWIA, who's afraid of the big bad left? You can huff, and you can puff, but you will still be a goofball. Or is that too harsh for you, mignonne?

Zorpheous said...

The Right is Where its At

Wow, what a load of bullshit.

I'm going to speak for CC hear, and he can correct me if I'm wrong. CC isn't a liberal as far as I know.

Second the Greens are more of Centrist party with a true conservative fiscal position. They are hardly "Leftists"

Third, Harper isn't a Conservative by any definition, Neo-Con yes, but that isn't Conservative.

2) What is it with you lefties about name calling? Is it part of being a leftest or is some kind of a birth defect?

OH THIS IS SO RICH. Would you like to spend the next six days reading choicew quotes from "Rightwing" blogs that spend almost every post shitting on other people (so called lefties) and the name calling they do?

We could start with quotes from

1) SDA
2) nexus of assholery
3) werner patels
4) Proud to be Canadian
5) Doctor Roy
6) Five Feet Shite
7) Right Girl
8) Richard Evans
9) halls of macadamia
10) the canadian sentinel

And that is just off the top of my head. These ten are,... well,... polite wordss fail me.

Jesus, what a fucking hypocrite.

Zorpheous said...

"2) Fuck off, you imbecile."

CC takes the short road, I gave you a promo list of ten of absolute vile, hatred, name calling shit blogs.

CC is right, Fuck Off.

Sparky said...

I like how you didn't deal with point 1, jackass.
You come in here all 'Y'all hate the term 'left'!!! Ur sooo busted!!!'
Then CC states the obvious ('cause you obviously are too obtuse to see it), 'no, no problem with 'left', just I prefer progressive'
Then you're all 'In ur face CC!!! Ur 2nd point is soooo L4m0RsZZz!!!!!11one!!!'
Once again, jackass.
Yes, that's *quite* enough from you.

The Right is Where its At said...

To all

There is nothing wrong for being a leftest just have the courage to admit that's all.

Zorpheous:

"Second the Greens are more of Centrist party with a true conservative fiscal position. They are hardly "Leftists"

If you actually think that the Greens are a centrist party you already had to much kool-aid as it is.

LuLu said...

There is nothing wrong for being a leftest just have the courage to admit that's all.

Just like there's nothing wrong with being a right-wing, neocon fuckwit, TRIWIA. So you first.

admin said...

TRIWIA is confused. As always. Big surprise, I know.

To the best of my knowledge CC is not a Liberal, although he may well be described as a "liberal" (that is, of the small-l variety). TRIWIA seems to think that CC supports the LPC, signs of which are few and far between.

Secondly, nobody minds being called "left" or "liberals", but the terms "Leftist" (whatever that is) usually implies "Communist" or "Socialist" which is all well and good if you happen to be one of those things, but shouldn't be used to describe all "liberals" or "progressives."

Got it TRIWIA? Get your terminology straight.

The Right is Where its At said...

lulu

"Just like there's nothing wrong with being a right-wing, neocon fuckwit, TRIWIA. So you first."

I am a right wing you numnuts what do you think Conservatives are left wing?

mattt said...

Well said, CC.

Oh, and for the love of Reason, smarter monkeys, puh-lease. This particular brain-dead troll ("I am a right wing!!!1 Phear my devastating flames, leftest numnuts!!11 All your base are belong to us!!111one") isn't even worth wasting precious bandwidth on.

Oh, ok, fine--but only because I'm an angry leftest[sic] who can't resist any opportunity to be uncouth and uncivil: go fuck yourself with a rusty rake. :)

- matttbastard

The Right is Where its At said...

Admin

"Secondly, nobody minds being called "left" or "liberals", but the terms "Leftist" (whatever that is) usually implies "Communist" or "Socialist" which is all well and good if you happen to be one of those things, but shouldn't be used to describe all "liberals" or "progressives."

Sorry to correct you admin,but leftist implies to all party on the left this includes Dion's Liberals. How do I know? By the platform they are going to run on in the next election example about a month ago the Liberal leader S.Dion was here in Montreal and said that his party's platform would be left leaning thus making the Liberals left he said it not me.

LuLu said...

I am a right wing you numnuts what do you think Conservatives are left wing?

How terribly uncivil. I thought the right-wing was above all that leftest [sic] name-calling? My bad.

mattt said...

Sorry to correct you admin,but leftist implies to all party on the left this includes Dion's Liberals. How do I know? By the platform they are going to run on in the next election example about a month ago the Liberal leader S.Dion was here in Montreal and said that his party's platform would be left leaning thus making the Liberals left he said it not me.

