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20 June 2005 @ 06:35 pm
Rules of the Lab  

Rules for taking icons:

& Comment
& Credit
& No hotlinking

Comment: See something you like? Just just leave me a comment and tell me what it is. It makes me feel shiny, and serves as input so I know what styles people like. See? Simple.

Credit: If you take an icon of mine, go here to upload it and please credit icon_spengler or kremlindusk, like so:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

It'll display nice and purdy like this:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

(Editor's Tip: If you delete an icon and go back to an old entry that used it, it'll show whatever your new default icon is. Annoying, right? So, if you give all your icons "reusable" keywords, like "tree" or "happy," then even if you upload a new "tree" icon, it'll retroactively show up on all those old posts. Hooray! With that in mind, credit the icon-maker in the "comment" box, rather than making it part of the keyword. The "comment" line has no effect on what icon shows up in your entries, so you can always change the comment to reflect the maker of the new icon.)

No Hotlinking. Hotlinking is when you link an image from a website to display it somewhere else. It's bad because when too many people hotlink, all the bandwidth gets used up and then the images either load slowly or stop displaying altogether. For people who pay for their bandwidth and don't use a free source, they can get charged in cold hard cash for the overage. Which makes you, the hotlinker, Internet Public Enemy #1. Or, well, pretty high up on the list. Maybe #3 or #4, but definitely in the top ten.

To keep this from happening: If you want to link to an image, simply register an account at a place like Photobucket.com (it's free!) and you can upload all the images you want, FOR FREE. Then you can link from those and everyone will live happily ever after. Remember, it's free. So don't steal bandwidth. It's mean.