I was wondering whether it might not be possible, and if so, desirable to add a "Recommend" button to each post (to go by the "Top" and "Report" buttons).
One push per person per post, with a real time counter for each post so everyone could see how many recommendations everyone else had given it, and a separate thread which ranks all nominated posts in descending order of the number of nominations, also updated in real time (or at least with refresh screen and/or opening the thread) Only full members allowed to vote.
At the end of the year, rather than going through the lengthy and laborious nominations and then votes in multiple categories, all that needs to be done is to collate the total number of recommends. The forum its in deterimines which forum it's in. If it's a thread opener, it's up for best topic in it's forum. The overall winner is the overall best topic/post, etc.
We'd still need nominations & votes for the best overall debator and the other personal awards, but with the topic- and post- related nominations taken care of automatically, that would be a lot easier to deal with.
Any thoughts? (Not least from Mike, who'd be able to say if it was technically feasible).
PS - apologies if I've raised this before, but on the one hand software advances all the time, and on the other my memory is a bit woolly today.