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Frequently Asked Questions

WTF - What happened to the old JTS JumptheShark.com Site?

The term "Bone the Fish" was created in direct reference to TV Guide parent Gemstar. Sometime in 2006, Jon Hein decided to sell the website known as "Jump the Shark" or "JumptheShark.com". Early 2009 Gemstar (owners of TV Guide) scraped the old content, design and made the URL redirect to www.tvguide.com/jumptheshark.

Explanation: What happened to the old JTS JumptheShark.com Site


What is the first Bone the Fish moment?

"Boning the Fish" or "Bone the Fish" is a website-related neologism with a similar meaning to jumping the shark. It denotes the point in time when jumptheshark.com was purchased by TV Guide parent Gemstar and subsequently redirected to TVGuide.com The debate rages on which is the true moment. The first moment is either when Jon H sold the original JTS site to TVGuide or when TVGuide decided to scrap all the old design and content. Bone the fish is a play on words. "Bone" meaning Screw (or another 4 letter word starts with "F") and "Fish" meaning Shark.


New Termonology coined by BTF Users!

  • "Scottish Rag": TV Guide. -- Coined By: (Mythigator) on September 11, 2009, 11:10 am
  • "Scottish Sellout": Jon Hein. -- Coined By: (Mythigator) on September 11, 2009, 11:10 am
  • "...a Day 1 Filleting!" -- Coined By: (castaghast) on April 15, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Boned - "BWN3D!" -- Coined By: (creatrix) on April 12, 2009, 10:23 am
  • "Scottish Site" - the old Jump the Shark website; referring to it without mentioning it by name. Derived from the thespian tradition of referring to the Shakespeare tragedy "Macbeth" as "the Scottish play." Also inspired by the FAQ's artful avoidance of mentioning JTS by name, instead referring to it as "the site that shall never be named." -- Coined by: (Mythigator) Jun 29, 2009 12:29 am

What is a "BTF Rating"?

BTF Rating is just a formula that weights the users activity. Just a way for us to see who's most active in the areas we feel are important. Example submitting a topic is worth 10x more then voting. Eventually users can attain higher tiers(levels) and when we allow users to upload avatars, etc you might get recognition based on your tier, like yahoo.

Similar: http://answers.yahoo.com/info/scoring_system


I can't submit Topics, Reasons or Comments why?

You must have a registered account with BTF to submit content. Were hoping this helps cut down on the number of spam/troll posts.


Why does my content need approved?

By manually approving all content were hoping this helps cut down on the number of spam/troll posts.

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