i think i'm going to make a web page with this info but i thought i'd start it as a thread here to get comments and additions, etc.
I don't know if you guys know how software submissions work.. basically there are tons of sites that list shareware and freeware. A very few of these sites have some really dedicated people who go and find software on their own (i've heaped well deserved praise on freeware world team for example).
most other sites rely on authors to submit their software announcements.
now there are two basic main ways that an author can submit software announcements, with lots of minor details different between sites.
the main ways are using an industry standardized PAD file, which describes the program, its license, download and screenshot urls, etc.
sites which support PAD file submissions are 1000x easier to submit too, and much less prone to mistakes. such sites get much love from me. here are some noteworthy sites that i have gradually accumulated that support PAD file submissions:
other sites insist on having their own unique forms which gather exactly the same info as a PAD form but make you type everything manually. REALLY ANNOYING. thumbs down to these sites. i am seriously thinking about trying to mount a letter writing campaign/boycott to get them to convert to PAD file support:
There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for a site not supporting PAD files, except plain laziness. These sites are in my hall of shame - if you know people at these sites, or you are a member of their forums, or just want to help, please drop these sites an email and tell them to get with the 21st century and add support for submitted PAD files.