Thursday, November 27, 2008

UBC awards update

Today I tallied the votes for the UBC media/blog awards -- results & other info at

We welcome (back) new entrant the Knoll!

Future UBC vote tally dates will be December 11, January 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Vancouver awards morphing to BC ranking

With the municipal elections behind us, the Vancouver Election Blog Awards will now become the British Columbia Politics Blog Ranking. Provincial election and referendum are are only 6 months away!

Check out the total awards won by each Vancouver blog from May through November 2008.

We are building a new scalable website platform for media/blog voting. To conserve time and funds for that, the B.C. blog ranking will not have awards for now, and will be updated monthly instead of weekly. The UBC blog awards will continue, at least through their election in late January 2009.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

UBC Blog Awards Update

Today I tallied the votes for the UBC media/blog competition -- awards & other info at

The next three voting periods will be longer than one week each, because of Christmas, my travel plans, and trying to get more votes per period. This will also save time & money for weekly awards in the January 2009 run-up to the AMS election, and for building the next generation voter media web platform (now in design phase).

So future UBC vote tally dates will be November 27, December 11, January 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Langara Blog Contest on hold

Thank you to everyone involved with the Langara Blog Contest! Unfortunately it hasn't caught on with Langara students. But the good news is that I've learned enough from the successes and failures of contests at Langara, UBC, SFU, city of Vancouver and elsewhere, that I'm planning a new web platform for future competitions.

So I'm putting the Langara Blog Contest on hold until sometime in 2009, when I plan to have a new system rolling out. Meanwhile you can still see the Vancouver (soon to be B.C.) contest at, and the UBC contest at I'll keep the Langara blog links at

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vancouver awards update

I did the weekly tally update today -- see new ballot & blog links.

Vancouver election is this Saturday Nov 15! Be sure to vote.

After next Monday Nov 17, the Vancouver Election Blog Awards will change dramatically. I'll blog about it then.

So I'll accumulate this week's awards through next week, and pay them all out after that.

BTW I couldn't revive my PC that crashed a week ago, so last Tuesday I bought a Mac. Now learning how to set up and use this new hardware & software system...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stopped publishing UBC voters' names

I'm no longer publishing the names of voters in the UBC media/blog awards competition. I was publishing them for reasons described in this earlier post. But the data organization required is cumbersome, many voters opt out (i.e. publishing is not popular), and I'm not sure how much benefit there is.

I welcome comments on either side of this question, and any other ideas for increasing voter turnout!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

UBC update

I've just tallied the votes for the UBC Weekly VoterMedia Awards. Voters awarded $100 to newcomer FairVote UBC, $40 to UBC Insiders, $30 to Devil's Advocate, $20 to Global Ink, and $10 to Heart of Eden.

We welcome new blog entrant UBC Years!

I've updated the ballot -- see voting instructions at But I haven't updated the website with this week's results yet -- coming soon...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vancouver update

I did the weekly tally update today -- see new ballot & blog links.

With less than 2 weeks to the municipal elections, I'm preparing for the next stage of evolution of voter funded media system designs. The two-part ballot we used in the past week (funding vote for top ten, yes/no vote for the rest) was interesting, but difficult to tally and re-rank consistently.

So this week I'd like to try a very simple design: approval voting, much like at

My main computer crashed yesterday and is still down, so it's hard for me to update the votermedia website with today's tally results. I'll try to get to it soon.