Archive | May, 2009

CCA: Nomination update

We have nine days left in our nomination phase, and I’m happy to report that we’re still going strong. In fact, we’re approaching 40,000 submitted nominations:


A caveat: the folks who commented on my previous post were correct. Nominators who aren’t logged in to SourceForge are asked to provide their email address. If they don’t click on the link we send them, their nomination doesn’t count when we tally everything up. This graph contains the number of submitted nominations, not the number of valid nominations. The last time I checked, about 80% of the submitted nominations had been validated.

We’re preparing to send out another email, this time to all SourceForge users, reminding them that our nomination phase is coming to a close. I’ll report back with another graph after we send it.

Nominations are comin’ in fast

During last year’s Community Choice Awards, we received 19,300 nominations in about 30 days. This year, our nomination phase was reduced to just over 25 days, and we’ve been a tad nervous about getting enough good submissions.

We shouldn’t have worried! It’s been 10 days since we started accepting nominations and we’ve already received over 20,500:


You may be wondering what caused that explosion at about noon on the 13th. That was when we sent an email to all SourceForge project administrators suggesting that they nominate their own projects and ask their communities to do the same.

Here’s what’s interesting about that, though: the links in that email contained hashes we used to correlate the nominations they made with their SourceForge user account. The nominations directly related to the emails, therefore, are counted on the yellow line labeled “sf users”. That line plateaued relatively quickly after the email was delivered, which is to be expected…but then something unintuitive happened: Nominations for non-authenticated users grew at an even more accelerated rate after the email. Since those users weren’t directly affected by the email, I expected their activity to remain mostly flat.

So what does that mean? It means that, while many nominations were made because of the email we sent, the majority of them were caused by the subsequent word-of-mouth from project administrators to their communities. Good job, project admins! Keep getting the word out, it’s working.

Nominations are open for the 2009 Community Choice Awards

On Wednesday, we opened nominations for the 2009 Community Choice Awards. During the nomination phase, we want you to tell us which projects you think should win in each of the 12 categories. The most nominated projects will become finalists in their categories. We’re only accepting nominations until May 29th, though, so time is short.


After taking a small break to tally, we’ll announce the finalists on June 22nd and kick off the final vote. The winners will be revealed on July 23 during our infamous party at OSCON…but if you can’t make it, we’ll also be broadcasting the event online. Happy nominating! Update: 2009-04-30 Edition

Welcome to this month’s update. Thanks for reading.

Traditionally, we use the sitewide update to talk about what we’ve recently done, and we don’t talk much about what’s in progress. This month, we’re breaking that tradition because some of what we’re planning to do is ambitious enough that we’d like to tell you about it ahead of time.
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May Project of the Month

Rock Band is cool but a lot of us cut our gaming teeth on old school video games like Mech Warrior and the original Sim City. I’m sure I’m not the only one with floppies (remember those?) of my favorite games from the 80s and early 90s, am I? The problem is, a lot of these nostalgic games need DOS to run.

This month’s Project of the Month winner is DOSBox, a free and open source DOS-emulator that lets you run classic games on any platform. To learn more about it, read an interview with the team behind DOSBox, and be sure to check out the advice they give to projects that are just starting out.