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Curator’s Code Plugin

The Curator’s Code Plugin integrates the via (ᔥ) and hat tip (↬) attribution function of the Curator’s Code into the WordPress editor dashboard.

Full Description:

The Curator’s Code Plugin integrates the via (ᔥ) and hat tip (↬) attribution function of the Curator’s Code into the WordPress editor dashboard. After installation, click the ᔥ and ↬ icons to insert a via or hat tip attribution.

The unicode symbols ᔥ and ↬ are simply shorthand for the familiar “via” and “HT,” respectively. While you may still choose to use “via” and “HT” the old-fashioned way – the goal here is to attribute ethically, regardless of how you do it – there are two reasons we are proposing the unicode characters: One, they are a cleaner, more standardized way to attribute. Two, since the characters are wrapped in a hotlink to the Curator’s Code site, they serve as messengers for the ethos of the code itself, as people encounter them across the web and click to find out what they represent.

Plugin created by the team at Content Harmony, a premium content marketing service. Curator’s Code is a project by Maria Popova with input from Tina Roth Eisenberg.

Download

You can download the current version (1.0) at http://www.contentharmony.com/files/2012/12/curatorsCode-2012-12-12.zip. Filesize is 17.4 KB.

The Curator’s Code Plugin is featured in the WordPress Plugin Repository at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/curators-code/.

You can also view and fork the plugin on Git Hub (coming soon).

Installation:

  1. Upload the contents of curators-code.zip to the /wp-content/plugins/directory
    • OR Upload the zip file through the WordPress “Upload New Plugin” Screen
    • OR Add plugin via the WordPress Repository
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. The hat-tip and via buttons will now be available on the editor dashboard for posts and pages. The buttons are located to the right of the normal editing icons.
  4. Two settings can be found under Settings > Curator’s Code.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ About the Curator’s Code WordPress Plugin

The unicode symbols aren’t rendering properly on my WordPress blog. What can I do?

Some WordPress blogs don’t automatically support the use of unicode symbols. We have provided a white or black image option, so that you can display an image instead of a unicode character.

A second option is to change the character set in your wp-config.php file. Instructions can be found here. We claim no responsibility if you choose to implement this process, and provide no support/warranties/etc.

FAQ About the Curator’s Code Itself

Do I have to use the unicode characters? What’s wrong with the old-fashioned way?

These characters are just a proposed way of standardizing attribution, and they help spread the broader message of The Curator’s Code – but they’re not the only way. If you’re having technical difficulties, or are confused by them, or just plain don’t like them, you can and should just use the standard “via” and “HT” options for direct and indirect attribution of discovery, respectively. The goal here is not to mandate how to attribute, but to encourage to attribute.

What’s the difference between the two symbols, or “via” and “HT,” and why does it matter?

Part of what The Curator’s Code aspires to do is evolve our thinking about the levels of attribution.

“Via” (ᔥ) tends to denote a direct repost — something you found elsewhere and shared with your audience with little modification or elaboration.

“HT” or “Hat Tip” (↬) tends to stand for indirect discovery — something for which you got the idea at your source, but modified or elaborated on significantly when sharing with your audience.

Screenshots

  1. Clicking on the ᔥ or ↬ buttons will load a pop-up with two fields – one for the URL, and the second field for the anchor text of the attribution link.

Changelog:

1.0

  • Intial Release

Upgrade Notice:

1.0

  • Initial release.

Plugin Details:

  • Contributors: contentharmony, hoodwebmgmt, grbritz
  • Tags: curation, curating, content, attribution, curator’s code, sharing, hat tip, via
  • Requires at least: 3.0.1
  • Tested up to: 3.4
  • Stable tag: 1.0
  • License: GPLv2 or later
  • License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

Disclaimer: We make our best efforts to keep the plug-in functional and secure, however no warranty expressed or implied is provided. Use at your own risk.