Something for Nothing
Not too long ago I had to deal with a somewhat-new e[lust] participant who seemed to be “innocently” doing his best to just barely follow the posted rules of e[lust]. When I first created the list of participation rules, I didn’t go into exact detail about what constitutes a proper re-posting of the digest and what does not. I, naively, thought that it was obvious and that people wouldn’t be assholes about it.
I was wrong.
This past weekend I had to email participants of the digests the afore-mentioned person was included in and let them know that they can/should remove his links. Why? Because he decided that he didn’t give a shit about everybody else; he didn’t like the way e[lust] posts made his blog look (give me a minute to stop laughing at that) and when I told him that he had to follow the rules and re-publish the editions in a certain way (the way everybody else does) he quietly appeared to agree. He posted it correctly.
Until, he didn’t. It occured to me to check up on him after a couple of weeks. I guess I wasn’t all that surprised to find that he had pulled the most recent edition (#19). I was surprised to see he went back and pulled the other edition (#16).
e[lust] is my baby. It’s my big project. To diss it is to diss me. To have no respect for it is to have no respect for me AND for all your peers who participate. Think about it. Everybody else follows the rules and re-posts it….what makes you a special snowflake? It irks me when people don’t re-post it and I have to harass them. But it infuriates me when someone does this – purposely thumbs their nose at the rules, at me, and at everybody else in the blogging community by pulling the posts from their site.
This means that their links are being published on 50-some other sites, and they are not reciprocating. 50-some other blogs of varying Pagerank and popularity are giving this guy “Google juice” and he does not deserve it. Sure, one of the editions I removed him from is a few months old. The chances of someone clicking on his link from a post on your blog from 3 months ago? Not going to happen much. But the links are there and are helping him out.
He doesn’t deserve our help.
I’m pretty fuckin offended and I think you should be, too.
People who think they are better than everyone else…..people who join in community projects and think they’re above doing their equal part and giving back….I have no respect for them. Selfish hypocrisy gets to me. There’s a few bloggers now that I used to like/respect and now I cannot tolerate. Common decency and a little respect for your peers is such a small thing to do, it baffles me that some can’t be bothered.