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Hey, hey it’s nearly that time again! As there are so many mixes this year, we are going to run two rounds of nominations before posting the finalists for best mix.

The first phase of nominations, starting from today until the 14th of November involves those mixers with multiple mixes posted in the period between the 1st of November, 2004 and now nominating one of their mixes to be put forward to the second stage. Mixers with only one mix posted between those dates need not nominate. If a mixer fails to nominate, we’ll just enter the last mix they put forward.

The second stage of nomination involves b00mb0x mixers choosing eight mixes from the ones put forward to go through to the public vote. This begins on the 15th of November. Public voting begins on the 1st of December.


Update: Mixers that haven’t registered on the forum should if they want a vote in the second round.

Update 2: Categories in this years awards:

BEST MIX – (self/mixer nominated)
BEST MIXER – (out of those mixers with three + mixes submitted in year)
BEST NEWCOMER – (out of those mixers who first submitted a mix in year)
BEST COVER – (admin nominated)
BEST HORIZONTAL MIX EVER! – (admin nominated from complete archive)
BEST BLOG – (admin nominated)

The mixes that win get permanent public hosting forever. Probably won’t be able to do that for best mixer and best newcomer because of bandwidth, so those guys will have to settle for the classic rimjob from a senior citizen.

Update 3: 54 self nominated mixes are listed in the awards section of our forum. Other mixers will nominate 8 out of these mixes to go forward into round 3, the public vote. In the event of a tie in first preference votes, theres a second preference ballot there too. These polls expire after 10 days. In the event of more ties after both ballots, we will add extra rounds of quick fire ballots between the polls ending and the public vote to separate the mixes tying.

b00mb0x version 8 is now live. Version 7 was only launched three months ago and we like to leave it at least 6 months between site upgrades. Version 7 became painfully slow, up to 45 seconds a comment, and the spam filters were bloated and not working very well. We tried to upgrade the Movable Type software to no avail and had a fair bit of downtime. So we reluctantly went down the route of making a new version

The major changes to the site are to the backend, it now works on WordPress, which is a vast improvement in terms of speed and in anti-spam measures. If the spam gets bad on this version, there are moderation and registration options that will address them. It also has a lot of features that movable type never supported, such as scheduled posting (we can post a mix and not have it appear until a certain time).

We made a few cosmetic changes to the forum too.


There are a few drawbacks which we’ll eventually address.

1. B00mbl0g still runs on Movable Type. We’ll transfer this to another installation (it can’t go on this installation safely) when there’s more time.
2. Thumbnails need to be created in Movable Type and the code of the post needs to be copied into the WordPress code for now. (Admin)
3. The design is less malleable. The biggest problem here is that we have only one hugely long column to post the navigation and the links. We’ve made it so more mixes are posted at once to even it out visually.
4. The notification list is on hiatus. I’ll send one more notification about the release through Movable Type, but there won’t be a new notification list available until we find a WordPress Plugin for that purpose.
5. The chat is flaky.
6. The RSS feed to the forum was working but isn’t now. RSS feeds for comments and b00mbl0g are fine tho.

So it’s a little bit of a half-assed upgrade, but the pros should out-weigh the cons until we can sort out the remaining niggles. Which won’t be for a while because we’re working on the awards! Let us know if you have any problems using the new site. New mixes will be published tomorrow, thanks for your patience while we sorted the site out.

Happy Halloween!

Update: thumbnail test

He wants you to get together. Zumbar’s follow up to Loops & Beats