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Old 10-15-14, 10:49 AM
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Re: Tweets, Music and Texts - As a Teen Study Aid!

[MOD NOTE: Split off from another thread that contained a link to an article from the Wall Street Journal.]

I'm confused about posting links here. I thought we weren't supposed to post links to any site that contains advertisements. I've been copying and pasting articles in order to avoid that. I'd appreciate it if one of the moderators would please clarify the policy of posting links. Thank you.
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Old 10-15-14, 07:28 PM
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Re: Linking to articles -- what's OK and what's not OK?

The intent of ADDF's guidelines on links is to prevent ADDF from becoming a platform for promoting commercial websites (like those whose clear purpose is to advertise books, sell merchandise, or promote a professional's services) or for diverting traffic to other forums instead of keeping the conversations going here.

Links to articles published/hosted by major mass media outlets (like the BBC, CBC, CNN, CBS, New York Times, AP, Reuters, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, etc.) and websites sponsored by registered not-for-profit organizations (like LDOnline, Wikipedia, etc.) are generally OK to post as long as the articles don't violate other guidelines.

Making this distinction has gotten a little trickier as many of these "mainstream" and non-profit sites have added stores, forums, increased advertising, etc.
But so as not to squelch discussion, these sites have been grandfathered in.

When in doubt, you have several options:

- Copy and paste an excerpt from the article, and name (but don't link) the source in your post.

- Go to www.printfriendly.com. Paste the original article's URL in the box. It will return a stripped-down version of the page without all the ads and navigation menus. Paste the URL of this "print-friendly" page into your post instead of the original URL.

- Some sites have a built-in "printer-friendly" option that links to a text-only or ad-free version of the page. If that's available, you can use that link. (This can be useful even for major news media sites, as it reduces visual clutter and makes the article easier to read.)

- Some articles are carried / hosted by multiple sites. Sometimes a search will bring up the same article hosted on a site that is clear of ads/forums, and you can link to that version of the article.

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Re: Linking to articles -- what's OK and what's not OK?

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The intent of ADDF's guidelines on links is to prevent ADDF from becoming a platform for promoting commercial websites (like those whose clear purpose is to advertise books, sell merchandise, or promote a professional's services) or for diverting traffic to other forums instead of keeping the conversations going here.
The page you linked to doesn't seem to say anything at all about links.

I'm confused about this policy as well. Is it ok to describe how to find a site to those who are interested (for instance, giving a search string to use in Google)? Or giving the name of a site (such as WrightsLaw) without listing the whole URL (www.wrightslaw.com).

eta -- sorry, just found it, "*No links to other groups, forums or communities in signatures or posts, without the explicit written permission of a Site Admin."
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Re: Linking to articles -- what's OK and what's not OK?

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The page you linked to doesn't seem to say anything at all about links.

I'm confused about this policy as well. Is it ok to describe how to find a site to those who are interested (for instance, giving a search string to use in Google)? Or giving the name of a site (such as WrightsLaw) without listing the whole URL (www.wrightslaw.com).
Hi zette, thanks for the question, and sorry for any lack of clarity.

Here are the relevant portions of the guidelines page cited above that address links to other websites (bolding is mine):
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*Due to complaints about ... content, we have chosen to adopt the following guidelines for ... websites ...
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*No links to warez or illegal materials

*No links to any site for "points". No blind links to generate income.

*No links to other groups, forums or communities in signatures or posts, without the explicit written permission of a Site Admin.
*No links to viruses, fake viruses, or anything which could be of a violent nature to anyone’s PC

*Signatures and websites linked in signatures and posts must be family friendly and must not be blatant attempts to sell products or services. The Website linked in your signature must include a reciprocal link back to www.addforums.com.

** Links to personal blogs do not require a reciprocating link on the personal blog site. Links to all other blogs, including those connected to groups, forums or communities, are required to have a reciprocating link on the first page of the blog site. **
To address your specific question, it's fine to name a website, book, product, or resource in a post if you've found it helpful.

However, if the site is selling something (products or services), or is primarily another community (with message boards/forums), please do not include the hyperlink. As you suggest, people can look up the recommended site, product, or service using their favorite search engine.

Wrightslaw would fall into the "selling something" category, as when I visit the site, there are numerous ads for books and training seminars and videos, and it is not a nonprofit organization.

You can mention the site in your signature and posts, but without the link. If Wrightslaw or another commercial site or community sit ehas a specific article addressing a topic that you think would be helpful to a poster on ADDF, you can use www.printfriendly.com to make an ad-free link to the article. (Just paste the URL of the article on Wrightslaw into the box on the PrintFriendly site, and then paste the URL of the "print-friendly" page in your post.) It looks like Wrightslaw may also have the option to click for a "print-friendly" version of their pages that don't have the ads on them, and linking to the ad-free version of those specific articles would be OK as well.

Does that help? Let me know if you need further clarification.
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