Why do wingnuts hate the English language? "Werds mean wut I want tehm to mean, goddammit!111"'

(PS: punctuation is not a left wing conspiracy.)

The Right is Where its At said...

lulu

Your the one who did the name-calling first i just answered you back. If you can't handle it then stop calling people names.

counter-coulter said...

The Right is Where its At said...
There is nothing wrong for being a leftest just have the courage to admit that's all.


I'm the leftest of them all. Heh. Dumbass.

mattt said...

Your the one who did the name-calling first i just answered you back. If you can't handle it then stop calling people names.

YEAH! Tu-effing-quoque!

Stick that in ur leftest [sic] pipe and smoke it.

admin said...

but leftist implies to all party on the left

Dumb as a rock.

The Right is Where its At said...

Admin

"Dumb as a rock."

You should know.

Red Tory said...

Wow. Quite the little Oscar Wilde there, aren't you?

By the way, you're on the completely wrong track with your understanding of the correct terminology.

Also, "implies" is a WHOLE DIFFERENT word from "applies" with entirely different meanings. Go figure.

And to echo the sentiment of others, fuck off.

LuLu said...

Your the one who did the name-calling first i just answered you back. If you can't handle it then stop calling people names.

TRIWIA, obviously I gave you far too much credit for intelligence so let's bring this down to your kindergarten level, shall we?

I know you are but what am I? Hah! Top that ...

Saskboy said...

I'm not going to try to force or even convince you CC to leave your blog in the awards. I'm just going to state for the record that I kept the CBAs going by assembling as diverse a team as I could in a month (and am still accepting offers to help), because I think the CBAs have the opportunity to be more than just an orgy of blog navel gazing and freeping.

It's a chance for the media to look at blogs as an organized media force to be reckoned with. It's also an easy way to develop a blogroll more diverse than any seen on even the best blogs.

The voting portion is a crude measure, of course. Ignore it all you want. But please don't discount the value of listing a variety of Canadian blogs all in one place, whether they write about Conservative screwups, Liberal boondogles, the latest Oiler game, or how to grow better flowers.

The boycotts are especially silly this year, given that the categories aren't even set. And if you don't place any value in winning, just don't pay attention. If you don't care if your readers think you're worthy of being listed as one of the best in whatever area you write about, why try to guilt other people into quitting too and ruining my effort?

M@ said...

Guys, guys, you gotta back off a bit. Lil' Johnny, TRIWIA, mentions on his blog that he remembers the 1989 Montreal Massacre "like it was yesterday".

That means that lil' Johnny is at least into his twenties, if not older. I assumed that he was just a fourteen-year-old with poor typing skills; turns out he's completely retarded.

So keep that in mind when you respond to him. Use small words.

Pale said...

Revising history.

By Saskboy.

And in the end, with all the very real problems BESIDES throwing the feminists under a bus, laid out by CC.......Well.
Silly.....several of you have resorted to that word when talking about others very real feelings. Ah well.
Nice hidey hidey act on those comments....Geeze, in our software, we can actually move the links without changing the URL's.
Ill bet that wordpress works the same way.

pretty shaved ape said...

Retardoholic, The Rump is Where His Head Is Stuffed, jumps in and yacks off:

"Let us see if your mental capacity permits you to answer these simple question."

"What is it with you lefties about name calling? Is it part of being a leftest or is some kind of a birth defect?"

Thus ringing the bell that sets all and sundry to the snickering and slapping that such feeble effrontery deserves. After a proper walloping from all sides, wee Johnny dimples gets up on his little hind limbs and whimpers:

"Your the one who did the name-calling first i just answered you back."

Within the space of one meager comment thread, you have been bested, bettered and beaten your signal rejoinder is to lie. So in chorus with my fellow progressives, go fuck yon self, ye addle pated rumpling.

As for blog awards, I speak only for myself when I say that it is nice to be part of a blog that gets nominated. So I thank those that were kind enough to put us on the slate. And while I share CC's feeling about the notion of putting a stellar collective like the Galloping Beaver up for a competition against the toilet in reverse that jets out of the SDA, I do appreciate the general gathering of the blogs. There are a lot of great sites to discover and for that alone, I think the exercise is worthy.

If there were a way to minimize freeping it would be better but whatever. Thanks for the nomination, good luck to the players and I'll make use of the resource to add to my bookmarks. To the terminally insecure, freep on you crazy whingers. TRIWIA needs more dishonest arse wipes to admire and emulate.

Cherniak_WTF said...

