Booting The Plagiaristic Scammers Out Of HubPages
On my Hal's Not-So-Secret Method To Writing Successful Hubs page, TravelAMP asked what seemed to be a legitimate question:
Thanks for a good hub. Very simple and straight forward, write about what you know best. Just wondering about how hubscore works, most of my hubs seem to be ok. But a few has really low score like this http://hubpages.com/hub/Phuket-and-Koh-Samui-Thailand . Any idea?
When I got to his Hub I found a well written piece with plenty of lovely tropical photos. There was really no reason why the Hub was so low-rated. Except... TravelAMP unfortunately must have not read my profile, especially the part that reads: "Hal has more than three decades of executive experience in media and publishing industries... producing 26 monthly magazine and journal titles for a total of more than 100 million published copies."
You see, TravelAMP, you don't write tens of millions of words and edit hundreds of millions more over a lifetime career without picking up a trick or two along the way. And I developed up a very finely honed "Spider-Sense" that Peter Parker would envy. No, I can't tell when Doc Ock is about to strike, but I can smell an editorial scam a mile away. And unfortunately, your Thai article stunk right across the Pacific Ocean.
What was wrong with it? It was well written alright. Too well written. It turns out that you copied it word for word from:
Aha, you could state that they copied you, since you published it in July 2008. Yeah, that would work to get most people off your trail, but not me. I went to the Internet Wayback Machine and found that:
...existed on December 2, 2007. You'll have to highlight the text as the Wayback Machine is showing it black on black, but it's all there... each and every stolen paragraph! You didn't even try to disguise it one iota, you just copied and pasted it into your Hub.
My dear TravelAMP, by asking me to help you with your Hub, you have just brought the Wrath of Hal onto your head. How dare you enter into a conversation about writing quality Hubs and bringing unique information onto the scam-clogged web by promoting your own plagiaristic scam? Did you really think you could pull the wool over my eyes? Damn! You scammers are getting more and more brazen by the day!
The time may soon come when the many superlative, talented and utterly legitimate writers on HubPages take it into our own hands to clean up our site and make it a shining example to the rest of the internet that quality, originality and ethics can find a place on the Wanton Web.
In the meantime, I'm making an example of you. I've flagged your egregious plagiarism and hope that Maddie's Marching Marines blow you clean out of HubPages never to return. We don't need your kind around here, TravelAMP. Go foul up some other site. And let this serve as notice to all the malefactors who see HubPages as a way to make a quick buck by flagrantly stealing content: I'm onto you, and I'm going to do my part to keep HubPages the best that it can be. And that means without scammer crooks like you!