Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Best Windows Website

The Windows Club "Best Windows Website Contest 2009" is live and I am privileged to be one of the contest Judges.

The purpose of the contest is to discover and recognize some of the best Windows bloggers and website owners. If you run a website, including a blog or a forum, which primarily focuses on Microsoft Windows, you are invited to participate in this Contest. The first 50 sites entered in the Contest will receive a 1-year license for a-squared anti-malware.


The 10 best websites will be selected from the submissions by a Panel of 10 Judges, comprising the following (including me):
Ed Bott, MVP, Ed Bott's Windows Expertise
Lowell Heddings, HowToGeek
Howard Lo, Microsoft Regional Team Manager (APAC)
Emil Protalinski, Arstechnica
Rafael Rivera, Within Windows
Paul Schottland, Microsoft Product Unit Manager
Steven Sinchak, MVP, Tweaks
and representing The Windows Club:
Corrine Chorney, MVP, Security Garden and The Windows Club Moderator
James Fisher, MVP, Windows Talk and The Windows Club Moderator
Anand Khanse, MVP, and The Windows Club Administrator

(MVP = Recipient of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award)
Following the selection of 10 sites from among the entrants, those sites will be submitted for a community vote. The top 5 vote recipients will be judged again, de nova, by the Panel of Judges and the Winner and the 2 Runners-up declared. While selecting the final 3, the votes received by the top 5 will not be a considering factor.

The submissions will be judged on content, quality, originality, continuity, presentation and overall impression. The website can be in any language, but it must have a language translator widget. The over-riding consideration will be: Does the website have substantial original quality content of interest to Windows Vista & Windows 7 users?


The winner of The Windows Club "Best Windows Website Contest 2009" will receive:
plus a license for each of the following products:
The 2nd and 3rd runners-up will each receive a license for Acronis® True Image Home 2009, Diskeeper 2009, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, TuneUp Utilities 2009, and WinPatrol PLUS.

The 4th and 5th runners-up will each be provided a license for Webroot Internet Security Essentials.

Contest Schedule:
July 1: Contest Announcement
July 5: Submission of entries start, 1.30 PM UTC
July 30: Last date for submitting entries, 1.30 PM UTC
August 1-8: Judges shortlist the top 10 entries
August 9: Open Community Voting, 1.30 PM UTC
August 25: Close Community Voting, 1.30 PM UTC
August 26-30: Judges Decide
August 31: Announcement of Winners
Time Zones: 1.30 PM UTC converts to 11:30:00 PM AEST, 7.00 PM IST, 6:30:00 AM PST, same date.

The Panel of Judges, and the first, second and third place websites from the contest last year are not eligible to participate again this year. However, last years winning individuals may submit different websites, if they have launched a new Windows website.

The blog/site title, Home Page URL, along with a 2-4 line description about the site, should be submitted. If you are not a member, you will be required to REGISTER at TheWindowsClub forum. Registration is instantaneous and you do not have to wait for an email verification.

Submit your entry --> HERE <--

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