First let me say I did not use any spell check when I type a post and therefore my spelling can and will sometimes be wrong.
cardinal1975 wrote:You probably should not copy from Baseball America's last bi-weekly issue and pass it off as your own. This is more or less plagerism unless you are giving them credit for the majority of the items you have posted in this forum.
Is it a straight copy and paste job?
If yes, then I agree. If no, then I don't see what the issue is.
Oh, and the correct spelling would be "plagiarism". Not that I really care, but if you're going to accuse someone of doing something, especially something as serious as this accusation is, being able to spell it is kinda important.
If anyone chooses to read the January 27, 2008 edition of Baseball America on page 34 at the top of the page is the article from which most of the post is "taken".
A definition below from Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary
: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
If I were to read an article, re-phrase several sentences of the article, add some of my own comments, Then(in my opinion)pass this off as their thoughts without giving credit to the author(Derrick Goold or Baseball America)I (again...my opinion) see this as plagiarism.(hope this is spelled correctly
A lot of people I know write for a living(including some of my family) and many of those see things like this as intellectual theft(again my opinion). My point was not attack(however it seems it may have come across as such)but to give credit to the source. I do understand this is a forum, but many people write for this site and others and should be given credit when something is "re-phrased"(again my opinion from reading the article). If others do not agree with my opinion that is fine....it is my opinion....it does not make me right nor wrong....just an individual.
I also agree that information should be free. With that being said several people make their living writing and publishing deserve the respect of listing a source. Draftaholic did do this when he listed the projected lineup of the Toronto Blue Jays for 2011(which I missed seeing in the Travis Snider post). I am sorry for referencing that post....I WAS DEAD WRONG. Please accept my apology for that mention. I do however stand by my opinion on the Brian Barton post. We all have very different opinions about a wide range of items(notably baseball). I just wanted to clarify my position for believing what I previously stated and to do it with the respect for other thoughts and feelings. I do not want to argue or fight about this issue and will not post about this again....I simply shot from the hip(right or wrong)and tried to communicate why I felt this was not right(again only an opinion). Some may agree and other may disagree and that is alright with me.