According to the company, the Packt Open Source Content Management System Award is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward an Open Source Content Management System (CMS). This year they've broken the award down into a number of categories:
* Overall Winner
* Most Promising Open Source CMS
* Best Open Source PHP CMS
* Best Other Open Source CMS
* Best Social Networking CMS
And the first set of winners was just announced this morning. WordPress won the 'Best Social Networking CMS' category, with Drupal and Elgg tying for second.
The basic formula was based upon what the public voted for. However, the judges are additionally allowed some discretion.
That WordPress took the prize here is not that much of a shock, I suppose. There's been a lot of hype around WP the past few years, and the community is strong. Having Drupal in the top ranks is a given. Again, its a very popular platform with a thriving community. Then there's Elgg. To be honest I've not very familiar with Elgg, so can't really comment there.
What I'd like to see is 1) a little more transparency -- where's the data?, and 2) some commentary from the judges. This whole idea of a best CMS is an approach that while appealing to many, tends to carry more weight than it should.
Breaking things down into categories is going in the right direction. To get some additional commentary from the judges -- for example, regarding appropriate usage scenarios, strengths, weaknesses, etc. -- would be a welcome addition to the rather spartan outcomes we see today.
Stay tuned. Over the next four days, we'll be privy to the other category bests and on November 2nd, the overall winner will be announced.