The web is a wide and mysterious place

Some people take offense when you give them links. I sent an e-mail out this morning that went something like this.

Dear blogger:

Since you objected to my referencing your item I have removed that post from my site.

I was if anything excessive in giving acknowledgment to you. I linked to your post twice in mine. I quoted a few sentences from your piece as a direct quote, signaled with quotation marks, attribution, and a link.

To make sure this doesn’t happen again (I guess because you don’t wish to be bothered by traffic to your site) I have removed your site from my feeds. You can rest easy.

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  1. Sharper than a serpent’s tooth is an ungrateful blogger!

  2. Someone objected to you linking to them? Really? I promise, if you linked to me, I wouldn’t object. 🙂 I don’t know anyone who would.

  3. Golly I haven’t heard of anyone worrying about this in more than 10 years! Back then, when websites were so new, a lot of people wondered, was linking without permission “done”? Total ha ha now.

  4. Jesseca

    He should not have considered it a big deal. In fact, he must be thankful that you linked to him. But that’s okay. I guess that’s just one of the many paradoxes of life.