Information, without context, can be easily misunderstood. A follow up piece to an article written by Shelpeare called Do You Know About This Triond Page?
Information, without context, can be easily misunderstood!
To seek knowledge is admirable. To learn more is a worthy pursuit. Gathering information is one way to a greater understanding of things. Said information could be true or false, or somewhere in between. It is easy to be misled by false information, even though the information itself may not be deliberately false! Confused? You could be. But then again, information, without context, can be easily misunderstood!
On the 9th August 2011 Triond writer Shelpeare published an article called ‘Do You Know About This Triond Page?‘ . In the article, Shelpeare discussed his finding of a web-page called ‘Triond For Publishers‘ which, on face value at least, looks like it may be contradictory to the current Triond that we publish on. A very quick cursory look at it would easily have alarm bells ringing in anyone who publishes on Triond as it implies that Triond could be selling our work off to other sites without our permission or consent.
On revealing this information, Shelpeare asks the most important question regarding the ‘Triond for Publishers’ page – “(1) Is this an abandoned plan or is this how Triond operates at present?”. In looking at that question solely, if it is the former then there is no issue whatsoever, but if it’s the latter then it does appear to contradict the Triond TOS! To answer that question then more information is required. Shelpeare himself did not offer up more information to definitively answer the question either way, he merely asked the question.
However, that didn’t stop the vast majority of commenters on his article presuming the worst. The overall feeling gathered from the comments was simply that Triond had a ‘Triond for Publishers’ site that was being used to sell off our work without our permission and that that contradicts the Terms of Service of Triond. As usual, the pitchforks came out. One person said they were leaving Triond over this! Another said they don’t trust Triond! Triond aren’t trustworthy said another!
Potentially, it’s the proverbial mountains out of molehills.
The best place to start then is to address the question that Shelpeare asked - ”(1) Is this an abandoned plan or is this how Triond operates at present?” – and the way to do that would be to first look at the ‘Triond For Publishers’ page and see what information we can garner from it. On the page itself there is very little information that could help to answer the question. However, there is a banner of ‘Featured Content’ that circles through a total of 4 articles, here are the four articles with the dates they were published:
As can be seen clearly, those four articles from Triond users that are ‘Featured Content’ on the ‘Triond For Publishers’ page, and which have been published on sites other than those owned by Triond itself, were all published within a 30 day period in 2008! There is no indication of anymore being latterly published since then.
Another thing that some people were claiming was that Triond were selling the work of Triond users to the highest bidder without the Triond users permission or consent. That theory is totally blown out the window by the evidence though. Having looked through the portfolio on each of the above four named Triond users each of the articles are still listed on their portfolio as normal, but with the name of the site they are published on.
The implication is clear. With the articles listed on the portfolio of the user then the user must still be earning from the article! Another thing that should be noted is that on the article by Chan Lee Peng, ‘Odd Looking Marine Animals’, he himself leaves a message on it saying: “Thanks for all dearest readers who have read this article.” If Triond were selling his article without his permission do you honestly think that he would be commenting on it thanking people for reading it? Clearly not. Therefore it was done with the permission of Chan Lee Peng and everything was above board!
As already noted it appears that the ‘Triond For Publishers’ was something that happened a few years ago and doesn’t happen anymore. So that clearly answers the question that Shelpeare asked about whether it was abandoned or still happening. Even the other questions that Shelpeare asked have also been answered. Even if it was still happening just now it would not be a case of Triond selling our articles without our permission. In fact it would be with our permission and we would still be benefiting from it.
Shelpeare asked the question without making any contention to what the answer might be, but, as sometimes happens, many of the readers answered the question with a ‘worst case scenario’ and presumed the worse based on some of the information that Shelpeare provided. With more context to the information though it is easier to see the truth behind it all. One has to keep in mind that…
… information, without context, can be easily misunderstood!