Q:How do I nominate a blog for a Weblog Award?
A: Leave a comment in the associated nomination post with the blog name and URL.
Q:How do I leave a comment?
A: You will need to signup with SixApart's Typekey service, which allows us to verify identities and protect against spammers and automated comment bots.
Q:I don't want to use Typekey, isn't there another option?
A: Sorry no. A bonus to signing up with Typekey is that your Typekey identity will allow you to comment on thousands of blogs that require Typekey registration with little extra effort on your part. At the Typekey login screen there is an option to keep yourself logged into the Typekey service for up to two weeks - which means you won't need to present credentials on ANY Typekey enabled blog during that period.
Q:Will Typekey be required for voting?
A: No. Only the open nomination process is using Typekey.
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 2004 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 15 up for voting. Many, many excellent blogs are not going to be finalists, so prepare yourself for disappointment. It should be noted that
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 there are way to block or redirect incoming traffic...