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Updates

January 17, 2006

Controversial Topics

Posted by Senior Staff [2:18 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

TFL has decided to monitor more closely subjects that may be of a ‘controversial’ nature. Subjects such as ‘Adolf Hitler’ and ‘Nazi Germany’ in History/Royalty and ‘Mein Kampf’ in Books are approvable topics; however, we feel that these should be carefully watched by staffers and trouble checkers.

From now on:
– Controversial fanlistings in the History/Royalty section will be labeled with ‘study of’ next to their name. e.g., ‘Hitler, Adolf’ will be renamed ‘Hitler, Adolf (Study of)’.
– Applications staffers will send a set of guidelines to owners who apply for subjects of a controversial nature outlining that fanlistings must be worded that they are only for the subject in a historical/academic sense, and not for the person etc themselves.
– Troubles staffers and trouble checkers will review these fanlistings to make sure they are not breaking these guidelines.

We feel that these are small steps that TFL can take that will allow us to calm some of the concerns of our visitors but still allow TFL to approve fanlistings for more controversial topics.

January 16, 2006

Reminder: Using domain emails

Posted by Senior Staff [2:26 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

We have noticed that many people have their fanlistings listed at TFL under domain e-mails rather than free services (e.g., gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc) or your ISP-given e-mail address. While this is perfectly fine with us, it can cause problems if your domain goes down, meaning that e-mails from TFL can go missing and create huge problems if you are placed on troubles.

If you want to update your e-mail to a non-domain account, please feel free to send in a Change of E-mail form: http://www.thefanlistings.org/changeemail.php or if you want to see which fanlistings are listed under which address, use our Your FLs List: http://www.thefanlistings.org/yourfls.php.

It’s your choice which e-mail you have it under, but we feel that having it under a free e-mail service (or your ISP-given e-mail address) could prevent you a lot of hassle in the event your domain unexpectedly goes down. Please also keep in mind that some free e-mail services may label e-mail from TFL as spam or junk, so regularly check your spam/junk boxes if you use free services.

September 30, 2005

Use of Aliases/Fake Identities

Posted by Senior Staff [2:27 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

For some time now, TFL has had concerns about applicants using ‘alias’ identities, submitting false information, and using other people’s URLs to apply for fanlistings. We feel that they do this because of fears of ‘staff bias’ towards them, or they have a large number of fanlistings (or fanlistings on troubles or upcoming) and this will enable them to get more fanlistings.

We are aware of several cases and have followed these up with the owners. However, we feel our concerns on this need to be made known to you.

If an owner is found to be using multiple aliases or another person’s information on their applications, their alias identity’s fanlistings may be unlisted from TFL. Repeated use may result in a temporary or permanent ban from TFL.

In order to avoid this situation, please stick to one name and e-mail address and only submit your own URL when applying for fanlistings at TFL. If you need to update your e-mail addresses, please send in an E-mail Change request form, and we will update those addresses as soon as possible.

We feel that submitting false information is unfair to other visitors and applicants and it is something that needs to be taken seriously (especially the use of another person’s URL or name). In all circumstances where this happens, action will be taken.

August 22, 2005

Inactivity rule clarification

Posted by Senior Staff [2:28 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

We have had a few complaints that our troubles e-mails were unclear for the ‘inactivity’ rule (updating once every 2 months). Currently there is no requirement in the e-mail to add ALL pending members. TFL.org feels that if you have 20 members pending then you need to add all of those pending members if you are on trouble for not updating. We have had a few occassions where owners have just added a few members without adding the rest.

Due to this, and a few complaints from owners saying that the troubles e-mail is unclear on this issue, we’ve updated the e-mail.

The Inactivity troubles e-mail now reads:

We found that you had not updated in over two months. We require that all fanlistings are updated at least every two months. To be removed from the troubles list, all pending members must be added to the fanlisting, and all update forms must be processed. Even if no new members have joined recently, you must still post an update every so often to say that nobody has joined. Something like this will do: “DATE: No new members have joined recently!”

Again, this isn’t a rule change – you have always been troubled for not updating a fanlisting in 2 months. This is just a clarification from member suggestions. 🙂

June 28, 2005

Double Approvals

Posted by Senior Staff [2:30 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

For several months now, TFL has discussed creating a rule on how we handle ‘double approvals.’ We have found that handling this has been quite difficult as it is often a mistake, but in some cases, applicants have tried to circumvent the rules.

However, we have decided that we need a definitive rule on what to do in these cases. From today onwards, this is our policy on double approvals:

If a double approval occurs at the network and the second approval is less than 2 months old, the second approval will be removed from the network. Both owners will be contacted regarding this. If the second approval is older than 2 months, it will remain listed, along with the first approval.

