UPDATE 12pm CDT:
I've had several nice emails back and forth with the owner of seriouslyphotography (turns out he's also a fan of planet5D) and he's been contacted by several of you about this issue. He's changed his format to more closely match what I was asking for in terms of a short excerpt of the articles and then a link to our blogs. He's also posted a ‘code of ethics‘ to let everyone know more about his intent and what the site's goals are.
He also corrected me that he doesn't do ‘scraping' (“Scraping is a process that involves reading a sites html and parsing out the content whilst ignoring any rules in a robots.txt file”) – he reads the published RSS and posts that content. He said: “It may seem like a subtle distinction (crawling and scraping) but it is really very significant.” and i'll agree.
I have also suggested to him that he contact the blog owners up front, so there's no surprise and shock and anger in the discovery. I think that would be a better way to get content on his behalf.
See, we're all learning something today!
planet5D friend 1001noiseycameras alerted us last night that a new site is taking planet5D's content and re-hosting it without our permission. I've learned a lot in the last few hours and will probably update this post as I learn more. Turns out of course, this has a name, “blog scraping” and is becoming more common.
But first, please check this list to see if your blog is on their site:
Then, you can send an email to their editor demanding that they stop hosting your content.
Now, why does this upset me? Mainly because it is wrong. Granted, they do provide links back to planet5D, but they're allowing the reader to never come to my site – duplicate pages to mine messes up the search engines, hurts my advertisers etc.
A few months ago, I was thrilled that photography.alltop.com had added us to their really nice site and we still are. The difference tho is that alltop is doing it right. They just post the headlines and a small snippet of the top of the article and if the reader wants to read more, then they click and visit our site. Our content remains intact and we get the traffic. That's ok with me.
As a result, I may need to change my RSS feeds so that the entire post isn't sent to those using RSS readers. I know that won't be popular with some of you, but if it protects our content then that's what we'll need to do.
I'll probably update this later… just wanted to get it out there for others.