Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Over-linked

 

One of the greatest creations to come from the world of computers is the hyperlink, a method of clicking on a highlighted word or phrase or object to take you immediately to another location or file. It’s especially useful on sites such as Ricochet, because it allows you to reference other sites or articles or documents without having to include them in the main post. In that sense, the hyperlink is a bit like the footnote, except that it allows you to include an entire article rather than just crediting the article.

The problem, however, is that some people have fallen in love with hyperlinking, and some online blogs now contain more highlighted words than un-highlighted ones. By the time you’ve clicked on a link and gone to another source and then, perhaps, another, you can almost forget where you started or why. And, frankly, many of the links are to really pointless articles that shed little light on what you’re actually trying to read.

Hyperlinks can be abused in other ways such as plugging commercial sites, or getting around a particular site’s prohibition on ad hominem attacks. Material that some might find salacious can be hidden within a link.

Mostly, however, some writers appear to overuse hyperlinks as a way to show they’ve “done their homework” when researching their piece. No matter how far they may stretch the connection, they seem to think, when it comes to hyperlinks, more is better. 

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  1. Yeah...ok. Inactive
    Pat Sajak

    Yeah…ok.

    I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts. Frankly, I’m conflicted on the matter. While I’m not sure I would do it, I wouldn’t put it off limits. Any thoughts? · Mar 22 at 8:20pm

    Mea Culpa. I forgot we were strangers. I’ve read so many posts I feel I know these people. This familiarity contributed to a manners malfunction. I’m sure I would have said an awkward word or two on days when Vanna wore a particularly interesting gown. A few may have grinned, then the remainder of the crew pile on me and I’m looking for a new boom-mic gig.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 4:33 AM PST
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  2. Foxman Inactive

    ” …[A]llows you to reference other sites or articles or documents without having to include them in the main post.”

    The ones I find most annoying are the ones where the entire content of the article is in in the main post.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 5:40 AM PST
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  3. Nickolas Inactive
    Pat Sajak:

    Hyperlinks can be abused in other ways such as … getting around a particular site’s prohibition on ad hominem attacks.

    Now there’s a use I’ve never seen before.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 5:44 AM PST
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  4. Yeah...ok. Inactive

    Did the intern write this?

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    • March 23, 2011, at 5:50 AM PST
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  5. Dave Carter Contributor

    I know. It gets ridiculous sometimes, doesn’t it?

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    • March 23, 2011, at 5:59 AM PST
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  6. Underground Conservative Coolidge

    Yes! Finally the truth has been spoken! Another fine post of peeves by Mr. Sajak. I only need one browser window to read it. Thank you.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:00 AM PST
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  7. Pat Sajak Contributor
    Pat Sajak Post author
    Dave Carter: I know. It gets ridiculous sometimes, doesn’t it? · Mar 22 at 5:59pm

    On the other hand, Dave, you’ve shown how valuable a link can be.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:06 AM PST
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  8. Risky Inactive
    Yeah…ok.: Did the intern write this? · Mar 22 at 5:50pm

    Lighten up, Francis.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:07 AM PST
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  9. Profile Photo Member

    Sajak, you’ve undermined your whole argument by using appropriately comical links!

    I may be an over-linker; I never feel like I’m stretching reason by linking to something in a post on my terrific website, but I do sometimes notice paragraphs with a link in every sentence…

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:15 AM PST
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  10. Sally Member

    I for one want to thank Pat for this wonderfully lighthearted post. I really, really needed to laugh out loud. Have waaaaaaay too many things on my plate at the moment and the stress was about to get to me.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:33 AM PST
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  11. Dave Carter Contributor
    Pat Sajak
    Dave Carter: I know. It gets ridiculous sometimes, doesn’t it? · Mar 22 at 5:59pm
    On the other hand, Dave, you’ve shown how valuable a link can be. · Mar 22 at 6:06pm

    It’s the least I can do, Pat. And I’m well known for doing the least.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 6:39 AM PST
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  12. EJHill Podcaster

    Pat Sajak – Now with more links than Jimmy Dean!

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:07 AM PST
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  13. Pat Sajak Contributor
    Pat Sajak Post author
    Yeah…ok.

    Pat Sajak

    Yeah…ok.

