Friday, June 25, 2004

Blog Etiquette Rule #2

We all know that blogs are creative, online expressions of a writer's individual thoughts or ideas, but, that doesn't mean that certain, common-sense rules do not have to be followed when publishing entries. In continuing the "Blog Etiquette" series, here's Rule #2...

In case you need a refresh, click here for Rule #1

Rule #2: If you're going to copy or quote someone else's entry, make sure you give the original writer their due credit.

It's only fair, really. If you are running out of ideas for a blog entry, and you look to someone else's work for inspiration, make sure you give them their props. This includes blog topics that you wouldn't have come up with on your own without reading someone else's published work. Because, you know what it's called when you take someone else's ideas and don't give them credit for it? It's called plagiarism. Yes people, that word applies to work outside of school, as well.

Examples? I don't think I need to list examples...we ALL know who they are in each of our respective blog-reading circles. Someone needs to get the word out to get these people to STOP stealing ideas without credit, and give the proper person their due.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to hit me up!


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