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2006 Webby Award Winners Announced 116

Wired is reporting that the winners for the 2006 Webby Awards have been announced and the usual suspects have dominated the scene. From the article: "With a record 65 award categories, this year's Webby honorees ranged from well-known sites like the (Washington Post, a popular vote winner for best newspaper site, to more obscure newcomers, like Remember Segregation, named best home page. As in years past, the honoree list included several winners of multiple awards, along with perennial favorites that have won Webbys previously."
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2006 Webby Award Winners Announced

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  • by paulthomas ( 685756 ) * on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:37PM (#15294679) Journal
    You guys forgot to mention that Cute Overload [] won the People's Voice Webby.

    Come on!
  • by stu42j ( 304634 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:38PM (#15294696) Homepage
    Last I checked, Google Earth was not a website.
  • by Makenai ( 223604 ) * on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:41PM (#15294725) Homepage
    Seriously, can they rename these things the flashies? Withouth the plugin, I can't see 90% of the pages up there. Shouldn't be in HTML and compatible across all browsers for equality? They don't even have a separate but equal HTML version. No flash, no cigar.
    • The issue is you refuse to install one of the main web technologies to your browser. The site IS cross-browser compatible; Flash has penetrated over 90% of the userbase of both browsers.

      You don't see me whining that gmail doesn't work in lynx. Grow up. The plugin takes what, 1 second to install?

      Oh, I know I know, "But I don't want it".

      If you don't want to install technology to allow you to view web pages, you should not be posting on an article about awards to many webpages. You should fully expect

      • Flash has penetrated over 90% of the userbase of both browsers.

        But everybody still hates it.

        Flash is like Chicken Pox. You know you have to get it eventually, and you're sort of grateful that you did. But the expierience is often very ichy and nauseating.
      • don't see me whining that gmail doesn't work in lynx

        I often access Gmail via elinks under linux, and have used it with Lynx - it sucks mightily, and most of the cool features, like chat, don't work - but it'll open and run :)

      • Try finding a native AMD64 Flash plugin.
      • Sigh. Your post is so stupid it almost physically hurts me to think about it.

        The issue is you refuse to install one of the main web technologies to your browser. The site IS cross-browser compatible; Flash has penetrated over 90% of the userbase of both browsers.

        I can think of about 15 web browsers, which two would you be talking about?

        I think you're missing the GP's point. The "Remember Segregation" page shows a shit brown page of nothing when Flash is turned off. The problem isn't tasteful us

      • Flash has penetrated over 90% of the userbase

        And Windows has penetrated over 90% of the x86 userbase. But I'd much rather use Linux, thanks.

        of both browsers.

        There are more than two, as others have said.

        You don't see me whining that gmail doesn't work in lynx.

        Yes it does, but with fewer features. One of the primary complaints of Flash, and particularly entirely Flash websites like these, is that they don't degrade gracefully at all -- Gmail works in lynx, Flash doesn't.

        Grow up. The plugin takes what, 1 sec
        • Flash doesn't work in lynx because Flash is something that Lynx could not possibly represent. Isn't that Lynx's fault? If someone wants to make a animation-based website, shouldn't they be allowed to? Or maybe we shoudl all stick to morse code because it works everywhere? Maybe we shouldn't use images because they don't display in Lynx, huh?
          Oh, but images can have alt tags, right?
          So can OBJECT tags.

          You have to shut down one browser to launch the other? You have to set up separate user accounts to mit

  • PERSONAL WEB SITE (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mapkinase ( 958129 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:47PM (#15294779) Homepage Journal
    I would personally kill the PERSONAL WEB SITE winner for messing with the size of my Firefox window. I wonder how come such arrogant annoyance of a site can win in any category?
    • I wonder how come such arrogant annoyance of a site can win in any category?
      It's easy -- you have hit upon the origin and sole function of the Webby Awards.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @02:04PM (#15294959)
      By hijacking your browser, I think the site was making a sly commentary on the arrogance of government that uses coercion to force integration down student's throats, choosing in many cases to value pc social engineering over quality education and the human nature to self-segregate into clans even under perfect conditions.
    • You should disable the "Allow sripts to: Move or resize existing windows" option. I hate it too.

      For Firefox 1.5
      ->Advanced (next to the "Enable JavaScript" checkbox)
      ->Uncheck "Move or resize existing windows"

      In older versions, you have to open the configuration file and disable from there.
    • If you're using Firefox like you said, there is a fix for sites like that.

      In the menu, click on "Edit" and go to "Preferences". When the prefereces dialog opens select the "Content" tab. Text to the checkbox and label "Enable JavaScript" click on the "Advanced" button. Uncheck "Move or resize existing windows".

      Personally, I leave them all unchecked.
      • Thank you. This comment was very helpful. I wished I'd known about this earlier. By the way, in my version of firefox, it was in the "Web Features" tab, not the content tab.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Those that do not remember to separate content from presentation are doomed to repeat separating content from presentation.
  • by spun ( 1352 ) <(moc.oohay) (ta) (yranoituloverevol)> on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:51PM (#15294813) Journal
    I knew some of the people behind this thing, and they were for the most part shallow attention seekers with the technical expertise of your average turtle. The main reason for the webbies is to throw a giant party for their friends on someone else's dime. Back in the .com days everyone thought they were hot shit. I kinda thought they had slunk back into the marketing sewer they crawled out of. Make no mistake, geeks, the webbies were created by the popular kids who picked on us in high school, not by or for fellow geeks.

    I mean, I could see some industry group giving out awards, like the Academy awards, or even a bunch of trade journalists, like the Golden Globes, but the webbies are just some guys who said, "How can we make a buck off this Internet thingy? I know! We can get paid to throw a huge party and hand out some made-up awards!"

