Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Unwanted or incorrect attribution can lead to online reputation issues

A column by one David Kaiser on p. 11 of the New York Times Review Sunday (Nov. 4), “I didn’t write that”, shows a flip side of the plagiarism issue and its workings with online reputation.  Kaiser was given unwanted credit for a conspiracy-theory-type essay of the president and the Federal Reserve, and started getting emails and tweets about it – and then found that “another” Kaiser wasn’t the author either.  Then, he had to ask somebody to take attribution (with photo) of him off another web site. 

The link is here
Back in 2001, someone circulated a letter about supposed anti-gay discrimination by a retail chain in the upper Midwest.  I ran it on my “hppub.com” site (the name I used at that time, when I was in Minneapolis), but then cut it down myself when I found some possible factual errors (I guess that was still OK under Section 230 as long as I didn’t change the “meaning”).  But in June 2003 I received an email from him asking me to remove it entirely.  I did so.  I had another incident in December,  2001 where someone didn’t want his name mentioned as having attended a certain political meaning – but these sorts of incidents have been very rare.

By the way, voting today was easy, only about twenty or so in line at 2:30 PM this afternoon in Arlington VA.  

Update: 11:30 PM:  Did anybody notice that NBC called Ohio and then the election for Obama 15 minutes before anyone else? 

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