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14th of July 2000

     Let's talk about portals and forums for the web development community. The sites below feature and highlight work done by the ever-expanding cadre of independent web producers. You won't find hard-sell or guerilla marketing. Instead, educational, enthusiastic, peer evaluation and recommendation is the order of the day. Exchange of ideas, tips and techniques, and informal dialog help you discover "the hidden web."

Astounding Websites Let's begin with Astounding Websites, a creation of Glenn Davis and a handful of other well-known web personalities. Glenn was founder and creator of the original Cool Site of the Day and Project Cool (along with Teresa Martin). Moving his talents to the U.S. east coast also means starting another web property. Astounding Websites is an interactive forum that allows anyone and everyone to submit description and review of quality work from top designers, writers, and programmers for peer perusal. One goal is simply to make us more aware of what we have not yet found. Discussions are cordial and lively, and you are sure to discover just what you've been looking for. Brand new, and effective.

Vote For Us at WebbieWorld WebbieWorld is a self-registering portal of quality web sites with a twist. It is also an awards system. Exceptional "Hot Picks" are selected by WebbieWorld's creator Mark Connell, and "People's Picks" are chosen by you and me. Whenever a visitor clicks on the WebbieWorld vote banner, like the one above, a tally is made. One vote per person, per day. This allows quality web sites to percolate to the top of the WebbieWorld listings and adds exposure to your favorite sites. Says Mark, "We also provide interviews and features that help web builders learn about different facets of the web. WebbieWorld is basically an ever changing site that lets people learn about the web and a place to find interesting sites."

coolStop PortalCreated by Joe Jenett, the CoolSTOP Portal is an original amalgam of web interaction. Joe has developed a myriad of methods to communicate with the web community. Starting with his highly prestigious daily selection Best of the Cool sites, participants can engage themselves in ColorSpeak, the Links Arena, YooNoHoo, iNSPiRATiONS, and his latest additon to the jenett webthings properties, net.weblogs.com. Joe told me, "My personal work on the web is a reaction to what the web has become and a mission to promote and renew a spirit of the web that has to do with people and creativity and personal expression."

     Those three wonderful sites can keep you busy for a number of days on your quest for web excellence. If you still can't get enough, here are a few other forums and discussion groups I highly recommend for web designer interaction. Oh, and of course, don't ever forget our very own Internet Brothers Community. Do you know of others? Let me know.

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