Are you Lying Online?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 17th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3suhw4ua/
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Many people consider themselves to be honest, but online they lie. Some lie intentionally, others may be thinking that what they are doing is okay, but really they are lying. Learn about some of the different ways people lie online.

Who Am I Online?

The most common way people lie online is by telling small fibs about themselves, usually in regards to their age or weight, but sometimes they tell bigger lies, in regards to their gender and such. Sometimes they simply use a pseudonym, but other times they create whole other personalities for the purpose of deception, or they assume another actual person's identity.

One of the things I am seeing more and more often is people taking photos, usually of models, and using those photos as their profile pictures. This might not seem like a lie, unless they actually say "This is me" however it is deceptive.

Common Lies on Wikinut

One of the most common lies being told on Wikinut is by writers who add pictures to their pages and click the box that says "I hold the appropriate copyright(s) to publish this image" when they do not. I have seen all manners of copyright photos being uploaded, sometimes the person even uses the notes to the moderator to say "images used with permission", but they never mention this in the article, thus suggesting the pictures were not really used with permission, and some of these pictures were obviously taken from news sites, which do NOT give permission.

Another common lie on Wiknut is when people say they are the author of an article but I do a check and find it was lifted from another website. Recipes are probably the worst for this, people for some reason assume they can republish any recipe even if it is not one they wrote. Even if you find an article on a website that says you can use it does not mean you can use it on a site like wikinut where we want only YOUR writing.

Links

Here is some further reading you may want to browse through to improve your efforts here on Wikinut or other websites.

Most Google and Bing Images are NOT Safe for Use

How to use Citations when you have a Source for Information

How to Get a Star Page on Wikinut

Become a Wikinut Writer - Get Paid to Write

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Cheaitng, Cheating, Copyright, Liar, Lying, Online, Photo Use, Pictures, Plagierism, Wikinut

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jul 2014 (#)

Good article, Mark. One of the things that has always irritated me is people hiding behind a made up name and a picture that is obviously not a picture of the writer. I have never felt a need to hide behind a made up name and phony picture and I tend to have a hard time trusting someone that feels a need to hide their true identity.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jul 2014 (#)

I would rather see a person use a generic picture, even that of their pet, than an image of somebody else. People need to know that using somebodies picture without their permission could also be illegal, not just a "lie".

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2014 (#)

Chock full of good information, and solid observations. Thank you for this, Mark.

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author avatar LOVERME
17th Jul 2014 (#)

why do you think I use my lovely ...red rose

... its universal sign of lovers and I am one
in my life I have never lied

so I always say
..inty says i may ..
for snaps not mine which I display
why lie for a 1/10000000000th of a scent!

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author avatar Mariah
17th Jul 2014 (#)

I totally agree with LOVERME on why lie for washers, that said, no genuine writer would agree with passing off someone else's work as their own, and of course stealing someone's identity is wrong and illegal, but come on Mark.. if people want to put up a photo of a model 'stating this is me' or pass themselves off as being x amount of years younger, (no offence but look at your own profile picture)... who cares.. nobody died and it's not illegal, this is cyberspace after all

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm not waffling, but Mark, LOVERME, and Mariah all present valid points of view. I watched "Catfish" with my grandson, and saw how "baiting" ppl. with false info and pictures can really hurt others.

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author avatar spirited
17th Jul 2014 (#)

interesting article on lying Mark.

I also believe in honesty. If I do not have all the details about something that I want to write about I write it as a short story, instead of stating it as being factual.

We can make up people in a short story, but that's imagination then, not lying.

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author avatar snerfu
18th Jul 2014 (#)

"Moo" or is it "bow bow" to you. The face looks familiar though. Have you been to Disneyland? Maybe we met there? Many "Moos" to you.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Jul 2014 (#)

The picture is actually my llama, they hum.

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author avatar Retired
18th Jul 2014 (#)

Great article, Mark, and a super-relevant subject. I've a question: If a friend has given me verbal permission to use his flower pictures, can is posting them on Wikinut with a note about the source permissible? (I hope)! If not--what is the process to follow?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Jul 2014 (#)

well tis a picture of me and I Never copy anyone am so filled with my own could not would not want to use anyone elses...besides their spelling and grammar is horrible mostly.....

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Jul 2014 (#)

rama, yes if you have permission to use the picture it is not an issue, you can credit them if you want but do not have to. Mostly it is people who use pictures they find online that are a bigger concern.

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author avatar Retired
18th Jul 2014 (#)

With the exponential rise of content on the Internet, it's hard to protect exclusive rights to content, especially when exposed to the world online. For my own content, I figure if I put it up online, it's pretty much up for grabs by anyone anywhere, copyrighted or not. I published in print and copyrighted a book of recipes, individual ones that I see copied everywhere without crediting. Waddaya gunna do?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Food for thought Mark and instructive too. I feel it is a waste of time to copy and post as our own. We only deceive ourselves. I love to make the effort and do not repeat even a portion of my articles published elsewhere. Since I rely on Wikimedia Images my selection is rather limited - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Jul 2014 (#)

I always share the full information for source of information including whether the image(s) are free for use or not.

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author avatar LifeisGood
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

what a pen name? is that hiding behind another name?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

Well, Valerie, that all depends on whether or not the writer reveal his or her true identity. Writers that write in more than one genre often use a different pen name for each genre they write in i.e., mystery, suspense, romance, science fiction, etc.,so their readers can identify them by that name. Authors that write in multiple genres using multiple pen names usually reveal their true identity on their "about the author page" usually by writing something like, "(real name) writing as (pen name). I have used pen names in the past when I wrote short stories as well as nonfiction to separate my fiction from my nonfiction work but I always revealed my true identity to my readers in a note to my readers.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Mark...great conversational article and felt compelled to weigh in.

Me thinks, some doth protest too much! Guilty conscious maybe?

As an English teacher who's been around the block a few times, I've learned to spot plagiarized material at a glance. I'm shocked at the things that some people try to pass off as their own creativity. I ran across an article today where someone took credit for an urban legend! It's sad!

Using a pen name is different than trying to intentionally deceive people. Which is how I feel when you represent with a white, female glamour shot and you're some male living in India or the moon.

As a reader, I want to connect with you, but can't when you're dishonest. That's how I feel!

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author avatar Margaret Michel
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

And to me lying online or in person is being dishonest. ...
Note: the "you" above in the last line should have read "the writer." I would not want anyone to think that I meant you, Mark! :)

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author avatar Etc.
6th Aug 2014 (#)

I've noticed, since I've started writing on-line, that there are frequent references to people 'borrowing' other people's material--photos and text. And I wonder why. Apparently those people aren't living interesting lives of their own, or thinking interesting thoughts.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
11th Aug 2014 (#)

I would just love to be able to upload photos, but for whatever reason it just isn't working, and that is no lie!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
13th Aug 2014 (#)

I feel like I'm in a confession room before a priest like what the Catholics do. My picture here is really me but not updated. It's a great source of inspiration to see one in its prime than publish one reminiscent of the sun setting down. Re pictures provided by Wikinut, sometimes there are enough and most of the time none especislly for unpopular local topics. To supplement the dearth of images, I do upload pictures not my own and use them complete with identities of blogs/websites/photo owner from where I source them.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

I don't see any point in telling lies. They all get found out in the end. If I lied, how could I expect truth from others?

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Afterthought. If any Wikinut writer wants to use any of the photos I post with my articles, feel free to go ahead. I only use photos taken by me and owned by me. I would appreciate a photo credit though.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Mike that is very generous of you!

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author avatar sarosh
16th Feb 2015 (#)

Nice article

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