Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Auto blogging "rules"

With the recent "explosion" of automotive bloggers I've noticed a few aren't following the rules of the road so to speak with regards to giving credit. It could be due to pure ignorance, but regardless there are a few rules to live by. If the group doesn't agree or have more to add, let's hear it.

Always give linkage (this is for blogs, not online magazines). If you took a photo or story idea from a site a simple hat tip is needed. "[from Jalopnik]" as an example. If covering simple press announcements it is not necessary to give a hat tip even if you discovered the release on another blog. But if anything is even slightly original there should be credit given.

If snagging photos watch out for anything that says "AP" "Getty" and of course spy photos. For most spy photos only a snippet is allowed. Like this one.

And yes, our blog gives lots of link love.


Blogger Croak said...

Lol, I just posted on that particular picture..and left plenty of credit.

11:11 AM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

And you can use the provided image too if you want. That goes for everybody. If you ever want to use a MPH image let me know and i'll size it for your site. Since I know our page isn't easy to snag photos from.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Croak said...

Macromedia hasn't figured out a way to stop prt scr and some creative cropping. ;)

But when I see a site that's gif-masking or using Flash to protect pictures, that's a pretty good indicator that they don't want them distributed (or worse, hot-linked), and I don't harvest them for my site.

I'll break that rule if it's a manufacturer..You should have seen me digging pictures out of one of Hamann's .pdf brochures today. ;)

2:10 PM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

well originally I had never intended the images to be flash it's just the way it worked out with how we had the flash on the homepage. It was easier this way and since we do invest in our photography it gives us more security. Of course anyone can do a print screen and crop job.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Cars! Cars! Cars! said...

Ugh, I always assume this is about me. :/ Just like when I walk past teenage girls and they start giggling. It's not the giggling so much, but the pointing at me, shoving me down and making me cry. AND taking my lunch money...

I usually go through all the news sites first and then the blogs and then pick out what interests me. I try to be careful about where I get what from and always try to attribute. In fact, I use a Mac and this nifty (open source, too) application called Smultron. I made little attribute dealies that I can just drag into the text so I don't make typos or anything...

8:25 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

This is really good stuff.
Etiquette of the "Hat Tip"
seems to be an integral part
of the culture of Auto-bloggers.
Indecently, as I've sat and listened to reports by my classmates on other blogging communities I've noticed that the
auto-bloggers seem to be the most
Gregarious and responsive bunch out there. Other catagories of bloggers show more interest in the subject matter and less concern about one another as individuals.
One study showed that some catagories of bloggers are drawn to blogging because they can put their ideas and opinions out there in a manner that allows them to still be intriverted and insular.
This blog site inparticular shows that you folks are not insular. On the contrary, you are are socialble and out-going blogger community.

7:19 AM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

well outgoing I don't know and there is a pretty cutthroat competition among the big boys. But there is something about the topic that warrants more responsibility of where the information is coming from. We could all be on forums coming up with rumors but what good does that do. Being able to point to an Autoweek article, even if they have an anon source, is better than not attributing.

CCC, no it was not about you at all. Some of the newer blogs are posting full spy photos etc that they shouldn't be but after a friendly email they usually fix things.

8:23 AM  

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