Our good sites are meant to be the best ones the Sailor Moon community
has to offer, and we want everyone to visit these sites, for they truly
are examples of quality SM sites. We also have several ideals that we
think a good page should have. This includes, but is not resrticted to
- Original content, something that people want to see
- This is important to a site, because there are so many Sailor Moon
sites on the web these days that it's hard to be original! So if you can
actually come up with something new and different, it sets your site apart
from the other ones.
- A good format, with good page layouts
- Not only do you need content, but you need it to look nice too!
It also needs to load in a timely manner, because we don't all have
hours and hours to spend waiting for sites to load. A page should be
well-organized, and make links to different areas easy to find, while
also creating variety for the viewer with *small* pics and things.
- CORRECT information!
- This is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT DETAIL! Even with original content
and a nice format, there is still the main idea that people who come
to a Sailor Moon site will want to learn more about it and its characters.
If your information is wrong, then it kind of blows the other details
out of the water.
Our Bad Sites are what we consider to be some of the worst on the
Web, not only due to bad HTML and layout, but also because of bad content
and information. By noting them as bad sites, we're trying to discourage
people from visiting these sites, because we believe they aren't worth
your time. (We know you probably will anyway, but at least THIS way
you know what you're getting into when you go! ^^) Here's some points
that would make a site fit into the BAD category:
- WRONG or sketchy information
- As SM fans, we all want to tell people about the coolness of Sailor
Moon, but how are we going to encourage more fans if we don't inform
people correctly? It reflects badly on all of us when others post
wrong information, or confusing info with a lot of gaps because they
are either know too little about the show or are too lazy to confirm
the details they don't know.
- Same old boring text and content as everywhere else
- There are so many SM pages out there, but what would be the point of
them all if they all say exactly the same thing? We are particularly
against those who copy text directly from another page and post it as
their own, without any credits or links to, or permission from, the
original author. It's called plagiarism, and it's not exactly legal
- Bad page design and slow loading time
- If a page looks bad, then it suggests bad content as well, even
if the content might actually be good! A disorganized or just plain
annoying page format would discourage people from the start. More
details about poor design are given under the Ugly explanation.
- Swearing and hate pages against certain characters
- Sailor Moon stands against hate and encourages love and justice,
so be believe the fans should also! We find a lot of hate pages, particularly
about Ami, Rei, and Chibi-Usa, and while everyone *is* entitled to
their own opinion, there's no need to swear or name-call, or broadcast
bad feelings to everyone else.
Ugly sites are a slightly fuzzier division...the sites that we
give the Ugly classification to are NOT of the same low-quality that
the Bad sites are. We TRY to pick sites for this category that have
potential to be GOOD sites, but don't make it because of poorly-done
page design. Here are some examples of common design flaws:
- Badly placed, poorly sized, or broken images
- Images are important to a site, because they add a variety and
polish to sites that you just can't get with text! However, it's easy
to make mistakes with images. Putting them in bad spots, using images
that are just too big, or having broken images really detract from the
look of a site. That, and don't use a whole bunch of animated .gif files
either. While they're neat and fun, less is more in this case.
- Tons of H-U-G-E or text
- There's a lot of cute little text tricks you can use on your site,
but you don't have to plaster them all over the page! If you want people
to read your content, then make it easy for them! Don't use a lot of
blinking text, and make it a readable size! This means a small text
size for large text blocks. Save the bigger font sizes for titles and
.gifs, there is a limit to how much is actually practical! Just one or
two little tricks is plenty, don't max out on everything. And if you're
going to use frames, do them well, and avoid making useless frames just
for title banners or other things. We want to maximize the main viewing
scrolling messages in the status bar, and those alert boxes that pop
up and ask for your name. These in particular have been done a MILLION
times, and they are REALLY annoying.
- Embedded MIDI files
- This is kind of a personal complaint, because we DON'T like embedded
MIDI files that give us error messages or blow out our eardrums with too
high of volume. But the Amazoness Quartet and the Needleleaves don't
like them either, and a LOT of people don't want to have to deal with
embedded MIDIs when they look at a page, so BE CAREFUL with these!
- An excessively long-scrolling page
- Pages that take forever to load, and scroll through, are really
quite annoying to the viewer. Find a logical way to divide up the
content, so we don't have to wait as long to see the page!
Being chosen as a Notable page is another fuzzy division. There
are some pages out there that might not be very fancy or aren't the
most detailed, or might even be a little controversial! But the pages
we choose as Notable are pages that, for one reason or another, we
think deserve some mention. This category is not rated, and it is
separate from the Good, Bad, and Ugly designations, but it's still