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Arab World: Bloggers Compete for Arabisk Competition

Like every year, Arab bloggers are competing for “The Best 2011 Arabic Blog” title. The competition is named Arabisk.

The blogs nominated are categorized into four categories: the best personal blog, the best news blog, the best specialized blog and the best entertainment blog. The winner of each category will get two prizes: the Audience Award and the Jury Award.

Nominations for the competition were open from January 15 to February 15; readers were allowed to vote for their best blogs from February 16 to 28; On March 1, the top 20 blogs in each category were announced; and from March 1 to 31, the jury will work on evaluating the entries.

The results are expected to be announced at the beginning of next month.

The aim:

According to the competition site (ar):

أرابيسك هي مسابقة سنوية لاختيار أفضل المدونات العربية المكتوبة بالعربية، تهدف إلى تنمية روح الابداع لدى المدونين العرب، تشجيع الشباب على التدوين وإثراء المحتوى العربي على الانترنت.
Arabisk is an annual competition to select the best Arabic blogs written in the Arabic language. The aim is to promote innovation among Arab bloggers and encourage young people to take up blogging and contribute to Arabic content online.

The Rules:

The competition rules are as follows:

المسابقة بسيطة ومتاحة لأكبر عدد ممكن من المدونين العرب، لذلك ليست هناك أي شروط تعجيزية، سوى شرطين يساهمان في تحقيق أهداف المسابقة:

1. على المدونات المشاركة أن تتميز بالأصالة في المحتوى. إذ لن تقبل ترشيحات المدونات التي تنشر مواد محفوظة الحقوق دون إذن من صاحب الحق. أو المدونات التي يغلب عليها طابع النقل وإعادة النشر لمحتويات أخرى، حتى إن كانت موادا مأذون بإعادة نشرها.

2. على المدونات المشاركة أن تكون متوافقة مع الأخلاق العامة للمجتمعات الإسلامية. ولن تقبل ترشيحات المدونات التي تنشر موادا بورنوغرافية.

The competition is simple and open to the maximum possible number of Arab bloggers. This is why there are no impossible rules, just two simple one which enable us to fulfill the goals of the competition:

1. Blogs participating in the contest should have original content. We will not accept the nomination of blogs which publish copyrighted material without the consent of the original publisher. Also blogs which predominantly depend on cutting and pasting material online, even with permission, will not be entered into the contest.

2. The participating blogs should adhere to the general moral code of Islamic societies. Blogs with pornographic content will be eliminated from the contest.

The Jury:
The jury includes bloggers from different Arab countries. They are: Wael Ghonim, Basem Shaheen, Muhammed Bashir, Fouad Alfarhan, and Moammar Aamer.

Readers will also be allowed to vote for as many blogs as they wish, for the Audience Award part of the contest.

على عكس جميع المسابقات الأخرى المشابهة، تنفرد مسابقة أرابيسك بنظام فريد لتصويت الجمهور على المدونات. فعلى عكس ما جرت عليه العادة، لن يكون للجمهور فرصة وحيدة للتصويت لصالح مدونة واحدة لا غير في كل تصنيف، بل سيمكنه التصويت على أي عدد من المدونات يشاء.

هكذا لن يجد الشخص نفسه في مأزق التصويت على مدونة واحدة لا غير، وتجاهل المدونات الأخرى حتى وإن كانت متقاربة في المستوى. هذا النظام سيوفر مرونة أكبر للراغبين في التصويت، وسيعطي لكل مدونة فرصا متساوية للفوز، ما دامت تستحق ذلك

Contrary to all the other similar blogging competitions, Arabisk has a unique voting system for readers, who will be able to vote for as many blogs as they choose in each category.
This way the reader will not be at loss for what blog to vote for in each category and will not be forced to vote for one blog and ignore the rest, when they are close to their favourite in quality. This system gives readers more flexibility in voting and gives all the blogs an equal chance to win, as long as they deserve to do so

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