Uncle Vic has graciously volunteered to handle the voting, and sbalneav will continue to handle the newsgroup postings. This page is updated periodically (usually monthly), so please check back here for updates from time-to-time.
Atheists and agnostics only!
There will be two contests:
If you find a spectacular quote while reading the group, insert “AQOTM NOMINATION” or “TQOTM NOMINATION” in the front of the subject in a reply to that post (placing it in front ensures it won't be hidden by scrolling effects in some newsreader software). Please, in particular, remember to use ALL CAPS to help ensure your nomination gets noticed. Example subject line:
AQOTM NOMINATION (Was RE: Atheism believes)
Try to separate the nominated portion from the rest of the post. Example:
Blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah blah
Nominated quotes must be original, and be sure, when making a nomination, to trim ALL crossposted groups.
All nominations must be seconded by another member to be submitted to the contest.
On the first of each month I'll post a list of what I've collected and the voting begins. Vote only once for AQOTM, and once for TQOTM. You may vote for yourself if you were nominated.
On the evening of the 5th the voting ends and I'll post results.
The alt.atheism Quote of the Month contests began in December of 1997, and immediately became the pastime of alt.atheists everywhere. Every month, dozens of atheists and agnostics flock to the (allegorical) voting booths to participate in celebrating the best and worst examples of human intelligence in the forum. I took over administration duties for the contest a year later, in late 1998, and it has been my pleasure to oversee the contest ever since.
The contest has changed a lot in the last two years, in much the same way that Christian apologetics haven't. Most of these changes have been positive, some have been quite controversial, but all of them have made the contest into what it is today. And there are factors which will no doubt prompt further change in the future – for example, there has lately been a rash of intelligent theist quote nominations! There have already been proposals to adapt the contest to deal with this development, and whatever the result may be, I have no doubt that it will be interesting.
If you have any questions whatsoever about the contest, please email me at email@example.com. And remember, there is no special requirement for QOTM participation! As long as you are an atheist or agnostic, you may nominate a quote for QOTM and vote in the monthly ballot.
See you there,
Quotemeister Dave January, 2000