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Suggestion Post: Category Names & Year-End Awards

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I’ve got a couple things that I’d like the community’s input on, so let’s get right to it.

[Category names have been chosen - thanks madinverse & Yossarian! Let's focus on the Crappypasta award suggestion/discussion now.]

Second – let’s start planning those year-end Crappypasta awards that we’ve been kicking about in the comments.

  • How many categories should we have?
  • Any ideas for voting categories?
  • Since rewarding the actual crappypasta authors seems a bad idea to me (I have visions of getting even more intentionally bad Jeffpastas from people angling to win next year if I were to give out tangible rewards) but I would like to give out SOMETHING to the Crappypasta community, how do you prefer that to be decided? A simple raffle that anyone who votes is entered into, or a reward for whoever wins some sort of ‘Top Commenter’ category? I’ve also thought of having a vote/reward for the best Crappypasta Success Story, if you guys think that would be a good idea.
  • Any other general ideas or suggestions are welcome!
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  1. The Micropasta category could be called “The Illusion Of Effort.” Self-insert category could be called, “Who Was Horrible Writer?… Oh Yeah, Same Person As The Protagonist.”
    I think we should have voting categories for best story on the main Creepypasta site for every category, (i.e. Beings & Entities, Dreams & Madness, etc.)

    And we could also have the worst Crappypasta awards, but since there are like fifty categories on here, we’d have the limit them to stuff like the WHO WAS PHONE, You Didn’t Even Try At All and Stop categories.

    And maybe a funniest commenter, most constructive commenter, and most obnoxious commenter awards would be a good idea.

    This last idea might be a little arbitrary, but, best Gravatar award?

    G out.

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  2. I think I have an idea. How about a category for the crappypasta contest which crappypasta deserves to be on creepypasta. And the winning pasta actual gets added to creepypasta.com. I do see a couple problems for this. Like Super Market Monster or Jeff vs Jane winning but, I still think it would be interesting enough. For the rest I’m drawing a blank.

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    • I personally think that if the crappypasta that wins ends up on the main site is kind of a bad idea. Only because the ended up on this site for a reason. They ended up on here because they were not creepy, scary, or good enough to be placed on the main site. I am not saying all stories on here are bad because if you look at the success stories that says otherwise, but more than likely the crappiest of the crappy stories on this site will be chosen. That would kind of be also “rewarding the author” for writing a troll, or a not so good pasta if it is chosen to go on the main site.

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      • It should only be for pastas where the author has actually tried. Keep going down the list until you get to one where the author has clearly tried.

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    • They have categories for that. “Just needs more polishing” and “Needs more scary sauce”

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  3. I have a name suggestion for the Self-Insert tag: Crappy-Sue.

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  4. Failed Micropasta –

    Teeny Linguine
    Micro-Phoney Macaroni
    Drop In The Bucket

    Self-insert Pasta –

    Beauty and the Beast
    The Thing and I
    Vanity Fail

    Awhile back, The Operator had a good suggestion for the awards categories, but I can’t remember where the hell I saw it.

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  5. I have a suggestion for the micro-pasta placeholder
    “Too small to eat”
    Micropastas can be some of the most delicious,but we have to separate actual micropasta from the lazy crap. Closely related to”You Didn’t Even Try At All” this is where all those little pastas too small to be good end up.

    If you saw this in the comment section of Boyfriend just thought I’d post it here so at least I can be seen. However I think madinverse has a better name suggestion.

    I like the Mary-Sue theme as that’s almost always what these(likely teen girls)discribe themselves as,so I was thinking something like”Me you and Mary-sue” or “Mary-Sue has crap for you”.

    D’s suggestion for the worst crappy pasta awards is great. Ten nominations and three winners from Stop,This Is Stupid,and You Didn’t Even Try At All. They should get a small medal of dishonor for their inconceivably horrible stories.

    Lastly,if at all possible a negative start system is needed because some pastas on this site don’t deserve a single star.

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    • I agree that some pastas do deserve negative stars but at the same time it could be an issue implementing this. There are thousands of pastas on here which have all used the old rating system. Changing it could result in all of the votes/ratings disappearing. This would then mean that those “borderline” pastas will have to be sitting here even longer before they’re success stories.

      I think sticking to the rating system we’ve got is fine. However I wish more people actually used it. The amount of times I see 10 comments on a pasta but only a couple have actually voted. This gives an unrealistic representation of how good the pasta is.

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      • If it fails I can always give negative stars in sprite,so that’s not too important.

