At the same time it is expected or hoped that the recognition and prizes, which can be earned by award nominees and winners, will motivate more capable developers, who otherwise would not participate, to make contributions.
Cooperating is better than competing. Cooperate and the community will embrace you.
Every month all newly published classes that were considered innovative by the JS Classes site are nominated as candidates for the award.
In the following month, the nominees will be announced. Then, subscribers to the site may vote on which of the nominated classes they considered to be the most innovative. At the beginning of the next month, the winners will be announced as well the new nominees.
The winning author will be entitled to receive one prize provided by sponsor of choice. The remaining nominees may also be entitled to receive one prize, depending on their award rank and the availability of prizes.
Authors awarded with prizes may choose which of the prizes they would like to receive, with authors choosing in descending order of votes received. One author may only receive a prize once per month, even if more than one of his/her class qualified to win prizes.
The sponsors are responsible for delivering the prizes directly to the winning authors, except in the case when the author lives in a country to which the sponsor that provides the chosen prize may not export due to local legislation. In that case, the prize will be sent to the JS Classes site that will ship the prize to the author later.
The current list of sponsors follows. Other sponsors may join later.
Every class submitted and approved for publishing on the JS Classes site, automatically qualifies as a potential nominee to compete for winning the award for the month of publication.
Qualifying classes have to be submitted by their original authors. The classes do not have to be absolutely original as long as they provide innovative features compared with the other classes already published on the JS Classes site. The classes may also have been previously published on other sites, even if those sites are code repositories similar to the JS Classes site.
At the beginning of each month, the JS Classes site will nominate the classes published in the previous month that were considered the most innovative. Starting then, and until the end of the month, subscribers to the site will be able to vote on one of the nominated classes. The class with the most votes will be the winner.
Authors may vote for their own classes but they may not create new accounts on the site for the purpose of increasing the number of votes for their classes. That is considered to be fraud. The site has means to detect fraud. Any attempt to commit voting fraud leads to automatic disqualification without warning.
Winners will be listed in the pages of the JS Classes site for this award. They will also be notified by e-mail. After notification they have 7 days in which to claim their prizes. If that period passes it is assumed that the author is not interested in the prizes, and the next nominated author will be notified to select his or her prize. The JS Classes site will not reconsider even if there were mail delivery problems that prevented a winning author receiving prize notifications messages.