Call for Koscar nominations #7: Outstanding Commenter

Call for Koscar nominations #7: Outstanding Commenter

Daily Kos was born on May 26, 2002. That makes 2022 our 20th anniversary year, and just one of the ways we’re celebrating is by bringing back the Koscars! One of the things that makes Daily Kos special is our open platform, where community members can publish stories alongside staff. The Koscars seeks to acknowledge and honor outstanding writing contributions from everyone. The entire Daily Kos membership is “the Academy,” so your votes decide the winners.

Before we can get to voting—a beloved Daily Kos activity indeed—we need nominees. This week, we are requesting nominations for Outstanding Commenter. This category is to recognize people in the Daily Kos Community who mostly make their views known by writing comments. Nominate someone today!

On to this week’s category!

Outstanding commENTER

There are a lot of writers here who don’t put their name on stories, yet we all know exactly how they feel on a wide variety of topics. They do this by making comments on stories authored by others, offering just the right spark to get a conversation started, or jumping into an existing thread with an offbeat point of view, a unique turn of phrase, or something engaging that makes folks smile.

This Koscar is intended for someone who mostly makes comments. It doesn’t mean this person has never ever written a story, but nominations should be reserved for people whose contribution to Daily Kos is most closely associated with comments. The honor will apply to the writer’s whole body of work, so you do not have to nominate a specific favorite comment. Still, you might want to link to a few representative gems anyway to encourage people to vote for your selection when voting begins in a few weeks.

Also, this is about quality, not quantity. Looking through profile pages can easily tell us who has made the most comments in terms of raw numbers. But some people who comment a lot don’t add much substance to the conversation, while others who comment less frequently make you sit up and take notice every time you see their name. If someone just popped into your mind as you read that sentence, then that is the person we want you to nominate.

Remember that commenters who receive multiple mentions have a better chance of making it into the final list of nominees. Nominations will be open as long as this story is accepting comments. And don’t be shy: You can even nominate yourself!

Finalists in all categories will be presented on Tuesday, May 17 when the voting begins! Two winners in each category will be announced on our 20th anniversary: Thursday, May 26!

Foreign and domestic events being what they are, a project like this can be a welcome distraction from talk of war, Supreme Court controversy, and general anxiety over the upcoming midterm elections. Let’s celebrate the best of who we are, the best of what we have to offer, and the best of what we have done to effect progressive change.

here’s how YOU can participate in the Koscars:

  • Be on the lookout for the nomination request each week.

  • Read, recommend, and comment so it will stay visible on the Trending List as long as possible.

  • Make nominations in each category, including seconding nominations made by others (where applicable).

  • Vote when the final list of nominees is presented on Tuesday, May 17.

  • Congratulate the Koscar winners on our 20th anniversary: Thursday, May 26!
     

In the comment sECTION below, please share your nominations for Category #7: Outstanding Commenter.

We all got something to say — speak up, stand out, wake up, get down

last call for category #6: OUTSTANDING community writer

You also have one more day to offer nominations in Category #6: Outstanding Community Writer.

To avoid confusion with Category #7, please use this link to make nominations in Category #6.

The Koscar in Category #6 will go to someone who writes regularly but is not a member of the paid staff. How can you tell if an author is eligible for this category? Look for the word “Community” in blue letters under the author’s name at the top of the story just below the title.

Category #6 is intended for people who write stories. (Category #7 is for people whose writing contribution is mostly in comments.) The award will apply to the author’s whole body of work, so you do not have to pick out a single story. Still, you might want to link to a favorite (or two) anyway to encourage people to vote for your selection when voting begins in a few weeks. And don’t be shy: You can even nominate yourself!

As always, authors who receive multiple nominations have a better chance of making it into the final list of nominees. Nominate someone today!

Previously in Koscars 2022:

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