I propose that Wordie do a word of the year. John, can we do a poll somehow? Also, if enough people are interested, we could put the voting on the front page. We could also do things like comment of the year, thread of the year, list of the year, etc. Then, John could get a special gold star to add to the appropriate pages. Possibly silver, bronze, and nomination stars for others.
Suggestions for various categories and input on details on how this will work are appreciated. Eventually, we'd start a "X of the Year: 2007" page and take nominations. Some group of us, possibly the league of extrawordy gentlemen, possibly an independent group, possibly John if he wants to, can sift through the nominations and come up with 5 or so to be put onto the poll, which people can vote for at some point in December.
We should also get John's input to check if this poses any technical challenges on his end.
Oh, I love this idea. It's not too much work technically (I could whip something up, or use something embeddable like micropoll), but I should warn you I think I'll soon be time constrained: Looks like I'm starting a new job soon, details tba once they're finalized. I'll still be doing as much Wordie stuff as I can--I frickin' love working on Wordie, it would kill me to stop--but I'll have to slow down a bit.
I think the tough part of a Word of the Year selection process would be how to whittle the nominations down to a pollable number. Maybe tags could do the trick -- like anyone can nominate a word by tagging it woty07? And once there's a sufficient number of nominations perhaps the Coed League of Extrawordy Gentlemen could convene and select the finalists?