+ADw-html+AD4- +ADw-head+AD4- +ADw-title+AD4-The Vent +ACM-623: Missing linkage+ADw-/title+AD4- +ADw-link rel+AD0AIg-stylesheet+ACI- type+AD0AIg-text/css+ACI- href+AD0AIg-../ventnew.css+ACI- title+AD0AIg-stylevent+ACIAPg- +ADw-/head+AD4- +ADw-body bgcolor+AD0AIgAj-330000+ACIAPg- +ADw-table width+AD0-85+ACU- border+AD0-0 cellpadding+AD0-24+AD4- +ADw-tr+AD4APA-td bgcolor+AD0AIgAj-fffaf0+ACIAPg- +ADw-p+AD4- +ADw-span class+AD0-bigcap+AD4-T+ADw-/span+AD4-his particular site has been around for rather a long time, but it's not the only one I operate: I have a few +ACYAIw-151+ADs- okay, three +ACYAIw-151+ADs- other domains aimed at specific, narrow audiences, as distinguished from the prevailing ethic around these parts, which is to throw all manner of stuff against the wall and see if it sticks. And as a general rule, once it gets to the wall, it stays there: there have been one or two instances where I thought something might cause unnecessary grief to someone and deleted it, and there was +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://dustbury.com/vent/vent233.html+ACIAPg-one actual lawsuit threatened+ADw-/a+AD4-, though this was for trademark misuse, a matter easily remedied by removing all references to said trademark. +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- Recently, though, I was thrown for something of a loop. On one of those other sites, I posted a link to what was apparently the beginning of a much longer story, quoting a paragraph or two (maybe a fifth, a sixth of the source material), with a note to the effect that I'd like to see more of this+ADs- why, I'd even pay for the finished product. +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- The author was not happy with what I'd said and/or done, and left the following comment: +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-blockquote+AD4- Hi, this is the writer of that excerpt you've posted. While I appreciate that you enjoy my work, I would have been more appreciative if you had asked to post it in advance. +ADw-br+AD4APA-br+AD4- I couldn't find another way to contact you, so sorry for the semi-rude comment. Once again, I appreciate the sentiment, but please ask. +ADw-/blockquote+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- Not quite sure how to respond, I decided to delete the original post, which perforce removed the comment as well, and sent a reply to the author advising that the thread had been removed, and please accept my apologies. +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- I didn't obsess over this until a couple of days ago, when +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id+AD0-7918+ACIAPg-this product description appeared on Woot:+ADw-/a+AD4- +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-blockquote+AD4- In case your monitor can't display pictures, or you're black-white colorblind, or you've never seen an iPod before, let's make this clear: this iPod comes with white earbuds and white earbuds only. +ADw-br+AD4APA-br+AD4- We say this to pre-empt another ugly situation +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-http://consumerist.com/5063307/woot-customer-demands-non+existent-black-ipod-headphones+ACIAPg-like the one we had with Millard+ADw-/a+AD4-, the customer who demanded satisfaction after we had the temerity to send white earbuds with his black iPod. +ADw-br+AD4APA-br+AD4- Not mollified by the fact that Apple only makes white earbuds, Millard grumbled that now his daughter would lack a properly color-coordinated personal media solution. So he went out and paid +ACQ-29 for black earbuds somewhere else and laid the blame at our feet. Despite our humongous photo of said iPod with white earbuds, despite everybody on Earth except Millard knowing that Apple's white earbuds are iconic and ubiquitous, Millard still insisted that we +ACI-do something to off-set my additional expense+ACI- because he +ACI-felt mislead.+ACI- We're a funny species, aren't we? +ADw-/blockquote+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- In fact, +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://dustbury.com/archives/6156+ACIAPgA8-em+AD4-I+ADw-/em+AD4- picked up on the Millard story here.+ADw-/a+AD4- +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- And I wondered: Nobody is sparing Millard's feelings, obviously. Did I cut too much slack to that author? Should I have said, +ADw-em+AD4AIg-Toughski shitski, Rabinowitz+ADw-small+AD4APA-sup+AD4-1+ADw-/sup+AD4APA-/small+AD4-, the post stays?+ACIAPA-/em+AD4- +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- Ultimately, I decided that I'd done the right thing: whatever the author's reasons for objecting to what I'd said, I'm not in a position to pass judgment on the validity of those reasons. The post remains deleted. +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- This is not, however, my preferred means of dealing with material which subsequently proved questionable. Early on in my Web career, if that's the term for it, I wrote a scathing letter to one of those third-party auto-service-plan providers, and +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://dustbury.com/vent/vent121.html+ACIAPg-posted it as a Vent+ADw-/a+AD4-. Shortly thereafter, I got a response from the company, and a phone call from one of its executives, which didn't do anything to relieve the big hole in my budget, but which did persuade me that I'd misread the terms of coverage. I left the original article in place, but tacked on the company's letter and added a reminder to all to +ACI-read the fine print,+ACI- something I didn't do. I suppose I could have taken that item down, but if it makes them look bad, it makes me look worse +ACYAIw-151+ADs- clearly I was at fault in this matter +ACYAIw-151+ADs- so I chose to leave it up. Besides, it was up more than long enough to have insinuated its way into the +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-http://www.archive.org/web/web.php+ACIAPg-Wayback Machine+ADw-/a+AD4-, where it presumably would never die no matter what I said. +ADw-/p+AD4- +ADw-p+AD4- +ADw-em+AD4-1. 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