I write today to remind all those members out there that it is not a condoned action, and ultimately there must be some level of punitive action exercised when [and not if] you are caught.
For the benefit of protecting the offenders' identity I felt that it would be kind not to display which of the few level 5 images that I do have was the image that was pilfered off …
Today I've found another unscrupulous loZer … who has seemingly specifically identified one of my level 5 images and hijacked EVERY single keyword, verbatim … And the contributor is an exclusive contributor.
Further more He/She then was so brazen but to use those same keywords on all 17 images of theirs that were subsequently accepted … even thought all the keywords were identical … which is not uncommon as the the image content was of a similar subject matter — but/and all the images had multiple keywords that were not relevant to the accepted images.
The offender was kind enough to add ONE keyword of their own, fortunately … ;)
TUT TUT TUT
I think that the image editors need to also be alerted to this type of action, not just the quality of an image, but also the quality & relevance of it's keywords.
What to do about this matter …
At the end of the day DT admins needs to take action to remedy this type of action, but I do believe that there has to be more swift & sever action taken. Especially when someone is specifically targeting particular image levels [i.e level 5 in my case], just in the hopes to try and squeeze out a sale or two of their own … based off the "successes" of someone else work.
I still believe the best way to prevent keyword hijackers from copying our keywords is for DT not to display all the active keywords that are in each file … when the searched files are singled out in their own page/tab, as at the time of selecting to purchase an image.
What are your opinions on this matter, I wonder?
I'm sure there are many of you that are saying … Nah, we don't really care if some loZer copies from us … but at the end of the day … when it does happen to you that you see the next "milestone" / "assignment" / "EL" / "whatever" image that gets sold etc … actually was sold on the basis of the specific keyword that you managed to research for your same/similar image, you may indeed not be singing the same tune.
Why am I venting, so …
Well I guess the fact that this transgression has been performed by a fellow exclusive contributor has been the main reason for my blog today. I am just very disappointed that we have this type of behavior at all, but most especially from someone that is only contributing here at DT.
To me it just indicates that this person is here to leech of all of us & that is just NOT COOL.
Have you done a quick check to see if you can find your keywords in other users files?
How you ask? Well that part is perhaps for another day … in the meantime I leave you with this thought
Why all the fuss?
Well just as all things in life, if you don't look after number 1 [that being yourself] then can't very well expect many others to do wright by you by the same token.
When you last went to the grocery store to fill up the sugar bowl … did you take the bowl with you and open another packet and pour that into the bowl, and then only pay for the closed packet that you walked out with?
Some food for thought, I'm sure …