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2014 Rules and Regulations

The 2014 SA Blog Awards will be held online. The top 3 blogs in each category will be published online along with winners in each category along with the overall winner.

The phased roll out will be as follows.

1.    Registration phase
  1. Only bloggers residing in South Africa are eligible to register and enter the SA Blog Awards.
  2. Each blogger may enter into two categories.
  3. After the registration closes, the entries will go into a public vote phase.
  4. Registered bloggers, will be confirmed via email or sms.
  5. Eligible and confirmed registered blogs will be sent a SA Blog Awards vote badge embed code.
  6. The code is to be embeded on the applicable blog.
  7. This code will link to a badge which is then displayed on the blogs, indicating the request to vote.
  8. The registration phase will be an online procedure.
  9. The registration phase will close on Friday 21 November 2014. 23:59.
  10. No further registrations will be accepted after this time.
  11. Entrants will be mailed their embed code for vote badges to embed on their blogs shortly after the registration phase is closed.
  12. These badges should be embedded prior to the public vote phase which starts on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.
2.    Public vote phase.
  1. The public vote phase will run from Tuesday, 25 November 2014 until Friday 31 December 2014 at 23:59
  2. The public vote phase is open to everyone.
  3. Each member of the public during the vote phase may vote only once for their favourite blog per category.
  4. Public notification and vote process publicity will happen accordingly.
  5. The public may vote in more than one category.
  6. The top 3 blogs in each category will move into the judge’s phase.
  7. Any votes cast after the closing date and time of the public vote phase will be discarded.
  8. SA Blog Awards reserves the right to extend the public vote phase.
3.    Judges Vote phase
  1. The SA Blog Awards judges will judge the top 3 blogs in each of the categories.
  2. Judges will rank the 3 blogs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  3. The judging phase will commence after the public vote phase has been completed.
  4. The blog with the most 1st place positions as decided by the judges will be the winner in that category.
  5. In the event of a 1st place tie in any category, the winner will be decided by most votes during the public vote phase.
4.    Overall winner.
  1. The judges will choose one overall winner from the winner of each category.
  2. The blog with the most votes from the judges for the overall position will be the winner of the SA Blog Awards.
  3. In the event that there is a tie for the overall winner, the overall winner will be decided by most 1st place votes from the judges category vote phase.
  4. In the event that there is a further tie for the overall winner, the result will be determined by looking at which blog received the most votes during the public vote phase for the tied blogs.
5.    Announcements.
  1. Category and overall winners will be announced online on the SA Blog Awards website on 31 January 2015.
6.    Prizes and Accolades.
  1. Category winners and overall winners will receive a Category winners badge or Categories runners up badge, which they may embed on their blog showcasing their winner or runner up status.
  2. The SA Blog Awards is of the opinion that the SA Blog Awards Category winners badges and Overall winners badges add tremendous credibility and status to the Bloggers and Blogs, and is an excellent way to showcase their recognition of work.
7.   Summary.
  1. Each category will end with the top 3 bloggers in South Africa.
  2. The overall winner will be determined from the winners of each category.
Rules and regulations.
  1. All registrations must provide full contact details. ( These details are strictly confidential ).
  2. Should any details required not be provided in full, the SA Blog Awards reserves the right to discard the entry.
  3. Blog names may have any name, but the blog must be registered to a contactable human.
  4. All blogs must have a verifiable URL.
  5. All registrations in the top 3 in each category must be confirmed before going to the judging phase.
  6. Any unconfirmed registrations prior to the judging phase will be discarded. It is vital that all entrants supply all correct contact details.
  7. All bloggers must be contactable in South Africa.
  8. In the event that a blog falls out of the top 3, for any reason, then the fourth place blog from the public vote phase will be moved up to the 3rd place.
  9. No blogs will be accepted which contravene the constitution of South Africa. This includes blogs which contain sexually explicit material, condones violence or religious discrimination.
  10. The above rules and regulations will be determined by the management of the SA Blog Awards. Any contravention of the above rules and regulations may result in the immediate removal of a registration or blog without consultation.
  11. The judges and SA Blog Awards decision will be final.
  12. No sponsors or organisers are eligible to enter any blogs.
  13. Any votes or registrations made outside of the allocated time frames will be discarded.
Disclaimer
By entering the SA Blog Awards it is understood that The SA Blog Awards cannot be held liable for any actions or outcomes of the awards. The SA Blog Awards is merely a method of ranking and assisting bloggers, and is recognised as an informal social process. The SA Blog Awards is in no way connected, nor has any influence on the writings, or posts in any format of the bloggers who have registered. The SA Blog Awards cannot be held liable for the actions of the nominated or registered bloggers. It is also recognised that due to the nature of the blogging, and the fact the process is a social process which plays itself out in a public space the SA Blog Awards has no involvement in the public voting process. Furthermore it is understood that the process of the blog awards is constantly evolving and that the rules and format of the awards in its current form can change in order to facilitate the processes.