Two Time Hugo Award Finalist
Excitingly The Dragon Award website is still exactly how it was the last time. https://web.archive.org/web/20200305064539/https://www.dragoncon.org/awards/
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Thanks for keeping on top of this! 😉
If it’s good enough for the BBC…
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It’s such a fast-paced story!
I may be missing something here. I am aware that in the past, the Dragon Awards nominated, and sometimes conferred awards upon authors who did not want to be associated with said-awards, and I can see why there would be a problem with that. However, if that’s not the topic of your current blog post, what am I not understanding?
You’re missing that the nominations for the awards opened in November, and the award website still says ‘Nominations will soon open’ (And the sidebar link that says ‘Nominations are now live!’ leads to the announcement of the 2019 nominations opening in February 2019.) And this is at least the third post Camestros has made about this over the last few months.
Basically the issue is that nobody is updating the website, which isn’t a good look for an award attempting to look even vaguely professional.
Aha! You beat me to it 🙂
TBH it’s an inside joke that’s so inside that it could be a mysterious relative hidden in the attic.
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If you say so, but I’m not exactly an insider and I had no trouble following what these posts are about, especially since there’s a “Dragon Awards” category link right below the post so it’s easy to see what Camestros previously said on the subject.
I don’t like to let accuracy get in the way of my extravagant hyperbole.
Ah, so you’ve read Timothy’s style guide then!
Yes, and I have a bone to pick with him regarding the Bortsworth comma!
The nomination period for 2020 opened (as per the rules of the award) in November 2019. The nomination page was available from at least December 2019. However, the website doesn’t reflect that. There is a blog article on the site saying ‘Nominations are now live’ but it is from February *2019* and is about last years nominations BUT does have link to the current nomination page.
The point is that it is a very, very odd way to run a process that aims to encourage participation.
I don’t really know enough about it to have an opinion, though I’ve done some reading on the Dragon’s during their last awards cycle.
It’s just an odd thing really. I’ve been covering the Dragon Awards since they started and there’s a lot of potential in the model they advocate but for an award based on mass participation it’s oddly secretive. Basic promotional activity (eg an up to date website) doesn’t happen and there’s a lack of social media presence (eg DragonCon’s own twitter account tagged in the *wrong* Dragon Award previously).
Every so often I check on Dragon Award news and the only news is that the website still is incorrect. Hence this post. Even more oddly I’m really the only blog with regular Dragon Award coverage!
“aims to encourage participation” — As we know, the people running the Dragon Awards do not aim to encourage participation. Participation increases attention which increases accountability which is not so far what the Dragons are for. They backtracked some last year, so they may backtrack more this year. My original timeline, that it would take about ten years for the Dragons, if they lasted that long, to get near being a legitimate and accountable set of awards, is now looking like it’s back on the table.
The lack of care and attention seems to be increasing which does not bode well
Pretty much everything, so the feeling should be familiar.
I always try to show the utmost respect for the Draggin’ Awards.
Maybe they’re the “dragoon awards” (for infantry-adjacent cavalry) or “tarragon awards” (for dragons who are linguistically fluid)?
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That goes without saying for an award named after Urasis Dragon. (And yet I had to say it,)
And in this corner, the blue paint drop from the accidental splatter is starting to harden!
Clickrolled though hoping to see the Rick Astley video.
Thanks for suggestion for the next Dragon Award post…
Btw in an alternate timeline I am Rick Astley
In another timeline we are all Rick Astley.
In the future, everyone will be Rick Astley for 15 minutes.
I always liked the xkcd take on that:
It is hard to keep coming up with something funny to say when the Dragon awards are frozen in time.
Okay, I went to the site and registered to vote, and it sent me a notice saying I won’t get a ballot until August 2020 (obviously referring to the final voting post-nominations). I had to dig through the archives of this blog and follow a link via File 770 before I got to the actual nomination page:
It’s notable that the website was late to update for the 2019 cycle but by now (early March) it had been updated. It’s more late this year, just by a week or so for the moment.