The 'Shroom:Issue XCIX/'Shroom Awards Dossier

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'Shroom Awards Dossier

S1. Favorite Directing Staff

S1. Favorite Directing Staff

This Award is designed to recognize the Directors and/or Sub-Directors that have had a better impact on The 'Shroom during their directorhood. This award doesn't factor contributions made by these users when they weren't directors.

Nominee Summary/Description
Sadaharu (talk)
Stooben Rooben (talk)
  • Directed Issues XXIII, XXIV, XXVIII, and XXXIV to XLVI.
  • Upgraded the Fun Stuff to a Sub-Team.
  • Strengthened activity standards for writers.
  • Started the 'Shroom Awards Ceremony.
  • Introduced the Poll Chairperson Election.
  • Created the Core Staff concept.
  • Got The 'Shroom Staff Discussion board in the forums authorized.
  • Set section limits.
  • Brought back the Editor-in Chief.
  • Started the application process.
  • Switched the focus of the newsletter to Wiki News.
  • Set the basis for the End-of-Year Awards and 'Shroom Achievements.
  • Introduced The 'Shroom namespace.
  • Third and fifth Sub-Director.
  • Sub-Director from Issue XXV to XXVII, and from Issue XXIX to Holiday.
  • First Affiliates Manager.
  • Affiliates Manager from Issue L to LVIII.
Henry Tucayo Clay (talk)
  • Directed Issues XXV to XXVII, XXIX to Holiday, and LXXI to
  • Was never elected by the community, taking on the directing position to fill in or as a co-director.
  • Introduced the Contact Us feature.
  • Started the Special Issues system.
  • Created the 'Shroom chatroom.
  • Introduced the Guest Writers system.
  • Started Feedback Surveys.
  • Got The 'Shroom child board in the forums authorized.
  • Authorized the Music & Art (now Palette Swap) and Pipe Plaza Sub-Teams.
  • Second, fourth, and sixth Sub-Director.
  • Sub-Director on Issues XXIII, XXIV, XXVIII, and from Issue XXXIV to XLVI.
  • First Social Networking Manager.
  • Social Networking Manager on Issue LIX.
  • Second Statistics Manager.
  • Statistics Manager from Issue LX to LXX
Super Mario Bros. (talk)
  • Directed Issues XLVII to LXXXII, and XCV to the current one.
  • Has won the most elections; four.
  • Has both the longest consistent run as Director, as well as total run as Director.
  • Introduced the Statistics Manager, Affiliates Manager, Social Networking Manager, and Activities Director positions.
  • Authorized the Critic Corner Sub-Team.
  • Started the Section of the Month system and later shifted it to be reader-voted.
  • Created the 'Shroom Spotlight project.
  • Managed to get the 'Shroom Awards upgraded from five to ten awards.
  • Started the End-of-Year Awards.
  • Kicked off the 'Shroom Achievements system.
  • Redesigned the Main Page.
Superchao (talk)
  • Directed Issues LXXXIII"' to XCIV.
  • Revised the Fake News, Fun Stuff, and Critic Corner layouts.
  • Fifth Fun Stuff Director.
  • Third Activities Manager.
  • Activities Manager from LXXVIII to LXXXII.
Twentytwofiftyseven (talk)
  • Seventh Editor-in-Chief; position was later abolished and merged with the Sub-Director's duties.
  • Editor-in-Chief from Issue XXXV to XLVI.
  • Seventh and ninth Sub-Director.
  • Sub-Director from Issue XLVII to LIV, and from Issue LXXVI to LXXVIII.
  • Responsible for much of the coding and formatting on the Main Page and Critic Corner.
Edofenrir (talk)
  • Eighth and eleventh Sub-Director.
  • Sub-Director from Issue LV to LXX, from Issue LXIII to LXXV, and from XCV to the current one.
  • Thirteenth Fake News Director, and coined the majority of the Fake News section names.
  • Responsible for much of the artwork used in the ‘Shroom, including banners and icons.
  • Created the updated navigation template.
Turboo (talk)
S2. Favorite Team

S2. Favorite Team

This awards aims to acknowledge what readers think is our best team. This includes all five sub-teams plus the Main Team.

Nominee Summary/Description
Main Team

Technically not a sub-team, the Main Team was nonetheless where all the sections were placed initially in the pilot release when The 'Shroom first started back in August 11th, 2006. While sub-teams were introduced to help organise the newsletter, the Main Team continued to be where any out-of-place sections were positioned when they weren’t able to fit anywhere else, such as interviews, featurettes, guest sections, and game history overviews. Main Team has had a bizarre fluctuation of being both the most and least active of the teams throughout its long run, due partially to a constant moving of sections to and from the Main Team. Due to its position as the default team, Main Team is run by the immediate newsletter directors, currently Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Edofenrir (talk), and currently has the permanent writers Yoshi876 (talk) (Retro Feature) and Paper Yoshi (talk) (Mario Calender). Here is a historical list of Main/Staff sections.

Fake News

Started in the first official ‘Shroom release by the now-banned user WarioLoaf (talk) on January 6th, 2007, Fake News was the first of the sub-teams to be founded, designed to allow writers to flex their fiction-writing muscles by making up news stories about upcoming Mario game releases or inventing creative stories surrounding the various characters of the Mario universe. Having survived the long test of time, Fake News continues to be a huge draw for the newsletter, currently headed by its longest-running director MrConcreteDonkey (talk), and sustained by its ongoing writers Toadbert101 (talk) (Fake Ads), Yoshi876 (talk) (Obituaries), and Hypnotoad (talk) (Dear Anton). Here is a historical list of Fake News sections.

