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Apr. 4th, 2006

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Poll #703840 Crediting for URLs? :)

If someone tells you a URL or you see a URL somewhere, and you post it in your blog, it is ______________ to give them credit as the source.

Absolutely obligatory
0(0.0%)
Kind of obligatory
2(16.7%)
Polite
5(41.7%)
Totally unnecessary
5(41.7%)

If you wish to give further explanation, feel free to do so here! :)


I'm posting this poll because I've found to my surprise that someone seemed to be offended that I didn't credit them as the source of a URL. I find that strange, because I don't expect to be credited (or even for anybody to remember I was the one who mentioned/posted the URL in question) simply for a URL. I don't tend to view a URL as a thing with any particular tie other than to its content and the owner of the site... and, well, I often don't have time to post a URL until days/weeks later, so I often -- probably most of the time -- have no clue whatsoever who mentioned said URL(s)! I just keep a list in a file. So, uh, should I feel bad about that? Should I be spending extra time trying to keep track of who mentioned what? You can probably tell what I think from this, but I'm wondering what the rest of you think. :)

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From:mavjop
Date:April 4th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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    I think it's ok to not reference the source if you don't remember it, as long as you say that. But then again, I have a background in journalism, where attribution takes high priority.
So... see... 'thing is, IMHO, the web site URL is the source. By citing a URL, you are citing the source. Who told you the URL doesn't seem important/relevant.

The way I see it, saying it's important to credit the person who told you the URL is like saying it's important to credit the library that I found the book in. You don't cite the library -- you cite the tome.
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From:bizzy_
Date:April 4th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
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een zoviet russia, URL click you!
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From:crankyfool
Date:April 4th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)

Oh, For Heavens' Sake

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Only a complete moron would want attribution for a publicly-available URL. Such a person deserves to be flogged to within an inch of their lives, forced to eat Natto for lunch for a week, and have their Macs taken away from them.
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