- Honeysmack (65)
- Devil's Kitchen (59)
- The Cityunslicker (51)
I don't read Honeysmack, but have a look at it. Funky, eh?
And now have a look at this downloadable template by Caz. My, my: what a remarkable resemblance!
And, whilst I enjoy CitySlicker's writing, can someone please remind me precisely how someone using a standard Blogger template can possibly be awarded third place? Shouldn't the prize go to whomever designed the template TicTac Blue in the first place (Dan Cederholm)?
In fact, of the three winners, the only person who designed their template, from scratch, was... your humble Devil.
Now, we in the design world have a nasty little phrase for those who take credit for the creative efforts of others; several, in fact. "Plagiarist", "pirate" and "copyright thief" are three of them.
In some cases, this kind of thing can lead to court battles because, you see, stealing someone else's hard work and creative inspiration is wrong. We creatives recognise it and, further, the law recognises it. Unfortunately, the Blogpower judges did not and the bloggers concerned had neither the courage nor the honesty to clarify the situation.
UPDATE: apologies, in my drunken, ranty mood I was guilty of just not checking properly. Honeysmack does link to and acknowledge the template creator. However, I think that the point still stands: the award should go to the creator of the template, not to the person who uses it.
Further—and on a design note rather than a legal one—that someone who uses a monospaced typeface that cannot distinguish between a hyphen and an m-dash* should nominally win this category simply demonstrates what a farce this whole vote is.
A bit like our democracy, really; we few who know what the fuck we are talking about are screwed by a bunch of people who know nothing about the subject on which they are voting.
Your humble Devil got Best Ranter, but he had long ceased to even pretend to give a shit.
* Articles on the correct useage of hyphens, n-dashes and m-dashes from Get It Write Online and A List Apart.