We had hoped we wouldn't need to start banning image hosts for some time but that inevitable day has arrived. Bad image hosts either annoy the hell out of you or can download malware onto your computer, or worse. Here is our first version of standards that image hosts must follow in order to be allowed, and we also have our first banned image host.
IMAGE HOST STANDARDS
1.) Hosts must not require more than 2 mouse clicks to display the full sized image.
2.) Hosts using installers, trojans, redirectors, fake virus warnings or other types of malware are not allowed.
3.) Hosts are not allowed to pop up any "User Name:" "Password"" dialog, such as for deceptive reasons.
4.) Ads using background sound are not allowed. Advertising must be completely silent.
5.) Hosts are not allowed to show deceptive material such as pretending to be coming from Microsoft.
6.) Excessively long count-down timers are not allowed.
BANNED IMAGE HOSTS
Image hosts may be un-banned if they adjust their settings and advertising to meet the standards outlined above.