This is basically an extension to Klageor's amazing comment.
Before 2012, awards used to be what they should be, given to people who have worked hard upon the wiki to improve. And therefore the user earns a feeling of achievement, but now they're just some currency or a thing to get people to do things you want them to do.
This is not what awards or barnstars are. Please use them as they are supposed to be used. Remember this blog, and don't go "but i liek gettin awards buuuuuuuuuuuuuur" you can get awards. You just have to earn them first.
14:11, December 3, 2013 (UTC)