reBlogs now require commentary

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The reBlog concept is a really good idea, if used properly. When we first launched it, that idea was that users could pass on information from their colleagues to their readers and put their own little spin on the content.

If you reBlogged a post, it was our intention that you would add some commentary to the start of the post so that your readers would be made aware of what it was exactly about the post that you found interesting. You would let your reader know why you chose to share this particular post.

Now you have to share something. Posts can no longer be reBlogged without adding 25 words of commentary to a reBlogged post.

So what do you think? Is 25 words enough? Should we require more feedback in order to reBlog a post? Do you think reBlogging is the dumbest thing of which you've ever heard? Do you have no idea what a reBlog is?

~Bob

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Rainmaker
191,684
Mary Sheridan
Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655
Keller Willliams - NE TN,Johnson City,Kingsport,Jonesboro

On a slightly different topic, I wish comments had to have something more significant to say than "Great post" or "I'll use that idea" in some variation.    Not just this post - I waste a lot of time going through sometimes dozens of variations of those before I finally get to a comment that adds something useful.    This isn't about points - it's about value, to me.    Pardon my grump.  It's been on of those days.

September 02, 2010 04:44 PM
Rainmaker
296,063
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

Roger,

As I said in the comment, it is not "my" definition of "plagiarism"...it is Google's. You can have a different one, but the one I use is Google's, whom I happen to respect as a noted authority as to "web content" and "duplicate" content.

September 02, 2010 04:50 PM
Ambassador
2,032,152
Todd Clark
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494
Keller Williams Realty

If you find something interesting enough to re-blog it, I see no reason you shouldn't be able to come up with at least 50 words to explain to your readers why you reblogged it. Most comments on posts that are worth re-blogging are well over 50 comments, so why not just make your comment the intro to your readers.

September 03, 2010 05:02 PM
Rainmaker
117,447
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals

As someone who enjoys a lot of reblogging, I can't understand why this wasn't a requirement before.  Seems they  all need some sort of introduction.

September 03, 2010 06:03 PM
Rainmaker
117,447
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals

As someone who enjoys a lot of reblogging, I can't understand why this wasn't a requirement before.  Seems they  all need some sort of introduction.

September 03, 2010 06:03 PM
Rainmaker
117,447
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals

As someone who enjoys a lot of reblogging, I can't understand why this wasn't a requirement before.  Seems they  all need some sort of introduction.

September 03, 2010 06:03 PM
Rainmaker
1,177,585
Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Kerrie,

That seems like a good idea. They ought to at least state why the blog post meant something.

September 03, 2010 06:05 PM
Rainmaker
237,024
Roger Johnson
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate
CENTURY 21 American Homes

ARDELL: In your comment, you said, "...reblogging is "plagiarizing with permission"...but still plagiarizing."   The definition of plagiarism is: the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.

Since you, as the author of the content, have to give permission (the reblog button becomes available) to reblog a post, anybody reblogging your posts HAS permission from you to do so, hence, no plagiarizing.  Plagiarizing with permission is an oxymoron.  It isn't possible.

BIG difference between duplicate content per Google and plagiarism.

September 03, 2010 07:50 PM
Rainmaker
160,563
SarahGray Lamm
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199

Kudos on a righteous change! 25 is quite reasonable! Thanks!

September 04, 2010 11:29 AM
Rainer
44,265
Mark Hitz
Keller Williams

Hello Bob ~ 

I'm a newer rainmaker so "points matter" however I think I have only re-blogged once possibly twice. I didn't know life before the 25 word intro so it's just part of the process.  In a month it will be a non issue.

25 Minimum. After reading all 195 comments above it's apparent you did something good although there are a few whiners. 25 is a good minimum.  Someone said "but they can cut and paste 25" - Jeez "they" (whoever they are) can cut and paste 100 just as easily - who cares about them there "they".  25 motivates us New Rainers to write.

Disable Edits. I absolutely agree that you need to disable the edit on a reblog.  If someone re-blogs me and edits my content then they are literally putting words in my mouth.  

Regarding comments on the re-blog: No comments allowed. If you want to leave a comment you must go to the original and join in.  You (the comment  leaver) will learn a lot more from all the comments being located in one spot.  Me, the reader of the re-blog will be enticed to go read ALL the comments at the original poster's blog - thus giving the AUTHOR respect for his or her work.

Somebody pondered that if you disable re-blog comments HOW can the original author thank the copier?  Just like you do with anyone who comments on your post - you can comment back on your post.  Also e-mail, text, phone, twitter, facebook, smoke signals, gift cards and singing telegrams are acceptable alternative forms of communication.

