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Frequently asked questions

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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. February 21-March 22 (the final day of Drupalcon Denver): nominating period.
  2. March 23–26: Nominating committee verifies finalists are eligible to compete.
  3. March 27: The finalists are announced and community voting begins.
  4. April 6, Midnight: voting ends.
  5. April 10: Winners are announced.
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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. We require that permission from the site owner be submitted to verification@bluedropawards.org.

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Why do you need my Drupal.org Username and link?

Blue Drop Awards is a Drupal community nominated, community voted event. As such, we need to verify each member to this site. While it's not foolproof, the easiest way for us to do that is simply to look you up on D.o. By providing your username and link to your user page, you help out our volunteers by greatly speeding up the process. We'll also display your D.o username and link on your Blue Drop Awards account page so that others can find you on D.o, too. If you're worried about privacy, please take a moment and make sure that there isn't any private information on your D.o account as it is publically accessible.

Feel free to contact us and explain your concerns. We'd be happy to accomodate you if we can.

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

The Blue Drop Awards is not affiliated with the Drupal Association or Dries Buytaert at this time other than the fact the we are all active members of the Drupal community. The three people currently (as of Feb 12, 2012) on the General Committee are all employees of Volacci who decided to get the ball rolling and needed to act quickly for things to be in place by the start of Drupalcon Denver. We are looking for volunteers to join the committee and to head up several different initiatives around this event. If you are interested in volunteeringsponsoring, or just to make a donation, please do! You can always contact us.

added 10 Mar 2012:
Over the last few weeks, Ben has had conversations with Jacob Redding (The President of the Drupal Association) and Dries. While Blue Drop Awards remains an independant awards program, both gentlemen have expressed their encouragement for this event to continue and see it as a good way to market Drupal. There are discussions still to come about cooperation between our organizations including expanding Blue Drop Awards to include Drupalcon Munich and others moving forward. We at Blue Drop Awards would like to express our gratitude and thanks for their support. We look forward to a bright future together.

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Is there an awards ceremony?

Not yet! In 2012, in order to keep things simple with the inaugural awards, we have not planned an official awards ceremony. The awards will be announced on the official website and via press release on April 10, 2012. 

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Why can't I vote?

 

Written under duress and lack of sleep (Thanks, Drupalcon Denver!): 

If you can't vote, there is probably one of the following going on:

  1. You can't vote because you are not registered with Blue Drop Awards. Just like in real elections, you must be registered to vote. Solution: Get registered!
  2. You can't vote because you just registered and your account hasn't been verified yet. To prevent spam and ballot stuffing, we verify every single account created on this website. Solution: Give us time! If it is daytime in Austin, Texas then go get a cup of coffee. If you're a Brit, tea is acceptable. Everyone else drink coffee. Or beer. If it is nighttime in Austin, Texas, then check back tomorrow. (Sorry, we sleep sometimes.) (Rarely.) If you are actually in Austin, Texas, I hear that Houndstooth is a great coffee shop.
  3. You can't vote because we tried to verify your account and couldn't. The biggest reason we reject new accounts is because the person did not include their Drupal.org information. Solution: Go to your account page and and click the "Edit profile" tab. Verify that you have a link there to your Drupal.org account. (Linking to your website, your facebook page, your company, etc. will NOT work.) You must link to Drupal.org so we can see that you have joined the Drupal community.
    For the visual among us: 

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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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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. 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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What categories are considered for awards?

The 2012 Blue Drop Awards categories are:

Drupal Website of the Year

Drupal Website of the Year is not nominated directly, but is selected by voters from all finalists. Each voter will be asked to designate one site on their ballot from any category to receive their Drupal Site of the Year vote. The site with the most votes wins.

Best Enterprise Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Enterprise Website Built with Drupal represent Drupal implementations in government, healthcare, and large businesses (500+ employees). Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Business Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Business Website Built with Drupal represent Drupal implementations in small to medium-sized, for-profit business ventures (less than 500 employees).  Nominations can be for either the entity's primary website or a secondary website. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Marketplace Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Marketplace Website Built with Drupal represent Drupal implementations that are eCommerce, eBusiness, or marketplace in nature regardless of the particular business model used. This would include B2B, B2C, C2B and C2C, and mobile commerce websites. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Social Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Social Website Built with Drupal represent implementations of Drupal that are primarily social or community-driven in nature. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Non-Profit/Education Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Non-Profit/Education Website Built with Drupal represent Drupal implementations for educational and scientific institutions as well as non-profit businesses. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Media Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Media Website Built with Drupal represent Drupal implementations for media or entertainment industry websites. These could include websites for print or electronic magazine, music, film, podcasting, broadcasting, news, mass communications, etc. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Personal Website Built with Drupal

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., but the website must be owned and operated by an individual for primarily non-commercial purposes. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

Best Interesting Website Built with Drupal

Nominees for Best Interesting Website Built with Drupal is a catch-all for Drupal websites that do not fit in any other category. It might be truly bizarre, off-the-wall or just plain fun. All nominated websites must have been launched between January 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

For more information, please read the Nomination Requirements.

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.
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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.
  4. You can see our proposed budget here: BDA 2012 Budget
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Who can nominate? Who can vote?

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

Anyone with a valid Drupal.org account can vote once in each category and once for the Site of the Year award. Regardless of how many d.o accounts they have or control, each person may only vote one time per category,

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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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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,
  • 6 months of free cloud hosting from Standing Cloud.
  • Site of the Year winner will receive a complete Drupal training DVD set from BuildaModule.com.

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

Q

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.

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How much does it cost to nominate?

Blue Drop Awards is a 100% Volunteer, sponsor and donation-based event.

You can help! Please Volunteer!

If you are just too busy to volunteer then good for you! Please consider making a small donation to the Blue Drop Awards project to become an Individual Sponsor. All donations go to raising awareness about Drupal and creating free tools and materials to help the community with the marketing of Drupal.

Every donation helps! Give $75 or more and you will be honored as an Individual Sponsor.

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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.

Blue Drop Awards News: Sign up to be notified when: nominations open and close, finalists are announced, voting opens and closes, winners are announced, and other related news about the awards - about 2-3 emails per week. After the contest is over, you will receive a monthly update (but only if there is news to share) with links to interviews, podcasts, and Drupal marketing materials as they become available.

Blue Drop Awards Sponsor Offers: Sign up to receive special, Drupal-related offers from our sponsors. Emails come from Blue Drop Awards so your information will NOT be shared with the sponsors. You will receive no more than 1 per week and only if there is a new, Drupal-related offer available.