Teh Internets I Am Inept at Netiquette
posted by October 7 at 16:10 PMon
Earlier today, I put up a post about Obama and bookselling and terrorism. The post linked to a LiveJournal post. This came up in the comments:
Why are you sloggers always so bad about internet ettiquite? Why am I the one who told her that she’d been linked at The Slog and not you? Posted by dee in sf | October 7, 2008 12:51 PM
I was forwarded the link to the LiveJournal post by someone named Christin, and Christin promptly came to my defense:
@8: I asked her if it was okay before sending it to Paul. But yes, it’s always good in general to let people know that you’re linking others to them. Posted by Christin | October 7, 2008 1:16 PM
And dee in sf wrote back:
Cristin- I just got a reply from her that you did tell her and was coming back here to post an apology. Sorry about the mistake.
However, I do remember the LJ-er whp wrote about Wall-E who was linked here and I was the person who told her, in the comments, about that linking.
Posted by dee in sf | October 7, 2008 1:24 PM
Which leads me to inquire: are you supposed to let someone know if you link to them? I’ve never heard of such a thing. It seems absurd to me; postings on the internet are public, and as long as you’re attributing and not plagiarizing, linking to any public site seems absolutely fine to me.
I really can’t see myself posting a comment in every blog I link to saying “I linked to this post on Slog” or something like thatócan non-LiveJournallers leave comments on LiveJournal posts, anyway? If someone is curious about where their hits are coming from, it seems as though a simple Google search would uncover the culprit. Some people I’ve asked think that alerting people to an upcoming link may be a longstanding rule of LiveJournal etiquette. If this is the case, I would like to say here, as a disclaimer, that I think LiveJournal etiquette is a huge waste of time.