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Who won the Tribal Awards?

Throughout December, SQL Server Central and Simple-Talk hosted the Tribal Awards. With these awards, we let the wider technical community choose members who they felt deserved recognition by opening up both nominations and voting to the public. We’re very pleased to be able to announce the winners for each category listed below. The winners were decided by sheer number of votes, some won by a landslide and others by the smallest of margins. We’d like to thank the 800 voters who got involved to make the Tribal Awards something special, and congratulations to our victors!

So, without further ado, here are the winners of the 2013 Tribal Awards:

Article that saved my bacon in 2013
Transaction Log VLFs – too many or too few? By Kimberly Tripp:

Blog of the Year
Brent Ozar Team Blog:

Person you’d most like to have a beer with
Brent Ozar

Best Presentation at any tech conference 
PASS Keynote - Dr. David DeWitt

Best Tech User Group

Best new community voice
Mickey Stuewe

Beyond the call of duty / Outstanding Contribution
Grant Fritchey

Best Free Script
MaintenanceSolution.sql - Ola Hallengren

Most Authoritative voice
Paul Randal

Best outfit or costume at a tech conference
Gail Shaw and her Jedi Robes

SQL Karaoke performer of the Year

Colin* and Jason Strate Tik Tok

*If anyone knows the identity of the mysterious Colin, please post it in the forums so we can find him and send him his prize.

Thank you to everyone who nominated, voted, shared, and participated in any way with the Tribal Awards. With 800 voters, we're astonished that so many people got involved and very grateful. If you have anything you think could be done to make the awards even better next year, let us know in the forums.

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