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... swap lease with home buying and this is a remarkably fitting XKCD for this year and this week in particular:


People who post an xkcd comic inline and don't include the image title lose geek credibility.
Which is won back by having a LEGO icon, so it evens out.
No, leaving off the title text is a bad offense, as leaving it off implies you don't know you should be reading it on every comic. It is SHAMEFUL. Having a lego icon is... worth far less geek cred.
The LEGO icon indicates a diversity of geekiness, which is worth at least as much as a slight amount of depth in an extremely focused area (e.g. including the title text for an xkcd comic). It is also a clever reference from the comic to dragonvpm's job which involves building houses via the line about building LEGO houses, so it's worth more than it seems at first blush.
Failing to include the title text is like failing to give credit where credit is due, from my point of view. It's an incomplete quote of the original source. It's like embedding someone else's image into your own website without crediting them.

It's something only a non-geek should do.

As such, it has a severe negative impact on geek credentials.
OK, I'm gonna stop here because this is getting away from fun banter and into insulting our host. Put down the keyboard and take a few breaths. Maybe go visit the big blue room - I hear they have good ice cream.
If your attitude has changed, your attitude has changed. Mine hasn't. Please avoid telling me what to do with my life.
Eh, I disagree. I did effectively quote today's XKCD comic, but I didn't need to quote the entire XKCD experience verbatim because it didn't all apply to what I was referencing. The argument that it's an incomplete quote would only apply if I selectively quoted it to change the meaning of the comic (e.g. taking the 1st and 3rd panels out of context and deleting the 2nd and 4th ones). A single XKCD comic/image is a complete statement in and of itself and as such can be reference by itself.

As far as giving credit goes, I specifically mentioned that it was from XKCD and if you look at the license information on the website:

...you are free to copy and reuse any of my drawings (noncommercially) as long as you tell people where they're from.

That is, you don't need my permission to post these pictures on your website (and hotlinking with <img> is fine), just include a link back to this page.

Which is pretty much exactly what I did.

Edited at 2009-07-29 02:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't say you failed to give credit. I said, to me, not including the title text is like failing to give credit. There's a difference. :-)
Yes, now all you need to do is frame it in the form of a question and you're set :-p

(a la this quote "Jon Stewart analyzes the use of the question mark in TV news channels, and reveals that some (you know who) use it just to say things that otherwise would be considered biased slander...")

I think I get what you're saying as far as your opinion goes (although I'm unsure if you meant this thread to be serious or whether you meant for it to be tongue-in-cheek), but I disagree that it in any way negatively impacts my geek cred. I made a point of honoring the author's wishes as far as attribution goes (and I knew this ahead of time which should earn me some geek cred) and I'm exposing his work to more people which I think most creative types would think is a Good Thing (tm).
I have encountered many who read XKCD regularly but have never "discovered" the title text on the images. Some of these people aren't geeks/nerds/whatever, but some are. Preserving the title text is a way of saying, "Yes, I'm in on the joke," even if it's not directly relevant to the reason you're interested in the comic. My comments about losing geek cred when I see something like your post here is my way of saying, "You do know about the title text, right?" with an attempt to be humorous. Unfortunately, I tend to fail at the humorous part.

About half the time I see someone embed an XKCD comic in a LiveJournal post, the person didn't know about the way title texts are used in the comic.
I would argue that the image title had very little to do with why I found this particular comic fitting/appealing so it didn't need to be included in this post.

Besides, I think most people who know me would say that losing a little geek cred might not be the worst thing that ever happened to me. I'm certainly not running low on it atm :-p.
replace lease with... just about anything... and that's me :)
Lol! That's exactly how I feel. Right down to the Batman part.