4.5 Prime Member Criteria
Revised February 12, 2007
A 4.5 rated award program means that it is recognized by the original and premier award rating service, as one of the best program (top 5%) of its kind on the Internet . . . and is designated a Prime Member of Award Sites!
Prerequisites compliance... Non-rated and 2.5 to 4.0 rated 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 4.0 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.)
Program's Age Relative To Achieving 4.5 Prime Rating Level
Non-rated award programs (by Award Sites!)... It is very rare to achieve this level through an initial rating request, especially with programs that are under a year old. Most programs reaching this level have been established at least two years and usually through an upgrade rating review.
Rated award programs by Award Sites... While being upgraded to 4.5 below the 4.0 level is possible, it does not occur too often. How long your program has been established applies in upgrade consideration, as well.
Being highly rated by another service or having another rated program at Award Sites! does not influence how your program will be reviewed by the Award Sites! Rating Panel.
Has everything required for a Level 5.0 Rating (see criteria for more info), but still has some minor rough edges in one or more areas like criteria, content, or design. (e.g. lack of consistency in a criteria point, weak presentation of one of its pages, a minor overall site design / presentation problem, weak navigation, and/or a combination of insignificant issues with several areas . . . and all it takes is just one issue to miss the 5.0 level.
The award graphic must be excellently designed and should be under 15k. (Pixel size is usually not an issue with this level.)
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.
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.)
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.)
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.