Note August 21, 2007 

So long as newspapers haven't sorted out their relationship to the Internet, editors writing "check it out on the Web." will always sound a bit specious to me. Especially when it's me. So it is with my sense of irony fully geared up that I direct you to two Web-based initiatives the Boise Weekly is engaged in.

The first should be obvious to anyone who's trolled through our pages in the last month: Voting for the 2007 Best of Boise is online, and online only. And your time to vote is quickly upon us. On August 31, we shut down our online voting booth, wave to all the metaphorical purple fingers out there and begin the process of tallying votes. In fact, that process his begun already. I hate to tip my hat to some of the early returns, but we're in for a couple of surprises this year, and I think you readers and voters are the good reason why.

I'll leave it at that and hope to see the vote tallies increase in the next 10 days. So far, we've had robust participation, and that's great to see. And I'll remind everyone that if you don't have Internet access, you can stop by the BW headquarters at the corner of Sixth and Broad streets downtown, and we'll set you up on a computer to do the voting right here. We've had several takers at that, and it's easy as can be. No charge. Free water. Groovy office.

The second Web initiative is online-only for good reason. We're trying to get a handle on just what sort of recreational drug use people in Boise are pursuing. We wanted to get honest opinions from people and help ourselves decide how to cover this phenomenon. It's just not popular to say that there is such a thing as casual drug use, but we're curious.

So we started a Web site outside of Boise Weekly's regular domain, so that people could respond anonymously, and tell us what's really going on in their world with regard to drugs. Our goal is to have a critical mass of information we can use to inform news coverage. Go to boisedrugs.blogspot.com, and see for yourself, and help us where you can.

—Shea Andersen

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