Top 10 Posts for January 2021

Social media reacted so strongly to DisCon III’s plan to cap the number of names that would appear on the 2021 Hugo ballot and the award plaques – even though all creators of Hugo finalists would still have their names in other publications and on the Worldcon website – that the policy was immediately rolled back. However, within the committee the experience led co-chair Colette H. Fozard and WSFS Division Head Jared Dashoff to resign, each for their own reasons. Fozard gave hers in a guest post, and Dashoff explained his in a comment on the post.

Chris Barkley also took up the topic in a widely-read installment of his column.

Here are the ten most frequently-read posts for January 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Fozard Guest Post About Resigning as Worldcon Co-Chair
  2. Pixel Scroll 1/9/21 Magnetic Monopology: Do Not Exceed C, Do Not Collect 200 Zorkmids
  3. Le Guin Will Appear on U.S. Postage Stamp This Year
  4. SFF Creators Sign Letter Opposing Book Deals for Trump
  5. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #57
  6. DisCon III Announces 2021 Hugo Award-Related Policies
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/11/21 The Muppet Pastors
  8. eFanzines Drops N3F Zines After Group’s President Seeks to Promote It on Parler and Gab
  9. Pixel Scroll 1/3/21 Short Pixels Have No Reason To Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 1/21/21 Underpeople S’top And S’tare, They Don’t Bother Me

And here’s the Top 10 when the daily Pixel Scrolls are excluded:

  1. Fozard Guest Post About Resigning as Worldcon Co-Chair
  2. Le Guin Will Appear on U.S. Postage Stamp This Year
  3. SFF Creators Sign Letter Opposing Book Deals for Trump
  4. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #57
  5. DisCon III Announces 2021 Hugo Award-Related Policies
  6. eFanzines Drops N3F Zines After Group’s President Seeks to Promote It on Parler and Gab
  7. DisCon III Abandons Previously Announced Hugo Policy
  8. Kathleen Ann Goonan (1952-2021)
  9. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  10. DisCon III Co-Chair Fozard Resigns

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Posts for January 2021

  1. Did you intend to write this in a way that suggests Fozard was pushed out of her position by an angry under-informed mob?

  2. Jay Blanc: Did you intend to write this in a way that suggests Fozard was pushed out of her position by an angry under-informed mob?

    Your reading comprehension has reached a nadir. I said two people resigned for their own reasons, and linked to the posts where they gave their reasons.

    However, within the committee the experience led co-chair Colette H. Fozard and WSFS Division Head Jared Dashoff to resign, each for their own reasons. Fozard gave hers in a guest post, and Dashoff explained his in a comment on the post.

    I’m not here to run Jay Blanc’s predetermined narrative about what other people are saying.

  3. I would like to suggest that the way you phrased your “even though” clause, and your choice of illustration to accompany this article, may be read to contain a meaning. And the suggestion is certainly given in the way you have phrased this, that Fozard and Dashoff both resigned because of the social media pressure.

  4. Jay Blanc: The “meaning” is to avoid misrepresenting what the announced policy was, as would have happened if I referenced only the limits that sparked the objections. DisCon III’s idea about limits was wrong, in my opinion, however wrong as it was, it would not have erased any finalist team members from Hugo history, they all would have been on the Long List, and DisCon III was going to accord all of them the same status when considering them for program participation.

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