Reblogging

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  • #805229

    merovee
    Member

    My blog is http://merovee.wordpress.com/ . I notice WordPress have added a new tool on the header bar for reblogging which they say will bring new readers .

    Is this what they had in mind – YouR Tube News . My original post was Logan’s Run v 1984 .

    At the time of posting, I have had 1 click back and the site which has reblogged it 30 .

    Even though the reblogger is nothing to do with WordPress, does it really want to push the theft of whole articles . Hopefully, a member of staff may pass by .

    #805382

    merovee
    Member

    Sorry the link above is wrong . It should read Your Tube News . I’m not spamming but it shows the concept of re-blogging is dubious at best .

    I assume the bot removed my second post .

    #805385

    macmanx
    Staff

    No, that’s not what we intend to do.

    As you can see in the announcement post http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/reblogging-is-back/ the reblogged post is clearly attributed back to the source and its original author.

    #805389

    merovee
    Member

    Thanks for the reply . Maybe it’s me but I am uneasy with re-blogging . I am happy for parts of a post to be included in another post eg copying and pasting a few lines .

    Do you know if there is anything I can do about my post . Normally, I wouldn’t mind if there was decent accreditation but there’s nothing apart from ‘link’ .

    #805391

    macmanx
    Staff

    If your blog is public, it’s subject to reblogging, just like it’s subject to the wholesale copying and pasting of your posts in their entirety.

    It’s just one of those things that we all deal with as public bloggers, but we hope that the reblogging feature will lead to less fully copied “manually reblogged” posts and more properly credited posts reblogged via the new feature.

    The only way to prevent a reblog in this case would be to make your blog private, and the only way to delete a reblog would be to delete the original post.

    #805394

    merovee
    Member

    I suppose its something I’ll have to live with . Thanks for the reply anyway .

    #805549

    windwhistle
    Member

    Our public blogs are indeed subject to wholesale copying and pasting, but copying the entire post even with attribution exceeds “fair use” and is copyright infringement. I share merovee’s concern that reblogging may promote this. Why isn’t the usual brief quote-with-link sufficient?

    I just visiting a post with a “reblog” and was appalled at the amount of text it included. Way too much, imho, especially when taken from a short post. I want readers to come to my blog to read my posts, not see all or most of them somewhere else. I suggest (1) reblogs should include much less text, (2) reblogs should not include images, which may constitute all or most of the post (eg, photo blogs), and (3) administrators be given an option to disable the reblogging of their material.

    #805551

    timethief
    Member

    @windwhistle
    My copyright policy clearly states:

    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.

    (1) WordPress.com does not need to provide the ability to reblog more than 75 words.

    (2) The fact that copy and paste content theft exists is a red herring argument in this context and I wrefuse to accpet it. In my not humble opinion, if WordPress.com chooses to provide a feature that enables copying of more text than my copright policy clearly states, then they arefacilitating and promoting the violation of my copyright.

    I just visiting a post with a “reblog” and was appalled at the amount of text it included.

    Will you please provide a link to an example of a reblog of the nature you state above?

    #805556

    windwhistle
    Member

    @timethief – I probably should have said surprised, not appalled. The reblog I saw (http://jwheeler59.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/hospitality-customers/ ) was the length seen with the “Read Blogs” function we have on our administrator’s bar, probably because it works off the same code. In the case of short posts, I think that’s too much. “Fair use” can be a certain number of words or a certain percent of the total. A haiku poem, for example, is only five lines. Taking all of it would exceed both your 75 words and fair use. Same with the images. Sometimes a single image is the entire post. I’m not a lawyer, just a retired editor concerned about copyright and fair use.

    Again, I think WP should give administrators an option to disable the reblogging of their material.

    #805558

    timethief
    Member

    I’m with you on “Fair use” and on this >

    Again, I think WP should give administrators an option to disable the reblogging of their material.

    #805564

    macmanx
    Staff

    I just visiting a post with a “reblog” ( http://jwheeler59.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/hospitality-customers/ ) and was appalled at the amount of text it included.

    The only text included from the original reblog is the first blockquote excerpt, 88 words to be exact.

    The rest is a comment on the reblog itself by this blog’s author.

    #805565

    timethief
    Member

    @macmanx
    What excatly is the word limit on th reblogging feature please?

    #805567

    macmanx
    Staff

    At this time, the limit is 128 words or 512 characters. That is subject to change, but I strongly doubt that it would increase.

    #805568

    timethief
    Member

    @macmanx
    Thank you very much for providing that information. Despite the fact I strongly prefer not to, I will change my copyright policies on my blogs hosted here.

    #805571

    windwhistle
    Member

    @macmanx
    88 words is precisely my point. I think that’s too much. It could be all of a short post.

    I respectfully suggest and request a Disable button: http://piedtype.com/2012/01/23/wanted-a-wordpress-disable-reblog-option/

    #805573

    timethief
    Member

    I respectfully suggest and request a Disable button: http://piedtype.com/2012/01/23/wanted-a-wordpress-disable-reblog-option/

    @windwhistle
    Never doubt that I’m still with you but I clearly recall the last round of ‘discussion’ on this feature when it was first introduced. :(

    #805574

    windwhistle
    Member

    @timethief

    Hmm, I’ll have to look for that, but I gather I’m not going to like it

    #805575

    windwhistle
    Member

    @timethief

    Hmm, I’ll have to look for that, but I gather I’m not going to like it

    #805576

    windwhistle
    Member

    Sure ’nuff. Didn’t like it.

    #805621

    jazzloonz
    Member

    I have recently taken to the wordpress Read Blogs feature and love it!

    I don’t understand though, when I tried to reblog a post from Two Minutes of Grace it ended up reblogging on The Fork In the Road when I wanted ti to show up on Good Life. I’m admin on all three, but not the author of the post from TMG. Is there a way to set the default to my Goodlife blog? My gravatar is set right.

    I went to Fork and made the post a draft, so I fixed that for now.

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