Waaay back in January, we got an email from the Webby folks:

I am delighted to let you know that members of the Int'l Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), the judging body for The Webby Awards, have suggested that SFist would be a strong contender in the Blog, Community and News categories for the 10th Annual Webby Awards.

"Well, hot damn!" we thought. We could win us a (once prestigious) Webby! We hadn't heard much about the (once prestigious) Webbies since they left the Bay Area for New York, but it's sure nice to be recognized. We read on.

While more than 5,000 sites have already been entered into 10th Annual Webby Awards, we want to make sure we leave no stone unturned in our search for the best. All sites entered go through our stringent process, each one evaluated by multiple reviewers with the top scorers passed on to IADAS members for consideration of a Webby Award.To enter, please use the code "INVITED" A processing fee does apply.

A processing fee? Interesting. Why are we starting to feel like we just got one of those "You have been chosen for some random Who's Who" letters? How much is the "processing fee"? Dude, it was $245.