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Good nature, without prudence, is foolishness

Would this FPP idea I have be considered self-linking? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 29, 2010 - 144 comments

Is it self posting if my wife is involved.

I want to put up an FPP about a not-for-profit that's done something cool, and important, and I want it to get some publicity, because I believe in their mission. But my wife works for them, on a volunteer basis, in a pretty important position.... [more inside]
posted by asavage on Oct 3, 2008 - 50 comments

No, my post is not about the Imageshack frog

What's the best way to link to a large image on Mefi? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 26, 2008 - 15 comments

Full disclosure

A few weeks ago, there was a post about two Muslims about to be deported from Britain. Today in AskMe, the poster reveals that one of the potential deportees is a friend of his. Shouldn't this have been disclosed at the time? Is it okay to make posts about your friends?
posted by grouse on Jun 10, 2008 - 40 comments

Self-Link for supporting documents?

If I can't find a translation of something I want to post, can I link to the translations on my blog? I'm preparing what will hopefully be a badass FPP on French pop, rap, insult songs and surreal music videos. BUT, most of these songs don't have translations to English and those that do are horrible. So, what if I posted my own translations on my blog and linked to them? [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Mar 9, 2008 - 45 comments

Self linking makes my heart hurt...

This user had a post deleted yesterday for self linking and four out of her five comments have been self links. Why is her account still active? [more inside]
posted by item on Nov 20, 2007 - 2 comments

Big (Pepsi) Blue

Self-link policy question: I'm one of the creators of a site that features a lot of user-generated content (and has been discussed on MeFi before). One of our users recently made something that I thought was pretty cool, and I'd like to share. The problem is that I have a conflict of interest here -- of course I want to drive more traffic to my site in general, but then I genuinely think this particular thing that a complete stranger made is pretty neat and people would find it enjoyable. Any opinions?
posted by xthlc on Jul 24, 2007 - 25 comments

My Friend's Dull Blog

This is a one-link post to a photo-blog consisting of a painful flash interface, 32 (uninteresting) pictures of a guy's trip to japan and some exceedingly lame attempts at humorous commentary. Surprise! It's the poster's friend's blog! What's the policy on almost-self-links?
posted by The Bellman on Jun 6, 2007 - 77 comments

Self Linking in the Green?

Is there a policy about possibly slipping self-links in via AskMe instead of the blue? For an example, see this post
posted by Justinian on Jun 3, 2007 - 92 comments

Self-linkage

Reposting on MeFi after a long period of lurkage. I need some advice about self-linking. While I know the rule is "don't!", I've worked with a video collective that would be relevant in light of recent posts about Night Flight. I don't run the site, but I feel that I should mention that I've worked with them in the past. Can I post this website, and should I mention my involvement after a [more inside] jump?
posted by pxe2000 on Apr 26, 2007 - 10 comments

Curious

If I hadn't said that I had any connection in this posting would it still have been deleted?
posted by lannanh on Apr 6, 2007 - 60 comments

AskMe Etiquette

AskMe etiquette: is it OK to use AskMe answers as a lead-in for business? Someone close to me is a professional career counsellor/resume writer & I've thought of recommending they join MeFi specifically so they can join in answering job-related questions, with a thought to promoting their own services if people want more in-depth assistance. I'm absolutely NOT talking about a cookie-cutter spamish approach that purely takes advantage of the community while giving nothing in return, but real answers that help people out with an understated offer to provide something more substantial at a price. I see a lot of job- & career-related posts to AskMe & I see it as a good fit, but I'll only suggest it to them if I get a thumbs up from the hive.
posted by scalefree on Jan 12, 2007 - 43 comments

Self-Linking Callout

kirkaracha might need to be reminded of the "no self-link" policy.

Self-link
Evidence

Personally, I think it's a relevant and useful link, but I don't think it should be up to the poster to make the judgment call, do you?
posted by Mr. Gunn on Dec 13, 2006 - 41 comments

Self-link. Don't link to things you're involved with.