    Sorry for the rant, but these guys epitomize everything that was wrong with the .com boom.
    • I actually think it would be shameful for any of the award winners to show up. I notice that the awards ceremony won't be held in San Francisco this year. I take that as further evidence that we have successfully run these clowns out of town on a rail.

      "International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences"? My ass. Pray, just what sciences do these esteemed luminaries represent?

      Hey, America! New York needs rescuing here. Nebraska? Wisconsin? Arkansas? West Virginia? Surely there's some other state with a town
      • In the spirit of the event, maybe they could just host the event on an IRC channel and save all parties involved a lot of travel.
        • These guys wouldn't know IRC if it kickbanned them in the ass. They have trouble with AIM. Besides, they don't give a rat's ass about the web, unless it's a site put up by one of those guys they did all that E with at Burning Man. They just wanna party, and you can't share drugs over IRC.

          Not that I have any problem with drugs. Just shallow people.
      • Yup, after checking out their website, it appears that the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences exists solely for the purpose of running the Webby awards.

        "Membership in The Academy is currently by invitation only and is limited to those individuals who have catalyzed great achievements on the Internet, demonstrated extraordinary talent in a traditional medium, or who possess in-depth knowledge of new media and comprehensive familiarity with a broad range of sites within a category."

        So there's
    • I guess you're right: the event [].
    • The thing is, I see some pages there that deserve recognition. And I see a lot more who don't, and which appear to have been selected not for any particular contribution to the web, the use of the web, or technology in general, but simply for standing for something noble. I mean, anybody can set up a web site for www.we-really-care-alot-about-the-world-and-its-m y and put a bunch of pictures up telling us how shitty the world is, and we all feel a little less guilty for living in a prospe
    • $245 to enter too (Score:4, Informative)

      by K-Man ( 4117 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @04:49PM (#15296568)
      They apparently make their money via the old "Who's who" scam. They spam webmasters with "You have been nominated" messages to get them to pony up the entry fee.

      There's a good description here [].

  • by cashman73 ( 855518 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @01:53PM (#15294839) Journal
    Kind of a sad day in the history of the internet when MySpace [] wins a Webby Award. Shouldn't, "Breakout of the Year," in fact be, "Broken HTML of the Year?"

    What's the equivalent of the Razzies [] for websites?

  • "As in years past, honorees will be limited to five word acceptance speeches."

    I would like to thank

    Seriously though, nice to see NPR getting some props.
  • Anyone remember when the winner of this award was ACTUALLY weird? perhaps? Most of these sites seem to be net.humor sites.
  • by mapkinase ( 958129 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @02:35PM (#15295254) Homepage Journal

                  WEBBY AWARD WINNER
                        The Huffington Post
                        http://www./ [www.]

    2. http:/// [http]

    3. []:

    The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington...

    It looks like 500 members of the Academy is a huge pool to pick the ~50 (?) winners from...
  • Does anyone really pay any attention to these awards? The headline for the Wired article says it all really - "usual suspects dominate Webbys" - in other words, every year they revisit the same limited pool of websites. Of course, they can't ignore what's popular, but it's laughable that they describe themselves as a "leading international award" when the sites that have won are almost all US-centric with a few nods to the UK. Is that their idea of "international"? And how on earth did the World bank get an
    • I agree. I'm not sure how anyone can give awards like this these days. I see sites every day that are as good or better in design or content the sites listed in these awards. Most of the 'award winners' are flash sites that take two minutes to load and have birds chirping in the background.
    • I've installed the Stumble Upon extension for Firefox, and it has worked out to be a great way to find new and different and GOOD things on the web. Lots of eyes with lots of opinions slowly browsing the Web, giving everything thumbs up or thumbs down. If a site floats to the top, it has some real value worth seeing.
  • by robertjw ( 728654 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @02:50PM (#15295446) Homepage
    Did I win? How much to I get?
  • by obender ( 546976 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @02:55PM (#15295490)
    I think it's a pity Chase did not win. About a month ago I got an email from them inviting me to unlock my account via the internet. Their website was very easy to use and I had no problems at all filling in all the details.

    I also forwarded the email to my associates, Panikovsky and Balaganov, I thought they would enjoy the services of such a nice company.

  • We-Make-Money-Not-Art and Snopes won their respective categories, giving me some hope.
  • I didn't know they had a Best Pedophile Hangout Site award.

    Was that a low blow?

    Why, yes. Yes it was.

  • Exhaustive Search (Score:2, Informative)

    by raftpeople ( 844215 )
    Quote from the organization:
    "After an exhaustive search of about 38 web sites we have chosen the top 37 in a variety of categories. Although we realize there are about 14 billion web sites we did not visit, we feel pretty good about our choices."
  • by hawaiian717 ( 559933 ) on Tuesday May 09, 2006 @03:26PM (#15295754) Homepage
    They nominated The Onion in the news site category? And it won the Humor category? Does their left mouse button not know what their right mouse button is doing?
  • I choose not to register my opinion on this matter.

  • (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    glad to see [] got one.
  • Why am I not surprised that the WonderBra [] page is one of the nominees?
  • I would sooner believe David Blaine is a magician than the Webby Awards are the Oscars of the Internet.

    By the number of flash winners it's clear that the webby's are still out of touch with reality.
  • I guess they think porn is not important enough to make a category about. Not even the soft stuff like 'erotica'...

    Very stange considering that porn is largely responible for the growth of the web.

  • How could and not even be nominated?

    Weak weak weak
  • Am I the only one who finds it ironic that some of the websites considered to be the greatest in the world don't work using the most popular browser (IE) with security set at what it should be to reduce the greatest security threats of the internet - no scripting and no ActiveX?
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You must realize that the computer has it in for you. The irrefutable proof of this is that the computer always does what you tell it to do.