First off, I just want to say that I have always tried to be a friendly and helpful member of the online autograph collecting community. I've shared what information I know with many others via my Getting Started and FAQs pages, as well as the various addresses pages I've compiled to save us all time and effort. And when a new hockey autograph blog joins cyberspace, I welcome it with open arms and link to it on my blogroll.
However, one such new blog has stolen content from my website. The name of the site is Ro's Hockey Autographs, which is maintained by a blogger with a user ID of ovechkin8. I am not sure if he is just a kid who doesn't know better or if he genuinely has a lack of respect for other bloggers.
To illustrate, here is a screenshot of my Getting Started page:
And here is a screenshot of this new blog's Getting Started page:
He even had the audacity to remove my name and put his in place:
Take a look at his page, and you'll see he even stole all of my images (including pictures of cards personalized to me). This new blogger has even ripped off my FAQs page verbatim, as well as the three address pages.
What's the point of maintaining a blog--taking time to compile information, images and links--if someone can just steal all your hard work in 5 minutes and make their own blog.
Needless to say, I am mad. Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism is a flat-out insult.
I've politely asked this new blogger--via email and by leaving a comment--to remove my content from his website. My requests have been ignored. Sadly, being polite does not always work.
Thus, I am asking my fellow TTM collectors to blacklist this blogger. Block him from commenting on your blog, do not trade with him and do not share information with him. Here are his details:
Blogger ID: ovechkin8If ovechkin8 can swipe content from me this easily, what's to stop him from stealing from your website too?
Name: Varun Sikand (name on the email)
IP Address: 126.96.36.199 (where email was sent from)