Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two More Quick Tips For Aspiring Webmasters

You'll probably read this and think to yourself, "Well, that's just common sense. Everyone knows you shouldn't do those things." You'd think so, wouldn't you?

  1. Create your own content; plagiarism is never cool. Lifting content or images from other sites without obtaining permission - or at least giving credit - is in really poor taste. I'm not talking about quoting something from another site or posting an image with a link back to the original source. That's pretty standard, and it's covered by the concept of fair use. As long as you cite, credit, and link back, you're basically sharing and providing a referral. I'm talking about trying to pass another's work off as your own. This applies to any creative endeavor, not just a collecting site. Check out the backlash against Tom Perkins, who recited others' movie reviews verbatim for his own YouTube videos. The interweb is a big place, friends, and despite evidence to the contrary on any number of sites, there are some pretty sharp people who use it. You won't get away with that sort of thing. Even if you could, why bother? What's the point of creating something if you don't want to actually do the creating?

  2. When one of your members stabs his girlfriend to death and then kills himself, don't be surprised (or ban people!) when other participants find an "R.I.P." thread for the guy offensive. Believe it or not, there are those who aren't going to mourn a murderer, no matter how many times he's posted on a message board.
Now you know!