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4.0 Choice Member Criteria
Revised February 12, 2007

AWARD SITES! 4.0 Choice Member BadgeA 4.0 rated award program means that it is recognized by the original and premier award rating service, as one of the better programs of its kind on the Internet and probably among the top 10% . . . And is designated a Choice Member of Award Sites!
  • Prerequisites compliance - Non-rated and 2.5 to 3.5 rated award programs being submitted for an initial and upgrade rating review, respectively, must first comply with the 20 Prerequisites, which includes plagiarism, copyright, and listing winners.  (Owners of 2.5 to 3.5 rated programs in good standing just need to check the "Revised date" to make sure no changes to the Prerequisites have occurred since their program was last reviewed.)

  • Meets most of the requirements of the Level 5.0 Rating (see criteria for more info), but still has some rough edges in areas like criteria, content, and/or design.  (e.g. lack of consistency and/or some weakness in overall criteria, presentation still lacking, overall site design / presentation problem, weak navigation, and/or a combination of minor issues with several areas . . . Even one critical issue could prevent achieving the 4.5 level.

  • The award graphic must be excellently designed and should be under 15k. (Pixel size is usually not an issue with this level.)

  • Site where program is located must be able to meet the criteria of the top award / level.

  • Additional Winners List Requirement... Separate winners' page with several "quality" winners listed  with a description of each one.  (New award programs must have some experience regardless of how well they are presented and the winners must be reflective of the award.)

  • Judging process can be by an individual or panel.

  • 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.

    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.