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The idea of a Love-Spreader-of-the-Week (LSotW or alternately LSW) was created spontaneously by Stormparkiet in this post on page 208 of the thread entitled "Feel the love! Free thumbs & GG to be had for all" (commonly referred to as the "Love Thread") on Nov 30, 2009. It does not appear that he had intended to start a new institution, but support for a formal way of recognizing a LSotW was voiced soon after the first remark was made. 10.5 hours after the post linked above, Stormparkiet posted a geeklist entitled "Feel the love! - Love-Spreader of the Week celebration geeklist"The first list kept going smoothly for several years, but got stuck several times in its last two years of existance, mostly due to difficulties in finding more candidates for the title. For this reason, and after a long period of scrutiny, some rules where changed, and a new GeekList was created "Feel the love! - Love-Spreader of the Week celebration geeklist - Mk 2". In the new course (mark II), the reign of a LSotW was extended to two weeks, and an option for re-election was given, after a minimum interval time of one year.
What is expected of the LSotW During His/Her Week?The main responsibility of the LSotW is to answer questions, to the best of their ability, from other users interested in learning more about him or her. It has also become traditional, as with the GotW, for the LSotW to post "two truths and a lie" about him or herself, and to allow other users to speculate which is the lie. The lie is generally revealed by the LSotW before announcing a successor.
The Nomination Process
The nomination process for LSotW differs from that of GotW in that the current LSotW chooses and introduces their successor, often without informing them. The nominee is chosen based on their "outstanding acts of love, gentleness, respect, and otherwise positive traits." The selection of a LSotW is not restricted by any geographic limitations as is the case with the GotW. Although the LSotW is frequently chosen from among the contributors to the "Love Thread," it is not a requirement that a person post in that thread to be chosen. In fact some previous nominees have not even been aware of the "Love Thread."
Previous Love Spreaders of the Week
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