Community Awards 2020: The winners are...
AccountingWEB' Community Awards returns this year to raise a glass to all of the committed readers who kept the heart of AccountingWEB beating. Our members have been voting throughout December and we can now reveal who picked up these prestigious gongs. And the winners are…
Thank you all for getting involved and voting for your fellow AWEB readers this Christmas. It’s been a tough year but it’s good to know the community is there to help. We hope everyone is having a well-deserved break over the holidays - fingers crossed that 2021 is kinder!
Without further ado, the winners of the 2020 Community Awards are:
Technology Champion: johnt27
Congratulations to the most tech savvy user of AWEB, johnt27. This user was consistently there to answer all your tricky tech questions throughout the year, and is a highly appreciated member of the community.
Johnt27 has offered tips on using MS Teams, Practice Ignition, expense software and even guided a user on software suitable for a window cleaner. As a tech champion, johnt27 is often seen on the Any Answers forum kicking the tyres of the latest software like Clarity and Airtable.
Tax Whiz: richard thomas
A massive thank you to our tax expert, richard thomas. A clear winner, as shown through multiple threads where he set the record straight with his expertise (such as this thread subtitled richard thomas ), and an extremely valued contributor of AWEB. A former tribunal judge, Thomas brings a unique and definitive answer to many threads on Any Answers.
"I am probably the only person on here with first hand experience of having to say these kinds of things out loud (when giving an extempore decision in the Tribunal), of hearing counsel and other representatives mangle them and of talking less officially with Parliamentary Counsel who draft them," noted Thomas in a recent response.
Comedy Award: ireallyshouldknowthisbut
Congratulations to this reader who brought some comic relief into the forum and made those heavy threads a bit lighter. A member since 2010, IRSKTB's wit is even found on their bio: "Nothing in this profile is actually true. Or is it? Who knows, who cares."
An example of IRSKTB's humourous contributions can be found in the recent news of accountants topping the swearing league table. "Well I was dragged up in deepest Essex where swearing is just really punctuation and emphasis," noted the comedy award winner. "Every time Rishi stands up in front of a camera I do have a Pavlovian response constructed mainly of words you would not say in front of the queen."
Honourable mention goes out to Tax Dragon, who bagged a close second by public acclaim.
Most Read Thread of the Year: Resignation during furlough
Posted in April, the thread got to the heart of one of the biggest furlough headaches for the accountancy profession in the early stages of the nationwide lockdown. AccountingWEB member Matrix was looking for help when an employee resigned and gave a month's notice. The reader assumed furlough ceased as a result. But their client disagreed since there is no access to the office to work. The AccountingWEB regular told the client that they're not happy to claim furlough for this period.
This thread pulled in almost 68,000 reads in eight months and garnered 37 comments. Later in the thread, Matrix said the client's adviser confirmed that the resignation did not affect the furlough. So Matrix put the claim in on that basis.
People’s Choice Thread: Breach of confidentiality - A fan favourite, this thread received over 3,000 reads in just two months and was the most popular thread amongst voters.
Member of the Year: lionofludesch
This member received the highest amount of thanks throughout the entirety of 2020. The member already got a 'roar of approval' from their AccountingWEB cohorts back in September when they became the first contributor to hit 10,000 thanks.
AWEB regulars lined up to thank this year's member of the year. New to Accountancy said: "I've certainly added a few 'thanks' to that total. Your contributions are invaluable." Cheshire agreed: "No nonsense approach to tax and accounting, but one I'm sure could easily do battle with HMRC in case of need (I suspect some taking your approach will flounder at that point). Also, lots of witty comments that have brought a smile or a good old laugh out loud moment."
Acknowledging the outpouring of appreciation from their fellow members, Lionofludesch said: "Ach well, amidst all the adulation, I do feel that I ought to have contributed more to the accountancy side of the forum. Or perhaps I should've had a career in stand-up."
A massive well done and thank you for all your contributions to AccountingWEB. Congratulations to all our winning members, our nominees, and everyone who was nominated by fellow members.