16:25: Just finished work and had a look around the polls and some very interesting moves in some categories. One category has three heavyweights neck and neck and I don't mind telling you it's interesting. I've stopped voting for any ot these as I want to see how it turns out. I've also stopped voting for myself for now, [though I hope you don't, of course]. OK, so now to business:
1] Let's now put a lid on the whole "skewing" business until it's all over. Please heed this. I made comments earlier today myself but no more. I regret them now.
2] Banner - feel free to take the banner and display it on your site. There's no decision yet but we're currently discussing possible banners for "finalist" and "winner" too.
3] A review will take place via e-mail on Thursday evening about the whole matter. Blogpowerers are suggesting that all results need to be validated by all participants. It's not a bad idea i.e. the option is given for participants to express their views.
I can tell you now that there will be no "harsh solutions", however this discussion goes. We have one or two excellent suggestions on how to defuse the situation so that all participants leave happy. And I mean ALL participants. We would like people to go away with a good taste in their mouths and thereby see how Blogpower operates.
09:33, London time, Saturday: There are always going to be allegations in these sorts of things and I'm not sure what to make of the latest ones communicated to me about certain people using multiple IP addresses to vote. Don't think there's much in this, to be honest.
Great to see some "sleepers" now starting to move in the polls.
If you want to know whom I'm voting for, apart from myself, it's all those in my blogroll, plus Chip and a few others.
21:50: The Thunderdragon's banner is now available and we'll offer them more formally later. I think the boys did a good job, don't you?
18:25, London time:
1] Is everyone aware of the voting system? You should be if you're in these polls and those who support you too.
2] As you'll quite possibly be receiving one of these things, you might like to give your opinion of our banner below, whether or not you're a Blogpowerer.
16:56, London time, Friday: More on the same. Interesting, huh?
05:29, London time, Friday: There are two new issues.
1] Awards banners and awards ceremony. Time to think about this and The ThunderDragon and The Last Ditch seem to have this in hand. Hopefully, they'll post on this early next week, closer to the end of the awards. Also, Ian, at Shades of Grey, has produced the mock-up on the left. What do you think of it?
2] Undue influence. There are three allegations which have been made both by e-mail and in one comment on a post:
a] A particular British political group has hijacked and skewed the results by waging a concerted campaign to artificially boost its candidate's results in particular categories not, for example, in Category 17 where they don't have anyone.
Reply: Blogpower certainly believes so and has taken advice on the matter. The advice is substantially that there's nothing within the rules of the awards that we can do to stop them. We can only trust that people see through them.
b] Blogpower itself is directing people to vote Blogpower. James Higham, as their spokesman on this has been running editorials designed to get people to vote for Blogpower members.
Reply: We have certainly urged BP members to vote BP but nowhere do we ask people outside to do so. Yes - there have been BP editorials for BP members because this is our only "forum site". The other is a "profile site and RSS feed". We don't use linkable separate pages - members simply post on the 2 column main page for all to see. This has always been our way.
Perhaps for future awards, all BP comment could go to a separate page. Certainly for now, any "editorial" will go after the navigation post.
c] James Higham has artificially skewed results by getting people to vote for him.
Reply: I hereby offer $100 to any person who can show definitive documentary proof that Higham asked anyone to vote for him personally. I can also show documentary proof in the form of five e-mails I sent last evening that I wanted people NOT to vote for me but for other candidates instead. I also offered to withdraw from the Blogpower category on the grounds of "conflict of interest".18:23, London time, Thursday: 19 and 20 are both up.
08:41, my time, Thursday: People, it's not good enough, I know, but I've run out of time getting Categories 19 and 20 up but they'll just have to start this evening. The day job is from 10:00 to 20:00 on a Thursday and there's heaps I still haven't done.
Some have e-mailed me as to what the heck Blogpower is anyway. This post might help. Sorry, have to run now.
23:57, my time: Good night, sleep tight! Categories 19 and 20 will be dealt with tomorrow morning, sorry. Any suggestions how to do them?
18:23, London time: I know there are some hyperlinks missing. Can any of the admins do that in the meantime?