I like the quarterly "best of" threads, it's a great way to surface and celebrate awesome content... However, I'm not convinced the equivalent "puzzle of year" threads (2014, 2015) have been as successful. As ghosts_in_the_code's top rated "answer" suggests, a single "best" puzzle is not particularly meaningful given the breadth of content we see in a year.
So, before we get to the end of the year, I thought it might be worth discussing options of how to handle the PSE "puzzle of the year" awards...
- Don't bother with annual awards, they're redundant given the quarterlies
- Leave it be, and just do the same single "puzzle of the year" post again
- Have multiple awards split into broad, tag oriented, categories (where you'd have a single post for each category, such that you could have many nominations under each), for example:
- Best Mathematical Puzzle (to cover tags like mathematics, number-sequence, geometry, calculation-puzzle, etc)
- Best Language Based Puzzle (covering riddle, language, wordplay, cryptic-clues, word-property, etc)
- Best Cryptographic Puzzle (covering steganograpy, cipher, etc)
- ...and maybe a few others (visual/rebus? games/chess? logic/strategy/liars?)
- ...and maybe a Best Other Puzzle (to cover puzzles that don't fit neatly into one of the above)
- Use multiple, less tag-oriented awards for both puzzles and users that help to differentiate from the quarterly awards (again, a post per award, each with many nominations), such as:
- Short and Sweet (for puzzles presented with very little text/imagery)
- Rabbit Hole (for the best multi-layer, deep/complex puzzle)
- Stop the Presses (for puzzles that you could imagine finding in a newspaper/magazine - i.e. simple, highly polished and solvable/engaging for a wide audience)
- Puzzles as Art (for beautiful/artistic/well written puzzles)
- Most Surprising (for puzzles that looked mediocre, but turned out great)
- Best Fortnightly Submission (best of puzzles in the fortnightly challenges)
- MVP(uzzler) (for prolific creators of puzzles)
- Master Solver (for prolific solvers of puzzles)
- Best Newcomer (for users who only joined this year)
- Community Builder (for users who have helped drive community oriented stuff)
- ...could also include deterministic awards such as Most Prolific User (user with most Qs and/or As), Most Consistent User (user with best average Q or A post score), Highest Scored/Most Viewed Puzzle, Highest Vote/View Ratio, etc
- ...could also include some "novelty" awards like (funniest puzzle, chattiest user, raspberry award, etc)
- A single free for all annual awards thread, where people can nominate whatever (or whoever) they feel like for whatever made up awards they care to create
So, my (initial) question is, which of the above options do people prefer?
To be clear, my specific examples under 3 & 4 are just that; examples. For now, just vote on the general structure, and if either 3 or 4 are the preferred route, then we can create a chat room to discuss the specifics in more detail and/or create a meta post to nominate/vote on categories.
Note: I deliberately didn't tag this best-of since this is meta-best-of and I don't want to pollute the tag search.