how to disable 'reblogging'?

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  • #769645

    zooey
    Member

    After one of my posts (just a photo) was ‘reblogged’ I removed the ‘press this’ button from my blog. Yet, today, it happens again. One of my blogposts (again one photo) appears on another blog and I get a comment telling me so. Both these blogs have been entirely insignificant — dedicated solely to reblogging other people’s contents — and they’re not places where I want to see my material. I frankly don’t understand why this ‘reblogging’ function is construed the way it is. I know people can take stuff and post it elsewhere without my permission anyway — it’s just that this ‘reblogging’ makes it so much easier for those who only to reproduce the work of others and create nothing new.

    So how to stop people from reblogging my posts/photos? If I’ve already removed the ‘press this’ button — what more do I need to do?

    The blog I need help with is zooey.wordpress.com.

    #769730

    timethief
    Member

    I’m sorry but if you gad searched you would have found that we cannot disable the reblogging feature. If your whole posts and not excerpts are being reblogged then please contact Staff and report this to them directly.

    #769731

    timethief
    Member

    edit: “gad” was meant to be “had” – sorry

    #769738

    zooey
    Member

    I spent an hour searching yesterday and found nothing of value, except that one can remove the ‘press this’ button and that reblogging didn’t work properly at the moment (apparently it works too well, but that was some days ago).

    May I just say that this pretty much sucks — and wordpress should remove this ‘reblogging’ thing.

    My whole posts often consist of just one or several photos. I don’t want to see that one photo (or several photos, whatever) on someone else’s blog without my permission. Especially not spam blogs. I know that it can happen anyway, but I don’t see why wordpress would want to encourage such behaviour — because this is what ‘reblogging’ is: encouraging ripping other people off of their work.

    #769741

    timethief
    Member
    #769743

    zooey
    Member

    Thanks for the answer, by the way, timethief.

    I’m just really pissed off by this — it’s the worst thing that has happened on wordpress, I think. So that’s the reason I’m barking. It really should go.

    #769744

    zooey
    Member

    Thank you again! Yes I will definitely report my concerns. I did write them because of the copyright issue but at that point in time I mistakenly thought I’d managed to disable reblogging in the future by removing the ‘press it’ button.

    #769745

    timethief
    Member

    Do you have a copyright notice posted. I do. This is what I post in a text widget in my sidebar and it’s linked to my copyright notice.

    Any content reblogged from this site must adhere to the terms of © Copyright
    That page states in part:
    “A brief excerpt of content that does not exceed 75 words may be quoted as long as a link is provided back to the source page on this blog and authorship is properly attributed.”

    I also have a copyscape notice in the same text widget.

    #769754

    zooey
    Member

    No I don’t. But it is redundant — copyright applies whether there’s a notice or not. So it would be just for show.

    The problem is, though, these ‘reblogging’ blogs are some kind of spam blogs, or some equivalent, but it’s very similar to spam. They reblog other people’s pictures (in this case) almost automatically — they spout out new posts all the time. And all the posts are reblogged — all the photos are from other people. Much like other spammers don’t care, I doubt these ‘bloggers’ care what notices I post. They don’t look.

    I would actually not be quite as mad about this if I felt it were genuine bloggers who liked what I did and who had their own blogs with their own material on them too. I might actually be happy about that, depending on circumstances.

    But this seems to be something different.

    #769758

    timethief
    Member

    No I don’t. But it is redundant — copyright applies whether there’s a notice or not. So it would be just for show.

    As I’m a paralegal I’m aware of that but I choose to post a copyright notice as a warning anyway. We Volunteers cannot assist you. As I said above I believe you ought to report this to Staff. If all the blog in question contains is reblogged posts and no original content then it’s a slpog and you can report it as one.

    #769782

    zooey
    Member

    Thank you once again! I have contacted staff via that web form and have explained my concerns about this, basically what I’ve written here in the thread.

    I also read that blog post you posted a link to earlier (‘we all like reblogging’…) and noticed you had asked this question (about disabling reblogging) there and got an answer…. that, well, is rather disappointing. (Turning the blog private is a lousy option — truly lousy!)

    If all the blog in question contains is reblogged posts and no original content then it’s a slpog and you can report it as one.

    Thank you — that’s great! I didn’t this applied to blogs that contain no original content. But given their spam-like nature, this makes sense now that I think of it.

    #769783

    timethief
    Member

    I report all blogs I find that contain nothing but reblogged posts to Staff. I consider them to be splogs.

    #769788

    zooey
    Member

    Great to hear — I will do the same thing! (I’m kind of relieved there’s something to do about it, even if it doesn’t solve the basic issue of reblogging.)

    #769853

    timethief
    Member
    #769861

    zooey
    Member

    Yeah, I saw that thread yesterday when I tried to search for clues about this. I was confused by Markel’s reply — it seemed to indicate that reblogging was always legitimate (in wordpress’s appreciation) because it was… reblogging.

    The blog the person who started that thread refers to in the initial post must be created by the same blogger/spammer who reblogged me today — that one also had the name ‘hello100blog’, but another (though similar) address on wordpress. (I won’t link to it since it’s apparently used for spam purposes.)

    #769864

    timethief
    Member

    Markel just posted today ie. December 5th, 2011. :(

    #769865

    zooey
    Member

    No, sorry, read address wrong — it’s the exact same blog.

    #769866

    In your case, the reblogging feature is a problem, but for normal posts, it actually has an advantage as it keeps what people grab from your site within the copyright fair use laws and automatically properly attributes and links back to the source. Without that, some are likely to copy the entire post and perhaps not attribute it back to the source, or perhaps not properly.

    The thing is, tossing out the reblogging feature would not stop content theft. Granted it make it easier for people to grab bits of your stuff, but at least what they end up with is within copyright fair use.

    I’m not against the reblogging feature as strongly as I was originally.

    #769867

    timethief
    Member

    Well here is what we find on the About page of that blog:

    This is Hello100blog is a global network with a social attivites and a search engine . Share your photo and video to your family and friends,we have best approach to our friends,parterns and users.Hello100blog offers you the the best in advert and our parent company is Hello.com.Creat your own web or blog with us to day it is easy to creat.

    #769869

    markel
    Staff

    Some blogs that have a lot of reblogged posts are spam, as they are trying to push readers to another URL or to an affiliate link. We do deal with those as needed.

    However, there are some blogs that have a large number of reblogged posts as they are run by users who do a lot of reading of other WordPress.com sites and want to share the good stuff they have found on WordPress.com with others. Those blogs are considered to be legitimate and in the vast majority of cases are going to prove to be beneficial to the originating content as they send readers and traffic back to the original.

    Whether the blog in question is spam or not is currently inconclusive; I did see the About page that is discussed here, but as far as I can tell there is nothing at hello.com (there isn’t even an actual link in the first place) and so it just comes across as weird and not spammy.

    Reblogging as a feature is here to stay on WordPress.com and at this time we don’t have any plans to allow blogs to specifically block the reblogging of their content.

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