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  6. I feel it’s a bad idea to “reward” (or just simply acknowledge) submissions related to Stop, THIS IS STUPID, and the like. There is no “worst” story, simply zero-effort attempts at fifteen-seconds of fame that quite frankly waste all our times. To acknowledge the “worst” in Crappypasta is simply encouraging more Crappypasta material in the future.

    Now rewarding or acknowledging submissions that clearly have legitimate effort (or at the very least are hilarious) is a noble goal, and I suggest even acknowledging commenters not only for their cleverness in deriding submissions but also for their constructive efforts. That I say would be two solid voting categories for said commenters, “Most Constructive” and “Most Scathing” (for stories that deserve these respective responses).

    For the stories themselves, there seems to be at least three general placements for the more-redeemable submissions. First is, of course, the legitimate attempts that slightly fall back, so voting category for “Best Effort.” Second is troll attempts, and while they end up here some are actually rather hilarious and maybe even a little clever, so “Funniest Troll.” Third are submissions that attempted a unique format or unorthodox writing style that are commendable for their attempts to relay a unique story but faltered in some technical aspect, so maybe a category for “Most Unique.”

    And, finally, I’m completely in favor of a category for “Best Success Story,” whether upvoted and/or rewritten (partially because a story of my own was successfully elevated to main-page status following a rewrite).

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  7. 1. The most fragmented story!

    The story spends its life skipping massive points in time, probably as it’s a journal pasta. It’s honestly kind of hard to understand them

    2. The most blatant rip-off!

    I think this should be in two categories; Rip-offs of other creepypastas, and rip-offs of TV films and video games.

    3. Most scientifically incorrect Crappypasta.

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  8. Micropasta – Micro? Where is it?

    Self insert – I, me and I <3 Jeff.

    I like the idea of the best crappypasta success story. That would hopefully cause people to put more effort into their work. It might also mean that some of these people who say they'll rewrite their pasta might actually do so. Considering that this is the whole point in this website I think that should be the top award.

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  9. Hmmm… may as well put my opinions out on the matter.

    For micropastas, I’m standing by my earlier suggestion of Crappy Kids’ Meal until I get any ideas (though I admit, madinverse’s idea of Teeny Linguini sounds fucking hilarious). As for Mary-Sue self insert pastas… that’s more difficult. Maybe Bloody Maries or something of the sort?

    As for the categories for the Crappy Awards 2013:

    Best Pasta

    Worst Pasta

    Funniest Pasta

    Most Inconprehensible Pasta

    Funniest Comment

    Best Constructive Criticism

    (And possibly ‘Best Icon’)

    Since there are so many pastas on this site, everyone would be able to vote whichever they wanted at first, then we would take the top five (or so) and do a final community vote out of those.

    And as for giving something back to the community… honestly, running this site despite all the shitty pastas is giving back to the community enough in itself, Derp, but if you want to do a giveaway, sure! If I knew how to, I’d definitely donate some money to the giveaway pool (or whatever the term is…)

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    • I think these should be the awards. In descending order.

      Best overall pasta
      Best Crappypasta success story
      Best Advice Given
      Funniest Commenter
      Funniest Comment

      I think it’d be good to have a special award for the authors who pretend they’re not the author. They comment on how good the pasta is despite how shit it is.

      We could call it the; don’t hate, I’m not the OP award.

      TO, I love your idea for the voting system. I was trying to figure out a way we could do it. It’d be difficult to choose from 1000+ pastas so narrowing it down to a top five would be good.

      As for awards, I’d be up for giving some money towards a prize.

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      • Obvious Author Award, to maximise alliteration. Or alternatively, Obvious Proxy Award, for Marble Hornets reference.

        Of course, this is all up to Derpbutt. Can’t wait to see what does happen, though.

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  10. I think the tag should just be a simple: “Self-Insertion.”

    Could there be different categories of awards, kind of like a real award show?

    • Best Pasta (If the story is tweaked it should go to the main site, maybe nominee for PotM?)

    • Worst Pasta (The worst of the worst. I vote “Let Me In,” a somewhat recent JtK fanfic. The winner should have an excerpt from their story shown on the front page for the month.)

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    • Could we possibly rephrase worst to “worst genuine attempt”. Although it is fairly difficult to decide sometimes.

      I like the idea of putting the pasta on the home page. I think it’d be best to do that for the “most improved pasta”. Perhaps put it on the creepypasta home screen for a month.

      I understand that the servers aren’t directly connected but I’m sure a copy and paste(a) (hehe punny) would work. It’ll also be a good way to advertise this site and hopefully attract more regulars. Hopefully it’ll also help people to understand the purpose of this site and make them feel a little less aggravated when their pasta ends up here. Despite the fact that there is a check box, I’ve noticed a lot of people just click it without actually reading the FAQ first.