    I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts. Frankly, I’m conflicted on the matter. While I’m not sure I would do it, I wouldn’t put it off limits. Any thoughts? · Mar 22 at 8:20pm
    Mea Culpa. I forgot we were strangers. I’ve read so many posts I feel I know these people. This familiarity contributed to a manners malfunction. I’m sure I would have said an awkward word or two on days when Vanna wore a particularly interesting gown. A few may have grinned, then the remainder of the crew pile on me and I’m looking for a new boom-mic gig. · Mar 23 at 4:33am

    All is forgiven. Please don’t be discouraged from future posts or comments. I won’t.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:20 AM PST
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  14. Pat Sajak Contributor
    Pat Sajak Post author
    Sally: I for one want to thank Pat for this wonderfully lighthearted post. I really, really needed to laugh out loud. Have waaaaaaay too many things on my plate at the moment and the stress was about to get to me. · Mar 23 at 6:33am

    Thanks, Sally. I’ve always looked at being a diversion as a noble calling!

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:22 AM PST
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  15. Yeah...ok. Inactive
    Risky
    Yeah…ok.: Did the intern write this? · Mar 22 at 5:50pm
    Lighten up, Francis. · Mar 22 at 6:07pmEdited on Mar 22 at 06:10 pm

    Duly chastised, yet with some residual defiance (pride is a problem with me).

    I should have wrote.

    Oh barrister, could I wait for a fresh pot please, this coffee seems a bit weak.

    I’m no Pat Sajak. At best I’m a Kenneth-wannabe, but are we not allowed to criticize contributor posts?

    Listening to Mr. Sajak on podcasts he seems a very intelligent, articulate and funny man; certainly more gracious than I. So when I see his byline I expect quite a bit because he is so talented and quick witted extemporaneously. It’s Pat’s own fault. No one is surprised when I write prose of little value. Sorry, but this read like he mailed it in and sent someone to find cute links.

    If they added a “Dislike” button I would never criticize anything.

    I’ll never post again if EJHILL can add graphics to his posts.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:34 AM PST
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  16. Tommy De Seno Contributor

    Then there’s this hyperlink of an incredibly beautiful woman that no man can resist clicking!

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:46 AM PST
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  17. EJHill Podcaster

    First off, I need to dispel rumors that Mr. Yeah…ok is my agent. But this link is for him.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:47 AM PST
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  18. Liver Pate Inactive

    Kids, cover your eyes.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 7:57 AM PST
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  19. Yeah...ok. Inactive
    EJHill: First off, I need to dispel rumors that Mr. Yeah…ok is my agent. But this link is for him. · Mar 22 at 7:47pm

    I guess I am a jerk. The truth hurts sometimes. Back to the carapace.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 8:15 AM PST
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  20. Pat Sajak Contributor
    Pat Sajak Post author
    Yeah…ok.

    I’m no Pat Sajak. At best I’m a Kenneth-wannabe, but are we not allowed to criticize contributor posts?

    Listening to Mr. Sajak on podcasts he seems a very intelligent, articulate and funny man; certainly more gracious than I. So when I see his byline I expect quite a bit because he is so talented and quick witted extemporaneously. It’s Pat’s own fault. No one is surprised when I write prose of little value. Sorry, but this read like he mailed it in and sent someone to find cute links.

    For the record, I found my own cute links. I don’t necessarily disagree with your criticism (especially when you ascribe it to my having set the bar so high), but, on a serious note, I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts. Frankly, I’m conflicted on the matter. While I’m not sure I would do it, I wouldn’t put it off limits. Any thoughts?

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    • March 23, 2011, at 8:20 AM PST
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  21. Kennedy Smith Inactive

    Some of your links traumatized me emotionally, Pat, leading to mental disfigurement. I’m suing for the price of a venti latte. Or preferably its equivalent in Valu-Rite vodka-style spirits.

    On the strangers thing, I’ll never forget that story on the podcast about the person who came up to Vanna and asked “how old are you?” What????

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    • March 23, 2011, at 8:43 AM PST
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  22. Risky Inactive
    Pat Sajak
    Yeah…ok.

    For the record, I found my own cute links. I don’t necessarily disagree with your criticism (especially when you ascribe it to my having set the bar so high), but, on a serious note, I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts. Frankly, I’m conflicted on the matter. While I’m not sure I would do it, I wouldn’t put it off limits. Any thoughts? · Mar 22 at 8:20pm

    “Did the intern write this?” Yeah…Ok

    I saw Pat’s post as extremely light hearted, worthy of light hearted, even humorous responses…no biggy, really. I saw the initial condemnation as a blanket criticism of interns as much or more than looking for serious discourse in the wrong place. Cavalier criticism of people for their posts only make people more apprehensive to post. If you don’t like a thread…find one you like. Just a suggestion. I really didn’t want to condemn your comment, because I didn’t want to start this. Sorry.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 8:55 AM PST
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  23. Sisyphus Member

    Guys! Guys! Nix it! If we’re mean to Pat, Vanna won’t ever come by!

