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People often send me mail asking me for more information
about skaters, events, equipment, rinks, or whatever. I'm sorry, but
all of the online materials I know about are already linked into this page,
and I simply don't have the time to dig up answers to individual
requests from other sources.
If you have questions that aren't answered in the
FAQ lists or other links on my pages, it's better to post them to
than to send them to me personally. If you are looking for general
information about a skater or event, try using a web search utility
(like the one at Alta Vista)
instead of expecting other people to do your research for you.
Some other sources of information
are US Figure Skating,
the books and magazines listed in the
References FAQ, your local public library, or the phone book.
Please note that many of the pages I have links to are maintained by
other people, and you should contact them directly if you have
comments or questions about their pages.
I get a lot of mail from people complaining that I don't have any
information about or pictures of their favorite skater. Generally, my
response to this is that if you're a fan of a particular skater and
think they deserve a fan page of their own on the web,
you should set one up yourself instead of expecting me to do it.
(After all, it's your favorite skater, not mine.)
Also, I'm sorry, but I do not run a service for making copies of
videotapes of televised skating events. Please
read the FAQ about this before e-mailing or posting such requests.
My web pages are now hosted by
My skating web pages are a personal project and represent my personal
opinions only. I am also acting as webmaster for the
World Skating Federation
(WSF), but that is a separate web site and the WSF has no involvement
with SkateWeb. None of my opinions expressed on SkateWeb should be
taken as representing the WSF or the positions of the WSF in any way.
I put these pages together for my own entertainment. While other
people may also find them entertaining, educational, or useful, that
is not my primary purpose or goal. I don't really
care if you find things that offend you by following the links from my
pages. Parents, if you are concerned about what your child is viewing
on the Internet, I think it is your responsibility to supervise
My pages contain some links to commercial sites and other information
about skating-related businesses. I do this as a courtesy and because
I think the information is of general interest to skaters and/or fans,
without implying any particular endorsement of the businesses or
products. The only paid advertising material on this site are the sponsor
buttons that are clearly identifiable as advertisements.
Copyrights and copying/linking permissions
I have tried to indicate sources, copyrights, and other copying
restrictions on specific materials used in my pages. The original
articles, artwork, and photos on my site are copyrighted, so please
don't republish them without my explicit permission. See the
photo use policy below.
Please don't copy the SkateWeb logo.
You may link to my web pages (it's not necessary to ask my permission
first). However, you may not embed my web pages in
a subframe with your own menus and/or advertising banners attached.
Also, please do not mirror my skating pages, distribute them on
CD-ROM, or embed them in your own web pages in other ways (such as by
filtering the content of the pages themselves).
Photos which I have taken and published on my web site are
copyrighted and are provided for personal viewing
only. I'm not a professional photographer,
and I don't sell prints of my photos, or rights to publish them in
magazines or use them for advertising or other commercial purposes.
Exception: Skaters may republish my photos of them
on their own personal web sites, subject to the following conditions:
e-mail addresses from visitors. I share aggregate server statistics
(such as the total number of page hits per day) with advertisers, but
not detailed server log information such as the IP addresses of individual
users visiting this site.
If you have a link you want me to add to my pages, please
send mail to me directly
instead of assuming I will see announcements posted to the newsgroups or
mailing lists (because I don't always have time to keep up with them).
Here are a few guidelines for submitting link requests:
I regret that I am no longer able to accept submissions of large
collections of photographs or other multimedia files for archiving on
my web site. If you have an article or an individual photo or two you
would like me to put up here, though, I may be able to handle it.
But please, do not send me e-mail attachments of any kind before asking
me if I want them first. My computer runs Linux, not Windows; and I
have no way to decode or view attachments in proprietary Windows formats.
- Be sure to include your URL in your request! You'd be amazed at
how many people ask me to link to their pages, but forget to include
the page's address in their e-mail. It's also a real nuisance when
people send me the wrong URL for their page.
- If you want me to update an existing link to a new URL instead of
adding a new link, please make it clear by telling me where I have
your old page listed and/or the old URL.
- I don't have the time or resources to publish press releases or
similar announcements for other people or organizations on my own web
pages. Sorry. If you have a web page for an event, I'll be happy to
link to it. Otherwise I suggest you post your announcement to the
various skating message boards, mailing lists, or newsgroups.
- If you have several related pages, my informal policy is to list
only one page per topic per person. (For example, there have been
people who have had multiple fan pages devoted to the same skater at
different web hosting services or under different accounts. I'll only
list one of them.)
- I do not have time to update my web pages every day. I normally
process requests to add or change links in batches once or twice a
week. Sending me multiple e-mail requests won't make it happen any
faster. If you want me to link to a site for an event, please try to
get me the link at least a week in advance.
- My Elite Skaters links are for elite
skaters, which I define (more or less) to be "skaters who have
competed in their country's senior national championships and/or who
have been chosen to represent their country in international
competition". If you are a non-elite participant skater with a web
page about your own skating, I will add your link to my
Participant Skaters page instead.
- A lot of people have been putting up skater web pages that they
claim are "official". My criteria for identifying a web page as
"official" is that the skaters themselves (or perhaps their publicist or
agent) supply the information for the page, approve its content, or
or otherwise take an active role in its design. On the other hand, I
don't have time to personally verify that all the pages that claim to be
"official" really represent the thoughts of the skaters involved, so please
take such claims with a grain of salt. Skaters, I strongly suggest
you have a signed contract with your webmaster instead of relying
only on the continued good will of a fan to maintain your web site.
- I won't add links to pages that consist primarily of materials
(such as photographs) plagiarized from other people's web sites. It's
very rude to steal other netters' work in this way. Plus, why should
people bother to visit your page when it doesn't have anything new on
it? The best web pages are the ones with original content: articles
you have written yourself, and your own photography or artwork.
- I won't link to "hate" pages or pages that suggest some sort of
stalker-ish obsession with a skater.
- I don't like to link to private web sites/mailing lists/message
boards, especially those where you must not only register to view the
content, but where approval from a moderator is required to register.
The purpose of the directory listings on SkateWeb is to provide links
to useful information that is accessible to everyone, not to
promote private clubs. If you are setting up a skating-related message board
or mailing list, I encourage you to make your site or web archives
viewable by everyone even if registration is required to post.
- I won't link to skaters' personal, non-skating-related web sites.
This includes pages on social networking sites like Myspace, school or
employment-related web pages, etc.
- It's usually a mistake to ask me to announce your web page when
it's still under heavy construction. You will get a lot of visitors
when I first announce your page, but if folks don't find anything
interesting there, or if they get frustrated by broken links or empty
pages, they won't come back again later to see your page when it's
- Try to design your web page so that it is useful to people who
don't use fancy browser features like plug-ins, or who don't have a
high-speed Internet connection. In particular:
or Java for navigation around your site -- provide a plain-text menu,
- Don't go crazy with huge inline images and embedded sound clips on
your front page. It's not reasonable to expect people on a dialup
connection to wait two or three minutes to download 500K of junk
just to get an overview of what
you have on your site. I suggest about 50K as the maximum total size
for the content on a page. If you have bigger images or sound clips,
make a link to them instead of embedding them directly in your page,
and give people some warning or hint that when they click on the
link it's going to take a while to load.
- If you want to shrink a big photograph to a thumbnail size on your
page, do not rely on HTML image scaling to do this,
because that still requires everyone who views your page to download
that original huge image file. Instead, use an image manipulation program
to shrink it and save it as a smaller file which will load much faster.
- I can't read blinking text and flashing animated GIFs drive me crazy.
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Who is this crazy person?
My name is Sandra Loosemore. I've never been more than a recreational
skater myself, but I've been a fan of the sport for many years. (If
you want to know how long, go look at my page about
In "real life", I have engineering degrees from
Michigan Tech and the
University of Utah, and I work as
a software engineer for
I've also been known to do some technical writing now and then. In
particular, I literally
wrote the book on Unix systems programming.
My e-mail contact information is on
You can also visit my
personal home page.