Did you hear the one about Obama?

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Did you hear the one about Obama?

Urban Legend on ActiveRain

No not a joke about President Obama. Or Nancy Pelosi, former President Bush, former Vice President President Cheney or any politician but an interesting little tidbit... a well written story,  the kind of  1990s urban legend that was in your  email from 5 or 6 well meaning friends who wanted to share... "chain emails", urban legends, jokes, the sort of thing many used to learn how to "cut and paste" and SHARE back in the 90s.

The image above is an ActiveRain post that reads like the majority of the content on a blog called Attack Machine:

An Urban Legend but Illustrative Nonetheless  which says  "This urban legend came in an email. It still makes a good point." 

Do points make a difference...

The point is there are points for original content on the ActiveRain Network.  The post  Did you hear the one about ... is about jokes on ActiveRain.  ActiveRain does not give points to jokes, recipes, quotes....  You can tell a joke share a recipe but the majority of the content in the post is supposed to be original content.  There is a guideline that the majority of the post needs to be original to take the points.  There is a button to NOT take points if you are just sharing unoriginal content.  Your post gets the no point symbol.  A yellow dot with a red X.  Some call it the Kersplat.

Politics is allowed on ActiveRain

Do you like politics on ActiveRain?  Some really, really do.  Some "not so much."  Nothing wrong with that.

The same  urban legend that Attack Machine shared with his / her readers was shared on ActiveRain, the member did not take the Kersplat (acknowledging it is NOT your content but you have permission to share it.) 

Googling the six paragraphs on an ActiveRain post:

Results 1 - 10 of about 615 for "An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class". (0.32 seconds)

Results 1 - 10 of about 12,800 for "..." (0.43 seconds) second paragraph on ActiveRain word for word!

Results 1 - 10 of about 762 for "..." (0.35 seconds) third paragraph on ActiveRain word for word!

Results 1 - 10 of about 2,010 for "..." (0.39 seconds) fourth paragraph on ActiveRain word for word!

Results 1 - 10 of about 2,810 for "...". (0.33 seconds) fifth paragraph on ActiveRain word for word!

The last paragraph:

Results 1 - 10 of about 777 for "All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.". (0.33 seconds)

It took Google approximately 3 1/2 minutes to find hundreds of matches word for word for the six paragraphs shared by an ActiveRain member.

The same urban legend on Snopes.com Social Injustice. 

Points for urban legends?

Common?  Is a lot of the political stuff shared on ActiveRain just copy and paste?  Why?

Do you flag stuff like this?  Not necessarily the political stuff but when you recognize someone sharing a heart warming story that originated from one of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' books, do you flag it?

The point is politics, jokes, recipes, quotes, urban legends are OK to share but they are pointless unless you flesh out the post.   ActiveRain oughta have a law against posting - a poll from long ago

 

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Maggie We were talking about the email forwarders at breakfast this morning. 

Carole I don't think unless AR gets a DMCA from the owner of the content they will remove the content.  If it is copy and paste of another members post that may be different.  They just give a Kersplat, but just because someone has Kersplats does not mean it is plagiarism.  Just not original content.

 I steer clear of the political posts. I can not remember how I ever noticed this one.  Thanks to Wallace Re-Blogging this post it is posted in groups I never thought my content would be in:

Post is included in group: Tea Party
Post is included in group: Silent Majority
Post is included in group: Proud to be a Liberal
Post is included in group: Politics And Real Estate
Post is included in group: Fight Socialism: ActiveRain Economic Bailout Group

 

 

February 28, 2010 01:04 PM
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Many political copy and paster's on activerain believe the "end justifies the means" Members of the same political ideology condone and congratulate the copy and paster with encouraging comments.

I consider it political spam.

March 07, 2010 10:32 PM
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exactly

March 08, 2010 04:42 AM
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Maureen - there are few things I find more agonizingly annoying than the serial copy and pasters, and vanilla commenters.  Both types disregard the intent of the founders of the platform and the time and efforts of actual contributing members.  I also believe that claiming ignorance when selecting content as original, i.e. points-worthy, that one did not actually write is asinine excuse that should not work for anyone old enough to drive.  If the AR chose to clean house of what i will simply refer to as thieves - i think the rest of the members will learn rather quickly, but I digress.

As for politics - I dabble, I write my own content, i use sources and link to them.  I don't do it for brownie points, or to get business... I simply have something to say that I guess, at times, needs to be said. Strangely, i have gotten referrals from my political posts. Those were the unintended consequences of original thought :-)

March 21, 2010 01:50 PM
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Politics is like any other interest, no reason it does not belong here...

Unoriginal content ...I feel sorry for new  members who don't read the directions carefully and see "everyone doing it" and not taking no points... then again I hate the kersplat symbol.

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