Andrew Plotkin wrote on intfiction.org re: award-winning juvenilia, more specifically Adam Cadre's I0.
"The history of the XYZZYs is the history of this community. The fact that they demonstrate our changing sensibilities is why the early XYZZYs remain noteworthy. If we had pushed them out of our collective awareness and said "Well, we were juvenile asses back then" you wouldn't have known enough about us to realize that things had changed."
Trying to discuss this on intfiction.org will get you banned, so I figured the folks at intfic might be more inquisitive and less repressive.
Do you see the XYZZY awards as aesthetically authoritative, or do you see their function as purely historical, chronicling the "changing sensibilities" of "juvenile asses"?