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January 11, 2002 11:29 AM   Subscribe

This and many other corny blogstickers.
posted by insomnyuk to General Weblog-Related at 11:29 AM (14 comments total)

<img src="http://www.blogstickers.com/me14.gif">

Bandwidth stealing is evil. Don't link it unless you own it. And if you own it, then it's a self-link, which is evil on MeFi.


posted by eyeballkid at 11:57 AM on January 11, 2002


BLOGSTICKERS are Open Source...

IMG SRC="http://www.blogstickers.com/just%20blog.gif"

Open Source, using company logos.
posted by Hankins at 11:59 AM on January 11, 2002


I don't own it. It's 569 bytes in size. At worst it would cost 'em a few megs of bandwidth. (My attempt to defend an action I didn't give too much thought)
posted by insomnyuk at 12:02 PM on January 11, 2002


Chop his hands off.
posted by Voyageman at 1:47 PM on January 11, 2002


And if that wasn't enough, you can make your own.
posted by gi_wrighty at 4:22 PM on January 11, 2002


Here's a good defense: its free advertising. I'm sure there will be some metafilter related sales. Otherwise, if you think metafilter is draining someone else's resources I suggest you contact the webmaster of that site and ask him his opinion before putting words in his mouth.
posted by skallas at 5:15 PM on January 11, 2002


or, better yet, how about asking the webmaster before directly linking an image from the site?
posted by eyeballkid at 5:36 PM on January 11, 2002


eyeballkid, have you ever done this with any post you've put on the frontpage? Did you contact Ryan Adams before that one post of yours? Something tells me no. I'm sure a lot more bandwidth was "stolen" by posting something on the frontpage at Metafilter then embedding something in MetaTalk.

I do agree that it is very polite to do what you suggested, but coming down on someone without having any facts about the webmaster is just premature.
posted by skallas at 5:49 PM on January 11, 2002


Done what exactly? I've never posted an image to the front page. Any that I've posted to comments I've hosted on my site. I'll admit that the Eyeball Kid in my profile was lifted from Eddie Campbell's site, but it's a promotional pic that has fair use behind it. The link is to his site, but the image is hosted on my server. There's a huge difference between directing someone towards a site and using an image stored on someone's web server on your page. It's bad enough that when a site gets /.'ed and goes down, but at least the traffic is expected. You build a website and expect visitors.

To put it in another light: what if Amazon started placing images from your site on their front page? Before you answer that with "MeTa isn't Amazon", remember that MeFi gets 1,000,000+ page loads a month. I don't know about you, but an embedded image on a FPP would drive my site right into extra fees.

As for coming down on someone without having the facts about the situation, you're right, I may have been a bit rash. It's just one of my little peeves.
posted by eyeballkid at 7:13 PM on January 11, 2002


I get bandwidth copped from me from LiveJournal users [who have no server space] all the damned time. not that it costs me anything, but I know it costs some folks. I have developed a technique for dealing with these folks if they don't respond well to a polite requent to unlink. [and self-links are often finein MeTa and in comments, btw].

that said, I found the blogstickers cute but not compelling. anyone else?
posted by jessamyn at 8:52 PM on January 11, 2002


Gary (the guy behind Blogstickers) responds.
posted by gi_wrighty at 9:26 AM on January 12, 2002


Has anyone else noticed what the sticker at the top of this thread now says? Cute. :)
posted by moss at 3:01 PM on January 12, 2002


Yah, I emailed him last night.
posted by skallas at 4:48 PM on January 12, 2002


dude, that's my technique! word.
posted by jessamyn at 7:04 PM on January 12, 2002


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