The Official GPF FAQ

Last updated May 10, 2019

Hey, gang! Got a question about GPF? How it works, where I get ideas, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck...? Then this is the place to start. We get tons of mail regarding the strip and the site, but a lot of questions can be easily answered by reading this FAQ first. If you can't find the answer to the question you're asking, then by all means drop us a line and we'll try and answer you ASAP. But you can save us both a little time by checking here first!

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What exactly is GPF anyway?

General Protection Fault (usually abbreviated GPF) is the (hopefully) humorous cartoon creation of Jeffrey T. Darlington, filled with intelligent humor, realistic characters, and sentient slime molds. To learn more about the strip itself, please read the following sections of our site: About GPF, the GPF Wiki, Behind the Scenes, and the Comic Archive.

For those interested, GPF gets its name from the dreaded "general protection fault" error in Intel x86 and related processors and most familiar to regular users of the Microsoft Windows. The error has been called many different things over the years ("unrecoverable application error", GPF, "illegal operation", "segmentation fault"), but they're all essentially the same thing. From Wikipedia:

If the processor detects a protection violation it stops executing the code and sends a General Protection Fault interrupt. In most cases the operating system will simply remove the failing process from the execution queue, signal the user and continue executing another program. If however the operating system fails to catch the General Protection Fault, i.e. another protection violation occurs before the operating system returns from the previous General Protection Fault-interrupt, the processor will signal a double fault (interrupt vector 8, a typical BSOD scenario). If yet another failure occurs, the processor will shut down (see triple fault). It will then only respond to a reset (that is, pressing the reset-button) or init (rebooting the entire system) and non-maskable interrupts (unless it has previously failed when handing NMI-interrupts, in which case it will ignore these too).

While the term "general protection fault" has gone out of use over the years as Windows has "matured" (and tried harder and harder to hide the guts of the computer from less savvy users), we still think the analogy is perfect. :) [Top]

Is it "GPF", "General Protection Fault", or "GPF Comics"? I've seen it written all three ways...

Officially, the name of the comic strip itself is "General Protection Fault". This is our "formal" name and, by association, the name of the site. "GPF" is the "official" (i.e. preferred) abbreviation of the full name. Please do not uses spaces ("G P F") or periods ("G.P.F.") in the abbreviation. As an example, if you're writing an article about the strip and you refer to it by name, we prefer that you use the full title for links and for the first time the comic is mentioned, but it's OK to use the acronym for the rest of the article. "GPF Comics" is a sort of unofficial "doing business as" title we sometimes use for the "company" or "business" behind the comic. Please do not use "GPF Comics" when referencing the comic itself or linking to the site. Lots of folks have done this over the years, especially because that's the way our domain name reads, but this hurts our search engine optimization and general "brand recognition".

Where did this strip come from?

GPF started pretty much by accident. During a brief period of time at work where there was nothing to do, I let a recently-hired coworker use my PC to Web surf. During that time, I took out my handy notepad and pen and took to doing what I often do when there's nothing else to do: draw. Before long, I had created an entire cast of characters, their personalities, and the entire premise behind why they were together. Over the next year, I accumulated over 400+ sample comic strips based on these characters, so I decided to turn it into a real strip and publish it on the Web.

For a more in-depth view into GPF's history, read our Behind the Scenes page. Subscribers to GPF Premium can get a more in-depth look at how the strip is made in the Premium-exclusive Behind the Scenes section. [Top]

How can I quickly get up to speed on what's going on?

That's a difficult question to answer. GPF is usually broken up into individual stories ranging from one week to several months or even a year or more in length, and mostly these stories are self-contained. However, the strip does have a semi-serial nature, in that past events can dramatically affect future story arcs. You can get a quick introduction to the core cast by reading the Main Characters category of the Wiki. The Story Index also has a brief summary of each story, but both this page and the Wiki may contain spoilers. True knowledge only comes with deep research. Once you've read these, take time to delve into the Comics Archive. This is the only way to truly understand the complex stories that may have developed over time. [Top]

Who are the members of the cast?

The "main" cast occasionally fluctuates over time as some characters come and go, such as finding other jobs, going on the lam from major world governments, or getting kidnapped by aliens. The original core members of the cast include Nick, Ki, Fooker, Dwayne, and Trudy, with Fred the Slime Mold and his "spawn"/"girlfriend" Persephone soon to follow. However, times change and so do faces in the strip, as secondary characters have been promoted to "principle" status: Sharon, Dexter, and Trent. For a better look at each one, please check out the Main Characters category of the Wiki. There, you can also find little nuggets of info about some of the more interesting reoccurring secondary characters. [Top]

Who's your favorite GPF character?

It really depends on what mood I'm in. I love each and every member of the cast for very different reasons. Nick is... well, Nick is basically me. Ki is also based very closely on my wife. Fooker is an amalgam of many of my friends and is just fun to draw and work with. Dwayne is noble and honorable (if a bit clueless) and I admire him and his enthusiasm. Fred is just pure fun; he lets me say and do things I could only dream of doing. And Trudy... it's always fun to have a purely evil person around. She makes for interesting situations. All in all, I feel the cast is small, robust, and even, and I love them all as a whole. [Top]

Where does GPF take place? Where is GPF Software located?

The exact location of GPF Software is specifically vague. In this way, it's easy for readers to believe that the characters could very well live in their own home town (which some readers have actually accused me of). However, it's safe to assume that GPF takes place somewhere on the eastern seaboard of the United States, since several clues have surfaced as such throughout the strip. [Top]

Where do you get your ideas?

From just about anywhere. :) Life can be strange sometimes, and can throw you some really strange stuff. Some ideas come to me from things that have happened to me personally, at work or elsewhere in life. Others come from stories my friends tell me, or just a humorous idea they may mention ("It would be really neat if Fred would....") Parodies are, well, parodies. What can I say?

I have always had an imagination that was constantly stuck in hyper drive. From those first stick-figure comics I drew in church bulletins to the comic books I drew in high school and college, I've always let my imagination lead me to where it wanted to go. I strongly suggest that, every now and then, you let your imagination do the driving for you, too.

I should add that while I'm honored that my little strip has sparked so many imaginations among those of you reading, I ask that you not send me your story suggestions for legal and copyright reasons. I don't want to be accused of stealing someone else's ideas, even if I really came up with the same thing completely independently. [Top]

Do you do this for money?

Well, that's kind of the idea, I hope. :) Right now, we have four main money-making schemes in place: Web site advertising, sales from book compilations and our online store, and subscriptions through our GPF Premium service. Other than these sources, we receive no money for bringing GPF lovingly to you every day. We certainly don't charge you for reading the strip here online. :) We are exploring other potential revenue avenues, but nothing has been finalized yet.

By what process do you create the strip?

There's a rather detailed behind-the-scenes article that explains the process I go through to create the strip. However, I don't have a lot of time to keep it updated, so it's a tad out of date. There is a much more exhaustive and up-to-date version available for our GPF Premium subscribers, and since people pay for that version I'm more motivated to keep it current. [Top]

Can I copy this GPF strip and use it in my newsletter, on my web page, etc.?

Not without permission. All GPF strips are copyrighted and remain the sole possession of me, Jeffrey T. Darlington. I have no problem with people copying a picture and mailing it to a friend, or referring them to our URL (preferred), but you cannot publish a GPF strip online or in print without express written permission. For more information on our copyright issues, please read our Copyright Info page. [Top]

Is it okay for me to post one or two strips at the office, on the school bulletin board, etc.?

Yes, within reason. If you have a favorite GPF strip that you'd like to keep within easy eye-shot, it would be a great honor to me if you printed it out and posted it up. It's one of those things a lot of us cartoonists dream about. :) But please only do this sparingly. Do not post the daily strip, printed and updated every day, in a public place. A single, isolated strip or two is no problem, but a regularly updated posting is. And whenever you post a strip, please make sure all the copyright information and the site URL are still visible.

You can also e-mail a strip to a few friends. Just don't make a regular habit of it. Mass e-mailing of GPF on a regular basis without express permission isn't kosher. And you may NOT place a strip on a web site in any manner without express written permission to do so. [Top]

Is it okay for me to programmatically get the daily strip off your site? Is this what you consider "copyright infringement?"

We define "programmatic harvesting" of the strip to be the use of some method of systematic calculation (i.e., JavaScript in a Web page, Perl or PHP on a server, some external script or program on your hard drive, etc.) that isolates a GPF strip from its normal context (i.e., the main page or normal archive page) for redisplay independent of the original context or independently downloaded without the download of the surrounding context material (i.e., the HTML page, archive navigation, advertising, etc.). This is usually encountered in one of two situations: private personal use (i.e., speeding up your daily comic reading by gathering all your favorite strips on a single page, usually stored on your local hard drive) and public redisplay (i.e., "inlining" the strip on a publicly accessible Web site, regardless of whether the intention is for private use or not).

Local harvesting for personal use is strongly discouraged. While we admire your ingenuity and technical skill in creating such a script or program, please understand that removing our strips from the surrounding material—especially the advertising—can significantly impact us financially. When you download our strips without the accompanying banner ads, you essentially rob us of desperately needed income that keeps our site online, serving up free online entertainment for you and thousands of others. See this FAQ question for a more detailed explanation of how this hurts us financially.

"Inlining" the strip into a publicly accessible Web site not only deprives us of much needed ad revenue, but also raises the question of possible copyright infringement. If a Web site can be compared to a print publication, inlining our strips would be equivalent to cutting out an illustration from your favorite magazine and pasting it into your own document. Obviously, the magazine would want to be compensated for the use of its material and would seek legal action if it felt its intellectual property were being used without its permission. This is how we at GPF interpret U.S. and international copyright law and we feel it is a fair and logical extension of existing statutes. As such, we view the use of any image from this site on any other publicly available Web site—be it a personal site, commercial, a blog, forum, social network, or any other publicly available Web page—without our express written permission to be a violation of U.S. and international copyright law and we will pursue our rights in a court of law if necessary. We also feel that this interpretation extends to mass redistribution of the strip via e-mail outside of our own established official channels.

Note that we distinguish the use of local harvesting for private use (i.e., the files are only available on your hard drive and can't be accessed from Internet users at large) from private use of a publicly accessible Web site. Even if your private harvesting page/script is stored in a "hidden" location on your Web server, we consider it publicly accessible and therefore in violation of our copyrights if that page can be accessed by anyone on the Internet with minimal effort. Simply hiding the URL by obscuring it (such as changing the link color) does not effectively hide the page, as search engines can still easily index your harvesting page and return it in someone's search results. "Hiding by obscurity" (that is, no direct links from your usually accessible pages) is not considered private by our definition, as your page can still be accessed through log files and similar means. Using password protected directories on a publicly accessible server would be considered private and not infringing by our definition, but the practice is still discouraged for reasons already stated.

As already mentioned, we have the right to protect our intellectual property and we will exercise that right if we feel it has been infringed upon. We don't like to be all mean and nasty about it, but we feel that we have a very valuable service to the online community and we want to protect its very fragile financial stability. We do have the capacity to block anyone from accessing our strips directly without going through one of our pages, but we have not exercised that functionality yet and we hope not to. Please don't be the one that forces us to cross that line. [Top]

How can I tell which Web sites out there use GPF with your permission?

I know I've been a stickler on copyrights for years now, and some of you may be wondering, "Well, what about such and such site? I've seen GPF there. Are they doing this without permission?" Well, here's the official rule: At the moment, no external site has been granted permission to display the regularly updated comic, so any site that displays our current strip (updated each day) does so without our permission and in our view may be in violation of copyright law. There are a few isolated sites that display a single, static GPF strip with our permission and these sites have been asked to place a "used with permission" statement below the strip. All other sites—especially those that display the current (and updated) daily strip—do NOT have our permission, nor will it be granted to them in the foreseeable future.

If you ever find a site that does shows our strip without permission, please tell us about it. It's virtually impossible for us to track down all such sites ourselves, and any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me any time you find such a site. [Top]

I'd like to host the daily GPF strip on my site. Can I have your permission to do so?

Now that we've left Keenspot, this possibility is more open than it used to be. However, only sites that have been granted explicit written permission will be able to do so without fear of legal entanglements. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please see the Syndication page for details. [Top]

Why are some comics in color while others are black and white?

When I first started GPF, it was my hope that it would somehow, by some bizarre miracle, be syndicated. While I personally doubt this will ever happen (I haven't actively tried to sell the comic to a syndicate), we do have several books in print, which to me is even better. :) And, because printing in black and white is a lot cheaper than printing in color, it made more sense in the beginning to keep the comic in gray scale. This remained the case for the first five years, until we switched to full color all week long during Year Six. Unfortunately, part way through Year Seven I was forced by time constraints to reduce the daily strips back down to gray scale, and they remained that way through Year Eight (for consistency purposes). In Year Nine and onwards, the comics will return to gray scale, simply to make comic production more time efficient.

At this time, we have no plans for going back and colorizing the gray scale comics, so if you really, really want to see them in color, feel free to print the images out and attack them with a box of crayons. [Top]

Why are there no Sunday comics early and late in the archives?

Looking back in the archives, you'll notice that between September 2000 and October 2001, we only ran one Sunday strip per month. Starting November 4, 2001, we began running full-color Sunday strips every week. The reason for the slow adoption of Sundays was primarily an issue of time, because they take so much extra effort beyond what is required for the gray scale strips. Another factor was computing power, because the larger strips combined with a higher color depth and the high resolution needed for eventual printing requires some serious processor and memory crunching. But we slowly eased them into the schedule, and we were pleased that they didn't slowed us down much.

In Year Nine, I found myself much more pressed for time to produce the comic, as I now had a son to help take care of. So starting with the beginning of that year, I ditched the color strips entirely to streamline the production process. Hopefully, this won't be a permanent situation.

We used to maintain a "Sunday Comic Index" that allowed people to find the older Sunday-style comics before they became a regular feature. Over time, this page became less and less relevant, so we've decided to completely remove this page. If you really want to find these old strips, check out the Archives by Date page. These comics updated on the first Sunday of each month in 2000 and 2001, so they shouldn't be too hard to find. [Top]

What's a "Faultie?" I keep seeing that term used around this site....

A Faultie is a wonderful, brilliant, intelligent, and often highly creative individual who just happens to be a devoted fan of GPF. There are no other requirements for the title, which means Faulties can come from incredibly diverse and interesting backgrounds. This diversity gives Faulties their strength, while the common bond of reading and enjoying GPF draws ordinarily uncommon elements into one cohesive body of readers.

There is no initiation to become a Faultie; simply read the strip and enjoy it. Some denizens on the forum may experience a brief hazing ritual called "poking the newbie," but this is mostly harmless. (Besides, there are usually virtual cookies (not the browser kind) offered afterward.) One word of warning, however: Simply reading the strip may become habit forming, and some individuals have exhibited extreme cases of obsession, including caring so deeply for the characters that they flame the cartoonist when something bad happens to them, or posting excessively to our forum. There is no cure for these symptoms... the main comfort of those afflicted with this condition is to communicate with other Faulties and share their joys and sorrows. [Top]

I draw an online comic and I'd like to use one of your characters in a cameo. Is that okay?

Cameos of GPF characters are generally okay with me, provided you abide by a few minor standards:

  • You give credit where credit due. Make sure to note the character is created and copyrighted by me (Jeffrey T. Darlington), note that he/she/it is from GPF, and provide an appropriate link back to our site. Do not claim the characters as your own.
  • You may not use the characters in any fashion deemed inappropriate or in poor taste. Inappropriate use may include nudity, sexual promiscuity, inebriation through drugs or alcohol, and use of obscene, offensive, or hateful language, or any additional use that in my judgment I may consider inappropriate. If you think your strip may "borderline" on one of these issues, please let me preview it before it "goes live" to the public.

Please note that this permission for using a GPF character in a cameo appearance does not imply or guarantee any form of reciprocal link back to your site. (Some sites do this simply to fish for links from "bigger" comics, a practice I'm not too fond of.) [Top]

Can I draw you some GPF fan art or write some GPF fan fiction?

We have no problems with fan art or fan fiction (also known as "fanfics"), provided you abide by the same general rules set forth for cameos. You must provide a copyright statement that explicitly lists me as the owner of the characters and agree to the rules of conduct listed above. In addition, we ask that you do not earn monetary reimbursement from this content; you may not charge any sort of fee to access the file, nor may you collect money from advertisements, donations, or other similar forums of revenue in association with the image or story. Of course, we proudly display fan art on our GPF Fan Art page, and may link to outstanding fan fiction from the Linked List. [Top]

I'd like to use a GPF character as a forum or IM avatar. Is that okay?

Absolutely. We have no problems with fans using our characters for forum or IM avatars, so long as you follow a few simple rules:

  • You must host the actual image from your own Web server or upload the file to the forum server. Please do not inline images directly from our server. Bandwidth bandits will not be tolerated.
  • You may edit the image within certain limits. You may crop or resize the image to the appropriate size required by the forum, and you may change minor details such as the colors of clothing, etc. You may not alter the image in any fashion that may be deemed as inappropriate use (see the cameos question).
  • You may not claim credit as the originator of the art. This is not necessarily a requirement to put a GPF copyright statement on the image or a return link to the comic, but you may not claim the image as your own work, nor use it to link to a different site. A link to GPF in your sig line would be appreciated, but not required.


Is there a way for me to get an e-mail subscription to the strip, so it's delivered to my inbox every day?

Not at this time. We used to provide such a service to subscribers of Keenspot PREMIUM, but that part of PREMIUM was full of glitches and never really worked as expected. We hope to eventually provide this service again for subscribers to our GPF Premium service, but it's very unlikely it will ever be free. Premium folks should watch the News and the Rumor Mill for announcements.

Why don't we provide this service for free? Well, to make a long story short, e-mail subscription services are not cost effective and basically lose money. In order to offset the bandwidth costs accumulated by sending out all those e-mails, we could attempt to place advertising in each e-mail. Unfortunately, in most cases such advertising doesn't work or is blocked by default, which means we don't get compensated for the bandwidth spent. However, with the additional income of GPF Premium, I'd be much more comfortable opening up the service to loyal subscribers. [Top]

Is there an RSS feed for the comic?

Actually, now there is. Please understand that this feed is largely informational and only contains the dates for the most recent comic and News updates. There are no "deep links" to actual content, so to read a given strip or news post, you'll still need to follow the link in your browser to read it on the site. As long as GPF is largely advertising supported, this will always be the case. Also note that some times are approximate, so publication timestamps may not be down to the exact second.

There is a separate RSS feed for GPF Premium subscribers that includes additional Premium-exclusive update information. However, you must be a subscriber and enable Premium in your browser to find out what the URL to this feed is.

We are aware of several third-party feeds that redistribute the actual comic images via RSS. However, we would like to point out that these feeds do NOT have our permission to redistribute the comic and thus we consider them in violation of our copyright. (See this FAQ question.) We strongly discourage our readers from using these feeds, no matter how convenient you may find them to be. [Top]

What's the deal with the number six in the comic?

I have no idea what you're talking about. :) [Top]

Why don't you have a [insert racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or other arbitrary grouping of humanity here] character in the cast?

I've been surprised at how often this question keeps coming up. (Thus the reason it got added to the FAQ.) The GPF cast is a large, dynamic group of characters which is constantly growing and evolving. While the specifics of incidental one-shot characters are generally made up off-the-cuff, any character that will have a significant impact on the story is carefully designed from the genes up. This includes a lot of those "Equal Opportunity" designations, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and almost any other arbitrary designation mankind has devised to describe itself. The core cast was formulated over a long period of time with careful consideration to these and many other factors, and each time a new character is added I try to see what that character brings to the overall mosaic. I like to think of GPF as having a very diverse cast, not only in these realms but also in many other facets of individuality, such as personality. The bottom line is, if I haven't added a character from a specific social grouping yet, then the story hasn't called for them.

