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Coincidence or Bulls#!%?

Equine Web Design has been online for more than a decade, and certain distinctive phrases and paragraphs have been used in various sections of the web site for nearly as long. Years and years. And for all those years Equine Web Design has published some kind of detailed copyright statement that basically says, "Hey, don't take our stuff. Or else."

But as more and different dee signers dip their toes in the waters of web design as a profession, it seems Equine Web Design is often hijacked as some kind of unofficial template for their text, their design packages descriptions, their meta tags, sometimes their actual business name, and god-knows-what-else.

Absent any creativity, and mortally ignorant of the copyrights they themselves usually assign to their web pages, they copy-and-paste from Equine Web Design, maybe change a few words, and call it their own. (The lazier ones don't even bother to change a few words.) Then they hang their shingle as another equine web dee signer, touting their creativity and skills using stolen source material.

It happens a lot. And it's not coincidence.

What is Plagiarism?

Simply put, plagiarism is the use of another's original words or ideas as though they were your own. Any time you borrow from an original source and do not give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated U.S. copyright laws.[1]

All of the following are considered plagiarism:[2]

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not


1. ^ "Plagiarism FAQ" Plagiarism.org. Accessed August 5, 2011. <http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_plagiarism_faq.html>
2. ^ "What is Plagiarism?" Plagiarism.org. Accessed August 5, 2011. <http://www.plagiarism.org/learning_center/what_is_plagiarism.html>

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more sparkly fugliness
Cheesy embellishment of an already lost cause is insult to injury.
Don't do your sponsors a disservice by burying them in an unprofessional web site, or displaying their banners and logos unattractively.
Clown car drivers are typically oblivious to their clown sites which are consistently misspelled, poorly designed, and make a bad impression. If a bozo has turned your website into a clown car, kick him out of the driver's seat, get rid of those killer flamingos, and walk the path of redemption.
Poorly rendered graphics add nothing to the overall look and feel of a web site. If an image adds no visual or informational value, it shouldn't be there.
Flamingos leave telltale piles of bird poop everywhere to mark their territory. The moral is: Don't make people navigate through a minefield of visual dung to see the good stuff you're trying to show them.
Schizophrenic web sites selling everything from puppies to horses to Mary Kay to goat milk soap to survival kits need to focus on their bread and butter and clearly separate content so not to resemble a meandering online rummage sale (usually complete with dead links and inconsistent clown car navigation).

Also, Corgie is spelled Corgi and puppies (plural) is not spelled puppy's. If you sell it, you need to spell it.
Be sure the graphic imagery you use on your web site doesn't conflict with the message of your product. If you're selling child-safe hunter ponies or high powered show horses, using bronc images as an integral element to your theme might not be the subliminal message you'd like to deliver.
Sadly, the campaign for literacy is losing ground every day, and hundreds of equine web sites are leading the charge to establish hillbilly Ebonics as an acceptable alternative to English. Who knew dictionaries were a controlled substance?
Announcing you take credit cards on a dreadful or homemade looking website doesn't instill faith in your visitors. It feels like a scam and makes people run the opposite direction, even if you're 100% legit.
Bleeding Cowboys sucks and does not make you a badass
Overused fonts like Bleeding Cowboys do not make your branding look country-hip and edgey, it just makes you look like every other person that used the same font to look country-hip and edgey, which isn't country-hip or edgey whatsoever.
time to roundfile the entire font family
In 1996 the font family called Serpentine defined sporty and all things "extreme." Serpentine and its spinoffs has been overused for so long it's become the cliche of extreme and sporty. It doesn't belong on any logo or website of this decade.
don't be a freakin' hillbilly about itThere's only so much hillbilly you can splatter across your site before people indeed write you off as a hillbilly. This includes unflattering candid photos, "too much" personal information, drama, suspect social networks, or controversial affiliations that reflect poorly on your business. See also: shooting yourself in the foot.
Don't assume every visitor shares your views on politics and religion, and extend your site's viewers the courtesy of not bludgeoning them with overt political or religious messages. Prosthelytizing and political stumping can backfire and alienate potential business contacts. These are best expressed on separate personal pages, not your agri-business site.
Killer flamingos don't come in ones and twos, they come in herds. Their sole intent is to desecrate your web site with bad spelling, bad design, bad fonts, and prehistoric code.
Killer flamingos have legs made of flimsy wire, so prefer to be transported in clown cars. The clown behind the wheel is therefore their enabler. This is known as a symbiotic relationship.
Clown car drivers only concentrate on making more flamingos, like widgets. They're content to defend the same mistakes year after year and resist the process of non-clown evolution, even to the detriment of their business.
The younger, weaker flamingos are sent to the back of the clown car to learn the ropes from the older flamingos ahead of them. Lack of new ideas or outside influences ensure they'll grow up to be as every bit as destructive as their predecessors.
Clowns, stop adding apostrophes to words that are simply plural and not possessive. This includes words like videos and photos, which are often seen on equine web sites with possessive apostrophes.

Clowns substitute made-up words like dtrs instead of spelling out daughters because they're too lazy to communicate using complete words. Your business web site is no place for abbreviated "textspeak."
If you are promoting a breeding program of not-so-special horses by a mediocre stallion, the best web site in the world won't make you successful. Rather, it's time to re-think your program from the bottom up and deliver something people want. People are literally giving average and above-average horses away. Don't add to the problem with your own barn blindness.
Ugh, typos. They happen on Craigslist. They happen on professional signage. They even happen on full page color ads for national publications. Don't let them happen to you.
Horses have good or bad conformation, not confirmation. Using the wrong word makes you appear clueless, even if you consider yourself an authority on the subject. Learn to use the word correctly, or you undermine your expertise every time you repeat your mistake in a public place.
Outstandng. This is another one of those ridiculous abbreviations that serves no purpose other than to announce indifference or lack of proofreading skills.
Temperment is not a word, no matter how many web sites use it incorrectly to describe their horse's personality. Temperament, however, is a word. (Dictionaries are our friends.) Also, multiple exclamation points diminish importance and only serve to exaggerate and look hysterical. Use them sparingly, or not at all.
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