Forum Award Rules!

Dear Friends,


Let’s finalize the award rules as discussed before. Below given are categories in which awards are to be given. So far we know that :


  • Admins are not eligible for awards.
  • Nominees might be selected by recommendation and polls.
  • A person who has been given an award should not be given it in the same category within 15 days of receiving it.

I will keep adding rules below the headings of following awards as I keep getting suggestions. In future, after we have designed logos, we can refer to this post for ward rules.

For example: Jane suggested to create Facebook fan page for this blog. Garth came up with the poetry corner. Piyusha and Marica suggested new feature. Heather came up with blogcasts for this forum and so on. These people are all eligible for Ideaphoria award. We can easily find out the posts carrying idea because they are tagged with #idea.


The discussion below gives some idea regarding rules but we will need to make different rules for each award category so it should do justice to the needs of those categories. As for the 5 awards being given–I am not sure if we should do it on a weekly basis or fortnightly basis. I feel weekly should be good. 🙂



1. Ideaphoria:

For those members who come up with new ideas. We have many such ideas since the inception of this forum with the thread #idea and we should honor such people who have helped make this forum a better place and it will encourage ideaphoria even more.

2. New Bloggers

This will be an award for new bloggers who have less than 200 followers and it will be akin to Liebster with interesting questions.

[ We can discuss about whether to keep this follower limit or choose based on recommendations of members. Members can suggest a few blogs they find useful and we can continue giving them awards. ]

3. Star Volunteers

Those who regularly volunteer to help others via feedback, featured posts and such should be given this award.

4. Featured Authors award

Those authors who regularly contribute to the features should be given this award. Featured authors differ from the volunteers award in the sense that it might be given mostly based on the quality of articles written and not just based on the service which a volunteer has been doing so the article which is selected for the award can be mentioned.


There can be any new categories if you suggest. There will be a set of interview questions and specific badges for all awards. The previous discussion suggests that we should help members get featured here and shouldn’t increase hard work for them which usual chain-mail type awards do. All suggestions for these awards, nomination criteria and so on are welcome.   Most of the members concurred in the last discussion round that they should not be hard work. Obviously intention here is to encourage people who are doing hard work and not make them work harder. It is also an opportunity to help people show their sides which don’t come out and help members and other new members mingle well with each other so that we have solidarity, feeling of belonging and a great community!


As per Rashmi’s suggestions:

[ My questions and her answers below.] ( For the discussion which happened so far please see this thread)

How do we select nominees for poll? How many?

A Minimum of 5 nominees for each award category. Let’s do the awards on a fortnightly basis alternating on the award category each week. That means one category of award each week. Nominees cannot be repeated within a span of 2 weeks time thereby ensuring everyone has a chance at being awarded.

Poll window? Should it be open for a week?

Yes, a week is good time. We can create a sticky post for the poll so that it is easier for members to vote!

How do you go about selecting nominees for any category? Who does that?

Well, as admins, we have access to the dashboard to see who contributes what and how much each member interacts on a certain post from the stats page. So the admins can get together and discuss the nominees. We can also ask in a post if any member would like to suggest someone as a nominee (other than themselves!) and we can look into the suggestion to see if they fit into an award category.

#idea #awards #alumni

@kristinavanhoos @sashay909 : Rashmi: The line in the red above is not clear. Please help finalizing award rules. 🙂

@piyushavir @meontheroad00 @drmegsorick @pamkirst2014 @avenscent

@lulaharp @theotherscienceblog @mkjackie99 @kristinavanhoos



Anand 🙂