The One World Ribbon Project September 16, 2001 11:41 AM   Subscribe

The One World Ribbon Project. Is this a temporary and necessary relaxing of the rule against self-linking? Or does it set a bad precedent?
posted by gd779 to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 AM (10 comments total)

From the MeFi thread:

I know it's a self-link. And if Matt wants to take it off, I have no problem with that. I thought this might be something the community is interested in. I'm not interested in gaining fame nor fortune because of it.

Yeah, I hear ya, Outtacontext. I'm not saying you did anything wrong, per se. Given recent events, I understand why you posted it; that's why the metatalk thread is posed as a question, not a statement. Also, you identified it as a self-link, so that's good. But it is, technically, a violation of the rules, and I guess I'm wondering how long it's going to be before we get back to normal operations around here?
posted by gd779 at 12:14 PM on September 16, 2001

I was under the impression that self-linking was "my page is cool, look!" and that whole thing died out quite some time ago... I'm more pissed off at the same topic being posted over and over again. Threads aren't dying out, please post new info in the older thread instead of posting a new one.
posted by geoff. at 1:10 PM on September 16, 2001

that whole thing died out quite some time ago...

it hasn't "died out". that's the rule. that has always been the rule. I think certain exceptions can be allowed in the immediate aftermath of last week, but it soon makes the rule obsolete.
posted by jpoulos at 1:16 PM on September 16, 2001

Self-linking is starting a thread by linking to something that you created (wrote, designed, conceived, whatever). It is always, always, always a violation of etiquette, and is not in any way excused by saying "Sorry for the self-link, but..."

Linking to your content from a comment is a somewhat grayer area. I'd rather not see people repost entire chunks of their own sites to get around the rule, but at the same time I think something is required to prevent comments along the lines of "Hey, if you think that site is cool, check out mine!"
posted by jjg at 1:36 PM on September 16, 2001

I didn't realize it had always been the rule. If I remember there was a period in which all new members started self-linking. Then they made a rule against self-linking... and it died out...
posted by geoff. at 1:37 PM on September 16, 2001

That's my recollection, Geoff.
posted by rcade at 2:00 PM on September 16, 2001

Nope. The rule dates back to early 2000, when certain abuses made it necessary. In those pre-MetaTalk days, these kinds of grievances were all aired via e-mail.
posted by jjg at 2:33 PM on September 16, 2001

Instead of putting the link on the front page, maybe the Metafilter projects list would have been more appropriate?
posted by gd779 at 3:36 PM on September 16, 2001

(a) bad precedent
(b) "This past week we have witnessed human destruction on a level never imagined" is borderline offensive.
posted by sylloge at 4:02 AM on September 17, 2001

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