Fun Stuff

Fun Stuff began in the third issue under the name of Fun Section, founded by the 'Shroom’s director at the time, Plumber (talk), on March 3rd, 2007. Fun Stuff was created to provide interactive games and activities for the community, such as riddles, trivia, or quizzes, eventually growing over time to incorporate visual games such as crosswords and picture matching games. Fun Stuff is currently run by Palkia47 (talk), supported by its writers Marshal Dan Troop (talk) (Trivia), Yoshi876 (talk) (Quiz), Andymii (talk) (Guess Who!), and Palkia47 (talk) (Word Search). Here is a historical list of Fun Stuff sections.

Palette Swap

Originally under the moniker of Art and Music, and later Music and Artwork, before reaching its current name, Palette Swap was created in the 29th issue by the current 'Shroom Director Super Mario Bros. (talk), on August 13th, 2009. Palette Swap’s focus is also on the community’s creativity, but with a focus on multimedia such as music and artworks, both official and fan-made. While it was initially simply a showcase of screenshots and artwork from around the Wiki, the past couple of years have seen more substance added to the sub-team, with commentary, user-created music and fanart, and occasionally artwork competitions. Palette Swap is currently directed by FunkyK38 (talk), and its current permanent staff are Yoshi876 (talk) (What’s On the Box?; Ongoing Fan Projects), FunkyK38 (talk) (Sprite of the Month), and Walkazo (talk) (Mario’s Boombox). Here is a historical list of Music & Artwork sections.

Pipe Plaza

Pipe Plaza actually used to be a separate sector of the Wiki, a portal with the intention of keeping the community up to date on recent events and various aspects of the wiki in need of tidying up or improvement. Due to its considerable inactivity, it was decided via Proposal to add it in to The 'Shroom in the 32nd issue run by Super Mario Bros. (talk), but it didn’t get any content until the the next issue, whereupon Marioguy1 (talk) was added as a co-director. Keeping true to its roots, Pipe Plaza details all the changes in the Wiki as well as its forum in the past month, often with very rigid formatting rules for simplest readability, making it the most code-heavy sub-team in the newsletter. Pipe Plaza is currently headed by Yoshi876 (talk) (who also writes the ongoing section Featured), and its current permanent writers are Viper26 (talk) (Monthly Report), Driftmaster130 (talk) (Community Report), Lumastar (talk) (New Articles), and FunkyK38 (talk) (Tip of the Month). Here is a historical list of Pipe Plaza sections.

Critic Corner

The most recent of the sub-teams, founded in the 64th issue special by the former Affiliates Manager Crocodile Dippy (talk) on July , 2014, Critic Corner was devised to help reduce the crowding of the main page by pulling all review and analyst-style sections into a single page. As a result, Critic Corner tends to be the wordiest of the sub-teams, but has also struggled at times with getting a consistent writer base; however, it’s also noted as the most stylised sub-team, due in large part to the coding assistance of Twentytwofiftyseven (talk). Critic Corner is run by Crocodile Dippy (talk) (whom also writes one of its ongoing sections, Crocodile Style Reviews), and its permanent writers are Yoshi876 (talk) (Character Review), Pyro (talk) (Fangame Reviews), and FunkyK38 (talk) (Book Reviews). Here is a historical list of Critic Corner sections.


S3. Favorite Core Staff

S3. Favorite Core Staff

This Award aims to acknowledge some of the most prominent Core Staff members, both managers and sub-team directors.

