There has been a resolution (in progress) regarding my hub article on 'How to Run a Breakfast Program for the Needy." Turns out there were no intentional copyright violations, thievery, or "spun" text from another site on my part. The blog moderator for the neighborhood civic association (whom I know personally) posted the entire article instead of the link. He has now taken it down. According to an hp staffer, that will suffice so that when mine is republished, it will be original.
Many lessons were learned here for me:
1. It is very easy, as a new writer, to unknowingly fall into the internet phenomenon of "duplicate content." Even if I didn't commit the violation this time, I now know how to avoid it in the future.
2. I will never write about a fact-based topic (like a charity or organization) ever again. I've learned that it's too risky and can create the appearance of "spinning" if the organization appears on the web. If I do, it will be a subjective narrative regarding my thoughts about and experience with that organization.
3. When I email my friends and associates the links to my articles, I will cleary state, "post the link only."
4. When I need help, I won't hesitate to ask hubbers. They will promptly respond with specific solutions to what they perceive as the problem, based on what is presented to them. Hubber support is invaluable.
Thanks everybody for you help.
Thanks for sharing Jan. Useful information.
Just to clarify, your Hub was not moderated for a copyright violation, nor for spinning, but for being duplicate content.
And as far as:
"2. I will never write about a fact-based topic (like a charity or organization) ever again. I've learned that it's too risky and can create the appearance of "spinning" if the organization appears on the web. If I do, it will be a subjective narrative regarding my thoughts about and experience with that organization."
There is nothing about the topic of charities or organizations that specifically would make it appear to be spun.
I think your most affective tactic is step 3.
Thank you, Matthew for more clarification. Since I'm quite new to this, I did not understand exactly what "duplicate content" meant. So we were all speculating about what it could possibly be about and what causes duplicate content. All possibilities were presented by helpful hubbers trying to help me figure out how to proceed. #2 was based on my understanding of how the duplicate content "red light" could get tripped. Glad to know that isn't so. I totally agree that #3 will be most effective. I'm very grateful for your help. Aren't you glad this is over?
Tell your friends to take screenshots if they want to "archive" your articles, or better, just link to it. Do NOT copy your entire article, which is not cool in either case, even if he kept all the attributions (i.e. "authored by")
haha i liked the "thievery" use, Copyright violation would be serious stuff, its implying that your blog moderator for the neighborhood civic association wrote a DMCA takedown letter to hubpages. I'm sure he/she didn't do that, if itss a duplicate content warning that means the hubpages scanner found similiar text on the internet on another website, in this case your neighborhood civic association's site
A mini-rant for the heck of it...
If I video tape a neighborhood thief stealing my lawn chair, and call the cops, off to jail the thief goes.
If that same neighborhood thief and his website steals one of my articles that is earning me 10 lawn chairs a month, and I call the cops...
There will nary be a cop to be found.
Why is that? Just saying...
And if you friend borrows your lawn chair when you only offered them the cupholder....
no, I have no idea where this metaphor is going.
para and psycheskinner, y'all are too funny. Thanks for the laugh. I'm not as neurotic as this thread and the other one would imply; just clueless. Thanks guys for all your help
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