An issue that has been bugging me for while. You might be a victim.
For those few on Triond who are familiar with me know that I can’t stand perfunctory comments – those short, generic and inane comments that merely show that someone had stopped by. I rather have zero comments than a hundred perfunctory ones. It’s like graffiti being sprayed upon your home. No one wants that in their neighborhood. But there is actually something much worse than perfunctory comments: copy and pasting comments.
There are certain users here on Triond who will go to a post, irrelevant of reading the actual post or not, pick and choose a comment on that post – particularly if it’s a more thoughtful one – copy and paste it, then submit it as their own. They have no shame either and are very blatant about it because of the anonymity of the Internet, hiding behind an online username. I don’t know why they would do that and could only hazard a guess or two. Too lazy to make their own comment? Can’t write English well? Another way to mark their territory?
No one is ever obligated to leave a comment. If you have nothing to say, that’s completely okay. Just don’t leave a comment. Triond and the Internet will keep on trucking. The case here is most likely that the user is only on a content site/farm just to generate revenue from their posts, trying to drive as much traffic to their posts as possible by leaving comments. But instead of creating a comment in their own words, they simply copy and paste someone else’s.
I’ve had few of my posts plagiarized before, outside of Triond. That was bad enough. But to receive a plagiarized comment? What will they think up next? Utterly shameful.
Recently, one user under the alias “lonelyplanet” has added me as a friend and left a copy and pasted comment on my post “Wet with Dew”. He/she brazenly copied AmosTheCat’s comment per verbatim. This user has done this numerous times on many other Triond posts. I’m sure many of you have been graced by lonelyplanet’s presence. I also believe this particular user has multiple accounts on Triond and have used many aliases, such as rajaryanme, travelnews and multiplenews. It’s interesting to note that the content on each of these accounts are all very similar, with posts about traveling to India and Indian tours ad nauseam. Because of this Triond user, I wrote this rant for your viewing pleasure. (Aren’t you so lucky?)
Should copy and pasting comments be a ban-worthy offense? Or should this form of plagiarism be tolerated and ignored? Let me know what you think!