If you are blogging for so many years, you will experience some funny things. Most often you make blogging friends, and the community at WordPress is one of the best communities I have experienced. There are more shitty places in the web, but even if you found a good community, there is a chance that you will meet a troll some day. But before that happens, you’re starting to think about the Fermi Paradox, because “Statistically there should be other civilizations in the universe, but where are they?” is a very similar question like “Statistically there should be trolls in this community, but where are they?”.
I am honest, and I always mentioned it on my blog, if I am upset about something, I am going to drop my thoughts on my blog. This happened in 2013 when I discovered another blog that contained nothing else that stolen photos and stolen articles. At that time I created a support forum post and the support deleted at least some of the harmful posts on the mentioned blog. Then I wrote about it on my blog but I have long forgotten this post, and it’s also funny that my English was much worse at this time. However, just recently the mentioned post got attention again and someone started to comment on the post.
Yes, over 3 years later someone actually found the mentioned post and started to comment on it and basically defended the content theft, and brought the topic back to life after so much time. If you are bored and up for drama, check the post out, especially the comment section. Let’s be honest, someone who is defending a content theft must be a troll, or maybe even the owner of the said blog. What ever the case may be, this blog here is actually the worst place for a troll to comment on. I like drama, and I am definitely the type of person who likes to feed trolls. I do have a lot of experience with it, and I am not shy to reply.
There are two ways to deal with trolls on your blog. You just don’t have to approve the comment, but that would be boring. The other way is to approve the comments, because as a blogger you never should be shy to comment. The fact is, as soon as you go public with your opinion, there can be both, people who agree with you or people who don’t. That’s just how it is. On my blog, I am not going to censor critical comments, I deal with them, and it’s up to me how I do that.
I censor other comments, I do for example never approve trackback spam or comment spam. The chance is very little that you will find one spam comment on my blog. What I censor too, are bullshit comments with no substance. Let’s say I do write about depression and someone tries to comment with the suggestion to visit a dubious faith healer, that’s the type of nonsense that is worth to get censored. But generally, nope, I won’t censor critical comments, I will reply.
Now what happened next is that the person did not only comment on my post, but the discussion was carried over to the blog where I dropped a comment back then. On that blog I basically commented back then that it should be reconsidered to steal content, or that the author should at least give credits where credits due, for example with links to the original content creator. Also there I got a reply so many years later that I should mind my own business.
Nope, I won’t mind my own business, because in this case the consequence would have been that the person would have stolen more and more content of other people. But it seems that the author instead became inactive after I reported the blog, and that is fine. It’s not only about me, it’s about everyone who is creating content. My photos and passages of articles have been used at many places, it’s just that those people asked me and they always gave credit with a link. Most people actually don’t have a problem if their content is used, it’s just that it shouldn’t appear as if someone else created it. They deserve a mention, point.
Late justice, just after this one person commented on my old post, and carried the discussion over to the blog where the stolen content was hosted, that blog was finally deleted today by the owner. That makes me wonder, was the blog owner actually trolling me under another name on my post? Maybe, maybe not. At the end it doesn’t really matter to me. It was an old story anyway, and it’s funny when these things come up again years later. It’s still funny how this turned out. I don’t like people who gain an advantage by stealing the work of other people without mentioning them at all.
I don’t feel sympathy for a content theft who deleted the own blog. It’s actually rather funny if that was the consequence caused by someone else who did rub salt into the wound so many years later. To me it’s just one egoist less, nothing more. It could have been so much easier, by always mentioning the source, and without a blogging concept that was based only on the work of others and without own original or unique content. How can someone defend this?