Contributors of the Year 2016

 

It’s once again time to reflect on the things you enjoy about POI Factory and consider the members who help to make this community the great place it is.

In recent years, COYs have been selected by community vote. But in past years COYs have also been selected by POI Factory’s moderators. And often, multiple people were chosen to be honored. It was 2010 when we first added the voting component, and in that year COYs were chosen both by the community and also by the moderators.

Volunteers contribute to our community in a variety of ways. Some share their experience or expertise in the forums. Some make and maintain POI files or FAQ pages. While others submit sound files, BMP icon images, or location updates.

Not all of these activities are easily noticed by our members, so this year we’re going to return to the same process we used in 2010, with one member selected by community vote and another selected by the moderators. This hybrid approach will help us also recognize some of the less visible contributions.

So once again, two members will be selected as POI Factory’s Contributors of the Year!

Voting is open to anyone who currently has General Maintainer status (stars), and you can vote for any General Maintainer (other than yourself, JM or myself).

Here's a link to a list of all the General Maintainers:
www.poi-factory.com/pfu/general-maintainer-list

You vote for someone by clicking the button that says "Vote for This User" on their user profile page.

You only get to vote for one person; however you can change your vote if you decide to vote for someone else.

Those members who are new or without General Maintainer status can still participate by commenting in this discussion thread.

Voting will end as the new year begins (midnight Eastern time).

If you have general maintainer stars, please cast your vote today!

~Angela

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Done except……

Once again this year it wasn't easy narrowing it down to just one person as I could have voted for several other excellent & well deserving candidates.

There are those who are always there day in and day out in the forum helping out fellow members and others who are low-keyed & devote countless hours working in the background creating and maintaining POIs, FAQs etc.

Good luck to you all smile

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Nüvi 255WT with nüMaps Lifetime North America born on 602117815 / Nüvi 3597LMTHD born on 805972514 / I love Friday’s except when I’m on holidays ~ canuk

canuk

Lots of good members out there to select from. canuk has been a member for over 7 years and has always showed great support for the membership. He has contributed much to the forums during the years . Many times he has contacted me through email with changes or additions to my FAQ's.Sure he has repeated this with other members also. He would make a excellent selection for the Contributor Of The Year.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Canuk.

I agree with Charlie that canuk would be a great pick for 2016 COY. As others have said ... many deserving members, so it is always a difficult choice to make.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

I Voted

It's always difficult to vote foe a COY award since there are so many dedicated members that offer their time and expertise.
I have cast my vote and offer my congratulations no matter who wins.

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Done and ...

thank you for the reminder Angela. Wow... this year went by fast!

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Seapup wrote:

Wow... this year went by fast!

It sure did...seems like yesterday that the COY list went up and the votes were being tallied... cool

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nuvi 760, nuvi 765T, nuvi 855, nuvi 3790LMT, nuvi 3490LMT - SoCal area

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Voted!

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

COY

I agree "others who are low-keyed & devote countless hours working in the background creating and maintaining POIs"

I Vote Canuk too!

Good Luck to Everyone!

My Knee Jerk reaction would

My Knee Jerk reaction would be alanb, but really, there is a lot of people who could get this honor!!!

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

Thanks JanJ

Thanks to JanJ for your kind words, but I would like to remind those that might vote for me that I am the current (2015) COY. I want to pass the 2016 trophy on to another of the many deserving members. And thanks to everyone who voted for me last year. It is an honor I wear with pride.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Decisions, Decisions!

This voting never comes easy with so many deserving contributors. No matter who wins, believe me, there are no losers. In fact, we all are winners with the great contributions made by everybody to these forums.

voted

Lot of great members to choose from. wink

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garmin nuvi,750 ***3ʇǝʞɔɐɾpǝɹ*** garmin nuvi,855 garmin nuvi,1490t

Voted but

I have so many I would like. We need to have 10 COYS. It still would be hard.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

or at least 5 COYS

I voted but it took some thought which I am not good at. wink

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******************Garmin Nüvi 1300T****************Member 6523*******************

Oh Come On

Oh come on guys, don't be coy, make it more! wink

COTY

Thanks for the reminder! So many great candidates all working hard for the site. Since I can only vote once, here goes...

Good luck to you all!

Voting

I was just looking at the latest voting summary showing 55 users have cast a vote.Not much compared to the number of General Maintainers we have that can vote.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

How long do General Maintainers retain the title?

charlesd45 wrote:

I was just looking at the latest voting summary showing 55 users have cast a vote.Not much compared to the number of General Maintainers we have that can vote.

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

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Politicians and Diapers must be changed often for the exact same reason...

General Maintainers

koot wrote:
charlesd45 wrote:

I was just looking at the latest voting summary showing 55 users have cast a vote.Not much compared to the number of General Maintainers we have that can vote.

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

Koot this should answer your question. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16197 It shows that the FAQ may need to be fine tuned in the future. It does appear to need a little more clarification.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Thanks! Agree...

charlesd45 wrote:
koot wrote:
charlesd45 wrote:

I was just looking at the latest voting summary showing 55 users have cast a vote.Not much compared to the number of General Maintainers we have that can vote.

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

Koot this should answer your question. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16197 It shows that the FAQ may need to be fine tuned in the future. It does appear to need a little more clarification.

Thanks! Agree...

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Politicians and Diapers must be changed often for the exact same reason...

That's a good question

koot wrote:

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

I'm not sure of the exact amount of time but if we look at the
General Maintainers list, alrom45 last visit was 11 weeks ago
& he still has his stars & thus still considered a General Maintainer.

Having access to the RLC, speed files along with other advantages after almost 3 months of complete inactivity is very lenient on the site's behalf.

http://www.poi-factory.com/pfu/general-maintainer-list

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Nüvi 255WT with nüMaps Lifetime North America born on 602117815 / Nüvi 3597LMTHD born on 805972514 / I love Friday’s except when I’m on holidays ~ canuk

Maybe Angela can provide us...

canuk wrote:
koot wrote:

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

I'm not sure of the exact amount of time but if we look at the
General Maintainers list, alrom45 last visit was 11 weeks ago
& he still has his stars & thus still considered a General Maintainer.

Having access to the RLC, speed files along with other advantages after almost 3 months of complete inactivity is very lenient on the site's behalf.

http://www.poi-factory.com/pfu/general-maintainer-list

I agree - 11 weeks is a very lenient inactivity period to retain the 'General Maintainer' title...and be given access to the RLC, etc. But, who knows what the cut-off point really is? 12 weeks? 26 weeks? 52 weeks?

Maybe Angela can provide us the [current] number of inactive weeks before the 'General Maintainer' title (and its perks) is dropped. And, then members can give their input on what they feel should be a fair cut-off time point where the title is dropped.

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Politicians and Diapers must be changed often for the exact same reason...

I think it's in the FAQ

koot wrote:
canuk wrote:
koot wrote:

How long do General Maintainers retain the title if they become inactive?

I'm not sure of the exact amount of time but if we look at the
General Maintainers list, alrom45 last visit was 11 weeks ago
& he still has his stars & thus still considered a General Maintainer.

Having access to the RLC, speed files along with other advantages after almost 3 months of complete inactivity is very lenient on the site's behalf.

http://www.poi-factory.com/pfu/general-maintainer-list

I agree - 11 weeks is a very lenient inactivity period to retain the 'General Maintainer' title...and be given access to the RLC, etc. But, who knows what the cut-off point really is? 12 weeks? 26 weeks? 52 weeks?

Maybe Angela can provide us the [current] number of inactive weeks before the 'General Maintainer' title (and its perks) is dropped. And, then members can give their input on what they feel should be a fair cut-off time point where the title is dropped.

The FAQ states To qualify as a “star”, you need posts in at least 9 of the last 26 weeks. To me, in the extreme case, a person could post in nine consecutive weeks, then not post for another 17 weeks and maintain the stars (earned after Week 9 ends). The General Maintainer status would then be lost if s/he did not post once the following week (Week 27 or nonposting Week 18). Does this make sense to all?

[The following for mathematical completeness] On the other end of the spectrum, a person could post in eight consecutive weeks, then skip 17 weeks, all without a star. One post the following week (Week 26) would earn General Maintainer stars for the full week but a failure to post in the very next week (Week 27) would result in a loss of stars.

My two scenarios above may vary by a week or so depending on when during a week a post is made and the day of the week the site credits the post for star or windmill status.* But at the two extremes, the stars could be lost in as short a time as one week after last posting or as long a time as 17 weeks after last posting. shock

* http://www.poi-factory.com/node/262 The weekly posting periods run Monday through Sunday (Eastern timezone). Active member status is updated once each week (on Monday mornings).

If timing of your first post is lucky (Saturday or early Sunday), you can become an active user in just a little more than 2 weeks.

Stars, Windmills & COY

The general maintainer status, “Stars” simply looks at activity over a 6 month period. That could be concentrated or spread out.

The active user status, or “Windmill” looks at activity over the last 5 weeks.

For the purpose of this forum topic, I would use these symbols in considering who to vote for as Contributor of the Year.

A person would most likely need both their windmill and stars to earn my vote, but the windmill is not a requirement to be considered for COY.

An example of someone who might be considered for COY with just stars, could be a maintainer of multiple POI files who has a family member fall ill and they, understandably, divert their energy to caring for their loved one for more than 5 weeks. The month and a half away doesn't detract from their overall contributions to our community over the last six months, so I would consider them in my decision processes for selecting Contributor of the Year.

~Angela

Candidates...

Lots of good candidates. Good luck to you all!

As we say in Chicago....

Vote early and often.

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******************Garmin Nüvi 1300T****************Member 6523*******************

Voted

Voted!

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nuvi 2460LMT

Last day!

Last day to vote folks. If you are a General Maintainer and haven't voted yet, do it now.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon