EAE Award Criteria and Application
There used to be many Star Trek website awards, but most of them were just given out as a courtesy or in place of a banner to attract more visitors. The Ex Astris Excellentia Award, in contrast, is presented only to the very best sites in the view of a small jury (usually consisting of yours truly alone). The EAE Award used to be given out once every month from June 1999 to June 2009, but this had to be revised owing to the ever decreasing number of notable Trek sites. In the future there will be no fixed interval.
Although there is no stringent "point system", the assessment won't be arbitrary. There are basic requirements that have to be fulfilled and further criteria a site should meet for an increased chance to win.
Scope The site must be specifically about or with a major portion dedicated to Star Trek, not a general science fiction or TV site. The site must fundamentally support the idea of Star Trek and not detract from it.
Content Sufficient genuine content is obligatory. Don't nominate a site which is mainly composed of index, links, webrings, guestbook or similar supporting pages. Don't apply if you have mainly copied and pasted stuff found on other websites. We will notice that anyway. Don't apply if your content urgently needs an update. Also, the site must not contain any illegal content.
Style The design has to be consistent. Randomly changing font styles, background colors, alignments or navigation bar locations should be avoided. Fonts must be chosen to be well readable; the colors must not be obtrusive. An index page or a sitemap is indispensable, not just a "next" link on the single pages. Careless design, for instance pages with default headers like "Untitled Normal Page" or "Default Page" as created by the HTML editor, is not acceptable.
Technical quality The site will be tested with different browsers (which we consider more relevant than adherence to W3C standards). Pages crammed with countless images, banners, applets, scripts or other stuff have to be avoided. Sites should be largely free of broken links and "construction" signs.
Scope In general we favor non-commercial sites. Paid banners are tolerable, but only in small quantities and only if they don't disrupt the design. Sites in any language are eligible as long as we can decipher the letters and get an impression of its quality.
Content We appreciate original content, but data collections are welcome as well. The first will be mainly judged by their originality and plausibility, the latter by their reliability and comprehensiveness. While we accept award nominations of RPG or computer gaming group pages, for a chance to win they have to offer something interesting and new also for non-members. All text and images copied from other websites should be properly credited. It goes without saying that regular updates and additions are beneficial.
Style Fast and easy navigation is advantageous; the fewer sub-page levels, the better. Blogs should have an index or categories. The single pages need not have a menu bar, but a "back" or "home" button should be available along with other links, where useful. Larger images should be thumbnailed. Graphic elements ought to be precisely designed and harmonized with each other. We would like to see novel design approaches, but "star background" layouts and "LCARS-style" menus are welcome too.
In order to nominate your site, please read the above explanations carefully. If you feel your site fulfills *all* of the basic requirements and *many* of the further criteria, send me an e-mail. That's all you need to do.
Unless your site has been completely reworked, don't nominate it more than once. The EAE Award is given out in random intervals to one site (or two closely related sites) either picked directly from the WWW or from the pool of previous nominations. In other words, theoretically any Star Trek site can win the award any time, there is no contest. Also, there is no negative notification about sites that don't win the award.
If you don't win: free awards here ;-)
List of Previous Winners - beginning in 1999