Pharyngula has been nominated for a Cobb Award. No, actually, that’s not quite right: you, the readers of Pharyngula, have been nominated for an award for Worst Community.
It sounds awful, but don’t panic (they almost instituted a ‘Most Super-extra Worst Professor EVAR-INFINITY’ award, and then I might have been in trouble). Here’s the description of the Worst Community award:
Worst Community is designated to honor left-blogs that for some reason don’t allow comments, but also to single out for distinction blogs that genuinely have a lot of really dumb comments. Another purpose is to better enable bloggers and commenters to annoy and make fun of each other through misuse of the awards process.
That last sentence is the operational one, I think, since I know the first two rationales don’t fit here. And as you might guess from that one link up there, the natural enemy of one liberal professor is another liberal professor: Michael Bérubé and I are in competition.
I do see that Bérubé has already voted for Pharyngula as Worst Community. So it’s on, baby. I want you folks to turn out in force and teach that fellow with the un-American accents in his name a lesson. Vote! I’m not sure whether victory means we win the award, or whether we force the award on him, but I think part of the spectacle is watching everyone bumble about making incoherent comments. So drink heavily, then vote. Or something. If you’re a commenter at both Pharyngula and Bérubé’s joint, then, I don’t know, make up something. There also don’t seem to be any rules about voting, so vote lots.