SWF linking etiquette November 4, 2005 1:45 PM   Subscribe

A question of netiquette: (I know, I know, horrible word)

Re: this - isn't it rude to link directly to a any .swf when its creator has obviously created a page in which s/he intends for said work to be experienced?
posted by MaxVonCretin to Etiquette/Policy at 1:45 PM (20 comments total)

nah.
posted by Peter H at 1:46 PM on November 4, 2005


Peter H, you da man!
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:48 PM on November 4, 2005


Linking to things is the entire point of the internet.
posted by odinsdream at 1:55 PM on November 4, 2005


isn't it rude to quote a passage of text when its creator has obviously created a paragraph in which s/h/it intends for said work to be experienced?
posted by keswick at 1:55 PM on November 4, 2005


Yes, it's rude. But do we care to be seen as courteous?
posted by Count Ziggurat at 1:58 PM on November 4, 2005


fuck no
posted by keswick at 2:01 PM on November 4, 2005


kenswick said 'shit'. teehee.
posted by item at 2:06 PM on November 4, 2005


"lol butts." no, i really don't have anything better to be doing right now. god bless fridays in the public sector. "butts. lmbo"
posted by keswick at 2:09 PM on November 4, 2005


BITE MY BAG, SWF FILES
Sorry, that was a typo.
posted by jenovus at 2:30 PM on November 4, 2005


ha, laughs
posted by Peter H at 2:34 PM on November 4, 2005


s/h/it
Talker.
posted by Peter H at 2:41 PM on November 4, 2005


That would be no...no for me.

Think of all the bandwidth we're saving them by linking directly to the swf without having to load the page around it!
posted by Jimbob at 2:47 PM on November 4, 2005


Best to post a direct link and a link to the page just in case people want to see what the site it's from is about. But it's not really that rude, if someone's desperate to force you to see their crazppy page they can do it in their code.

The web is for us to use not to sit and watch like TV.
posted by Space Coyote at 3:29 PM on November 4, 2005


no, we direct-link to videos and other media all the time. And I like it that way.
posted by puke & cry at 6:21 PM on November 4, 2005


...because you can right-click and download them. I left that part out.
posted by puke & cry at 6:22 PM on November 4, 2005


Well then - let me rephrase it. Isn't it unethical to intentionally circumvent the one pathetically meagre stream of income that an artist has established to recoup his/her costs for providing his/her work free of charge?
posted by MaxVonCretin at 8:31 PM on November 4, 2005


Lollercaust!
posted by Balisong at 9:29 PM on November 4, 2005


In the flash movie world, linking directly to the file is almost nice. If you want nasty, the big sites decompile the movie, rip off any logos, add their own, and put it on their own site as their own work.
posted by smackfu at 9:40 PM on November 4, 2005


*cough* ebaum *cough*
posted by keswick at 10:33 AM on November 5, 2005


Well then - let me rephrase it. Isn't it unethical to intentionally circumvent the one pathetically meagre stream of income that an artist has established to recoup his/her costs for providing his/her work free of charge?

Whoa there - since when did it become the internet's responsibility to make sure everybody can have a "meagre stream of income" ?

You've entirely misunderstood what the internet is for - as have people who think they can make money from it by placing advertisements on their site. If you make extra money doing so - great - but it's not guranteed, much less everyone elses' "responsibility."
posted by odinsdream at 6:58 PM on November 5, 2005


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