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    The appropriate title for your submission is "Eben Moglen on
    The State Of Free Software", since that's the title of his
    talk. Don't editorialize in the title; just write a comment
    to make your point.
I did not editorialize in the title. If I had been submitting in order to bring to people's attention that Moglen gave a wide-ranging talk that contains many things people might want to discuss, then your suggested title would be appropriate--and then we'd have a bunch of unrelated things being discussed in the comments from the submission.

However, I was submitting to promote discussion of one particular point from his talk. If I was editorializing, I would have used a title like "Moglen makes unsupported accusation against Apple" or something like that, rather than a simple, accurate conveyance of what he said.

I also found his remarks on MySQL and Oracle interesting. If someone wants to discuss them, I would see no problem with them submitting a link to his talk with a title calling attention to those specific remarks, so as to promote discussion of that particular part of the talk.




For your benefit in future postings, here is a clue that you may have editorialized a title:

If the article you've submitted has 5,500 words in it, and the real title of that article (a) doesn't include the idea in your title and (b) accurately sums up the article, and you have to add a comment like "see minute 35:31 to see what I'm talking about" to have the title make sense, then you may have editorialized the title.

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    editorialize |ˌɛdəˈtɔriəˌlaɪz| verb [ intrans. ]
    (of a newspaper, editor, or broadcasting organization) make comments
    or express opinions rather than just report the news.
    • offer one's opinion, as if in an editorial.
Since you cannot infer from the title I chose, nor the comment pointing to the particular place in the article I was talking about, my opinions on that part of the article could you please explain exactly how it is editorializing?

Alternatively, could you explain exactly how one should submit for discussion something that appeared in a longer article that discussed many unrelated things?

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You don't get to take a large article and monopolize its coverage on Hacker News with your own point of view. Next time, submit the article on its own merits and leave your point of view to the comments.

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How about if I make a blog somewhere, write a short blog entry calling attention to the part I'm interested in discussing, and submit that blog entry to HN? Would that be acceptable?

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Sure.

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