On Attribution

Marco's not a curator.

Now: to whom, and by what mechanism, should I attribute my "discovery" of this recent tempest in a teapot? 

Gruber got me thinking about all this last Summer, and I think his observations hold up. The upshot is: don't mislead your readers, and don't steal other peoples' work. To ensure the former, make attribution as clear and simple as possible so your readers to understand what you're reporting and where you got your information. To ensure the latter, don't obfuscate links or via's or hat-tips in some convoluted way.

I consider myself a collector and disseminator of internet ephemera. A guy who points out interesting things. A Jason Kottke for sub-urbane suburbanites. I make no pretense of offering anything profound or even important in any lasting sense. I will occasionally offering some supplementary commentary when I think I have something funny or clever or insightful to add, but that's about it.

But before I click "publish" I always ask myself: am I contributing something of value to my readers' lives? Or is this a net drain on the world's scarce resources of time and attention? I've deleted many, many posts after having written and scheduled them for publication because I ultimately decided the answers to these questions were wrong.