- Kids: No kids, none, nowhere! By no children - I mean no one under the age of 18 naked or involved in sexual situations and no preteens AT ALL! Remember ANY child ANYWHERE means NO LINK!! I'm VERY strict on this! I will usually be pretty lenient with art, especially anime and I can't police stories unless it looks like underage stories are the full focus of the site.
- Criminal Instruction: Nothing on the site providing help or step by step instruction on how to commit or get away with crimes. This includes promotion or openly calling for the commission of crimes like killing or harrassing Christians, Jews, Atheists, Republicans, Democrats.. whatever.
- NO AFFILIATE PROMO SITES!!: When a webmaster signs up for an affiliate or partner program from a potential sponsor; they are often allowed to download free pics to assist in sending traffic to the website. Oftentimes a webmaster (me included) will build tiny little websites that are nothing more than 5 to 30 pics downloaded from an advertiser and then set up with a generous amount of advertising for the sponsor. Feel free to submit these to TGPs or Top 100s but there's no point in listing them here - I'll just link to the sponsor and kick out the redundant little promo site.
- Must be browser friendly: There's NOTHING that turns someone off more than a rude internet control freak and we will IMMEDIATELY sever a link for the following infractions. Attempting to write code (other than cookies) to the harddrive. Adding bookmarks without consent. Changing the user's homepage. Consoles with no close button (Hit alt-F4). Sites you CANNOT exit without alt-ctrl-delete. Excessive consoles.
- No viruses, spyware etc: Usually this is NOT the owner's fault but the link will be made inactive until the virus is repaired.
- No illegal activity: No password trading, text on your site stating that copyright holders of pics on your site can go screw themselves, warez.
- Only relevant sites: I have a specific list of categories here and if your site doesn't fit any of them then I don't have a place to put it..
- No Rapidshare type link: This means a link to a specific Rapidshare, Mediafire, Imageshack style file. This file probably won't have a very long life and there's a potential for 1000s of them. Both Rapidshare and Mediafire allow user accounts and I'll happily link to these.
Add Site Suggestion - Politics/Religion:
I've seen a number of sites with very strong political/religious language. Sometimes the site goes so far as to degrade, extremely degrade the other side with hate language so severe that it would make any nazi gulp in disbelief. I have actually passed on a couple that were far too severe for my tastes. Here are my ideas on the subject.
- You are changing NO ONE'S mind on the subject - you're only changing people's minds about you! You are accomplishing nothing beneficial for yourself or your society - just the cathartic enjoyment of bashing the other side with emotionally fulfilling hate language and mockeries.
- Why alienate half your potential readers? WHY? Seriously, what is the point of losing a potential ally and filling your email box with hate mail? That Bush supporter or Anti-War guy who MAY'VE helped you get a better webhost or turned you on to a relevant messageboard has clicked the close button on your site and posted a one star rating on my directory. Congratulations.
- Live your political/religious life on OTHER sites! Go to YouTube or Yahoo or Google and get involved in a good debate. Call your opponent an idiot or an asshole or a fascist. Get it out of your system and then come back and run your site with political/religious neutrality.