Recognized means it will appear on all the appropriate listing and also the site search engine. Surf the romance listing and you will find little to read. That's not because there haven't been any romantic stories published. There have been hundreds! It's because the readers haven't liked any of them enough to qualify.
A book, poem or book chapter is considered for this status after it has received 15 comments (anonymous comments do not count). Once eligible, it is considered at the end of each day.
When recognized, the work is moved onto the category listings and the ribbon shown here is displayed by the work in the author's profile. The author will be notified by a private message.
The site picks stories, poems and books by looking at the ratings and the members that commented. All comments count, but good ratings from members that have earned blue stars (the more the better) carry more weight.