Now you can reblog the whole article of other bloggers? I hope this is a bug…

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  • #1647703

    Today I noticed one article that I have shared between two of my blogs:

    original: http://techfeeling.com/2014/02/09/whoa-you-can-drink-a-beer-in-one-go-who-cares/
    shared to my other blog: http://diaryofdennis.com/2014/02/09/whoa-you-can-drink-a-beer-in-one-go-who-cares/

    As you can see… even on the blog where I reblogged it, there is 100% the same content and same words. The article has been shared or better let be say 100% duplicated.

    I hope this is a bug? If not then I am really dissapointed as I really don´t like it if other people can just duplicate full articles of my blog. Not only that I dislike it but I guess Google doesn´t like it as well (duplicate content).

    If this is not a bug, where is the option to disable the reblogging feature? I think this only can hurt a blog.

    As I know that many of my articles have been reblogged, it is sure that they do now display them in full lenght on their blogs. Seriously, I hope this is just a bug and gets fixed.

    The blog I need help with is diaryofdennis.com.

    #1647743

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    I reported this as a bug as well https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/bug-report-reblog-display-problem?replies=3#post-1643310

    and have marked your thread for staff input as well.

    It does seems that we can disable the reblog icon on our sites under Settings>Sharing, but it does appear in the Reader for anyone who has followed your site. Removal of the Reblog icon of course doesn’t stop anyone from copying your content.

    #1647746

    Oh I should have taken a look first that there is another thread. Maybe someone can merge my post into your thread as it is exactly the same problem.

    I found the disable button now too but the already reblogged content from the past will stay spread everywhere on other sides in 100% length and this is really a problem. I did not have a problem excerpts but full lenght is a no go.

    But the ability to disable the button is really great and good to know for the future.

    #1647760

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Just to reiterate and to make this clear…

    It does seems that we can disable the reblog icon on our sites under Settings>Sharing, but it does appear in the Reader for anyone who has followed your site. Removal of the Reblog icon of course doesn’t stop anyone from copying your content.

    #1647761

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    And since Staff have already responded in the other thread that this is not the intended behavior, I’ve removed the tag for staff input here.

    #1647823

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @jblz-As diaryofdennis said in the other thread I posted, the length of the revised reblog is still excessive. I just test reblogged (and then made private) a post from one of the VIP sites and the content that came over logged in at 280 words! That is entirely too much.

    Can we expect reblogs to return to being shorter excerpts? I tend to post mostly short pieces on my sites; that word count would include all or nearly all of the text.

    #1647827

    timethief
    Member

    No more than 75 consecutive words in properly attributed quote is what I allow in my Copyright notice. And I place my Copyright warning right after the read more link ie. after the 55 word teaser.

    #1647828

    jblz
    Staff

    Can we expect reblogs to return to being shorter excerpts?

    @justjennifer, yes. We’re still working on tweaking what makes it to the the reblogged page.

    #1647829

    timethief
    Member

    @jblz

    We’re still working on tweaking what makes it to the the reblogged page.

    Thanks for that.

    “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” — David Ogilvy

    IMO a 55 word teaser is sufficient.

    #1647830

    Yes it´s way too much. I assume that many bloggers have a dozen of 300 word articles on their blog apart from larger or smaller articles for sure. I remember that I have many articles with around 300 words and people could duplicate them now to 100% with a click through the reblog function. This is a no go.

    I agree with Jennifer. I thought that the old length of reblogs was just ok (cant remember the exact word count but they were ok). Or like timethief say… 50 to 75 words seems to be ok. It´s like a small paragraph and excerpt then and fair.

    This should have top priority due to the fact that many problems could come up. Google SEO, Copryright to mention two… hope to see changes.

    #1647831

    My post came too late. Thanks for working on the issue.

    #1647833

    auxclass
    Member

    If you can’t write a good lead in 55 words you are not much of a writer. Most community colleges have some sort of short writing class, take one.

    I write all my Posts based on the chance that the first bit might be all the someone sees at the start. 300 words is a no go, give people a reason to visit the blog to read the whole thing.

    #1647846

    If you mean me… I guess you didn´t understand what I was saying. I said 300 is way too much content that gets duplicated if anybody hits the reblog button of the wp reader (seems that the disable reblog function doens´t work there as some here found out).

    In Jennifers example of a 280 words reblog, this would be even a half copy of a 600 words article and could be easily distributed on blogs without asking you for permission to publish that much of your work.

    #1647854

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    This should have top priority due to the fact that many problems could come up. Google SEO, Copryright to mention two… hope to see changes.

    Here’s an important point about duplicated content from a comment that the author of the News blog post wrote:

    A reblog is not a republished post, it’s an excerpt with loads of attribution and links to the original post, including a signal to search engines not to count it as belonging to anyone but the original author.

    That addresses the duplicate content issue, but maybe not the copyright issue depending on fair use vis-a-vis the size of the original. So now waiting for the reblog to be further reduced as staff have advised here that it will.

    #1647861

    jblz
    Staff

    Still working on this, but as of a few minutes ago, nothing after the “more” tag is being included in the reblogged content.

    Thanks again for your reports and patience :)

    #1647864

    timethief
    Member

    @jblz

    Still working on this, but as of a few minutes ago, nothing after the “more” tag is being included in the reblogged content.

    Hooray! That’s good news. Now all we need is a copyright insertion right after the more tag.

    #1647865

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @jblz – So let me see if I understand this correctly… You’re saying that even if we do not want to excerpt our posts on the front/home page of our site by using the More tag, we now *have to use it* in order to limit Reblog length?

    (sigh) Even if it gives us control of Reblog length, I cannot see any advantage otherwise. I like displaying at least my latest post full length on the homepage.

    Hoping for a more permanent solution like being able to add our desired Reblog length to our Sharing settings.

    #1647866

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    (Along with whatever notice regarding copyright/CC License just after that.)

    #1647869

    ifmomsaysok
    Member

    “Still working on this, but as of a few minutes ago, nothing after the “more” tag is being included in the reblogged content.

    Thanks again for your reports and patience :)”

    Just wondering, @jblz

    If that is the case for using the <more> tag, does that also apply to themes such as Expound, Bushwick and Columnist, that automatically truncate posts? I know they don’t use the <more> tag but only an excerpt is used on the front page. Do I still have to do that myself, or is it done for me by the theme default? All of this is so confusing.

    #1647870

    shoreacres
    Member

    I need clarification here. I do not want to truncate the post on my home page with a “more” tag in order to set the length of reblogged content. (Of course, I hate and despise reblogging – but I digress.)

    My posts are original content, often 900-1400 words. If the whole thing is reblogged, that’s copyright violation in my book.

    I’ve read through this and still am not clear. Any help would be appreciated.

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