Daily Notes - January 4

As we count down to the polls opening there's a few items of interest to pass on...

Polls will open on Jan. 5, but we don't have the exact time they'll open yet determined.  I know this may be an inconvenience to some, but we have to make sure everything is working before we get started.  All the polls are built, we're just running through our final tests to ensure the voting process is smooth.  If the polls don't open until the evening of the 5th we'll extend voting until Jan. 13 to give a full 7 days (and change) for voting.  We're shooting for an afternoon or morning kickoff for voting.

If you are a finalist and you haven't got you finalist badge, go here to get them.  We recommend changing the link to your poll page.

Embeddable polls (where you show the voting screen on your site) will roll out Tuesday or Wednesday.  We delay this to give traffic a chance to stabilize and so that we can phase the implementation of this feature.  Details on how to get the code and how to embed the poll on your page will be sent to the Weblog Awards New mailing list and published on each individual poll page.

To make sure our site is available for the crush tomorrow we have completely disabled comments to cut down server load they generate.  You can use Twitter, the forums, or e-mail is you need to reach us.

We'll see everyone tomorrow!

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