Self-link. Brian, you're not supposed to link to things you're involved with.
posted by mzurer on Dec 6, 2006 - 80 comments

Can I post a self-link in a comment?

I'm fairly new to MetaFilter, and really only ever read the Ask section. I know - and respect - that I'm not supposed to post a self-link anywhere. But in a question I read yesterday, I saw that a lot of people object to websites that play sounds (as do I). I've found a program that lets me mute the whole browser window, and would like to put that info somewhere as I think a lot of people would like it. But I do run a site that gives discounts on software, and will have one on that program next week.

So I guess I have 2 questions - can I politely post a link to the program at all? It's not news, just something it sounds like people want. And second, can I post that my site will be discounting it next week?

Thanks,
posted by EllenC on Jul 20, 2006 - 14 comments

Would it be okay to post a link to my book in a post?

I wanted to post about the current threat to abortion rights along with some links to information about how to get or do abortions. One of the links I wanted to include was to a book that I worked on. Is it inapropriate to put this post on the main page? (Since I wasn't sure, I posted it on projects.) Advice?
posted by serazin on Jul 14, 2006 - 15 comments

Self links abound

Self linking and the common good (mi)
posted by strawberryviagra on Apr 20, 2006 - 30 comments

Worst post ever contender

Worst post ever? Single link: Check. Self-post: Check. changed contact info to disguise ID: check.
posted by dash_slot- on Mar 11, 2006 - 68 comments

Possible questionable self-linking in comments

Do new users know about self-linking? I normally don't care to police this stuff, but mickeyz has been a member two days and self-linked to his own banal blog twice so far.
posted by stevis on Jan 28, 2006 - 18 comments

What's all this about urinals as art?

So if I were to post this article about someone attacking R. Mutt's "Urinal" with a hammer, would that be considered a "One Link News Filter Pseudo Self Link FFP" ?
posted by R. Mutt on Jan 18, 2006 - 24 comments

Selflinker alert

MetaWhoreFilter. Self-link to a (probably paid) article about some dumb whorehouse in Germany.
posted by loquacious on Oct 30, 2005 - 77 comments

A terrible appropriation of the site to meet one user's needs

I think AxMe is not where poor posts go to die.
posted by shepd on Oct 14, 2005 - 11 comments

Selflinking in comments: quitcher bitchin

I'm sorry to bring it up, but the thread regarding self-linking was closed, and no one made mention of it....
posted by zerokey on Sep 5, 2005 - 17 comments

Metafilter is not for pyramid scheme

It should be pretty obvious that stuff like this should not fly in the blue. Using this site as a quarry for pyramid schemes is inappropriate and action should be taken accordingly.
posted by baphomet on Jun 26, 2005 - 47 comments

Where's the line between being perceived as a shill and a real self-link?

shill?
posted by muckster on Jun 7, 2005 - 22 comments

Would this link be against self-link etiquette or policy?

I wanted to create an FPP for this ten second film festival, which I think would be of interest to many MeFites, but I've run into a couple of ethical and logistical conundrums: 1) The festival is being run by a friend of mine, so I suppose I might be a little biased as to this being The Best of The Web. 2) You really have to be in the Twin Cities area to see the screening and win a prize, even though submissions are accepted from anywhere. Any thoughts about this being FPP worthy?
posted by bigbadem on Apr 11, 2005 - 11 comments

Should banned users' profiles reflect the reason for their status?

If a user is banned for blatantly violating the no-self-link rule, would it be a good idea to either a) note the banning on that person's user page or b) delete the user page entirely? Seems strange to keep a user page from someone who took a dump on the community.
posted by mediareport on Mar 28, 2005 - 41 comments

Self link and then purchased ads? Wha?

