I'm tired of being nice!

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  1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    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.

    So was that too douche-y?

    .....Naaaaah.

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      no...not all FatFreddysCat....i smile everytime I read your name btw!

    2. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Careful!  You won't be included in "the group" if you point out bad stuff!  lol

    3. Cantuhearmescream profile image80
      Cantuhearmescreamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No I don't think it was too douche-y. You're too funny. Blatant wrongs should be pointed out, it's people and things like that that give HP a bad name.

    4. Theophanes profile image95
      Theophanesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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 Contemplating leaving a polite corrective comment to a Hub that had very confused/outdated/wrong information that I found today.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*

  2. stephanieb27 profile image74
    stephanieb27posted 5 years ago

    I don't think so. If someone is going to copy work they should be called out!

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely right.   If one is a writer, one is either ORIGINAL or NOTHING at all.

  3. wqaindia profile image45
    wqaindiaposted 5 years ago

    Why do you worry. Original is Original. Think about who appeared first - the Hen or the egg.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    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!!

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      kewl!

    2. Taleb80 profile image81
      Taleb80posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the efforts you do for the benefit of all of us.

  5. Gail Meyers profile image84
    Gail Meyersposted 5 years ago

    LOL Randy, sit down or you are going to time out!  haha

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, they already kicked me out of the group!  (anyone know who the group is?)  roll

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
        FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I think it was Groucho Marx who said, "I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member."

        1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
          SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          'groups are dangerous'....quoted from a friend who has travelled the world extensively for a loooonng time....

  6. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago

    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...

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        i'll try that...thanks!

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
          FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Think of it as giving scammers, spammers, and thieves a virtual kick in the 'nads.

      2. Randy Godwin profile image91
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That is really a good idea, FatFreddyCat!  smile

  7. Gail Meyers profile image84
    Gail Meyersposted 5 years ago

    LOL FatFreddysCat!  The shunning of dissenters, Randy?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have no idea, but it was suggested I didn't fit in with whoever is in it.  It actually made my day.  cool

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    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."

  9. mary615 profile image92
    mary615posted 5 years ago

    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.

  10. cheaptrick profile image72
    cheaptrickposted 5 years ago

    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?

    1. Gail Meyers profile image84
      Gail Meyersposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL  You are scaring me...haha.

  11. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    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.

  12. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    Did some more hub hoppin' this morning... saw lotsa spun/poorly translated/nonsensical crap...which led to lotsa flags (and douche-y comments) by yours truly.

    This is almost as much fun as writing actual Hubs. big_smile

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's even more fun than writing hubs which will probably be idled anyway.  roll

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
        FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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. big_smile

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          If everyone did that we'd soon see something done, I suspect.  But there's always some who will go along with the crowd. cool

  13. cfin profile image74
    cfinposted 5 years ago

    Can you please name and shame the member? We can all then join in and help them grow a conscience.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm pretty sure that naming names is against the site's rules, therefore it would probably get me in trouble and get this thread deleted.

      Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still out there fighting the good fight. Y'know, like RoboCop.

  14. Page1 SEO tactics profile image79
    Page1 SEO tacticsposted 5 years ago

    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

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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. big_smile

      1. cfin profile image74
        cfinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I am looking through your activity to see if I can find the "unnamed" individual. That is not against HP policy smile One of them has been deleted already.

        I have also started to report "unnamed" individuals who plagiarize.

  15. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    Feelin' grouchy again today so I took it out on some spun/Engrish/spammy Hubs and left some snotty comments. 

    I couldn't resist after reading this dribble in an obviously-poorly translated article about Google AdSense:

    "The latest marketing tests jazz revealed that placing pictures beside, or above you're a ads can fuck a massive fight on click-thru rates."

    I have no idea what that means, but it sounds AWESOME!! smile

    1. Cantuhearmescream profile image80
      Cantuhearmescreamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You really ought consider waking up on the "wrong side of the bed" regularly. It's like chicken soup for my soul! ;-)

  16. cperuzzi profile image95
    cperuzziposted 5 years ago

    Nope.  I would have started to boil the tar and gather the feathers for proper punishment.

  17. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    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. big_smile

    http://everythingpro.hubpages.com/hub/A … al-Process

    1. profile image0
      Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey! He is not less than a expert!

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
        FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Who could possibly resist a sales pitch like this? wink

        1. Cantuhearmescream profile image80
          Cantuhearmescreamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Are you friggen kidding me? Wow! Well FatFreddysCat, I must've rolled out of the same side of the bed as you or you're rubbing off on me, I just gave it to him... :-0

          1. FatFreddysCat profile image95
            FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Hahahaha, just saw your addition. Awesome!!

            1. Cantuhearmescream profile image80
              Cantuhearmescreamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks! Sometimes you try to hold it in as hard as you can... I usually get yelled at by other hubbers "well who the heck do you think you are little Miss Newbie", but I couldn't help it this time.

  18. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    Busted somebody this morning for copying two articles from Wikipedia and passing them off as their own Hubs. LAME!

    1. Cantuhearmescream profile image80
      Cantuhearmescreamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/7979146_f248.jpg

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image95
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ...make that FOUR articles. What a lame-O.

  19. StitchTheDamned profile image72
    StitchTheDamnedposted 5 years ago

    That is too sad. I bet this happens more than we realize. It makes it harder for those of us that actually put in a lot of time to research and write our articles.

    1. profile image0
      Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And for those of us who should put a lot of time and research into our articles, but mainly just say stuff off the top of our heads.

  20. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
    PeppermintPaddyposted 5 years ago

    No, not at all. We'd love to hear his "real" voice, not that of another author.

    1. profile image0
      Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Were you talking to me? I was actually just making fun of myself. Not sure how it came across. smile

  21. Paul Corvan profile image74
    Paul Corvanposted 5 years ago

    You did the right thing smile Plagiarism is a common online problem. And as writers, I think that we should do our best to protect the works of our fellow writers.

  22. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    My newest annoyance... over the past day or two the Q&A section has been flooded with spammy questions apparently from India, all of which follow the same pattern:

    "Help me find the best coaching center for (name of random educational program or degree) in (name of random Indian city)?"

    I swear I've left snotty responses to about three dozen of these suckers since yesterday!!

 
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