External linking guidelines
The Society aims to make its online database of food information a high-quality and lasting resource. We therefore present the following guidelines for posting external links (hyperlinks to websites or other media outside of the eGullet.org webspace) in eG Forums discussions:
- External links are permitted and encouraged to the extent that they substantially further and contribute to the dialogue. We do not permit links posted primarily for the purpose of promoting a business or entity, links to "adult" or "mature content" media, links in lieu of making a substantive post on an eG Forums topic or links to websites that substantially violate our policies and principles.
- Web pages and websites that exist today may not exist tomorrow, and online articles are often free only for a fixed period of time. Thus, links to external media should always include a brief summary and/or quotation that makes it possible for readers to understand the spirit of the linked material without the need to follow the link.
- We do not permit deep linking to images or other external content in a context not contemplated by the owner, nor do we permit bandwidth theft.
- Deep linking is when a hyperlink points to an image or web page page that is not within the context intended or contemplated by the creator, owner and/or host of the image or page.
- Inline linking is the placing of a linked object, often an image or other media, that is hosted on one server or web site into a page belonging to a second web site. In the eG Forums context this usually means using IMG tags to cause a graphic from another web site to appear in an eG Forums post.
- Bandwidth theft is when one party uses material on another party's server without permission in a way which benefits the first party while causing internet traffic to be incurred on the second party's account. Deep linking and inline linking, when done without permission from the creator, owner and/or host of the page, image or other media constitute bandwidth theft.