While Hub Hopping I noticed a guy who'd posted two Hubs that were copied directly from Yahoo News stories... word-for-word. Normally I'd just flag them and move on but this time I couldn't help myself, I left a comment under each one that said "Wow, it must've been a lot of work to copy this from Yahoo" (or words to that effect) and a link to the original Yahoo story. By this time tomorrow that choad will hopefully have been run off the site on a rail.
I don't really like being mean but blatant plagiarism would probably tick me off too. I probably would have flagged that as well. I've seen A LOT of Hubs with grammar and spelling that made my head want to explode in the first sentence, one so bad I pushed the dreaded thumbs down button. There's also a lot of Gibberish ones that are obviously written by someone still learning English. I don't like leaving negative comments because I know they're trying but that's just me... Contemplating leaving a polite corrective comment to a Hub that had very confused/outdated/wrong information that I found today. *shrug*
Thanx all. Sometimes I think we honest Hubbers NEED to start being a little more "douche-y" when it comes to dealing with copied, sub-par, or nonsense Hubs. Rather than just flaggin'em and letting the Mods do our dirty work, let's let these mo-mo's know that we're onto'em and we're tired of them dragging down the quality of the site for all of us. (ala "Network") I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!!!
**EDIT** Both of the Hubs I spoke of in my original post are now unpublished. Whoo hoo! Results! Fight the power 'n' stuff!!
hmmmmm...so i wonder what happens to the ones i flag that are really, really bad....e.g. very bad english that do not make sense because english is not really a second language.....but the hub doesn't violate TOS....OMG!...been hopping...but now i'm second guessing myself as to whether i'm wasting my time...
Before you flag a crap hub, leave a comment like I did (It doesn't necessarily have to be a snide/douche-y comment but those are more fun. haha). Then the next time you log in, you can look under the "activity" in your profile for the "You commented on the Hub ______________," link, click on it and see if it's been unpublished.
Nothing wrong with calling out the copiers. Your subject line reminds me of when I was working at a school. One of the teachers, had worked at Disneyland during the summer and when she got back to the first week of school, she said. "I am really glad school has started-- I am soooo tired of being nice to everyone."
I was Hubhopping last night and read one where most of the words were crammed together, i.e. no spaces between words. Think that might have been a spun article? I guess I don't know what a spun article looks like. Anyway, I flagged it.
I was never in the"group"so I saved them some time.Now I just give em a vinegar and water comment. After three years here I'm pretty sure the site needs an enema not a douche.I'm just a little nervous they might stick the"Tube"in my home page....lol?
Just found ANOTHER guy copying stuff from Yahoo News and posting it as his own work... or maybe it's the same guy, using a different username? Either way, it's lame. Called him/her out in the comments and reported both Hubs.
Until the bizarro world gremlins that have been affecting the site lately (stats being stuck for days on end, bizarre view-counts in the billions, etc.) show some signs of being shaken out, I am not writing a damn thing.
I'd have to say that leaving a comment on the copied hub is half a good idea and half bad, it's good to let the person know that plagiarizing is unacceptable and let's others who read it know that the hub is not original, but it's bad to give that person's hub a comment which technically updates the hub, making it a little more search-friendly. However, I'm with cfin, and think maybe instead of leaving them a comment on their hub, we should leave them a bit of fan mail. lol
Nine times outta ten, the Hubs I flag and leave a "douche comment" end up getting deleted shortly thereafter anywhoo, so I'm not worried about inadvertently giving them extra traffic. It's mainly for my own cruel amusement.
Oh, this is brilliant. This numb nuts actually responded "thanks" to one of my snotty comments. Check it out before this Hub gets deleted, which will probably be soon cuz it's by a guy who's offering to sell his AdSense account.
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