Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards
The Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards are accolades given to members of the Oddworld Forums based on the votes of other members. The Awards were started in by Wolfpac, who ran the awards for their first five years. Wolfpac started the 6th Annual Awards but was unavailable to present the awards, so this was handled by Wired. Wired continued to host the awards until the 9th Awards. The 10th to 12th Awards were run by STM. The 13th and 14th Awards were hosted by Nepsotic and Varrok respectively.
Mirroring the migration of most regular Oddworld Forums members to the Oddworld Forums Discord server, the 15th and 16th Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards were hosted on Discord rather than on the Oddworld Forums, and were organized by Oddey.
Two threads are used for each Awards: the first is used to announce the categories and inform members that they can now start voting, the second is used to announce the winners. A basic narrative is often used to introduce and conclude the initial post of each thread, typically taking the form of a fictional awards ceremony; earlier Awards use several Oddworld Forums members, and occasionally Oddworld characters, in these skits.
Once the categories are listed and—where appropriate—explained, members may begin casting votes either by posting publicly in the first thread, or by privately contacting the organizer. Although there are no explicit rules about splitting votes, member will often vote for two or three nominees for the same category; in these cases, the nominees will each receive only a half or third of a vote.
Members are not allowed to vote for themselves or tell other members whom to vote for. They are also not allowed to disseminate progress updates based on public voting. Failure to follow the rules is punishable by removal of the member's eligability to receive any awards that year. As of the 7th Awards, it has been made explicit that members are only eligable to receive awards if they have posted in the preceding calendar year (with the exception of ‘Dearly Missed Member’ for which the rule is reversed).
Winners are announced in the second thread, which remains open for members to share their congratulations and thanks. Winners do not receive any tangible reward, but out of 20 winners of the award ‘Member Who'd Make a Good Moderator’, eight did go on to become moderators.
The Awards are held mostly annually, with only the years of and skipped; was also skipped, but ended up being rolled into the 14th Awards with 2018. The voting and results are usually posted some time between January and March in the year following the year covered by the Awards.
|6th||23||20||Wolfpac, Wired||Oddworld Forums|
|15th||15||Unknown||Oddey||Oddworld Forums Discord|
|16th||Upcoming||15||Unknown||Oddey||Oddworld Forums Discord|
Each Awards contains a number of different categories—between 14 and 49 but usually between 23 and 29—that members vote in. Occasionally categories are renamed, especially when a new host begins running the Awards, but their subject remains essentially the same. There have been 78 different categories across the 16 Awards, not counting those that have been temporarily divided into two sub-categories; 42 of these categories have only been used in a single year of Awards.
The most long-lasting categories were established by Wolfpac in the 1st Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards, which contained 22 categories. For the 2nd Awards, Wolfpac solicited category recommendations on the Oddworld Forums. Only one new category was adopted: ‘Most Missed Member’, which was suggested by oddguy and has been used every year since. The ‘Insane Poster’ category was dropped in the 2nd Awards, but returned in the 3rd Awards before being dropped permanently along with ‘Most Respected Poster’ in the 7th Awards. These were the first Awards not run by their creator, Wolfpac.
The 7th Awards, which were run by Wired, split ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Best Writer’ into Oddworld and Non-Oddworld sub-categories, and otherwise introduced five new categories that were suggested by Forums members after Wired asked for recommendations.
- Greatest Debator—suggested by Killy
- Best Blogger—suggested by Bullet Magnet
- Most Unintentionally Funny Poster
- Best Avatar—suggested by hobo and GrigtheSlig
- Best Photo—suggested by Kimon
- Most Likely to Still Be Here in 20 Years—suggested by Mac Sirloin
The latter three of these only lasted a year and were removed in the 8th Awards, which also recombined ‘Best Oddworld Writer’ and ‘Best Non-Oddworld Writer’ into a single category. Three new categories were introduced.
- Most Accomplished Troll—suggested by Killy for the previous year
- Member in Dire Need of a Life—suggested by GrigtheSlig 5 years previously
- Most Welcome Return
The 10th Awards were also the first to have the prefix ‘The Oddworld Forums’ dropped from all categories except ‘The Oddworld Forums Unofficial Mascot’. The 12th Awards introduced two new categories, although neither has been used since.
