I Blame the Dutch (mpoetess) wrote,
I Blame the Dutch

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Hrrm. I think I opened my big mouth on n_t (the good n_t, not the evil nt, which happily hasn't been all that evil this summer*) and promptly stuck my foot in it, because there are obviously vidders who know all about anti-robot files and noindex tags and are still up in arms about the divx search engine indexing video files.

I'm not entirely sure I get the furore, I guess. I mean, I understand why it's a problem -- vidders, of which I hope to someday count myself as one, are trying to keep a low profile from the PTBs and keep bandwidth down. As such, being indexed and direct-linked by a search engine (or anyone) is a bad thing, and we want to stop it.

I just don't entirely get all the "What the shit!!??? Bastards!!" reaction. It's a search engine. It's one we didn't know existed before. It's indexing files that were presumably not protected from search engine indexing. It's something that we should have been protecting ourselves against on general safety principles, and some of us weren't, right? It's not a conspiracy against fanvidders. And fandom etiquette (don't direct-link to media files without permission) isn't necessarily world-wide netiquette; I'm not sure how the divx people would know that a certain subculture of net users doesn't like direct-linking, when it's a fairly common practice out there in the wider net, from what I've seen.

What am I missing? (In all honest humble newbie-ness, seriously -- is there a facet of this issue that I'm missing out on that will make me go "Ohhhhhh, I see..." ?)


* N_T = nummy_treat, the Buffy vidders' list, associated with the Buffy Music Videos Database. NT = nummytreats, the Spike/Xander fic/discussion list. Evil = just too chatty for my taste, yet I won't unsubscribe because a) some good writers only post their stories there and b) I post there. Not actually evil.
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