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Saturday, September 12, 2009

HELLO NEWBIES

hope you have a good time here!

Good Morning

This room needs to be re named the Newbie Rooms

us Newbies can now sit down and enjoy the smell of the fresh brewed coffee

read some great entries and some interesting news, and plainly say good morning

Good morning.

and I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I too am new to this site and I want to extend greetings to all! I can't wait to see how this all plays out; I am very much anticipating a few good reads and I hope many of you will grace your eyes with my own pieces of poetry and prose!  

is anyone home

I just signed up, and wanted to say hello. I was hoping to find someone live in here.

but looking at this room it seems that no one has been here since July.

I am a bit unsure since this is all pretty new.

feel free to shoot me a note, and give me the scoop on what is up.

looking forward to hearing from you

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Newbie saying *Hello*

Hey, all. Just signed up tonight and have been browsing around finding some fantastic musings.

I love reading a variety of items and have many interests so I will be all over the place.

Looking forward to meeting many writers and making plenty of friends. Love feedback and constructive criticism so don't be afraid to shoot me your ideas!

Happy writing...or not so happy, depending...LOL


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Newby On board

Hey Newby on board...im just getting the feel of the site, making  my mark and im also looking for new friends and blog buddies. i love feed back, as well as giving feed back. So dont be shy Look forward to hearing from new friends......until then guilty as charged is signing off....... no thats not my nick name its just my sig phrase, and if you read my work you will almost always see it. :) 

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hello everyone:

I've been off the air for about 10 days now.  My house and the power line and the internet lines were struck by huge lightning bolts on Thurs. and Friday a week back.  I had no computer after the electtrical storm and rain.  There were many losses and you may read my story on the news according to Michaud/  I am having trouble with my cat right now, but would like to share that thanks to many good folk I am back on line with  the help of an 8 year old computer that seems to be happy to be out of its storage building home.  We were out of three televisions, one mother board on the central air unit, three television boxes from Time Warner, 2 telephones, and ultimately water due to a strike on the pump station.  I am just glad people could help me, for I ran out of money to get repairs done. 
Have a good week, MichaudBlaine123

Friday, June 5, 2009

A note on why we had to warn Bhaskar.ing and eventually close his account

We dealt with this in private, but since it’s been taken public by one member, here’s what happened.

As you may know, over the past couple of weeks (and even much earlier), a number of Blogit members have found large amounts of text written by other authors in the blog written by Bhaskar.ing.

As we described the issue in our email notice to him on Wednesday, “The text is used without quotation marks and presented as your own work. In addition, when readers have complimented you on the content, you've taken credit for it as your own work.”

Plagiarism is never OK, and it’s really bad on a writing site, where there are many others putting a lot of time and effort into writing original content and being careful to give credit and use quotation marks when including text written by other authors.

Other members had been trying to amicably resolve this situation with Bhaskar.ing over the past couple of weeks, and he apparently admitted what he’d done in an email. Unfortunately, he then denied it in his blog, made accusations against other members, and posted at least one new entry that also turned out to have been written by another author.

If he’d instead agreed not to do it again, the issue would likely have been settled.

On Wednesday, based on member reports to us, we carefully researched the examples sent to us and sadly were able to independently confirm most of them. The original content was indeed written by a number of different authors, not by Bhaskar.ing.

The problem, as we said in our email notice, is this: “Since the relevant entries were posted to Blogit over a long period of time, there's no way to tell which of your entries were written by you.”

Even so, we had decided to give Bhaskar.ing one more chance. We asked that he start a new blog and agree to be careful when using text written by other authors. We gave four examples of blog entries posted by him that contained large amounts of text written by other authors.

In response, Bhaskar.ing stated that he had originally written one of the entries in 2006. He did not make any statements about the other three entries.

On Thursday, we reviewed his claim and found that the text was taken from a book written by another author, first published in 1996, so it could not have been written by Bhaskar.ing in 2006.

At this point, since Bhaskar.ing had again claimed ownership of an entry that was clearly not his own, rather than simply agreeing that it had been written by someone else, it seemed likely that he’d do the same thing again in his new blog.

Rather than put everyone through this again, we decided that we had no choice but to close Bhaskar.ing’s account.

Since the account has been closed, we have given Bhaskar.ing up to 5 business days to copy any of his blog entries he wishes to keep, as is our standard procedure in such a case. We’ll also ensure that he receives a refund (prorated on a monthly basis) if due. We mentioned this in our notice of account closure.

I’d like to once again remind everyone that it’s normally fine to include text written by other authors as long as you do it carefully (here’s how). There’s no need to pretend it’s your own if it’s not – readers will still enjoy reading you!

If anyone would like us to post the full text of our email notice to Bhaskar.ing, please let us know.

-Robert

[Edited to clarify several sentences 6/6 7:56 am]

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Blogit service announcement: how to use text written by other authors

When using text by other authors, please post only a brief excerpt of the content (e.g. a paragraph) -- not most (or all) of the content -- using quotation marks to make it clear it's not your own work. Please include a link to the original page.
 
In most cases, this should qualify as "fair use" and ensure that you are not violating the original author's copyright. Here is a good description of copyright, including an explanation of "fair use":
 
http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

Thursday, May 14, 2009

thank you Shelly, I am enjoying my stay so far. I was wondering if anyone could help me here, I'm new to this site and I'm trying to figure out this HTML bullcrappolla. does anyone know where I can go to find prescripted tweeks for my rooms? like XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language)templates, and good CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)Templates? or just tweeks that can be copied and pasted? I've Googled a few diff. sites but they don't seem to fit right. is there a site with free layouts somewhere out there? please help.

Others would probably like to knowas well.   It sure would spruce up the blogger pages on this site, I hate going in to sites and only seeing the same ol black and white layouts. Its depressing.

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