Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Linked Article Misery.
I don't want to tell CM community members what they can and can't post, and it's clear to me that some of our group like to share interesting college-related news bits they find. Others clearly don't like it.
I got an email from Terry P. earlier who said he posted and then took down a linked article because a well-meaning reader asked him to provide context for why he linked the article about a college professor who had taken up body-building."
"I posted it for 2 reasons. Most of my proffie friends are kind of frumpy. To think that proffies our age can remake their bodies and thrive in professional body building - and still do our sedentary job! - amazed me. I also posted it because nothing had been posted all day. I thought something new to read would be useful, but if the majority of the readers just want a completely empty day with no material, then so be it. Am I fighting this fight alone?"
I didn't see the piece or the comment when they were up, but can see the comment through my own administrator login. It was polite, and the community member who complained certainly has others on the site who agree.
But I like linked articles. I don't scour national news for stories on college proffies, and I probably get 2-3 articles from community members every single day. I try to judiciously choose one every once in a while, and - like Terry - post them on especially slow days when there are no other posts to read.
I hate to think of this as a moratorium on posting linked articles, because in the end I'd like community members to post what they want, but you can offer your point of view below in the comments.
PS: Hey, and I accomplished getting a Sunday post up.