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About Award

      Welcome to the home page of my Elite Site Award. (award mentioned in Wall Street Journal 2/18/97) My name is Ravi, and I have been making Web pages for over 2 years now. I currently work as a Web site designer at Internet Utopia. I don't consider myself to be an amazing Web site designer, nor do I consider most of my own sites "elite," but I do know what I like. The award I give is to honor Web sites that I like. What do I like? I like sites that are both visually appealing, and informative. The design of a site is very important, but the content is even more so. I will not award sites that do not meet these two very important requirements. But in order to be an "elite" site, a Web site must surpass these two prerequisites. The site must be unique, or in some way, stand out above the rest. It is for this reason, that people find it so hard to win the award.

      I have been giving this award to sites around the Web since late 1995, and I have not stopped since. I am very busy, and so it often does take time for me to review the nominated sites. But I do try as hard as possible to review all the sites that are nominated. I do not write reviews or critiques of the nominated sites, I make my judgment from what I see. I also do not maintain a list of winners on line. The reason for this is I don't have the time. I may some day in the future start one, but at this moment, a winners database is too much for me to handle.

      I have often been asked what gives me the right to judge other sites. The truth is, I am no better at Web designing than most of the applicants. But I do take the time and effort to look at the nominated sites. The award comes from me, and so I make the judgment. Also, I don't believe that because I am offering an award to a Web site, that I must be a better designer. Likewise, sites that may be better designed than my own are not guaranteed an award. I do not have to be capable of winning my award to be entitled to give it to others.

      If you disagree with my policies for determining "elite" sites, I apologize. But I will maintain these standards, as they are necessary to me, to make up a site that deserves this award. No one is obligated to apply, so if you do not appreciate this award, by all means, you can leave. If you would like to apply, then fill out the form below. Good luck!


Nomination Form

      Below is the form that you must fill out in order to nominate a Web site for the Elite Site Award. Please do not submit the application more than once. If you do submit the application for a Web site multiple times, I will reject all of the nominations. I will review every Web site that is nominated, but due to time constraints, I will not notify those that do not win. I do not have the time to offer my critique to any sites as well. If you wish to nominate a site that you do not own, please contact the owner of that site for consent of nomination first. To those that do not win, do not be discouraged. Very few of those that apply have sites that meet the standards to win the award. Good luck to all of you!

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Award Display

      The following information is for winners only. First off, I would like to congratulate you and your site. This award is one of the most difficult to win. It is for that reason that it is seen very infrequently. But unlike most of the applicants, your site was a winner. Congratulations! Below you will find a selection of award images to display on your site. Please download these images, and upload them to your own Web site. Do not reference these images from this server, as the image names may change, and it will result in incorrect image displays on your site. If you would like, link the award image to this site: http://www.netutopia.com/award/


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