Maria spoke about attribution less as an obligation and more as an enabler of deep, surprising (and perhaps infinite) voyages through information. Through linking, the Internet connects disparate sources in a way that no other medium has before — effectively creating these meta-narratives of discovery. Maria called them ‘rabbit holes.’ With that one phrase, I knew that the site should demonstrate pathways of attribution by (literally) poking a hole in the Internet to glimpse the pathways of attribution beyond.”
The unicode symbols ᔥ and ↬ are simply shorthand for the familiar "via" and "HT," respectively. While you may still choose to use "via" and "HT" the old-fashioned way – the goal here is to attribute ethically, regardless of how you do it – there are two reasons we are proposing the unicode characters: One, they are a cleaner, more standardized way to attribute. Two, since the characters are wrapped in a hotlink to the Curator's Code site, they serve as messengers for the ethos of the code itself, as people encounter them across the web and click to find out what they represent.
a.) Via! Indicates a link of direct discovery.
b.) hat-tip! Indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.
I feel like such a token," Carr said at one point, addressing his fellow panelists as much as the audience in Austin this weekend. "I'm so glad that you're all here to repackage and repurpose me." Not just repackage, but remove the ads. "Which is, by the way, how I eat." This laugh line is at the heart of the problem, not just for Ad Age but for any publication that relies on page views: as more companies are established that curate other organization’s work, they will have to find ways to make sure that credit — and traffic — goes to the right source.
<via href="http://www.example.com">Zombie Ronald Reagan<via>
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