It’s Not Netiquette!

“Netiquette represents the importance of proper manners and behaviour online. In general, netiquette is the set of professional and social etiquettes practiced and advocated in electronic communication over any computer network. Although the specific rules governing netiquette may be different depending on the forum being used, it is equally applicable to blogging.”

The midweek Word Prompt over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is the twosome – Fair Dinkum!

Never Plagiarise

GC talks about the similarities between plagiarism and using part of someone else’s article to create your own article. Hardly fair dinkum, and it’s an occurrence that has affected him on more than one occasion.

A few weeks ago I noticed that one of GC’s  The Main Aisle followers had left a comment that read Re-blogged this on… (her site name).

The person’s article began with the words A Re-Blog; upon reading the article, I realised this was nothing like a re-blog. It appeared as though the blogger had copied and pasted a large section of GC’s article, and it now formed the basis of her own.

Last week, GC wrote an article on ‘The Main Aisle’ as a pingback response to our Weekly Prompts word prompt, included in his article were two light-hearted questions about Halloween.

Once again, the same blogger pretended to re-blog Gerry’s article. The article began with the words A Re-blog, and just like before, she had lifted a section of his article, including his Halloween questions. After offering her opinion, she invited her readers to discuss Gerry’s questions on her site!  Then, unbelievably, she created a pingback to our site Weekly Prompts!

woman thief in policecarThe cheek of it – to copy and paste someone else’s work is not a re-blog, and to do this without permission and for the sole purpose of creating an article for herself is theft. Not once, but twice this blogger produced articles on the back of Gerry’s work, which in our book goes against Blogging Etiquette, in other words it’s just Not Netiquette!

(C) 2019 Word Prompt Fair Dinkum from Weekly Prompts

Clipart courtesy of Google.

39 thoughts on “It’s Not Netiquette!

  1. I see a lot of this on social media, Sue. People posting original works of art or a great photograph they have produced and it will be reposted or ‘shared’ without so much as a thanks. The downside of the internet. 🥴

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    1. People need educating on right and wrong. I cannot make my mind up about the woman concerned, does she not realise what she is/was doing is wrong, or does she not care. She is a seasoned blogger not a newbie. Thank you Trev.

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      1. I honestly believe some just do not care. The ones who only appear to be interested in driving ‘traffic’ to their blogs are the biggest culprits. Sometimes, you can put it down to ignorance, more so on social media, but usually, bloggers know what they are doing, especially seasoned ones.

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  2. I am never quite sure to be irritated or flattered. Some time ago I posted a picture of ‘The Anonymous Pedestrians’ in Wroclaw and it was quickly copied and began to appear all over the web including Trip Advisor and Pinterest. A Google search now returns hundreds of copies of the image. Not one person asked for my permission or acknowledged me as the source.

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    1. That is awful. I have a number of photos that I dare not use on my blog for fear they will be stolen.
      I always feel guilty when I find and use clipart via Google and most of the time there are a few copies but each one is attributed to a different source so I end up just saying courtesy of Google. Thanks Andrew.

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    1. I think spreading the word about another writer is a great compliment and flattering.

      Many of us are used to writing and including a little about a prompt we’ve been given, but this was neither a prompt nor a prompt site. This was her taking a chunk of his writing so that she could create an article of her own, and that’s just wrong. Thank you for input, always appreciated.

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  3. Murphy's Law

    This post is an eye-opener for me. I notice “re-blogged” in the comments section of just about every blog I followed. I never thought anything about it……until now. It seems to me if you haven’t asked the author of the blog permission to “re-blog” their post in part or in its entirety, then that’s stealing.

    And here’s a thought…….if you have nothing prepared that’s ready to be posted, don’t post that day. But for Heavens sakes, don’t present someone else’s material as your own.

    When I take the time to sit down and read a blog, I don’t want to wonder if the material is actually from the blogger, so that when I comment, maybe I should be commenting to someone else!!

    Boy! There’s always someone out there eager to put a fly in the soup, isn’t there?!
    🐾Ginger 🐾


    1. Hi Ginger, There is an option not to have a Reblog button if you don’t want your page re-blogged.

      If there is a reblog button we do not need to ask permission, but we should write a few pleasant introductory lines which will also appear in the comments of the original blogger. Most of us are flattered by a reblog.

      What happens is the first couple of paragraphs automatically appear on the reblog, this is followed by Read More which directs you to the original site.

      It is not acceptable to copy a section and use it on your own blog without permission, nor is it acceptable to describe the copied text as a reblog.

      Hope this makes the concept of re-blogging easier to understand.

      Thank you Ginger, I appreciate your comments on this. Well, I always appreciate your comments. 🙂


  4. This is both sad and shameful, Sue. I see bloggers have their signature on photos, but what do you do with an entire post? You just don’t expect people to steal the whole darn thing!

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    1. In this instance she copied and pasted part of his post and tried to pass it off as a re-blog. You and I know this is not how reblogs work. Very unfair of her.


