Every year the issue of opting out of The Weblog Awards arises, this year is no different...
To answer those questions, I''ll quote directly from The Weblog Awards FAQ
Q: Can my site be removed from The Weblog Awards poll in the XXX category?
A: Short answer: No.
Long answer: I will not be removing sites from the polls or the listings. Mostly this is due to the time and expense involved in creating the Flash polls. In case you haven't noticed there are a lot of them. The process of building those polls was time consuming and labor intensive - a process no one is eager to revisit. There approximately 500 blogs included as finalists this year in 45 categories (polls), which equals lots of work to put together. Time and money was budgeted to creating the polls, not rebuilding them while we try to run the contest.
The nomination process began in early November and the finalist selection process took two weeks after that. We even announced the finalist two days before polling started. All during that time we would have worked with sites that didn't want to participate, but arranging this listing is a huge undertaking, especially when you consider that we try to ensure each poll is representative, balanced, and competitive, all the while limiting sites to appearing in one category (with the exception of the Best Blog, Best Podcast, and Video of the Year categories).
At this point no one new is getting into the finalist listings, and no one there is getting out or being moved. It will all be over Friday.