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Frequently asked questions

Q

What are the important dates? When does voting begin?

All dates are approximate and can change without notice. We will try to post any changes on this website.

  1. Nominating period February 21-March 22
  2. Nominating committee selects the finalist March 23-April 14
  3. Public voting from the list of finalists April 15-May 5
  4. Voting ends May 5, Midnight CST
  5. Award Ceremony DrupalCon Portland Oregon May 22
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Do I have to be the developer or owner to nominate?

No! You can nominate ANY qualifying site, even if you didn't even touch it! If you just like it, nominate it. It's helpful if you know who the developer is or a contact at the owner organization. If we have time, we'll try to help but we may not have time. That's the risk. If we (or you) find someone who knows a lot more about it, we may transition the node to that person so they can add the details.
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Who is behind this?

Blue Drop Awards is the collaboration of several individuals and companies in the Drupal community. Currently, General Committee members include Erik Wagner, Tim Sharp, and Ben Finklea. We are adamant that a diverse committee membership would be a great benefit. Please help us. We are looking for volunteers to join the organizing committee and to head up several different initiatives around this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.

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How can I help?

Hey, thanks for asking! You're cool! We do need a lot of help getting things off the ground and we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering visit our Volunteer page and Contact us.

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Who is on the Nominating Committee? How does it work?

We need volunteers for the Nominating Committee! If you want to volunteer, please contact us.

Note: any member of the Blue Drop Awards Nomination Committee may NOT approve or evaluate their own nomination (if applicable). 

Nominating Committee members will review each submission for completeness and approve it as eligible to compete.

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How much does it cost to nominate?

There is a $10 submission fee for each website.

 

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Is this event officially sanction by the Drupal Association or Dries Buytaert?

The Blue Drop Awards supported by the Drupal Association. The Association is providing us with the venue for the award ceremony during DrupalCon in Portland Oregon.

We need more volunteers and support, if you are interested in volunteeringsponsoring, or just to make a donation, please do! You can always contact us.

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Is there an awards ceremony?

YES, we will celebrate Drupal Innovation on May 22nd, 2013 during DrupalCon in Portland Oregon.  

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How will you handle conflicts of interest?

Since Blue Drop Awards is both nominated and winners voted in by the community, it seems unlikely for a conflict to occur. However, if a conflict does arise, the Organizing Committee will discuss and come to a decision that keeps the awards fair and unbiased.

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I would like to nominate a site that fits two categories. How do I decide which one?

Try to ask yourself which one it mostly fits into. If you just can't decide, err on the side of the more specific award.

(Non-Drupal) Examples:

  • www.Apple.com is primarily an Enterprise website, even though they've got a great ecommerce store.
  • store.Apple.com is primarily an Marketplace website, even though it's part of a much larger enterprise website.
  • www.Amazon.com is primarily a Marketplace website, even though they have some social and enterprise components.
  • Drupal.org is primarily a Community website although it has a lot of Enterprise and Non-profit characteristics.
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Whose idea was this?

Lots of people had this idea, actually. Check it out:

http://drupal.org/node/17503
viksit: "I think the community would benefit a lot if the Drupal Dev team was to set up a Drupal Site Award, given out in various categories."
qgil: "Good for Drupal…and good for all of us"
robertDouglass: "This is a good idea."
kbahey: "I think is a great idea…I am for that idea for sure."
radiofreebc: "Cool idea!…we should be proud of what people are building with drupal."
mikerouse: "Love it…I'm all for this idea."
Amix: "Sounds like a great idea :)"

http://drupal.org/node/240604
"My ultimate desire for this site is to help other people get publicity for their site, show what drupal can do, and ultimately be a show case of why drupal is chosen by so many great sites..."

http://drupal.org/node/517188
Junro: "We should create a drupal awards…to award developers work. Lot of them past a big time of their life-time to help Drupal development."
SimonV: "That's a great idea…"

http://groups.drupal.org/node/178154
Can't really quote this one, it's in Swedish!

Most recently, a few guys at Volacci took the initiative to make this great idea a reality. To best incorporate the voice of the Drupal community, we're looking for volunteers to help us make this a community event. Interested? Visit the Volunteer Page.

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What categories are considered for awards?

Categories

As you are choosing a category for your nomination, please make sure that the site matches the definitions below: (Drupal Website of the Year is not nominated directly, it is selected from among the finalists by the voters. Each voter will be asked to designate one site on their ballot from any category to receive their Drupal Site of the Year vote. All finalists are automatically included in Drupal Website of the Year voting.)

Best B2C Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best B2C Website Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best B2C Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in business to consumers. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best B2B Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best B2B Website Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best B2B Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in business to business. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Government Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Government Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Government Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in government. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Health Care Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Healthcare Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Healthcare Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in healthcare. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Education Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Education Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Education Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in Education. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Political Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Political Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Political Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in Politics. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Marketplace/eCommerce Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Marketplace/eCommerce Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Marketplace/eCommerce Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations that are eCommerce, eBusiness, or Marketplace in nature regardless of particular business model used. This would include B2B, B2C, C2B and C2C, and mobile commerce websites.

Best Retail Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Retail Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Retail Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in Retail. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Social Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Social/Community Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Social Website Built With Drupal represent implementations of Drupal that are primarily social or community-driven in nature.

