Our blog hit 2 rather dubious milestones this week. Both occurred yesterday when someone was good enough to post our blog peice about the SMEI event with links and all. We love link love here at Out-Smarts and we are always glad to share as long as blog etiquette is followed.
In this case it wasn’t, the post, on a site that had little or no original content, even credited our article to someone else!
They referred to it as a great article – thanks but next time please GET IT RIGHT:
- If you’re not sure of the author don’t include fake or false info.
- If in doubt about the source – DON’T post it.
- Always credit the true author and include a link back to the original article.
- Be aware that the Internet by its nature is very transparent – if plagiarism is your game then chances are you’ll get caught out sooner or later.
So in fine Monica Hamburg fashion – we set to correcting the situation with a well worded comment demanding the error be corrected. Which brings us to the second milestone, our first abusive email following a post that was full of profanity and bluster.
Thankfully the post has since been removed and I won’t give them them the satisfaction of linking to the site.
I’ve already had some feedback from some of my friends on Facebook as to how to deal with this and what I can do to counter both plagiarism and abusive emails but I would be interested in your advice too. What should I do next? What have you done that has worked for you and what can bloggers do to mitigate the risks of putting their good words out there?