COPIED!! PLAGIARISM!!! STEALING!! CHEATING!!
The frequent words we all read here on WordPress. I have been reading them more often now. When I was a newbie here, this kind of stuff was less, but now, almost every week I see a post of a blogger either apologizing for copying or telling everyone their stuff got copied.
Hey there, I’m Saumya from Draw-Write-Inspire. I’m a teenager who usually writes about life, art and things I love as well as things that I don’t like. I am so glad to post on Happy Panda. I’ve always admired this blog and its creator Moksha.
I have come across many bloggers here, some with more than 20K followers and even some with less than 100 followers. I don’t really differentiate between my blogger friends based on their follower count, I’m just giving an idea. You won’t believe me, but I got shocked when I got to know one of them had been copying full posts from a blogger and not giving credit. I was like, she had been so friendly to me and now she did this. I am sorry but I am not naming her, probably you know. I was worried if she would do the same thing in future with me as well.
Recently, I visited a blog, that blogger was a nice person and a BTS fan just like me. She even contacted me for some blogging advice and what I do for being so consistent. (A lot of bloggers have been asking that to me so I’m going to post about it soon) I told her about a few things and everything went well. One day she liked one of my posts and I just visited her blog to see what she was up to and guess what, I saw there were quite similar things. You know I do this Quote Of The Week on my blog, she also posts that. If you haven’t seen it, there’s a small poem on my homepage:
She copied this and just wrote this as a paragraph and ta-da, people think it’s her work, but it’s mine. I had posted this the very first day I made my blog public. This is just so annoying! I never knew I’d become a victim of being plagiarized. I emailed her and gave her a warning. She kept denying it but then accepted it and asked for some days so that she could come up with something else. She did take it down so I haven’t mentioned her name and blog.
I remember the first thing about this that happened to me was from a blog of my real-life friend. He made a blog because I made one. He liked the idea so I told him how to do it and all. I know his level. I know how he writes stuff in English classes and Library Classes (during online classes, we need to give book reviews or share a write-up with the class). I read a post on his blog which was way beyond what he could write. It had such heavy words, even a daily English speaker would take a minute to tell the meaning. I copy-pasted the first paragraph into Google. I found out it was from a Russian site. I sent him the link and asked why he had copied it. Instead of accepting it and apologizing, he told me he was not a copy-cat type of person and it was his second blog and that he could read and write in Russian. Like are you serious? Do he really think I would fall for that? I told him he could not make a site with a Russian domain in India and I sent him a very long text, threatening him. It was after that he just sent me one text, ‘Okay fine sorry, I won’t do it again.’ And since that, he hasn’t posted on his blog.
Copying Doesn’t Do Any Good
Please, it’s a request, if you’re taking inspiration give credit. If you’re copying, that is wrong, you should at least accept the fact and apologise to the person from whom you copied.
If you think posting someone else’s work which is good will help you in getting more likes and good comments then you’re right at some point. Of course good content gets recognition but do you have any idea what would happen if it gets known that you cheated? 90% of the time you’ll get caught and you’ll have to face the consequences. Many bloggers will boycott you and the people who used to appreciate your original work before would even stop looking at your posts. Because you made your impression, you jumped in the well.
Not just writing, but anything in this world is not just about the quality or quantity, it’s about how creative and how original you can be. I can write a story in which I write about “a boy named Barry who discovers he has magical powers when he turns 13, he goes to a school called Lowerts to study magic. His parents are also wizards and encourage him to go.” I changed the name and a bit of the story. But couldn’t you get it that it was somewhat like Harry Potter? Yes, it was. This isn’t complete plagiarism but would be counted as cheating. Nobody is going to read this story of yours when they’ve Harry Potter with almost the same story and it is very renowned.
Don’t Act Innocent
Some people just ask for sympathy because they are new to the community. But aren’t you taught in schools not to copy each other’s answers or creative writing stuff? You see a shirt at the store but you saw your friend wearing it so you won’t buy it, well, why don’t you copy that also if you’re ‘new’ and you don’t know what copying and cheating are? WordPress is a beautiful community, we’ll praise your efforts and compliment you, but all of us can be equally harsh if you copy the hard work of an original blogger.
Instead of denying the fact you copied, just apologize to the person, take down what you cheated and never repeat your mistake. That person might actually forgive since you accepted that it was your fault and you are ready to take it down. Yes, obviously, things won’t be the same. You are going to be in regret and you will lose the respect you had before.
Copying isn’t great, guys. It’s just a way of ruining your blog.
Thanks again, Moksha for having me on your blog. It was a pleasure!
Thank you, Saumya, for this guest post on a very important topic – plagiarism. Please visit her blog and show her posts love!
Have you ever faced plagiarism issues on here? How did you deal with them? Have you ever been tempted to plagiarize?
PPS: I am open for guest posts – I’d love if somebody wants to do a guest post about sustainability. Mail me.
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