The mistakes of being Michael Martinez (web design)
- --- In mythsoc@y..., odzer@a... wrote:
> Michael writestime...<
> >Get in the habit of doing it right the first time and every
> yow, I feel a bit intimidated by this admonishment, as I make allI wouldn't say that at all. You have no idea of how many times I've
> too many mistakes in this life, but if it includes a sense of 'try
> your best to get it right from start, being careless and then
> backtracking to repair is a bad strategy' that is something I can
> live with, and something for me to work towards.Obviously, you
> employ it well
slaved over a small page, looked at it carefully, examined everything
again, and posted it...only to find I misspelled something, left out
some important link, or otherwise made a complete fool of myself.
Many times I have posted pages which looked good on my PC and ended
up not appearing at all on the Web site.
My mistakes have taught me to rely on automation as much as
possible. At the very least, embarassing myself with simple typos is
not nearly so humiliating as spending two days promoting a site no
one can see.
> >I manage over 100 Web sites, which cover more than 50,000 pages ofIn my self-appointed megalomania, I try to be all things to all
> WOW! Any suggestions in particular for us to visit? These are
> covering many, many topics, I guess, and some you just manage for
people, although I have not written any hate-speech sites. No, they
are mostly all my own. I do write a regular column for Suite101. My
personal interests are many and varied, and I like to be creative.
So I have created many Web sites. I've turned some of them over to
other people, though.
> ps looking at "Writing with Sources-A Guide for Harvard Students"I used to find many university Web sites with guidelines about what
> (published 1998, so perhas out of date?), I notice that it is
> rather brief in its discussion of electronic sources, which topic
> is discussed briefly on just 3 seperate pages out of 60 in all, and
> also with the proviso that "conventions for listing electronic
> references may not exist for some time..." However, this booklet is
> concerned with when and how to use, and how to identify, and
> incorporate anoth. It is not interested in commercial copyright
students could and/or should (or should not) include on their pages.
I don't know if those sites are still out there.
By and large, I would say that most of the Tolkien fan sites take
extreme liberties with copyrights and trademarks, just as the
majority of fan sites do for nearly all topics in science fiction and
The sites least likely to violate trademarks and copyrights are those
constructed by people with some experience in the trade and
publishing practices: people who know the law well enough to set
themselves barriers that, in Bombadilian fashion, they will not cross.
I walk a fine line myself, and probably have crossed it a few times.
But I try not to exceed the tolerances of the studios and publishing
houses. Most of them seem to tolerate SOME unauthorized usage, but
they'll come down hard on fan sites which they feel are being
excessively liberal in their interpretations of "fair use".
For years, the online fandom communities argued that their sites were
helping to promote shows and books, and thus enriching the
trademarked and copyrighted properties. While the legal communities
of the affected industries have conceded some ground on this issue,
they have remained vigilant against the dilution of their clients'
And I'm not convinced any real equilibrium has been reached.
Unauthorized use of protected materials has reached epidemic
proportions, and intellectual property rights are fast becoming
caught between two polar extremes. One extreme is represented by the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the other extreme is represented
by freeform communities such as the Webmasters, the song-swappers,
episode and movie archivists, and others.
People like me, who both create and reuse content, are being squeezed
in the middle. I don't want other people to benefit from my work
without giving me some due credit (and compensation if they are
making money). But I don't want to be priggish, either. My essays,
for example, would not exist if it weren't for the work of others.
And I wrote them mostly to share my thoughts with others, not to get
rich. I have made some good money from my writing, but I do not
support myself from it.
I think everyone's perspective changes once they begin to focus on
supporting themselves through their creative efforts.
Well, I guess that's enough prattling. Perhaps I just made another
mistake. That's me.