Nominee Summary/Description
MrConcreteDonkey (talk)
  • Current Fake News Director, started on Issue LV.
  • Twelfth Fake News Director.
  • Longest-tenured Fake News Director to date.
  • Initiated Fake News’ redesign in Issue LXXXIII
Crocodile Dippy (talk)
  • Affiliates Manager from Issue LIX to LXIII; directed Critic Corner from Issue 64 to Issue LXXIX, and is the current Critic Corner Director starting again from Issue XCV.
  • Second (and also final) Affiliates Manager.
  • First and third Critic Corner Director.
  • Longest-tenured Critic Corner Director to date.
  • Responsible for the groundwork of the Main Page redesign used from Issue 64 to date.
  • Introduced the Book Reviews, Dippy's Matilda, Virtual Console Reviews, and What Could Have Happened If... sections to Critic Corner.
Yoshi876 (talk)
  • Current 'Shroom Spotlight Manager, started on Issue LXXXII; initially shared with GBAToad.
  • Current Pipa Plaza Director, started on Issue LXXXVI.
  • Second ‘Shroom Spotlight Manager alongside GBAToad.
  • Fourth Pipe Plaza Director.
  • Third 'Shroom staff member to hold more than one simultaneous positions.
  • Introduced the New Articles section to Pipe Plaza.
FunkyK38 (talk)
  • Current Palette Swap Director, started on Issue LXXI.
  • Seventh Palette Swap Director.
  • Longest-tenured Palette Swap Director to date.
  • Made the Sketch Related to Mario section a No Sign Up Required section.
  • Started the Drawing Contests featured in Palette Swap.
  • Initiated the transfer of Game Soundtrack Review to Palette Swap from Critic Corner.
  • Introduced the section Mario’s Boombox.
Mario4Ever (talk)
  • Current Statistics Manager, started on Issue LXXIII.
  • Fourth Statistics Manager.
  • Longest-tenured Statistics Manager.
Marshal Dan Troop (talk)
  • Directed Fun Stuff Director from Issue LXXI to Issue LXXV
  • Currently the Activities Manager, started on Issue LXXXIII.
  • Fourth Fun Stuff Director.
  • Fourth Activites Manager.
  • Longest-tenured Activities Manager.
Palkia47 (talk)
  • Critic Corner Director from Issue LXXX to Issue XCIV.
  • Current Fun Stuff Director, started on Issue XCV.
  • Second Critic Corner Director.
  • Ninth Fun Stuff Director.
  • Introduced First Impressions and Fangame Reviews to Critic Corner.
Super Mario Bros. (talk)
  • Directed Palette Swap (then Music & Art) from Issue XXIX to Issue XXXII, and Issue XL to Issue XLVI.
  • Directed Pipe Plaza from Issue XXXIII to Issue XLVI.
  • Served as backup Fake News Director on Issue XXXVII, and then became the full-time Fun Stuff Director from Issue LXXXV to Issue XCIV.
  • First and fourth Palette Swap Director.
  • First Pipe Plaza Director.
  • Eighth Fun Stuff Director.
  • Second 'Shroom staff member to hold more than one simultaneous staff positions.
  • Introduced the Box-Art of the Month, Character Artwork of the Month, Photoshopped Image of the Month, Random Image of the Month, Screenshot of the Month, Sketch Related to Mario, Soundtrack of the Month, and Sprite of the Month sections to Pipe Plaza.
  • Introduced the Featured, Links, Main Collaboration, Maintenance, NIWA News, Projects Seeking Contributors, and Tip of the Month sections to Pipe Plaza.
Paper Yoshi (talk)
  • Directed Pipe Plaza from Issue LXI to Issue XC.
  • Directed Pipe Plaza alongside Yoshi876 from Issue LXXXVI until his resignation.
  • Third Pipe Plaza Director.
  • Introduced the UPdate section.
GBAToad (talk)


S4. Favorite Retired Writer

S4. Favorite Retired Writer

This Award is designed to recognize the best writer whose tenure with The 'Shroom has long since passed, so as to honour the achievements they made during their time with us.

Nominee Summary/Description
Superchao (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the Quiz section in the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue III to Issue VI; signed on for the Interview section from Issue LXX to Issue XCIII.
  • Has written 31 sections since joining, winning four SOTM awards.
  • Has also written a Special Section, an Awards Committee Commentary, and Anniversary Announcements.
  • Won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Bowser, Golden Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and a Diamond 'Shroom in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
Gamefreak75 (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the Fake Ads section for the Fake News sub-team from Issue XXXIII to Issue LII; signed up for Word Search in the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue L to Issue LXXVI.
  • Has written 91 sections since joining, winning three SOTM awards.
  • Has also written three Fake Reports, six Fake Shops, two Travel Guides, a Fake TV, a Cooking Guide, a Crossword, two Non-Mario Crosswords, and several Special Sections.
  • Had a special issue dedicated to him; Issue LXXV, themed after his favourite Nintendo franchises.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Bowser, Golden Peach, and Golden Toad in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Yoshi, and Diamond Toad in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Luigi in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
Stooben Rooben (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the From the Mushroom Vaults section from Issue XI to Issue XXVI; signed on for Obituaries in the Fake News sub-team from Issue XII to Issue XVIII; signed on for Interview from Issue LX to Issue LXIX.
  • Has written 54 sections, winning two SOTMs.
  • Has also written two Monthly Reports, three Local News’, a Poll, a Special Section, and several Staff Sections.
  • Won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
Chivi-chivik (talk)
Tucayo (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the Crossword section for the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue XVI to Issue XXIV; after a hiatus, returned to Crossword from Issue XXXIII to Issue XLVI; signed up for Mystery Images for the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue XVI to Issue LXXXII; signed up for Hiding Koopa for the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue XIX to Issue XXXII; signed up for Picross in the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue XXVI to Issue XXXII'; signed up for Ask Tucayo from Issue XLI to Issue XLVI; after a hiatus, returned to Ask Tucayo from Issue 64 to Issue LXXIII; signed up for What’s On the Box? from Issue LXXI to Issue LXXIX; signed on for Retro Feature from Issue 64 to Issue LXXV.
  • Has also written a Maintenance, Monthly Report, Poll, Fake Game, Travel Guide, five NIWA News, three Book Reviews, four Top Tens, several Special Sections, and several Staff sections.
  • Has written 264 sections since joining, winning five SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Fun Stuff sections written.
  • Holds the record for most Main Team sections written.
  • Holds the record for most sections written overall.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Bowser, Golden Peach and Golden Toad in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
MST3K (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the Ask MST3K section for the Fake News sub-team from Issue XLVII to Issue LX.
  • Has also submitted a Sketch Related to Mario and written a Special Section.
  • Has written 12 sections since joining.
  • Won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
Coincollector (talk)
Timmy (talk)


S5. Favorite Veteran Writer

S5. Favorite Veteran Writer

This Award aims to recognize those users who have been writing their sections for prolonged periods of time.

Notes:
  • Special Sections means any section that doesn't fit one in the Sign-Up page.
  • In the "has also written" bullet, sections for which the user wasn't a regular writer indicate how many times the user wrote the section; sections for which the user was a regular writer show no number. (e.g. "Has also written three FTMV and Interview" means the user wrote three FTMV sections as a guest and had signed up for Interview.)
Nominee Summary/Description
FunkyK38 (talk)
  • Joined as writer of the Brawl Tactics section from Issue XXXII to Issue LXXXVII; signed on for Tip of the Month in the Pipe Plaza sub-team on Issue XXXIV; signed on for Featured Sprite (then Sprite of the Month) in the Palette Swap sub-team on Issue XXXVI; and signed on for Book Review in the Critic Corner sub-team on Issue XCVIII.
  • Has written 202 sections overall since joining, winning five SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Palette Swap sections written.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Luigi, Golden Bowser, and Golden Toad in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Bowser, and Golden Shroom in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Bowser, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Golden 'Shroom in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Bowser, Golden Peach, Diamond Yoshi, and Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Sprite of the Month, Tip of the Month, and Book Reviews.
  • Sample section.
MrConcreteDonkey (talk)
  • Joined as writer of the Fake Characters and Fake TV sections in the Fake News sub-team on Issue XLII.
  • Has written 129 sections overall since joining, winning 11 SOTM awards.
  • Has also written two Special Sections, a Fake Police Blotter, three Fake Reports, four Fake Shops, two Headline News, a Fake Forecast, as well as some staff sections.
  • Known for his elaborate and comedic Directors Notes, which are, in many cases, longer than the actual Fake News sections themselves.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Luigi, Golden Bowser, Golden Peach, Golden Toad, and the Golden Shroom in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Peach, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Luigi and a Diamond Toad in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Sample section.
Paper Yoshi (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of the Upcoming Games section from Issue XLVI to Issue LXXXII; signed on for Mario Calendar in the Pipe Plaza sub-team from Issue LIV to Issue LXXVII; after a hiatus, returned to Mario Calendar in Issue XCVIII; signed on for Random Image of the Month in the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue LXIII to Issue LXXVI; signed on for Monthly Report from Issue LXVI to Issue LXXXIX; signed on for Crossword in the Fun Stuff sub-team from Issue LXXII to Issue LXXXIII; signed up for Ask Paper Yoshi from Issue LXXIV to Issue LXXXVII.
  • Has written 171 sections since joining, winning 21 SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Pipe Plaza sections written.
  • Has also written a Special Section and three Featured sections.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Luigi, Golden Bowser, Golden Peach, and a Golden Shroom Honorable Mention in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Peach, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Bowser, Diamond Peach, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and a Golden 'Shroom in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Peach, Diamond Yoshi, and Golden Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Has won the most End of Year awards.
  • Currently writes Mario Calendar.
  • Sample section.
Toadbert101 (talk)
Marshal Dan Troop (talk)
  • Joined as writer of the Trivia in the Fun Stuff sub-team on Issue LIX.
  • Has written 35 sections since joining, winning three SOTM awards.
  • Has also written a Special Section, two Headline News, Guess That Character, Guess Who, Trivia, and Virtual Console Reviews.
  • Won a Golden Mario, Golden Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Bowser and a Diamond Toad in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Toad and Golden 'Shroom in the 2014 End of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Trivia.
  • Sample section.
Pyro (talk)
  • Joined as writer of the Fake Interview section in the Fake News sub-team on Issue L; signed on for Hottest Reviews Around in the Critic Corner sub-team on Issue LXXII; signed on for Fangame Reviews in the Critic Corner sub-team on Issue LXXXVIII.
  • Has written 62 sections since joining, winning seven SOTM awards.
  • Has also written a Fake Report and Character Artwork of the Month, as well as a Special Section.
  • Won a Golden Toad in the 2011 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Diamond Bowser in the 2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Bowser, Golden Peach, Diamond Yoshi, and Diamond Toad in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards; won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Hottest Reviews Around.
  • Sample section.
Yoshi876 (talk)
  • Joined as writer of Obituaries in the Fake News sub-team on Issue LXXVI; signed up for Featured in the Pipe Plaza sub-team on Issue LXXVIII; signed up for What’s on the Box? in the Palette Swap sub-team on Issue LXXXIV; signed up for Ongoing Fan Projects in the Palette Swap sub-team on Issue LXXXVI; signed up for Quiz in the Fun Stuff sub-team on Issue LXXXIX; signed up for Retro Feature on Issue LXXXIX; signed up for Character Review in the Critic Corner sub-team on Issue XC.
  • Has written 135 sections since joining, winning 31 SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most SOTM awards.
  • Has written the most simultaneous sections of any writer of The 'Shroom.
  • Won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Diamond Bowser, Golden Peach, Diamond Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Golden ‘Shroom in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Retro Feature, Obituaries, Featured, What’s on the Box?, Ongoing Fan Projects, Quiz, and Character Review.
  • Sample section.
Palkia47 (talk)
  • Joined as writer of Word Search in the Fun Stuff sub-team on Issue LXXVII; signed on for Sport Report in the Fake News sub-team on Issue XCVIII.
  • Has also written two First Impressions and a special section.
  • Has written 26 sections since joining, winning one SOTM award.
  • Won a Diamond Luigi and Diamond Toad in the 2014 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Word Search and Sport Report.
  • Sample section.
Crocodile Dippy (talk)
  • Joined as a writer of Upcoming Games from Issue VII to Issue Issue X; signed on for Crocodile Style Reviews (then Non-Marioverse Reviews) on Issue 'LVII; after a hiatus, returned to the section on Issue XCV; signed on for Dippy’s Matilda on Issue LXI.
  • Has also written two Non-Mario Crosswords, a Marioverse Review, two Travel Guides, several staff sections, and several Special Sections.
  • Has written 88 sections since joining, winning seven SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Critic Corner sections written.
  • Won a Diamond Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Bowser, Golden Peach, Diamond Toad, Diamond Yoshi, and Diamond ‘Shroom in the [[The 'Shroom:Issue LXIX/End-of-the-Year Awards|2012 End-of-Year Awards; won a Golden Mario, Diamond Luigi, Golden Yoshi, Diamond Toad, and Golden ‘Shroom in the 2013 End-of-Year Awards.
  • Currently writes Crocodile Style Reviews.
  • Sample section.


