I have to agree with bloodnight here, but not for his reasons
Of course these are going to boil down to a popularity contest, and it's because of the way they're set up...
Honestly if they wanted to make it fair, they would have compiled a list of sites eligable for each of the categories. A lot of work I'm sure, but then the lesser known comics would have gotten a fair shake at a nomination because voters would have gone out and looked at the sites they never heard of before making nominations... They also should have allowed up to 7 or even 10 nominations per category. This helps eliminate ties and again gives lesser known comics a fair shake
2 benefits here. One: the community itself becomes more aware of comics that aren't normally going to be on the top of comic lists which alredy are popularity contests, Two: It guarantees a fair nomination process
without that list, people do what people do... and that means they nominate for the comics they know, and voila instant popularity contest
I mean honestly take a look at the sci fi nominations and then go to any web comic index. Other then Dicebox, you can find 3 better sci-fi comics on the first page of any comic list...even the 4th page...not knocking the humor oriented strips, but I don't put them in the same category as true science fiction
Again, shouldn't it be up to the folks running it to figure out which comics are eligable and which aren't... should a humorous comic be in the same category as a serious sci-fi comic? Even the Emmy's separate these categories, and rightfully so.
With the Oscars they do an elligability list with all films for any given category, then a short list (those that recieved nominations), then a narrowing to the top 5, then a vote.
Anyways, without a rules change or at least category clarification, this is my first and most likely last signup for these awards. I'm still deciding on whether or not I plan on bothering casting a ballot this year
If you have any doubt as to how flawed your current system is, when the voting is done, compare the number of nominations any strip got, then compare to the number of votes... I'm sure that from a percentage stand point there will be little variation, but if the only mission here is to get more recognition for very popular comics, what's the point? That IS what the comic listing sites are for...
as for the outstanding website design question posed previously, if a website design wins or is nominated one year, and it isn't changed during the next year, why should it be eligable again? In the Olympics, the athlete has to perform again to win, on the web, you can have a well designed site and leave it alone, and that's still eligable why? If they redesign it, sure, if not it shouldn't be eligable 2 years in a row....