We feel that after two months, it would be unfair of us to remove the second listing, so have created this rule to cover those fanlistings that just slip under the radar.

Please note: This rule only is for double approvals that happen from TODAY onwards. Previous double approvals will remain listed and are NOT affected by this rule.

We encourage ALL owners to be careful of how their fanlisting’s name is listed at TFL, especially those of you that have fanlistings for musicians who may have separate stage names and real names. We often find that double approvals happen for subjects that have more than one name and when names aren’t spelt correctly. Please give our staffers ALL names for your subject, along with any useful information about a subject that can help us prevent double approvals.

Please give us an e-mail or post at the boards if you have any questions or comments! 🙂

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June 25, 2005

Number of fanlistings allowed on upcoming

Posted by Senior Staff [2:31 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

After a lot of discussion, we have decided to introduce a network-wide rule as to the number of fanlistings an owner can have on upcoming at any one time. These rules are:

6 fanlistings in a category and/or
20 fanlistings in the network overall

If an owner reaches these limits, the staffer has the right to reject the applicant. Meaning the owner must complete some of their pending fanlistings before they can be approved for more.

The reason for this rule is that we have a number of fanlisting owners who get ‘application happy’ or who apply for many fanlistings at once. Usually, these owners then end up with fanlistings on troubles (too long on upcoming), or they close their fanlistings before the fanlistings have even been built.

We have asked staffers to be careful with this rule in case Finished/Update/Closed staffers are behind schedule, but please feel free to use the Additional Information box to let Applications staffers know if you have submitted finished/closed/update forms recently. Include the URLs to your finished fanlistings in the box, also.

If you have any questions about this rule change, please contact us, or post at the board 🙂

April 13, 2005

‘Last update’ date clarification

Posted by Senior Staff [2:32 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

After some discussion, we have decided to clarify the ‘last updated’ date rule at TFL:

8. You must have an ‘last updated’ date on your fanlisting.

* It must be in an easy-to-locate place (i.e. splash page or main page).
* You MUST either write out the month (4 March, 2005) or if you use a numerical date, you MUST provide a key/legend immediately before or after the date, explaining the format used (4/5/2005 – dd/mm/yyyy).
As more than one date format is considered ‘standard’, you are required to provide a clear way to read the date regardless of the format used. Failing to use either suggested format could result in your fanlisting being added to the troubles list.

All this means is that we are allowing you to use a ‘key’ to show what date format you are using, if you wish.

April 4, 2005

Multiple subjects at one fanlisting

Posted by Senior Staff [2:35 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

After a long period of discussion, TFL has decided on a policy regarding multiple subjects at/on one site.

TFL prefers each fanlisting to be on its own site. However, we realise there is an appeal to have fanlistings on the same site if they are related.

Fanlistings for similar topics (ie. a movie and a sequel) can share the same site. However, they must either:

– have their own join form, codes and members list

(OR)

– have individual codes and a ‘favourite’ feature, where the member may choose which topic they are a fan of. The fanlisting also must be clearly marked for what it covers.

Fanlistings that can not be ‘merged’ are those for a character and actor and topics which are significantly different from the other. They can, of course, have the same splash page – but must link off to their individual pages.

March 3, 2005

Legalities and formalities

Posted by Senior Staff [2:36 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

We’ve had an increase in the number of complaints regarding owners using names, images and information without the owners permission. So, we decided to add a new section to the ‘For FL Owners’ section of TFL. It aims to cover copyright, legal issues and formalities:

Legalities and Formalities

While none of the information there is 100% legal advice it does cover the basic issues that are brought to us – fanlisting owners taking images or information without giving credit back to the original source. So please have a look at the information on this page :).

February 3, 2005

Repeated neglect

Posted by Senior Staff [2:37 pm] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

After a great deal of discussion, we have decided to officially implement a new guideline for both staffers and applicants regarding fanlistings that are repeatedly neglected. After having been on the troubles list twice for either: a) lack of updating; or b) members list neglect, a fanlisting found to be neglected for the third time may be removed from the network if the troubles staffer in charge deems it appropriate and a senior staffer confirms that the removal can go ahead. This does not apply to other troubles issues, such as dead links, incorrect links to TFL, or unfair rules. You will receive a personalised email if your fanlisting is removed for repeated neglect. We do not expect removals of this nature to occur on a regular basis.

The Rules page has been updated accordingly, and any questions about this new guideline should be directed toward the senior staff via the contact form.

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