Over a decade ago, FR got taken to court for depriving some major news sources of website hits in an argument over copyright vs. fair use doctrine. The fallout from that was that some sources can no longer be posted on FR. Some require an excerpt with a link to the original source for the full article and some may still be posted in their entirety.
The excerpted articles were generally received as an inconvenience by FReepers at the time since we were used to coming here and reading the full articles and discussing them here. Some links required registration at the sources to read the full articles etc., so it was viewed as a bad thing.
Then, a lot off bloggers came along who, while posting their own content, excerpted it to push hits for their blogs, even though there was no requirement for the articles to be excerpted since the copyright holder (if there was one) was the person posting the article to FR, so excerpting, which was viewed by most folks as a necessary evil to view some source material, became a means for folks to 'pimp' their own blogs, using FR as the street corner.
Subsequently, the view on Vanities has somewhat changed, i.e. if you're a member of FR and feel you have something worth posting that will be thought provoking, intriguing, and want to have it viewed, read and hashed out here on FR, post the whole thing.
We'll let you know what we think of it. 'Blog pimping' is generally frowned upon (except of course by the pimps) by those of us that perceive FR as a conservative community and gathering place. If a person wants to have their blog, article, column, etc. read and discussed here they're certainly welcome to, but it's perceived as disrespectful to use this site as a gateway to draw attention to your stuff posted elsewhere.
Yep, and thats pretty much all someone needs to know.
Some FReepers do have blogs. I have one I never update. heh. I still use its blogroll though.
That information is great. You all have really started me on the right track. Thanks for the history lesson on FR also Joe 6-pack.