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2015 Forum Awards!

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WELCOME TO THE 2015 FORUM AWARDS

It is now December 2015. We have our first year college cubers stressing over finals, our High School Seniors celebrating the midway before graduation, and all of the other people fitting themselves in doing something to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Most of us reflect over the year, and other will sit down and marathon Cubing Botchamania. But there is something all of us cubers do, and that is participate in the SpeedSolving Forum Awards.

This great tradition was started in 2009 by David Woner, being carried on in 2010 by the Moving Stachu Korick, 2011 by DNF Queen Sarah Strong, then 2012 by Austin Oboe Reed, revived by Noah Arthurs in 2013, and then 2014 Ranzha V"ery real name" Emodrach, I am honored to present to you, the 2015 Forum Awards!

Now ya'll know the rules, but lets go over them again:

Don't nominate yourself, you will look very stupid.
Normally, commenting "+1" or "thumbs up" is allowed on these types of posts, if you were to agree with post (in replies only)
Please keep all of your nominations within one post. You are still able to +1 other posts.

Once 2016 hits, I and a panel of fellow cubers will pick the winners.

THE RESULTS ARE IN

Categories

Best Post: Christopher Mowla's argument about forum awards
Best Thread: Method Development Game
The best and worst of everything: Rubik's Cube Particle Physics
Most Helpful Member: Brest or Bindedsa
Funniest Member: Dene
Most Deserving of a Hug: Keaton, because whenever we ask about a world or national record, his answer is always no.
Best Arguer: Kit!
Funniest Thread: Rawz Da Bawz 10.36 Average (unofficial)
Bob Burton Award for best runner at a competition: Jhahoua's Mom
Mike Hughey Award for Nicest Member: mafergut
Bruce Norskog Award for Smartest Member: qqwref
Vincent Sheu Award for Worst Finals Performance: Dan Wallin
Sammy Tawakkol Award for least IRL online/real life peronalities: Literally every troll on the internet in cubing
Mitchell G. Lane Award for Excellence in Dosing BJ: You
Calvin Le Award for Biggest Postwhore: PDF
Bruce Norskog Award for Smartest Member:
Rob "Brest" Stuart Award for Best Member:
Best New Member: Barack Obama or OLLiver
Most Deserving of a Ban: Matt DiPalma
Best Beard: Ryan Deline
Least Deserved Ban: Ben, no matter what year. Also, randomno
Least Deserving of a Ban: David Zemdegs
Best Series on YouTube (Cubing): Chris' sub 8 series, Worst Cubing Judge, and Cubing Botchamania
Most Improved Noob: PDF
Best Reaction to a World Record: Vladisav Shavelsky's 7x7 WR
Riley Norrid/Robert Horvath Award for the Biggest Cubing Rivalry: Riley Norrid and Robert Horvath, they still fight to this day.
Bob Burton Award for Best Runner at a Competition: Jhahoua's Mom
Biggest Controversy: Rami's .58! Runner up: 6.88 OH WR
Most ambiguous member: Christopher Mowla
#BeatShon Award: The state of Texas
Most Under-Appreciated Member: cyotheking
Biggest Fanboy: Feliks profile pictures
Best Debut: Nicolas Naing
Greatest Return from a long hiatus: Andrew Ricci, or is it Noah Arthurs?
Best Cubing parent: Cari Goslow
Best cubing couple: Kit + Lauren. Runner up: Callum/Waffle
Cubing Botchamania Award for Most Botches: Chris because of his sub 9 fails, or Sarah because of her DNFs.
Craziest Member: Maskow
Best year/host: strakerak 2015. Thanks guys! <3
Best new method proposal: Fluffy Alligator



GOLDEN AWARDS:

The Golden Awards will be posted shortly. They consist of the nominations that have been around EVERY YEAR, and you will get to choose which one of those years is the best for that catagory.

Feel free to create your own awards! If I missed some, please do let me know with your nominations. Have fun! And may 2016 be amazing.
 
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Best Thread : A draw between "How to get faster using CFOP" and "What cube/puzzle should I get"
Best Avatar:strakerak, animated :)
Most Overrated member: Sigh I hate to say this but probably Feliks/Faz. He is good but probably more overrated than anyone else
And best of all:

Best Forum Awards Host: Whadoyaknow. strakerak


I have to say, some of these are ... offensive. Though true I guess

I think we should have more YouTube ones too, maybe just honorary.

Funniest Vid : Cyotheking (Fluffy Alligator or Yusu 4x4)
 
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You have best new member twice. :p

Biggest post whore: berd :p
Best new method proposal: Kirjava's squan method though it does need some refining.
Also, due to this post, I nominate Damien Porter for Funniest post:
Me: *solving through an FMC*
Friend: OMG YOU'RE SO SLOW I BET EVEN I COULD HAVE FINISHED AGES AGO!!!
Me: *explains FMC*
Friend: WELL WHAT'S THE POINT OF DOING IT IF YOU DON'T DO IT FAST?
Me: ... U_U

*sigh*
Perfect comback ,
You: I feel sorry for your girl friend.
Friend: :eek:
Honestly, when I saw this I laughed harder than I have in a long time.

Best thread: personally, I think that my favourite is the Roux help and discussion thread because everyone on there is pretty nice and helpful. (why has it never been stickied?)

Worst thread: Well, I have to say the "pseudo God's Algorithm created thread".
I say this not due to Chris' intentions (which I think were perfectly fine and good at the start (although the title was a bit inflammatory) although it could have been better in a PM to certain members) but feather because of how it degenerated and the conduct in the end from any party was not particularly exemplary and just left a lot of people (myself included) feeling a bit frustrated. I thus nominate it as an example of how a potentially great thread can go bad.
Most confusing moment: The wrs 5.21 (misscramble tho :/) 5.09 4.90. Reading this was just like whoa what happened?
Mike Hughey award for nicest member: mafergut
+1 so much.
 
