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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Insulted!

I recently submitted this blog to SocialSpark. It got rejected. Guess why? They say that this blog contains no original content, and all its content appears to have been copied from another blog. I've had this blog for five years now, and I can honestly say that I have never EVER copied content from any other source. All my posts are 100% my own. I may feature the occasional LOLCAT image, but always with my own text. I have occasionally used a Creative Commons-licensed image from Wikipedia or Flickr, but that's because I have no other way of obtaining images of such things as the International Space Station or the Space Shuttle. I'm afraid my broomstick doesn't allow me to travel fast enough to keep up with them for a decent shot!

I suspect they've either made a mistake, and sent me someone else's rejection, or they think my old Blogspot URL, which can also be used to access this site, is a completely separate blog, and I'm an evil content thief who has stolen posts from that blog. It's the same goddamn blog!!!

I've never been called a content thief before :(. I feel highly insulted. I also feel very worried. Maybe some vile content thief has scraped the entire content of my blog and posted it elsewhere. Lazy people do this when they want to set up dozens, or even hundreds, of blogs, which they then monetise with Adsense, earning themselves a nice profit on the basis of someone else's content.

Please, dear readers, do me a big favour. If you come across any of my content on another blog/site, just leave a comment here, along with the URL of that site, so that I can get after the culprits. There are ways and means of dealing with people like that. That said, I've tried typing random excerpts from my blog posts into Google, and haven't found any other sites carrying my content. I just hope SocialSpark will take a good, hard look at their decision and realize they've made a huge mistake. Content thief, my butt ...

4 comments:

Aileni said...

Very unpleasant.

Daisy said...

I think they must have made a mistake. Can you send them an e-mail and ask for a more specific explanation?

Gordon said...

Hi,

I would like to apologize for our reviewer not approving your blog due to unoriginal content. We are training several new reviewers,and unfortunately mistakes may happen. I assure you that this is no excuse, and it will be addressed with the reviewer.

Please feel free to resubmit your blog to be reviewed again.

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused.

Thank you for your patience.

Best Regards,

Gordon King
Manager, Customer Love
IZEA

William said...

Hey there. This may be unexpected, but I am William, the Review Lead from Izea. I just wanted to extend an apology for the error in the review of your blog.

This review was preformed by a new reviewer, and it was most assuredly a mistake that it was not approved. I have personally reviewed your blog, and find it's content to be well written.

Once again, I apologize for this mistake.

-William

 
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