FAQ: Suggest a Site

What do you consider 'spam'?

We define spam as any attempt to place multiple identical sites into Gimpsy (also known as mirrors), or misrepresenting the site in an attempt to get listed and subsequently change the content to a materially different subject. As we spend a considerable amount of time in reviewing each site, we will not have any sympathy for the Site Owner of those sites. Once such attempts are discovered all the offending sites will be de-listed.

Which sites can I suggest?

In general - any site that has an online activity . Sites where the user can accomplish something. Sites that are highly interactive .

How can I decide if the site is suitable or not?

There are several ways. Perhaps the simplest is to try and complete the following sentence about your site: "On this site, the user can...". The first word must be a verb, like 'buy', 'sell', 'advertise', 'chat' and such like. If that word appears among the list of verbs on the Home Page of Gimpsy - the site passed the first test. If not - it is unlikely to get accepted.

You have so few verbs. Surely there must be more than that!

As always, we are eager to receive suggestions that will improve Gimpsy. However, many verbs are not quite suitable for Gimpsy. We decided that some are not interactive , like 'read'. Others do not make sense in the context of the Internet. Take, for example, 'eat', 'fly' or 'climb'. The way to distinguish if a verb is a possible Gimpsy candidate is to add the word 'online' to it, and see if it makes 'normal sense'. The following are not plausible Gimpsy activities

I have a site that sells gifts - yet it was not accepted. Why?

At Gimpsy we do not examine just the site's purpose - but also the methods used to achieve it. For each major category (activity) we provide a small help file that explains as clearly as possible the criteria used to examine sites in that category.

Reading it and checking to see if your site does meet the given criteria will save both sides from unnecessary work - and possible disappointment.

Is there a limit to the number of sites one may suggest per day?

No - you may suggest as many as you wish.

How do you view affiliate sites?

In general, when a site offers an activity - it must be available on the site itself. For example, if a site wants to be listed in the 'buy' category - the goods or services must be available for purchasing on the site itself. If they are not - then the activity offered by the site is not 'buying'. Thus, it is unlikely for an affiliate site (if that's all there is to it) to be accepted to Gimpsy.

What do you expect in terms of size? Do you have a minimum number of pages?

We don't have a set number, but we do insist that the activity that the site offers to the visitor will be comparable to other sites in the category. For example, if a site allows users to 'learn how to draw', we would expect the site to have a significant amount of tutorial information and on-line exercises. How much is 'significant' is determined by other sites that offer similar activity. Obviously, it need not be identical - but comparable , within the same order of magnitude. Similarly, if a site that sells Computer books wants to be listed in that category, it must offer a selection of books and not just a few.

How tolerant are you to pop-ups and other online advertisement techniques?

We are willing to tolerate it to a degree. Our guidelines say that sites will not be listed if they contain an excessive number of pop-ups per page. More than two may be considered 'excessive'. We are particularly averse to 'forced navigation'. That is - when the program changes the 'back' function of the browser to an entirely different location. We may not list such a site at all.

Any other considerations?

Indeed there are. The site should be fully functional (no 'under construction', broken links etc.). It has to be complete in all the relevant aspects. In general, Gimpsy reserves the right to reject any site, for any reason what so ever.

In what languages do you accept sites?

Primarily in English. If your site is bi-lingual or multilingual and it includes English - you are welcome to submit it. Note, though, that the activity offered by the site should be available to the same level in all the languages on the site.

Do you have any geographical limitations?

None. The site can be anywhere - and aim to serve any size of population, from a small pizza parlor that provides online-ordering for its neighborhood to a worldwide diamond merchant.

How long will it take to complete the review?

That depends on the submission mode chosen. Selecting the 'Site Promotion' option guarantees a review within few days. Full details of that option and the benefits to the Site Owners are provided in the help file Gimpsy Promotion option . You may also opt for the Free Submit. The site will be reviewed as soon as possible. The delay will depend on the number of available Editors and the number of pending applications. The minimum delay is two months and could be considerably more.

Rumor has it that you reject many sites. Is that true?

There is some grain of truth in it. Gimpsy's mission is to provide an excellent search experience, or rather an excellent find experience ;-). To accomplish it, the Editors are very particular about which sites they accept and which they don't. At times, we do get suggested sites that do not fulfill Gimpsy's criteria. They are indeed rejected.

Will I be notified?

Absolutely! An email will be sent to you as soon as a decision is reached. If rejected, you will be given a short explanation.

I was rejected. What can I do?

See what the Editor's comment are. If you agree, nothing should be done. Not all Internet sites can be listed in Gimpsy. If you disagree, the best course of action would be to change the site so that it falls within the boundaries of the Gimpsy footprint, then re-suggest your site.

What if I resubmit my site immediately?

Gimpsy will not accept resubmission of rejected sites until a predefined time has elapsed since the last submission. In Gimpsy terminology, this is known as the 'cool-off' period.

Why did you implement this 'cool-off' feature and how is it enforced?

Gimpsy was designed to minimize spamming abuse and maximize the chances of relevant sites to be included. When a site is submitted, Gimpsy will accept only the highest level URL (the home page). You cannot submit any page under the Home Page. If the site is in the 'cool-off' period, the submission process stops there and then. You are given, however, the date of expiry for the 'cool-off' period.

By enforcing this rule, site owners must consider very carefully if their site is suitable for Gimpsy before submitting it. Once rejected, it will get progressively harder, then impossible, to be listed in Gimpsy. The 'cool-off' period for the second rejection is one year, and for the third - a lifetime.

Who decides in which category my site will appear?

The Gimpsy Editor has complete discretion over this issue. He or she may accept your recommendations, accept part of them or none. Gimpsy Editors are highly skilled and experienced. They will use their expertise to place your site in the categories that will best serve the Gimpsy users' interests and consequently - yours!

My site was accepted, but not in the category that I wanted. What can I do?

You can suggest a new/additional category. To do so, you must first be registered as the Site Owner of the site. Then you have access to an internal communication form that allows you to suggest the new/additional category. You will be notified by email on the outcome of your request.