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Nominations Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I nominate a blog for The 2006 Weblog Awards?

A: Leave a comment in the associated nomination post with the blog name and URL.

Q:How do I leave a comment?

A: The best way to comment is to sign in via SixApart's Typekey service. That allows us to protect against spammers and automated comment bots. Comments from non-Typekey accounts will be accepted, but could be moderated - delaying their appearance.

Q:I don't want to use Typekey, isn't there another option?

A: You can leave a comment without a Typekey login, though it may take up to a day for your comment to appear.

Q:Will Typekey be required for voting?

A: No.

Q: How will finalist be picked?

A: To understand how 15 finalists in each category will be picked you first have to understand how they were nominated. Since you're reading this you're probably aware of the call for nominations for all of the award categories. In 2005 there were about 3000 nominations for the various categories, and we expect more this year.

For the most part if a site is not nominated it wont be considered as a finalist in a category. For everyone who will complain that we "missed" one site or another, our question to you is, "did you nominate them?" We don't have ESP here at The Weblog Awards, though it a oft requested feature.

Q: I nominated XXX, but don't see them as a finalist. Why is XXX not included?

A: Several thousand blogs will be nominated. Of the hundreds nominated in each category there's at most 10 to 15 up for voting. Many, many excellent blogs are not going to be finalists, so prepare yourself for disappointment.

You are, of course, free to disagree with the finalists we choose, but denigrating the sites selected will not be tolerated. Calling such and such site "shitty", "lame", etc. is a pretty cruel thing to do, especially since many of the sites nominated didn't even know they would be included. If you don't like the choices available don't participate.

Q: No offense, but some of the nominations in Best XXX suck. Those are not the best XXX... YYY and XXX are much better.

A: See the previous entry. Offense taken. Throwing backhanded insults at nominees or finalists is not a good way to enter the discussion....

Q: I'm a finalist and I don't want to participate. Can you remove me from the poll?

A: No. Due to the complexities of the poll creation process it will be a one time only process. Additions and deletions to the list of finalists will not be made. If you don't want your weblog to be linked to you can block or redirect incoming traffic...

Comments (16)

Why don't you have an environment category? Seems that the growing number of blogs in this category, and the growing importance of the subject matter in modern discourse, and growing public interest in reading about it and discussing it....

I'd like to recommend two New Categories, possibly for next year:

Best Illegal Immigration Blog
Best Terrorism Blog

Considering these are the biggest issues of our time, not just in America, but world-wide, these blogs are doing a HUGE service. It's a thankless - and highly persecuted - job, but someone has got to do it. There are some bloggers out there who are literally risking their lives to educate the public about the gathering threat. It'd be nice for them to get some recognition.

Where can I find FAQ about this whole thing? I would like to nominate Planck's Constant as the most clueless blog: http://plancksconstant.org/

Also, what is a blog?

Also when do the nominations close? I'd like to slip in the choices at the very last minute.

So the nominees are boiled down to by the Weblog Awards folks?

I know it's too late for this time, but maybe for 2007 you could consider best academic blog, best anti-sexism or -racism blog, best feminist blog...

Hey, it looks like the commenters are suggesting new categories. There are so many special interest blog communities; so here are a few more suggestions: fashion (Manolo's Shoe Blog), gardening (Garden Rant), cooking, sewing/knitting (not crafts but craftsmen such as A Dress A Day), place blogs, nature blogs. It really looks like men selected the topic blogs, because it is heavy on typically male interests such as sports and military.

Your FAQ asks "How will finalists be picked?" but it does not actually answer the question. I realize not everyone can be picked and most will be disappointed. But it would still be nice to have that question actually answered.

I want to nominate
for Best Blog.
Thank you,

I second the suggestion for a category for food blogs next year.

Next year, maybe a category for best ex-pat blog? Everyone I want to nominate is thrown around in too many categories.

Why was the Best Religious Blog category killed?

The religious blog category was an experiment - as are all new categories. I wasn't entirely happy with the category last year - too many bloggers that might have fallen in the confines of the category were in the political categories, and many of the blogs in the category focused on lots of other stuff beside religion.

"The religious blog category... too many bloggers that might have fallen in the confines of the category were in the political categories, and many of the blogs in the category focused on lots of other stuff beside religion."

Hmmm... so how does this differ in the "Media", "Military", "Business", "LGBT", "Culture", etc. etc. etc.

I was out of town for the past couple weeks and my friend was going to nominate my site, but he forgot. Is there anyway to add it to the Best New Blogs Catagory? If not I understand.

Thanks very much,


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