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Trip Reports that are links only

Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:29 am

Among the forum rules is one that reads, "Do not post links or references to external websites for forum readers to obtain your own text that could have been posted within the thread itself. This includes links to personal blogs and social networking sites. If they are your own words or images, we ask that you post them here."

Yet, increasingly, in the trip reports forum it is common to open a report only to find the briefest of comment and a link to a personal web site or to a video report. While this makes things easy for the posters, it causes members to move away from Anet if they wish to read the report. Once they do, many might not come back and any discussion that takes place will be conducted in the linked site, not Anet.

My understanding is that Anet is meant to be a forum and not just a link exchange. What do others think? Should members continue simply posting links, or should they write a decent report with a link provided as an extra?
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Re: Trip Reports that are links only

Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:35 am

Yes, I've noticed this, and increasingly too, but have always been too reticent to say anything, partly because trip reports are more personal. I agree it needs be bought to the mods attention and it is good you have. :checkmark:

I think trip reports should be written on the website, perhaps with a link to another source with the same information, at the end. With YouTube videos, I think if they are posted then an essay should accompany the link on A.net as well, not just a token para.
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Re: Trip Reports that are links only

Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:01 pm

I would strongly advise that you report any trip reports that do not fit in with posting guidelines to us moderators, this includes those who promote their own blogs and YouTube channels. We do rely on our users to report these sort of things as unfortunately we are unable to read all threads/posts. When I do come across a trip report that has a link provided to a blog I read the trip report first then go to the blog and read the report there before hitting the delete button. By reading both it paints a clear picture of content in both. While it is easy just to delete the trip report once we see the link to the blog it allows us to take note of what is different between the trip report and whats in the blog and allows us to refer back to that if the user queries why their trip report has been deleted. We do encourage all users to do a full trip report, the more information/photos the better. If there is a full trip report with a link to a video of the trip we would let that through. Those who provide a short trip report with a link to a blog which is in more detail we see that as a violation of the rules and therefore would be deleted. For those who do the right thing with their trip reports I will add that it is an absolute pleasure to read them
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Re: Trip Reports that are links only

Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:00 am

I disagree 100% with everything that is being said here.

As I posted in an earlier thread, There has been explosive growth in the blogger / personal website space where people provide detailed reports on their travels, journeys and end-to-end customer experiences using Go Daddy, Word Press, Blogger and others.

These websites offer far superior hosting capabilities and search functionalities with better, improved content management systems and layout designs. Nothing against ANET, but this site was not built strictly for writing TRs. Back in the day, yes, but now that personal websites have become more mainstream and accessible, the trip reports page is not user-friendly anymore to post detailed reports and people have deflected.

There are also financial incentives to re-direct traffic to personal websites, and you cannot fault a user for doing this given the fact that trip reports take HOURS to write and compile. While enjoyable, it is also a labor of love, and when bloggers are paid to write stories and generate revenue based on traffic, then unique clicks and searches provide a greater overall incentive to post outside of ANET.

You will also find that this is a great way for writers to become discovered and connected with other readers. By placing their links on ANET, its a great way to build a brand, a following and spread relevancy and information.

People will ALWAYS come to ANET because it is a hub for so many other things beyond trip reports. If this were a site solely tailored around TRs, then I would agree that external links are not conducive.

I would highly encourage users to NOT report posts, to NOT destroy the integrity of the work people put into these links, and for Moderators to adopt a more progressive viewpoint on this because it is a win-win situation for all people involved.
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Re: Trip Reports that are links only

Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:18 am

IrishAyes wrote:
I disagree 100% with everything that is being said here.


These websites offer far superior hosting capabilities and search functionalities with better, improved content management systems and layout designs. Nothing against ANET, but this site was not built strictly for writing TRs. Back in the day, yes, but now that personal websites have become more mainstream and accessible, the trip reports page is not user-friendly anymore to post detailed reports and people have deflected.



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