Category Archives: Metablog

Blog Cameo

Jim asked me to guest blog on his site, so I did.

Corrected: A New Leaf

I made an egregious factual error in a previous post that I’m finally getting around to correcting.

(Mal-)Quoting My Blog

I’m not sure if there’s an established style for quoting someone else’s blog messages within your own, but I sure know what isn’t appropriate.  Certainly traditional text quoting conventions apply:  You should make it clear when you’re altering a quoted region via brackets and ellipses and you should not deliberately distort the original meaning.  You should also include a hyperlinked reference to the message you are quoting. 
 
Whether you preserve hyperlinks within the quoted text is subject to interpretation.  I’d argue that, in the spirit of web hypertext, under all but the most extreme circumstances you should preserve all of the links, but I recognize that reasonable people may differ.  What’s less arguable is that you should never alter a link’s destination unless it’s broken, and even then only with clear indication.  If you remove the links you should either remove all or none, not edit selectively, and if you do remove the links you should state that you have.
 
I also think that the bar for preserving the integrity of a quoted blog message is higher if you’re quoting the entire message, as opposed to just a short excerpt.
 
I raise this because of two cases where this blog has been quoted in a way that violates these conventions.
 
The first example is from April of last year.  An entire blog message is quoted save the final paragraph, which is only three words long.  The quoter selectively elides two of the hyperlinks without indicating so.
 
The second example is from today and is more insidious because the quoting blog is on a web site that sells a product.  It quotes an entire message without being explicit that it’s a quote.  It appropriates as its title a quote from within the message and it makes it appear as if the quote was made by me, when in fact I was quoting others within the message.  It doesn’t include a hyperlink to the original message, just the unlinked URL of my home page.  And it removes all of the links from within my message, not surprising because some are links to competitors’ products.
 
To be clear, I have no problem with references to and quotes from this blog as long as The Golden Rule is applied.

Hit me with your Raymond stick

I’d thought that Dare’s reference to this space had increased its hit count.  That was until yesterday, when courtesy of Raymond it received 40% of its total hits in a single day.  The count continues to grow and the two-day total for yesterday and today will probably exceed 50% of its total hits.

Blog Drought

I haven’t been active here in a while, mostly because work has been consuming my available time at the computer, including more than a few post-midnight sessions.  The stacks of unpaid bills and related personal papers next to me is further evidence of this and will continue to limit my time here.

Seeking A Trivial Idea

I’ve been trying to come up with a new blog category to categorize my postings on automobiles, which up to how have been shoehorned into "Mental M10n" or "Petty Bourgeois."  I haven’t quite found one that fits the spirit of my other custom categories.  I’ve tried to get inspired by song lyrics from various sources, including Woody Guthrie ("Take Me Ridin’"), Johnny Rivers ("Hot Rod Lincoln") and Bruce Springstreen ("Long and Dark, Shiny and Black"), but nothing has captured it yet.

Changed the theme

I just decided to switch to one of the other built-in themes.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s far better from a color contrast standpoint.  If nothng else the hyperlinks are now identifiable.