Part 1: Casting your votes

You now have the opportunity to vote in the RISC OS Awards for 2016.

While the poll is nominally for 2016, the period covered is the fourteen months from November 2015 until December 2016, inclusive. This year, the approach taken for the poll is the same as last year, as follows:

For most of the categories there are from three to six initial suggestions along with a short text entry field. You can therefore either choose one of the options as presented, by selecting the relevant one, or you can use the text field to vote for something else - to do this, just select the 'alternative option' and enter your choice in the text field.

This means that if you feel that something other than one of the items suggested deserves a vote, you can vote for it. It also means that if something happens after the form goes live in December 2016, for example a particularly notable user group meeting or a new piece of software is released, you are able to vote for that. All you need to do is select the 'alternative option' and enter what you are voting for in the text field.

The text field can also be used to offer an additional comment or observation if you so wish - if the 'alternative option' is not ticked, anything in the text field will be treated as a comment.

Although the options on the form will not change, while the form is open the alternative suggestions will be periodically reviewed, and - depending on their number - some may be highlighted in posts on RISCOSitory, and on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed to serve as ideas for others.

All of the categories also have a "No opinion" option, which is selected by default - if you feel that you have no way to form an opinion in any given category, you can leave this option selected rather than be forced to vote for something.

The one exception, is the 'Best overall contributor' category, for which no suggestions have been made. For this category, there is only the text field. You can use this to vote for whoever, or whichever company, you feel deserves recognition for their overal contribution to the RISC OS platform. If you don't want to vote for anyone in this category, simply leave the field blank.

Best commercial software


No opinion
CloudFS - Elesar Ltd
Fireworkz Pro - R-Comp (originally from Colton Software)
Impression-X - Richard Keefe (originally from Computer Concepts)
Organizer - North One Communications (originally by Chris Morison)
Photodesk - CJE Micro's (originally from Photodesk Ltd)
RiscOSM - Sine Nomine
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best non commercial software


No opinion
DplngScan - Chris Johnson (originally from David Pilling)
Ovation - Rick Murray (originaly from David Pilling and Beebug)
Pluto - Martin Avison and Rob Sprowson (originally by Jonathan Duddington)
PS2Paper - Steve Fryatt
SatNav - Chris Hall
StrongED - Fred Graute (originally by Guttorm Vik)
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best game or diversion


No opinion
Darkplaces Quake 1 engine - Ported to RISC OS by Chris Gransden
Final Doom with high quality MP3 music - R-Comp
Moptops - Amcog
Star Fighter 3000 - Chris Bazley (originally from Fednet)
Oh no! More Lemmings! - JASPP (originally from Krysalis)
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best hardware


No opinion
Micro One - Ident Computer
pi-topRO - CJE Micro's
PiSSD - RISCOSbits
Raspberry Pi 3 - Raspberry Pi Foundation
RISCBook Go! - R-Comp
Titanium - Elesar Ltd
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best solution for backwards compatibility


No opinion
ADFFS - Jon Abbott
Aemulor - Adrian Lees and spellings.net
ArcEm - Various
ArchiEmu - Jan de Boer
RPCEmu - Matthew and Peter Howkins
VirtualRiscPC - 4QD / VirtualAcorn
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best new development


No opinion
Cheaper downloadable VirtualRiscPC - 4QD / VirtualAcorn
CloudFS - Elesar Ltd
HDMI audio on ARMX6 - R-Comp
Micro One - Ident Computer
Ability to use GPS - Chris Hall
Completion of JPEG bounty bringing improved support in RISC OS - RISC OS Open Ltd
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best show of initiative


No opinion
For deciding to get GPS running on RISC OS - Chris Hall
For coming up with CloudFS - Elesar Ltd
For his BBC Media preservation efforts - Paul Emerton
For giving away a computer on a magazine cover - Raspberry Pi Foundation
For setting up and maintaining a RISC OS events calendar - Tim Hill
For running an ongoing Raspbery Pi contest to encourage development - David Feugey
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best website or online resource


No opinion
Archive-online
Acorn News Service
RISC OS Open website and forum
RISC OS Packaging Project and repositories
riscos.info
PlingStore
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best publication or offline resource


No opinion
Archive Magazine
Drag 'n Drop Magazine
GAG News
Mobile Unleashed (a book about the first 25 years of ARM)
DDE Manuals box set - RISC OS Open Ltd
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best foreign language resource


No opinion
Arcsite.de
Big Ben Club website
RISCOS.fr
Steffen Huber's blog
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best show or event

Please note that for this category, only shows have been suggested. If you wish to vote for a memorable user group meeting, please use the alternative option and text box.
No opinion
London Show
Recursion
RISC OS eXperience
Southwest Show
Wakefield
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:

Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Most innovative or interesting project


No opinion
PiPOD - RISCOSbits
Titanium dual head work - Elesar Ltd
GPS on RISC OS - Chris Hall
Wavebox-esque synth project - Tony Bartram
ADFFS / Archimedes Software Preservation Project - Jon Abbott
AMCS - 3rd Event Technologies
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best overall contributor

There are no suggestions for this category. Instead, it is up to you to choose a person or company you think deserves recognition for the contribution they have made to RISC OS and the RISC OS community.

Your nomination

Broken cog of the year


No opinion
Anyone who fails to attend shows and user group meetings
WROCC syndrome sufferers - Anyone who doesn't send announcements to RISCOSitory
Archive Magazine for its publishing schedule
Anyone who persists in using old hardware when we have such a wide choice of new at all price ranges
Chris Evans - for continuing to eschew the use of the projector at show talks
Richard Keefe / Impression-X - For not even setting up a basic web page, leaving the site showing the host's holding page.
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Part 2: Filling in the survey

An annual survey can help form a picture of the RISC OS landscape, for example allowing developers to see what platforms are in use and to decide, therefore, what support to provide for them in their software. Combining that survey with the annual awards vote is a logical approach.

Just as the Awards voting form above shows a "No opinion" option for every category, all of the survey questions include an "I'd rather not say" option, which is selected by default. If you want to answer some questions, but not all of them, you can do so, or you can skip straight past the survey and submit your votes for the awards poll without answering a single one of these questions.

However, the more you answer, the more helpful you are being. Hopefully, none of the questions are too intrusive, and you can rest assured that your privacy will be respected: Once the answers are counted up and the results published, all of the source data will be deleted.

1: How many RISC OS systems do you own?

This can mean both hardware and emulated systems, and can include computers you still have, but which are no longer in use.

I'd rather not say.
None
One
Two
Three
Four
Five or more

2: And of those, how many are in regular or semi-regular use?


I'd rather not say.
None
One
Two
Three
Four
Five or more
For questions 3 and 4, please answer in respect of the RISC OS computer you use the most. If you feel that you use more than one RISC OS system roughly the same amount of time each, use the one you would consider your primary machine - or, perhaps, your favourite, if that's a better way to decide.

3: Which version of RISC OS do you use most?

If your specific version isn't listed, please select the closest version below the one you use - so, for example, if you use RISC OS 3.7, please select RISC OS 3.5. Users of RISC OS Select (or Adjust) should choose RISC OS 4.2

I'd rather not say.
RISC OS 2.0
RISC OS 3.0
RISC OS 3.5
RISC OS 4.0
RISC OS 4.2
RISC OS 5.0
RISC OS 6.0

4: What is your main platform for using RISC OS?


I'd rather not say.
Raspberry Pi-based
BeagleBoard-based
PandaBoard-based
ARMX6 (including 'kit' form)
RapidO Ig (including 'kit' form)
Titanium-based
Iyonix
RiscPC
A7000/A7000+
VirtualAcorn/VirtualRPC
RPCEmu
Other

5: How long have you been a RISC OS user?


I'd rather not say.
I upgraded to it from Arthur!
I've been using it since Acorn were around.
I started using it after Acorn closed, but more than two years ago.
I'm a newbie - I've only started using it in the last couple of years!

6: Do you use RISC OS in a professional capacity in any way?


I'd rather not say.
Yes, my main job involves RISC OS.
Yes, not just RISC OS, but to a large degree.
Yes, but only to a limited degree.
No, I use RISC OS purely for pleasure.

7: Would you say your overall use of RISC OS has increased or decreased over the last year?


I'd rather not say.
It's increased a lot.
It's increased a little.
It hasn't really changed.
It's decreased a little.
It's decreased a lot.

8: How much would you say you've spent on RISC OS hardware over the last twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

9: How much would you say you've spent on RISC OS software over the last twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

10: How much do you think you'll spend on RISC OS hardware over the next twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

11: How much do you think you'll spent on RISC OS software over the next twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

12: If your spending (past or projected) is low, which of these reasons most explains why?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - my spending isn't low.
I simply don't have the money to spend.
Cash is tight, but I'm saving up to buy something in future.
Everything I have works well enough.
My reason is:

13: Do you attend your local user group meetings?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - there isn't a local group.
Yes, regularly or fairly regularly.
Only occasionally.
No, I don't go at all.

14: If not, do you know of a local group and if/when they meet up?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - as stated above, I do attend.
Yes, but it isn't for me.
No, I don't know if there's a local group.
Unfortunately, there isn't a local group.

15: By choice, do you use any platforms other than RISC OS?

If you only use another platform because you must do so at your place of work, or you must do so to perform a necessary task for which RISC OS is unsuitable, please answer "No" to this question.

However, if you use another platform in either a professional or personal capacity through your own personal choice, then please answer "Yes" - unless, of course, you'd rather not say.


I'd rather not say.
Yes
No (please move on to question 19)

16: If so, which other operating system do you use most?


I'd rather not say.
Windows
MacOS
Linux-based (excluding Android etc)
Android
iOS
ChromeOS
Other

17: On what processor do you use that operating system?


I'd rather not say.
ARM
Intel/AMD
Other

18: And do you use it more or less than RISC OS?


I'd rather not say.
More
About the same
It varies
Less

19: In which age range do you fall?


I'd rather not say.
Under 20
20 to 29
30 to 39
40 to 49
50 to 59
60 or over

20: Are you male or female?


I'd rather not say.
Male
Female
Other

Part 3: Submitting your vote/survey answers

Your votes will be submitted when you click the button below.

No cookies will be placed on your computer as a means to prevent multiple votes from a single machine. This is in case of households in which more than one person uses RISC OS on a single computer - and/or who may be voting from a single computer - so that everyone can vote.

Instead, you are asked to submit your email address. This will be used in conjunction with your IP address to help identify and avoid duplicate votes. You do not have to provide an email address but, if you don't, should multiple votes be identified from your IP address, only the last one will be used. (This also means that you can change your vote simply by voting again.)

If you do provide your email address, it will be deleted along with all the other source data once the votes and survey questions are counted up and the results published.

Your email address: