Do you have an original thought?

@TLChimes (4845)
United States
March 5, 2009 9:19pm CST
I have seen some re-use a discussion maybe with nothing but a bit of window dressing and with in a day or so of the original post. Now, I'm not talking about the standard new kid stuff like "Why's my star rating dropping" I mean the ones that have a bit of meat or thought behind them. Now I know we all like to post things and sometimes we think we can do a better job of it, but is it fair to do so close to the first person's? Do the readers really not notice or not care? Or do they like one style of writing better and will answer that one over the other? How do you feel about such things. What would you do if someone took your post, switched it up a bit, and posted it as their own original thought?
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11 responses
• United States
6 Mar 09
I do not have origianl thoughts, I thought I did but I can never think of any discussions to start (I only have 4) and so no one has the chance to reword my thoughts. I would be agrivated if some one did do that and got more responses than I did. As far as choosing what I respond to I do try and find quality posts, but I have discovered that is not always possible, that is when I try to give quality responses to not so great discussions. Have a great one
@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I like an honest answer. Thank You! I'm sure there is something in your life that you could talk about. Maybe the cute dog in the picture does something you could put under Dogs. I use what I see and hear for mine... and my kids are great for bringing up things. I think I would find it a bit annoying to have a shadow though.
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• United States
6 Mar 09
ok- You bring up a good point. No thought, according to Jung, is ever a truly new thought. It's a part of the collective. (Sounds a bit Star Trekkish, but it's the truth). Of course, I've never understood why anyone would be mad that someone got more responses than they did. It's not a competition here on Mylot as someone else in this discussion already pointed out. It's about providing helpful and useful information. If we all got mad about that, we'd all stay perpetually angry because of all the "one liner" original posts that seem to gain a multitude of responses. I choose not to be angry, and simply to continue to post ideas that are of interest to me. Maybe if we all did the same, we'd be much happier mylotters lol. Anora
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• Romania
6 Mar 09
you shoud be happy becausr it means that the person ho copyed from you thinks that you have write somting very intresting, if something like this would happen to me il try to help that person that copyed to make it even beter, 1+1=2, 2 minds beat 1 evry day, if u get what i mean :D
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
But is it a fair way to play? I'm not sure if I would be able to take it as a compliment if it was happening to me. We'll see what others have to say too. Thanks....
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• Romania
6 Mar 09
you see... guys like you are a great help for others... why should u be mad if it hapens that to you.. i dont see the point
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@hanasays (212)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I don't think copying someone else's discussion, or anything else they write, is a productive way to go about things.
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• Canada
6 Mar 09
Well, If they are actually on each others friends lists then I would say that it sounds like one big competition and to me that is not what My Lot is supposed to be..we are supposed to help out others here by responding and so I always research my topic first to see if there is anything like it here and if there is I generally respond to that discussion and start a different one...the only right thing to do in my opinion! ~Heavens~
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Thank you for such a well thought out responce. I think that sharing ideas here is more the feel I get then a competition so I think it would be just a waste of time to have two people writing the same content. I try to add to the original discussion if I know of more information then what they had. I do get inspired by other's posts but I think my writing is not tied to the first. But I would change it if the first person thought it sounded too much like what they had said. And would make more of an effort not to do it in the future. Does that make sense?
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• Canada
6 Mar 09
Sure does TL! Great minds think alike I just don't have the time to waste my time! ~Heavens~
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Mar 09
There is no such thing as original thought anymore. Just variations on a theme........ That's MY original thought for the day! LOL And if people took my thoughts and switched them up, they better do a good job and make me think along a different path or make me laugh, otherwise I'd be disappointed that my thoughts were actually so limiting to someone elses imagination.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
11 Mar 09
*sigh* I'm not good at making others laugh so when I steal from you I'd better hide it well. I'm not that good so I guess I'll stick to writing my own. I don't mind variations, I mind straight out thieving. And shadowing. And.... I need a tea. Thanks for adding your spark!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Mar 09
Don't under-rate yourself TL. You make me laugh all the time, and I'm a tough act to follow! ROFL
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@MsTickle (24782)
• Australia
7 Mar 09
I've actually seen people do that...sometimes with their own work and sometimes with someone else's. I know it should be reported but by the time I try to find all the links to provide admin with the info, I've lost interest. Sometimes I just can't find the original discussion. I've also seen where someone will say...I was prompted to write this discussion following one I answered the other day.... and I've seen both discussions. That scenario is generally ok because the new poster has branched off on a totally different path. But taking a discussion and improving it or chopping it up and re-serving it cleverly disguised as your own work is cheating in my book.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
8 Mar 09
If I branch I try to make sure people know I'm coming off another discussion. It's only fair. You nailed my view on things across the board. I don't like cheats. Thank you so much for your responce.
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@MsTickle (24782)
• Australia
5 Apr 09
Hey, thanks for BR...much appreciated!
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@liaamur (420)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
that's as close to plagiarism as anyone can get. i hope i haven't had the mistake of posting something that has been posted yesterday! lol
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
8 Mar 09
The mistakes are fine. It might not have a bunch of responders but it'll fly. We are talking those people who insist on taking someone elses two bits, adding a little fancy wording or whatever, and calling it theirs with-in a few hours of the first person putting it up. Basic "cheating" on a site like this. Welcome to the Lot!
• United States
8 Mar 09
THEY HAVE!! and i unfriended them for it.. they did it enough to where i couldnt turn them in but they did it 3 times and at first i just thought it was a coincidence but it wasnt.. i try to make mine unusual to where there wont be a million just like it already but i know i have noticed that if there is a documentary on tv then there will be several people that post about that topic at once (one time i was involved lol) and either the search wasnt working or people just assume that it was on for the first time so that it wouldnt already have been talked about.. i know if its a newbie i will let it slide but if i notice some one does it all the time (same silly discussions that have been done a million times) with not ONE interesting and unique one i will unfriend them to make them stop filling up my inbox with crap lol
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
8 Mar 09
I don't mind if we all post about a big news story or something like that. It is no real thing. We just respond to who says something we can respond to. I don't like the one who will follow someone and re-write what they just said only fancier and like, right away. And it's a discussion that isn't based on a news bit or anything like that. No, I don't keep "friends" like that either. Thanks for stopping in!
@gracypure (530)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
Well. for me its not a big deal if i recognmized other person have almost the same discussion to mine, for thousands of users here in mylot it would'nt be a surprise if some members have almost same interest, opinion ,experiences in some topics.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
8 Mar 09
You can tell when someone adds their own spice or take on a topic and I don't mind that. I mind when someone takes a persons work, plays with it a bit, and calls it their own and with-in a few hours of the first post. There is a lot of simular posts and cross topics on things like the news and stuff. I can understand that. Thanks for stopping in.
@hotsummer (10307)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
i will be elated actually to see others doing same discussion written in their own way. it may be that they really liked my idea or topic and think it was a very good one. and so i may feel good that i have finally found a good topic. i do that before. making a topic similar to others. but most of my topics lately are my own topics. sometimes or many times it is really hard to make any topic.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Thank you for sharing your perspective. I'm still unsure how the people involved in the discussions will respond to this. I'm not sure if I would be ok with it myself because I've had it done to me and it gets old fast. It's almost mocking from some and complimentary in others. Maybe it depends on how its done.
• United States
6 Mar 09
IMO it is cheating if it is almost identical. However it is inevitable that with the huge number of members on myLot many people will read and wish to discuss an item of recent news and not know it has already been posted or they many wish discuss a different aspect of the news item. If the previous posting and the new one does not have the same tags you will not be able to check and see if the discussion has already been posted.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
The discussions I'm referring to happen to be of a non news related thing. I know there are 50 million Octo Mom posts. (Please save me!) This is someones random topics appearing in very similar form under other interests and a new name. I understand MyLot is a big place and things happen but..... sometimes it's a little close for comfort. Ah, but some people just can't take a gentle hint so at some point I think other people will catch on and have to chat with the parties involved. Lucky for me I'm not the best writer and most of you just read me out of pity so I don't have these issues. I'm kidding... well half kidding any way. Thank you so much for responding.
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• United States
6 Mar 09
It's an interesting discussion you've brought up. I've often wondered that very question myself. When asking friends about this myself, the answer was I should feel flattered that another thought so much of my writing to mimic it, copy it, etc. The way that Mylot is set up, it's almost impossible not to have multiple thoughts occuring at once.(There are just too many users to avoid it. Especially if you are familiar with Jung's theory on the collective conciousness). I also find that there have been many threads that are "tangents" of other conversations. It's not that people are maliciously "window dressing", trying to make themselves sound better than another, or even borrowing someone else's work. It is that there was a particular interest that came out of a particular thread so instead of "hi-jacking" the initial thread they began one dealing with the specific issue they wished to address. I don't feel anyone should take this personally if it occurs. I also feel people should not read too much into similar threads. When you post on Mylot you'll see after posting a list appear below your original post of "similiar discussions". Again, with a population of 163,422 you can't avoid it. There may be two people, for example, who both saw the same movie in two different countries who post at the same time. It's going to occur, but perhaps Mylot leaves them up because each person addressed different facets of the movie. I've not been on Mylot very long, but I haven't witnessed anyone yet taking an article and switching it up as their own. I've seen a lot of links to articles, and I personally feel that is a very good way to go for citation purposes. Happy Mylotting-Anora
@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Thanks for your well thought response. I don't think it is wrong to start something off another's discussion. I do think it is wrong to infringe on another's content or intent. Similar threads in a short amount of time can be questionable. But I don't think that is what concerns us either. A different take on the same subject.... Well, over all I think we can agree but for a few areas. Be Well.