1 (n): A hyperlink
to a media file (video, audio, Flash
, image, etc.) on another site that bypasses any html
pages that would identify the site or earn it advertising revenue. Prohibited on many message boards and blog
s, as it saps bandwidth from the site serving the media and earns the ire of the site's owners.
2 (v): To post a hotlink.
Hotlinking is not only bad netiquette, it's theft.