The Deskthority Awards 2011 is a new event which, if successful, is something we'd like to repeat on a yearly basis. In a nutshell:
Various categories plus one general "Deskthority Award" category which can be anything from a keyboard to a company.
Three rounds of one week each.
First round (21 Nov - 28 Nov):
Suggest categories, give input on the awards, suggest nominees for each category;
Second round (29 Nov - 5 Dec):
Vote for the suggested nominees so that the top 5 nominees in each category make it to the last stage;
Third round (6 Dec - 12 Dec):
Vote for the winners out of 5 nominees for each category. It will be a "blind" vote. The winners will be announced on Monday 12 December 20:00hrs GMT by our special guest star, The Keyboard Oracle.
I propose the following categories to start off the discussion, this is subject to change depending on the input we get:
The Keyboard Company will sponsor a category with a Filco of the winner's choice, Unicomp (!) is in as well, thanks to acfrazier, and The Clack Factory has a special SPLASH set for a lucky winner, and an IBM Model M compatible tri-color skull key.
Because this is the first time we do this, your input is important.
The first thing we need to settle on is the categories. It should be a fairly limited number, but if you have better suggestions, please state them. This is also a good place for a general discussion about the Awards. I'll later make topics for each category, so nominees can be suggested.