Mick Morrison has been irked.
I’ve run into a similar problem with AoB Blog. The way the feeds work, the headline can point to an external link and not the blog post. So if the post is just “Hey look at this!” I can put the external link into the headline so that Twitter and Facebook feeds point directly to the linked page. If that’s a story about a science paper where should I link to?
For AoB Blog I’ve decided that the scientific paper is what matters. If the news story links to the paper, I can link to the news story so the finder gets credit and a page view. If they don’t I’ll link to the paper in the headline and not the news site. They’ll still get a credit but only in the text of the blog post — which people following AnnBot on Twitter or Facebook will miss.
What I’m wondering is if I should just make that a general rule. Some reporters genuinely do add something when writing up a story. Many others reheat highlights from the press-release. If I can find the original papers when thinking about linking to a story then I’m sure I could reheat the abstract and put the direct link into the original paper. I would like to give credit to people who point at interesting things. At the same time how much does it add to link to a news story that adds nothing and doesn’t help you find a paper? Is it enough to simply add Heads-up AP with a link to ap.org as a credit?
Do more Research Blogging is usually near the top of my to-do list. One of the features I really like about the Research Blogging website is the insistence on linking back to the source paper if you want to be aggregated there. I think the idea of hard and fast rules for blogging is a bit silly, but I am thinking that if the story is about the research and the news site is not adding anything then it’s the research that should be the highlighted link in a blog post.
In related news the redesign of AoB Blog seems to be finished. The thing I like on the front page is the featured items slider that it pulls the first DOI link from a post and makes a Get Article button. Now the AoB redesign is finished I’m in no rush to change this site’s template, but when I do I might look at whether I can reuse the code for my website.Google+