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An award program receiving a "3.5" rating level indicates a dedication to excel and is designated a Select Member of Award Sites!  It also means fewer sites will be able to meet the specific requirements of the respective program at this level and all higher levels.

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  • The award program's overall site can be excellent in most areas . . . and is capable of achieving recognition from higher rated programs.

  • Has good to better general criteria, but might require better explanation / refinement in several areas.  (See 5.0 Rating level information for more specifics.)

  • It may be one of the more popular awards, because it is highly promoted and/or well-established with many links.  However, popularity does not mean better!  (Benefits to winning sites beyond just the award graphic is another consideration if presentation and design are good.)

  • Daily awards with "cool", "hot", or other descriptive words and/or short phrases used as the only criteria can qualify if the program and overall site excels in all other area.

  • 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.

  • Award graphic quality should be good to excellent and with at least a sample image being displayed on the information/criteria page.

    • Image size should not be over 20k as it indicates ignorance or insensitivity relative to bandwidth consideration and display size on the winners' pages.  (Pixel size should be under 35,000, but is secondary to file size.)

    • No program located on a free hosting service will achieve beyond the 2.5 rating level regardless of meeting all other aspects, if the hosting service prevents (blocks) the sample image being displayed on Award Sites!  (No exceptions)

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

  • Submit form with demographic requirements other than name, email address, and site URL are optional.

  • No link requirement or password access prior to submission

  • 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.