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Is that common practice?
Personally I don't think it's OK, especially since we signed a mutual NDA. This includes a clause that they may not even say THAT they worked on it, unless I give them explicit permission.
They've since asked me to let them include the site in their portfolio. I've been considering it, but I have not agreed.
I suppose if this is common practice I shouldn't be too pissed off, but right now I consider it rather bad behavior. What do you guys think?
I presume the source is not visible by the end user (web browser user)?
It's not common practice for a web designer to put a link to their company at the bottom of a clients page... some attempt this though to gain another incoming link even though the link is coming from a site that has no relevance to web design.
But then again my project specifications explicitly state what they can and can not take credit for, in public (their portfolio) and in code (html embedded).
It would be a contractual violation in my projects.
Ideally, any script edited by someone should have that person's details added to the top and an in-situ note where changes have been made detailing what the changes are and why.
This is true for the development/offline page/code. You 'should' have a versioning document as part of the projects record keeping.
IMO, the production site should not include any credits within code or public interface.
Now, I just have to decide whether to tell them to remove it as a matter of principle or to simply remove it myself. It's pretty easy to do. I'll probably just do it.
Unfortunately for them, this is going to color my willingness to let them use my site on their portfolio... but maybe that's just me being petty.
Frankly my biggest concern about them being associated with my site is that they are inexpensive freelancers, and this is obvious from their site. I'd rather my competitors and industry partners not realize how cheaply I'm operating! =)