The About.com Readers' Choice Awards

Frequently Asked Questions


What Are the Readers' Choice Awards?

This popular reader-driven awards program began on About.com's technology channel in 2008 and has expanded to highlight the best products, features and services across a wide variety of topics. This year the Readers' Choice Awards showcased the best in hundreds of categories across most of About.com's channels, from technology to hobbies to sports.

How does the program work?

Starting in mid-January we will be accepting reader nominations for hundreds of award categories across About.com. Based on those nominations our experts will choose up to five finalists per award category, and during the voting phase readers will be able to vote for their favorite finalists for each award category. Winners will be announced on March 27th 2013.

What controls do you have in place to ensure fairness during the voting process?

Users must provide an email address or log in via their Facebook or About.com accounts to vote. Votes are limited to one vote per award category per user per day, and any votes not originating from the about.com domain will be rejected. We have internal checks in place to detect fraudulent voting activity, and in some cases the poll results shown during voting may not reflect the accurate final counts used to determine winners.

Please note that About.com polls are not scientific. Rather, they are a way for readers to share their opinions about their favorite products, services and innovations with About.com Experts and with other users.

What do Winners receive?

Winners don't receive a prize -- just the bragging rights that come with knowing that the readers of one of the Web's largest networks love your stuff.

Where can I learn more about all the categories?

Visit Awards.about.com to see all the awards categories.

Legal notice: By submitting your entry to us, you are representing that the content is original, does not plagiarize from anyone or infringe a copyright or trademark, does not violate anybody's rights and is not libelous or otherwise unlawful or misleading. You are agreeing that we can use your submission in all manner and media and that we shall have the right to authorize third parties to do so. And you agree to the rules of our User Agreement, found online at http://www.about.com/gi/pages/uagree.htm.