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December 16, 2006

Voting Closes For The 2006 Weblog Awards

Voting for The 2006 Weblog Awards is now closed. There were 526,974 votes cast in 45 categories over the 8 days of voting - two less than last year. Final results will be announced Monday, December 18, 2006.

Nominations for The 2007 Weblog Awards will begin in September 2007, with voting at the end of October 2007, all leading up to the live presentation of The Weblog Awards at the Blog World & New Media Expo in Las Vegas in early November 2007. That's right, there will be a live awards ceremony next year!

To see the polls for The 2006 Weblog Awards follow the links below.

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December 15, 2006

Friday Notes

Today is the last day of voting in The 2006 Weblog Awards. Get out and vote!

I haven't completely totaled up all the numbers yet, but from my estimates it looks like total votes cast will easily top 500,000 votes and could end up closer to one million votes cast. Thanks for making this the biggest and smoothest Weblog Awards yet!

More later...

Thursday Notes

Today's topic is cheating...

At The Weblog Awards cheaters never prosper, or at least they never prosper for long. There's a reason we state very clearly that results are not final until certified - the reason is we log and inspect everything. We're in the fourth year of this competition and we've seen just about every kind of attempt at cheating, and we've caught and removed them all. This year will probably be no different.

It's also worth noting that to date there have been no verified incidents of cheating. All of the reports we've investigated to this point have not shown any cheating. That could change as we get more reports. If we do find poll where there is cheating, we will note it in the poll, note the number of illegal votes, then remove those votes from the totals.

The rules are very clear... one vote every 24 hours, and we enforce them.

December 14, 2006

Wednesday Notes

If you're looking for the voting polls, follow this link or scroll down the page.

Today's note concerns one message that only a very, very small percentage of users are seeing. When trying to vote some users are seeing this pop-up message"

Error: Insufficient storage space to run poll.

That's an Adobe Flash setting that needs to be adjusted - one that's outside of our control. Click the "Allow" button and the error message will disappear, and you'll be able to vote in all the polls. You may need to reload your browser session after seeing that message, but most voters will never see this error.

December 13, 2006

Tuesday Notes

Today's note is about sponsors. You may notice that there are two listed, Blog World & New Media Expo and Wizbang. Those two sites are sponsors because I run the later and am helping out with the former. Neither of those are actual paying sponsors.

How does that relate to The Weblog Awards?

Well it means that, aside from customized site badges for winners, there aren't any "prizes" for winners or finalists. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the contest is about fun and exposure for all of the participant as opposed to financial glory.

Of course we'd love to give all of the finalists and winners a bushel of prizes, but there's the small problem of the fact that we spend so much time prepping the awards and making sure things run properly we never seem to get around to trying to find prize sponsors.

I mention all of this because I've been contacted by a company about providing a prize for the winner of one specific category. I see no reason to reject a willing prize donor, so I'll finalize that deal on Tuesday.

Although it might be a little too late to make the offer, if you or your company want to sponsor an award for a category (or multiple categories) we're open to your proposals. If accepted we'll note your contribution of prizes on the applicable poll page and forward you the e-mail address of the winner(s).

If you're interested in sponsoring a prize for one or more categories, you can contact me at: sponsors at weblogwards dot org.

December 11, 2006

Monday Notes

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.

December 9, 2006

Saturday Notes

A quick update on yesterday's problems. Due to my travel schedule I wasn't able to babysit the server for most of the day. We did have a MySQL issue where the database wasn't completely releasing resources. After six (or so) hours this would eventually drain server memory to the point that the server would become unresponsive. We've fixed that with a chron script to restart the database occasionally and it seems to resolved the issue.

If you're having issues voting check The Weblog Awards Forum where you can ask questions and look through the FAQ's.

December 8, 2006

Friday Notes

We've received some reports of errors loading polls in the early morning hours. Those issues appear to have been fixed.

The first day of voting is always the most hectic as we are dealing with 10,000 to 20,000 visitors an hour. This will calm down over the weekend which will make the site load faster for everyone. If you're loading a poll over a dial-up modem it can take a few seconds after the page finishes loading for the text to appear in the poll.


Update: We've had some unplanned downtime. We're working on adding an additional database server to help with the load.

December 7, 2006

Patience

So you're probably here looking for the voting screens, right?

The polls will start appearing this afternoon and into the evening. There's a lot of behind the scenes work that has to be finished before we can release the polls. We're working as fast as possible, but it's worth noting that we've hit all our schedule deadlines to this point in the process, and we'll make this one as well...

December 3, 2006

Weblog Award Notes

The Best Campaign Blog category has been dropped, leaving us with a mere 45 categories...

The Best Campaign Blog category was a new addition to The Weblog Awards this year, and after checking the nomination I wasn't convinced that we would have been able to field a good slate of finalists for the category. We'll keep the category in mind for future editions.

December 1, 2006

Voting Rules

Voting Rules:

  • Polls close at 11:59 PM (US - Eastern) December 15, 2006.
  • You may vote once every 24 hours in each poll.
  • After voting in an individual poll you will be locked out from voting again in that poll (on the computer you voted from) for 24 hours.
  • Each poll has its own separate 24 hour lockout control. Voting in, for example, Best Blog will not lock you out of voting in other categories.
  • Vote totals are not final until certified.
  • Vote totals are subject to periodic correction for identified cheating.
  • Cheaters will be banned from the site.
  • We reserve the right to close some or all polls earlier than the posted end date.
Welcome to The 2006 Weblog Awards!

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition, with over 525,000 votes cast in the 2006 edition for finalists in 45 categories. Nominations ended November 24, and voting was conducted between December 7 and December 15. Final results will be announced Dec. 18, 2006.

Comments have been disabled, but you are invited to join us in The Weblog Awards discussion forums if you want to talk about the awards, the nominees, or ask questions.

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