Ladies, Gentlemen and Molpies. I am proud to declare the First One True Thread Awards Ceremony, or "OTTscars", officially open!
In celebration of the Timeiversary, the OTTscars are designed to be a treeish and fun way to look back at the highlights of the first yip of Time, via an awards ceremony with varied categories for just about anything that could've happened throughout the yip. Some are awards for OTTers themselves, others for objects/other things.
So here's how it's gonna go down. The categories are listed below with a brief explanation of each. After careful consideration, send your votes to me via PM. (Voting will be anonymous, don't post them in the thread!) You can have multiple votes in each category if you can't decide on just one, but be reasonable and try to keep it as low as possible. I'll say 5 at the most, as a guideline but not a hard rule. Don't worry if you can't think of anything for a category or don't want to vote in a category either, just leave it blank.
*Outside Heretical Time
The votes will then be counted up, and if there are categories where no single clear winners have emerged, there will be a second round of voting for these categories only instead of a free vote there will be a selection of nominees to choose from. This second round will be open for voting from Onglessdix, Advent 18th. (Mar. 13) to Riverdix, Advent 27th (Mar. 22).
In the unlikely event that a second round of voting is not required as winners are emerging in every category, submission of regular votes will re-open for this period.
The actual awards presentation ceremony will be held on the Timeiversary itself, Whifdix, Innocence 1st (Mar. 25). Prepare your smartest hat, and roll out the carpet that is coloured a beautiful red!
Basementee Award: An "absent friends" award for OTTers who've disappeared for whatever reason. Who no longer posts but left an imprint on the community? Who do you miss the most?
Silly Molpy Award: Certainly not the "dumbest OTTer award" (there are no negative awards here), but perhaps most eccentric, goofiest, or ditzyest OTTer. We're all rather mad here in the OTT, but who goes beyond the call of duty? Whose posts sometimes make you think "What in GLR's name have you been smoking?"
Clever Molpy Award: Award for the most intelligent OTTer. Whose posts manage to get you making an audible "hmmmm" sound due to the intelligence involved?
Funniest OTTer: Whose posts always give you a good chuckle? Who always has a witty comment at their fingertips?
Kindest OTTer: Who always knows the right thing to say when someone's feeling steambottlish? Who's the best at making you feel warm and fuzzy and molpish inside?
Geekiest OTTer: OTTers are proud of their geekiness, but which OTTer seems to be the most knowledgeable about geeky subjects?
Chatty Molpy Award: It's all RELATED, so nothing is truly off-topic in the OTT, but who never seems to coma and is always on the OTT all the Time? Whose post count seems to rise inexorably through their constant chatter?
Blitzer Award: Reading it ALL is a noble tradition for an OTTer to undertake. Which Blitzer's journey do/did you enjoy following the most? Whose signposts are/were the most enjoyable to read?
Overall Creator Award: OTTers are known for being a creative bunch. Who is your favourite overall creator, artist, ottifier, writer etc. in the OTT?
Artist Award: Who's your favourite creator of specifically visual artwork, be it original art, ottified art, ottercomics, manips etc?
Wordsmith Award: Who's your favourite creator of specifically written artwork, be it stories, poems or songs, original or ottified?
The "Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science" Award: An award for the best creator of tools, analyses, scripts, databases or any other useful, interesting or generally geeky stuff.
Best Username: Whose username do you think is the cleverest, funniest, or best-sounding?
Best Avatar: Whose avatar do you think is the best-looking, funniest, cutest, or most well-made?
Best Sig: Whose signature do you think is the cleverest, funniest, best-looking or most interesting?
Collaborative OTTing Award: An award for two or more OTTers who worked together as a team at some point to make/do/solve something. What's been the most impressive feat of collaboration/teamwork in the OTT so far?
The Great Lord Randall Award for Outstanding Awesomefulness: A special award for the OTTer who has gone the extra mile and done/made something(s) exceptionally wowterful. (When submitting votes, vote not only for the OTTer but also for whatever it was they achieved that makes you feel they deserve this special accolade!)
The Davean Award for Services to the OTT: Another special award similar to the above, but for the OTTer who has done the most in selflessly serving and helping the community in whatever way.
Gimmick of the Yip: From Double Dactyls to C**kie Cl*cking, bag puns to Rot13, the OTT has had many crazes over the course of Time. Which was your favourite?
Meme of the Yip: Similar to the above, but for a meme which surpassed being a mere passing craze and became an integral part of OTTish culture.
Best Wild Theory: There have been many attempts at predicting the future of the OTC and OTT, some accurate, some less so. This is an award for those that weren't at all accurate but were funny or clever. What's your favourite wild theory that has been put forth?
Most Accurate Theory: As above, except this one is for predictions that were so eerily accurate you'd think the OTTer that made it could've been a Time traveller.
Biggest Understatement: A similar "theory" award... Who, perhaps in earlier dips, clearly didn't realise how huge certain things would become? What comment is hilarious to read in hindsight?
Favourite Newword: We've come up with a lot of OTTish terminology over Time. Which newword is your favourite?
Best OTT Quote: There have been many great quotes from OTTers over the course of Time. Which do you think is the greatest, or funniest, most sig-worthy, or should be put on a plaque on the OTT wall?
Best Creative Work: What's your favourite single piece of artwork, song, poem, manip, whatever, created by an OTTer?
Best Analytical Work: Some of the cleverer molpies in the OTT have made detailed analyses of everything in the OTC from astronomy to language and geography. Which did you find the most impressive/interesting?
Best Tool: Similar to the above. A lot of tools/external sites have been created for viewing/experiencing/analysing both the comic and the thread, or for helping/enhancing the community experience in some way. Which do you think is deserving of recognition?
Best Smiley: We use a lot of smileys in the OTT. Whether they be a RELATED one found outside the thread, or one created especially for the thread, which is your favourite?
Best Firstpost/Delurk: Who made a big impression with their first ever post? Or whose firstpost was the cleverest/funniest?
Best Decree: Of all the papal decrees, which was the most fun to follow, or produced the most interesting or most enjoyable responses?
Best Newpage(s): RELATED to the above, though this is for your favourite newpage or series of pages of the OTT not necessarily spawned through a treeish decree.
Favourite Newpix: Which frame of the comic is your favourite? (mscha numbering)
Favourite Character: Who's your favourite character, human or molpy, from the comic?
Best OTC Quote: Your favourite line of dialogue from the comic.
Best OTC moment: Which part of the story did you find the most exciting, moving, gripping or generally enjoyable?
(The outside may be heretical, but we all have to go there sometimes. Let's find out OTTer's favourite non-OTTish things from the past yip. You can vote for anything released from the beginning of Time up till now.)
Best Music Album:
Best Video Hotdog:
Best TV Show: This one doesn't have to be a show that started after the beginning of Time, but one that was still running or had a season after the beginning of Time. Basically your favourite show that was on at some point during the first yip of Time.
Best XKCD Othercomic (post-Time):
Best What-if (post-Time):
It's All Related: For an outside something that is/became the most RELATED.
Outside Treeishness Award: An extra award for any other outside thing you may have discovered and enjoyed that doesn't fit into the above categories.