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Weblog Awards Notes (Wednesday)

There's many topics to cover today.

First up, poll lockouts. From my response in the support thread (with clarity edits):

OK here's the deal. We never trusted users local time, since sooner or later they would have figured out to set their clocks back and vote again... We use the server time.

The server time (due to full hardware replacement Monday) was mistakenly set to what I'm pretty sure was GMT. That puts it 5 hours ahead of the time on the old server (EDT), and I didn't catch it until Tuesday evening. Now that the time has been changed to the proper time zone on the server there's a 29 hour lockout for SOME people - JUST FOR TODAY. New voters aren't subject to it at all. Both Pete and I have tested this and the polls do appear to unlock at the 29 hour mark.

Of course that hasn't stopped the reports of extended lockouts. We've made one last change on the off chance that Monday's server failure did more damage than we could see. The poll software version was upgraded meaning everyone should now be able to vote.

We're not talking votes, just the time stamps locking people out from voting. As a result of the upgrade, everyone gets new 24 clocks on every poll. Again I'm not sure if it was absolutely necessary, but the boatloads of panicked e-mails indicate that it was an issue to those who have already voted. I want to error to the side of inclusion rather than exclusion, so the change was made.

Next up, RSS/Atom feeds. Have a look at the Best Blog or Best Group Blog categories and you'll see feed icons next to the finalists. Kind of cool, huh?

I'd like to get feed links on every category page, but to do so I need some help. If you've got a few minutes to spare drop me a line at kevin at weblogawards dot org and I'll send you the formats I need and the category to work on. It's mostly a cut and past work, with a little bit of sleuthing (since some sites don't prominently identify their feeds) mixed in. Don't bother sending me individual sites feed links, I need entire categories. If you're up for that challenge see below for examples of the exact styling I need.

Feed Listing Example

Feeds should be listed in the following order of preference: RSS, Atom, RDF. If a site has RSS use that. Blogspot sites typically have only Atom. Here's an example of the exact formatting of the code I need.

Example of a RSS feed (Captain's Quarters):

<a href="http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/index.xml"><img alt="Subscribe to RSS feed" src="http://weblogawards.org/images/rss.gif" width="36" height="14" /></a>  

Example of an Atom feed (The Huffington Post):

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/full_atom.xml"><img alt="Subscribe to Atom feed" src="http://weblogawards.org/images/atom.gif" width="36" height="14" /></a>  

Example of a RDF feed for (Kevin Drum's Political Animal at Washington Monthly):

<a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/index.rdf"><img alt="Subscribe to RDF/RSS 1.0 feed" src="http://weblogawards.org/images/rdf.gif" width="36" height="14" /></a>  

All you need to do is copy the three samples and paste in the feed link to all 15 entrants, using the correct format (RSS, Atom, RDF). If a site has no feed, just put NONE on that line. Notice that the site name and link aren't required as that information is already in the page.

Are you up for the challenge?



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