S6. Favorite New Writer

S6. Favorite New Writer

This Award aims to recognize those writers who weren't part of the team twelve issues ago.

Nominee Summary/Description
Lumastar (talk)
  • Joined in March 2015 as a writer for New Feature in the Pipe Plaza sub-team.
  • Has written three sections since joining.
  • Uses a sleek and unique coded table for easiest readability.
  • Sample section.
Walkazo (talk)
  • Joined in April 2015 as a writer for a music review section titled Mario’s Boombox, in the Palette Swap sub-team.
  • Has written two sections since joining, winning one SOTM awards
  • Has a very detailed writing style, possessing one of the wordiest sections in The 'Shroom.
  • Sample section.
Andymii (talk)
  • Joined in December 2014 as a writer for Guess Who! in the Fun Stuff sub-team.
  • Has written seven sections since joining, winning five SOTM awards.
  • Andymii uniquely structures his questions into different tiers based on difficulty, and typically accompanies his sections with images to fill in otherwise empty section space.
  • Sample section.
Megadardy (talk)
  • Joined in August 2014 as a writer for Beyond 120 Stars.
  • Has written five sections since joining, winning four SOTM awards.
  • Details unique challenges, sorted by varying difficulty, that one can participate in Super Mario 64 to keep the game interesting beyond its immediate story.
  • Sample section.
Hypnotoad (talk)
  • Joined in August 2014 as a writer for an Ask ___ section titled Dear Anton, in the Fake News sub-team.
  • Has written ten sections since joining, winning one SOTM award.
  • Instead of using standard text, Anton answers questions in one big image, typically accompanied by comedic pictures of himself and other relevant users.
  • Sample section.
Viper26 (talk)
  • Joined in April 2015 as a writer for Monthly Report in the Pipe Plaza sub-team.
  • Has written two sections since joining.
  • Sample section.


S7. Best Use of Images

S7. Best Use of Images

This Award aims to recognize those users who use their own images in their sections, whether hand-drawn or screenshot directly by them.

Nominee Art Sample
Peddlar’s Place (Toadbert101 (talk))
Peddlar’s Place (Gamefreak75 (talk))
Dear Anton (Hypnotoad (talk))
Monthly Inquisition (Koohitsu)
Cooking Guide (Chivi-chivik (talk))
Crocodile Style Reviews (Crocodile Dippy (talk))
various Fake News sections (MrConcreteDonkey (talk))


S8. Fav. Issue of the Past Year

S8. Favourite Issue of the Past Year

Here we be honouring the last 12 months of the 'Shroom’s history, specifically from June of 2014 to May of 2015.

Nominee Summary/Description
Issue LXXXVII
  • Released on June 21st, 2014.
  • Featured the Poll Chairperson Election, with Mario4Ever (talk) running as the only ticket.
  • Paper Yoshi (talk) resigned from Ask Paper Yoshi.
  • Mario7 (talk) signed on for Picross in the Fun Stuff sub-team.
  • FunkyK38 (talk) resigned from Brawl Tactics, which was promptly removed from the newsletter to make way for a SSB4 Tactics section.
  • Featured a guest section by GalacticPetey (talk), who wrote Movie Reviews.
Issue LXXXVIII
Issue LXXXIX
Issue XC
Issue XCI
  • Released on October 18th, 2014.
  • Revealed the results of the Awards Director Election, which was won by Hypnotoad (talk) and his co-director Smasher (talk), the only running ticket.
Issue XCII
  • Released on November 15th, 2014.
  • Ninelevendo (talk) resigned from Mario Kart: Wheel Tips Corner.
Issue XCIII
Issue XCIV
  • Released on January 17th, 2015.
  • Featured a guest section written by Super-Yoshi (talk), titled A Fresh New Start.
  • Marked the end of the Director Election, with the winners being the only running ticket, Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his sub-director Gabumon (talk).
Issue XCV
  • Released on February 21st, 2015.
  • Introduced the new 'Shroom core staff team, led by the new Director Super Mario Bros. (talk)
  • Marked the return of Crocodile Dippy (talk) to the Crocodile Style Reviews section in the Critic Corner sub-team after a prolonged hiatus.
  • Introduced a newly refined navigation template to allow easier access through the newsletter, made by Gabumon.
Issue XCVI
  • Released on March 21st, 2015.
  • Introduced new seasonal side banners, made by Gabumon (talk).
  • Lumastar (talk) signed on for the newly added section New Articles in the Pipe Plaza sub-team.
  • Lakituthequick (talk) signed on for the temporary section Anniversary Announcements, as the representative of the Awards Committee.
  • Introduced a Suggestion Box feature for the then-upcoming special Issue C.
  • Introduced a newly refined e-Mail Subscription service.
Issue XCVII
  • Released on April 18th, 2015.
  • Walkazo (talk) signed on for Mario’s Boombox in the Palette Swap sub-team.
  • Viper26 (talk) signed on for Monthly Report.
Issue XCVIII
  • Released on May 16th, 2015.
  • Marked the return of Paper Yoshi (talk) to the Mario Calendar section after a prolonged hiatus.
  • FunkyK38 (talk) signed on for Book Reviews in the Critic Corner sub-team on a bi-monthly basis.
  • Palkia47 (talk) signed on for Sport Report in the Fake News sub-team.
  • Featured a special section by Palkia47 (talk), an advertisement for the Pokémon 2015 Tournament for the Awards Ceremony.


S9. Favorite Special Issue

S9. Favorite Special Issue

This award is to recognize the many special issues The 'Shroom has held during its long history, those moments in the year when the staff and writers make a big splash.

Nominee Summary/Description
Special Issue XXX
  • Released September 12th, 2009.
  • The very first Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Commemorating the 30th Issue of The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) and Stooben Rooben (talk).
  • Had 12 main sections, three sub-teams, two special sections, and four staff sections.
  • 27 writers participated in it.
Holiday Special
  • Released December 22nd, 2009.
  • Was released separately from the main December issue.
  • The very first Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) and Stooben Rooben (talk).
  • Had one main sections, four sub-teams, one special section, and five staff sections.
  • Seven writers participated in it.
Holiday Issue XLV
  • Released December 12th, 2010.
  • The second Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Held as part of the main December issue instead of separately, unlike the first Holiday Issue.
  • Directed by Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) and Stooben Rooben (talk).
  • Marked Tucayo’s name change to Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) by request of Plumber (talk) to honour his birthday wish, which was to include the name Henry Clay in his username in some capacity.
  • Hosted the third 'Shroom Director Election, with the winning ticket going to Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his sub-director Twentytwofiftyseven (talk).
  • Featured two games for the readership to play, both hosted by Ralphfan (talk); a Family Fued Game and Mad Lib Game.
  • Had eight main sections, four sub-teams, three special sections, two games, and six staff sections.
  • 18 writers participated in it.
Special Issue L
  • Released May 21st, 2011.
  • Commemorating the 50th Issue of The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Twentytwofiftyseven (talk)
  • Introduced the Section of the Month process.
  • Introduced the 'Shroom Spotlight project.
  • Hosted the sign-ups for the second 'Shroom Mafia game.
  • Had eight main sections, four sub-teams, one game, seven special sections, and eight staff sections.
  • 28 writers participated in it.
Awards Issue LIV
  • Released September 17th, 2011.
  • Commemorating the 5th Awards Ceremony, which that year featured 10 'Shroom Awards instead of five.
  • The first Awards Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Hosted the Awards Commentaries and interviews of the winners of several Awards-related events.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Twentytwofiftyseven (talk) (the latter of whom also resigned that issue).
  • Had seven main sections, four sub-teams, three special sections, and seven staff sections.
  • 23 writers participated in it.
Holiday Issue LVII
  • Released December 17th, 2011.
  • The third Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Gabumon (talk).
  • Hosted the fourth 'Shroom Director Election, with the winning ticket going to Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his sub-director Gabumon (talk).
  • Hosted the very first End-of-the-Year Awards, with the Golden 'Shroom Award going to MrConcreteDonkey (talk) for Should Have Been.
  • Had eight main sections, four sub-teams, 10 special sections, and eight staff sections.
  • 28 writers participated in it.
  • Held the very first release part in chat.
Special Issue 64
  • Released July 21st, 2012.
  • Commemorating the 64th issue of The 'Shroom.
  • Themed after the Nintendo 64, with each team themed after a different Nintendo 64 Mario game; Super Mario 64, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Paper Mario, Yoshi's Story, and Super Smash Bros.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Gabumon (talk).
  • Introduced a completely overhauled main page design, designed by Crocodile Dippy (talk) and coded by Twentytwofiftyseven (talk).
  • Introduced an updated 'Shroom Calendar, made by Crocodile Dippy (talk).
  • Introduced an overhauled About page.
  • Introduced new side-banners, made by Master Crash (talk).
  • Introduced the Critic Corner sub-team, with the Affiliates Manager Crocodile Dippy (talk) becomming its Director.
  • Featured the results of the second Poll Chairperson Election, with the winning ticket being Crocodile Dippy (talk) and her co-chairperson Master Crash (talk).
  • Had nine main sections, five sub-teams, 13 special sections, and 10 staff sections.
  • 41 writers participated in it.
Awards Issue LXVI
  • Released September 15th, 2012.
  • The second Awards Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Commemorating the 6th Awards Ceremony.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Gabumon (talk).
  • Featured Awards Commentaries, event recaps, and interviews with winners of various Awards-related events.
  • The first 'Shroom Issue to host the Awards Director Election, with the winning ticket being Turboo (talk) and his co-director Superchao (talk).
  • Had five main sections, five sub-teams, five special sections, and eight staff sections.
  • 33 writers participated in it.
Holiday Issue LXIX
  • Released December 22nd, 2012.
  • The fourth Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Gabumon (talk).
  • Introduced the 'Shroom Achievements project.
  • Held a small Team Fortress 2 event hosted by Groden (talk), as the game was gaining massive popularity amongst the community.
