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March 12, 2012
I’ve been running a hybrid articles-and-links blog here (↬DF) for a while, I wrote the function that added “via” links to billions of reblogged posts on Tumblr, and I didn’t even know the difference between “via” and “hat tip” until today.
Instapaper founder (and Tumblr co-founder) Marco Arment • Offering his take, in a post titled “Not a Curator,” on the “Curator’s Code" idea that’s been floating around for the past day or two. His feeling? We’re fighting over something that’s not a big deal, and the solution is going to be ignored by the organizations that it’s meant to target. "The proper place for ethics and codes is in ensuring that a reasonable number of people go to the source instead of just reading your rehash," he argues. Personally, that’s always been our goal — but that said, unlike Marco, we’d call ourselves curators.
23:18 // 1 year ago
…where is the line between promoting the good work of others and simply lifting it? Naughty aggregation is analogous to pornography: You know it when you see it.
David Carr (via soupsoup)
Good article. Also recommend reading up on what Philip Bump had to say about this topic. "If you’re going to solve a problem that doesn’t need a solution — at least solve it." While the idea has some merit — proper sourcing is a problem all around the Web — it’s not without its flaws.
0:46 // 1 year ago
March 11, 2012