I've been trawling through the edits in the guide over the past couple weeks and noticed a member who has added nothing but copied content to the guide. It appears that they were the ones who originally wrote the content, and they've been publishing it at tons of sites around the web. (They always have a link back to their website, so this is basically a tactic to improve their search engine rankings).
Now, the content they've added isn't promotional. And because the person wrote the content themselves in the first place, technically we don't have a problem with this (see the wiki article on copyright rules).
I've been having a back-and-forth discussion with Sam about whether to allow this kind of stuff, so would love to hear what you guys think.
Personally, I don't like allowing content that has been published on many different sites. On the other hand, I don't have a problem with people who write a blog and copy some stuff from there, so perhaps I'm not being totally consistent.
I think at the least that the link back to their website should be removed.
Other than that it's difficult to justify not allowing the entry into the travel guide, as long as it meets all the other rules (keeping it impersonal, keeping the travel perspective, keeping it neutral etc etc). Chances are the content of the entries will change over time.
Well, difficult one indeed.
I think if the moderators/admins can trace it back and have prove that it is actually the same autor who wrote it, it wouldn't be much of a problem to me. Agree with mojorob about the link to that website though, that's pure promo, not allowed anywhere on tp (sort of).
But it is difficult to trace it back I guess and have 100% proof of that. If you can: good job. If not sure: delete it please, because it spoils the fun for others who want to contribute original stuff for the first time.
Actually, just to be clear, it was only the content they were publishing here; no links back to their own site in the content. Of course they're smart though as they end up a top contributor and are therefore listed with a link back there anyway... but that's all basically following the letter of the 'law' so to speak Interestingly enough, a few quick searches are making it look as if search engines are considering all the other pages with this same content duplicate to Travellerspoint, ie. TP is the one with the original content. Hehe