Have you ever checked out these ActiveRain guidelines?
I've just had to go back through my blog posts after reading for the first time some of the ActiveRain Community Guidelines. While some of my posts were identified as not being my content, there were some others that should have been that weren't.
There is really no excuse, and I must confess I had not really given serious thought to the content I had posted until reading these sections in the past 24 hours:
•Respect copyrights. Only upload content/images that you have the right to use (what you have paid for or own), and whose copyright rules allow for commercial use.
•Do not plagiarize (copy and paste) content from another source, and publish it as your own. You must obtain expressed permission from the original source to republish, and give reference to such within the body of your post. Permission to re-print is NOT the same as permission to re-publish. This also applies to publishing other real estate listings that are not your own.
•The point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort. Points for blogging will only be awarded for your own majority original content. Examples of what doesn't qualify for points: jokes, recipes, inspirational quotes, poems, re-published marketing materials like newsletters, press releases and news articles, information from government websites, bible verses, large copied sections of the MLS, or posts that only contain links and keywords, but offer no value for consumers.
In talking about respect, the guidelines state: "Being a part of any community requires a certain level of trust. Don't abuse the site or your fellow members. By joining the ActiveRain community you are given a platform to present your ideas and opinions to a large number of people. We trust you to be responsible with that platform; thousands of other ActiveRain members are also counting on your trustworthiness."
I'd like to apologize to AR and its members, and while I realize this doesn't necessarily make things right, I will not violate this in the future now that I have taken the time to be better informed.
Hopefully others with the slightest doubt might also take the time to re-check there own posts.