Thou Shall Not Steal

This week I received an email from someone who was a bit put out with me for not quoting a source and/or giving credit and a link to my opinion that I had expressed.  This person also hammered me about a photo I posted and pointed out that there was NO photo credit.  For the record, it was MY photo, and I was satisfied with it, I didn’t feel as if I had to give myself a photo credit at that point in the game.

Most of the time, or rather the majority of the time, I feel I am good about exchanging links, giving credit where credit is due, and quoting my sources.  As the complaint has been duly recognized, I am going to move on, and be done with it.  But I feel at the same time, I need to clear the air on a thing or two.

Been a slow week here at the Goat Farm, and I have the time, so here goes.

Lately I have gotten kind of irritated by some of these people who are constantly putting these inane :) or :D (stoopid type faces) on the end of their paragraphs or the ever present ROTFLMAO or LOL out the —.  I don’t know how all of this got started, but there certainly is no place for it in civilized society.

Let us call a spade a spade, if you are funny, you don’t have to put a stoopid face made out of keyboard-typeface characters at the end of sentence.  If you are funny, truly funny, it is going to come off that way.

Why all the juvenile attempts at reaching out and impressing the masses?

Another thing that is getting me down here quite regular like I notice a lot of people disregarding copyrighted material completely on a regular basis.  This as we all know, is the practice of taking “copyrighted material” and just slapping it on the page without so much as a photo credit or the tip of the proverbial hat to the author.

The copyright guidelines used by the NYT are: always a link or citation, and no more than 200 words or half the material, whichever is less, unless prior permission is obtained and stated, along with the source.  I try to stick with those, but sometimes it’s hard, depending on how I got the material.  When you want to pass on something that’s been emailed and has 276 addresses attached, it’s sometimes kind of hard to figure out the source, and sometimes Googling a couple of lines doesn’t work, either.

So there it is in a nutshell. 

No credit applied or freely given, you are a thief. 

It is not only illegal, it is downright rude and as we all know, not very cool.

511 words, if you stuck around this long, the new practice of slimming down is in place and working well.  The equivalent of a Facebook page written by a 13 year old girl with bad skin and braces. :)  :D …. LOL  ROTFLMAO … Oh, hahahahahahaha … I think I just hurt myself!

(Did you get it?)


6 thoughts on “Thou Shall Not Steal

  1. Don, i use the type faces for when i don’t say something truly funny so that people know that i am joking and not to be taken seriously. I agree though that most people way over do it with LOL, etc. As you know from the bus boards people sometimes take things the wrong way and get all bent out of shape. Dare i do it?????? Ok what the heck, here you go…. :>) Have a good day!!!


    • I have to admit Ed that one made me smile a little. I get into trouble with the word police (moderators) all the time, and you are right, people often take it the wrong way. Just like the ten million dollar loan piece, I have people emailing me asking me where to sign up for real, not in jest as you did, but are really wanting to know where it is that they can get this. It is unreal. Traffic on the blog has tripled since that posting, and it doesn’t seem to appear as if it will slack off any time soon.

      Crazy world eh? (Insert appropriate electronic face here)



  2. Well, next DS, you’re gonna hear from the folk that will be naming you as “thin-skinned” and not able to accept critisim (sp) and all that other stuff !
    You’ve been at this for quite some time now, and I just KNOW you’re aware as to the location of the DELETE key is on the machine. The “attention seekers” are always gonna be out there, same as the braggarts, and whathaveyous.
    Now that you’ve back-handed me ’bout the little faces that I attach to my emails, I’ll be sure to NEVER EVER do that again, ‘specially when I forward all those pics of nekked wimmin to you ! (ha ha)


    • First off, thank you for your comment. If you chum the waters Joe, then you should expect a shark to show up every now and then, it is no big deal. Most of the time, I deep six ’em and just go about my biz. I never specifically back handed anyone in particular, just a random observation you might say.



  3. Like you, I get irritated with the computer acronyms and emoticons, mostly if they are over-used. It lacks professionalism to me. But, that is just me. My perception of a well-written article or post has high standards, because that is how I was trained in both writing and business classes. I try not to have expectations of others, yet if I find reading their material or critiquing too annoying or ridiculous, I just don’t read them anymore. I also find the “delete” key a most excellent way to cast something into cyberspace without a thought. It’s just someone else’s opinion and does it really matter?


    • Here lately it has slacked off quite a bit and I am thankful for that. You are right about the delete key, it has its benefits.



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