I've been incredibly busy since I put out the idea for a series of awards as a way to help generate links to, and thereby call more attention to, some of the best Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino tips that have been posted for Show 'n Tell Thursday. I'm still incredibly busy, but I'm finally going to do it. So, here it is: the official start of nominations.
Since I came up with the awards idea, and I'll run the nominations and voting, my SnTT posts are ineligible. Not that I've made that many, anyhow.
I am allowed to nominate other people's posts, and I do intend to do so.
This will be an ongoing process, with several groups of categories announced at a time. I honestly haven't thought of what all the categories will be, or what order they'll be opened up.
Posts made for a few days after opening of nominations is announced can be eligible. Think of this as incentive to finish up and post any gems that you've been sitting on for a while.
I will announce opening of nominations for a group of categories on one day. I will announce the last posting day for articles eligible for nomination. I will announce the last day for nominations. I will announce the day that voting begins. I'm thinking of seven day intervals in all cases, but I reserve the right to change my mind. I also reserve the right to be too busy to stick to announced deadlines on occasion, though I'll try to keep to them.
Unless otherwise noted, when the call for nominations is made for a particular category, nominated posts must be SnTT posts. That means that they are labeled, tagged, categorized, or otherwise identified as "SnTT", "Show 'n Tell Thursday", "Show-n-Tell Thursday", etc, They don't have to appear in the SnTT aggregator, or any of the indexes that I've posted. (I do intend to have some nomination categories for non-SnTT tip posts somewhere along the line, but when and how many? That's undetermined.)
"Seconds" are not required, but insightful comments in support of nominations are welcome. Especially welcome are posts in people's own blogs, mentioning and linking to nominations and nominated posts!
To Nominate A Post
Here is what you need to do:
Post a nomination, somewhere. If you have a blog, post it there. If not, find another way to get it posted Ask a blogger to post it for you. Put it in a forum on DeveloperWorks, on OpenNTF, or the user group site. Don't post your nomination as a response to the post you are nominating.
In your nomination post, be sure to mention the title and subject matter of the post, the name of the poster, and the award category you are nominating the post for. Including key words like "Lotus", "Notes", "Domino", etc., is also a really good idea to help those search engines understand the context behind the link in your post.
And of course, be sure to link to the actual post you are nominating. Try to make your link text descriptive of the problem that the tip is solving, as this really helps make these great tips show up for the appropriate search engine queries.
Also, describe why you think the post deserves an award. You don't have to gush, but do say why you think it's a great tip.
Post a link to your nomination in a response to this post, and again be sure to mention the title of the post, the name of the poster, and the category you are nominating the post for. This is critical, because if I don't know about your nomination, it's not a nomination!
Encourage people who might agree with your nomination to do their own posts mentioning the nomination in their own blogs, linking both to your nomination and to the original post. Note: people commenting on nominations are, of course, welcome to include links to this post, but I am not asking for such links. The goal here is to build relevance for the great tips out there, not for the awards themselves, and not for my blog.
Now, for today's categories... We'll start with three:
Best Notes Client UI Development Tip
Best Domino Web Development UI Tip
Best Domino Messaging Administration Tip
Don't worry if your favorite post doesn't fit these categories. There will be more categories. I've thought of a bunch more, in development, admin, and end-user areas, but I want to do this in small batches so as not to spread the effort thinly right from the beginning. If you have suggestions for particular categories that I should open up for nominations in future groupings, please do let me know.
Nominations in these categories are open now. Comments on the nominations are open now.
Posts are eligible for nomination if they are available on the web on or before 2 November 2006. (Get those gems in these categories posted ASAP!!)
Nominations for these categories are open until 9 November 2006.
Comments on nominations in these categories are open 16 November 2006. Voting begins on that day.
Voting on nominations in these categories will close on 23 November, 2006.
That about wraps it up. Get working on those nominations!!
P.S. We haven't figured out what to call these awards yet. I was thinking of honoring Bruce and Rocky for starting the ball rolling, by combining their names, as in "Broc...", but the best I came up with was "Brocade", which could be the "Bruce and Rocky Academy" or something like that, although that's about as much liberty as one can take with an acronym. Or there's the "Broccoli" awards, for maybe "Bruce and Rocky's Collaborative Initiative", but.... nah!
1. Bruce Perry10/26/2006 02:05:16 AM
How about the Broci (as in BRuce ROcky and Isomething or other). I leave a good I word up to your imagination. Mine is failing me just now. Everybody knows all the good awards end in Y or IE.
2. Adeleida10/26/2006 03:42:12 AM
Great idea, thanks, as these posts take so much time to do, and they need recognition. I see no reason why yours can not be nominated also.
On nominating a post: First price would be for people to put some html underneath that just provides a link: Nominate for xyz SNTT award which opens up a form (that, well, someone has created somewhere, hint hint) pre-populated with the post's url, title and author. :)
3. Giuseppe10/26/2006 10:37:16 AM
FYI: link for "Show 'n Tell Thursday" in your post is broken
4. Rob McDonagh10/26/2006 10:51:12 AM
Why not call them the ROBES awards? RockyOliverBruceElgortShow?
5. Rob McDonagh10/26/2006 10:53:38 AM
Just realized - ROBES is actually appropriate given the standard SnTT logo has a flasher opening a robe/coat. heh
6. Richard Schwartz10/26/2006 11:37:15 AM
@3 Giuseppe: Thanks. Fixing it now.
@4,5 Captain: Not a bad idea. I kind of like it.
@2 Adelaida: Neat idea, though I don't know how to do that in a standardized way without breaking the idea of spreading the nominations themselves across many sites to improve relevance for search engines.
@1 Bruce: "Broci"... is that a long "o" ("broke eye"), or a short "o" ("broc ee")?
7. Bruce Perry10/26/2006 11:54:11 AM
@6, short "o", ("broc ee")
8. Dan Sickles10/26/2006 03:26:26 PM
How 'bout the "Elgort Oliver Awards"?
9. Dan Sickles10/26/2006 06:02:57 PM
10. Richard Schwartz10/26/2006 06:23:53 PM
@8,9 Dan: "Bruceky"... I like! Not to be confised with Teddy Bruschi of the N.E. Patriots, of course.
11. Bruce Elgort10/28/2006 09:44:18 PM
Too funny guys......
No need to honor Rocky and I. I do however like the Robes
Maybe we can have you on a podcast to announce the winners etc. You are in fact a Taking Notes podcast virgin Rich.
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