I am impressed by the article by Nicole Manktelow in The Age today. It highlights that the internet is designed for links and having "don't link" policies does not make much sense.
The worst offender I have found is the Melbourne Archdiocese site on religious eductation texts: Know, worship and love. By visiting the site they say the terms and conditions are accepted, which include: "You must not create a link to any part of this Web Site other than the front page of the Web Site without our prior written consent." Why? Worried about people being directed to a particularly useful part of the many articles there?
I have noticed significant improvements in the public relations work of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since Geraldine Capp became the Communications and Public Relations manager in February. The web site is better organised. She is now the editor of Kairos Catholic Journal, which now has a letter's page in 1 September edition.
So hopefully the kwl.com.au terms and conditions will be dropped soon.
By J.R. Lilburne, 10 September 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.