So, Charles over at Rigorous Trivialities recently put up a post begging for submissions to the latest installment of the Carnival of Mathematics, and this prompted Ben and I to wonder: Why is it customary to request permission to link to posts for the Carnival of Mathematics? [Edit: Is it customary?] Is this just standard operating procedure for blog carnivals?
It seems a bit bizarre. We don’t ask permission to link to posts in any other circumstance. And it makes it harder to assemble a Carnival. Obviously, it would be best if people actually submitted their own posts, but I don’t see much sense in not linking to a post because you don’t have explicit permission. (Ben, I think, didn’t bother to ask anyone for permission when he assembled the SBS-hosted Carnival.)
I suppose some folks might not be comfortable with not having explicit permission. Maybe we can do something about that in this post. I, for one, want Carnival hosters to know: Any post I write is fair game for the Carnival of Mathematics. If you feel the same way, you might mention it in the comments.