We are happy to announce the winners of WOT awards 2013!
The Winner of Most Active award
The Winner of Problem Solver award
The Winner of Techie award
In addition to above we are glad to present winners of the Annual WOT Member Awards. They are the most precious awards, as their winners were nominated by the WOT community. This year we decided to honor four of the nominated members which are:
The Winner of Member the year
We were very glad to see that in your nominations you mentioned also members which you might not always agree with, but you respect them for their knowledge, passion and engagement in WOT. This shows us that WOT community can be truly objective and respect the common values! Thank you everyone for participating in our annual award competition!
The winners as well the selected lucky members, who participated in our competition, will be informed on their WOT user board about the details regarding mailing the award.
To increase the transparency of users’ reviews, we decided to add a new feature - indicator of the rating range in the comment field. Once the user rates a site and leaves a comment a little bar will be displayed informing in what score range the site was rated. The exact reputation score will remain private for the user only.
By adding this small modification we will make the scorecards more understandable for people who are not so familiar with WOT, as well for site owners. This will also eliminate confusion that could be observed now for comments with neutral categories.
However, we understand if you value the privacy of any ratings you input to WOT. For that reason we give every user an option to opt-out from this change and let their comment be without any rating indicator. If you wish to opt out, please go to your settings page and modify the “thick” next to “Do not allow others to see my ratings”.
The rating indicators will start be visible within two weeks, but you can opt out at any point now or in the future.
As some say “better late than never”, so today as in the previous years, we decided to show recognition and reward to the most helpful and enthusiastic WOT community members.
As a WOT Team we consider every single member of our community as exceptional person, who is willing to help to make the Internet a safer place. We highly appreciate every active WOT user who rates, comments and support other community members. For us it would be simply impossible to select the winners, so traditionally we give the voting power to you all.
Please feel invited to submit your nominations for Members of the year - users who deserved it for being active, helpful, and respectful to others, and helping the community work together with a positive attitude.
We are looking forward for your nominations starting from today (6th of May 2014) for two next weeks (until 20th of May 2014, 12:00 PST). Please send them by email awards(at)mywot.com including:
- Subject line: WOT user name you are voting for
- Short explanation of your choice
- Your WOT user name
Nominations submitted to any other WOT email or in the comments will NOT be taken into account.
You may nominate yourself. All the nominations will be kept anonymous. However, we reserve the right to share texts of some of the explanations in the future postings without revealing their authors.
Based on the number of submitted nominations we will select 3 winners, who will be announced on our blog by the end of May and awarded with limited edition WOT mouse pads.
So please make up your mind and submit your nomination! By submitting it you will also get a chance to win the mouse pad.
In addition to Members of the year, based on WOT statistics, we will also award users in the following categories:
The Most Active award for the user that has started most forum discussions – brought new online threats to light and maintained an active discussion within the community.
The Problem Solver award for the user that has replied most to site evaluation requests – helped site owners to deal with problems with their site’s reputation.
The Techie award for the user that has been active on the support forum – helped other users with technical issues.
Indeed, as active WOT community members have commented on the forum, we have had quite a lot of things going on at WOT. We have had people changes, experiments of business models and engaged into discussions about policy changes such as how ratings and comments are displayed together.
And that’s all in addition to the broadening scope of deploying WOT, as the mankind comes up with new ways to fool the Internet users.
So I understand that some community members may feel overwhelmed and try to find a larger story. Sorry to spoil a good angle but what’s really going on is another set of days in the life of a small, aspiring company.
Having said that, of course, having one of the Co-Founders go and pursue other opportunities outside WOT, is not just another day at the office. At the same time, all the farewell notes left to Sami Tolvanen - both privately and publicly - were highly appreciated to display gratitude for his contribution over the first eight years of WOT story.
So from now, we go forward with Timo Ala-Kleemola, the other Co-Founder, assuming officially both the CIO and CTO role. I, Juha-Pekka Sipponen (LinkedIn CV here), am the new CEO as of March 2014. I have been a part-time consultant with WOT since May 2013 so I do have a running start with the WOT fundamentals.
As for the other changes, I’d just say that we are not standing still. We are going to continue to focus on stay one step ahead of manipulators. We will try to make WOT a little more accommodating to those experiencing it the first time. We are going continue to improve our operative fundamentals. We are going to experiment this and that. The list goes on and on. As is should for small companies with a big mission. So expect changes to continue. But we’ll try to do them engaging with the community as much as possible.
The WOT Team wishes you a Happy Easter!