AccountingWEB’s community has thrived in 2013 and it’s all down to you, our members. Here are some of some of the stars who have helped make it a great year on the site.
AccountingWEB's annual Community Awards celebrate the users who make the site a pleasant, useful and fun place to be. We asked for nominations and votes in 10 categories. The voting has now closed and after trawling through the nominations, the AccountingWEB team is proud to announce the winners, who will each receive a small gift from this year's award sponsor, Clear Books.
- Blogger of the year
Blogger of the Year goes to Kent Accountant for his Man of Kent. Last year's winner the Flying Scotsman (Accountant in Business) got another nomination this year, as did The FC's Diary, A Mum and an Accountant, and Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. They all deserve congratulations, but members were almost unanimous in their votes. ShirleyM commented: “No drama, no hysterics, but KA writes about real life situations we can all relate to and it makes a damn good read.” Congratulations, Kent Accountant.
- Technical thread of the year
The winner of technical thread of the year is a post by gerrysims in November about HMRC’s IT service, entitled Victor Meldrew morning. Nominated by JCresswellTax, the post attracted over 1,000 views and 17 comments, about issues the original poster had with various areas of the Revenue’s online services. And just to confirm that AccountingWEB isn't all about moaning about the Revenue, the next category was very hotly contested.
- Boffin of the year
The prize for the most reliable, intelligent and expert member of AccountingWEB goes to Steve Kesby who beat Euan McLennan by 62 votes to 28 to scoop the title. Both are unstinting in the help they ahve offered to other members. As Sheppy307 said of Steve, "His input is technically spot on and he must spend hours contributing." Well done and many, many thanks again Steve!
- Technology champion of the year
Cloud-loving green accountant Paul Scholes is this year’s technology champion of the year for his many contributions to cloud and technology threads.
- Quirkiest thread of the year
The quirkiest thread of the year is a sad one, which goes to show that people love a bit of heartbreak for entertainment. The winning thread concerned the Death of Ralph in which Glennzy described how his long-living calculator gave up the ghost. Many other members jumped on board in solidarity and offered their condolences and stories of their own calculators that have seen them through their careers. We hope your prize will be of some comfort to you, Glennzy - congratulations!
- Top comic and Glass half-full award
One member stood out in two similar categories, so we decided to combine the two and congratulate Mouse007 on being the member who made us all smile the most during 2013. Injecting a little humour is a great way to keep spirits up and Mouse certainly achieved that with his quips and signature animations. The comedy prize is named in honour of Swiss Toni, the elusive Fast Show refugee who made a cameo appearance on the site this year to remind us why RTI was like making love to a beautiful woman.
- Born Dull? Personality of the year
This category is another old AccountingWEB tradition that celebrates the person who has done the most to dispel the image of accountants as boring and looks beyond the wider membership. We had posthumous nominations for Lou Reed and Nelson Mandela, but in the end the team decided that the prize should go to DJ Derek, the 72-year-old Cadbury's accountant-turned-dub DJ. It's a pity that he's decided to retire after a final New Year's Eve set as we would have loved to hear more about him.
- Best accounting video award
We launched a Video blog earlier in the autumn to explore the trend for accountants to use the medium to promote themselves by educating and entertaining their clients and prospects. The most polished video was produced by Cassons with their version of Holding Out for a Hero, which amused, entertained and impressed us greatly.
- Member of the year
This is the big one, and is decided by the number of thanks members received throughout 2013. Three people registered more than 500 thanks from other users, while Euan Maclennan and more than 400 and Steve Kesby was just behind him on volume of thanks. They will all be familiar names to many AccountingWEB members, and a familiar name has come out on top again as our most helpful member - ShirleyM, with more than 600 thanks received. Here are the top five contenders:
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Congratulations again Shirley, and a big thank you from the team to all of the contributors who make AccountingWEB such a wonderful, engaging community.
[NB: The table is based on the number of posts that gained thanks rather than the overall total of thanks. See comments below for further statistical discussions/explanations - Ed.]