Should I post another WTC memorial site? October 7, 2001 11:33 AM   Subscribe

how should I handle this? a user has written asking that I post another WTC memorial site to the top page. (more inside)
posted by rebeccablood to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 AM (17 comments total)

it's a very nice site, but it's just more of the same, pictures from the attacks with quotes above them. it's not the kind of thing I would ever post to mefi, unless it were the only site of it's kind on the www.

have you received requests from those who can't post to put things on the site? how do you handle it when you feel that the link is simply not appropriate?
posted by rebeccablood at 11:33 AM on October 7, 2001


The one time it has happened to me, I just ignored it. But then, I'm kinda rude.
posted by Optamystic at 11:41 AM on October 7, 2001


i have actually -- someone posted to metatalk, some months ago, that they had a site they wished to post but for some reason they could not. i posted it for them and mentioned their name and the metatalk thread-- but then, the link they wanted to put up seemed interesting.

i think that if there's no reason the person can't simply sign up for metafilter and post the link themselves, you shouldn't do it. otherwise, just be honest; if it's not something that should be posted to the front page, you should tell the person.
posted by moz at 12:17 PM on October 7, 2001


(he hasn't posted enough comments to make a front page post).
posted by rebeccablood at 12:31 PM on October 7, 2001


i think that if there's no reason the person can't simply sign up for metafilter and post the link themselves, you shouldn't do it.

I can think of a couple reasons. One, they are too new to post a link. Two, its a self-link. Three, ummm postphobia?

posted by skallas at 12:37 PM on October 7, 2001


If linking to myself is a self-link, isn't begging someone else to link to me?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 1:10 PM on October 7, 2001


it doesn't appear to be a self-link, though I haven't investigated it thoroughly. I would just dismiss that out of hand.


posted by rebeccablood at 1:14 PM on October 7, 2001


If the link is good enough that you would have posted it yourself, go ahead. Otherwise, I wouldn't do it just to be hospitable.
posted by rcade at 1:18 PM on October 7, 2001


it isn't (it's another wtc memorial site). should I write him and tell him so, do you think, or would it still be polite to ignore it?
posted by rebeccablood at 1:22 PM on October 7, 2001


Direct him here, I'd say.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:43 PM on October 7, 2001


Rebecca, I would just tell him you don't feel comfortable posting something for someone else. Leave the quality issue out of it because that could cause trouble. Ignoring it outright seems a little cruel to me.

It seems to me that until someone has acquired the privilege to post to the front page, they should not impose on those who have earned this right. There's a reason Matt put the rules in place, and we should not be party to their circumvention, especially when the link is inappropriate (heck, this demonstrates the rules are working!)
posted by megnut at 2:34 PM on October 7, 2001


If it is really really good, go ahead. But if it is anything worse than excellent, don't post.
posted by TacoConsumer at 2:38 PM on October 7, 2001


meg: you're right.

thanks, everyone.
posted by rebeccablood at 6:03 PM on October 7, 2001


I don't see why anyone would feel any obligation to post for someone else. If they feel strongly enough that they need it posted, they can do what it takes to meet the qualifications for posting (which are minimal). If the site they send you is of the type that you would have posted had you discovered it yourself, then I don't see a problem in posting it. But posting for others on general principle seems wrong, just a way for them to get around the site policies and philosophy.

Were it me, I would email the person telling them that I felt second-hand posting was inappropriate and letting them know how they could earn post privileges themselves.
posted by rushmc at 6:03 PM on October 7, 2001


Aw, man, no one ever asks me to do anything!

I'd never do it - rebecca's suitor particularly smells - but it's nice to be asked, you know?

I never even get any hate mail! Just regular old spam. And not even interesting spam! Just ads for toner cartridge refills and shit like that. And not even a LOT of spam!

What wrong with me??? :D
posted by UncleFes at 8:44 PM on October 7, 2001


Just one question: What is enough posts to post to the front page? How many do you have to have? I've already posted to MetaFilter's front page, but I was just curious anyway.
posted by Katy Action at 12:12 AM on October 8, 2001


One fp post ever. Member since May.
posted by UncleFes at 6:38 AM on October 8, 2001


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