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Pearl Graphic-Unlinked  Disqualification Notice  Pearl Graphic-Unlinked
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The White Swan Award Program will not be tolerant of anyone who does not take the time to read our criteria. If your site does not have the items on it, listed below, your site will be disqualified.
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It takes a long time to evaluate a site. We will not waste our time indulging those people too thoughtless to read our criteria and not prepare their sites to meet and/or exceed our it before applying for our award. You will be notified and provided a link to this page if your site is disqualified. You will not be able to reapply until the period of two ( 2 ) months has elapsed. If you want our award on your site you must earn it!
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Pearl Graphic-Unlinked  Application Information  Pearl Graphic-Unlinked
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Applications will be accepted from the 1st. of each month through the 15th., any dated after the 15th. of the month will be disqualified. You will not be able to reapply until the time period of two ( 2 ) months has elapsed. You will be notified and a link to this page will be given.
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In order to comply with C.O.P.P.A. you must be at least 13 years old to apply for our White Swan award.
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You must be the owner/webmaster of the site you are applying for.
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We evaluate commercial and personal websites. We do not evaluate forum/chat blogs, link, gaming and/or group sites.
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We do not evaluate any site that has their own award program which excludes stand alone award programs from being evaluated for their award.
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Pearl Graphic-Unlinked  Mandatory Requirements  Pearl Graphic-Unlinked
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* We ask that your site be in English and contain at least five ( 5 ) pages of original content.
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Note: We do not count link pages, awards won pages, and forums as original content. In order for our evaluators to properly evaluate your site it must be in the English or have an English translation for each page.
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* We ask if your site would be of interest to children and USA based, that you have a C.O.P.P.A. statement and a link to it on your site.
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* We ask if your site gathers any personal information from visitors that you display a Privacy Statement.
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Note: If you have a form, contact page or any other area that asks any personal information you must have a Privacy Statement on your site.
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* We ask that your site provides a separate page where your awards received are displayed, with a link to it clearly shown and linked.
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Note: The awards received must all be displayed at their original sizes.
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* We ask that your site has a Copyright Statement pertaining to all work and graphics done by you. If they are not your own creations then credit must be given to the creator of them.
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Note: If not your own creations and you have no idea who made them do not use them on your site! This program will not accept copyright permission statements such as, found on a free graphic site, taken from the web nor any other statement of this type as being valid copyright information or permission.
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* All websites must be viewer rated for all ages and display a rating badge.
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Note: ( Examples ) Trust Worthy and/or SafeSurf.
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* Sites that post via words, graphic or badge that the site and/or page validate or meet any requirements to display said words, graphic or badge must do so or be disqualified!
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* All applications must include the password "swan".
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* Long pages must have an "Up To The Top" link.
Note: ( Examples )  Text Form:  ( Up To Top )   Graphically:  Up To Top Navigation Graphic
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* Internal links must open into the same window and external links must open into a new window.
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Note: Example of an external link: ( target="_blank" )
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Note: Example of an internal link: ( target="_top" )
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* Alt tags should be on all images on your site and descriptive of the image it is used for.
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Note: Example of an Alt Tag: alt="Photo of Aunt Millie"
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Note: Tell us what the image is. If it is a photo of Aunt Millie then the alt tag should state that it is indeed a photo of sweet Aunt Millie. Having an alt tag saying thumbnail or screen shot without describing what the image is will not do it!
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* Please no "Under Construction or Coming Soon" pages.
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Note: When you apply for awards your site should look as complete as possible and all your links should function properly.
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* Please provide a way to turn off music on your pages if it is used.
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Pearl Graphic-Unlinked   Notice  Pearl Graphic-Unlinked
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A password was added because of the people, applying for awards, that do not fully read what we are looking for in a site and what is stated in our posted criteria. Please read all of our criteria before you apply!
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The White Swan Award Program uses the following areas when judging your website during our evaluation.
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Design - Content - Graphics - Navigation
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The White Swan Award Criteria Continued
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