1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Posting source links to back up statements is a must on Metabunk. Statements made without a linked source, and especial statements that paraphrase a source, can be very misleading and will likely be deleted.

    But while links are very important, they must be treated as additional references and not stand-alone content, so any content in the link that you refer to must also be in your post, quoted using "ex" tags.

    If the information is visual, then screen grabs of relevant images must also be included in your comment.

    A brief explanation for why you feel the quote you are quoting is relevant is also required.

    The above also applies to video links. Timestamps (ie hour:minute:second), in text, are required also for
    video links even if you "copy url at current time" in a video.

    Do not paraphrase links unless you are commenting on something you have fully quoted in context.

    Do not quote more than is necessary, the more focussed you are then more likely it is that someone will read what is there, and the more useful your post will be.

    More details:


    The reader should not have to click on a link in order to understand what the post is about. When you link to something to back up something you are discussing then:
    Links themselves are not content, they are references.


    The reader should not have to watch the video in order to understand what is in it.
    • Describe what the video is about, explain how it is relevant.
    • Use time codes to precisely locate the relevant portions of the video (preferably wth the time encoded in a link).
    • Provide a transcript of any important speech or text in the video.
    • Use annotated screen grabs to convey the content.
    • If you can, create an animated looping GIF (under 2MB) of the most relevant part.


    Image attachments should be inserted into the post, not attached at the end where the reader has to click on them. Attachments such as PDF files should be treated as links, with an explanation of what the file contains, and if possible quote the relevant text and/or images.

    Use common sense. The degree to which the above applies will vary with the context.

    [Note: the link policy was formally known as the "no-click" policy, however people often interpreted that as a "no-links" policy. The renaming is intended to reinforce that links are very desirable, and often required]
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
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  2. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    This is one of the best bits of advice...and one that (embarrassingly) I am not yet good at.

    I realize there are easily "Googled" apps, or other sorts of programs to assist this function. I won't post them here, but merely encourage others to 'search' as necessary.
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  3. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    don't forget the "How to" forum. some useful tips there on uploading images and EX tags etc.
    (of course I always forget to check the How To ; )
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  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  5. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    i'm bumping this because of all the slacking lately.
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  6. Balance

    Balance Senior Member

    I have to own it. Relax everyone else, it's just me being me. I've asked for clarification and advice, hopefully I'll improve.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  7. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    trust me, its not just you. :)
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  8. culheath

    culheath New Member

    Excellent policy and should be common sense.
  9. Svartbjørn

    Svartbjørn Senior Member

    If common sense were common, we wouldnt have a forum :p
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