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 mostlydead.com|
I bet it hurt.
Whatever you do with your blog--truncate or not--just remember: NO scrape is a legitimate scrape.