"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 10 July 2005 - 11:29 AM
After two weeks of nominations and a further two weeks of voting, the 2005 UM Awards have now drawn to a close. My thanks to everyone who has participated, either by nominating or voting, and congratulations to all those who made it to the final vote. There can however only be one winner for each category, and now it is time to announce the winners.
Best Member Blog Total Votes: 56 - Nominated Blogs: 7 Winner: Disinterested (13 votes) - Runner Up: Burnside (12 votes)
Best Member (Male) Total Votes: 97 - Nominated Members: 9 Winner: Burnside (23 votes) - Runner Up: SaRuMaN (15 votes)
Best Member (Female) Total Votes: 114 - Nominated Members: 10 Winner: Seraphina (25 votes) - Joint Runner Up: Lilaburrows/Daughter of the Nine Moons (16 votes)
Funniest Member Total Votes: 83 - Nominated Members: 8 Winner: Moe Eubleck (24 Votes) - Runner Up: Snuffypuffer (17 votes)
Best Member Signature Total Votes: 74 - Nominated Members: 8 Winner: Janiel (28 votes) - Runner Up: Burnside (14 votes)
Best Member Avatar Total Votes: 73 - Nominated Members: 6 Winner: Burnside (20 votes) - Runner Up: Seraphina (16 votes)
Most Annoying Member Avatar Total Votes: 77 - Nominated Members: 7 Winner: Lilaburrows (23 votes) - Runner Up: Goddesswhispers (13 votes)
Most Original Username Total Votes: 90 - Nominated Members: 9 Winner: TaintedDoughnuts (18 votes) - Runner Up: Dancing Dumplings (15 votes)
Most Bizarre Member Total Votes: 90 - Nominated Members: 10 Winner: Moe Eubleck (25 votes) - Runner Up: Ashley Starchild (19 votes)
Best Member Quote Total Votes: 76 - Nominated Members: 3 Winner: Kismit (30 votes) - Runner Up: Seraphina (29 votes)
and last but by no means least, the highly coveted:
Member Most Likely to be an Alien Total Votes: 85 - Nominated Members: 9 Winner: Moe Eubleck (21 votes) - Runner Up: Ashley Starchild (18 votes)
Congratulations to all our winners.
In addition to the above, this year we have a few special awards to hand out. These can not be obtained through voting, and are therefore much harder to get.
UM Chess Tournament Champion 2005
This award is for the winner of this years UM Chess Tournament which also ends today.
The award goes to Talon - who succeeded in topping the tournament scoreboard while managing to get through all his games without losing a single game. Congratulations.
Special Contribution Award
This award goes to two members who initiated one of the most helpful and appreciated threads on the UM forums. Those who want a new avatar graphic and need someone to help make one for them know where to go - and it's thanks to these two individuals that the Animated Avatar Workshop exists today.
The award goes to TheBarMan and UniversalAbsurdity for founding the Animated Avatar Workshop and giving up their free time to help make free avatars for members of this forum. Thankyou.
Community Appreciation: A Special Mention
This brings me to the last of the awards, although not quite an 'award' as such, the awards give me the ideal opportunity to offer a special mention to the group of members who have contributed the most to this forum, and are responsible for the success enjoyed by Unexplained Mysteries over the years.
I'd like to offer my sincerest thanks to the Moderators of UM for their continued help and giving up their free time to maintain what is the largest paranormal discussion forum in the world - no mean feat. There are at present just 8 moderators succeeding in keeping the peace on a 20,000 member strong forum - and doing one hell of a good job of it too.
And so a big thankyou to both the moderators of the present:
Magikman, Tommy, Kismit, Thistle, UniversalAbsurdity, Fluffybunny, Burnside and Subtemperate.
and to the moderators of the past:
Kira, Phantom, Althalus, Aslan, TheOracle, Mentalcase and Blood_Angel
and also to our Debate Organisers who are doing a fantastic job on the debates board:
“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.”
Posted 10 July 2005 - 03:55 PM
LilaBurrows, you were very deserving to win the worst avatar. Although because you changed your avatar, it's not the correct one posted. Could you post your avatar pic, so we can see what we voted for?
Disinterested best blog!! So deserving, congratulations my wub!
Congratulations to Seraphina for achieving best female member, having the best topic overall, having a freaking awesome avatar and excellent quote!
Way to go Moe for not only being the funniest member of the board, but also the most bizarre member, AND an alien!
Janiel i think the award for author of best signature is a understatment. You've created so many sigs in the past year, not only excellent ones for yourself but also for many other members, including several for myself, so no one deserves that award more.
Excellent username TaintedDougnuts!!
Way to go Talon for simply blowing away the Chess Tourney, an incredible performance and indeed, thank you for the learning tips.
Kismit excellent quote and, along with all my fellow compadres, Fluffybunny, Magikman, Thistle, UniversalAbsurdity, Tommy and Subtemperate thank you for being the best darn mods on the net!!
And of course without TheBarman and UniversalAbsurdity i could not have even thought of winning best Avatar or being nominated for best signature. All i've done is choose the image, they have taken this image and made some amazing things out of it. And of course, not just me, they have delighted many many members for their contributions. Thank you.
I want to thank you all for voting for me for the Best Member, but i don't think it's quite deserving. Really, this award could have gone to one person only. Without him, we wouldn't even have a website to share our common liking for the unexplained mysteries, and by just looking at the incredible sucess of the site should be enough to award him the best member, because as far as i know, along with dAz he has moderated and built this site from the ground up.
Maybe a very special award is needed, for SaRuMaN for creating one of the best darn websites on the entire net, and more than that, for being such an awesome guy too. Cheers!