Posted by: Colin Smith
Blogging, Integrity, Plagiarism, SQL Server Community, Theft
Yesterday I saw a lot of tweets about some plagiarism happening in the SQL Server Community. And even still today I see @sqltech2 defending his position on the matter. I am still pretty new to this community and I am also still pretty new to blogging. I understand that @sqltech2 would like to help people. That is also what I would like to do and I think that most people in the sqlserver community want to be able to help out as well. That is why the #sqlhelp hash tag is so great in Twitter.
I am not sure how @sqltech2 thinks that is a defense for stealing other peoples content. I know that I do not know everything and I learn a lot everyday from reading others blogs. Like MrDenny(Blog | Twitter) and Brent Ozar (Blog | Twitter), but I would NEVER just copy and paste that content to my own blog. I may quote something but I would give them the credit and link to the blog. I would also ask the owner of the content if that is OK. Most of the time I think that you will find that it is. As long as you do not take the credit. Is that really to much to ask? You can still get the information out there to a larger audience, and I think most bloggers will appreciate your help in getting there content to more readers.
I can not imagine that someone would read my blog and not many of the ones that I read, but it might happen, and if I can push some more readers to the writers that I like to read and admire, I think they will be happy that I did. Just do not STEAL!!! It is not a hard concept at all. Give credit where it is due and you should expect the same thing in return.
The SQL Server community is a great resource and I am not sure why anyone that is in this sql server game would want to be banished by the community for something as simple as not putting a link on your site and giving credit where you need to. Just like I will not take a candy bar from a store with out paying for it, I will never copy and paste without giveing credit. Just do not do it.
By the way, MrDenny and Brent Ozar (linked above) have some great blog posts about the latest instance of Plagiarism.