The boycotts are especially silly this year, given that the categories aren't even set.
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I'd say that the "awards" sound like some self-serving circle jerk...
What's silly is that it looks like a half-assed slopped together popularity contest run and soon to be ruined by half-wits...

Crabgräss said...

I wonder if Five Foot Poo will get any votes.

Saskboy said...

"Nice hidey hidey act on those comments....Geeze, in our software, we can actually move the links without changing the URL's.
Ill bet that wordpress works the same way."

I never changed it, I'm running it with a team, and others have been making decisions and changes as well. I'm sorry that you, someone publicly uninterested in participating, has technical critiques for our volunteer Operators. Instead of assuming that everyone is out to get you or shortchange you personally, please understand that we're not trying to do either of those things.

--

To the rest who thinks the voting is a bit of a "circle jerk", oh well, I agree. If you don't like that portion, just enjoy the nomination pages for the excellent service they can provide, and ignore the rest after January 11. You know what they say about "everyone is a winner if you try"? That politically correct claptrap actually has traction up until January 11th when the voting starts a few days after.

dirk buchholz said...

The solution is simple get rid of Best Blog category while adding... "Best Conservative","Liberal",and "Progressive/Lefty".
All the other CBA categories are clear and specific.
Why not the political categories...?

pretty shaved ape said...

well i just went and read through the discussion threads. saskboy, best of luck. i'll go on the record, i think a best feminist blog category was reasonably requested and warrants a place. knuckling under to the suzanne show was an error. i know you are trying to do a good thing but you'll have the damnedest time pulling the award wagon back onto the road.

you got snookered by suzanne and her goons and you waffled. somewhere in the thread you stated that there can't be a feminist category, so the friday compromise deadline is meaningless. suzanne won, you lost, the awards lost and suzanne even loses because there's no more damage to do. she blew her wad early and now there's nothing left except to steam clean the carpet.

Pale said...

Uh huh, zig. zag.
So someone on the "team" decided to play hidey hidey.
These are just the basics. BTW. Most people (anyone with a blog) can move links without shifting the URL, so that the links arent broken.....pretty basic stuff.
More condescending claptrap to boot! Bravo!
How did I say I was being personally shorchanged?
The defensiveness on your and your "teams" part is obvious. You have made up a timeline of events, and also said that " given that the categories aren't even set."
But that isnt so? You yourself said in the comments at the CBA blog that there would be NO feminism category. That, is set. Is it not?

I am shaking my head at how this all unfolded. It was so avoidable.
But by all means, carry on! Requests are squelched by only a couple participants, no one is allowed to question the tactics used there, or they get berated anyway. And in the end a significant number of people are written off as "silly" and in a "snit".
When something is important to you, we shall label it as silly and insignificant bellyaching.
In fact Ill start right now......

the rev. said...

Saskboy, what about limiting the voting to one vote per person - tough to police obviously, but there must be a way to do it. It would cut down on the freeping aspect.
For myself, I appreciate your efforts and work that goes into the awards, but I'd like to take a 2x4 to some of the arseholes who see them as an opportunity to pursue idiotic agendas ("there should be a men's rights category! No there should be an 'I hate dumb bitchy feminazis' category! No, there should be a 'best 9/11 conspiracy nutjob blog' category! Screeech! Screech!" to paraphrase...) Because you just know its going to be these dipshits and KKKate's flying monkeys that vote 100 times a day.

KEvron said...

"there must be a way to do it"

how about voting by email? no throw-away accounts (@hotmail.com, @yahoo,com, etc) allowed, of course. it's not a perfect solution, but it'd reduce some of the freeping.

KEvron

fergusrush said...

" Let lefty blogs compete against each other..."

Like the Special Olympics, but for bloggers.

Red Tory said...

It's not hard to do at all. If they were set up as polls on Polldaddy, they can be limited to one vote per person. It's not 100% foolproof, but sufficient enough to keep out the riff-raff from Freeping.

Easy-peasy, as Jamie Oliver says.

M@ said...

Like the Special Olympics, but for bloggers.

Wayne?

Saskboy said...

"Geeze, in our software, we can actually move the links without changing the URL's.
Ill bet that wordpress works the same way."

Not in the WordPress I know. If you do, please share how.

mattt said...

Not in the WordPress I know. If you do, please share how.

Did you change the post slug, or the time stamp?

Saskboy said...

The time stamp, since that changes the order on the main page. Do you know of another way?

mattt said...

I was wondering about that. I've never changed the stamp to a different date before, only a different time and didn't realize that it affects the URL in that manner. Learn sumptin' new every day.

Glad I made sure before proceeding any further (see? I don't always go off like *ahem* a bomb.)

;)