The internet was built on the idea of reviewing, recommending and referring people to other resources, including quoting and linking to them.
This concept of curation actually goes back hundreds if not thousands of years. It’s an important part of the work done by libraries and museums long before the internet. Also journalism and science have always depended upon the work done by others and both scientists and journalists frequently quote, critique, summarize, analyze and refer to the work of others.
We take the idea of curation seriously. We believe we can add value to our readers by finding and directing them to relevant, timely and interesting articles, videos and content by others.
Standards and expectations about what’s appropriate when excerpting online continue to evolve and different websites have different policies.
Our Goal: Delighted Use
We don’t just want to do what’s “fair use.” We want to do what’s right.
Specifically, we want “Delighted Use.”
This means we want you to be delighted that we
- recommended your article, video or or content,
- quoted it
- commented on it
- debated some of your points
- linked to you and sent readers to see your original material
If you are not delighted to be excerpted and linked to by our website, just let us know.
If you do not want the exposure generated by our readers knowing about and going to see your article, website, video or other content, simply contact us and request your story be taken down.
We will promptly do so and put you on our list of authors and websites to never excerpt or refer our readers to again.
Our Excerpting Guidelines
Our curation is designed to respect your work and send our readers to your website, article, image or video.
- We never quote or re-publish your entire article.
- We never publish without full credit, links and sending you readers.
- We never republish an RSS feed verbatim.
- We never excerpt without the intention of sending you more traffic.
- We always change the headline, and add context, meaning, commentary or analysis.
- We never quote more than about 30 – 40% of any article.
- We never quote more than one article from any site in any one day.
- We never quote more than what is needed to communicate the essence of the article
We excerpt others the way we hope others will excerpt us. If you wish to excerpt our articles or content we expect you to follow these guidelines.
The vast majority of feedback about our excerpts and curated content comes from publishers and authors thanking us for the additional exposure and readership we’ve given them for their material.
Social sharing of your online content gives you more reach and impact. It enhances the effectiveness and profitability of the original website. Since you have good stuff we are glad to give you this exposure.