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    Word Enthusiast Steven's Avatar
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    Deep In The Heart

    August 2018 Columnist of the Month

    Hey there, folks. We're getting a bit of a late start on this one, but there is a legitimate reason for that this time. I promise.

    Apart from me slowly attempting to kill myself via experimentation with sleep deprivation, I also didn't receive the usual list from Rob this month. My guess is that the dude is busy and stuff. I mean, he did say he was retiring, you know?

    So there's no list. But nobody ever said there had to be one, dig? We did COTM for over a decade without a list and I see no reason why we can't do so again. I mean, if you're voting for someone you should probably have read their shit, right? Hell, most of us come into this entire thing already knowing who we're going to vote for.

    So here we go. Before the voting kicks off, how about a quick refresher on the rules to this thing?


    The winner of the Columnist of the Month contest will receive the prize of having one column posted on the main page of

    1) The winner of Columnist of the Month is determined by which of the eligible columnists receives the largest amount of votes within the allotted voting period.

    2). No voting for yourself.

    3). You must vote for Columnist of the Month to be eligible to win. Should the person with the most votes not place a vote during the allotted timeframe, said person will be disqualified and the first runner up in terms of number of votes gained will be named the winner. One need not place a vote to be awarded single Column of the Month.

    4). A columnist must have posted at least one column during the allotted time period in order to be eligible. Duh.

    5). When voting, please name both the columnist and, if applicable, the title of their ongoing series in a bold and easily determined fashion. Makes it easier on us old mod folk to more clearly discern the votes, what with our cataracts and such.

    6). Main page writers are ineligible to win either the Columnist or Column awards. The exception to this is if they were not called up until the next month. For instance, a writer who wrote stuff in April and was called up on May 3rd would still be eligible to win the April Columnist contest. The prize would just be a bit pointless, I guess. The reason that main page writers are ineligible to win the single Column award is simply because they could, and often do, post said column simultaneously on the main page. This is a CF award, so only CF writers are considered.

    7). Please refrain from editing your vote once it is placed, so as to not fuck up the tally. Some circumstances, such as a noob vote for a main pager, are the only loopholes to this one and will be pointed out and handled by a moderator.

    8). If a candidate is caught campaigning for CotM, either publicly or privately via PM or social media, they will be disqualified and quite possibly banned. Do your selling through your writing. Begging is lame.

    9). Columns about columns (such as the State of the CF or End of Year CF Awards) are not eligible for COTM consideration and will not be counted in favor of their respective authors in the final tally for the month.

    10). As it pertains to collaborations, there are a few variations that require clarification.

    a) If it's a "tag team" style "traditional" collaboration (i.e.: ETA or The Power Trip or The Mega Column) then both members of the team must vote in order to claim victory as a team.

    b) If a single columnist gathers a group of individuals for a "roundtable" collab, only the organizer of said series must vote in order to claim victory. For instance, if Jimmy McColumnGuyDuderson wants to break down the greatest jobbers of all time and asks two of his pals to help out, only Jimmy needs to vote in order to win the award should he garner enough votes since he is the blatant driving force, as opposed to the give and take equality of a "tag team" collab.

    For the voters, if you wish to specifically vote for a "traditional" collab team, name both writers. If you wish to honor a "roundtable" collab, just name the organizer of said collab.

    11) You cannot vote for a former main page writer until said writer is at least 4 months removed from their main page stint at the time of the voting period. For instance, if Writer McGee just left his main page spot in January and resumed writing in the CF, he is not eligible to win CotM until the May contest. This rule is included simply because it's kind of stupid to award a main page column to a writer who just gave up a gig in which the point was to post columns on the main page. If they wanted to be on the main page then they probably would've, you know, stayed on the main page. We get that the CF has a certain allure, what with the sense of community and ability to win awards from one's peers and all that, but let us not forget the reason why the CF exists in the first place. It's not to placate egos by handing out peer determined awards, it's to find writers for the Lords of Pain main page. If you've had that spot and chose to leave it, perhaps it's time that someone else got the opportunity to prove why they deserve a shot. This rule is only applicable to the COLUMNIST vote, not the single COLUMN vote.

    12). In the event of a tie, regardless the number of people involved, the deadlock be broken by means of a re-vote with the tied parties as the only available candidates. Said re-vote will be three days long. If we still have a tie after that, fuck it, we've got two winners.

    Don't forget to cast a vote for the Column of the Month gimmick as well.
    Just name which single column you felt was the best of the month. The actual Column of the Month. Just one. NOT AN ENTIRE SERIES. This will help make the process of voting for Column of the Year when it comes time for the Year End Awards that much easier, as well as give some well deserved props to someone who straight up knocked one out of the park in a given month.

    We good? Good. Let's rock this thing.

    Get your vote on.

    Voting ends on Thursday, September 20th at 11:59 PM (CST) / 9:59 PM (PST) / Whatever o'clock :59 (other weird time zones)

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    Member #25 SirSam's Avatar
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    Easy for me this month. Ben & Mystic get my vote for their All In series and the All In Go Home Special gets the column vote.

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    LOP's Xavier DynamiteBillington's Avatar
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    Got to be Kleck for column and Columnist.
    His two obituaries were both awesome. As I have to pick one I'll go for the Hart of a Hero one, but the King's Horses one was equally as good.
    Creator of the greatest roster in #LOPFANTASYDRAFT history.
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    Cero Miedo Mystic's Avatar
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    I'll go with Kleck as well. Dude tells it like it is, which is hard to find these days.

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    Super Moderator Prime Time's Avatar
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    I wasn't great at keeping up with it this month and even worse at leaving feedback (hopefully be better after October) but there's a must read, and he'll always be in the conversation if he turns out a few in the Heenan series, and that's Mizfan.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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    The Brain
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    Gonna try to make a list for next month, I'd go back and make one for this one but it's damn hard to figure out what was posted when with the system the new board uses! 3 weeks ago nonsense, just give me the date!

    I'll give my vote to Benjamin Button & Mystic as well for their great All In work. For individual column, I'll throw behind Hart of a Hero.

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    Columnist: Oliver
    Column: Oliver's Twist: Descent Into Madness by Oliver

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    Gonna go with Mizfan...kind of a slow month and busy at work but I always come around for the Heenan series

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