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Cosmetic Award - The first and foremost prize for completing Nanowrimo is ... the mere satisfaction of completing one's novel. And a purple wordcount meter.
Some of Nanowrimo's sponsors, on the other hand, offer slightly more tangible prizes for winning, such as CreateSpace offering to print up two free copies of the winner's manuscript, and Scrivener offering a 50% discount off their software's purchase price.
Determinator - anyone who actually finishes a novel. Writing 1,667 words a day may not seem very hard, but doing it every day, for a whole month (especially a month with a holiday and new television season) takes dedication!
Memetic Mutation: "Permissions" to reproduce a user's Nanoisms in published form quickly became "persimmons", and have since mutated into frankensteinian concoctions like "permapurplepomewhatsits".
Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: ...actually, no one really cares if you do, either. There is even a forum just for "Nano Rebels". In a sense, NaNoers are actively encouraged to "cheat" by artificially inflating their wordcounts—No Plot? No Problem, the semi-official handbook by Chris Baty, NaNoWriMo's creator, offers several tips on how to do this.
You're supposed to start a new novel on November 1st, but some people continue working on the same novel (not a sequel) as the previous year(s).
Post Count - Some of the best-known NaNoWriMo forumgoers are the ones with the highest post counts. The NaNoWriMo forum has an entire subforum devoted to procrastination, which is filled with games and conversation threads. Some users use these threads simply to increase their post counts.
Self-Deprecation - Participants tend to frequently criticise their own novel's plot, characters, and (especially) blunders — but mostly in good humor; blunders in particular are lovingly christened "Nanoisms" (allegedly a portmanteau of "Nanowrimo" and "aneurysm").
Thread Hopping - When the quick reply method was still around, some users would just read the first post, scroll to the quick reply section of the page, and reply without reading any of the other responses, especially for threads of the "share with the group" nature.