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<h1>When Is CSS Not CSS? When It’s in a Gallery</h1>
<p>
	<strong>The Internet, the great place of near-enough freedom that it is</strong>, allows for people to game the
	system, the stupid and the ill-informed. I’m never one who is too fussed about this because I’m not likely to
	fall prey to such ruses. What really irks me though are websites that have CSS in the name, yet have bugger all to
	do with CSS.
</p><p>
	A website of Photoshop-bukkake is perfectly harmless enough if designers are into that, but when I came across
	“The CSS Awards”, a website that apparently awards CSS, it sounded more on form.
</p>
<img src="/blog/fads_and_muppetry/cssawards.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="401" />
<p>
	Well, <em>sounded</em>. In reality, looking at the entries, it’s clear that CSS has nothing to do with the
	selection process.
</p><p>
	Submitting your site to The CSS Awards is not free. You pay a minimum 7€ fee for consideration, but they also
	offer a €27 service that includes automated submission to 50 CSS galleries (25 when I last looked). The price was
	also never €50, that was added afterwards. Snidey.
</p>
<img src="/blog/fads_and_muppetry/cssawards_submit.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="360" />
<p>
	Because I wanted to prove a point I decided to pay for professional service. Surely, a site called “The CSS
	Awards” would recognise my site, written in HTML5 and using CSS3 without IDs or classes or <code>div</code>s or
	<code>span</code>s.
	<br /><br />
	Actually submitting my site let me discover just how shady/shoddy this operation is.
</p><p>
	I submitted my site on the 11<sup>th</sup> of February and it was approved on the 12<sup>th</sup>. On the
	17<sup>th</sup> I had a batch of e-mails come in from different ‘CSS’ sites, obviously part of the automated
	submission process.
</p><p>
	See if you can spot something similar with all of these e-mails:
</p>
<blockquote>
	<cite>submissions@minimalexhibit.com</cite>
	<p>
		Thank you for submitting a site to Minimal Exhibit. We rely on submissions to maintain the quality of the
		site, so your participation is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that only a percentage of submissions
		will actually be published to the gallery. Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we are unable
		to notify people when their submission is published. If you would like to stay up-to-date and see if your
		site is published, please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
	<cite>submissions@foliofocus.com</cite>
	<p>
		Thank you for submitting a site to Folio Focus. We rely on submissions to maintain the quality of the site,
		so your participation is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that only a percentage of submissions will
		actually be published to the gallery. Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we are unable to
		notify people when their submission is published. If you would like to stay up-to-date and see if your site
		is published, please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
	<cite>submissions@cartfrenzy.com</cite>
	<p>
		Thank you for submitting a site to CartFrenzy. We rely on submissions to maintain the quality of the site,
		so your participation is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that only a percentage of submissions will
		actually be published to the gallery. Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we are unable to
		notify people when their submission is published. If you would like to stay up-to-date and see if your site
		is published, please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
	<cite>submissions@typeinspire.com</cite>
	<p>
		Thank you for submitting to TypeInspire. We rely on submissions to maintain the quality of the site, so
		your participation is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that only a percentage of submissions will
		actually be published to the gallery. Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we are unable to
		notify people when their submission is published. If you would like to stay up-to-date and see if your site
		is published, please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
	<cite>submissions@blogdesignheroes.com</cite>
	<p>
		Thank you for submitting a site to Blog Design Heroes. We rely on submissions to maintain the quality of
		the site, so your participation is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that only a percentage of
		submissions will actually be published to the gallery. Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we
		are unable to notify people when their submission is published. If you would like to stay up-to-date and
		see if your site is published, please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<p>
	The owners of The CSS Awards either own or work with a group of developers that just churn out templated galleries
	under different names and rake in the profits.
</p>
<img src="/blog/fads_and_muppetry/ctrlc_ctrlv.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="892" />
<p>
	It looks like “The CSS Awards” should be renamed to “The Photoshop Awards”.
</p><p>
	The biggest shock was when I received an e-mail from another ‘CSS’ site, who referred to me using the
	cardholder’s name on the card I had used to make payment! I was stunned. The CSS Awards is handing out personal
	credit card info to third parties because they were stupid enough to get the name fields mixed up in their automated
	process.
	<br /><br />
	To add insult to injury, I was even rejected from one of the ‘CSS’ sites!
</p>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		Hi,
	</p><p>
		Thank you for submitting your site. We checked out http://camendesign.com and although it had merit, we
		have decided not to include it in our gallery at this time.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<p>
	I replied:
</p>
<aside>* sub-title of their website</aside>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		Sure, fine, your choice. :) I find it odd though that a site that has CSS that many have called a work of
		art, isn’t good enough for a site that has “CSS” in the name. What, you don’t appreciate CSS3
		without IDs or classes, or DIVs or SPANs? Or is your site just about screenshots and has begger all care
		for the code? So, what does “Superior CSS”*, mean?
	</p>
	<cite>Kroc Camen</cite>
</blockquote>
<p>
	And again they shot me down.
</p>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we can only feature sites that have really striking
		qualities. An accepted site needs to be bring something special that will really “wow” people. While
		your site is clean and organized, it really needs to stand out from the rest. I’m sure you understand.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<p>
	What I understand is that you’re full of it.
</p><p>
	I could link to a hundred more “CSS” galleries, many that even feature HTML5 but don’t even use HTML5 on their
	own site, nor even a jot of CSS3.
</p>


<h2>It Is Time for the Real CSS Awards</h2>
<p>
	“The CSS Awards” is a fraud and a dishonour to the art of HTML &amp; CSS. It awards sites with
	<a href="http://thecssawards.com/duplos.html" rel="external">nothing but text-images</a>. No web fonts, no SVG, no
	CSS3.
</p><p>
	The Internet needs an awards scheme for
	<a href="http://desandro.com/resources/curtis-css-typeface/" rel="external">examples</a> of
	<a href="http://nicolasgallagher.com/demo/pure-css-speech-bubbles/bubbles.html" rel="external">awesome</a>
	<a href="http://snook.ca/archives/html_and_css/becoming-a-font-embedding-master" rel="external">source code</a>
	and <a href="http://intertwingly.net/blog/" rel="external">markup</a>. An awards scheme that is not biased, that
	does not require users to pay to be listed, and recognises code over screenshots. I can’t make such a thing myself
	(I’m already stretched to my limit with projects), but I would be willing to put myself forward as a judge for
	such a thing.
</p><p>
	We need to start recognising the incredible talent out there that makes programming and markup into an art form. I
	have long been striving to <a href="http://twitter.com/riddle/status/2060174897" rel="external">demonstrate</a>
	that code is art and this website’s source has
	<a href="http://twitter.com/davidsd/status/1402058105" rel="external">consistently</a> been
	<a href="http://twitter.com/bjeanes/status/1181887188" rel="external">described</a> as
	<a href="http://twitter.com/alex_gibson/status/2244093751" rel="external">a thing</a> of
	<a href="http://twitter.com/shaneriley/status/1036981688" rel="external">beauty</a>. I want to see more,
	<a href="http://awesomebutuseless.com/">many more examples</a> of staggering, eye-watering beautiful source code
	that redefines what’s possible. “The CSS Awards” are not doing that and it’s time for change. PhotoShop,
	DreamWeaver and image slicing should never, <em>ever</em> be rewarded.
	<br /><br />
	<em>Code is art.</em> Let’s make it known.
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