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5.0 Elite Member Information

AWARD SITES! . . . 5.0 Elite Member Badge

Recognized as an Elite Award Program (Best of the Best and top 1%) by the original and premier award rating service . . . a "5.0" rating also means reaching the summit of Award Sites! after a hard and rewarding climb up the mountain of excellence. 

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Specifics

Note: 5.0+ Requirements are only for listed 5.0 rated programs.

  • Well-defined purpose (like a mission statement)

  • Separate award page with detailed criteria (what a site will be judged on)

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

  • Special Winners List Requirement... Separate winners' page is required with at least ten "quality" winners listed along with a description of each one.  (Screenshot of each winning site is advised for a top level or a single issued award.)

  • 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.

  • Overall site must . . .

    • Be excellent in all areas, especially in content, site design, and navigation, which present a visually pleasing and informative visit.

    • Have quality download time that is relevant to bandwidth and individual visitor connection speed with emphasis on dial-up connection.  (Flash and other sites requiring a long download periods need to post a notice, static option, and/or skip introduction as it applies to pages, sections, or the entire site.)

  • Excellent designed award graphic (sample okay) that represents the purpose must be displayed.  Byte size under 10k is advised, but a larger size up to 15k would be considered.  Sample image must be displayed or easily accessible for viewing by visitors.

  • Must have direct link to award program's main page (criteria / information / introduction) including if it is in frames or flash format.

  • Easy to find navigation link to the main award page must be on all other pages if the award is part of a website.  (Visitors need to find the award program from any where within a site.)

  • No link requirement or password access prior to submission

  • An e-mail link as an alternative to form submission and for purposes of contacting with questions / assistance.

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

  • Judging process via an experienced review panel for optimum objectivity is a plus, but not required.  Still an individual judge must be experienced as would be indicated by the winners listed prior to requesting a rating.

  • 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.
  • A period award will have an exceptional purpose and/or detailed explanation of its specific criteria.