The debate on linking is very important. First users are expecting it but more importantly they help provide better content consumption. I have never been a strong writer which is why I went to school for computer science rather than journalism, but I’ve learned that it is difficult to write comprehensivly about something in a short writeup. This is where the art of blogging comes in.. To write a blog post of less than a few hundred words that provide a user with hours of relevant content consumption is a big challenge. With links a strong blogger can do it. Links provide a path to more knowledge and content. Period. Add comments then the content becomes amazing. Linkage and community are the ‘gems’ of blogging.
Robert’s post on why people don’t link provided an additional level of consumption for me on the topic (and links to sites which I never found before). That in of itself was great. The net/net: we are living in a new content production world…where for example an Intel announcment can provide intial content followed up by iterative development by the blogosphere. To me this is the story.