If you place an unprotected resource on the web, others should be free to link to it. This notion is so fundamental to the web that the digerati were completely flabbergasted when some groups and corporations had the audacity to suggest otherwise.
If you don't want a resource linked to on the web, don't put it on your web server. If you need to have the resource on the web, but don't want to the public at-large to see it, take appropriate steps to restrict access. Even NCSA HTTPd, the mother of all web servers, supports the ability to do this.
With all of this in mind, it was surprising to see this Kuro5hin Op-Ed piece making a sensible argument against linking, where links from large sites may send sudden, huge traffic spikes to smaller sites. It argues the ethics for linking should be different on large "meta" sites like Kuro5hin and Slashdot because they act like lightning rods for web traffic, which can take down underpowered web servers, or, worse yet, cause unexpected large bandwidth fees for small website operators.Posted by Daniel C. Silverstein at January 05, 2003 07:01 PM