I was just in the process of showcasing Drupal to some people, for use in a corporate environment. The site resources of course are pretty good, what with the Drupal-Sites and Sites which use Drupal pages. I then used google, and was able to identify a lot of aesthetically designed sites powered by Drupal. But in my opinion, there's one feature we lack - which, other CMSs like Mambo have already adopted.
I think the community would benefit a lot if the Drupal Dev team was to set up a Drupal Site Award, given out in various categories - Some which come to mind offhand are
- Best Designed Site (Personal)
- Best Designed Site (Corporate)
- (Or any category which might crop up later)
- Best Innovation (In terms of hacking at Drupal to produce a hitherto un-thoughtof feature)
- Best Module
- Best Theme
There are various advantages of having such an award set - Apart from being able to sport a "Best Award in X Category" button on the felicitated site, there also comes up a centralized database of the best sites powered by drupal, all over the web. This is extremely helpful for people who are trying to migrate to an open source CMS, and have come to evaluate Drupal. At one glance, they can see the extremeties of not only technological aspects - modules, integration with APIs, etc, but also how Drupal is fast emerging as one of the best site frameworks on the internet.
Decisions and Judging
The awards could be distributed on the basis of popular opinion polls, which can lead to the elimination of most of the sites. The top 'n' sites could then be evaluated by members of a panel constituted of the dev team members, and others as deemed fit.
(BTW, I've searched on google, and didn't find any references to any such ideas either incubating, or previously discussed. So don't flame me :). The drupal.org search also doesn't reveal anything specific. I also think there was some discussion on awarding the best contributed theme to Drupal, but that kind of fizzled out)