Bil Browning

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Filed By Bil Browning | September 09, 2008 4:30 PM | comments

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If you're going to lift another org's short Facebook message to their group members...

XX XX sent a message to the members of Michigan Equality.
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Subject: Let's Grow this Group!

Hi! I have a favor to ask. Would you please take a minute and invite your friends to join Michigan Equality's Facebook Group? We received a grant and part of our project is to grow our online social networking capacity by 100%. We've grown a lot, but we need your help to take Michigan Equality to an even bigger audience.

Invite your friends, family and colleagues. As you probably know by now, we don't use it for spam but instead try to keep you "in the know" about events and opportunities for volunteerism. We need your support so if everyone would invite at least two people, that would be awesome.

Thanks so much!

At least don't be tacky...

...and make mistakes when you cut sections and send it to your own members in an attempt to boost your own group membership. And getting rid of the "Thanks so much!"? That's classy.

I italicized the mistakes and bolded the lifted text.

ZZ ZZ sent a message to the members of Indiana Equality.
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Subject: Help us grow the Indiana Equality FaceBook presenence

Indiana Equality has a favor to ask. Please take a minute and invite your friends to join IE's Facebook Group. We're committed to grow IE's online social networking capacity and we need your help to take Indiana Equality to an to an even greater audience.

Invite your friends, family and colleagues. As you probably know by now, we don't use it for spam but instead try to keep you "in the know" about events and opportunities for volunteerism. We need your support so if everyone would invite at least two people, that would be awesome.

*sigh

Manners, people. Just because you're plagiarizing doesn't mean you can be rude too!


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Not sure I get it, Bil. Indiana Equality and Michigan Equality seem to be allied sister organizations within the Equality Federation, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and so far as I know the primary victim of plagerization isn't offended. I don't know if IE was consulted, but if they were, then that would seem to end the matter. If the criticism is that each element in the movement needs originality, that's something else, but I'm not sure that's a requirement. Certainly our right-wing opponents don't possess that virtue in any great measure.

Also I don't quite get the italicized mistakes. It appears that you're saying that "to an" has been repeated in the IE version, but I don't see such redundancy in the Michigan version. But then you well know my own penchant for not proofreading out my own multiple uses of "that". (:

Don,

They are sister organizations. But swiping their work without attribution is a big no-no. End of story. You don't know that they weren't offended. I know the original author wrote the IE author immediately with a "Hey now!" No one likes to see their work ripped off by someone too lazy to write their own copy - especially 2 measly paragraphs that could easily have been tossed off by the IE author.

Another example would be IE's annoying habit of taking articles written elsewhere and just posting them to their blog in their entirety without bothering to offer any opinion of their own. If I want 365gay.com articles, I go there. That way 365gay.com is making their advertising revenue off of the article and it keeps my friend (and the author of many of those stolen articles), Jennifer Vanasco, paid and continuing her good work.

We make it a point to never allow entire articles to be posted to Bilerico. It's been a standing rule since before we launched nationally and created the state-level sites. It is bad blogging, lazy writing and poor leadership to plagiarize.

As for the italicized question, if you notice there are 2 sets of "to an" in the sentence... Only one is needed - the one swiped from the Michigan Equality clip.

I guess it boils down to Indiana Equality's regular propensity to steal other folks' work and claim it as their own. I don't see this as any different from their regularly established modus operandi.

I didnt know that Bilerico was a member of the equality federation

This is Julie from Michigan Equality. We certainly like and respect our friends at all of the pro-LGBT groups across the country (and around the world). We also wish all pro-equality groups success in recruiting volunteers and donors to make this world a better place for all of us. If our email request sparked another group or two to try and grow their own membership, great!

As Bil points out though, crediting the original source or maybe asking permission would be much appreciated in the future.

Thanks Bil, for your post. We're glad to count you as a supporter of equality!

Julie Powers
Development Director
Michigan Equality