January 25, 2002
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Clueful awards

Popularity contests haven't done much for personal web sites; we should have realized something was wrong when Chunk.com won big award one week and discontinued her site the next. Awards also lead to bad feelings and ill will; nobody wants to lose a popularity contest.

But Fairvue's awards are unusually thoughtful, with well-chosen categories that are actually interesting. Things like "best merchandise": tchochkes are an important community-making tool. What was the year's weblog meme: Kaycee, or tourist guy?