Reblogging is a controversial issue that always brings lots of comments. Staff have published a post providing some reblogging etiquette tips that I do recommend reading. But I`m not looking for comments as much as I am looking for answers from Staff, who have my comment in moderation.
All Rights Reserved – Any content reblogged from one cool site must adhere to the terms of © Copyright
Our content does not belong to WordPress.com but under the Terms of Service we’ve still given WordPress.com the right to use it and that’s where reblogging comes in.
When all is said and done about reblogging etiquette, the fact that remains is that any WordPress.com blogger can reblog your post and no permission is required. They can ignore any and all copyright notices regarding reblogging. They can tell you to slam it in your ear if you choose to ask them not to reblog your content and/or to please remove your reblogged content from their blogs. Or they can ignore you scroll down and read the comment here.
In fact, as authors of the content we bloggers have no control over how much of our text is reblogged, and/or which images if any are included in the reblog. Staff made the decisions for us and provided no rationale for the decisions that were made.
When I published Worrisome (or not) WordPress.com Reader Developments I was worried. I am no longer worried. I want answers and I want to know why the answers are not found in the support documentation.
I have posted comments on the Staff post I directed you readers to above in my second sentence. What’s below remains in “moderation”, despite the fact the other other less meaty comments I submitted were automatically approved and posted there.
1. I want the ability to control exactly how many words are reblogged as per my copyright policy. Why do users not have that ability now?
2. I want the ability to select exactly which image if any at all will appear in the reblog and appear in my Media Library. Why do users not have that ability now?
3. I want the ability to disable the reblog link in the Reader as well as the like link and the sharing links. Why do users not have that ability now?
4. I want a clear answer from Staff about reblogs and stats. When a reblog link, which I cannot disable from displaying in the Reader, is clicked does that create page view stat on the blog it was reblogged from? Why is that not made clear to us in the support documentation on reblogs and stats entries?
Addendum: Please understand that I love WordPress and I respect WordPress Staff but I’m deeply concerned about how how much distance there seems to be between the decisions makers and the end users they make decisions on behalf of. We aren’t consulted before decisions are made as that would be too cumbersome to do given that we number in the millions and I accept that. I’m more concerned that we aren’t fully informed of all the facts, and that no rationale is ever presented for the decisions that have been made.