Giving Credit Where It’s Due

by Tom Mullaly on July 4, 2011

As more and more people take it upon themselves to create content for dissemination on their own websites, it’s vital to understand the importance of giving credit to sites from which an idea might have been sparked or from which a fact was learned. Here John Gruber at Daring Fireball goes granular in his assessment of what is and is not sufficient attribution and it’s something that every website owner should read. I’ll admit that it never occurred to me that linking to a site using its URL as anchor text (i.e. digitalmediaminute.com) rather than the site name itself might be less respectful of the source.

One thing Gruber doesn’t touch upon is whether it’s appropriate to link to an article by making use of the rel=nofollow attribute when the article in question itself withholds attribution. In cases where it is clear this is happening I believe it is; what do you think?

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trav ler

Interesting. If someone (student, faculty, scholar, politician, public servant, whoever) in the public domain or at an institution of higher learning were to publish an article and not reference any sources it would be assumed that what was written was an original piece. If and/or when discovered that the article in question had referenced previously published material and not given credit where credit was due the “author” would be “exposed” as a plagiarist.

Why do some think that posting/publishing information on the internet is different from printed material?

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