The following guidelines should help you decide if your
site belongs as part of the Infinite Fractal Loop. We
regret the necessity of having guidelines, but if we
don't, there's bound to be some jerk who will take
advantage of the Loop for something other than its
original intent. Questions or comments regarding these
guidelines should be directed to
The following things will absolutely prevent your
site from being admitted to the Loop:
- Page Theme
The purpose of the Infinite Fractal Loop is to showcase
the best of fractal art on the net. The emphasis in the
Loop is art, not mathematics. If there's a lot of
math on your pages, that's okay; we realize mathematics is
a part of fractals and sometimes separating the two is
difficult. But if the primary thrust of your page is the
math, then the IFL is probably not for you. (Please note:
crude diagrams of mathematical constructs do not constitute
- Artistic Concerns
Over the past several years, fractal art styles have changed and evolved. Advancements and enhancements of fractal software now allow users to create true-color images, apply versatile coloring algorithms and combine fractals in layers for a different artistic effect. The IFL is most interested in presenting sites which feature images where the artist's creative input can be clearly seen. Using a software's default coloring schemes and doing very little zooming or creative image composition may be interesting to you, but those touring through the IFL may quickly lose interest with much repetition of these kinds of images.
Yes, it takes more time and practice to learn to use fractal software in an artistic manner, but there are several sources of help out there tutorials, mailing lists, newsgroups, etc. through which more experienced users are almost always willing to share their knowledge with others.
- Java Pages
Similarly, pages of Java applets with a few fractal pictures
added in will not get you into the IFL. It's not about how
well you can write a Java applet to generate fractals, it's
about the fractal images you produce. (And we'd like to see
those without needing Java enabled in our browsers, please.)
If your site has little to offer besides "Java wow" then the
IFL probably isn't for you.
- Links Pages
Pages which primarily consist of links to other pages,
even if they are fractal-related, do not belong in the IFL.
It's okay to have fractal links, but again, if your page is
not mainly about fractal art that you have created, it's not
IFL material. If you have such a page, it can still be
listed on the links page. Just
send me the URL.
- Ring Overload
Pages containing three or more other web rings will not
be accepted. There are some folks who seem to think that a
page with a huge collection of rings, but no real content, is
the cat's meow. I'm not one of them. If you want a mammoth
list of web rings, go see RingWorld at
WebRing. Please don't
bother submitting such sites to the Loop.
- Banner Requirement
After you're accepted for membership in the Loop, you will
need to place an IFL banner on your page (but not until
then). This banner must appear on the page you
specify in the sign-up form. If you want the IFL to link to
an entrance page to your gallery, that's finebut the
IFL banner will have to appear on that entrance page.
Further, this entrance page should be an entrance
page, and not just a home page where your fractal images
just happen to be one link of many. We want your
fractals page, not your personal page.
- Unsuitable Content
Pages containing pornography, sexually explicit material,
information about illegal drugs or activities, messages of
hate or racism, or direct links to such material will not be
accepted regardless of the fractal content. If you
wish to peddle such garbage, that's your option, but you will
not be using the IFL to direct visitors to it.
Made it this far? Okay. Here are some things that, while
not required, will probably help your chances of being
accepted into the Loop:
Sites without thumbnails are difficult for the average
personwho has a 28.8 modemto browse your site.
When the browsing gets difficult, visitors tend to bail out
of the Loop and go somewhere else. This hurts all the other
sites further down the Loop. While we don't require
thumbnails, we certainly recommend them. Your viewers (and
the rest of the IFL members) will appreciate it.
On a related note, you should try to keep the initial
page size to a minimum. Thumbnails help, but using large
backgrounds, big MIDI files, gallons of Java, massive
Shockwave files, or huge ActiveX controls means your page
will take a long time to transfer. It's okay to have these
in your pagesyou should just try to keep the first
page, the one the IFL links to, reasonably small. (That
means less than 200K, preferably less than 100K.)
Most of the people who browse the web can read and
understand English. While we understand that many would
like to be able to have their pages in their native language,
we ask (not demand) that you provide English-language
versions of your pages, and that either you have the IFL
link directly there, or the link to the English version be
prominent and easily located on the page the IFL does
link to. We ask this for the same reason we ask for
thumbnailsso people don't bail out of the Loop when they
get to a page they can't read.
One last thing: sites that are butt-ugly are difficult
to browse, no matter how beautiful the fractals are. While
it's unlikely that anyone with an aesthetic sense good enough
to produce work worthy of the IFL will produce web pages with
a startling lack of such aesthetics, it has happened
in the past and will undoubtedly happen again in the future.
So take a critical look at your page and make sure your
background doesn't obscure your text; that your text and
background colors don't clash; and that your page layout is
not hideously lame. For examples of what not to do, try
Web Pages That Suck.
For examples of what you should do, try
The High Five. For help
on how to actually put together web pages, try the
HTML Writers' Guild.
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