#1 – "The Wizard and…last six months."
I met both criteria
#2 – "…and preference would be given to the non-winning member during the last six months."
I was given the Wizard Article section award in October 2017 and again in January 2018. What preference are you talking about?
#3 – "Having won a Star of the Year, star of the Month and Wizard awards in a couple of occasions, it is quite surprising to receive a protest like this from the author."
Why did you bring up the past awards given to me? My question was about the awards announced for August 2018. It is better to restrict the discussion to the specific query. When a member falters (like someone recently did in the job section), you-all do not consider the previous submissions and overlook the unintentional mistake. Instead, the team restricts the posting rights based on the current situation. Please follow similar norms in all your interactions.
#5 – "…quite surprising to receive a protest like this from the author."
Protest. Well, it was hardly a protest. I raised a question when the issue of 'quality' was brought up. Do you think it is fine to berate members' contributions? I raised a new thread because my comments were seen as 'needless dissection'! Well, needless, as my comments were, they still got an apology. So, do we still think they were needless?
Moreover, my query is simple, why should it ruffle feathers? Your team ruled out quality, as being an issue, so I can rest assured that I wasn't denied an award because my contributions lacked quality. Further, you just made us aware of the '6-month preference', well, I met that criterion.
I ignored the brusque line in the announcement thread. But, thought it necessary to intervene, when another equally curt and insensitive comment was posted in the thread. The current thread is a result of my observations being termed as 'needless dissection'.
If, you-all don't want a flare-up then please tackle situations better and word your comments in a prudent manner. If you leave gaping holes in your clarifications, all your 'bigger exercises' appear flawed and come to notch.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino