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Criteria:  ne plus ultra 

The ne plus ultra award is bestowed upon gateway sites that are believed to be first - stop - final - stop resource sites for those wishing to find high quality, in-depth information on a particular philosopher or philosophical topic.  We are also looking for sites that provide a unique and valuable service to philosophers.  The site must be yours.  That is, you must have webmaster or editing privileges to qualify.

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Criteria:

Topical Focus

Does your website have a particular focus?  Is your content relevant to the title of your site?  Are the various elements of your site connected?  Do they form a distinctive theme?  When someone visits your site, do they immediately understand the premise of your site?  Are the primary elements of your topic well emphasized and easy to find?

 

Depth of Coverage

Does your site introduce the topic, then move into greater depth? Does your site provide more than adequate resources for people who are already well familiar with the topic of your site?  Does your site represent the history of the topic as well as current trends?  Are opposing views, if appropriate, represented?  Ask yourself:   Would a professional in the particular field bookmark your site for future reference?  

 

Quality of Coverage

The ne plus ultra award does not necessarily go to those who have collected the most links to a particular topic.  Instead, have you made critical judgments about what to include and exclude from your site? If you include various degrees of relevant links, have you made visible, categorized separations in your standards?  And are the resources truly relevant and up-to-date?  

It is the nature of portal sites to be always "under construction," so this in itself is not a disqualification condition.  Nevertheless, there should be substantial content already present on your site to warrant sending visitors to your site.  Remember to ask yourself:  Will your site satisfy those already well familiar with your topic?  

 

Technology

Does your site work?  Are there broken links?  Are your pages compatible with the major, most popular browsers?  If you have browser specific elements in your HTML, do you have alternative routes for other browsers? Do the scripts and forms work properly?

 

Design & Creativity

The Site needs to be well organized, intuitive and easy to navigate.  Can visitors always find their way back to the home page, table of contents, or site index?  Must visitors continuously search for the navigational system?  Must they scroll down to find their way?  Is there consistency between the different pages?

The site should be reasonably pleasing to the eye and easy to read.  Will your visitors want to come back again? Do your background images interfere with the text?

The site should download quickly.  Do your pages generally take more than 60 seconds to load at 28.8?

All the graphics should be working and related to the content of your website.  Do they reside on your own server?  Did you make most of them yourself? (of course there are exceptions)

There should be a minimum of hindrances to research.  Do any of your fancy Java scripts get in the way of research?   Do the dynamic features relate to the content of your site?  

Grammar and spelling should be immaculate!  

Passwords to the content of your site should not be required.

 

The awards review process can take up to an entire semester.  Due to the high volume of submissions, only those granted the award will be contacted.

 

If you believe your web site satisfies the above conditions, please submit your site for review:

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