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Best WR reaction: m8. Lucas 4.90.
Best Avatar: Kirjava (unicorns are awesome)
Best Cubing Song: Rami Sbahi puts a lot of Heart and Effort into Cubing
Most Deserving of a hug: Sarah's profile pic
Best Forum Awards Host: Noah Arthurs
Most helpful member: Brest <3
Best series on YouTube (Cubing): Cube Roll, history of the fastest WCA times
Best Arguer: Kit xD
Best troll: troll
Craziest Member: Rami :p
 
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Vincent Sheu award probably goes to Dan W.

Most Improved noob is definitely PDF

Best thread is the cubing jokes one.

Most deserving of a hug goes to Keaton for the 5.09

funniest series on youtube goes to Colorfulpocket's World worst Rubik's cube judge Ever

Funniest Member goes to Dene.
 
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Friendly reminder: Please be respectful with your nominations and consider whether you're putting down other members.

In particular, please refrain from making nominations for categories such as "dumbest thread", "dumbest member", "worst new member", etc.
 
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Friendly reminder: Please be respectful with your nominations and consider whether you're putting down other members.

In particular, please refrain from making nominations for categories such as "dumbest thread", "dumbest member", "worst new member", etc.
I'm assuming jokingly nominating some one (in a way that is very obviously a joke) is ok?



Most Deserving of a Ban: Ben!... Oh wait. (EDIT: I just realized... Maybe my ISP, time warner cable, deserves this spot more. It's utter garbage)

Riley Norrid/Robert Horvath Award for the Biggest Cubing Rivalry: Chris Olson and the sub 9 average. (It doesn't have to be current does it?)

Bob Burton Award for Best Runner at a Competition: Josh's Mom. No contest

Best blindfold: Shaden Smith's fuzzy pink blind fold <3
 
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Best avatar: guysensei1
Best meme: guysensei1's avatar
Mike Hughey award for nicest member: mafergut
Biggest controversy: Rami's 0.58 2x2 single
Most improved noob: PDF and Isaac Lai
Best reaction to a WR: Michal Halczuk's 2:34.64 7x7 single
Best cubing video: Rami Sbahi puts a lot of heart and soul into cubing
Best cubing channel: Cube Roll
 
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Best Post:
The seminar was an eye-opener for me. Though faster people probably know about most of the content, the number of people who didn't know about this aspect of ZBLL was far more, so I'd say it was pretty good.

Also, I would like to watch the one about not getting nervous.
That seminar was cancelled by the speakers a couple days before the event.
Did they get nervous?

Best post that can't even be best post: One from the beginning of the year in which somebody color-coded the steps to searching something on the Internet (which included explaining how to use a mouse and type, and was a good few paragraphs, iirc), because of some basic question someone else asked. It was unfortunately deleted a few days after it was posted, but it had me laughing hysterically.
Most Deserving of a Hug: Ninja Storm (see: https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/...ot-WR-but-fastest-in-competition-at-the-time))
Vincent Sheu Award for Worst Finals Performance: Faz (5.69 worlds finals: sune j-perm instead of niklas) Even though he won, c'mon faz, it could've been sub-5. :(
Mitchell G. Lane Award for Excellence in Dosing BJ: Not a forum member, but Brandon Huang for his impeccable GuanLong challenge performance (which, incidentally, was against Mitchell G. Lane).
Best Series on YouTube (Cubing): Cube Roll's videos
Best Reaction to a World Record: Well it said you can't nominate yourself... I'm sincerely sorry. :p Honestly though, there were some pretty great ones like the 20.xx feet WR.
Best Cubing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I63iNnpr1LY deserves more recognition, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwNUmnDu1r8 was pretty dang awesome. Of course, Fluffy Alligator Tutorial became an instant classic, as have all of cyo's cinematic videos. Just pick any of those.
Biggest Controversy: Rami's 0.58
Worst Troll: All those recent spam threads. Pick one.
Best Forum Awards Host: strakerak
 

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Best Beard: Ryan DeLine
Most Deserving of a Hug: Andrea Panyavong
Mitchell G. Lane Award: Mitchell G. Lane
Best Cubing Video: A Cubing Proposal
Biggest Controversy: Zalew was pretty huge
Most Deserving of a Ban: Matt DiPalma
Best reaction to a WR: Jakub Kipa
#beatshon award: Sumeet Agarwal, Ryan Przybocki
Most ambiguous member: Christopher Mowla
Best Blindfold: Maskow forever
Best Judge: Kit Clement, for Lauren Klemz

I'm glad the entries thus far aren't awful.
Last year's awards were an utter waste of time. I paid for awards for that and didn't send any out because it wasn't worth my effort. Don't screw this up, y'all.
 
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Best Thread: Older Cubers Discussions
Most Helpful Member: Bindedsa
Mike Hughey Award for Nicest Member: mafergut
Best New Member: OLLiver
Least Deserved Ban: Barack Obama
Best Series on YouTube (Cubing): Chris Olson Road to sub-9
Most Improved Noob: PDF, Nicolas Naing
Best Reaction to a World Record: Jakub Kipa's amazing chairflip
Best New Method Proposal: bobthegiraffemonkey's cubeshape+parity
Best Cubing Video: This and This
Biggest Controversy: Feliks 6.88 OH WR and Rami's 0.58
Most Under-Appreciated Member: Mats Bergsten
Best Comeback: Rowe Hessler and Andrew Ricci
Best Turnaround: RECuber
Best Avatar: guysensei1
Best Debut: Nicolas Naing
Greatest Return from a long hiatus: Andrew Ricci
Best cubing couple: Kit and Lauren
 
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