I hit the blue page the other day and saw a JUST POSTED story that was nothing more than a link to a page where you can buy a t-shirt with a design/slogan on it. (I'm not mentioning/linking-to which one it was because that isn't the purpose of this post). The FPP was deleted within minutes (from when I noticed it). However, today I see that it is listed in the Blogads on the front page. All is as it should be - I'm not complaining - I just think it is interesting that self-linkers apparently (sometimes?) get the opportunity to purchase an ad that they were trying to get for free.
posted by spock on Feb 10, 2005 - 19 comments

Self-link detected.

They're clamoring for it, and here it is. This post contains a nakedly aggressive self-link. For shame, doc.
posted by goatdog on Jan 17, 2005 - 38 comments

A historical oddity: self-link gets a pass

I hate to say it, but: self link.
posted by scarabic on Dec 10, 2004 - 84 comments

Gratuitous self-link, or a legitimate part of the question?

Gratuitous self-link, or a legitemate part of the question?

It's not quite as bad as this one, since in this case the self-link has at least a theoretical connection to the question being asked, but it still feels to me more like bwerdmuller is hoping that "the best way to find new business fast" is to post a link to his own work on a popular forum and see if anyone bites.

Am I just being grumpy? Where should we draw the line on self-promotion within AskMe?
posted by ook on Dec 5, 2004 - 26 comments

Self-link detected.

Official tank04 Is A Dick Thread
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 29, 2004 - 76 comments

It was awesome, but not on the web, does it become a self-link?

Here’s a conundrum - What if someone had something rather interesting fall into his lap that didn’t yet exist on the web, so that someone puts it up on the web... If that someone then wanted to share it with his fellow mefis (because many seem to share a similar sense of humour) and throw up a post/link on metafilter about it, would that be considered self-linking and taboo? Or does one have to find someone else to ghost post it, which seems kind of sneaky and deceptive? Or forget it altogether?

Someone = me.

Something = this.

Hey. It made me laugh.
posted by dakotadusk on Jul 18, 2004 - 44 comments

Can I link to my organisation's new product on Mefi?

I work for a large organisation that has launched a new web product. Its a paid for service. I'd like to post a link in the blue, as I am personally interested in what people think about it. I do not work on the product, but I do use it. Is this against policy?
posted by davehat on Mar 19, 2004 - 23 comments

Are self links okay in AskMe?

Are self links okay in AskMe? This question appears to appropriate AskMe for a commercial purpose.
posted by timeistight on Jan 13, 2004 - 34 comments

Self-Link?

Eloquence posts a thread about Mother Teresa, in which he writes, "the Wikipedia article about her gives a much more balanced picture than most media reports." Trouble is, a Wikipedia member named -- wait for it -- Eloquence is a substantial contributor to that very Wikipedia article, and has, as far as I can tell (see article history), written much of the material about the controversy. (See also his contributions to the related Talk page.) This could be considered a self link as a result. Is it?
posted by mcwetboy on Oct 18, 2003 - 38 comments

Self-linking policy

I'm sure this has been covered before, but I'm fairly new here (to posting, especially), so I thought I'd ask again. Please don't kill me, but:

I've had aspects of a meme-type thing that I helped to create posted about here. These linked to a site I contribute to but, since I didn't ask for or advocate the subject were in the clear.

Now, I've got a site dedicated to the subject that inspired the first game/challenge that the original story was part of. It seems to me that if people here enjoyed the tidbit on the matter they'd like to see the new whole site.

But...it would very obviously be a self-link, and I completely understand the point of outlawing those. What's a guy to do? Is there some third-party I could suggest a link to? Should I wait till a vaguely applicable post comes up and post it in the message boards? Should I just wait around and hope that eventually someone from here manages to find it?

I'd like to participate, but I'm too new to guess at these rules. I'm glad I at least found this area to post in (and I'm hoping that fact will shield me a bit from the flames I'm expecting to receive).
posted by davebug on May 13, 2003 - 24 comments

What if you get someone else to post your otherwise-self-link?

