A buddy of mine is looking to expand his culinary skills this spring and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for cooking classes/schools in Manhattan. I imagine he's looking for just the best general cooking course out there.
So, if anyone is stealing your content...here is what Blogger says to do...sorry if this has been covered before!
Watch out Collection of Cooking Recipes, here I come!
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I thought I would post this here...I know you all can cook, but then again...
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I've noticed recently a large amount of spam coming from "smarter" spammers - they've now taken to doing two things:
- Using a URL as the Commenter's name (http://ww.sitename.com and re-inserting it into the website field) - Leaving an "innocent" comment like "Great site." with no URLs so the spam isn't triggered
This type of comment was getting published directly onto my blog (Wordpress) since I do not have moderation on all comments. I have routed their efforts by turning on moderation anytime "http" is in the comment content, name, etc. This of course also will moderate a real comment with a link in it, but it's a temporary solution.
Hopefully Akismet will smarten up soon, but I imagine other blogs will have this same problem?
I've noticed lately (mostly since my sockpuppeting incident) that I've been getting more "light spam". These are comments that seem to be on topic and non-promotional, but the links they leave are pure spam sites (poker, kitchen equipment, payday loans).
These are not robots, these are real people.
Here's what they do:
They come from IP address in Australia, Romania and the Czech Republic.
They google a common word like "payday" or "organic" plus "remember my personal information" which most of us have on our comment forms on our blogs.
Some other phrases are associated with CAPTCHA forms "enter the text in the box below" or whatever it says automatically as well as "follow up comments."
So, just take this as a warning to change this default text to something a little more personalized, perhaps unique.
Much has been discussed about copyright issues with respect to posting recipes, but I have a question that comes at it from a slightly different angle that I've not seen addressed here.
Quite a few of the recipes on my blog are adapted from books or other sources. I do cite the original source, and paraphrase the instructions in my own words. Ingredient substitutions are generally what I consider to be minor (e.g., instant yeast instead of fresh). Sometimes I explicitly state what departures I have made from the original, but more often than not I don't, as I feel this would be cumbersome to read and detract from the post.
It has occurred to me that the creator of the original might view my "adaptation" as a thorough butchering of the recipe, and be offended to have his or her name associated with it. Since I believe the paraphrasing puts me on solid ground as far as copyright infringement goes, maybe I should avoid crediting the original sources altogether. But this just feels wrong.
Note that this is a purely hypothetical concern, because I'm sure none of these people pays any attention whatsoever to what I put on my blog. Even so, I'd be curious to hear thoughts. Do I need to find a different reason to lie awake at night?
I wanted to highlight something I learned from the comments of a recent post about stats in case any of you didn't catch the great tip from SusanV. She suggested signing up for "Google Alerts". So I did. I created a google alert, putting my own blog's url in the Search terms box. Now, whenever someone links to my blog I get an email to let me know. Much less bother than checking on technorati. Thought it might interest a few others, so sharing the info.
I've noticed a few instances lately in the comments section on my blog where someone recommends a webstore or product. While that comment completely on it's own doesn't raise any flags, sometimes I stumble on a nearly identical comment on someone else's blog.
Basically, there are businesses out there that look to build "buzz" or at least name recognition by pretending to be a reader of your blog and participate in discussions. They don't announce their affiliation and are referred to as Sockpuppets. (A famous instance of Sockpuppeting include John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods using the alias "Rahodeb" in forums to talk about Whole Foods and pump the company and in many cases defend Mackey against criticisms.)
Sometimes these Sockpuppets are being operated by larger companies in an organized effort, but usually they're just awkward companies with a poor understanding of ethics and how things work with blogs, forums and the internet.
How to spot a sockpuppet:
Are they commenting in a relevant way about the post? Or does it seem like a canned statement that could apply to anyone's post?
How did they get to your blog? Are they commenting on a new post? (Some sockpuppets chose fresh content, others will be using a search that will give them posts that are a couple of days/weeks/years old.)
If they've specified a location in their post, does it match their IP address?
Does their email address match their "name"
Does their email address include the domain name of the company they're promoting?
Are they leaving the same or similar comment on other blogs?
Do they return to your blog over and over again?
Are you able to challenge them and any statements or are they long gone?
Do they use a real email address or input fake info?
Do you get comments from the same IP address with similar content but with different "names" associated with them? Often the second will "agree" with the first.
Try inputting their username and the name of the product/service they're mentioning and see if anything comes up.
There's no precise way to say for sure, but when in doubt, I say challenge these interlopers who want to destroy our communications. It's your website, so it's up to you if you want to turn it into a platform for this new form of marketing spam, but I think we all have a responsiblity as hosts of these sites to do at least a cursory job at keeping these people in check.
So, if no one minds, if I notice some of these folks lurking around on my blog and yours, I might send you a note. (I have a short list of them right now, I don't want to name any names here.)
I was having an email conversation with the lovely Alanna this morning (you'll be glad to know she reminded me to correct a link on the side bar and re-add the calendar, and at the same time I also re-added the FAQ links as suggested a couple of weeks ago by Elise, which is all the house keeping for today)
Anyway, back to the FEED issue. Alanna made some comment about my feed being title only these days. And I was surprised. I am a big proponent of full feeds myself. She sent me a screen grab of my blog in her Bloglines and sure enough they were title only = not what I intended at all! In blogger my settings are all set to FULL. I went to feedburner and it was FULL there too. In google reader it is also FULL. Does anyone have any idea why my blog might not be showing up full in Bloglines? Do you read my blog in a feed reader - if so please let me know what it looks like to you and which reader you use. Thank you.
And whilst we are on the subject, please can someone explain this setting in blogger to me:
Post Feed Redirect URL If you have burned your post feed with FeedBurner, or used another service to process your feed, enter the full feed URL here. Blogger will redirect all post feed traffic to this address.
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