The Dragon Award Websites is My Favourite Train Wreck

December is here and it is time to visit the Dragon Award page. Back in November File 770 confirmed that nominations were open (http://file770.com/nominations-open-for-2020-dragon-awards/ ) but the links were a bit odd then. Part of the issue is that the site is running two similar looking but different domains dragoncon.org and dragoncon.net with different pages on different domains. When the site is updated as a whole not every link is to the right domain.

So: https://application.dragoncon.net/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php works but https://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php does not [at the time of this post]

Worse, on Firefox I get this welcoming message trying to access some of the links:

If I set Firefox to ignore the warning, I get this [gif maybe slow to load]

So here is a guide to which links get you there and which don’t:

9 thoughts on “The Dragon Award Websites is My Favourite Train Wreck

  1. Well, I registered and submitted a couple of things, and got a confirmation email that seemed to work. That weird eligibility period doesn’t help matters, though. Nearly all the books I rated five stars and would have nominated came out earlier in the year.

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  2. Dammit! I felt they finally started to get somewhere with a good lineup of authors at the award ceremony. I think it wouldn’t have taken that much of a push from a dedicated administrator to create interest and make the award take off and grow a bit larger and more known.

    It is kind of sad to see this bumbling when it seems to fill some kind of gap in what is usally awarded. On the other hand, more people interested might just have served to enlarge the gap.

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    1. Do not despair. It’s a process. That they got some authors who normally wouldn’t have attended the Dragons to come be part of the awards ceremony is part of the pressure on the Dragons to normalize as the awards grow older. Resistance to that pressure is that the administrators who jerry-rig the awards are still running it and doing a weird double dance to both appeal to people and get attention as a legitimate, widely appealing award and to hide the awards from people and attention so that it does not actually have to be a legitimate, widely appealing award. To use DragonCon for the award and its respectability, but also keep the hordes of young, liberal attendees of DragonCon from participating much. To make the Dragon Awards be more valued out in the world and category media, while also not having the scrutiny, transparency and fair voting that a valuable, legitimate award would have. To have the narrative rep with as little substance backing it as they can possibly get away with.

      As I understand it, none of the people still in charge of the Dragon Awards knows much about websites, voting systems, etc. And they are not going to get people in to help with the tech stuff if they can avoid it. So the trash fire of the website should go on for at least a few more years.

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