Aladfar makes an interesting point:

And here's the thing about self links: This was an interesting project that, were it linked by someone other than the author, would be absolutely fine on MeFi. Would it be better to ask someone else to link for you in an effort to circumvent the "rules"?

How do we feel about logrolling?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Feb 3, 2003 - 13 comments

Is this a self-link?

Is linking to your employer's site within a post a self-link?
posted by i_cola on Oct 10, 2002 - 38 comments

self-link in comments crosses line to self-promotion

When does a self link inside the comments of a post every now and then border on sheer un-adulterated pimping of your personal site? More than half of this guy's comments are links to his own site.
posted by machaus on Sep 30, 2002 - 26 comments

Self-link, or not?

Self-link, or not? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Sep 11, 2002 - 40 comments

Is this relationship too close for posting?

There's this site that I visit fairly regularly. The creator of this site creates these cool (IMO) online illustrated one page stories. I think that many folks at MeFi might enjoy the site, but there is (what I perceive as) a problem. One of the sites I write for is one of this guy's front-page links....
[more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Sep 10, 2002 - 16 comments

What should we do about self-marketers who could enventually plant links on mefi?

yesterday, on./ was reading an interesting discussion about a product when someone accused the poster of Viral Marketing, in effect really trying to grab publicity off of ./ while they're covertly under contract to the company they are posting about.
Today, in a very useful MeFi discussion, someone raised the Same Suspicion.

Whether Octavius is correct or not, I think there's no reason to doubt that firms are cropping up to harness communities and blogs to plant publicity on the net. On its face, it would likely be far more effective advertising than a pop up or TV commercial... Once the corporate heavyweights catch on, it could get quite excessive and sneaky.

But it could seriously undermine a community since to some extent, we'll all start scrutinizing the motives of any given post and poster.

Could well be the beginning of the end (or at least the end of the beginning) of the innocence for MeFi etal... Any ideas on how to contend with this?

posted by BentPenguin on Sep 6, 2002 - 39 comments

Hypothetically, would this kind of link be okay?

With the rash of self-links I thought of a quandary. What if someone has a web site that they own, but other people write articles (or take photos, or whatever) for it. The person then links to an article that he didn't write, but is hosted on his web site. Would it be a legitimate link? I would never do this, but I would hesitate to say "that's wrong".
posted by geoff. on Oct 8, 2001 - 6 comments

Are people from dotcomscoop.com spamming mefi?

I noticed an odd trend recently in the way a couple new people were posting and I think I've uncovered a problem. (more)
posted by mathowie on Oct 1, 2001 - 100 comments

The One World Ribbon Project

The One World Ribbon Project. Is this a temporary and necessary relaxing of the rule against self-linking? Or does it set a bad precedent?
posted by gd779 on Sep 16, 2001 - 10 comments

If it would be the best of the web, can I upload it?

If something can't be found on the web (private bbs, email meme etc.), is it appropriate to upload it to your own site, clearly label it as not yours and then link to it on metafilter? What if there is an original website, but it's bogged down? Is alright with certain media types (a video clip), but not ok with other stuff (a list of funny things kids have said, which would be a crap post anyway)?
posted by alan on Jul 19, 2001 - 6 comments

Self-links in comments.

has bonzo gone too far? three of four posts have been self-links, and now this comment....
posted by rebeccablood on Jun 17, 2001 - 22 comments

is self promotion always wrong?

Don't hate me cause I'm a liberal on self-post. but is self promotion always wrong? If the community is made up of intellegent and creative people, won't they have serve the community just as well by posting a self-created link. i admit to my short time in the community, but i sometimes the sacred laws have to be questioned from time to time, and newcomers are probably best in a position to do it.

'allowing self-posts will lead to a community of links to banner ad-driven websites' you say?
OK, no self-posting to a site with banner ads.

And,
what about allowing self-posting only where the author discloses it in the post?

posted by brucec on May 11, 2001 - 23 comments

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