For hardcore creationist I'd give the Golden Gish Award to Nemesis Juggernaut.
With NJ you get a real discussion. Even when he gets frustrated I sense a good faith effort to come to terms with evidence. He stands his ground in a discussion but isn't afraid to adjust. His sense of humor is refreshing. (That Darwin avatar he posted on the EvC map is a howl.) Yet you can be sure that, once the man is on the court, he'll keep hitting the ball back. He's here for a volley.
All of which is saying a lot in this category. You so often see people argue by decree. And fly-by-nights who paste up sermons and leave.
NJ's one of the people who makes this place a community.
Edited by Archer Opterix, : Microevolution.
Edited by Archer Opterix, : Accelerated microevolution.
Edited by Archer Opterix, : Accelerated hypermicroevolution.
It's worth mentioning in the 'creo' category that eggasai, if he or she hangs around, could emerge as a premier science debater for the ID position.
Right now some remedial work needs to be done, it seems, on some of the science involved. As a nonspecialist lurker I have no complaints there--the education is good for me, too. If that work gets done and Egg finally puts a thesis out there for his/her own position, we could be very well served in the discussions that follow.
It's too soon to tell. Discussions so far, though, have generated some outstanding science posts.
I'm honored by the mention, Straggler. The 'rampant atheist' category brought a smile, though. I'm really a better candidate for 'alternative philosophy' if we have one. (I'm Tao Jia.)
For a real rampant atheist... hmmm. We've got some good ones. I'll have to think about that. I'll be interested in seeing the other names that come up.
I'm with you about Jar. And Phat and PurpleDawn kep him good company in that category.
The categories in the OP come from religious/philosophical leanings. I learn a lot here from our science specialists, though--people like Wounded King, Quetzal, NosyNed, Modulus, RAZD, Crashfrog, roxrkool and Percy. I think the scientists are the engine that make this thing go. I know little about most of these individuals' stances on matters existential or metaphysical and that's okay. We all benefit from their sharing their expertise.
Nighttrain makes an excellent point about the importance of the contributions everyone makes. That's the kind of thing that makes a place a community. I hadn't been here long enough to realize 'celeb parade' was a genre. I saw this thread as a chance, as you put it in your OP, to tip our hats to people we're grateful for but usually too busy debating to thank.
I do feel bad that so many enjoyable, and frequent, writers don't get mentioned when these things come out. [....] Jazzns, Chiro, Tusko, and mark24 are just 4 examples of people that I think I don't give enough explicit kudos to, and they really deserve.
The posts I saw here by Ringo had a lot to do with my returning to EvC after my first visit. Pithy, perceptive, and hilarious. Ringo can say in four sentences more than I can say in eight paragraphs. I liked how most of his comments were questions. The gunslinger avatar fit his posts perfectly.
No category. The Lawman is a class by himself, as always. ;)