Of course, that usually leads to the question of, "Why can't you just add a token [fill in the blank group] then?" In my opinion, this would be far worse than seemingly ignoring a certain social group. "Token" characters are rarely more than cheap stereotypes and are generally an insult to the group they supposedly represent. GPF, while diverse and rich in its heritage, is not the end-all-be-all of webcomics, and I'm not going to pander to every such request. The GPF cast is large enough as it is, and if a new character is going to be added, it will for the sake of (hopefully) good story telling, not filling quotas. [Top]

I'd like to help translate GPF into another language!

Thank you for love of the strip and willingness to volunteer! Unfortunately, we aren't looking for translators at this time. We've had numerous volunteers step up to volunteer over the years, but usually the process ultimately dies out, either due to a loss of interest on their part or a failure to handle another project on mine. We have no interest in starting up a translation project with anyone who isn't up to the task, and when we're talking years of archives and thousands of comics, that task is gargantuan. So if you really want to volunteer, make sure that this is a commitment you are truly wishing to make.

We hope to eventually create a separate translation FAQ, but here are a few rules that we can think of governing translation projects. Since there is no active projects in place, these rules may be subject to change, but keep in mind that some are immutable.

  • Translations are purely a volunteer effort. We currently do not have the funds to pay for your services. That said, we don't want to take such devotion for granted, and we may be able to grant translators some nice extra perks, like free merchandise, books, or Premium subscriptions. You will be given credit for the translations you perform, and we will also happily link to your own Web site as a way of saying thanks, so long as it doesn't contain offensive or obscene content.
  • We would prefer that all translated comics be hosted on the official GPF site. This isn't necessarily a hard requirement written in stone (it used to be), but it might be said to be "written in Jell-O that's sat in the fridge overnight." We'd prefer to make this site the hub of all things GPF, and hosting the comics here gives us a great deal of control over what gets displayed and how it's displayed. We would provide you with an intermediate space to upload translated comics, which will then be synced with the main server, but we'd prefer that you not place them on any other publicly available Web space. This requirement might be negotiable if you provide compelling enough reasons, but it will definitely be an uphill battle.
  • At a minimum, we would also like a small portion of the GPF site to be translated as well. This would mostly consist of the main page and the archive templates, including all important text and images. This will give the translated site a nice unified look (i.e., no messy mixtures of English and some other language). Any additional HTML changes are not required but encouraged if you have time.

If you feel you can abide by these rules and are a true glutton for punishment, feel free to e-mail me and we'll try to get the process started. [Top]

Can you help me find a particular GPF strip?

Unfortunately, I don't have the time to help you individually in such a search. However, I strongly suggest you try out our Comic Search Engine, which will let you search dialog, character appearances, scene descriptions, and even some types of comic metadata. GPF Premium subscribers can also search the Author's Notes database. [Top]

What are these "Transcribe this comic" and "Improve transcription" buttons under certain comics?

This is part of our hook into the GPF Comic Search Engine. See the Archive Transcription Hub page to see how you can help out with the transcriptions. [Top]

When does the comic update each day?

The updates occur roughly around midnight, Eastern (USA) time. That's 5AM GMT/UTC, if I remember correctly, or 4AM GMT/UTC when Daylight Saving Time is in effect (March through November). There are various technical reasons why this time may float around within a half-hour to an hour, so if the comic has not updated on time, please be patient and try again in a few minutes. Please don't send us panicked e-mails unless the comic is more than an hour late. [Top]

How come your site asks me to accept a "cookie" when I first arrive?

The current incarnation of the GPF site shouldn't set any unsolicited cookies when you first arrive. We have a policy of never setting cookies without getting your permission first. The GPF site does use cookies occasionally for special features. Some of our games use them extensively, and GPF Premium depends heavily on cookies for its operation. However, these cookies are geared solely to their given task, and record no more information than what they need (game state, customization options, etc.)

