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The Odysseus Medal competition — Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open

There are 18 entries on the short list this week, out of a long list of 78 posts. A lot of news, so a longer short-list. Upside: A boatload of fascinating reading.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award here. You can use the voting interface to see each nominated post, so comparison is easy.

Ahem: Please don’t spam all your friends to come and vote for you. First, what we’re interested in is what is popular among people who would have been voting anyway. And second, I’ll eliminate you for cheating. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Voting runs through to 12 Noon MST Monday. I’ll announce the winners of this week’s awards soon thereafter.

Here is this week’s short-list of Odysseus Medal nominees:

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"Ben Martin -- Realtors And Their Associations Realtors And Their Associations Share A Common Problem. What We Have Here Is Failure To Communicate.”,
“Brian Brady — Erin Brockovich
Watch Out! Here Comes Erin Brockovich!“,
“Brian Brady — Guerilla Warfare Needed Housevalues.com Invades Activerain.com: Guerilla Warfare Needed“,
“Brian Brady — Ultimate Irony Activerain.com and HouseValues.com- The Ultimate Irony“,
“Brian Brady — Brokers/Lenders The Danger of Real Estate Brokers as Loan Advisors“,
“Charles Feldman — Litigious Clients Real Estate Agents: Are Litigious Clients Out to Get YOU?“,
“Dan Green — Mortgage Rates and the Fed Why Mortgage Rates Didn’t Fall More When The Fed Made A Surprise 0.750% Rate Cut“,
“Doug Quance — Self-Fufilling Prophecy And Now We Shall Witness The Economic Self-Fufilling Prophecy“,
“Dustin Luther — Roost.com Who gave Roost complete MLS listings?“,
“Galen Ward — Benefit versus Features Descriptive text as benefit, not feature“,
“Glenn Kelman — Absolute Perserverance “114 Pounds of Absolute Perserverance”“,
“Jay Thompson — Buyer suing realtor On Buyers Suing Agents“,
“Jay Thompson — Roost.com Roost.com: A New Player in Real Estate Search“,
“Jim Cronin — Slow-Loading 3 Reasons Your Real Estate Blog Loads So Darn Slow, and the Solutions“,
“Joel Burslem — Roost.com Roost.com Kicks over the RE Search Cart“,
“Kris Berg — The Fast Lane Real Estate in the Fast Lane“,
“Michael Wurzer — Branded or Unbranded Media Branded or Unbranded Media, A Video Conundrum“,
“Mike Price — Who Rules The Roost? Who Rules The Roost?“,
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    Deadline for next week’s competition is Sunday at 12 Noon MST. You can nominate your own weblog entry or any post you admire here.

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    1. Derek January 27th, 2008 3:40 pm

      GS: While I have no problem with various authors submitting more than one blog post, if you are going to make a short list where you are going pick who gets on there, I think you should pick the absolute best that that particular author has written that week for inclusion on the short list.

      I mean look at the list, you have 4 or 5 articles from Brian Brady. Which of his 4-5 articles you have up there is his best submission? Pick one.

      Having Brian there 4 or 5 times lessens the rest of the bloggers an equal chance to compete and have their articles shown.

      Not to mention, it lessens the competition a bit as the more you contribute the more of a chance you have to get listed on the short list.

      In my opinion, I feel this takes away from the quality of the writing itself in favor of volume. I suggest you pick one article from each author’s submission and make him work even harder during the next submission to have his article featured.

      I like the idea of the short list, but I am just afraid that it’s going to lead more to a volume issue than an issue of providing super duper, top notch, bon-i-fide, bare excellent writing material!

      — Derek

      PS: Brian not harm meant – just used you as an example to state my case. You’re not the only one who gets 4 or 5 posts listed every week.

      PPS: Jeff Brown, feel free to put me in kangaroo court for that last sentence!

    2. Greg Swann January 27th, 2008 4:01 pm

      > I think you should pick the absolute best that that particular author has written that week for inclusion on the short list.

      No, the selection is the best among the nominees. Brian frequently is in the vanguard of important issues in the RE.net. To fail to acknowledge this might serve as unearned salve to others, but it would be an injustice to Brian.

      In fact, writers like Brian and Kris Berg are at a disadvantage in competition for The People’s Choice Award, since their votes can be spread across multiple posts.

      Even so, I don’t care. My efforts in the contest are about nothing but excellence — important matters artfully addressed.

      > Having Brian there 4 or 5 times lessens the rest of the bloggers an equal chance to compete and have their articles shown.

      False. The Short List runs as long as it needs to.

      > Not to mention, it lessens the competition a bit as the more you contribute the more of a chance you have to get listed on the short list.

      Also false. Quality is the only coin.

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    4. Derek January 27th, 2008 5:26 pm

      We’ll have to agree to disagree. Like we always do.

      The only thing I half way agree with is the comment you made about so many nominations from one author putting them at a disadvantage. Yes it is true that the votes will get spread across the board, but with so many nominations, those writers have a better overall chance of winning as they do not have as many competitors.

      It’s like the Democrats in the local county commissioner races. They put up 6 or 7 Democrat candidates, they have a better chance of winning the 5 or so seats if the Republicans only put up 2. Yes the votes will be split among those democrats but the chances of the Democrats winning the seats is still much better than the Republicans.

    5. Michael Wurzer January 27th, 2008 8:26 pm

      I’m happy to have made the short list, and I suggest the comments to my post are even better, especially the last one from Bob Bemis. If you can give the Odysseus Medal to a commenter, I vote for Bob’s.

    6. Coastal Lifestyles January 27th, 2008 9:43 pm

      Looks like Roost made some waves the past week. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of it.

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