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  11. About self-insertion crap:
    Fanboy+you=rage!
    or And then I showed up!

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  12. Oh,and the micropasta:
    Still hungry
    or
    MOAR WORDS!!!!

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  13. Best commenter
    Stupidest author
    Most “WTF” pasta
    Worst ending
    Worst title
    Most offensive pasta
    Most boring pasta
    Shortest pasta
    Pasta with the most of the following words: Demonic, satanic, 666, bloody, organs.
    Best comment
    Worst comment
    Story which clearly failed to submit to the right site, and contains some bullshit mary sue stuff, or a SCP.
    Worst opening sentence
    Worst closing sentence.
    Worst way to display a good concept

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  14. I have a better suggestion for the Self-Insert tag: look @ mi gais im in a scry storey.

    I haven’t actually thought about a suggestion for the Micropasta tag.

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  15. Micropasta failures should be called Microturds (yeah, not very original).

    Self-insertions – Look how awesome I am!

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    • Microcrappy?

      Hi, I’m Candy – would be a suitable one for self inserts. They all seem to be called Candy.

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  16. I have a suggestion for Mary Sue self insertion tag: “Me and You (in the story)”

    Let’s make all of our suggestions horribly done pop culture references.

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  17. Might I suggest MEepy Pasta for the self-insert category?

    As for the awards, Perhaps the stories can be broken up into categories like Worst Fandom Story (for all the pokemon, My Little Pony, Minecraft, etc stories), Worst Fanfic (for stories related to Slenderman, the Rake, and other creepypasta staples), Worst Mary Sue (most JtK and Kill the Killers stories would fall into this), and Worst Grammar (for the spelling and punctuation nightmares). Good categories could be things like Best Concept or Best Writing, which might encourage the author to try again on their stories.

    And for commenters, we could have Best Constructive Criticism, Funniest Comment, and Best Defense (for when commenters defend the site/other commenters against angry OPs).

    As for prizes, maybe we can give the stories special tags so they get a bit more traffic. I don’t know what to do for commenters.

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  18. For the Self-Insert tag, you should call it, “Now We Know Who to Blame” or “Attention-Seeking Shit”
    The Micropasta could be “Short and Shitty or “Crap Condensed”

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  19. As far as Pasta Awards go, I have “Road to Ridiculous” for most logic-deprived, most WTF pasta. There is also “Engrish 101″ for the pasta with the worst English skills.

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  20. Call it Short and Sour

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  21. Awards: Best rated(not voted) pasta
    Worst rated pasta
    Best commenter(not me, that’s for sure)
    Most obvious troll
    Lamest monster
    Best monster

    I’ll think of others.

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    • The problem with “lamest” monster is.

      It was about 9 feet tall with great big fangs with blood dripping off them. Its’ top hat was crooked and its’ flip flops were dirty. Its’ handlebar moustache looked emaciated as it hung over its’ top lip slightly. It had dragon wings with pink feathers on them and no dance moves. It had yellow skin and a tooth whitening kit under one its’ arms.

      You see, writing a lame monster is easy. Are there any talented artists out there who could draw that for me? Perhaps we could use it as a prize.

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      • Haha, yeah, I see the problem. I don’t know… scratch lame things, then. How about most clichéd monster? (e.g. red eyes, demonic aspect etc.)

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        • Pasta With Most Uses Of ‘Demonic’ Or ‘Hyper-Realistic’

          How’s that for a good creepypasta award name?

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          • Hmmm…

            Hyper-realistic demonic crap? The demonic hyper-crappy realism? I don’t know…

            Also, how about an award for the most boring pasta?

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          • The problem with “bad” awards is that they might prompt people to post more mundane shit. There’s enough of that already.

            Once upon a time I was walking through town. I saw my Mum and started speaking to her.

            “Hi Mum, how’s it going?” I asked.

            “Not bad, you?” She answered

            “Yeah I’m good, what are you up to?” I answered then asked.

            “I’m just going for a walk because we have ghosts and monsters.” She said.

            How’s that for most boring pasta?

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  22. Self Insert: Pasta is I

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  23. The Micro pasta tag should be: I wanted seconds on the pasta! Or something like that.

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  24. How about most unexpected ending? I had a great idea, but I can’t remember it! The ending also has to be a good one, not just a plot twist.

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  25. The Mary Sue category should be called “Hey Everyone,I’m Crappy!”

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