I came across this blog this morning that (I think accidentally) linked to one of my stories. I appears that he is copying and pasting my stories without attribution.Â Flattered? Upset? Robbed? Three of his eight stories are mine.
It took me a little while to get used to writing in the “blogosphere” but I try to follow MLA standards, or at least cite the source. Hopefully soon I will implement this sourcing plug-in; I just haven’tÂ yet figured out how. This too is an interesting post on blogging ethics.
On a “micro” level, your blog represents you and everything you’re connected with, including librarianship. Great quote: “For most readers, you are the last stop between the reader and the truth.” From a utilitarian standpoint, being ethical is a strategic approach. Information has a long half-life. Being ethical is a form of self-preservation…”the blogosphere can be cruel. the biblioblogosphere can be crueler.”
Blogging ethics are pretty simple. If you use someone else’s material and research, by all means, cite it! Just because “everybody does it“:
A study conducted by Donald L. McCabe titled Faculty Responses to Academic Dishonesty: The Influence of Honor Codes found that 55% of faculty “would not be willing to devote any real effort to documenting suspected incidents of student cheating”.
Doesn’t make it right.
Update 12/27/05: In response to the email I sent, he has posted attribution to my real estate website rather than this blog and removed two of the other stories. That this was a case of ignorance rather than malice makes me feel a bit better, but still …
Update 1/7/05: Welcome RTers. Thanks for visiting.