How do you credit a link you found elsewhere? March 27, 2002 11:34 AM   Subscribe

What is the current approach to credit the source of a link?
I've posted a link today and credited the place where I actually found the link, in this case a personal weblog. Inside the thread, someone mentioned that it could be credited to Reuters and I was puzzled by that.

So, when I come across an interesting link and decide to post it, should I credit the place where I found it or should I credit the original source? I didn't want to raise this question in the original thread to avoid sidetracking...

posted by rexgregbr to Etiquette/Policy at 11:34 AM (11 comments total)

"Could be via Fark" was a joke, because it's a topic the Farksters would find interesting. The Reuters thing was well just another link. Your via link is fine in my book. The purpose of the via link is to not only credit the source but also provide a link to where we may find other such links.
posted by riffola at 11:39 AM on March 27, 2002

I think they're just picking on you. My take is: if you feel that crediting is necessary, give appreciation to the site from which you found the article. The rest of it, trying to find the original author or site, is just silly.
posted by BlueTrain at 11:39 AM on March 27, 2002

Some more here.
posted by Voyageman at 11:49 AM on March 27, 2002

And here

posted by ashbury at 11:52 AM on March 27, 2002

I read it as the farkster discrediting the topic and the reuters validating the topic as worthy. How you credit is up to you in my opinion.
posted by xammerboy at 11:53 AM on March 27, 2002

I got the fark joke.

The Reuters mention just got me wondering if, since my credit was a bit obscure (a weblog in portuguese), I should have searched for an easyer one.

Since Adam was kind enough to mention it, I thought I might as well check this issue here.

Thanks for the input.
posted by rexgregbr at 11:55 AM on March 27, 2002

Rexgregbr - Thanks for crediting rtfm. Otherwise I'd never have found out about it. It's very good and I shall be a regular visitor there, thanks to you. Keep on truckin' - I think crediting little-known weblogs is worth triple points! :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:01 PM on March 27, 2002

I was just giving an alternate source for the story that I saw earlier. My bad, didn't mean to step on your toes, dude!

Wanna pancake? Triple pancakes!!!
posted by adampsyche at 12:29 PM on March 27, 2002

get as close as you can to the original. which, if everyone does the right thing, should be REALLY easy.
posted by jcterminal at 3:35 PM on March 27, 2002

What is this "credit" you speak of? You're the one who found it and decided to post it.

posted by Mars Saxman at 10:21 PM on March 27, 2002

Adam: I didn't see it as a bad thing at all. It just made me think about the crediting stuff and I decided to check it out here, which was good in the end. Pancakes are fine.

Miguel: RTFM is my favorite one (Bernardo, the author/owner, is quite the figure). If you want some more brazilian blogs, I can send the links to you. Mail me (

posted by rexgregbr at 3:16 AM on March 28, 2002

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