So to kick off the new year, Andover.Net decided that we ought to give away a lot of money. We're excited to announce the 2000 Slashdot Beanie Awards. No, we're not giving away 2000 beanies, but we are giving away prizes ranging from $30k for Most Improved Open Source Project to $10k awards for things like Unsung Hero and Best Community Advocate. You can read the awards index, where you can also discuss the categories as well as place your nominations. Or you can read on to see a list of awards and a description of the nomination and voting process.
NominationLet's be honest here. If Hemos and I sat down in a room and tried to pick the nominees for each catagory ourselves, either we would have the five members of Monty Python nominated for every category or only one of us would emerge from the room alive. And then whoever lived would get flamemail because we forgot to include Carol Cleveland (who really deserved to be nominated for Best Unix Eyecandy).
We didn't want to deal with that. So instead we've opened up the nominations. Each registered Slashdot user is allowed to nominate one person or project in each category. Each category will have a Slashdot discussion attached to it where you can chit chat about the nominees. And everyone can change their vote as many times as they want (until the nominations close in 2 weeks).
The nominations are blind... you can't see who is winning until...
VotingVoting will function the same way. You can talk amongst yourselves, and each registered user is allowed one vote which can be changed all you want until we close the contest. The winners will be announced at the next LinuxWorld in New York.
The Grand Prize ($30,000)
- Most Improved Open Source Project
Ten Thousand Dollar Awards
- Most Improved Kernel Module
- Unsung Hero
- Best Newbie Helper
- Most Deserving Open Source Charity
- Best Open Source Advocate
Two Thousand Dollar Awards
- Best Unix Desktop Eyecandy
- Best Unix Desktop Earcandy
- Best Desktop Theme
- Best Open Source-Related Book
- Best Perl Module
- Best Apache Module
- Best Open Source Text Editor
- Best Deserving of a $2,000 Award
- Best Designed Interface in a Graphical Application
- Best Designed Interface in a Non-Graphical Application
Why The Hell Nots (A Beanie, and a Hug from CowboyNeal)
- Best Dressed
- Favorite Slashdot Comment Poster
- Favorite Slashdot Author
- Best Slashdot Story of 1999
- Big Dumb Patent Bully
- Big Dumb Domain Bully
- Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism
- The Hemos Award (only Hemos is eligible)