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    I’m putting my comments here on new reblogging feature, since my comments are not being reposted under the original WordPress “press release” on this new feature. Maybe it’s stuck technically in pipeline or something else?

    Here is what I said:

    Since still don’t have time to fully test this today..

    Re reblogging someone else’s post (or my own) to another 2nd blog: Does it at least force the reblogger to take along the original author’s name and original source blog plus post article where the posted article is originally located? This could partially be a compromise on still identifying “credit” the original author.

    But I understand the serious concern about this in terms of content theft and plagariasm en masse.

    Sigh. I sure hope original author, title is embedded permanently in that reblogged article with original link. (If you think about it, it’s like photocopying 40 articles by 40 different authors and binding it into 1 book or sticking it into the binder. It is violation of copyright particularily if next person is making money from it or using the package to further their own notoreity on false accomplishments…)

    Blogging is a form of social networking because it can allows users to post comments and engage in threaded discussion. I’m not sure how much value “Like” is going to add except there are lazy folks who will only choose certain things without great personal analysis because 100,000 other smilar folks “Liked” it too but some other good/better stuff got ignored because no one “Liked it”.

    A list of a person’s ‘Likes’, I guess. It sounds abit juvenile. I mean a person creates lists of resources and organizes them in logical categories. There IS already a system by bookmarking that truly implies “Liking”.or at least another web resource worth looking at — good or bad/oppositional.

    I also would like to know if one can “unreblog” a post.

    The blog I need help with is: (visible only to logged in users)


    Original poster

    Please be aware that there is court action/case launched by lawyers against Thomson Reuters, a huge multinational publishing firm that covers legal, finance, news sectors.

    Lawyers are alleging copyright infringement and non-compensation for their pleadings used by the publisher freely whereby the publisher is making money off the content by leveraging database fee access and not compensating the lawyer-authors who created and wrote the pleadings.

    This is the real fee-based database world…hundreds of dollars per HOUR to access some of these databases, unless one purchases a license subscription for discounts.



    Few things first.

    The PressThis feature (which is available for a while) does pretty much the same thing. It makes any blogger copy content (along with pictures) from any website on the internet. At this point, I am not sure what this new Reblog feature does differently (I tried and I got an error).

    The Like feature appears to be separate but it is being rolled out together with the Reblog feature. There’s already a stream of comments and complaints. Welcome to the club.



    I can’t even test this feature, since I’m getting an error message when I try to post or save a draft. If a link to the original post is locked and rebloggers have to notify and gain permission from the original author, I see no problem with this feature.


    But they don’t need permission. The only way for a blogger to block this “feature” is to set their blog to private. What kind of choice is that?

    Bad feature… bad wordpress… BAAAAAD!



    Do not need!
    Do not want!



    I didn’t see this silly feature yet. I’d like don’t see it never.



    This copy-cat from Tumblr feature has been provided by and there is no provision for opting out. The only other feature we have that we cannot opt out of is the global tagging. What would be acceptable to me is to have a provision for opting out.



    Everything about this response in the original announcement thread:

    If you’re concerned then you can still make a post private, or your entire blog private.

    …is just wrong, and even insulting.

    Keeping your base / content providers happy by simply adding an ability to “opt-in – opt-out” for new non-critical features would probably be a good, simple and easy idea…



    FYI the reason your comments aren’t appearing in the original thread immediately is, comments are held for moderation and they specifically ask that questions about functionality be asked in the forums, not on the thread of comments on announcement posts.


    /big nod to feartheseeds



    How does the reblogging feature differ from Press This, except in that it’s easier to use?


    I never used press this, so I don’t know. I do know that it apparently went away some time back and now it is back “mo betta”.

    All I want is some way to opt out other than having to set a blog to private. Several of my clients that I’ve started out here due to their lack of experience and needing to get their feet wet on the web, have seen the announcement and are all in a flutter over it. Luckily they are all in bed now so I’m no longer having to answer a nearly constant stream of emails from them.

    Is the ability to opt out so much to ask?



    I think that both “Press This” and “Reblog” are not good features. They can spread plagiarism broadly like wildfire in the dry season.



    There is no difference between Press This and the new Reblogging thing, other than ease of use. From the Dashboard

    Press This is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web.

    Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.
    There was a firestorm after the “Press This” bookmarklet was reintroduced, but that quickly died out. “Press This” is still with us.



    (and did anyone else subscribed to the blog fail to receive the email?)



    Forgive me for sounding stupid but i have only been here a few days. So, basically what this “reblogging” is, is WordPress giving people permission to steal my content even though i have it written on every posting that copying is not permitted? And please don’t tell me it benefits me because it doesn’t. Stopping people from stealing content is hard enough without them being encouraged to do so. This could explain why yesterday one visitor clicked on the same posting 5 times. Thanks for nothing i’d say.



    Please – everyone – read the post again.

    “If you decide that you want to share the post with your own readers, you can click the “Reblog this post” link and you’ll be taken to the new QuickPress tab on the home page. This will auto-fill a snippet of the post text, a link back to the original post, and a link to the blog.”

    That’s it. A snippet of the post. Not the whole thing.

    You quote other people’s blogs? This is no different.



    I personally don’t quote other people’s blogs, and never would. I disallow trackbacks etc. My point is that WordPress are giving “permission” to take someone’s posting without that authors permission. I have it written all over my blog that copying is not permitted, so all anyone has to say is that WordPress allow them to copy and so they thought it was ok to do it. Where does that leave those of us who DON’T copy and paste from the internet, but use our own copyrighted works. It’s a slippery slope, and WordPress should be doing more to prevent copyright theft, and not encourage it. Even a “snippet” is still theft, because they don’t have my permission to take it.



    @mark-For those that want/need it, there should be an opt-out option. Will opting-out stop users from copying/pasting content from a blog? No, but it’s a psychological win to allow bloggers the *option* to opt-out of this Reblog feature rather than forcing it on those that don’t want it.

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