below is a breakdown of the points system. Judges will use the
to compile your final score
categories to compile your
5 points: We look for a consistent page layout and structure of the
5 points: Can we travel though your site using a clear and consistent
method? Do we have to hit a back button? Can we get to any point
on your site in 3 clicks?
5 points: We view the overall quality of the site, with graphics, in
relationship to the content and consistency in font style. Music
is nice in some cases, but you must have a visible cutoff and the midis
should not infringe on copyrights.
10 points: Does the content flow smoothly and transition easily from
topic to topic?
5 points: Make an effort to check your spelling. Proper spelling shows
attention to detail, and pride in your work.
5 points: Basic English grammar and sentence structure are essential in
conveying any point. Punctuation and proper wording is also
Broken images 10 points: If your
pages show X in the
areas where there should be a graphic; you have a broken image. ANY broken
graphics disqualify (except for free counters and stuff that you
have no control over).
5 points: We see way too many free animations. If they do not add
something to your site, or you did not make them, it is best to leave them off.
5 points: We look for a general plan, organization, or choice of
materials. Is your information organized in a manner that is
befitting to your subject?
5 points: Are the graphics yours? Do they take a long time to load? Are
they clear? Are they germane, and do they complement your
Credit 5- 0 points: Did you give the writer, graphics artist, musician,
or site designer (if not you) credit for their
work? This can also be grounds for disqualification.
points: Hand coding is commendable, if you know how to do it. Is your
coding correct? Do you use meta tags? Have you checked your site
for errors with different browsers? We use both Netscape and
Internet Explorer when looking at your pages.
links 5 points: Do all your links work? Do you have broken internal
realize you cannot know about broken links to other sites, but we
hope you check them frequently.
5 points: Is the content and overall site a memorable experience
for our staff?
5 points: Is the information you present interesting to the reader, and
presented in a way that a person, with no previous knowledge of
your topic would
understand the subject matter?
5 points: Does the information you cover stick to the topic?
Will the reader walk away with a good understanding of the
material you are presenting?
10 points: Do you present your graphics and information in an original
way that would draw the reader into the site to
investigate more? Is this a cookie cutter site that is cut from
a familiar mold, or can it stand on its own merits, with perhaps
a different slant on a covered topic?
You can use this breakdown as a self test and assign the points that you tally to come up with
your own score. If you score at least 70 total points, then we recommend you apply. If not,
you may want to go back and make changes first. Your site starts
with 100 points.
are deducted for each area
that is noncompliant with the criteria.
Master's Discretion: (10 points)
I retain the right to add ten
additional points for outstanding effort, and original
Silver 80-89 points
Bronze 70-79 points
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