The annual RISC OS Awards poll undertaken by RISCOSitory on the RISC OS Awards website is now underway – you can now cast your votes!
Between now and late February, you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite piece of software, the show you enjoyed the most, the project you find most interesting, and more besides.
There are from four to six initial suggestions in most categories, along with one to make an alternative nomination, with a text field into which you can enter that alternative.
The voting form itself will not change for the period the poll is open, but the alternative nominations will be periodically reviewed, and – depending on their number – some may be highlighted in posts here on RISCOSitory, and on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed to serve as ideas for others.
Every category also has a “No opinion” option, which is selected by default – if you feel that you have no way to form an opinion in any given category, you can leave this option selected rather than be forced to vote for something.
The one exception is the ‘Best overall contributor’ category. No suggestions have been made for this and, instead, there is only the text field. You can use this to vote for whichever person, group or company you feel deserves recognition for their overall contribution to the RISC OS platform. If you don’t want to vote for anyone in this category, simply leave the field blank.
As in previous years, the Awards poll is combined with a simple survey, designed to form a picture of the RISC OS landscape – but while it is a part of the same overall form, you can choose to skip the survey entirely, or only answer those questions you feel comfortable answering: Every question of the includes an “I’d rather not say” option, which is selected by default.
The voting form will remain online from now until late February, giving you two months to make your choices and cast your votes, with the results of the Awards poll expected to be published in March. The results of the survey should appear some time later if enough people participate.