Following the flurry of responses* that followed my post yesterday, I thought it would be useful to give examples of what is considered to be good and bad message-board quoting etiquette.
The first post in this thread is an excellent example of how to do it right. The poster indicates who wrote the original piece; gives a short summary of what is discussed in that original piece; gives her view of it; provides two brief quotes to illustrate her point; and invites further discussion. Fabulous.
Here’s a not-so-excellent example. You need to scroll down to read post number 13, and then scroll down a little further to read post 17 in the same thread. As I understand it, post number 13 included the entire text of an article from the Times website, but did not provide any link or real attribution to the piece. Consequently, a moderator of the board had to edit that post to cut some of the text and to add a link to the original piece.
Why was this not left to stand? Because in its original form it not only breached copyright laws, it also showed a blatant disrespect for the work of original writer. And while it’s unlikely that the Times would have happened across it, if they had, they would have been perfectly within their rights to demand that it was either taken down or that the host site acquired a license to reproduce such material.
(* Eight comments might not be much elsewhere, but it is a flurry for me. Thank you, all, for taking the time. Do carry on.)