Early on, humblegunner made me aware of the concerns with blog pimping and I made sure to post the full post/content as much as possible whenever I posted about something from my blog. As far as I know he doesn’t have a problem with my posting. Lately I’ve had more graphic-intense content so it really has to involve a link to the PDF hosted on my blog.
Recently some threads here at FR were pulled because they referenced research done by somebody who is “not welcome on Free Republic”. There were a lot of good comments on that thread, and I had used the thread to consolidate some of what I had learned but haven’t yet done a blog post on. Sort of collecting my thoughts and gathering the links in one place so I could come back to it and post on it. When I came back the next morning the whole thing was gone. All that information that people had posted disappeared down the memory hole, all because the thread addressed content by somebody who is “not welcome at Free Republic”.
Al Sharpton is probably not welcome at Free Republic, but we still have posts that talk about what he’s said.
I know the above scenario is not directly related to the “blog pimping” issue, and I very much appreciate and respect what you said about not wanting to have a generic rule that would cut out a lot of good conservative content. There are always judgment calls to be made, and people will have different opinions on those. I do hope that the moderators and everybody else will respect that people put a lot of time into some of their posts, and to destroy all that because somebody doesn’t like somebody who was mentioned somewhere in the thread is disappointing and frustrating. I hope that the default is towards free speech, trusting that Freepers are intelligent enough to sort out the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s our trademark: Freeper eye for the liberal lie.
One of the reasons I greatly prefer to post the whole content of my blog post here and why I hope other people will post things in their entirety also is because that keeps it from being able to be totally erased from the web. FR archives are SO critical for documenting information that has since been scrubbed - or attempted to be scrubbed - from the web. The waybackmachine keeps some stuff, but the Google people decide what can be accessed and what can’t (and they’re the ones doing the scrubbing anyway, in many cases) AND you can’t access unless you know the exact web address. FR archives have those links. That is really critical stuff. So for anybody who wants their material to stay out there, it makes a LOT of sense to post as much as you possibly can when you post at FR.
That archiving function is a great result of the concern over “blog pimping”. So I guess I can thank the anti-blog-pimping crew for helping to ensure that actual content, and not just links, is preserved in the archives. Thanks for that! =)
I’m glad to hear that you can work out something with the forum. Your particular case sounds a little complicated and I personally can’t think of a solution to your problem off the top of my head but I hope you can come up with something.
The mods are the final word. The pimpbusters are NOT mods. We merely suggest things. And I don’t think you’ll get past the people “not allowed on FR” problem. That’s pretty serious. But that’s just my opinion.
Good luck to you, FRiend.