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A Question of Blogging Etiquette [Feb. 8th, 2009|11:20 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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As I travel through the interwebz, I have found that lately it has become common practice that if you are going to quote or link to a blog you leave a comment on the original source with a snippet of how you utilized the piece, perhaps with the title of your post. To me, if you quote a blog, link to it in your post and then leave a comment on the original blog letting the author know that you quoted them, you have a higher form of the citations and bibliographies we were all taught to create when in school, because not only are you citing your sources, you're also letting your sources know that they have been cited.

To me, this is a perfect example of what living in the Information Age is all about. Let's say that I write a piece, link it in my post and then let the OP know that I have been inspired by his work. He now has a direct link back to my piece where I quoted him and there exists the possibility of open communication between the both of us, further expanding upon the ideas that were put forth in his blog. Because we are discussing something that the original author himself wrote about, I don't have to worry about drawing him in; he should come ready to see what I have said about what he said and give an immediate reaction if he thinks my thoughts merit such a response.


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(That is not me writing in the photo.)


Recently, I wrote a couple of different pieces where I was combining a whole bunch of thoughts and resources, but in my haste to post and cross-post, I forgot to go back and let the author know that I had used his work. Yes, I linked to the original piece prominently, but I feel bad for forgetting to let the author know I had used his work. I don't feel like I've plagiarized, but I regret that the authors won't have a chance to react to my piece while it is fresh. By failing to properly comment them, I have also deprived them of interacting with my audience and reacting to my reader's reaction to my piece.

I wonder what is the proper way to handle this situation now that I'm aware of my blunder.

What is proper etiquette: comment the blogs like I just posted only to let them find that the entry has long since past or not comment that I've used their material?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 05:45 pm (UTC)
I regret that the authors won't have a chance to react to my piece while it is fresh.

Do you really think he give a shit about anything you say, ever? Seriously. I can probably answer that for you if you're struggling.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 05:52 pm (UTC)
The answer to your question is both yes and no.

If they didn't care, then we wouldn't have copyright laws, slander laws, libel laws, etc.

However, do I think that the original author cares specifically about what I wrote? Well, no, because they don't know who I am and in both cases where I failed to let them know, I used their work in a positive manner.

But what if I had criticized their work? Would they have wanted to know that someone was taking them to task or had a dissenting opinion? Maybe. If they were interested in what their critics were saying, they might want to have a look to see if they really did drop the ball. They might also enjoy a laugh if my response was deemed hyperbole.

This post, however, is a question about doing the right thing at the wrong time.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 06:23 pm (UTC)

No One Cares

I think I can help you here:

But what if I had criticized their work?
The author wouldn't give a shit, as you're a nobody.

Would they have wanted to know that someone was taking them to task or had a dissenting opinion?
No, because you're a nobody.

They might also enjoy a laugh if my response was deemed hyperbole.
Probably not, since you're a nobody.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 06:31 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

Everybody starts out as a nobody.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 07:15 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

Aye. But few try as hard as you to remain that way.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 07:21 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

How do you figure that?

I'm working two jobs, trying to find a third. I'm saving money and trying to get out of debt. I have places I want to go in my life and I'm making decisions now that will help me reach my goals.

Pray tell how this is working hard to be a nobody.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

I'm sorry, I thought we were talking journalistically. God you're paranoid.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

In as many words as you need, discuss how you think I am working hard at being a nobody journalistically.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

Sorry pal, burden of proof isn't on me.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 08:20 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

You made a claim, now you need to back it up, else you look like a raving lunatic who doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-10 03:13 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

HA! That's what Obama said!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-10 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

Does it hurt to be so dumb?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-10 03:22 pm (UTC)

Re: No One Cares

HA! That's what Obama said!
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[User Picture]From: reality_hammer
2009-02-08 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've never told the author unless it was something noteworthy. Otherwise you'd get a lot of "I linked to this" comments crowding out discussions.

There are of course various linkback mechanisms and you can always use the a "what links to this" feature of search engines to find out who is linking to you.

It is also a feature of most traffic-logging services.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 06:07 pm (UTC)
I know that on Xanga there is a footrpints module so you can see who is viewing your site, when and from where. It also lists the referral link they came from which is nice because you can see if it was from a comment you left elsewhere, a search or random hit. They also show the spider crawls.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-08 06:23 pm (UTC)
Is that a picture of you writing, in the photo?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-08 06:32 pm (UTC)
no.
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