Hypothetically, would this kind of link be okay? October 8, 2001 12:45 PM   Subscribe

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. to Etiquette/Policy at 12:45 PM (6 comments total)

It's still a self-link.
posted by rcade at 12:48 PM on October 8, 2001

second that, rcade. As was said in another post, if it's so great, someone else will post it.
posted by Kafkaesque at 12:55 PM on October 8, 2001

Let’s say he’s just providing the bandwidth (i.e., the other person’s site is separate from his own). In that case, it could be a self-link, but it isn’t necessarily.

For example, would you consider Matt linking to Fairvue.com a self-link (as I understand it, Fairvue is hosted by Matt)?
posted by gleemax at 1:18 PM on October 8, 2001

well, matt can self link all he wants. I'd say that if you're linking to a site that you maintain or write for, it's a self link.

if you own a server and you link to someone *once* I'd say it's a gray area and subject to matt's discretion. if you do it even twice, it becomes a pattern, and I'd say that the death penalty applies.
posted by rebeccablood at 1:21 PM on October 8, 2001

well, matt can self link all he wants.

It was the only example I know of.
posted by gleemax at 1:28 PM on October 8, 2001

Here's what I say: If people want to go to your site, then they'll go to it from your profile. I don't have a site yet, but I plan to soon, and I plan to put it on my profile.
posted by Katy Action at 1:45 PM on October 8, 2001

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