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If I wanted an opening paragraph to contain 4 links with at least 15 minutes worth of
aggregate reading, I wouldn't be subscribed here. Editorial, people! [PgDown]
Turnitin and fair use
Posted Apr 17, 2008 2:45 UTC (Thu) by midg3t (subscriber, #30998)
There was some context missing for those of us who haven't heard of this case before, but I'm glad the links were provided so that interested people could find out more. I found that the article filled in the blanks as I read through it.
Posted Apr 17, 2008 10:11 UTC (Thu) by modernjazz (guest, #4185)
Seconded; more context & background next time, please. It bordered on
being unreadable for anyone not already familiar with this case.
Posted Apr 17, 2008 10:45 UTC (Thu) by alfille (subscriber, #1631)
I wondered if I were the only one who found this article hard to get in to. Ms. Jones seems to
be so immersed in the ongoing story she assumes we know all the background and issues.
It sounds like there are some interesting issues here. I hope a follow-up story will present
them for a broader audience.
Posted Apr 17, 2008 17:26 UTC (Thu) by jhenry (guest, #991)
Posted Apr 17, 2008 19:57 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
And having no links at all would have made it so much *easier* to
understand, of course. :/
(some people will complaiin whatever you do)
excessive links in article
Posted Apr 18, 2008 0:39 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I don't think the complaint is over the fact that there are links. It's that they're in the lead.
One of the few lessons I remember from a high school journalism class is that the first few sentences (the "lead") are the most important and should be dense in information as to what the article is about and why the reader wants to read it. It should be extremely easy to read.
Without even considering the hyperlinks, this lead would get an F in my class. It's a run-on sentence with the verb near the end, containing uninteresting details such as the name of the place the students live and the official legal name of the defendant.
The links just add insult to injury because they are rendered for most people in a different color or font, thus interrupting the reading of the sentence.
In most LWN stories, all that junk in the first two sentences would have appeared much further down in the story.
Posted Apr 18, 2008 11:36 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In that case, I agree: it's really clumsy... but it's also something I've
seen lawyers do over and over (well, without the hyperlinks, this was on
PJ's inhaled the lawyer mojo and habits. It's a terrible disorder. ;}
Posted Apr 19, 2008 20:22 UTC (Sat) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
All in all, it's a crappy way to start a weekly edition.
Posted Apr 19, 2008 22:46 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
A lot of us (more than half the subscriber base? less than half?) also
read it with an overtone of 'watch what the US does with trepidation, but
no one US legal case can affect us in different jurisdictions'.
Its affect on most of the western world, no matter which way it goes, will
be at most indirect.
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