To My Readers,
Many things happen in the blogosphere that can be qualified as plagiarism and stealing. My guess is that much of this is unintentioned and done out of ignorance or carelessness. Nevertheless, I want to be perfectly clear with how you can and cannot use my material.
I spend a tremendous amount of thought, research, time, energy, and love crafting the words that go into this blog. If you use my work, which I welcome, I respectfully request that you do the following:
- Put my words in quotes if you are quoting text directly
- Cite me by name, journal title, and the URL of the post (Maya Norton, The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy, www…)
- Leave me a message or send me an e-mail letting me know that you have done so– if we have the same interests, I would like to get to know you
You will find a link to the Creative Commons License 3.0 as the very top image on this website. Please familiarize yourself with it if you would like to quote my material on your blog and you have not already done so. It is very straightforward.
If I find material on the web that I see without quotes or attribution (even if there is a link), I consider it plagiarism and will take steps to have it removed. I will always assume that there has been a mistake first and will e-mail you, but you must have contact information on your page or allow comments in order for me to do so.
If you need clarification, here are two examples:
- This is a best practice model*
- This needs major improvement [UPDATE: this link is no long active]
A note on best practices. It is always advisable to have contact information on your blog and to let all users comment (regardless of Google account, Blogger account, etc). If I can’t find any way to contact you, I will not consider you an authority blogger.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. Again, I encourage linking and quoting, but only with attribution. I value your efforts and ask you to value mine.
Thanks for reading.
* Best practice in citing resources from blogger Michele Martin of The Bamboo Project and Beyond the Glass Ceiling.