There's more to linking than crediting sources

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By Paolo Amoroso (

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Paolo Amoroso says:

@tmo For similar reasons I don't share — or read — mainstream or popular media and prefer to focus on little known but valuable corners of the web.

tmo says:

I had this type of train of thought when I wrote the Share and Share alike post from the other day. good to have a blogroll, and to link back to other bloggers, other sites/sites/repos/etc. Good to keep the web, The Web, and not a series of floating bits of information :)

Paolo Amoroso says:

@Dino Thanks, even the limited friction for including links may be too mach for many users.

Dino says:

Good post. This is also one of the reasons the internet was created, to share knowledge/information via hyperlinks. Not doing so goes against the reason it was created in the first place.

Paolo Amoroso says:

@Javo @Numeric Citizen Thank you.

@Javo You make a good point, it's amazing how few users click links and explore outside of their feeds. Even tech-savvy users. This passivity is likely a side effect of walled social platforms.

Numeric Citizen says:

Great post, Paolo. As a content creator, I can say that few people will click the reference link. I keep providing them even though it is more work, it is, as you say, essential to add context to my own content.

Javo says:

Great post, Paolo.

Often times I've come across articles with plenty of sources where some of them do not support the claim made in the referencing text.

It is difficult to assert whether this is done on purpose or due to sloppiness. But in any case, having the sources available gives the reader the opportunity to do more research—as you pointed out in your post.

I think the number of people who actually look at the linked sources is also on decline. Perhaps that contributes to the proliferation of well referenced but low quality articles all over the Internet. (Which reminds me of this playfully clever post: