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Old 02-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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are my posts LQ community property?


I've observed both a communitarian ethic (opposition to copyrighting, and users' social obligation to share any code modifications they make) and an individualist/libertarian ethic at work within the Linux community, and have wondered whether they can conflict. Specifically regarding Linuxquestions.org, I have wondered more than once whether anything I say in a post is considered community property once I click "submit." I already know I can't delete posts, but is self-censorship for any reason (such as removing something I said because it embarrasses me) frowned on?
 
Old 02-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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I don't know what half those words mean, but no there's no "Property" angle, it's just messy if people delete content. If you post a problem and ten solve it yourself, just say so, post how and if it was worth you posting, chances are someone else will get stuck there too, no matter how daft you might think it is.
 
Old 02-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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I already know I can't delete posts, but is self-censorship for any reason (such as removing something I said because it embarrasses me) frowned on?
There have been cases where people ahve removed content within posts leaving them empty and thse people have had sanctions applied tot ehm for their actions. So in answer to your question, yes it is frowned upon.
 
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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I don't know what half those words mean, but no there's no "Property" angle, it's just messy if people delete content. If you post a problem and ten solve it yourself, just say so, post how and if it was worth you posting, chances are someone else will get stuck there too, no matter how daft you might think it is.
Removing my content from threads about Linux problems would be obnoxiously inconsiderate. I really have in mind posts in threads that are embarrassing or ephemeral (probably in non-NIX general).
 
Old 02-04-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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I'd suggest you think twice before posting potentially embarrassing nonsense in future.
 
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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There have been cases where people ahve removed content within posts leaving them empty and thse people have had sanctions applied tot ehm for their actions. So in answer to your question, yes it is frowned upon.
Editing a post isn't frowned upon, but in the case you may be thinking of above a member went back and removed 100's of posts many which contained useful information and rendered some threads incomprehensible. THAT is frowned upon...

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Editing a post isn't frowned upon, but in the case you may be thinking of above a member went back and removed 100's of posts many which contained useful information and rendered some threads incomprehensible. THAT is frowned upon...

--jeremy
Editing or removing content entirely? I understood the OP was talking about removing content entirely because we are not able to delete entire posts. I know editing isn't frowned upon, gee I do it often enough so I hope it's not.
 
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Editing a post isn't frowned upon, but in the case you may be thinking of above a member went back and removed 100's of posts many which contained useful information and rendered some threads incomprehensible. THAT is frowned upon...

--jeremy
Thank you. And what about the broader philosophical issue--is what I say community property?
 
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I hope this is in the scope of the thread:
Are my posts here copyright linuxquestions.org or does the copyright remain with me? Apologies if it's in the FAQ but this thread made me think of it.
 
Old 02-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #10
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I hope this is in the scope of the thread:
Are my posts here copyright linuxquestions.org or does the copyright remain with me? Apologies if it's in the FAQ but this thread made me think of it.
Yes, that's really what I meant...
 
Old 02-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #11
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If a message is posted on a bulletin board (including an internet forum), of course it is community "property". Why should it be otherwise? If I post something that is wrong, I can either correct it or post a follow-up correcting the error. If I post something embarrassing, that is my problem. I did not sufficiently consider the content before posting. It is a matter of thinking before speaking. Or in this case, thinking before posting. If one is distraught over it, one could post an apology.
 
Old 02-04-2013, 06:08 PM   #12
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If a message is posted on a bulletin board (including an internet forum), of course it is community "property". Why should it be otherwise?
So, if you post a useful tip here or a funny anecdote you expect not to be allowed to post it anywhere else afterwards?
If you post something illegal do you expect only Jeremy to go to jail and not you?
 
Old 02-04-2013, 06:22 PM   #13
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Sorry for being unclear. My meaning was along the lines of; once the words have been posted, they are in the community. The post is now part of the collection. The decision to remove it does not lie with the poster, but with the community. I hope that expresses my meaning better than my first post.
 
Old 02-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #14
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Sorry for being unclear. My meaning was along the lines of; once the words have been posted, they are in the community. The post is now part of the collection. The decision to remove it does not lie with the poster, but with the community. I hope that expresses my meaning better than my first post.
Yes, sorry, I understand. I tend to agree with you to an extent but I think things like copyright and the need to censor after the fact come into it too.
 
  


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