Check the two out, it's ridiculous! I wouldn't have minded if they changed it around or added in their own unique sections, or ANYTHING but they basically regurgitated the same stuff but with different words!
A Few Comparisons Between Their Sub-Headings and My Sub-Headings: (my) vs (theirs) Handy Phrases vs Sentences That Will Make A Difference Make A List Of Companies vs Create A List of Companies Welcome vs Greetings Get Addresses or Email vs Research Mailing Address' and Emails Write Your Letter/Email vs Writing Your Letter or Email
What do you think? Should I report it, or is it just me?
Right now, I'm furious!!! I've never seen any spinning to this extent!!!!
Did you looked at the date when they wrote their hubs. You can click on their names. Then, you need to go and check the copy hub. It tells you on the side of the title when the hub was done. Then, look at you hub date. Sometimes, people have the same ideas at the same time when it comes to writing. Specially, some people have the same habits. For example, we recycled. I am sorry . It happened to you.
Your post reminded me of something similar that happened to me right when I first started at HP. I did an article on found poetry and a week later a follower did an article on found poetry. She had clearly used my article to write hers, but maybe not enough to be a violation. I had wanted to use some pictures of visual found poetry, but I knew enough not to use pictures that were not free-to-use. My workaround was to create a Pinterest board called "Found Poetry." I put the pictures on the board and linked to the board. The copycat used the pictures on my board, sourcing them as Pinterest.. I reported her for violation of using pictures without permission. I don't know what happened. That is the only time I ever reported anyone. She just made me mad by "stealing" my work.
Catherine... That's a brilliant piece butt kicking! I've had the same done with poetry and with historical events in house, to the effect of loosing traffic etc I don't know how some people can lie straight in bed... effectively they are fools, fooling themselves that they are a writer... when really they are no different really from the article spinners. The best writing comes from the heart, not from a software program... In the end, I think they are reincarnated as Ticks & Fleas! Good jumping and biting you guys... I'm coming back as an aerosol can!
Wow! Very disappointing. You are well justified in being upset, and reporting this is warranted in that regard alone. But also consider that you are unlikely their only current or future victim. It would be a disservice to Hup Pages and fellow writers to NOT report it.
Even if there is any remote chance that this writer thinks it was OK to do this, and not a harmful or malicious thing to do to someone, they need their thinking on that corrected immediately.
It's unpublished now, that was quick. Good job HP!
From the user's bio: "During my travels of reading on Hubpages I have found some of the most helpful and interesting articles to read. There is a lot of talent on this site and I have a lot of respect for all of my fellow hubbers!"
Apparently, the offending article was unpublished only long enough for HappyMommy2520 to change a few things around, as the link now works again, sending the reader to a similar article with a new title.
I like the idea of some kind of negative consequences for the plagiarist, as Catherine Giordano suggested. However, it appears that the "author" is getting off the hook Scot free. The article remains published and the offending Hubber, at least at this point, appears to be in good standing with HubPages.
Many similarities to Susi10's original work remain, for instance, the thief obviously stole just about all of section 3, rewording it only slightly. I hope Susi10 has taken screen shots.
The first time, I could almost excuse. Maybe she didn't know any better. The second, HP should ban her from life and make sure she can't open new account. On the plus side, she must really like your hub.
Well, that is disappointing to say the least. Discouraging for other hubbers. Why contribute fresh content - one has to wonder - if it's just going to be copied and spun with, apparently, HP admin's blessing?
Certainly, that was an egregious example of copying/spinning - from the "what can I get away with" school of dishonesty. Glad to see HP took the spun hub down, but a little surprised to see the account is still there.
One hates to give a content theft any extra page views, but it might be wise to see if any other hubs there look "all too familiar" to any of us?
There are quite a few copycats on HubPages. I've got some of my history hubs copied by fellow Hubbers. These were on my main account, a 7 year old one, which I deleted last month. So I understand how you feel. Report, report, report!
There should definitely be a punishment of some kind for doing this. Maybe all their hubs should be unfeatured for 6 months. I never read other hubs on a topic I have decided to write about until my hub is finished and published. I don't want to be even unconsciously influenced.
Well, this is getting better by the day. A SECOND spinned hub, woo hoo!
Thanks, Happy Mommy. Keep those spinned hubs comin'.
Also, I did some research on Pinterest and found out her Pinterest profile. Strangely enough, she pinned four of my hubs on one of her boards out of nine hubs pinned. One of those pinned hubs, was a hub I made on MFP graphics. If you look at her hubs, they all have MFP graphics at the start. So, my hub helped her and she pays me back by spinning the same hub TWICE.
She got some fanmail here from Peg Cole. This is what it said: "Your article on how to get free products was interesting and useful. I would have left a positive comment but I couldn't find a comment section."
Hmm, that was my hub but anyway.
Thanks for the tremendous support, fellow Hubbers! I really appreciate it.
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