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    • March 23, 2011, at 9:05 AM PST
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  24. Risky Inactive

    Speaking of overlinking.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 9:17 AM PST
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  25. EJHill Podcaster
    Pat Sajak …on a serious note, I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts

    I think if someone asks for a critique we should oblige, otherwise you generously forgive the typos and the occasional dropped letter and appreciate each other’s intellectual curiosity.

    I’ve been writing for broadcasting so long that I know I am a horrible formal writer. If I ever tried to write mystery fiction I’d end up in an inverted pyramid and tell everybody who did it in the lede.

    And those ellipses of mine… used to designate a pause… for the copy to be read… by the voiceover announcer… (ACK!)

    Your writing is never the same after you spend hours writing local television commercials, especially for an auto mechanic that buys time so his little girl can get airtime and a resume tape – and her only “talent” is baton twirling. (So we chromakeyed her doing her baton schtick on top of the carburetor of a 1979 Dodge Aspen! Emmy-winning stuff, that!)

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    • March 23, 2011, at 9:21 AM PST
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  26. Profile Photo Member
    Yeah…ok.

    Risky

    Yeah…ok.: Did the intern write this? · Mar 22 at 5:50pm
    Lighten up, Francis. · Mar 22 at 6:07pm

    Edited on Mar 22 at 06:10 pm

    Duly chastised, yet with some residual defiance (pride is a problem with me). I should have wrote.Oh barrister, could I wait for a fresh pot please, this coffee seems a bit weak.

    I’m no Pat Sajak. At best I’m a Kenneth-wannabe, but are we not allowed to criticize contributor posts?

    Listening to Mr. Sajak on podcasts he seems a very intelligent, articulate and funny man; certainly more gracious than I. So when I see his byline I expect quite a bit because he is so talented and quick witted extemporaneously. It’s Pat’s own fault. No one is surprised when I write prose of little value. Sorry, but this read like he mailed it in and sent someone to find cute links.

    If they added a “Dislike” button I would never criticize anything.

    I’ll never post again if EJHILL can add graphics to his posts. · Mar 22 at 7:34pm

    You don’t want to be Kenneth. It attracts stalkers.

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    • March 23, 2011, at 9:23 AM PST
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  27. Diane Ellis Contributor
    Pat Sajak

    For the record, I found my own cute links. I don’t necessarily disagree with your criticism (especially when you ascribe it to my having set the bar so high), but, on a serious note, I’d love for us to kick around the idea of being critical of each other’s work, not so much on the merit of a particular argument, but on the quality of individual posts. Frankly, I’m conflicted on the matter. While I’m not sure I would do it, I wouldn’t put it off limits. Any thoughts?

    This was an incredibly gracious response, Pat. While I know you can take the criticism, generally I’d like to ask our members to be courteous with our contributors. You contributors write because you believe in our mission and in the community we’re trying to build here. No one deserves rude criticism (in fact, rudeness is a violation of our CoC), and as member Risky says above, rudeness only makes folks apprehensive to post and engage here.

    I’d ask our members (and I’m looking at you, Yeah…Ok) to make a concerted effort to be more courteous from now on.

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  28. Sisyphus Member

    Personally, I have always tried to take this snippet from the CoC to heart: Imagine you’re a guest at a dinner party with a group of seemingly nice people you don’t know… how would you handle yourself?

    In this particular construct, almost everyone is greeted warmly with genuine enthusiasm, while maybe a couple are usually dodged to avoid the sort of awkward exchange Mrs. Sisyphus will lecture me about later. (Mrs. Sisyphus, it should be acknowledged, is not entirely predictable in these matters. Occasionally it’s, “Are you going to let that pass?” Or, “Take that one out back and…discourage him.”)

    Mrs. Sisyphus is a woman of many, many euphemisms. But I digress.

    Based on my experience so far, there are few Ricos I would not accept a dinner invitation from. And, then, almost always because they have cats and I’m very allergic.

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  29. Tommy De Seno Contributor

    No mentioned that I “Rick rolled” Pat Sajak in comment 12?

    I guess Rick Rolling is way out of style on the Internet.

    My “brush with celebrity” story I was going to tell at cocktail parties, that I Rick Rolled Pat Sajak, shall never come to be.

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  30. Andrea Ryan Member
    Dave Carter: I know. It gets ridiculous sometimes, doesn’t it? · Mar 22 at 5:59pm

    That was funny. :-)

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    • March 23, 2011, at 11:44 AM PST
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