The bab.la language portal and the Lexiophiles blog are pleased to announce the start of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition.
Due to the success of last year’s integration of Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts (read more about why we started the competition), we again nominate in four categories:
1. Language Learning Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, both from the learners and teachers perspective.
2. Language Professionals Blogs: blogs by people using languages in their profession, such as translators or interpreters.
3. Language Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages related to language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lovers’ communities and more.
4. Language Twitter accounts: Twitterers who share content about languages.
How exactly does the competition work?
The competition is divided into three phases. In the nomination phase, you can nominate any blog/Facebook Page/Twitter account you would like to be included by leaving a comment here
or sending an email to stefanie (at) bab (dot) la. In the following voting phase, you can vote for your favourites in each of the above four categories. Users’ votes will count for 50% of the final result, the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (see below) will count for the other 50%. Results will be made public in the third phase on May 31st.
What is the exact time frame and what happens during each phase?
Nominations (May 2nd – May 13th, 23:59 pm German time)
Nominate your favorite language lovers. All blogs from last year that are still active will be automatically nominated, as well as suggestions we have received since then. We will contact all bloggers/Facebook Page admins/Twitterers who are nominated (either by email or comment post) to let them know about the nomination. You can nominate as many blogs, Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts as you like and you can think of. If you have several blogs, Facebook Pages or Twitter accounts yourself, you need to choose one. But this also means you can run in different categories at the same time. The official end for nominations is May 13th. However, we will stop considering suggestions after the first thousand nominations per category.
Voting (May 15th – May 28th, 23:59 pm German time)
Out of all nominations received until May 13th, we will set a list of the 100 best ones per category to be submitted for voting. On May 15th we will publish the voting lists of the top 100 for each category (Top 200 for language learning blogs). You can vote once for each category. We will check the votes at the end of the voting phase for fraudulent votes and, if necessary, adjust the number of votes. If your blog/Facebook Page/Twitter account is on the voting list, you can ask your readers, friends, family and whoever comes to mind to vote for you. Bloggers will be provided with a voting button for their convenience before the voting phase starts. The voting period runs until May 28th, 23:59 pm German time.
Ranking & Results (May 29th – May 31st)
All the competitors will be ranked based on user votes (50%) and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (50%, see below). We will then compile the top 100 overall language lovers list and the top 25 list for each of the four categories. Results will be published on May 31st. Each blogger/Facebook page admin/twitterer will be contacted when the results are published.
What are the Lexiophiles ranking criteria?
Every competitor will be analyzed and ranked by our staff. Even though we know that no ranking system is 100% accurate and always somewhat subjective, we feel that the following criteria give a good overall view of how good a blog, or a Facebook page, or a Twitter account is.
Learning & Professionals Blogs: We look for authored and original content, considering the depth of postings, the incorporation of multimedia (such as videos, pictures, slideshows etc.) and meaningful linking (e.g. in-depth information for further reading, background information, interesting opinions on a subject, etc.). Interaction is also very important, i.e. sharing information and getting other people involved. The most observable feature is comments, but it doesn’t stop there: can users contact the blogger via a contact page, Facebook or similar? We also take into consideration the regularity and frequence of updating, and, finally, the overall appearance of the blog.
Facebook Pages: We look for originality and diversity of content. Good interaction means there are discussions with comments from users and answers to them. We will take into consideration the regularity of posting and the fan base of the page.
Twitter accounts: We will take into consideration the relevance of the shared information, the diversity of content, the use of hashtags and links. Another important factor will be the influence of the twitterer, i.e. whether the content posted is also retweeted and the account is recommended by other twitterers via Follow Friday. Regularity of posting will count as well.
I am nominated. Why can I not find my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account on the voting list?
This might be the case due to one of the following reasons:
1. Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account didn’t get to the Top 100 best ones of its category.
2. You already have another blog/Facebook page/Twitter account nominated for the competition.
3. We received more than one thousand nominations for the category you fit into (after which we stop considering new suggestions).
What about the results?
The Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition will be published on bab.la on May 31st to reach the biggest audience possible. We will publish an overall Top 100 list and a Top 25 list for each of the four categories (see above). We also have some nice prices lined up for the top winners. We will support the Education Program of Unicef in the name of the Top 3 overall winners of each category.
Some important FAQ’s at last…
If your blog was nominated but runs in the wrong category please let us know as soon as possible. Once the Top 100 has been established, we cannot change your blog from a category to another.
Every blog/Facebook Page/Twitterer who has made the Voting phase will receive a voting button to let their readers vote for them. You will receive it by email when the voting phase starts. If you did not, check your spam mail folder. If you did not receive any email, it is possible that we were not able to find an email address to contact you. Please email us and we will forward you the relevant code to embed on your page.
If your blog/Facebook Page/Twitter account was nominated, but you cannot find it in the Top 100 voting list, then it probably has not made the final 100.
Many of you have asked if you can vote for your own site. The answer to this question is Yes. And how many times can you vote for one site? You can vote for one candidate per category. If you vote several times, these will be deleted when we check for fraudulent votes at the end of the competition.
The official hash tag for the competition is #tll12.
Good luck and enjoy!