Embedded Polls Now Available!

We've really racked our brains this year for the optimal way to get embedded polls out, versus our need to keep things under control.  After much thought we've settled on the following process. 

In return for the massively fun opportunity of hosting polls from The 2008 Weblog Awards site on your site you'd agree to:

1) Post the poll code in the extended entry portion of a blog post.  Basically this means that the poll cannot appear on the main page of your site, but must be on its own page.  In Movable Type and Typepad this area is called Extended Entry in the new post screen.  In WordPress you use the Insert More tag button on the posted editing screen, making sure to place our code below the divider.  In Expression Engine this area is called Extended text in the post editing screen.  For sites on Blogger you will need to have individual entry posts enabled and create a backdated post that doesn't doesn't appear on your main page.

2) Allocate a 468x720 section for the poll within the post.  Height isn't usually a problem - width can occasionally be an issue.

3) Post the code on just one post.  If you want to refer you readers back to voting booth throughout The 2008 Weblog Awards you will direct them to your original post OR remove the code from the old post and put it in the extended entry of a new post.

4) Remove the poll code from your site if requested.  There may be some unforeseen issue that necessitates that the embedded poll be closed.  In that case I will need your assistance in removing the code.

5) Accept the possibility that we may block the code from appearing on your site for any reason, and with no warning.  We don't anticipate needing to do this, but we want to let everyone know that it's a possibility.

6) Your site must be able to embed an IFRAME in a post.  There is no option to use JavaScript.

7) Understand that after Jan. 13, 2009 the poll will still display, but the voting booth will be changed to a static graphic.

If, after reading through all of those conditions, you are still interested in hosting polls send us the following information via e-mail (awards at weblogawards dot org):

1) The name of the poll you wish to host

2) The name and URL of the site where the poll will be displayed.

3) An affirmation that you understand and agree to the conditions as outlined above.  

After we approve your request we will send you the code to embed the requested poll on your site.  Please allow a few hours for us to get back to you.  The poll code itself is simply an IFRAME, which is easy to insert and will protect your page load times in the event that our site is slow.

Right now this offer is for finalists only.  We may allow non-finalist sites to host polls later in the week.


About The Weblog Awards

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 edition and nearly two million votes cast in all editions since 2003.


For The 2008 Weblog Awards open and public nominations in 48 categories began on November 3, 2008.  Voting for selected finalists is expected begin in early December 2008.


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