Athens 2004 Hyperlinking Policy

By Deane Barker on September 7, 2004

Hyperlink Policy: I stumbled across this, the official hyperlink policy for the Athens 2004 Olympic Site. (I found this from one of our readers’ sites, but I don’t remember which one, sorry…)

For your protection and ours we have established a procedure for parties wishing to introduce a link to the ATHENS 2004 website on their site.

Oh, it’s for MY protection? Well, then, lead on my great protector…

Use the term ATHENS 2004 only, and no other term as the text referent

So that’s the key to effective Google-bombing: threaten people to use the text you like.

Send a request letter to the Internet Department stating: Short description of site, Reason for linking, Unique URL containing the link, Publishing period, Contact point

Once the request has been mailed, interested parties can proceed to include the link and will only receive a response if ATHENS 2004 does not accept the link.

So I send a letter, and wait to hear if you don’t like my link? Huh. Well, this may not be an original form of protest, but I think this policy is stupid so I will flaunt my utter disregard of it with this flagrant hyperlinking. How disrespectful! How dare I?!

Just for good measure, I’ll light the fuse on a Google-bomb: stupid hyperlinking policy. I encourage everyone to do the same.



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