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March 8, 2007

Stormhoek slips


The blog culture is exploding in South Africa. There are masses of new blogs every day and standards of design and culture are of world rank.
The finalists in the South African Blog Awards race were announced this week with some of the outstanding creations nominated for awards in several categories.
The overall standard of the entries is highlighted by the inability of Stormhoek to get a nomination in any category.
Stormhoek was recently chosen by judges at the American Blog Awards as the 2nd Best Wine Blog in the world. But you have to note that all of those judges were Americans. And they were only judging wine blogs.
In the SA awards food and drink category, the finalists are :

We are honoured to be working in the same field as these outstanding publications.
However, we also didn’t make it in any of the other 15 categories, some of which we have tried industriously to be good at.
We didn’t make it in ‘best blog’ (too much to expect), ‘humour’ (have to improve, Hugh), or ‘writing by an SA exile’ (bad luck Cath).

We’d really like to do better next year.
A blog is only as good as its readers think it is.
We’d like you to help us move up the rankings next year.
Please tell us what you think we can do. What you’d like to see in the Stormhoek blog.
We’ve asked for help with pack design before.
Here’s a chance for a blog enthusiast without serious drawing skills to help us improve.

Posted by graham knox at March 8, 2007 5:00 PM

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A comments system that worked consistently might be a point.

It's crazy that the forerunners in the conversation market have either a comments system that doesn't work or an editorial policy that excludes some conversations. [or worse:- both these issues]

Adrian: frustrated commenter, long time reader, sometime contributor, still a fan

Posted by: adrian at March 31, 2007 3:35 AM

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for bringing this up. The problem here is comment spam. We receive dozens and dozens of spam comments every day (sometimes a hundred or more). As a result, they must be moderated and it is an enormous job to weed through them to get the valid ones. Sometimes it seems that valid comments do get deleted, but never intentionally. (as I write this, I see that there are nearly 300 spam comments)

We need to take a look software issues, to see if there is a better way of doing it. Parenthetically, I had a chat with Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing about this and his answer was to disable comments entirely, but I do not think that is our answer.

Happy to hear any suggestions.


Posted by: jason at April 2, 2007 12:52 PM

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