The forum, by its very nature is a fatty-fest. Or: post pics of recent discoveries and inventions. The throwdown concept was taking it that extra step with the understanding that one would be judged amongst one's peers. The extra level of competition is what prompts us to bring our "A Game", and where new ideas are born - from which everyone benefits! If a fatty competition (or moink, or ABT, or whatever it is next time) inspires someone who scored poorly to grow from "hobbyist", over time, to "expert", that's more valuable than "it's an honor just to be nominated". In my mind, there was to be a winner here. While I wanted to be the winner, if I wasn't, that would make me strive toward bigger and better next time. That's when new ideas emerge, from that "stepping it up". I would rather come in last place than no place at all.