Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Linking Question

It is actually 18 degrees here this morning. Insane. And as the temperature goes down, I am trying to keep the coldness that lingers within at bay. Today, my Sunday question is more about preferences and acknowledgment than hypnosis, and I really would like to hear any other points of view out there.

As you may be aware, I occasionally give shout-outs to cyber locations that I enjoy. I do this especially with Ellie's Favorite Five, but I also reference other sources and give credit where credit is due. I quote things occasionally (citing sources) and respect copyright laws. However, rarely do I notify the sources beforehand. Personally, when someone links to me or gives me credit on their site, I am usually quite thrilled and flattered (unless of course there is an ugly connotation to it). Any link to this site helps all the ranking stuff. So, I tend to believe, especially when I include someone in Ellie's Favorite Five, that I might just be making some one's day just a little more pleasant.

With that said, recently I came across a situation where once I notified the person I had linked to their work (linked, not quote, not published their work, just linked), there was a little trepidation on their part because they no longer owned the rights to the work. When I tried to inform the owners, there was no email, just an email form, which would not let me add the link to tell them about it. I have yet to hear back from them. But the whole thing gave me pause.

So, here is the question:

Do you personally feel that you should be notified before your site is favorably linked to another? Why or why not?

*50 entrecredits for the first answer I like. Be sure to post your email or entrecard id.


kexbrown said...

If we were to implement a system on the web where every link has to be pre-approved before publishing, the internet as we know it would become a traffic jam.

The internet is all about sharing information. A link allows you to share information instantly.

I do think massive quoting of other articles should be approved.

The Transparent Hypnotist said...

Thanks! The traffic jam idea is horrid image, but I suspect it would be very true. Good point about the quoting.

tere616 said...

I don't think it should be personally notified. It's a compliment that somebody like your site and that person doesn't want to lose the track.