This isn’t directly Wow related although it does affect you readers because it affects us writers.
When you create a blog which achieves any kind of decent readership you also attract leeches of various types. This post is primarily about the type of leeches who duplicate blog posts and then pass them off as their own.
Although this gives me (and most other bloggers) the shits I have been just ignoring it, but Miss Medicina’s recent post on the topic, got me to thinking I should put my opinion out there and provide readers with instruction on how you can legitimately copy my work. So here goes.
If you want to republish any of my posts you need to credit me as the original author. Preferably note somewhere near the top of your post that I’m the original author and link to the original post which you are copying. That’s it. Nothing complicated. Personally I can’t see why you would want to copy one of my posts in its entirety and re-post it instead of just linking to the original unless you were hoping to attract readers to your website. This applies to blog posts, forum posts, ‘wow guides’, etc.
I realise some are screen scraping my work, usually using an automated process, and I have little hope that they will magically stop because I ask them to. I’m happy to ignore them as they are the “junk mail” of blogs anyway.
Sorry for the gloomy nature of this post, but I felt this needed to be said.