Curator’s Code

For most, if not all, content shared on this weblog, you should find associated links to the sources that led us to these discoveries.

One day, probably around 2012, we’ve discovered The Curator’s Code by Brain Pickings and decided to adopt it. It’s a clever typographic notation to give attribution and invite readers to fall deeper in the rabbit hole of Internet hyperlinking. The original website explained it like this:

A suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work.

Since the original website is now inaccessible, we’ve took the liberty to copy the symbol definitions:

(sometimes written ~ on here) stands for “via” and signifies a direct link of discovery, to be used when you simply repost a piece of content you found elsewhere, with little or no modification or addition

stands for the common “HT” or “hat tip,” signifying an indirect link of discovery, to be used for content you significantly modify or expand upon compared to your source, for story leads, or for indirect inspiration encountered elsewhere that led you to create your own original content.

All symbols on this website that used to link to will now link to this page.