Serial Rebloggers. Being newer, I am oblivious to these Horrible People called Serial Rebloggers. Let's say they exist. If you do the 25 word min plus Disabled Editing & Disabled Commenting as suggested above, wouldn't these people ease up? Then you would only have the Serial serial re-bloggers to attend to.

About Points. It appears All Points are Rewards except those for Re-blogging. Rewards. Thanks. Attaboy. Kudos.    I write a blog - thanks for the work, here are points. I take the time to read and comment on somone else's post - thanks 25 points.  Someone else Re-blogs my post - Attaboy for writing something good - 25 points.  So Bob, why are you rewarding people for copying someone else's work?  They didn't do anything for the reward.  If active rain is going to continue to give out points for copying (aka re-blogging) then you should have a new bucket in the person's Point Summary.  Down below Blog Points and Comment Points there should be a line Re-Blogging Other People Points. Then anyone can verify who these Cereal Rebloggers are.  "Hey would you look at that - this guy has 25,000 Reblogging Points - somebody get me a calcalater and a shotgun."  Right now what bucket do these 25 re-blogging points get mixed into?

Anyway - Thanks for asking my 2 cents.   Enjoy - Mark

  

September 04, 2010 05:43 PM
Rainmaker
433,107
Letitia Stevenson
Delaware Valley Real Estate, Lic'd in DE, PA & MD
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com

Hi Bob,

My suggestions/thoughts:

1 | I agree, reblogging is great if used properly

2 | 25 (at minimum) or 50 word commentary requirement is reasonable

3 | Keep COMMENTS ENABLED on reblogged post to allow collegues to communicate with their readers/audience

4 | All COMMENT POINTS credited to Original blogger/post

Thanks for your consideration.

September 04, 2010 07:58 PM
Ambassador
550,989
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.

Wow...

I like this Mark Hitz Dude. A fresh perspective is always a good thing.

Now don't go getting me started on shotguns :)

TLW...ROAR!

September 05, 2010 09:49 AM
Rainmaker
296,063
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

I second that loving the Mark Hitz dude, TLW! Awesome comment and perspective.

September 05, 2010 01:08 PM
Ambassador
550,989
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.

Ardell...

Sometimes it really takes a new member to help us with our secret mission to shut down reBlogging. Lol. I got an email from someone that said just that. We are single handedly trying to destroy it. Yeah. Okay. We're trying to shut down a way to game the system. Geesh. I think the person that sent me the email doth protest a bit too much :)

TLW...ROAR!

September 05, 2010 05:59 PM
Rainmaker
296,063
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

TLW,

To me it's kinda like teaching your kids how to copy the answers off of someone else's test paper before sending them to school...and also how to sit next to the right person to copy from! LOL! It might be a "successful strategy"...but there's something not quite "right" about it.

September 05, 2010 06:09 PM
Rainmaker
237,024
Roger Johnson
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate
CENTURY 21 American Homes

I second (or third?) kudos to Mark Hitz bringing a fresh perspective to the subject.  I really did not like the idea of disabling comments on reblogs, but Mark's take on it has changed my mind on that as well.

Good job! :)

September 06, 2010 08:36 PM
Rainmaker
908,080
Bill Gassett
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hey Bob how about fixing the re-blog link as well!!! The credit used to go the the bloggers outside blog account on a re-blog and it now stays with the AR blog. I would love to see the credit go back to the outside blog if the owner has one.

September 07, 2010 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
301,141
Margaret C. Taylor
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent
Century 21 New Millennium MD

I had to come back to this and forgive me I did not read all the comments again.

After just seeing someone reblog 10 posts and put the same comment on each, (basically:  'I enjoyed this and thought you might like it too....), I think points should only go to the original blogger. 

Any of us that reblog should do it just because we want to share good information that we have just read.  When I first started with AR I was guilty of reblogging for points, sorry.  Now I reblog if the information is worth spreading. 

September 15, 2010 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
376,114
Eric Kodner
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -
Madeline Island Realty

Twenty-five words should be enough for anyone to express why they feel a post is worthy of re-blogging. 

I've often thought that a member should not receive points for reblogging a post that they never commented on in the first place.  Just my opinion..

September 16, 2010 07:14 PM
Rainmaker
939,262
Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

Interestingly enough - when I imported my blog to posterous there were some glitches, one of which was the attribution part doesn't always translate well.  There was no link to the original blogger.  That's something to think about.

October 07, 2010 04:19 AM
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