I enjoy being able to reblog posts I find well-written, particularly relevant, or amusing. The problem is I seem to have a bunch of “rebloggers” who use my posts every day instead of writing anything of their own. They come by and grab my posts to fill up their blogs — and simultaneously try to sell something. To my mind, reblogging is a way to spread humor or data that is especially interesting or unique. It isn’t supposed to replace your own blogging. I’ve tried calling these people out as spam and it doesn’t seem to make any difference. WordPress has never protected us from spamming rebloggers or “followers.” They have promised to do so, but have never done it. Realizing they are never going to fix the problem — and it’s a serious problem — finally, I removed the reblog button.
I always felt that part of the fun of blogging is when someone has written something unique and entertaining, being able to spread the idea to other people who would enjoy it. This is a lot closer to just plain stealing other people’s posts. Having run out of other ideas, I took the button away. I hope that solves the problem!
If it were just one person, I could cope with it, but it’s a lot of them. Some days, it’s really bad. They will steal every post I publish, including material I reblogged from elsewhere. They don’t leave comments and many of their blogs aren’t not English. They are not followers or commenters. They are selling something and just need to fill up their site so they can pawn off their junk to the public. And they don’t bother to make your link available, either. Somehow, it just “gets lost.”
If anyone wants to reblog a piece, I can temporarily put the reblog button back long enough for you to collect the material.
Otherwise, the reblog button is off. These aren’t lurkers. They’re crawlers, sliming their way around WordPress stealing other people’s material.
This has been going on for a long time and I had to end it. I’m sorry if that’s an inconvenience to you. It’s the slimy thieves. You can always show an address and let whoever is interested just click the link to view the post without using a reblog and many people, I notice, already do that. I think that I’m the one who is going to find it the most inconvenient!