24. August 2004

[ Internet ]

Athens 2004 Hyperlink Policy

FROM: martin@roell.net
TO: terms@athens2004.gr

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to you to request your permission to link to the Athens 2004 Hyperlink Policy as described on your website. I would like to link from my Website "Das E-Business Weblog" in an entry titled "Athens 2004 Hyperlink Policy". "Das E-Business Weblog" is a personal publication of mine in which I write about Internet matters and post cat pictures.

I would like to link to your site because I will publish an article about ridiculous Hyperlink Policies based on the Athens 2004 Hyperlink Policy. If I don't link to your site my readers would have to copy-and-paste the URL http://www.athens2004.com/athens2004/page/legacy?
in order to read your policy which is rather inconvenient. Using a Hyperlink would make things much easier.

Please note that I do not intend to comply with your rule a)

a) Use the term ATHENS 2004 only, and no other term as the text referent
as linking to a Hyperlink Policy with the words "ATHENS 2004" might confuse readers over where the link is pointing to. Therefore I kindly ask you to make an exception from the rule and give me a special permission to link in this way.

The URL that will contain the link is http://www.roell.net/weblog/archiv/
. The publishing period is August 24th 2004 to March 19th 2685 (I will add a line to my will to make sure my descendants remove the article at the right time in order not to violate the policy.) Please note that my site is also indexed and archived by other Internet services so that the link to your site might exist longer than the period I am envisaging. I am sure you will be able to track all the other sites that will pick up my link and ask them to request link permission from you.

You can contact me at martin@roell.net.

Finally I would like to thank you for spelling out such a clear policy that makes building the World Wide Web so much easier.

Yours faithfully,
Martin Röll

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Das ich nicht darauf stehe, aufgedopten Mutanten bei repetetiven Tätigkeiten zuzusehen dürfte bei denen, die mich kennen, allgemein bekannt sein. Das meine Einstellung gut und richtig ist, ist mir durch den Artikel über Sponsoren bei der Olympiade 2004 n

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Do you really expect to receive an answer?

It's sad that all big sites use such anti-web methods! In my eyes there are many people who link the site without reading the policy and break them, but there won't be someone who searchs all the day for illegal links.

Christoph Hörl am 24.08.04 15:45 #
Once the request has been mailed, interested parties can proceed to include the link and will only receive a response if ATHENS 2004 does not accept the link.

No, I don't expect an answer, although I would love to hear a rejection reasoning. (And a reasoning of the policies existence in general. "For your protection and ours" is a bit shallow, isn't it?)

Martin Röll am 24.08.04 15:53 #

*lol* - frei nach ronald: i'm loving it!

helge am 24.08.04 16:18 #

Who invented such a silly thing as a Hyperlink Policy?
I'm pretty sure it contradicts the right of free speech or something.
Is there any legal way at all, to prohibit citizens of free countries to publish a hyperlink to a publicly accessible webpage?
Any jurist out there?

Heiko Haller am 24.08.04 21:22 #

Maybe it is because they want a head start in the Google-bombing game?

Florian Laws am 24.08.04 22:24 #

Für die deutschen Leser: Das KMU-Blog hat auch noch einen hübschen Beitrag dazu.

Martin Röll am 24.08.04 23:55 #

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA.... Hallo Martin, dein Blog wird ja zum Entarnungsmechanismus dover Webpraxis... hahahahahha..... the request is an excellent and humourous one.. hahhaahha.. i can hardly write from laughing. please carry on and let us know what they replied.

Olaf Brugman am 24.08.04 23:59 #

Unbelievable. It seems Otto Rehagel not only teached the Greece to play soccer German style, but he also brought German bureaucratic thinking to the country.

Thomas Fruetel am 26.08.04 15:33 #

Hee hee hee! I'm with you.

Small Paul am 28.08.04 18:37 #

Ganz ähnlich: Der ADAC.

Martin Röll am 28.10.05 13:47 #