Yup, unfortunately the spam became too much to make those forums useful to anyone. I'm sorry we needed to revert to a single forum, but I think it may help everyone keep their discussions on track.
But we've never really had a problem with self promotion. For the most part those "look at me" posts just tend to be ignored and filter down the list anyway. So they're not too much of an issue. Personally I recommend using your post to recommend a series of nomination for each category (sure you can include yourself), but the more titles you talk about the more discussion you'll generate and the more people will look at your post.
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