Hi Andrew - it is kind of netiquette I think to drop a comment into the other persons blog - perhaps even suggesting that you are going to spread the word to others. Have you tried using the Flock web browser??? ( if not do it has some fab extras) - one of its features is that you can hook up to your blog directly from flock and post from within flock - one of the cool things about this is that if you copy and paste someone elses work into your blog it neatly puts it into a tinted box with large quotation marks around it - this way quotes can be attributed.
( I got Flock from Allanah King in Nelson New Zealand - she blogs from her school as http://moturoa,blogspot - there I feel better for that )
Depends on where you're using it...if it's a research paper of any nature, APA 5th ed has a protocal but treats it like any other website.
If it is in your own blog posting, the generally accepted standard is a trackback link to the post and a link and mention to the author. Remember, there are team blogs where the author and blog site are not one and the same (lifehacker, etc.)
Oh, no! I just posted a reply in the earlier discussion about grading in 2.0, and while I linked to the original blog I pointed to, I did not do anything else. I guess I need a lesson on how to "trackback" and when. Does a comment in one of our discussions deserve a trackback, just as you feel a blog does?
I went back to the blog I commented about, and saw "trackback url" listed (it was http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/276890/17676512 ) How does that work? Do I just include it in my post? I don't have "trackback" urls on my edublog blog, and I don't always see them on others. Is there another way to "trackback?"
Forgive me for my rather basic questions, and any helpful pointers would be appreciated. Sigh, yet another thing I am grateful to you folks for spotlighting.
What I've been doing is saying who the quote is from in my blog, and linking their name and/or blog title to the permalink of their specific post. Then you do the quote, indented, or highlighted in some way. That's really all that's required, I think!
On my wordpress blog, there is a special field for trackbacks, and if you put the trackback url down there, sometimes part of your post automatically shows up as a comment in the original blog.
But I think people have to set their blogs up to allow trackbacks to make automatic comments. So sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. There are probably fancier things you can do with it that I don't know about!
But if your blog engine doesn't do trackbacks, you should be fine with just linking back to the original post's permalink when you quote someone. And I don't think the ning blog engine does trackbacks.
If you use the bookmarklet in Wordpress, you can select the text, click the button, and the references are all made for you. I love WordPress.
Also works in "bloggy browser" tools like Flock or the Performancing plugin to Firefox, where you can actually set it up to log into your blog automagically.
Theoretically Blogger has a "Blog This" button, but it seems to be spotty in terms of performance. If you're going to get serious about the 'living textbook' thing, you might wanna consider EduBlogs (Hi again James) or renting a Bluehost or Dreamhost account for your domain. They have a very easy installation for WordPress blogging.