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Joan, would you please either write a brief synopsis or copy/paste the opening paragraph of what is in a link you post. Many of us dislike blindly clicking on links. I know you wouldn't knowingly plant something malicious. But It's unlikely you've inspected the site either.

Why should one open this link? What's in it for me?

Jim
 

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Joan, would you please either write a brief synopsis or copy/paste the opening paragraph of what is in a link you post. Many of us dislike blindly clicking on links. I know you wouldn't knowingly plant something malicious. But It's unlikely you've inspected the site either.

Why should one open this link? What's in it for me?

Jim

Agreed. I would add, what is your opinion on the matter?

Commonly referred to as a "drive by" post.
 
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I usually do that as well. But not because of the reason you state. I just like to introduce the content. But I totally understand the problem it can create in the Weird Wide World if the internet
 

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Agreed. I would add, what is your opinion on the matter?

Commonly referred to as a "drive by" post.

Or may be referred to as a "hit and run" post... :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit-and-run_posting

Another variety is the sole posting of a URL or link that leads to material that might be used as a discussion primer, but with no added opinion of the poster. It differs from plain spam since forum spam often is posted by spambots, while hit-and-run posting on the other hand is done by a real person. Also, while spam mostly consists of advertising, hit-and-run posts usually have at least some bearing on the topic at hand. However, since the poster doesn't stay around to defend the posted material, or even discuss it, it is considered disrespectful, especially by forum regulars who tend to be angered by the fact that the hit-and-run doesn't become obvious until some or several replies already have been made.
 
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