REDUX: On when a Guardian's name appears

Scot Kamins kamins at
Wed Oct 26 19:10:29 EDT 2005

On Oct 26, 2005, at 10:31 AM, Bill DiBenedetto wrote:

> The old journalist and editor in me says: You get the byline when  
> the story
> is published.

Then I agreed and said that's the way we'll do it.

But then I remembered what that great unadopted ML poet John Milton  
said: "They also serve who only stand and wait."

One of the most important services of the Guardian is link-checking:  
making sure that links are alive and confirming that they go to  
engaging and accurate information. The act of checking is, as far as  
I'm concerned, a form of "publishing the story."

Thus when a prospective Guardian confirms that s/he has checked links  
on a page even if it's just to confirm that the links are live, it  
seems to me that that person should be awarded Guardianship {Why does  
that sound pretentious?}; this should be the case even if no new  
links are suggested.


       `\|||/                     Scot Kamins

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