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.
That could be changing, though. This weekend, Maria Popova (whom you may know as an Atlantic contributor, or as the author of Brainpickings, and either way as one of the web’s foremost experts on the art of curation) is launching The Curator’s Code, a system (and, she hopes, a movement) to “honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web.” The new project offers both a code of ethics and a common standard for borrowing and sharing. It aims to provide a framework for celebrating curation by way of formalizing it — or, as Popova describes it, of “keeping the whimsical rabbit hole of the Internet open by honoring discovery.”
How to steal other people’s ideas (without being a jerk about it).
Cool idea ᔥ Jared; but the real ↬ goes to Megan (ᔥMaria of course). There are too many ways to skin this cat, and it’d be nice if everyone (or at least a majority) decided on one. But would people actually do it?