The 13th Awards marked a radical change from the usual lineup of categories, with new host Nepsotic saying he would create the Awards ‘from scratch.’ Nevertheless, 11 of the previous year's 30 categories ended up being used, one of which (‘Most Changed Member’) was split into two subcategories—‘For the Worse’ and ‘For the Better’—and one of which (‘Best Artist’) was recombined from its Oddworld and Non-Oddworld subcategories at the recommendation of kjjcarpenter. Of the 37 new categories, some were inversions of previous categories (such as ‘Most Unwelcome Return’ and ‘Worst Artist’) while others, significantly, were the first awards designed to be awarded not to individual (or pairs of) members but to memes, events and other content.
- Best 80s Poster
- Best “OWF Is Dead” Blog
- Narrow Escapes from Necrum
- Spiciest Meme of the Year
- Greatest Drama of the Year
- Quote of the Year
- Forum Highlight of the Year
Of the 37 new categories, only one was used again in subsequent years, in the form of the ‘Best Meme’ category. The 14th Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards under new host Varrok took the opposite approach to categories, plummeting from the all-time high of 49 to the all-time low of 14. 11 of these were continuations of existing categories (though just 5 had been used in the immediately preceding 13th Awards), with 3 new categories completing the reduced lineup, all of which were designed to be won by something other than an individual member of the Oddworld Forums.
These new categories reflected the migration of many regular Oddworld Forums members to the Oddworld Forums Discord. The following year onwards, the Awards—now hosted by Oddey—were held entirely on the Discord. Four long-standing categories from the 14th Awards were dropped in favour of alternative pre-existing categories from the 12th and 13th Awards, and a single new category, ‘New OWI moment’, was introduced.
145 recipients have been given at least one award across the 15 completed Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards, with 120 of them being registered members (although some of these may have been ‘multis’, a ‘multiple account’ registered to the same person as an existing member). The 25 award recipients that are not registered members of the Oddworld Forums range in nature from memes, emojis, events, celebrities, fictional characters, groups, brands and other media, as well as family members of registered Forum posters.
Although votes can be split between nominees, awards are not split between winners, as all nominees who receive equal highest number of votes in any category receive the award in full. This is also true of all individuals who win the ‘Best Couple’ award, even when it goes to multiple couples, although if the same winner is in two winning couples, they still receive the award only once that year.
Ten members have won more than 10 awards in total.
- Wil: 31
- Nate: 27
- OANST: 24 (29 counting awards that went to his children)
- Alcar: 23
- Nepsotic: 20 (21 counting a meme)
- Xavier: 20
- Bullet Magnet: 18
- Varrok: 17
- Hobo: 16
- MA: 15 (16 counting an event)
Most Consistent Awards
Wil is the only member to have won the same award, ‘Member with the Greatest Oddworld Knowledge’, for all 12 years the category was live. The next greatest such consistency amongst winners is to have received the same award for 6 non-consecutive years or 5 consecutive years.
|Wil||Member with the Greatest Oddworld Knowledge||12||✓|
|Nate||Best Staff Member||6||✗|
|OANST||Most Accomplished Troll||5||✓|
|Abbey||Oddworld Forums Mascot||4||✓|
|Alcar||Oddworld Forums Mascot||4||✓|
|Nate||Most Dedicated Member||4||✗|
|Nate||Best Advice Giver||4||✗|
|Nepsotic||Most Changed Member||4||✗|
|Varrok||Best Couple (albeit always with a different partner)||4||✓|
|Wolfpac||Best Thread Creator||4||✓|
|Xavier||Most Respected Poster||4||✓|
|Xavier||Most Dedicated Member||4||✗|
Having won ‘Member with the Greatest Oddworld Knowledge’ for 12 years, Wil is the member who has won awards in the highest number of Forums Awards, although seven other members have been winners in at least seven Awards.
Most Awards in a Year
The most awards won by a single member in one year is ten, which was accomplished by Nepsotic in the 13th Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards, the year he was responsible for running the Awards. The same year featured several members winning higher numbers of awards than in any previous year, including Vlam, Alcar and Varrok winning 7 awards each. It should be noted that the 13th Awards featured 49 award categories, much higher than in any other year. The year with the second highest number of categories was the 12th Annual Oddworld Forums Poster Awards, which had 30 categories.
|#||Member||Awards won||Categories that year|
The member to have won awards in the greatest number of different categories throughout the history of the Awards is Alcar, who has won at least one award in 16 different categories, although a number of members have come close to this amount.
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