The Curator's Code: a step towards standardizing how content is attributed

One of the ongoing joys and pains of web editorial is figuring out how to correctly attribute content. My editors do their best to always source their stuff, which can range from always correctly attributing images to giving shout-outs to readers who email us tips.

But the rules of how to attribute are slippery… and I love that the folks behind the Curator's Code are taking a first step at trying to standardize attribution.

The Empire's policies: syndicating and attributing content

This post features what used to be an internal document I created for interns, outlining the general guidelines for posting non-original content on the Offbeat Empire. At this point, I don't see any reason why this shouldn't be public — especially since there's a lot of differing opinions about etiquette around these issues.

There's a lot of grey area with this stuff (I've broken my own rules many times — FOR SHAME!), and obviously we can't anticipate every scenario … but hopefully this post provides clarity on our general policies for sharing, linking, citing, etc.