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AdLib On December - 27 - 2009

We’re reaching the end of our first calendar year in existence (we officially opened in August) and speaking for my fellow founders, what’s transpired here has exceeded our grandest expectations.

It’s been remarkable, the growth of our membership and visits to the site, the humanity and insight of our membership and the consistent quality of articles and comments this community has created and continues to create.

So, to honor the wonderful work that has been contributed here by everyone, we are presenting, “The Planet’s Top Posts of 2009”.

Coming up with the best and fairest way to select nominees for the 5 categories was a challenge. So, here’s the approach for this year. Each member is invited to propose up to four of their own posts, one for each specific category. From these, the Admin will select up to five nominees in each category which the membership will then vote on to select the Top Post in each category and the Overall Top Post.

The Categories for nominations are:

a. Political Commentary
b. Social Observation
c. Lifestyle
d. Humor

When you propose your articles, you must include which category you are nominating it for and again, only one per category please.

The article that gets the most votes from the membership will become The Planet’s Top Overall Post of 2009 and the article with the next highest amount of votes in that category will become the Top Post in that category.

Please don’t be shy or modest about nominating your posts, it will support our populist approach to nominations.

To propose your post(s), write a comment below which includes the title and category of each post of yours you’re nominating. For example:

“For the category of Political Commentary, I’m submitting my post titled, Palin Comparison.”

For quick access to a list of all of your posts, you can use the Authors pulldown in the right  column and click on your user name.

Again, you’re helping to make this process work by nominating your posts so please don’t be shy about it.

We’re hoping this is fun and a great way to promote the site and everyone’s work here. We don’t see this and don’t want this viewed as a competition between members but as an overall celebration of all of the thoughtful works contributed here by our members.

This process for proposing articles for nomination will close on Monday, Jan. 4th 2010, so please submit your choices here as soon as possible.

Thanks for your participation, looking forward to seeing your nominations below!


To answer some of the questions in the comments below:

Q: Can I nominate Articles and Comments?
A: No, only Articles can be nominated.

Q: Can I nominate someone else’s Article?
A: Yes, you may.

Q:What’s the difference between the categories “Social Observation” and “Lifestyle”?
A:”Social Observation” would be any article about meaningful social issue such as gay rights, racism, capitalism, religion, etc. “Lifestyle” would be lighter articles about movies, music (not including Friday Music Thread because it’s an official feature), art, cooking, relationships, parenting, etc.

Q: I feel a bit self-conscious about nominating my Articles when so many other great articles have been written here, should I really do so?
A:  Yes, you should. Just as many don’t like hearing their own voice when recorded or how they look in photos or video, the admiration you have for others’ posts might be held by others towards yours.

So, please do participate to give other members the opportunity to vote on your posts, trust me, they want to!

Categories: Featured, PlanetPOV

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. PepeLepew says:

    OT, but Rush Limbaugh apparently just had some kind of massive heart attack.

  2. abby4ever says:

    Is there a place on this site that stores, by name, the articles people have written this year…or at least the most recent ones?

    • Obama20082012 says:

      Hi Abby! Glad to see you here!

    • AdLib says:

      You can explore the Archives page (at the top of the screen) to review all Articles published at The Planet by date.

      You can also use the “Authors” pull down in the far right column to click on the name of an Author and see a list of all of that Author’s Articles.

  3. Hopeington says:

    I want to know if the suggestion for a food section was going to be taken seriously?
    I think it was Keven’s or Pepe’s suggestion, but I want to 2nd it.

    • AdLib says:

      Being the red tape bureaucracy The Planet is, there are now categories for Food and Sports under Speaker’s Corner.

      Since they’re not issue-based Op-Eds, they aren’t categories we feature on the Front Page but members will receive email notifications and links on each post made in these categories, they’ll appear at the site under “Recent Posts” and the comments will appear under “Recent Comments”.

      So, even though they won’t be on the Front Page, they will be very visible and promoted.


    • KevenSeven says:

      I think we need to make the food section recognize the weekend.

      A day before, say Thursday, to talk about what one might cook, and then on Sunday or Monday, what one did cook.

      My sister sent me a very good cookbook on Portuguese cooking. I am several recipes into it. I like it.

    • PepeLepew says:

      That was probably Kevenseven. I think I suggested a sports section.

  4. AdLib says:


    We currently stand at 195 members which is very remarkable, considering we’ve only been around a handful of months.