There is the possibility, however, that third-party advertisers may set what are called "third-party cookies" in your browser when you load an ad from their servers while visiting our site. These cookies are beyond our control, so we can claim no responsibility for how they may be used. Feel free to disable or block third-party cookies or cookies set by these specific services if you find them bothersome (I do myself). Better yet, why not subscribe to GPF Premium and remove those ads completely? Not only will you remove annoying ads and privacy-invading cookies, but you'll support us better financially. [Top]

I don't like cookies! Why can't you build a decent site without them?

I can build a decent site without them. In fact, in my opinion, I have. As stated above, the GPF site does not use cookies unless they are necessary, and these occasions are totally optional. But cookies offer a handy mechanism for storing information between web pages, which usually cannot store such information across sessions and visits.

Cookies are one of those truly hot topics online. Like any technology, they are neutral in alignment, being neither good nor evil in and of themselves. It is the intent of cookie setter and how they are used that makes them malicious or not. As promised, the GPF web site stores only the information specific to its application (game, Premium, etc.). For the truly cookie-phobic, we invite you to examine each cookie set by our server. We promise you'll find them completely harmless.

Of course, for those who absolutely cannot bear to live with the thought of cookies invading your machine, we suggest you disable accepting cookies within your Web browser itself. You can even block or allow cookies from specific sites, so you can block all sites but ours and still be able to use our features with confidence. Changing these settings vary from browser to browser, so check your browser's documentation to see how to do this. You can also find many pop-up and cookie blockers on the Web if you know where to look. We also strongly suggest that you periodically scan your computer for spyware, which unfortunately occasionally slips in from some of our advertisers. [Top]

Do you have restrictions on who can link to your site and how to do it?

Of course not! Anybody can link to us, if they want to. What you put on your web site is none of my concern, and I will happily accept any link you give us. However, please understand that this doesn't automatically guarantee a reciprocal link. :)

As for how you link to us, again, that's mostly your concern. If you'd like to use an image button or banner, we have a number of them available on the link icons page. If you give us a text link, please use the words "General Protection Fault" (NOT "GPF Comics" and preferably not just "GPF") for the link. Always link to our main page——when you link to our site, unless you're linking to a specific page in the archive, a specific News post, etc.. Please do not use any other image from our site for this link, or any form of misleading text. Do not "inline" or link directly to images on our site; if you're linking to a specific comic, link to the entire archive page, not just the image itself.

Please note that, if you use one of our link icons, please download the image and load a copy of it to your own site. Please do not directly link to the image on our server and use it on your page! Bandwidth bandits will not be tolerated! [Top]

How can I get my page listed on your Links Page?

We receive many, many requests for this, and often as not, they're more than we can handle. If you're going to ask for a link, be prepared for a long wait. We try to visit every site that requests and judge it on its content and appropriateness. Requests coming from sites containing offensive, obscene, pornographic, or illegal material, or any site promoting hatred and intolerance toward others will be immediately ignored. Requests coming from online comics will be judged on the quality of the work (both art and story), the content of the site, and the length of time the strip has been online (comic newbies probably need to grow into their strips a little more before we'll link to them). All other sites will be evaluated for content and design.

Keep in mind, we're not a miniature version of Yahoo!, so don't expect us to link to anyone and everyone. If we feel the link would be appropriate, then we'll add it. We want to add sites we feel are of interest to our primary audience, so tumbling circus aardvarks need not apply (unless your site is really, really kewl).

If you feel you can't live without a link to you from our page, then contact me with who you are, what your site is about, and its URL. We'll take a look at it, and try let you know what we think. If we do not feel a link is appropriate, you may or may not receive an e-mail explaining why; sometimes I'm very busy, and sometimes link requests get lost in the shuffle. And just because we won't provide a link doesn't mean you don't have a great site; something about your site or its content just didn't fit with what we're looking for.

As of this writing, we are not interested in hosting any manner of affiliate or paid links, or "swapping links" with sites with little or no common ground with us. Requests for such links will be silently ignored.