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AWARD SITES! . . . Level 2.5

2.5 Rating Level Criteria
Revised February 12, 2007

The "2.5" rating level designates an award program better than many (possibly most) on the Internet, but still requiring improvement in one or more areas to achieve the 3.0 rating level.  It might be an initial attempt by a promising owner, hard work by a challenged individual, or somewhere in between.  Commitment to sustain a program is another factor that can be associated with this level and especially with programs that will never achieve the 2.5 level.  A listing on Award Sites! consists of a text link with description.

New programs receiving a 2.5 rating level will be given one year (two upgraded review chances) from listing date to be upgraded to at least the 3.0 level . . . or have their 2.5 rating revoked for inability or unwillingness to meet Award Sites! motto . . . "Bettering the Internet By Striving For Excellence".  Removed programs will be eligible to reapply after 120 days of removal, but will only be listed if a 3.0 or higher rating level is achieved.
  • Prerequisites compliance - Award program must first comply with the 20 Prerequisites, which includes plagiarism, copyright, and listing winners.

  • No purpose for award listed or purpose is vague / confusing

  • Has criteria listed, but lacking in details, confusing, contradictory, and/or overreaching relative to purpose and /or other aspects within the program / site.  (e.g. content of site relative to requirements of award)

  • May have a good award graphic, but the design and/or content of the site is lacking relative to the award being given . . . or just the opposite.  Also, image size might be 25k to 30k and/or near the 40,000 square pixel limit (e.g. 200 x 200).

  • Site's design, layout, presentation, content, download time, and/or navigation requires varying degrees of improvement. (e.g. too many graphics per page, bad grammar, hard to read text, unpleasant color scheme) . . . It could also be just one aspect that prevents reaching the 3.0 level.

  • No link requirement or password access prior to submission.

  • Stated review time period and who will be notified (winners or everyone)

  • An annual award can qualify if it meets all the other criteria and posts new nominees at least once every two months.  Also, a nominee's badge can be provided for display to only applicants listed on the award program's nominee page as they are officially being considered for the award.

  • Any award program incorporating features that require a certain minimum version of Internet Explorer and/or Netscape above 5.0 must state prominently what is required or will not be rated above 2.5 nor upgraded beyond its current level.

    e.g. "Properly viewing all aspects of this award program requires at least Internet Explorer 5.5 and/or Netscape Communicator v6.0."

  1. Seek peer assistance at Assembly (opens in new window) to for improving your award program before requesting an initial or upgrade rating review.  (Membership is required.)

  2. You can print all the levels' criteria and rules for future reference, but you need to review the respective criteria and listing rules pages online for each upgrade request to make sure no additions have been made that could impact your program's review since the last one.  (It is also where you access the initial and upgrade rating requests submittal forms.)

  3. Unauthorized use of the copyright rating level banners are prohibited!

(Listed programs use the Change Form for new URLs, updates, and other changes.)

Removed award programs must contact Award Sites! with rating level
when listed, date of listing or last upgrade, and reason for being reinstated.

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