    1. I’ve rarely re-blogged the work of others. I wouldn’t ask permission unless personal photographs were involved (such as yours).
      If a reblog button is present on someone’s site it is an open invitation to have a page reblogged without permission and is intended as a great compliment to the writer. There is an option to disable the reblog button for those who do not want their work re-blogged.
      In this woman’s case she just copied part of his article so that she could write her own post on the back of his. And that’s not a reblog! Thank you Derrick

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  5. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    Cutting and pasting things are the professional activities of strippers who use pasties to entrance and enthrall their male admirers. It really has no place of value on a blog site where at times cutting and pasting another’s work or taking credit for another’s work as your own is downright criminal. Sue’s article gets at the heart of the matter. — gc


  6. I’m not trying to be argumentative, but really? I routinely copy and paste and I GIVE FULL CREDIT TO THE BLOGGER who created the blog post originally. I refer people to THAT blog, not to mine. It’s a way of sharing something I may find interesting with other bloggers in my particular sphere. Plagiarism is (how I define it anyway) hefting huge chunks or the entire blog post without mention of the author nor credit to that author. Recently (this past summer) a site took whole blogs (somehow hijacked the entire content and all posts) and referenced them on the site. Didn’t ask first. Didn’t credit the blogger responsible. They got shut down for their trouble. If someone has bad manners, speak up and report ’em.

    If I’ve ever had bad ‘netiquette’ manners with regard to your or GC’s blogs, let me know. I’ll take those posts down and believe me I won’t do it again.

    By the way I planned to feature this concept as a question in next week’s Share Your World. I’ll give full credit and I promise not to use ANY of your content at all, just a reference to your posts today. If that’s not cool, again, let me know.


    1. Hello Melanie,
      Thank you for explaining your side of the story.

      Firstly, neither of us have accused you of plagiarism, we pointed out the similarities.

      One of the concerns GC and I have is that you described your posts as Re-blogs. They were not re-blogs they were copied sections of text that provided you with a subject to write about.

      For instance, the questions from GC’s ‘Main Aisle’ Halloween blog; instead of answering his questions in his comments section, you chose to copy the questions, write a new post and create a question and answer session of your own using his questions, then you called it a Re-blog.

      We are aware that you attributed your copied text to its original source, but this doesn’t make it any less unfair and neither is it the way re-blogs work.

      A genuine re-blog automatically includes a couple of paragraphs from the original post followed by the words View Original Post, this directs the reader to the original post.

      Your comment here “It’s a way of sharing something I may find interesting with other bloggers in my particular sphere.”

      The problem we have with this, is that instead of re-blogging an article of interest, you are using it to create a new one for yourself.

      If you find an interesting article and wished to share with others, then surely the way to do that would be to re-blog the original article from the onset so that your readers can see it in it’s entirety.

      Regarding ‘Sharing Your World’, I never take part in these types of personal question and answer sessions.

      You are of course at liberty to write your post and create a pingback to the original word prompt at Weekly Prompts, just as I have done with this article.

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      1. gc

        Thank you Susan for clarifying the difference. I waited for you to respond to Melanie’s commentary. Your explanation was sound, logical and informative. Mine would have been too emotional and jaundiced. Thanks partner for the level headed thinking in this case. You done good. xx 🙂

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  7. Yes, I do not see that as a re-blog. 😦

    I think some people do such things on purpose, others have no clue, others think anything on the internet is theirs to use anyway they want to… 😦

    The internet was definitely invented and up and running before anyone thought about etiquette or rules. It was like closing the barn door AFTER the horses got out. 😦
    I’ve often thought bloggers, etc., should do a “bibliography” of sorts, at the end of each blog, when posting anything that is not their own words. ???

    Excellent, important post, Sue!

    I try to find photos, etc, for my site that are in public domain or I give credit to the photographer if I can find them to ask their permission. I never share photos from my blogging friend’s sites without their permission and then giving them credit. Many have generously offered their photos, but I rarely ever take them up on their offer.
    I use my own pathetic photos or photos my family members have taken and given to me via cell phone. Ha. 😀

    When I first started blogging my poetry eons ago, someone said, “Aren’t you worried someone will steal your poems?” I said, “I hadn’t thought about that. But I don’t think any of my poems are publish worthy and if they submit them in a poetry class for a grade…they might be lucky to get a “C” or a “D”!” Ha! 😀

    Well, we can all learn to be more responsible, respectful, and careful in how and what we blog.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. Oh, Carolyn I so agree, but at the same time I am concerned that this blogger simply does not realise the error of her ways, the benefit of the doubt etc.
      With our backgrounds Carolyn you and I have come across this before but in very different sets of circumstances. Thank you 🙂🙂

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      1. Yes, you are right. Maybe she needs someone to explain it to her.

        About 12 years ago, I used to read and grade college students and grad-students research papers and I was amazed at how many of them were copying and pasting someone else’s work/words into their papers (Like it was their own words), without giving credit to the writer/author.
        One time I found a whole paper that was plagiarized…the student didn’t even try to rewrite any of it in their own words.
        Back then we gave them the benefit of the doubt once and then there were consequences if they kept doing it.

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  8. She doesn’t realise Carolyn, she genuinely believes that calling a new article a reblog because it is written on the back of a copy and paste of someone else’s article is okay if a link to the original is pasted into the article.. It’s not okay and that is not a reblog! Thank you. Carolyn 🙂

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  9. Hi there. Funny I find this great piece after my rant. Some people may truly not understand ~ on tumblr a reblog is copying over in entirety with a single click to share. It’s possible people are used to that concept and also the ubiquitous Facebook style repost anything that catches their eye. But we have to call them out when it’s our own writing!

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    1. Hi Paula, I thought exactly the same when I spotted and read your post, what a coincidence! I agree, people just copy everything on Facebook without a second thought.

      I’m not sure if you saw the blogger’s reply. Apparently, she regularly copies and pastes and clearly does not understand how wrong it is. I replied to her on behalf of GC and myself, and attempted to explain our objections, but I fear it will fall upon deaf ears! Thank you for your input Paula, I appreciate it. 🙂

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