Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mirror blogs

It is really sad to see how many bloggers are online just in order to steal content from another, some even removing the credits, others by leaving a small unnoticed 'via' word, linked to the blog. This has happened to me in my last post, IM Clients for Linux. I've found several blogs with exactly the same text, the same hyperlinks, well, a copy of my post. Here are two examples:

  • http://linux.wordpress.com/2007/02/14/im-clients-for-linux/
  • http://www.tuxme.com/content/view/3569/

I wonder, if you bloggers want to spread a message, that as been already written by someone, and are going to copy it, why won't you just create a link to that entry, from the original blogger, in a post were you talk about what you think of the original text? Are there any reasons to copy the content!? The worst cases, are those who don't even add a comment to what they have copied! Just copy+paste. What do we call this blogs? Mirrors?

Digg!

3 comments:

Kenneth Lines said...

Everyone's creating their own words these days (see today's dilbert blog for an example)

How about call them Slogs, as in Sloppy-blogs.

If anyone sees this sort of linking without credit, just post a comment "Slog" so all others can see that blog is a duplicate. Heck, post "Slog" and a link to the real content.

Of course if the Slog doesn't allow comments, then there are other words for them, that I shouldn't repeat here.

Basically, the blogsphere needs some way to tag these posers and get them ignored.

i.e. Digg, Reddit and others refuse to allow a known Slog to be submitted (removing the incentives)

In some cases, it might just be an education issue. I.e. some kid who really doesn't know about Plagerism copied and pasted hoping someone would care about him.

Might just want to send an email first, let them know they've been noticed and that it is not appreciated.

And of course, for the wanker, they can also threaten copyright infringement...

qcfb said...

"In some cases, it might just be an education issue. I.e. some kid who really doesn't know about Plagerism copied and pasted hoping someone would care about him."

Come on. This is ridiculous. Everyone knows what plagerism is. If you don't know the world you still understand the concept that you shouldn't take other people's writing and claim it as your own.

Anonymous said...

Links not hyper-linked is so uncool :(