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I would be very grateful if you first inform me if you feel the need to use one of the various online tools to draw up and publicly share versions of the puzzles published on this blog.  As these tools effectively republish my puzzles, the terms of the licence require you to properly attribute the puzzle to me, and to provide a link to the licence.  I need to make this very explicit as sometimes this detail is lost by those casually sharing links on various social media.

The bare minimum requirements for me to be comfortable with people using an online tool to draw up my puzzles are:
  • There is direct attribution provided within the interface itself. 
  • There is a public privacy policy provided by the owner of the server on which the interface is hosted, which sets out clearly how the owner uses and processes the url data (which is equivalent to the puzzle) that it gathers when any user communicates with the server by accessing a link. 
Unless both criteria are met, or unless I have expressed otherwise, as far as I’m concerned I have explicitly not given my consent to republish.

If other authors want to use these services to publish and share their own puzzles, that is fine by me. 

If third parties want to use these services to republish and share puzzles without the author's consent, that is not fine by me. 

If you are an owner of one of these services, please do not take any of this personally.  In my experience people can be very defensive and sensitive about my view of the world - but this certainly does not amount to some kind of demand to immediately remove your service on my part.  I have no problems in principle if the authors have given consent, and I recognise the benefits to the community the extra convenience these services bring, even if on my part I remain uncomfortable when they relate to my work. 

Please also see this post for some other thoughts on the matter.

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