The BOTW Award process follows this procedure:

1. Nomination

Anyone is invited to nominate sites or people for each of the categories (see the Nomination Form). From the list of nominees, the judges will select between five and ten for each category. This selection will mostly be based on the number of unique hosts nominating each site.
Note #1: Although we have no way of screening, we would request that only experienced Webbers nominate sites. (i.e. people that have been to enough sites to be sure that their nominations are better than the norm out there.)

Note #2: It is alright for you to nominate yourself, if you think you stand a chance at winning!

2. Voting

Once the nomination process is complete, a final ballot will be posted here (with forms). It will contain links to each nominee's site so voters can browse through them before making a selection. Any users, both novice and experienced, are encouraged to vote.

Note #1: Please, no campaigns. We want this to be an honor bestowed on you by others, not a political contest.

Note #2: Please, no ballot-stuffing. The final count will take into consideration hosts and frequencies.

3. The Awards

In each category, the site with the most votes (after adjusting for repeated hosts) will receive the award. There may also be 3-4 honorable mentions, depending on the voting results. The winners will be able to display the Best of the Web '96 logo (or one like it) on their page(s), with text describing the award received. Of course they are under no obligation to display this award!

There will also be a permanent page at this site, describing each winner/honorable mention and providing links to their sites.

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