Whether the news is on a personal site, or a mainstream one, what difference should it make. News is news.
Just for clarification....if I link to someone else's blog to discuss a piece they've written, then that's OK?
Further more, my discussions on here has gotten a ton of views RIGHT here and encouraged discussion thereby bring more clicks and users to THIS SITE.
The Baltimore Spectator often has stories and headlines linking directly back to the Sun. Therefore, when people visit The Spectator, they often find a Sun article highlighted that they may have otherwise missed. This results in traffic going back to Sun. So no one is taking advantage of anything here.
Again, the whole thing is the free and open sharing of INFORMATION.
Not much difference from a search engine listing. Again, if someone ends up on a Sun article or some other source, by coming onto my blog. Then good on the place that they actually end up on. We've directed additional traffic to the source.
The Baltimore Spectator will continue to grow and do well, whether or not someone like you decides to click on it. If you only knew how many people have privately given us kudos and thumbs ups! Elected officials included.
By the way, our original reporting and commentary I guess don't count to you. Special reports and video productions and feature stories. But alas, I shall no more waste time nor energy explaining or defending. To me, this issue is settled and done.
My thanks to Matt and all of the admin staff and decision makers around here. Let the show carry on.
A.F. James MacArthur
BTW, "further more" is one word.
Now to specifics: "If the posts by those users (and any other posters, for that matter) serve no purpose other than to link to their personal Web sites, then that is against the TOS". That is what you do, and that's what I call you on. A few fake words around your link won't work. It's still trolling for clicks. Again, for shame.
Last edited by Occam; 02-10-2009 at 10:47 PM.
If any blogger has original reporting on a subject, please post it. We'll even link to it on the breaking news blog if it's a major story. But further disruption of the conversation to promote personal sites will result in suspension.
We know the conversation is much bigger than what we cover. That's why the talk boards exist and it's why we regularly link to competitors from our breaking news blog.
Post all the links you want. Just make sure it's news.
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