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excessive links in article

excessive links in article

Posted Apr 18, 2008 0:39 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Turnitin and fair use by nix
Parent article: Turnitin and fair use

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.

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excessive links in article

Posted Apr 18, 2008 11:36 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

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. ;}

excessive links in article

Posted Apr 19, 2008 20:22 UTC (Sat) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

Yes, a lot of us don't know what the case is about, what iParadigms does or even where McLean, Va. is. And we may not be sure that we should care about it -- at least enough to follow and read the links.

All in all, it's a crappy way to start a weekly edition.

excessive links in article

Posted Apr 19, 2008 22:46 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

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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