  • Hosted the fourth 'Shroom Director Election, with the winning ticket being Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his sub-director Gabumon (talk); however, Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), who ran as opposition, was brought back as SMB’s co-director in an unprecedented scenario.
  • Revamped the End-of-the-Year Awards so each award except the Luigi and Toad awards being split into Diamond and Golden tiers.
  • Hosted the second End-of-the-Year Awards, with the Diamond 'Shroom Award going to Crocodile Dippy (talk) for Dippy’s Matilda.
  • Hosted the very first Scavenger Hunt, wherein Holiday-themed items were hidden across the newsletter and writers were invited to find them for a prize.
  • Had six main sections, five sub-teams, 10 special sections, and 11 staff sections.
  • 32 writers participated in it.
  • A release party was held in chat.
Special Issue LXXV
  • Released June 15th, 2013.
  • Themed after Gamefreak75 (talk), with each sub-team based on his favourite Nintendo franchises; The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin, Pokemon, MOTHER, Kirby, and Waluigi (WAH).
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk), Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) and their sub-director Gabumon (talk).
  • Marshal Dan Troop (talk) resigned from his position as Fun Stuff Director, with Superchao (talk) taking his place.
  • Revamped the Director’s Notes into Opening Statements and Closing Statements, typically with each split to the Director and the Sub-Director.
  • Hosted the third Poll Chairperson Election, with the winning ticket being Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his co-director Henry Tucayo Clay (talk).
  • Hosted a Zelda Drawing Contest in the Palette Swap sub-team.
  • Hosted the first 'Shroom Awards Dossier and Userpedia Awards Dossier, to ensure the voterbase was informed on the nominees.
  • Had three main sections, five sub-teams, three special sections, and six staff sections.
  • 27 writers participated in it.
  • Marked the last issue of Gamefreak75 (talk).
Awards Issue LXXVIII
  • Released September 21st, 2013.
  • The third Awards Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Commemorating the seventh Awards Ceremony.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk), Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), and their sub-director Twentytwofiftyseven (talk).
  • Featured Awards Commentaries, event recaps, an awards-related game, and interviews with winners of various Awards-related events.
  • Hosted the second Awards Director Election from September to October 2013, with the winning ticket being Turboo (talk) and his co-director Superchao (talk).
  • Introduced banners for Palette Swap and Critic Corner.
  • Had five main sections, five sub-teams, eight special sections, and 10 staff sections.
  • 27 writers participated in it.
Holiday Issue LXXXI
  • Released December 21st, 2013.
  • The fifth Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Turboo (talk).
  • Hosted the seventh 'Shroom Director Election, with the winning ticket being Superchao (talk) and his sub-director Turboo (talk).
  • Hosted the second Scavenger Hunt, wherein readers were invited to find several hidden items. A prize would have been given to whoever was able to find all the items.
  • Hosted the third End-of-the-Year Awards, with the Diamond 'Shroom award being given to Superchao (talk) for Interview.
  • Had five main sections, five sub-teams, six special sections, and 13 staff sections.
  • 22 writers participated in it.
  • A release party was held in chat.
Special Issue LXXXVIII
  • Released July 19th, 2014.
  • Directed by Superchao (talk) and Turboo (talk).
  • Hosted the results of the fourth Poll Chairperson Election, with the winning ticket being Mario4Ever (talk).
  • Had four main sections, four special sections, five sub-teams, and 10 staff sections.
  • 23 writers participated in it.
Awards Issue XC
  • Released September 20th, 2014.
  • The fourth Awards Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Commemorating the eight Awards Ceremony.
  • Directed by Superchao (talk) and Turboo (talk).
  • Featured Awards Commentaries, event recaps, an awards-related game, and interviews with winners of various Awards-related events.
  • Hosted the third Awards Director Election, with the winning ticket being Hypnotoad (talk) and his co-directors Smasher (talk) and Superchao (talk).
  • Paper Yoshi (talk) resigned from his position as Pipe Plaza Director, with his co-director Yoshi876 (talk) taking his place.
  • GBAToad (talk) resigned from his position as 'Shroom Spotlight Manager, with his co-director Yoshi876 (talk) taking his place.
  • Had four main sections, five sub-teams, seven special sections, and 11 staff sections.
  • 20 writers participated in it.
Holiday Issue XCIII
  • Released December 20th, 2014.
  • The sixth Holiday Special Issue to be released for The 'Shroom.
  • Directed by Superchao (talk) and Turboo (talk).
  • Hosted the eighth 'Shroom Director Election, with the winning ticket being Super Mario Bros. (talk) and his sub-director Gabumon (talk).
  • Hosted the fourth End-of-the-Year Awards, with the Diamond 'Shroom award going to Toadbert101 (talk) for Peddler's Place.
  • Had two main sections, five sub-teams, four special sections, and 11 staff sections.
  • 20 writers participated in it.
  • A release party was held in chat.


S10. 'Shroom Person of the Year 2014-2015

S10. Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize those who have had the biggest impact on the newsletter.

