Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Facebook sharing and other new Best Of features

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

This year’s Best of the Inland Northwest readers poll went live yesterday, and most of you who’ve voted for the past 20 years know the drill. But we’ve got a few new features to point out for voters (and anyone hoping to get votes).

First, the rules are the same: We only accept one ballot per person. Ballots must include your full name and verified email address, but this information will not be shared — it is just to prove you are a real person. We will reject any ballot that appears to violate the spirit of these rules.

Now, the new features...

1. Facebook sign-in

When we launched our new website last fall, we started letting you log in with Facebook to comment, add events, etc. Now that’s an option for Best Of voting, too.

2. Facebook sharing

Each question has a tiny Facebook icon to the right — click that icon, and you can share that question on your Facebook timeline. It only shows the question, not how you voted — but you can add text when you post it. This is a great way to let people know about the different questions on the ballot. Here’s what that looks like:

3. North Idaho check box

This is pretty self-explanatory, but an improvement over past years. We often have a North Idaho winner for different questions to make sure the whole region gets represented. Now, if you’re voting for a person/place/thing in North Idaho, click the check box to make sure we know.

4. Progress bar

You must answer at least 40 questions for your ballot to count. Now there’s a progress bar to make it easier to see how many you’ve already answered. Once you reach at least 40, the progress bar turns green.

Vote here. Online balloting ends on Wed., Feb. 19, at midnight. Winners will be announced in our March 20 issue.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...