    I was wondering if I could impose on our members to see if they could possibly invite potential members this week to see if we can reach 200 members by New Year’s Day.

    If you want to invite folks at HuffPo, you can use any of these URLs (our URL is on their word filter):


    Otherwise, please feel free to give our direct URL to anyone.

    Thanks for helping with this, it would be a cool way to start off the new year by announcing our 200th member!

    • SueInCa says:

      I do that all the time over there. I know when I came here, I was a bit shy about first posting, not sure if I would be welcome, you know? Now I hardly go “there” anymore. I will spend some time over there starting tomorrow and see who I can hunt down. There are some really great posters there and they would probably be much happier her when they get used to the layout. A recipe and sports section would be nice. I am not much of a cook, but if something sounds good, I will give it a whirl. Please chicken or turkey, we hardly ever eat meat anymore and I am having a tough time trying to come up with fresh ideas.

    • KevenSeven says:

      200 in five months?


      • AdLib says:

        And over 100 members have posted Articles! Way cool!

        • KevenSeven says:

          100 active authors???

          I’da nevah guessed!

          Tres cool!

          • AdLib says:

            Check out the stats in the right column, the number of Authors refers to only those who have written Articles.

            Those Authors and Contributors who have only written comments aren’t included in that number so the number of active members is even higher.

            101 Authors have written Articles.

            143 Members have written Comments.

            It is fantastic to have such a high percentage of our members involved and expressing themselves (very successfully too!)

    • escribacat says:

      I can think of several great posters who said they would come and visit but I haven’t seen them posting here yet! (A couple said they’d been reading).

      • AdLib says:

        Thanks for inviting them, escribacat! Hopefully they’ll join soon!

      • abby4ever says:

        escribacat: it may be that some people, even great posters, are a wee bit shy about joining a new site…or simply hesitant because of having to get used to a brand new format. I think others really feel a deep sense of loyalty even to places like hp, some have been there since its inception. Doing reading on a new site is a good way to see whether you will like it or not, or just a way to see how things are done. It might seem implausible that the great posters would ever be shy or even slightly hesitant about something like this, but you never know. Some of the great ones are already here and they’d know what might hold someone back.

        Btw, thanks for the kind words about my article. It’s the first one I’ve done here, so it’s pretty raw…

        (And to the person who inserted the image (I didn’t have one) and split the text for me (I screwed up the ‘More’ thing… AND the bold text thing…), my deepest thanks.)

        • PepeLepew says:

          I’ve actually had a few say they’re “afraid” of Planet POV. I honestly can’t figure out why.

          • AdLib says:

            Pepe, what I have heard more than once is that the level of writing here is…well…a bit intimidating to some.

            It’s quite a flattering compliment but as many members here can confirm, the strength of writing here comes from the passion a member has about a particular issue and the true freedom to express themselves.

            I hope any of our friends reading here and not members yet, give it a spin, they’ll soon find that it is in fact the case.

          • abby4ever says:

            Ask them, Pepe. And get back to us.


        • AdLib says:

          My pleasure on providing the image. And BTW, no “More” command is needed or used at this site.

          As for your analysis on new members, I think you’re right on the money. Many of us were exclusive HP bloggers for quite some time so we can relate.

          Hopefully, soon, many of our friends still over there will take the plunge over here where there’s real Free Expression, respect for all members and an elevated level of discussion and debate on things that really matter (i.e., no celebrity body parts, sex movies or gossip).

          Congrats on your first article, an excellent debut indeed!

      • KevenSeven says:

        I’ve been banging the drum pretty steadily of late.

    • javaz says:

      I quit blogging at HP, so sorry, there is no way that I can help you!
      Let me remind you that my husband joined, and when he gets pissed off enough, he’ll post.

      • AdLib says:

        Look forward to seeing your husband here. Now what do I have to post to get him pissed off? 🙂

        You don’t have to go to HuffPo, I’m hoping people might invite friends, colleagues, people from work or relatives.

        New members don’t need to come from HuffPo.

  5. bitohistory says:

    OK, I will follow the lead and nominate one of my posts. Not because it is so well written or that popular (from the number of comments) but because this bill will be a big bit and you will see billions of dollars spent by corporations lobbying this if it gains steam.

    • javaz says:

      Good one, b’ito!!!
      I can’t wait to vote on all the nominees!

