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Q. Why haven't I received an award?

A. Your web site was not appropriate for ESR's Conservative Site of the Day, was not a very good web site, or I haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet and am missing the best conservative web site ever.

Q. Speaking of you not getting around to reviewing my web site, why haven't you? I submitted a site a few days/weeks/months ago and you still haven't given me an award!

A. I do this so I can send what ever traffic this site manages to other web sites that I think do a great job. I do not get paid for this. I have a decent social life. I work every day. I have many things to do during the average day. These things necessarily mean that due to the number of submissions I receive, it might take a while for me to get to your web site. Be patient.

Q. Should I send you e-mail to remind you about my site?

A. Unless your site has substantially changed since the last time you sent e-mail to ESR's Conservative Site of the Day, then I would suggest that you do not e-mail or resubmit your site. I get rather a lot of e-mail every day and frankly seeing things I've already looked at in my e-mail gets me rather cross.

Q. I disagree with your picks. That site you picked today/yesterday/last week/last month wasn't very good.

A. That's not a question. However, if you don't like the picks that this site suggests, then feel free to create your own site, advertise it around the Internet, get a ton of submissions that each must be individually checked by giving the site a thorough going through to determine whether it should be picked and update the pages every night at midnight. The Internet is big and I'm sure that two or two thousand CSotD awards can be supported.

Q. How can I improve my pages?

A. I don't give seminars on design. If I knew enough to teach, I'd be working for HotWired. That said, there are a number of good web sites out there that give advice to budding site creators. Try these:

Web Pages That Suck
Jakob Nielson's Column on Web Usability
Yale Style Manual
Webmonkey
Tips for Writers and Designers
The Ten Commandments of Good WWWeb Design
useit.com

A personal tip from me: Do not, do not, do not load your pages up with animated GIFs and expect to see e-mail from me telling you that you have been selected. There may be exceptions, that is that your content is so compelling that I'm willing to overlook those heinous things, but don't count on it.

Q. Can I send you sites that have nothing to do with conservatism or even politics?

A. I receive an amazing number of submissions about sites that have nothing to do whatsoever with conservatism. Some come from a site which allows you to fill in a form and be submitted to a number of awards. I have e-mail filters for that. Some others come from this site, presumably after site owners have read the name of this site (rather prominent on the index page) and the criteria for the award, and still send submissions for sites that deal with anime, pornography, racism, travel guides, etc. If I could meet you...we'll leave the rest unsaid.

Q. I run a submission service that allows people to submit to hundreds of awards at once. Can I add you to our service?

No. All submissions coming from submission services are automatically erased off my server before I ever even read it, and I don't miss any of them. The three services to date which have included the CSotD as part of their service do not send appropriate submissions, meaning I get every submission from everyone that uses their service, off-topic or otherwise. All three of them and their hundreds of e-mails are simply deleted without me ever seeing them. You want to submit, use the form I have on the site.

Q. Who determines what is a CSotD?

Fair question. Steve Martinovich, editor and publisher of Enter Stage Right, a monthly conservative ejournal, decides who is selected for the CSotD. Using the rather admittedly rough guide of the criteria as the vetting tool, he decides who he thinks is a site which represents the best of the conservative Internet movement. Is this a subjective or an objective process? Admittedly, it is a little of both, but Steve tries to put any of his biases away and just choose a good site. In the past he has chosen a number of sites which do not represent his political viewpoint, but ones that he thought did a good job of presenting their viewpoints.

Q. This site is pretty boring looking.

Okay, no one has actually said that to me yet, but I've decided to explain the design ethic for the CSotD Mark II. It's completely compatible with all sizes of monitors and down to 256 colors. The pages are all light in size and load quickly allowing you to find what you're looking for as efficiently as possible. You're not here to see my design ethic, after all, but some pretty good conservative web sites. It's this site's job to facilitate that, not get in the way.

Updated: September 26, 1998

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