Copy-Pasting a Blogpost

I was reading through the blogs of some of the friends on my blogroll, just to catch up on what they’ve been up to. Been a while since I spoke to some of them. And I came across this post written by a guy I know in Pune. I was reading his post- which was really small, but brilliant, an analogy of sorts. At that point, I realized that I had read a very similar post on the blog of another senior of mine from COEP. Just to check out, I opened her blog and hunted for that post.

And horror of horrors, it was the exact same post! And by exact, I mean word-for-word

Now obviously, my COEP senior had posted this about a year before this other guy, so it’s obvious who used Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V !! 😛 And having been a Masters student in the US for more than six months now, I am pretty sensitive to plagiarism issues! (Lol!) No seriously, I didn’t like what he’d done. In spite of that, I decided to give him a fair chance- maybe he wasn’t aware of blogging rules. So I pointed it out to him in his comments section. Even linked it to the url of the original blog post. I thought he’d accept his mistake and either remove his post or mention the source as an “inspiration”. At least that was the gracious thing to do!

When I checked back a day later, he had deleted by comment and the post was still there as it is- without any modifications! Furthermore, he was actually receiving applauding comments from his other friends about how insightful his post was and how clever of him to think up of such an analogy !!!

Now there are two things to this- the guy picks up a post from another source, without changing even a preposition in it (the only thing he did was italicize a few words… :P:P). And to top it off, he doesn’t change it even after someone tells him it’s not his original work! Well, he’s an engineering student, and I know that as a group, we don’t think too much of “GT-ing” our sheets or copying journals, but that is for convenience (;-)) This is pure plagiarism only coz he couldn’t find something smart to write on his blog!

I know most people who blog do it for pleasure. Our posts are not protected by copyright laws or licenses. But as bloggers, there is an unwritten code of conduct we all follow, and that is to never Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V another person’s post without permission!

I hope that guy reads this post and realizes the mistake he’s committed !! :P:P

(Interesting cartoon taken from here)

PS: I’m not mentioning either the guy’s blog link or the link to the original post because I don’t want to embarrass him. But I sincerely do think he should do something about it!


Song and Tag

I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging since ages. But most of the times, there were either too many things to write about, or absolutely nothing I could think of!

So when I finally couldn’t take it any more, I did the next best thing a person who hasn’t blogged for more than 5 months does- tagged myself !!! 😀 Well, I saw this really interesting tag on a blog I frequent quite often and thought it was an interesting idea… So here goes-

Here are the rules:
1. Put your music player on Shuffle mode.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. Write the song name no matter what it is.
4. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and let them know they’ve been tagged.

1. If someone says “Is this okay?”, you say:
Ae kaash ke hum hosh mein ab
Ane na payein…

2. What would best describe your personality?
Ek Haseena Thi….. (From Karzzzz no less… :D:D)

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?
C’mon c’mom c’mon,
We’re gonna make it home tonight…

4. How do you feel today?
Don’t wanna be an American Idiot,
Don’t want a nation under the new media,
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind f*** America
(Dear US Visa people, It’s just a tag, I really don’t mean this !! Sincerely, Suparna :P)

5. What is your life’s purpose?
Ashayein khile dil ki
Ummedein hasein dil ki
Ab mushkil nahin kuch bhi… (Waah waah !!!)

6. What do your friends think of you?
Someday, somehow
I’m gonna make it all right but not right now
I know you’re wondering when

7. What do you think of your parents?
Teri aakhon ke
Chipe dard mein,
Aasoon ki tarah
Mehfuz hoon… (Oh man…. noooooo !!)

8. What do you think about very often?
Mitwaaaa…. Kahein dhadkanein tujh se kya !!!

9. What is 2+2?
Urvashi !!! (Hahahaha… )

10. What do you think of your best friend?
Dil Chahta hai…
Kabhi na beetein chamkile din..
Dil Chahta hai…
Hum na rahein kabhi yaaron ke bin.. (Yayyyy…)

11. What do you think of the person you like?
Forever, we will be
Together, you and me
Oh n when I hold ya, nothing can compare
With all of my heart, you know Ill always be, right there..
(Oh I so mean this !! :))

12. What is your life story?
So don’t, don’t, don’t mess my hair
If all you do is fake it
Don’t, don’t, don’t say you care,
Coz I could never shake it
Don’t, don’t, don’t mess with me
(Oooo I like this… :))

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
What’s going on?!?! (Seriously, what IS going on!?)

14. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Hey Shona !!!! (Ha! Too much ho raha hai ab !!)

15. What do your parents think of you?
Tanha Dil,
Tanha safar,
Dhunde tujhe,
Phir kyon nazar…

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Rangeela re !!! (Now this is the best one !!! :D)

17. What will they play at your funeral?
Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life’s like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break
And you take what you get, and you turn it into
Honestly, you promised me
I’m never gonna find you fake it
No no no

18. What is your hobby/interest?
Hum jo chal ne lage
Chal ne lage hai yeh raaste
Aahha manzil se behatar
Lagne lage hai yeh raaste

19. What is your biggest secret?
You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

20. What do you think of your friends?
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me…
(Senti senti… sob sob… :(()

21. What should you post this as?
O Humdum suniyo re !!! 😀

22. What do you think about this tag?
Tak tana tana tandoori nights !!!!
(Ok, now THIS is has got to be the best one !!!)

And I tag all the people who haven’t blogged for months like me and need a comeback post !! 🙂 Sing away… 🙂