As you know, for the past couple of weeks I’ve talked about the Stoppies on the show, and nominations for the awards are now closed and voting for the Stoppies has begun.
The nominees for Best Podcast include Convert to Raid, Darkmoon Herald, Girls Gone WoW, Slash 2, Stopcast, Sundering, and Ventchat. Congratulations to those podcasts and good luck this week as votes are sent in.
Click on the Stoppies 2012 button at the top menu to find out more, including the link to click on to go vote for the Stoppies. As I mentioned previously, these are not all of the categories for the Stoppies and there are a number of other categories that can be comical or just off-color in nature, with a few of the categories containing mature content.
First off, before saying anything else I want to thank J, Mike, and Bryter for all the work they’ve put into the Stoppies both last year and this year. It takes a fair deal of time to do something like this and I appreciate that effort. I have been and will continue to be a supporter of what they’re doing.
Now… it’s time to give my thoughts and observations about all of this, which I only decided to do at the last minute given the feedback and messages I’ve seen in the first hours of voting.
The Stoppies is a WoW Podcast Awards show that while on paper is an excellent idea, has some extreme challenges to overcome if it’s to be recognized and respected by the majority of the WoW podcasting and listener community. One could also ask the question of whether or not the Stoppies need to have that level of recognition to begin with.
I’ve seen responses that some people aren’t happy with the inclusion of the categories that are far less “serious” or important compared to categories like Best Podcast, Best Format, Best Voice, and so on. A number of people see those other categories in a negative light, and in some cases it has caused listeners I know of to decide to abstain from voting.
Are those categories a bad thing? Is it wrong to have an awards show where you vote for who the Worst is in something or anything similar?
On its own… no. I think there’s definitely a place for those awards, and I think there’s an audience and community those awards are designed for. There are plenty of people out there who can understand that those awards don’t necessarily have much value if any.
They’re a source of comedy and entertainment, and ideally if you’re nominated for an award that roasts you then you should be able to laugh at yourself. And some of us can laugh at ourselves easily. I personally consider myself one of those people. If I was nominated for Worst Voice, I could chuckle with it and live with it.
That said, there are those of us who have difficulty with that, and there are podcasters and podcast listeners out there that have trouble respecting a WoW podcast awards show when the good is mixed with the bad or even the ugly.
I think the hosts of Stopcast have had nothing but the best of intentions when it comes to the Stoppies. The Stoppies are there for fun. At the same time they’re also trying to give recognition to some great shows out there, while playfully jabbing at others. It’s kind of like combining the Oscars with the Razzies, which is an awards show which does nothing but award the Worst in movies.
When I talked to them on last week’s show they made that point clear, stating they’re trying to have some fun with the categories and they certainly can’t be blamed for misleading people on what the Stoppies are about.
So a couple of questions remain after all of this: Does the community want something different? Should there be a set of awards designed to be independent from the Stoppies that does nothing but give recognition and props? It’s food for thought, to be sure. These questions don’t need to be answered right away, and in the future I can guarantee I’ll be talking with the guys at Stopcast and discussing the possibility of two separate entities of podcast awards that can separately praise and roast your favorite WoW shows and hosts.
In the meantime, enjoy what’s out there right now, and vote for the Stoppies, foo.