OK, we'll answer this question for the non-Evertonians and, presumably, non-football fans among you. Everton Football Club's nickname is "The Toffees" so while that doesn't make for the coolest of monickers for a website, it means something to us Blues (the team plays in blue, to answer your next question). Why "The Toffees"?
How long has the site been running?
ToffeeWeb started out as a nameless information resource in 1994 when Marko Poutiainen, an Finnish Evertonian, decided to put his knowledge of the early Web to use and start a site about the Blues. He recruited Michael Kenrick whom he "met" online to assist him in translating his content into English and the relationship flourished to the point where Michael eventually took up full editorial and publishing control.
In 2001, ToffeeWeb.org (as it had come to be known) merged with Evertonia.com, another large site that had been running in parallel with TW since 1996 and had garnered a similar-sized readership. The new site moved to ToffeeWeb.com and the rest, as they say, is history.
What tools do you use to build, design and maintain the site?
Our news, mailbag, article and comment submissions are driven by a small custom-built content management system.
For which browsers is the site designed?
We endeavour to ensure that ToffeeWeb works in all browsers going back to Internet Explorer 6 but is optimised for the newest, most standards-compliant browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. Because the site uses CSS/XHTML for layout instead of the out-dated practice of using tables, older browsers (IE6 in particular) are not fully standards-compliant and this may causes some of our pages to not display as intended.
And which screen resolution is best for viewing TW?
Anything 1024x786 or above is fine. If your monitor is set to 800x600 or smaller, you'll notice that horizontal scroll-bars appear at the bottom of your browser because the site is larger than your screen. Almost all newer CRT and LCD monitors are all able to display 1024x768 or higher; if you're on an older system, you can right-click on your MS Windows desktop, select "Properties" and then choose the "Settings" tab to see what screen resolutions are available to you.
Why are you always so flippin' negative?
We're not always negative and anyway we prefer "realistic" because we call it how we see it. We are old-school Evertonians who believe in adhering to our club's famous old motto as closely as is practical. If that means whingeing that the team's style of play is dull or we're not scoring enough goals even if we're winning, then so be it.
For us, until Everton are winning the Title year in, year out — stop laughing at the back! — there is always room for improvement. Everton FC is built on the traditions of excellence established by the likes of Dean, Lawton, Sagar, Catterick, Young, Labone, Harvey, Ball, Kendall, etc, and we expect the current custodians of the club to do their utmost to uphold them in every respect.
Why is the ToffeeWeb Forum not hosted at toffeeweb.com?
Running the site and the forum simultaneously is just plain too much work for our small team so we eventually out-sourced it before eventually ditching the idea altogether. With the inclusion of reader comments below all articles on the site, we feel there is ample forum for discussion without the need for a dedicated message board. If you're interested in the message board format, our forum partner is GrandOldTeam.com
Must you carry all those adverts?
In short, yes. This site is run by a very snall team who juggle their responsibilities to ToffeeWeb with regular 9-to-5 (ish!) jobs... and we don't get paid for it! The small amount of advertising revenue we glean from those ads helps cover our running costs. Be thankful that they're so unintrusive — it could be a lot worse, believe us!
Why don't you publish the full fixture list?
A few seasons ago, the Football Association took the bizarre step of copyrighting the Premier League fixture lists. Even though once published, it's information in the public domain, they decided to require all websites and newspapers to purchase a license to print the fixture list for a club or clubs. We could obtain a license (although it would double our operating costs) but don't feel like justifying what we believe to be a pretty silly regulation. And, yes, we could fight them on this but we're pretty sure that our hosts would comply with the request by a major sports organisation to shut down an unofficial website for copyright infringement!
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