Perils of Borrowed Content

Whether in writing or public speaking, plagiarism is unethical.

At times I’ve seen lists or guidelines or policies on the Web that impress me as something I’d like to use as a pattern for my own site.

So I copy-and-paste.

Then I personalize it to my style and localize it to my site. (I dislike — and maybe disdain and despise — plagiarism.)

One problem with the practice of borrowing content is rebroadcasting the other person’s typos and grammar violations. 🙄 (Do you know what “soul property” is?)

Another problem is inadvertently promoting the other site. 😳

Here’s a sample I saw online:

perils of borrowed content

Green shows the rebroadcasting of a language slip.

Purple shows the inadvertent promotion of the source site.

Suggestion: Hire my eyeballs. (Bonus: brain tossed in at no additional fee.)

PS: Yes, I advised the site owner from whence I captured the above sight. He’s a friend. 😉 And, no, I’m not accusing him of plagiarism.

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