The Curator’s Code

Regular readers may have noticed some little symbols appearing in posts ( and ) and a slight change in the way I attribute stories or posts.

In blogging there are two basic ways of attributing where ideas of quotes, or indeed whole posts come from.

Until now it was done with words, like ‘via’ or ‘hat tip’

Not only is it polite to acknowledge sources, something the mainstream media is terrible at doing it also shows where you get your influences from and allows the source information to be scrutinized allowing better discussion of issues or topics.

At The Curator’s Code they explain the ethos of linking:

One of the most magical things about the Internet is that it’s a whimsical rabbit hole of discovery – we start somewhere familiar and click our way to a wonderland of curiosity and fascination we never knew existed. What makes this contagion of semi-serendipity possible is an intricate ecosystem of “link love” – a via-chain of attribution that allows us to discover new sources through those we already know and trust.

While we have systems in place for literary citation, image attribution, and scientific reference, we don’t yet have a system that codifies the attribution of discovery in curation as a currency of the information economy, a system that treats discovery as the creative labor that it is.

This is what The Curator’s Code is – a suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work. It’s an effort to make the rabbit hole open, fair, and ever-alluring. This not about policing the Internet from a place of top-down authority, it’s about encouraging respect and kindness among the community.

I read about this and have decided to implement it. Sometimes I may leave it out, but that is more out of laziness than wilful disobedience to the code.

Consider this a part of the ever changing world of Whale Oil Beef Hooked as I seek to continually improve, innovate and stay in front in the blogosphere in NZ.


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  • jay cee

    I’ve had similar experiences in a few letters to editors which were not printed. however a similar theme or even an exact phrase was used by a columnist or journalist about the time my missive should have appeared in print. coincidence? i’m not convinced.but not able to prove otherwise.
     as the saying goes,to copy is to compliment.

    • Salacious T Crumb

       Agreed Jay Cee but what is infuriating is the laziness of the modern churnalist. Very few seem capable of investigating a story properly let alone properly interviewing a subject.

  • Hagues

    “Consider this a part of the ever changing world of Whale Pil Beef Hooked
    as I seek to continually improve, innovate and stay in front in the
    blogosphere in NZ.”

    I see that doesn’t extend to proof-reading ;)

    • Peter Wilson

      ….or rudeness from WO’s guests on his blog. BTW, it’s probably “proofreading.” The hypen is very much frowned upon these days, and should be used sparingly.


      • Sorry Peter – some of us are old farts that like to try and keep English the way we learned in school rather than the bastard version of combining USA and UK English mixed with laziness. It’s a bit like how I HATE the hyphen (note spelling) being used at the end of lines to connect the balance of the word at the start of the next – just so the column looks neat and straight.

      • Peter Wilson

        @ neil

        Just making the point Neil, that none of us have perfect grammar etc, it’s what we’re trying to say is the main thing.

      • Hagues

         Well the point you are trying to make is gay since WO knows I’m just giving him some friendly ribbing. Nothing to do with rudeness at all.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    This could mean excessive use of full stops is frowned upon?
    I do notice the use has receded, but prob due to POAL and MUNZ. There is a container load of full stops waiting to be delivered, but MUNZ won’t touch it