Best Media Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Media Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Media Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Media industry websites. These could include websites for print or electronic magazine, podcasting, broadcasting, news, mass communications, etc.

Best Entertainment Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Entertainment Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Entertainment Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Enterdainment industry websites. These could include websites for music, movie, film, etc.

Best Sports Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Sport Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Sport Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations in sports news, sporting culture, sports teams, sports data, sporting events, and sports history. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Religion & Spirituality Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Religion & Spirituality Website Built with Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Religion & Spirituality Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations sites focusing on the spirit or the soul, spiritual practice - traditional or otherwise. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Non-Profit Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Non-Profit Website Built With Drupal Description:Nominees for Best Non-Profit Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Non-Profit businesses. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Fundraising Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Fundraising Website Built With Drupal Description:Nominees for Best Fundraising Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Non-Profit businesses. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Advocacy Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Advocacy Website Built With Drupal Description:Nominees for Best Fundraising Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Non-Profit businesses. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Association Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Association Website Built With Drupal Description:Nominees for Best Association Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for Associations. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Personal Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Personal Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Personal Website Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations for personal, non-business websites. This might be a personal blog, podcast, resume, etc. website that is owned and operated by an individual for primarily non-commercial purposes. Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website.

Best Weird Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Weird Website Built With Drupal Description: Nominees for Best Weird Website Built With Drupal is a catch-all for Drupal websites that do not fit in another category. It might be truly-bizarre, off-the-wall or just plain fun.

Best Integrated Mobile Experience Website Built With Drupal

Long name: Best Integrated Mobile Experience Built With Drupal Description:Nominees for Best Integrated Mobile Experience Built With Drupal represent Drupal implementations regardless of particular business model used. This would include B2B, B2C, C2B and C2C websites.

Drupal Book of the Year

Long name: Drupal Book of the Year Description: Nominees for Drupal Book of the Year

Drupal Module of the Year

Long name: Drupal Module of the Year Description: Nominees for Drupal Module of the Year

Drupal Theme of the Year

Long name: Drupal Theme of the Year Description: Nominees for Drupal Theme of the Year

Drupal Event of the Year

Long name: Drupal Event of the Year Description: Nominees for Drupal Event of the Year

Q

Why have awards for the Drupal community? What purpose does this serve?

The Blue Drop Awards will create at least three positive opportunities for the Drupal community.

  1. It generates buzz outside the Drupal community. Many have expressed frustration that Drupal does not get the press and attention that it deserves considering the number of high-profile sites that use it. This event is one piece of the solution to that problem.
  2. It creates positive publicity for the nominees, finalists, and winners. The awards acknowledge a job well done within the community. Members of the community log a lot of thankless hours and the best work deserves recognition.
  3. It generates a showcase of award-winning Drupal projects. This will be helpful for people evaluating Drupal, looking for new ideas, or wondering the best ways to create Drupal sites by showing off the best of what Drupal has to offer.
Q

I notice that there are sponsors. Where does the money go?

Sponsorship funds and individual donations are used in the following ways:

  1. Paying for the expenses related to creating and running Blue Drop Awards. This may include things like awards, trophies, design, hosting, website development, marketing, events and press releases.
  2. Prizes awarded to the winning websites and the site builders behind them.
  3. Increasing the awareness of Drupal outside the community. We plan to create marketing materials and an ongoing podcast highlighting winners, finalists and nominees throughout the year. We intend to support the community's efforts represented here: http://drupal.org/node/938474 and here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/173644.
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Who can nominate? Who can vote?

Nominations can be submitted by anyone. You may nominate projects you have worked or any work produced in the community that you deem worthy.

Anyone can vote once in each category and once for the Site of the Year award. Each person may only vote one time per category,

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How does nomination work?

Nomination is a very quick process. It goes something like this:

  1. Sign up for an account.
  2. Read the nomination requirements.
  3. Nominate a qualifying website.
  4. If you need to, save it and finish later. It's a great idea to bookmark it so you can find it easily.
  5. Pay the $10 submission fee via PayPal
  6. Important: When your nomination is complete, set the "Finished?" field to "Nomination is complete." and click "Save".

Unless notified otherwise, you are finished nominating. You can nominate another website now! Here's what happens next:

  1. Within 2-3 business days, the Nomination Committee will review your nomination.
  2. If it approved, you will receive an email and your nomination will go live on the website.
  3. If it is not approved, you will receive an email explaining why and what you need to do.

What to do if there are any hiccups? Contact us using the Feedback form. We're pretty good about responding quickly.

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Are there prizes for winning a Drupal Award?

Blue Drop Awards was created to promote the Drupal community and the people and companies in it.

The biggest reward that the community can give is recognition and accolades for a job well done.

The winning websites and the companies behind them will also receive:

  • a badge that links back to BlueDropAwards.org verifying that they are the winner,
  • feature listings on the Blue Drop Awards Showcase website,
  • publicity opportunities throughout the year which may include press releases, case studies, interviews, podcasts, and news stories.

Ultimately, we hope that a Blue Drop Award will result in new business opportunities for our winners.

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Drupal is a meritocracy. Won't this short circuit that process?

We hope not! We respect Drupal's meritocracy system. We hope the Blue Drop Awards will make it easier to see the outcomes and to highlight some of the countless ways that the community contributes to Drupal. Ultimately, the community will decide who wins, so the meritocracy system is an inherent part of the Blue Drop Awards.