Why Sites are Rejected
Listed below are the top ten reasons (to date) why
submitted sites don't get listed in the database.
Please note: I am well aware that there some "grey
areas" with some of these (such as the clipart issue)
and I have no problem making final decisions on a site-by-site
- TOO MANY [profanity deleted] ADVERTISING POP-UPs. I truly understand the desire to make money
off of a site, but you pop-up a bunch of advertising (and or traded link) windows on my screen and
you're not included in this database. What is too many? Depends on my mood. At the time of this writing,
two on the front page of a site is too many.
- Site claims graphics as their own, even when they did not
create them. Fiends and scalawags. I don't care if 99% of the
graphics are original -- I find one piece that is not, the
entire site is left out of the database.
- Site uses registered trademarks and or copyrighted work
in their art... trademarks/copyrights
registered to someone else, that is. If the site include
Bart Simpson, Pokemon, Mickey Mouse,
or Kenny (living or dead), the site will not be included.
- Archive sites -- if the work is not yours
(or artists who work for you), please do
not submit your site. This includes when a site says something similar to: "All
graphics used on this site are my own design or
thought to be public domain. If
for some reason they are not, please inform me..."
- Overabundance of common clipart and/or scanned postcards.
If the primary feature
of the majority of sets or buttons is clipart/scanned postcards with a border thrown
on, etc., I will not include the site.
- Site is too slow. Now, I am willing to wait a long long
time for graphic sites, I know they're going to be slow. If
a site is slow, I'll even check back another time to make
sure it wasn't a fluke. But the occasional site, that won't
load something in under two minutes does not
make it to the database.
- Sites that create graphics for web site use and create
graphics far too heavy for reasonable use on the web.
70k is too big a file for a background.
- Site navigation makes me run screaming from the room
after the 43rd time I've gotten lost. I always try to
link to the primary page of a web site (save but for
the tutorials and some holiday pages). I do this out of respect for the artist.
But if I can't find the graphics, or I have to click
through a series of five "entry"
pages, or I find the graphics and then lose them (it happens),
I'll probably wander off in a cloud of bewilderment and
forget to add the site to the database.
- The site crashes (or will not display properly in)
in my browser.
- The site does not offer free graphics/fonts/software...
Am I stating the obvious? To most people, probably yes, but it
doesn't get listed on this page
unless it's happened enough times for me think
listing is necessary. <heavy dramatic sigh>