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Rick Merrill

William said:
Next time please post the essence of the text; the above pointer
requires registration, and some people don't want to do that.

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Moderator:
Registration is free and I have yet to receive any e-mail
from the NY Times. I thought only Harlan was averse to
registering. Of course I registered using Susan's name <g>
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Angrie.Woman

Rick Merrill said:
William Brenner wrote:

Next time please post the essence of the text; the above pointer
requires registration, and some people don't want to do that.
Or copy the URL and go to www.bugmenot.com . (Ironically, it
is recommended by the New York Times.)

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply

Rick said:
William Brenner wrote:

Next time please post the essence of the text; the above pointer
requires registration, and some people don't want to do that.
Bug Me Not is your friend, and if you use Firefox, you can
get an extension to just right-click and use it. :)
 
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MTW

Rick said:
Next time please post the essence of the text; the above
pointer requires registration, and some people don't want to
do that.
I'll "second" your suggestion.

MTW
 
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William Brenner

I cannot express how much I regret having so inconvenienced
some of the previous posters.

It will not happen again.
 
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MTW

No one forces you to register. I am at NY Times, and many
other sites. I think they have a right to ask for this for a
free service.
Actually, the part of the suggestion I was seconding was
that the posting contain the essence of the text, rather
than merely a link. After all, the answer to most questions
on this board would otherwise be:

http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.php

<grin>

MTW
 
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William Brenner

Firstly. I believe that the thread title adequately describes the
article content.
Secondly. Those who choose to not register are perfectly free to not do
so. But please don't blame the OP. At one time, I posted the full text
of articles and was chastised for doing so.
Thirdly. As of this writing, there are seven responses. Not one of them
concerns itself with the article content.

Fourthly. I suggest a dictionary search of "essence".

Fifthly. I give up.
 
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Victor Roberts

MTW said:
Actually, the part of the suggestion I was seconding was
that the posting contain the essence of the text, rather
than merely a link. After all, the answer to most questions
on this board would otherwise be:

http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.php

<grin>
I disagree that these are equivalent. I would rather see the full news
article then the poster's summary. There are copyright issues
associated with posting the whole article, or perhaps even parts.
Also, more text in the message just makes more work for the moderator.
For tax code questions a link would often take you to a larger
document that must be searched to find the answer, and also usually
requires professional interpretation. However, if the link takes the
reader _directly_ to a story on a Web site that does not charge for
access, that seems to be more efficient in bandwidth, time of the
moderator and even time of the reader.
I understand you object to (some?) newspaper Web sites that require
registration, even if it is free. There are times when I decide that
my interest in an article is not worth the time required to register
at yet another newspaper Web site, but that is my decision at that
time and does not change my opinion that links to news articles are
more useful and efficient than summaries.
 
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Frederick Jorden

Actually, the part of the suggestion I was seconding was
that the posting contain the essence of the text, rather
than merely a link. After all, the answer to most questions
on this board would otherwise be:

http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.php
If you feel compelled to post the essence of the article
that is linked you can fee free to do it yourself. The
beauty of the internet is the interconnectedness of
information. I follow links all the time and have learned
many many things by this activity.
 
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MTW

Victor said:
I would rather see the full news
article then the poster's summary.
I'm the reverse, I rather see the poster's comments on the
article, ie: why is the information important, why should we
care, is the article full of crap, or whatever. Otherwise,
this group will simply turn into a list of links, like a
google search. <snooze>

MTW
 

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