Would it be okay to post a link to my book in a post? July 14, 2006 10:57 AM   Subscribe

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 to Bugs at 10:57 AM (15 comments total)

You could include the link to your book in the first comment of the thread... the [more inside] part.
posted by crunchland at 11:02 AM on July 14, 2006

Great idea?

Now, would it be wrong to repost in the main page? (Or I geuss I could delete the entry on the projects page...)
posted by serazin at 11:04 AM on July 14, 2006

Oops. I meant, "Great idea!"
posted by serazin at 11:05 AM on July 14, 2006

Well, you can't delete the project's post.
posted by cortex at 11:05 AM on July 14, 2006

Butt Matt or Jess can, and probably will, given that it doesn't look like a project so much as a post for the blue...
posted by cortex at 11:06 AM on July 14, 2006

A more inside would be fine, I imagine - maybe you could email mathowie or jessamyn and ask them to delete the Projects post and stick it on MetaFilter?
posted by jack_mo at 11:15 AM on July 14, 2006

Please allow the Project Post to come to term. Thank you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:16 AM on July 14, 2006 [2 favorites]

Post it on DailyKos instead.
posted by LarryC at 11:19 AM on July 14, 2006

Wait, what does 'come to term' mean? Oh, nevermind. I'm slow.
posted by serazin at 11:22 AM on July 14, 2006

Are projects still being approved by Matt, like Anonymous AskMe questions?

Also, arrrgh on the fact that the main link of that Project was a .pdf. Please label if you're going to do that. (Yeah, yeah, I know, mouseover/statusbar. It would still be courteous.)
posted by Gator at 11:26 AM on July 14, 2006

And I'm lame. Don't give me a second thought.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:26 AM on July 14, 2006

Sorry about the PDF. I wondered about that.
posted by serazin at 11:40 AM on July 14, 2006

It's okay to include a link to something you did in a more inside. If it's a link to buy something though, please don't do that. Also, you didn't ask but since this is here: advocacy threads rarely go well here on MetaFilter, even for topics where there is not a huge amount of controversy. "Sign my petition" types of posts aren't appreciated and people can show their lack of appreciation by acting badly in your thread. I have no idea if this is your plan, and I haven't checked your posting history to see if this is your style.

If there is something on the web that you think other MetaFilter users will appreciate, or if something really new has happened in the abortion debate, or you are linking to things on the web that you think people may not have seen, please go ahead. However if abortion rights is just something that you feel strongly about enough so you want to make a post to make others feel strongly about it, please keep in mind that those posts are hard to do well, easy to do badly and people will let you know loudly and possibly with some malice if you manage the latter.

This is just cautionary advice, not any sort of proscription on what you do or do not post, but be mindful of the existing community here when you decide how to craft your post.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:52 AM on July 14, 2006

... and apparently I'm about an hour late. Your post looks interesting. If you want me to remove the projects post or fix your link [I'm not sure what you did wrong], you can email me to let me know.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:54 AM on July 14, 2006

Thanks for the advice. Very helpful as I'm still fairly new. Ya, please delete the projects post. And I meant the first sentance of my main page post to link to the state ballot issues site, but don't worry about it - no problem.

As to the advocacy issue, I hear what you're saying. I was actually mostly posting towards an audience of already pro-choice people with 1) an update on the rapidly changing legal status of abortion and 2) information on how to actually do abortions (which I think most readers wouldn't already know about.) Hope that's OK.

Anyhow, thanks for your help!
posted by serazin at 12:00 PM on July 14, 2006

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