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May 26, 2007

Rule clarification and reminder

Posted by Senior Staff [11:55 am] (link)

This is a update of for the General category.

We are posting this to clarify two of TFLs rules for applying for and running a fanlisting listed at TFL. The first is a clarification of last updated dates on your fanlistings and the second is what you can use as an example URL when applying for a fanlisting.

Rule Clarification: Javascript/PHP date modifiers
This is an addendum to our current rules relating to the use of javascript as a means to automatically change a fanlisting’s update date to reflect the current date of the server or visitor’s computer clock. This technique has been used in the past by some fanlisting owners to create the illusion that a fanlisting has updated (when it has not) so as to avoid it being troubled for not updating.

Currently the rule states that your fanlisting must not use a JavaScript-generated ‘last updated’ date.

We are expanding this rule to include the use of PHP scripts written solely to create a false update date in order to avoid the troubles list.

The rule is now your fanlisting must not use a JavaScript or PHP-generated last update date intended to create an inaccurate and false update date. Update dates must reflect the last member update.

This clarification is effective immediately. Fanlistings suspected of using these scripts will be troubled as per the usual troubles process. Fanlistings will not be troubled unless there is specific evidence to suggest that the update date is not legitimate.

Regarding Example URLs
We would just like to remind those of you applying for fanlistings that when you apply the URL you submit must be your own work (both graphics and HTML). We have nothing against owners that hire/ask other people to build their fanlistings, help them out and so forth. However, when you initially apply for the fanlistings, it is a requirement of TFL that you show that you have web design abilities.

Applications that submit URLs that are not their own work will be rejected.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to ask at the message board, or contact the Senior Staff.