Saturday, September 1, 2012

To truncate, or not to truncate...

There are bloggers out there whom I hold in the highest esteem.  (There are those I don't--I call these bloggers "bloogers."  Because I am allergic to them and they make my nose want to run.)  One blogger I really respect and admire is Susan from Naps on the Porch.  She has been blogging for years and her voice and content are authentic and informative.

A few days ago, Susan wrote a post about how she had been "scraped."   This admission set the DIY blogworld on its collective ear.  Because if it happened to sweet Susan, it could happen to anyone!  Immediately, the blogworld (and facebook, and twitter) was full of bloggers who had been plagiarized without credit.  Immediately, bloggers had a common purpose--to stop scraping and other forms of content stealing.  (As an aside--these women can work together for a cause!)  And as women do...they found a way:  truncating posts.

not this scraper--this one is from google images

I will be honest here and tell you I have no idea what this means or how you do it, but it is a way to keep from getting ripped off.  Basically, scrapers can't get your content easily if you truncate your posts (which is splitting them and only showing part).  There are other ways to discourage folks from stealing content, too--like watermarking photos and threatening to blow someones kneecaps off with your rifle.  Okay, I could totally be making up that last one.

this is an M-1 rifle, also from google images

Bloggers have differing opinions on truncating--some have already done it and some are never going to do it and some don't need to do it, because they don't get scraped, as scrapings occur mostly with tutorials. I doubt I will go to the trouble of truncating, unless I find that folks start scraping me.

here's a pic of a scrape from
I bet it hurt.

Whatever you do with your blog--truncate or not--just remember: NO scrape is a legitimate scrape.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have decided not to do it, too.... and i have had enough of my own scrapes this week! :)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

hmmmm....I have been watching this whole truncating thing too. I can't imagine anyone wanting to scrape my blog. (Geeze....I hope I'm not a blooger.) I do feel sorry for the bloggers who have had this happen. I don't watermark all of my pics...just the main one on my post. I'm too lazy. At this point I think I am opting for non-truncation as well.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh...and funny Todd Aiken reference....I'm kind of sorry that moron is from my state.

The Witch's Kitchen said...

The way I see it, the internet is like being a movie star. If you choose to be in the limelight, you give up your privacy & people will emulate you.

If you choose to post your work/life/home/pictures on the internet, people are going to copy and sometimes steal your images/recipes/stories. I'm not condoning it, but that doesn't make it any less true.

Do I use others recipes/pictures? Yes. I link back to where I got it from though. But we know not everyone in the world is honest.

If, by some off chance, someone used one of my pictures/stories/recipes in that way I probably would just take it as a compliment and let it go.

Or I might just cast a small spell....*winks*

Kelly said...

I haven't been legitimately scraped yet - and I might feel differently if I am - but so far I'm thinking no truncating for this blooger. I hate it too much as a reader.

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...
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Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Kristi from A2D just had an entire post stolen. All the pictures had her watermark cropped off. I am at a loss? Not sure what I will do... but for now, it's going to be nothing I think. I'll wait and see.

(sorry for the delete, had a giant typo)

Bliss said...

Truncate is an odd word.


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I'll continue reading the ones I really want to, whether I have to click through or not. I can't stand people taking credit for what others do... unfortunately, this was bound to become an issue in blogland. Where there's a will to steal, there's a way.

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