The RMRK Awards were instituted in 2006 to recognise members and events of the RMRK community that stood out from the normal, everyday antics seen on the forum. The awards have evolved since that time, and has now seen several installments, each striving to be better than the last.
In the flagship year of the awards, Silverline made nomination topics in which members could post up to two nominees. Members were free to nominate themselves. Nominations began on December 4, 2006. Voting started December 17, 2006 and ended December 25, 2006 with results released the following day. This was to be the blueprint for all RMRK Awards from that point, more or less.
The winners of this first Awards can be found here.
The second RMRK Awards was to follow a similar procedure, but this time Roph accepted some ideas for new categories. Members weree allowed only one post per nomination thread with up to three nominees. Some confusion about closing dates for nominations and voting caused this Awards to be a bit prolonged in terms of voting time, but otherwise followed the program set up the previous year.
Nominations opened on November 1, 2007, and officially closed November 23, 2007 which is when voting began. Results were tallied and announced on December 1,2007.
The results can be found in this thread.
In this year's Awards, nominations began November 1, 2008 and lasted for 2 weeks, with voting beginning on November 15, 2008. Roph again posted a suggest-a-category thread, accepting 11 of the 30 entries. Voting then took place, also lasting 2 weeks, and ending on November 25, 2008.
The results, found here, were posted that day.
With the tradition established, this year saw little change to the system; there weren't even any new categories added to the Awards this year. The nominations began November 15, 2009 and ran for two weeks followed by a two day lull, after which voting commenced on December 2, 2009 for a similar two week run. The polls closed on December 16, 2009, with results being posted later that day.
This thread contains those results.
The 2010 Awards showed some evolution in the categories, with several being dropped for simplicity's sake and name revisions for others. Only one new category was added, Project of The Year. This year was also a pilot program for the inclusion of trophies; this year's winners would recieve small icons representing their award underneath their profile box.
Nominations began November 21, 2010 and closed December 5, 2010. Votes were cast beginning December 9, 2010, and results were posted here on December 24th, 2010.
The nomination polls were open fron December 3rd to December 17th, 2011. 2011 wasn't a very exciting year for the forums, and this year's nominations reflected that. So far singular to the awards was that the exact results of the votes were kept secret after voting ended. Thus, only the top 3 winners are known and numbers of votes per nominee are likewise unknown.
Voting was underway from December 17th with results posted hereon New Year's Day.