Originally Posted by cableguy
i guess we all have different thresholds. plus i cant articulate like "conor" (i put him in quotes because i don't really know him yet it would have sounded like i did) who's posts are heroic most of the time, with their fashionably-lengthy perfection.
If only my professors from college would have thought so! I do tend to have wordy responses don't I? You should see the helpdesk ticket responses when the staff let me reply!
I'm a firm believer in more information is better (as long as it's relevant). I come from the BBS days when EVERYTHING was written, and the short hand "texting" style of writing I just can't do. Even on my phone currently, I use the slideout keyboard and use full words when texting.
When I post on a forum, I tend to re-read my post as the moment I hit SEND it becomes a permanent badge associated with both my name and my company. You'll be hard pressed to find me slamming ANYONE if you do a search in Google (even spammers don't get slammed, they get exposed).
I have worked very hard over the years on design projects and websites, and from time to time, people have stolen my work. Prior to the DMCA availability, I have filed numerous cease and desist along with legal cases based on the Berne Convention - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berne_C...Artistic_Works
In each of them, I have won! The reason? It's MY original work. I work hard to make sure that my websites are written not only to keep the audience, but also in this day and age, attract users through search engines. When someone STEALS my creative work, I go after them.
I don't spend a lot of time on www.copyscape.com
, but every now and then I pop in, enter the URLs for some of my more frequent pages people take, and then I send out my form letters to the necessary people. There's also a few programs that can be download that will automate this task, but I haven't used them much.
Also, one extra little bit of potentially useful information;
When you copy text from one site, and use it as your own - Google will eventually catch up. Only the original artist (the first place to post it) will get the results in the search engine. Often times the duplicated content does not rank in the search engine. Granted, it's next to impossible for Google to go through every page on the web and compare it to someone else, then say which is valid and which is not, but portions of this are currently in practice. This is why you see so many people offering "article spinning" services (where they replace "X" lines in an article in order to come up with original work).
Using someones idea and expanding upon it is normal. I've read many articles, taken my own thoughts about it, and then rewritten an article from MY point of view - this is not copying word for word or anything like it. It becomes my own creative work. When I reference other articles, I include a reference.
So, I'll leave you with this:
Instead of writing "our datacenter" does XYZ, I say "the datacenter we use". If you're a one man show, don't write "Our Team", it's untrue and misleading. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are quite happy to be with a small shop - many actually prefer it. There are also just as many people that are happy supporting a SINGLE PERSON operation. It gives them the extra warm fuzzy of helping another person succeed. As long as there are no problems, people don't have an issue sending customers to a place that offers reliable service, a great price and a friendly smile.