credit where credit is due

20 03 2008

It’s so nice to be published elsewhere – especially when I get credit for what I’ve said.  On a semi-regular basis, I will Google something like:

carlwalters wordpress

or some comment/blog title to see if it’s showing up in the first page or two.  So imagine my surprise, then my disappointment and anger to find a site quoting me, or should I say Wade Mann (what the heck?).

This severely cheesey site – obviously designed to make money, but without much other thought, takes a quote from the beta wars, but gives the credit to someone else.  Another site also quoted that article and the wording on their site is almost word for word, other than they put “unknown” where the first site put Wade Mann.  Grrrrr….  It’s not like I haven’t made it easy to give credit where credit is due – my name is part of the site for goodness sake! 

(note:  I was going to post links to the sites, but decided not to drive any more traffic to their sites.)

I am glad that they didn’t just copy and paste my article to their own site – they had a link to my page.  And thanks for referring to it as a “great article”.  It just frosts my cookies that they couldn’t be bothered to care enough about what they were doing to make a decent site with proper quoting.

I tried to email the authors of the sites or to send a comment, but the permissions wouldn’t allow me to, so I emailed WordPress about it, but the wrong WordPress apparently.

Because the problem is not with a blog hosted here at wordpress.com you need to ask at

http://wordpress.org/support
 
To clear up any confusion, wordpress.com and wordpress.org are two different entities.
Please review the following FAQ
http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/07/wordpresscom-vs-wordpressorg/
 
Cheers,
Marianne

Sorry Marianne.  I have to give credit to WordPress.com for getting back to me quickly though.  I will be emailing WordPress.org in regards to this as well. 

On a more positive note (and infinitely more exciting!) I have been picked up by Technorati!  Maybe that’s a mixed blessing and where these other sites have picked up my article.  I will keep you posted.

I guess my comment for today is twofold: 1 – if you’re going to have a site that generates revenue, make it look attractive and professional; 2 – if you have a quote on your site, even if a program is finding relevant information for you, make sure that you give credit to the author. 

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