Nominee Summary/Description
Super Mario Bros. (talk)
  • Current 'Shroom Director as of Issue XCV; has also ran a 'Shroom Director term from Issue XLVII to Issue LXXXII; former Fun Stuff Director from Issue LXXXV to Issue XCIV; former Palette Swap Director from Issue XXIX to Issue XXXII, and then again from Issue XL to Issue XLVI; and Pipe Plaza Director from Issue XXXIII to Issue XLVI.
  • Started up the Palette Swap sub-team (then known as Art & Music) and Pipe Plaza sub-team.
  • Started the Section of the Month process and the End of Year Awards.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as 'Shroom Director.
  • Longest serving 'Shroom Director overall.
  • Has written 150 sections overall.
Yoshi876 (talk)
  • Current 'Shroom Spotlight Manager as of Issue LXXXII; current Pipe Plaza Director as of Issue LXXXVI.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as 'Shroom Spotlight Manager.
  • Longest serving 'Shroom Spotlight Manager overall.
  • Has won the most SOTM awards overall (31).
  • Currently writes Retro Feature, Obituaries, Featured, What’s on the Box?, Ongoing Fan Projects, Quiz, and Character Review.
Crocodile Dippy (talk)
  • Current Critic Corner Director as of Issue XCV; has also ran a Critic Corner Director term from Issue 64 to Issue LXXIX; former Affiliates Manager from Issue LIX to Issue LXIII.
  • Started up the Critic Corner sub-team.
  • Designed the Main Page redesign alongside Twentytwofiftyseven (talk), which has been in use since Issue 64.
  • Wrote the Manual of Style and About pages.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as Critic Corner Director.
  • Longest serving Critic Corner Director overall.
  • Has written 88 sections overall, winning seven SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Critic Corner sections written.
  • Currently writes Crocodile Style Reviews.
Gabumon (talk)
  • Current 'Shroom Sub-Director as of Issue XCV; has also ran a Sub-Director term from Issue LV to Issue LXXV; former Fake News Director from Issue XLVII to Issue LIV.
  • Created seasonal side-banners for The 'Shroom.
  • Created an updated navigation template to allow easier access to all sections within each issue.
  • Longest serving Sub-Director overall.
  • Has written 61 sections overall (this includes sections done under the moniker of Koohitsu), winning eight SOTM awards.
  • Currently writes Monthly Inquisition under the moniker of Koohitsu.
Hypnotoad (talk)
  • Current Dear Anton writer as of Issue LXXXIX.
  • Has written 10 sections since joining, winning one SOTM award.
  • Has a distinctive style of formatting his Ask sections, placing both the questions and answers in a large image with humorous images related to the questions.
  • Has overseen The 'Shroom Awards VI as a consultant.
  • Created the sub-team banners, in use as of Issue XC.
FunkyK38 (talk)
  • Current Palette Swap Director as of Issue LXXI.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as Palette Swap Director.
  • Longest serving Palette Swap Director overall.
  • Has written 202 sections overall since joining, winning five SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Palette Swap sections written.
  • Made the Sketch Related to Mario section a No Sign Up Required section.
  • Started the Drawing Contests featured in Palette Swap.
  • Initiated the transfer of Game Soundtrack Review to Palette Swap from Critic Corner.
  • Introduced the section Mario’s Boombox.
  • Currently writes Sprite of the Month, Tip of the Month, and Book Reviews.
Mario4Ever (talk)
  • Current Statistics Manager as of Issue LXXIII; current Poll Chairperson.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as Statistics Manager.
  • Longest serving Statistics Manager overall.
  • Has written 13 sections overall since joining.
MrConcreteDonkey (talk)
  • Current Fake News Director as of Issue LV.
  • Initiated the Fake News redesign.
  • Has written 129 sections overall since joining, winning 11 SOTM awards.
  • Has held the longest consecutive term as Fake News Director.
  • Longest serving Fake News Director overall.
  • Has held the longest consecutive staffing term of any staff member to date.
Palkia47 (talk)
  • Current Fun Stuff Director as of Issue XCV; former Critic Corner Director from Issue LXXX to Issue XCIV.
  • Second Critic Corner Director.
  • Ninth Fun Stuff Director.
  • Currently writes Sport Report.
Paper Yoshi (talk)
  • Former Pipa Plaza Director from Issue LXI to Issue XC.
  • Directed Pipe Plaza alongside Yoshi876 from Issue LXXXVI
  • Third Pipe Plaza Director.
  • Has written 171 sections since joining, winning 21 SOTM awards.
  • Holds the record for most Pipe Plaza sections written.
  • Introduced the UPdate section.
Toadbert101 (talk)
  • Current Fake Ads writer as of Issue LX.
  • Has written 24 sections overall since joining, winning two SOTM awards.
  • Noted for his highly eccentric sense of humour and proficiency at drawing expressions.
  • Holds the distinction of being the only writer not also a part of the Core Staff to win a Diamond 'Shroom Award (2014 End-of-Year Awards).
The 'Shroom XCIX
Staff sections Opening Statement
Poll Chairperson Election
Sub-teams Fake NewsFun StuffPalette SwapPipe PlazaCritic CornerStrategy Wing
Main sections Mario CalendarUpcoming Games
Specials Mario Awards IX Art Contest'Shroom Awards DossierUserpedia Awards Dossier
Closing Statement

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