      I would nominate myself for the most annoying poster that AdLib and the founders would love to smack upside the head on PPOV, but that’s not a category. 🙁
      If it were, I would definitely win the jelly of the month club award!

      • Emerald1943 says:

        OMG! It is apparent from this post by javaz that she is completely unaware that the Grand Prize for the Best Post of 2009 is NOT the Jelly-of-the-Month Club!

        The administrator of this website has informed the membership that instead, the Grand Prize is a year’s supply of Mop N’ Glo!

        I fully expect to have to call 911 for emergency help! Javaz will have a complete meltdown…bless her heart!!

        • kesmarn says:

          Unless…the administrator of this website WAS able to broker that last minute deal with the recalcitrant jelly people. Remember? He said he was working on it.
          Apparently Schmucker’s was unavailable but I hear there’s a delicious new brand out called Kay Why. I don’t know much about that one, so we may have to google it for j’avaz…

  6. Pashma says:

    There are so many great posts….I joined PPOV because of PepeLepew’s “Why I Blog” and although I’m still reading Marion’s “A Festivus Message”, I got hooked from I am very disappointed in Barack Obama. Still reading….

    • KevenSeven says:

      Welcome aboard.

      Regarding Obama, I don’t know what you expected that you did not get.

      • Pashma says:

        Its part of the Festivus post by Marion.


        • KevenSeven says:

          I get it.

        • nellie says:

          It’s one of my favorite posts, Pashima.

          Welcome to Planet POV!

        • Kalima says:

          Why are you so disappointed?
          I heard you all promising to help, I heard you loud and clear. We humans are so fickle, it pains me.

          • AdLib says:

            Yep, Pashma is just joking, check out the closing sentence.

            No worries, Kalima, I’m totally with you on disappointment (as is Pashma) in those Dems who are so fickle that not getting everything they want is cause to join the Repub attack machine.

            • Pashma says:

              Absolutely! I support President Obama today as I did during the election. I like many, don’t agree with everything, but he’s got a tough job in a changing and difficult time in history.

              I get very frustrated by the “expectation” levels of many who seem to honestly believe he was supposed to have solved all problems and fixed the world yesterday.

              The post reminded me of some of the sarcastic comments I have made to remind people that we just don’t sit back and complain, but do something. Something positive no matter how small or insignificant we think it might be.

          • escribacat says:

            I think Pashma is being ironic, as Marion was when she wrote it.

  7. Emerald1943 says:

    Good mornin’, all you beautiful PlanetPeople! Love and hugs to every one of you!

    I see this site has deteriorated since yesterday into the “cute kitty” blog! But there does seem to be a bias here. No cute doggie pictures! I must protest!! (I’d put up a couple of doggie ones but I am still techno-challenged.)

    How are we doing with nominations? How much longer does this go on??? 😉

  8. PatsyT says:

    I can not chose just one.
    Anyone who has the the passion, talent, bravery and time to put together
    the fantastic posts seen here at the Planet,
    is a major winner in my mind.
    Only one complaint …..
    There is a huge lack of Funny Doggy & Pupppy Videos, do I sense a bias?

  9. TheRarestPatriot says:

    Sadly, I have no poems about adorable kittens. I cannut haz cheezbugga~
    But heck, I’ll nominate my poetry because…well….do I need a reason or will selfish pride be quite enough?…LMAO

    Adlib for Night B4 Xmas parody. Classic.

    So many others to choose from….hmmmmm.

  10. KQuark says:

    It’s really so hard to pick a few articles out of so many great articles I’ve read on the Planet. But here are my nominations.

    For Political Commentary:

    The Article I’m most proud of is “The Fundamental Case for Healthcare Reform: Part One the Moral Case”


    For Social Commentary:

    Nellie’s “Personal responsibility: The moral argument against compassion” it’s a great article on several levels because it also explains one of the reasons the GOP has leveraged language to get Americans to vote against their self interests.


    For Lifestyle:

    I loved McGinty’s “Death of the Great Movie” though pepe’s article about “Avatar” was excellent as well.


    For Humor:

    Adlib’s “Twas The Night Before Christmas

  11. Emerald1943 says:

    Just a thought, Adlib. When these articles are judged, what criteria will be used? Stylistic analysis or content? Just curious. Thanks!

    • AdLib says:

      Actually, they will be chosen by popular vote of the members here.

      My job is to narrow down the wealth of great posts here to around five nominees per category.

      I will suggest guidelines when the nominees are announced.

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