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1997 OS/2 e-Zine! Readers' Choice Awards

After a round of nominations, another round of 'official voting' and hours of tabulating results, here we are: the "1997 OS/2 e-Zine! Readers' Choice Awards".

As promised last year, these awards have become a recurring event here at OS/2 e-Zine!, with many of the suggestions made by our readers last year implemented this year. After last year's inaugural event we gained a great deal of experience and ideas, thanks largely to you, our readers.

As always, there are some things you should keep in mind when viewing these results. First and foremost, these results are not meant to be taken as an absolute indication of one program's superiority over any other. These results represent only our readers' opinions, not any quantitative measure of performance or any preference on the part of Haligonian Media or the staff of OS/2 e-Zine!.

Also, as with any voluntary survey, these results should not be accepted as irrefutable proof of any program or developer's popularity or unpopularity. There are many variables that may have affected our results. Some (but not all) of these include:

  1. Because readers were able to vote for any company or product in the nomination phase, some manual tabulation of results was necessary. This manual sorting could have introduced errors into our results (although we don't believe it did).

  2. There were no safeguards in place during our nomination or voting period to stop developers from being "proactive". We did not directly encourage any users or developers to vote but it is very likely that some developers did (while others did not). Obviously, if this did take place, it would skew our results.

  3. While only one vote per category per person was allowed in our survey, it is possible that users "stuffed the ballot box" by sending us more than one vote using different e-mail addresses. We are certain that no one in the OS/2 community would stoop to this type of low tactic but, of course, it is possible.

As a closing note, we are eager to admit that we realize this survey is not perfect. While we've tried very hard to fix the problems pointed out to us last year, we realize we are far from done, and we welcome your suggestions on how we can make next year's awards even more successful. If you have something to suggest, please use the Feedback link below.

Until then, here are this year's results...


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