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No shit, there I was....

Earlier today, I asked for extended hotel checkout so as to have time to submit my Hugo Nominations. The deadline is 11:59pm PDT tonight. I didn't want to wait until the very last moment, and knew I'd be busy this evening.

The ballot is online. I spent some time at eFanzines.com -- I'd earlier decided on 4 nominees and used it to refresh my memory about Hugo-worthy fanzines published last year.

As check-out time neared, I raced over to the Hugo Awards page on the Chicon 7 website. Filling out the ballot was easy; I'd compiled my nominations in another document so could cute and paste them into the ballot.

Cut, paste, cut, paste, through the categories I was nominating in, the ones I felt knowledgeable enough about to judge not just whether I found a work Hugo-worthy, but that also belonged among the best of 2011.

Cut, paste, review, review, *Submit*!

I clicked the Submit button, watched the page go, and put my laptop to sleep.

Just a few minutes ago, I picked up email after not being online for 9 hours. "Hmmmm," I wondered. "Why don't I have a message confirming my Hugo nominations?"

I clicked over to my browser and saw the Hugo ballot still there. Complete with wording at the top asking me to confirm my submission. Oops. I'd rushed through the process too quickly, needing to get on with the rest of my day.

I looked through my ballot, noticed several odd text characters from the cut'n'paste process I'd used -- the ballot didn't recognize tilde or the typographer's quote marks.

I clicked the ~"Edit Ballot"~ button, fixed those (inadvertently deleting a capital "T" in "The" in the process), checked the ballot one more time, and clicked the all-important Confirm Ballot button.

Up came the webpage saying "Nominations submitted" at the top instead of ~"Please confirm..."~

On my next email pass, in came the expected message from Chicon 7 Hugo Administration, "Hugo Nomination Confirmation."


So if you also rushed through the nomination process -- or will be doing so in the next 3 hours and 55 minutes -- make sure you Submit AND Confirm.

This public service announcement brought to you by a grateful Hugo nominator.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Done! Thanks for the reminder and the tip.
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
Oh crap. I failed to do so. I submitted my ballot on Friday, but I did not confirm, I did not get a confirmation email, and my nomination did not go through.

It is now 13 minutes too late to correct this error.

Crap crap CRAP!!!

Thanks for posting this reminder. Alas, it came too late for me.
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)

I hope, hope, hope that more than your usual number of nominees make the Hugo ballot, and that when the full set of statistics are released after the rockets are in the winners hand, none of the works and people your nominations list fall turn up a nomination short of the final list.

Or, more succiently, may each and every one of the folks on your unconfirmed ballot wind up a Hugo nominee or miss it by a long shot.
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
From your typer to Ghu's ear.
Mar. 12th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
You maverick nonconfirmist, you!
Mar. 12th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
This ballot wasn't designed in Florida, was it?
Mar. 12th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
I so totally sidestepped this by sending mine in on paper. Yes, I know that I'm one of only three people to do this.
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