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RTFB: Read the Fucking Byline

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This post is not aimed at anyone in particular, but is intended to address a consistent problem with my blog and other blogs that occasionally accept guest posts. What happens is that many times when people read said guest posts, they attribute them to the blog owner instead of the person who wrote them… even when said person’s name is clearly visible at the top of the post. So whenever you read a blog post and you don’t want to make an ass out of yourself when you go to post or comment about it, I highly encourage you to RTFB. What is RTFB, you may ask? It’s a simple acronym that stands for:

Read.

The.

Fucking.

Byline.

What’s a byline? It’s a little line at the top of most every blog post, article, essay or whatever found on the Internet (or at least on sites worth half a damn). In fact, the byline has been in use for centuries, going back to the advent of newspapers and journalism. It tells you exactly who wrote the article, so there’s no confusion.

“But Maaaaaatt, where can I find the byline on your post?” Watch and learn:

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Now, because I accept guest posts on my blog, that means that not every article on MattForney.com was written by moi. So how can you tell who wrote what? By Reading The Fucking Byline. For example, here’s the byline on Tuesday’s post, “On Male Friendships: Part Four“:

byline

In case this isn’t enough for some people, I’ve devised a little mathematical formula to help you determine whether I am the author of a particular post. It goes as follows:

Matt Forney = Matt Forney

x ≠ Matt Forney (where x is any combination of letters, numbers or symbols that is not exactly the same as “Matt Forney” or “Matthew Forney”)

THEREFORE:

Adiaforon ≠ Matt Forney

And there you have it: a convenient, easy to understand method for determining who wrote a particular article, story or blog post. When in doubt, take two seconds out of your busy, busy day and remember to RTFB. It could just save your life.

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  • Retrenched

    The byline doesn’t show up on the mobile version of the site.

  • Man, if I had a dollar for every time this happened, I could retire-sheesh!

  • The author isn’t really a byline, and lots of blogs have guest posts posted by the blog owner. I prefer “read the fucking binary”, since it implies reading a bit deeper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTFB