Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What is plagiarism?

is the practice of claiming or implying original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else's written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one's own without adequate acknowledgement.

Online plagiarism
Since it is very easy to steal content from the web by simply copying and pasting, the problem of online plagiarism is growing. This phenomenon, also known as content scraping, is affecting both established sites and blogs

How do you make sure that others know you have used someone else’s work?
Link back to the original work give the author some credit it won’t make your post seem less original it will highlight your work as opposed to theirs

If you borrow an idea that someone else has had say “Mary had this idea”
If you copy part of an article say “from this site”
If you re-post an older post of your own say so “re-post from Nov 2006”

It’s always best to put your own ideas, your own thoughts into a blog, poem or short story that you write but if you do have troubles with that at least say where the item is from, its nicer for your readers its nicer to the person who did it in the first place

Just because everyone else copy pastes from somewhere else doesn’t mean its right most times there is a link back or credit given anyway you just haven’t noticed it

Punishments for plagiarism vary from failing a course you are taking too jail time or loosing respect and jobs (plagiarism FAQ)

Now I’m not talking about images here even though they too fall under the same Copywrite umbrella same as music does I’m talking about the written word (images and music are a topic for another blog)

Seeing as we as bloggers aren’t writing a university paper for a final grade we don’t need to have a full page of citations (facts from here part) on the ends of our blogs but we DO need to either link back or say “written by” etc because otherwise its called plagiarizing and that is in the world of blogging not so much stealing but faking it

If you didn’t write it, you know you didn’t write it everyone else knows you didn’t write it SAY SO

Sources – Wilkapedia and the Plagiarism Learning Center

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blog easy some do's and don't's

Just found this on disk (was looking for something else)
Found a pile of other "blog" type things too ..spose I could post them all up in one day ...no won't do that that wouldn't be good would it

These were written up by Marvyn ( re-posted with permission)....

Some Do’s …

Do what is right, not what is easiest
Do learn about other peoples cultures, history and habits before judging
Do ensure both sides have equal say
Do respect differences of opinions
Do listen when others try to explain
Do understand that you can be wrong too
Do try to understand and be appreciative
Do take responsibility for your action or inaction
Do ask questions, but politely
Do remember others have feelings too

Some Don’ts …

Don’t act in anger, take time out
Don’t interrupt when others try to explain
Don’t patronize, show respect
Don’t look down on others, be level
Don’t be judgmental, be fair
Don’t ridicule differing beliefs and Attitudes
Don’t dominate, try to accommodate
Don’t ignore diversity, try to understand it
Don’t be insulting, be appreciative
Don’t divide people, rather, join them together

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What is a Meme?

No not a Mimi a MEME

Wilkapedia describes a Meme as
"A meme (IPA: [mim])[citation needed], as defined by memetic theory, constitutes a theoretical unit of cultural information, the building block of culture or cultural evolution which spreads through diffusion propagating from one mind to another analogously to the way in which a gene propagates from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution"

You understood that perfectly right.. You didn't? ....ok so I didn't either at first
that's ok
I'll explain it

A Meme goes from blog to blog most times its one of those questionnaire things , one person does it and the next does the same only they do it a little differently.
Basically its an idea started by one person that others copy and it grows from their post onto the next one and so on growing or transforming as it goes

Sometimes a meme gets another few people to do the same Meme this spreads it faster
They can be questionnaires
Lists of answers
Short stories
Photo posts
anything that you "borrow" from someone else is a Meme
If you ask others to do the same thing that's a Meme
If they do it anyway without asking that's a Meme

Memes can be fun and interesting, you can post about yourself or put up your "favourite" thing then go read everyone else's Memes about that same thing
Its like passing on a little part of yourself to the next person

You've possibly done a Meme before and not even known what it was

What have you done that was a Meme?

Monday, February 4, 2008


If you missed the welcome which I know some of you did
To Bloggers Anonymous

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Welcome to Bloggers Anonymous

Greetings, namaste, gutentag

Origionally set up as a Yahoo group, Bloggers Anonymous soon had its own 360 page (now defunct) and a web site (also defunct) but is still going as a Yahoo group
BA of course now blogs on Blogger and on Multiply

Some folks aren't quite sure what BA is all about (I shorten it to BA you type the words Blogggers Anonymous as much as I do you would too)
Well basically its for bloggers ...the addicted ones and for those who don't blog all that much who just want people to read what they do have to say
Or if you want a BA T-shirt we still have some of those left I think ..yeah we do look in the albums on Multiply or on the YGroup , the T-shirts are free so are the donuts and bananas

So what can you do here on BA?
You can post a link to your blog post
You can ask a question about blogging
You can post jokes
You can post funny pictures
You can jump right in and take over if you want ..well only if you are sick of me posting all the time

Remember we aren't anonymous on Multiply but on our Blogger page you can comment anonymously if you want, point is that we don't actually want you to be anonymous and lurk the whole point of BA is to get yourself out there and show the world how addicted you realy are and how well can you blog!
Prove how good you are start posting on BA .... or that wet banana army might start marching
do bananas march?