Comments: Who Are These People and Where do They Get This Link Policy Stuff?

I don't know if it's truly "clueless" or ignorant. I do suspect it's an effort to control the uncontrollable. If I build a store in town, I may have a right to control who comes into my store, but I don't have a right to control who takes a picture of it, or puts it on a map.

Posted by Terry Steichen at October 11, 2004 01:33 PM

Hi Terry, I do actually think it is clueless, because they don't understand that anyone *can* link to them, and there's nothing they can do about it, except block the link by resolving it to something else. Clueless is not realizing that having people link is a great thing, because it means traffic is driven to your site, you are being discussed and you are explicitly relevant to people due to the practice and expression of linking verses just the top layer of words. Social practices online often value behavior and activity that is about openness and freedom generally, so making rules for people about behavior that cannot by rule or law be controlled is silly and makes them seem out of touch.

Regarding your example, yes, store owners can control who comes in as long as the method of discrimination doesn't include any of the outlawed varities (race, religion, etc.) but any private property own can control who takes pictures within their property, though not what is viewable from public places like streets or sidewalks. Maps are out of the store owner's control as you say.

But my question for the Pacific Research Institute is, why have a site, if you are going to try to control how people get to it, but your mission says this:

Now more than ever, it is vital that our policy responses are guided by the principles that best preserve the essence of America its entrepreneurial spirit, belief in the dignity of individuals, and vigilant defense of liberty.

The mission of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions.

Their linking policiy is the opposite of this mission. That's clueless.

Posted by mary hodder at October 11, 2004 02:52 PM