I just discovered that WordPress Arena has plagiarized my article on the hidden feeds in WordPress. My table was published here in 2009, appeared in the Hidden Gems presentation I did for OpenCamp Dallas last summer, and was published in Chapter 4 of Beginning WordPress 3 last June. The WordPress Arena version was apparently copied from the book sample (which is online), where the search term example is “apress,” the name of my publisher. The Arena article doesn’t show a publication date, but judging by the comments and tweets, it’s been up for about three months.
Screenshot, archived for posterity.
Hey, Nur: you’ve really pissed me off. I haven’t gone through the rest of your archives yet, but I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one you’ve ripped off.
ETA: Yep, there’s more:
Chip Bennett found this article on creating a child theme, ripped off from April Hodge Silver’s WordPress 3 Complete. The article does end with “[Source: WordPress 3 Complete]” — but April’s name does not appear, all the examples use Nur’s name, and I’m betting neither April nor Packt gave anyone permission for this reprint.
This troubleshooting article, posted in January, is taken from page 271 of the 2006 edition of WordPress Complete, by Hasin Hayder. Come on, Nur, you could have at least used a more up to date edition!
There’s a Facebook/Wix article cribbed from Website Magazine, an article on landing pages taken from page 93 of The Ultimate Web Marketing Guide, and I could go on, but at this point I suspect there is not a single original article on all of WordPress Arena.
… OK, I couldn’t resist. More:
Hosting article taken from Build a Website for Free, second edition, page 23 — this one’s not only copied, but has bad information! The book was not written for WordPress-specific hosting. This article talks about Google Sites, for crying out loud.
… that’s every article from the January archives.