Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Anonymous Commenters

Last week someone left the following comment on my blog:

"Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up! "

I don't know who left it because it was anonymous. It was on a post from 2007. I told my sister, Becky, about it and she said she has seen the exact same comment, word for word, only it was on someone else's blog. Is this a new form of spam? Polite, but maybe a little bit insulting at the same time? Most of my anonymous comments have to do with Viagra and other unpleasant things I am not interested in. I delete those ones.

In December I got this anonymous comment:

"I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?And you et an account on Twitter?"

I'm not sure what that last part means. I think this is spam too because it's so incoherent. But this one left me feeling particularly irritated. First of all, who are you and how shall I get back to you to let you know my answer? Second, who you are and what kind of blog you have might change my answer, which at this point is no. Third, what part exactly did you want to quote? All this info would be necessary to get your answer, but I'm sure by this point you have helped yourself to any or all parts of my blog anyway. I guess I should give this person some credit for asking.

Yes, faithful and non-anonymous readers, I have been plagiarized in the past. I found a post identical to one of mine on the blog of someone who knows someone I know. Talk about weird.

pla⋅gia⋅rism 
–noun
1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.
2. something used and represented in this manner.

And this subject, Plagiarism, brings me to a bit of a rant. I've been noticing it lately. And having it done to me, it makes me question a lot of the blogs I read. When I read your blog, am I reading YOUR words? I'm not talking about borrowing ideas or anything like that. We all get ideas from each other. I'm talking about taking things word for word or even changing a few words here and there, or the order and then passing it off as their own. I don't think there is a problem with quoting, but make sure you make it clear you are quoting, and then, site your source. Give credit where credit is due. Rant over.

Anyways, I'm going to change things so that Anonymous comments are no longer possible for my blog. Sorry if this inconveniences anybody.

P.S. Rant back on. If I notice plagiarism in a blog I read, can I assume none of their post are really theirs? And, what is the point of blogging if not to put your own thoughts, ideas, and experiences out there?

6 comments:

Jeanna said...

I've had some "anonymous" comments myself and it is annoying. I was just in my "settings" section of my blog to see how to turn off all anon-comments. I'm not sure I was successful. Hmm....I better check again.

As for plagiarism: I don't do it! :) And, it's easy to see if someone else's words are their own. Copy and paste a section of their blog into Google and search....voila! You can find the original source. I like that! Once I wanted to use a quote in church, but wasn't sure of the source....punched it into Google and found it....but it still wasn't SUPER clear on the original owner of the quote. Harumph!

The Hungry said...

That is crazy. How do they get your blog address? Like the Viagra people - where do they get your address? I've never had anything like that happen. Freaks me out a
little bit.

Julie J. said...

I'm not sure how they decide who to spam or how. I assume it's some kind of automated program they use though because the wor verification is supposed to stop it from happening. So if it's not a "HUMAN" leaving the comment, it can't be done. But what is the point of spaming when not advertising something, that's what really has me confused.

Becky said...

AMEN Sister! Anonymous comments are LAME. Spam is LAME. Plagiarism is confusing because as soon as you know someone has plagiarized someone else, you never know after that if it's their words or someone else...it's pretty much a breach in trust! I just can't trust that I'm going to reading THEIR words and THEIR ideas.

Lilianne said...

That is the lamest thing that someone copied your post and put in on their blog!!! LAME, LAME! I think by just putting a "copyright" on there, you can actually take legal action if it keeps happening.

I haven't gotten anonymous comments yet. Is your blog searchable via google? Sometimes that can drive traffic to your blog that you may not want. Anyway, just a thought.

And yes, I think that's a legitimate statement. If a person is guilty of plagiarism once, you can never quite trust them again!

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